Having a busy life while trying to maintain a delicious, healthy raw food diet can be a challenge. Since the benefits of eating raw foods far outweigh any seeming disadvantage, it is definitely worth the effort! Fortunately I have been eating this way long enough to have come across some ways to make the raw food diet more quick and easy without sacrificing taste.
Here are my top 5 tips to make your diet quick and easy:
- Group your smoothie materials together in your freezer and pantry so that it is all in one easy to locate spot. I make so many smoothies that having everything I need all in easy to reach places is essential. I keep bananas right by the blender, frozen fruits stocked in the freezer, superfoods, agave, and nuts in a basket in the pantry, plus a big tub of baby spinach in the fridge for quick smoothie making. Throw in a little bit of your favorite ingredients with some water or almond milk and you have a great meal in less than 5 minutes, including clean up!
- Clean and cut fruit right when you get home from grocery shopping. Store it in clear containers in the fridge for a pre-made meal when you are in a hurry.
- Create a salad mix twice a week. I love salads and having a mix on hand makes it easy to toss one together quickly. Keep it simple and run some carrots, radiates, and squash through the shredding blade of your food processor and store it in the fridge. When you want a salad quickly, throw some pre-washed greens in with your salad mix, toss in some nuts and seeds and cherry tomatoes and you are done!
- Make 2 gourmet meals a week. A gourmet raw recipe typically yields quite a few servings. If I make raw tacos one night, I have leftovers for the next day at lunch, and even sometimes enough to left that I can be creative with at another meal. This is a minimal time investment for a couple really delicious meals.
- The time spent on these gourmet meals gets even less the more you make them. Find some that you really enjoy and that is fairly easy to make, and you will see that it will take you less and less time to make them in the future. Just remember to keep a folder of the ones you really enjoy, because it is really easy to forget which ones you have loved over time.
- Make one day a week Dehydrating Day. I try to plan ahead enough to make all of my recipes that call for dehydration happen on the same day. This works especially well for the items you use a lot. For me, this would be raw granolas, crackers, and tortillas. I also will make a batch of sprouted / dehydrated nuts and seeds to add to salads later.
I hope these tips help you as much as they have helped me to stick to my raw food diet schedule my busy schedule.