I love raw food. I make no bones about it. What's not to like? It's bursting with flavor, fills your tank with rocket fuel and gets, and keeps, you looking gorgeous. I had been bouncing between a cooked vegan and raw food diet for almost 15 years. I would go nearly 100 percent raw for a good three months and then like clock work, would fall off the wagon pull out my pots and pans with my tail tucked between my legs and start clogging up the old pipes again. Why? I felt great, needed less sleep I was glowing from head to toe.
So what was the defining moment? Well, to be honest, the reoccurring realization that I am by nature incredibly lazy and raw food takes work!! There's the daily shopping for organic fruits and veggies. There's the non stop chopping, dicing, mashing, grating, shredding, dehydrating to whip up those faux pizzas, burgers and 7 layer cakes.. and oh yes, let's not forget the clean up. My life was an endless stream of activity between my kitchen marathons to my daily reconnaissance to a slew of special markets. And when it all became too much, I would end up going to a raw foods restaurant and paying someone to do it for me. It was always delicious but ridiculously overpriced... shelling out $30 bucks for a juice and raw lasagna? You must be trippin'!!
Well, I am hear to tell ya there is a better, easier and cheaper way to live your life live! I have cut down my shopping bills and my prep time by 75 % by refocusing and streamlining my routine. Here are a list of my fave staples that'll keep you raw without wearing you out or breaking the bank.
1) Green Smoothies. When in a hurry whip up a green smoothie instead of juicing. It takes a quarter of the time and you get the extra burst of fiber. Don't get me wrong, I love my green juice but it takes much more time to clean and prep so when I'm on the go I will usually whip up an orange creamsicle smoothie in less than a minute: