Every time I hear an interview with a “raw vegan” something inside of me stirs. It is super appealing to me, but I have no idea why. I don’t like to spend a lot of time or money on food and it always seemed like eating raw would be complicated, expensive, and time consuming. Plus, I travel all the time and it seems pretty high maintenance on the road.
But over the past few months, the raw thing has been more and more on my mind. I’ve been collecting articles, blog posts, and recipes to prepare. And then last night I decided to take a leap and go for ONE DAY RAW!!
I wasn’t prepared at all as far as groceries and meal plan go as of 10 pm when I made my decision, so I sat down and wrote out a plan for the day, set my alarm an hour earlier, and fell into a deep restful sleep with dreams of kale and bananas in my head.
Grocery shopping was a bit more stressful than usual. First of all I am usually still sleeping at 7 am so I was confused, second of all I had things on my list that I had never bought before so I didn’t know where to look, and third of all I was hungry. I usually eat right when I wake up, but I didn’t have any fruit or veggies or anything legal on hand.
My plan was to mostly get fruits, veggies, and raw nuts since those were already foods I understood. But I did find a recipe I was going to make for lunch which had a couple ingredients I had never used. I started getting antsy at the store when my 30 minute shopping trip was already up to 45 minutes.
I was also a little anxious because I was going to do a long swim and wasn’t sure what I was going to drink during it. I usually drink a protein shake immediately before and then some type of electrolyte drink during. I did buy some raw protein powder at the store, but didn’t have my shaker cup AND don’t always love all shake mixes with plain water. I ended up buying some raw coconut water and a raw cold pressed juice blend for the swim.
I also got sucked into buying some raw snacky foods like Kale Chips, Flackers (huh?), and a few raw food bars out of fear of not having something on hand in case I am stranded in my car for days nowhere near a health food store. I know…I have issues!
Anyway…the trip to Sprouts ended up being extremely expensive. $196.00. And took me over an hour.
I broke down my receipt and $53.00 was spent on food I ate today (yikes), $32.50 was food for the next couple days, and the remaining $110.50 was more raw stuff for next week (I forgot to mention I’m going to eat raw every Monday) like raw nuts, seeds, protein powder, snacks, etc.
So here is how it went down…
Breakfast: Pineapple, Banana, and Pistachios ($10.25…filled me up, was yummy, gave me plenty of energy to get through the first few hours of the day)
Snack before swim: Carrot Cake Cookies ($5.00…SOOOO worth it! I have had these before and LOVE them. Bought them as a treat to inspire me to do more raw!)
During swim: Raw Coconut Water ($5.50…YIKES! And I still don’t like the taste, I have tried so many! I chugged it down between sets for the nutrients and calories) and a delicious cold pressed raw drink with lemon, lime, kale, spinach, cucumber and such ($4.50…way yummier than the coconut water).
After swim: Grapes ($4.00…worth it…always LOVE me some grapes).
Lunch: Pad Thai ($10.75). Here’s where it got interesting. The store didn’t have 3 of the ingredients from the recipe I found so when I got home I found 2 others that were similar, but still didn’t have all the ingredients for either one, so I did a combo recipe thing that turned out DELICIOUS!!!
Here it is…Pad Thai Combo Recipe
- Zucchini, 2-3 small
- Carrots, 2-3 small
- Sweet Pepper, mine was orange
- Purple Cabbage, half head
- Ginger, about an inch but I love ginger
- Green Onion, 2 stalks
- Cilantro, half bunch but I love cilantro
- Garlic, a clove-ish
- Raw Almond Butter, half cup, I would use less next time, maybe 2 tbsp
- Tamari, tbsp.-ish
- Sesame Oil, tbsp.-ish
- Lemon Juice, one lemon
- Grade B Maple Syrup, I would say I used 2 tbsp
- Sea Salt, shook some on at the end
- Use a peeler to peel strips of zucchinis and carrots, set aside
- Cut up the pepper, cabbage, ginger, onion, cilantro, and garlic, set aside
- In a bowl mix Almond Butter, Tamari, Sesame Oil, Lemon juice, Maple Syrup
- Mix the wet sauce with the chopped veggies and then stir in the zucchini and carrots
It was AMAZING! My sister and 10 year old niece, neither usually like my crazy made up meals, loved it and even asked for multiple bites! SUCCESS!!
Only problem was I was WAY too full by the time I finished it and wasn’t even hungry for the salad I made for dinner 6 hours later.
Dinner: Salad with Kale, Tomato, Avocado, and all the veggies I had left over from my Pad Thai ($13…but couldn’t eat it all so I will have some for tomorrow too…BONUS!)
So all in all I had a great experience for my first attempt. I for sure over ate today, but it was my first day ever of all raw and I was a little consumed with it, so I forgive myself. It’s like an experiment and every Monday will get easier and easier as I fine tune my Mondays. And who knows, it may turn into a Monday, Wednesday, Friday thing!!
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