For those looking into a new vegetarian diet, either for weight loss or for personal preference, turning to an all natural diet of raw foods might be something you’d like to try. Your Natural Diet, Alive Raw Foods (also known as Raw Revelation) is a diet that centers specifically around a high intake of fruits and vegetables, and no meat.
The Raw Revelation diet, when purchased, includes recipes and ideas for meals. However, some handy snack ideas can help get you through your day, too.
1. Strawberry Salad
To spice up those sometimes plain regular salads, consider adding some fruit to your lettuce. Halve or quarter your strawberries to mix them in with your lettuce. It doesn’t hurt to toss some other fruits in as well. Add some orange pieces, or a few cups of fresh pineapple chunks. The fruit should flavor your lettuce enough that you needn’t even add dressing to your salad.
2. Trail Mix
Trail mix is a blend of nuts and sometimes pieces of dried or dehydrated fruit. It’s easy to make your own trail mix at home as opposed to buying the overly-salted and sometimes high in calories mix from the store. Some of the nuts you can include in your homemade trail mix are:
- Macadamia nuts
- Sunflower seeds
- Hazel nuts
You can warm the nuts if you want to, but never heat them beyond 110 degrees. Heated or burnt nuts can be harmful to your body, rather than helpful.
3. Banana smoothies
While any kind of fruit smoothie will work, bananas are one of the best fruits and recommended by the diet because they provide a high number of vitamins and nutrients. On top of that, bananas give a good energy boost, and they taste good. There are numerous recipes available for smoothies. One of the quickest and easiest recipes, however, simply involves:
- 2 bananas
- 1 cup of water
- A handful of ice cubes
The ice cubes are optional, and only add some thickness to your smoothie. Use less for a thinner drink, and more for a thick shake. Toss these ingredients into a blender, and you have a healthy, hydrating smoothie ready to go. More complex smoothies might include things such as coconut or strawberries, and are also relatively easy and quick to make.
4. Almond Milk
Almond milk takes a bit more time and preparation than the other snacks mentioned, but it’s delicious both on its own or included in other raw treats such as smoothies or soups. When made, it can last about four days in your fridge. To make almond milk, you’ll need:
- 1 cup raw almonds
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 4 cups water (1 to start with)
To make your almond milk, leave your almonds soaking in 1 cup of water for approximately six hours. (You can leave them overnight if you wish.) Drain the almonds. Put the almonds into the blender with 3 cups of water, add the vanilla and blend. You can use a strainer or cheesecloth to strain the mixture when you’re done.