How To Eat Raw: Let’s Go Shopping

Let me be completely honest. If I missed my fast food and had to say no to myself repeatedly, I would have given up long ago. Truth is, I’m satisfied with what I’m eating. If I need savory, I have raw vegan dips, and salad dressings in the fridge for quick meals. If I want something sweet I’ll go for fruit or make raw vegan brownies or bars, juice or smoothies.

I have a zest for life like never before! Obviously I can’t shut up about it. But if I can motivate just one person to make a change, even a small one for improvement in any of these areas, this post is for you.

I have always been the person who craved, binged, gained weight, felt awful –on constant repeat. I lived to eat! Ask anyone. Donuts would have put me in an early grave! Becoming raw vegan has significantly improved the quality of my life, for the now and the future.

Today I am free. No more endless kitchen duties. No more craving. No more unwanted weight. No more sugar crashes. No more fad diets I can’t stick with.

Let me show you how easy it can be to grocery shop and meal prep as a raw vegan.

We buy our main ingredients for:

  • Smoothies
  • Salads
  • Dips
  • Snacks
  • juices

Once a week we get the staples and before the end of the week we go out to restock on fruits and greens. This way, we don’t lose track of what we have and nothing goes to waste.

I blend up my salad dressings with an immersion blender and have them in the fridge, ready to go for the week. My current favorite is the ‘Garlic Tahini’ found in the free e-book.

Parents with picky eaters may need to get creative but fresh fruits and veggies can be simple. The trick is making them enticing to your family. You could make pink berry banana smoothies and call it Unicorn poop. I mean, if Starbucks did it… Whatever works. But being able to trade the sugar for healthy ingredients is any parent’s dream. Create a new routine your family can enjoy and build from there.

Here’s what I buy:

Costco:

  • Smoothie supplies: Power greens, spinach, organic frozen strawberries & blueberries, 1 case of unsweetened vanilla almond milk, organic bananas
  • Salad Supplies: carrots, organic Romaine Lettuce, avocados
  • Other: 0rganic Medjool dates, watermelon

Trader Joe’s:

  • Salad supplies: organic celery, organic tomatoes, organic cucumbers
  • Dressing/dip/snack supplies: cilantro, parsley, olive oil (if we’re out)
  • Tahini * (Trader’s doesn’t sell raw, but can be purchased raw at Whole foods)
  • Nuts: Organic raw cashews, sunflower seeds, walnuts (as needed)
  • Fruits: Papaya, organic lemons

Amazon: Smoothie add-ins & vitamins

Don’t freak, I’m not saying you have to go full raw like me. If you can, more power to you, but recognizing known bad habits and having the power to break the cycle is freeing. It’s life changing! Eat to your health, simplify, be happy. No starving or binging regrets. Commit to 3 days, one week, two weeks… there’s no pressure, just the promise you make to yourself. Once you see extra weight melt off with just this simple change: hydration, fruits, & veggies, you’ll be so proud you gave it a shot. You’ll feel amazing too and maybe you’ll encourage others to do it as well.

 

What personal health problems would you like to resolve? Have you tried other ‘diets’ and felt discouraged? What are your weaknesses when it comes to food?

 

disclaimer: this post contains some amazon affiliate links. Every purchase provides a small commission that helps keep this blog running so I can continue sharing so many more great recipes with you. All opinions are my own. Rest assured, if I don’t love it, I won’t share it.

 

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