Updated: Sep 6, 2021
I decided to go on a raw vegan plant-base diet for 25 days. I chose 25 days because I knew I wanted to go on a raw vegan diet before my birthday on August 30. Once August arrived, I totally forgot about trying the raw diet. It was August 5th when I told myself that I will do it. So, I decided to do the diet up until my birthday which is how the 25 days came about.
I didn’t know what the raw diet was about, but I was curious to learn more about it and potentially help others who also would like to adopt the raw vegan plant-base lifestyle. My first week was a challenge because I did not know that there were so many things that I ate before that were not actually raw. For example, rolled oats for overnight oats, this meal is not raw because rolled oats go through a heating process during the milling of the oats. Nut butters were another challenge because when they are processed heat is used. Plant-base milk on the shelves in the stores and the list of items is endless. After 19 days on the challenge, I can honestly say that I have learned more about the raw diet than I ever knew there was to learn.
The raw food diet is consuming foods that have not been cooked over 105 degrees Fahrenheit. This allow the ingredients to still be in the raw form with all the nutrients intact. Most raw meals consist of sprouted legumes and grains, fruits, vegetables, and nuts. No process ingredients. Since the diet consist of clean ingredients some people often use this diet as a form of detox. We all heard of the juicing diet and smoothie diet. This is almost similar to that. When people juice and drink nothing but smoothies for a period of time they are flooding their body with raw ingredients.
Fruits and vegetables are packed with antioxidants which helps filters the blood and reduce oxidative stress. The constant flow of antioxidants and nature vitamins from plants create a body that that will minimize the susceptibility to disease.
This past week I made my first raw nola. Raw nola is granola without the grains and oven. This raw nola is easy to make and goes great in smoothie bowls, parfaits, and with fresh fruit. It’s grain free, oil free, and gluten free. Check out the recipe below and let me know what you think in the comments.
Makes 16oz Mason Jar
Ingredients 1 C Raw Dehydrated Unsweetened Coconut
1 C Dates
1/2 C Pumpkin Seeds
1/2 C Walnuts
1/4 Tsp. Cinnamon
2 Tbsp. Hempseeds
Pre-prep work: Wash walnuts and pumpkin seeds and let air dry on clean towel. Option to dehydrate on 113 Degrees F for one hour.
Add all ingredients to food processor and blend ingredients together until the mixture is broken into tiny pieces.
Store in airtight container or glass mason jar in fridge for up to 14 days.