written by sunniva holt from www.rawtillfour.com
a change in diet can be intimidating, especially when we're already super busy with work/study/family life and a million other things. but going more plant based doesn’t have to be expensive or time consuming. no matter how hectic your schedule is, it can be easy to add more raw foods to your life. just start with one of these tips and work it into your life for one month. then, add another tip the following month. before you know it, you'll be a plant based pro, feeling great and buzzing with energy from all the raw food goodness!
1. green smoothies are a game changer!
Hands down, there's no better way to start your day. These phtyo-nutrient and mineral rich concoctions are a brilliant and easy way to add raw food love to your life. you can have the convenience of an organic daily green smoothie delivered to your door, if you live in auckland, and soon extending to north island, by clicking here. otheriwse, to whip one up all you need to do is blend water, ice, a couple handfuls of greens and 2 or 3 pieces of ripe fruit (fresh or frozen). done! you have an easy meal that will energise you and power you through your morning. you can even make a large batch of smoothie in the morning and take a jar of it to work to enjoy later in the day. store what you’re not drinking at the time in your refrigerator.
2. fresh fruit & vegetables are the ultimate fast food
often when we snack we end up eating less healthy foods because they're easy and convenient. but what could be quicker than a banana, an apple, some carrot sticks, or a couple of medjool dates? they don't require any effort, and very little if any prep so there are no excuses. the most important thing here is to always have these things on hand. keep a container of cut up vegetables in the fridge, and be sure to take a variety of these things to work so you're not tempted by junk food.
3. maximise your sundays
sunday might just be a day of rest for some, but for me it's my planning and prepping day to ensure I'm totally ready for the week ahead. do your grocery shopping (or go to the farmers markets) cut up your vegetables, maybe cook some quinoa to throw on a salad, make bircher muesli or a couple of chia puddings. it doesn't actually take up much of your time and it makes a world of difference to your week ahead.
so hopefully you're feeling inspired and ready to action one of these tips! here's my carob date ball recipe, it's super easy to make and perfect to have with a cup of tea when you're craving something sweet.
sunniva's carob date balls
1 cup ground almonds/almond meal
1 cup pumpkin seeds, soaked & drained (approx 2 hours)
1 cup pitted dates, soaked & drained (approx 2 hours)
1/2 cup carob powder (can be substituted for cacao powder)
1 teaspoon ground vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
in food processor, first blend dates and pumpkin seeds. when texture is smooth add remaining ingredients and pulse until well combined.
roll into small balls and refrigerate.
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