I mentioned in an earlier post that I am preparing myself to eat a raw vegan diet. I eat a high raw vegan diet, mostly in the Spring and Summer. A high raw vegan diet is when one eats at least 75-80% of their foods uncooked from plant-based sources.
It is easier for me to stick with this way of eating in the warmer months, plus I enjoy eating many of the fruits and vegetables that are in season in the area where I live, during the warmer months.
Eating a raw vegan diet can get boring and be challenging, but if eating a raw vegan diet is what you want to do, then I’m sure you can and you will do it. Don’t think you have to eat salads all the time, because you don’t.
I’m sure you have some favorite foods that you enjoy eating. You are probably thinking there is no way I can continue eating my favorites foods while eating a raw vegan diet.
You don’t have to give up your favorites. You can still eat your favorite foods, actually you can create some pretty awesome dishes, that will have your taste buds doing the happy dance. If cheesecake is something you like eating every now and then, why not make it a dairy-free cheesecake.
Here are healthy ingredient alternatives for some of your favorites, when preparing your meals:
- binders and thickeners - agar, dates, dried fruit, flaxseed, psyllium husk powder
- bouillon or stock - dried mushrooms, miso, vegetable powders
- bread - lettuce leaves, raw vegetable wraps
- butter or shortening - avocado, coconut oil, olive oil, flaxseed oil
- chips - kale chips, flax crackers, spicy croutons
- chocolate - carob, cacao, raw cocoa powder
- cooked garlic or onion - garlic or onion powder
- cooked tomatoes - sun-dried tomatoes
- cooked vegetables - marinated and/or dehydrated raw vegetables
- flour dried - almond pulp, ground nuts and seeds
- ice cream frozen - bananas or fruit ice creams
- meat - ground nuts or seeds, marinated mushrooms
- pasta or rice - spiralized summer squash (green/yellow), or other vegetables
- vinegar - berries, lemon, lime, orange, pineapple, tamarind
- white sugar - dates, figs, currants, raisins, other dried fruit; fresh fruit, stevia
Source: The Raw Food Revolution Diet
Question: What other alternative ingredients do you use?