Ga-Ga-Ga Green SmoothiesOh green smoothie, how you taste so much better than you look… In some instances resembling an unkempt goldfish bowl, green smoothies are an ingenious way to get down a massive amount of greens. And yes, despite first glance, they taste amazing! Seriously.
Ghetto Green Smoothie
- Fresh spinach
Raw Snack AttackI use to smear neon orange cheese on a cracker with a red piece of plastic- oh how times change! Despite the lack of shiny packaging, raw foods provide the means for some killer snacking. Cut up veggies and dip are a flavorful and satisfying snack as long as you nix the crusty buttermilk ranch. With so many amazing raw dips out there, you won’t miss it. Fresh guacamole and salsa are great raw dips and there are plenty of other recipes out there to explore. Even if you have to go with a healthier non-raw dip (like hummus for example) eating it with fresh veggies is a much better option than chips, crackers or bread. A piece of raw fruit is an ideal snack to grab on the go. More often than not, I’m spotted with a banana on my way out the door in the morning. Luckily, most coffee shops and convenience stores have bananas or other pieces of whole fruit available in a pinch. Better than a Danish, fo sho.
Go Buck Wild at the Salad BarNo matter what the mainstay of your meal is, know that you can go crazy on the salad/raw veggie component. Filling up on raw veggies or dark leafy salad is a smooth move no matter what other anti-health foods may sit on your plate. Getting in more of the good stuff will benefit you nutritionally and fill you up so you eat less of the unhealthier part of the meal.
Raw Detox Meals or FastsPerspective is key. While continuing to do your “you” thang, you can think of raw foods as a way to detox the body or for periods of cleansing. I know plenty of hotties who turn to raw to regain balance after stints of hitting junk food/boozeville a little too hard. You may opt to keeping one meal a day raw for balance, or you may try a week of raw as a cleanse. You could do raw during the week and then free ball on the weekends- whatever works for you. One thing is for sure, the more face time you give raw food, the more you will crave it and want to voluntarily incorporate it into your life. Which, like my homegirl Martha Stewart always told me, “Is a very good thing.” About the author: Lisa Paris discovered raw veganism a year and a half ago and has rocked the lifestyle ever since. As a writer and nutritional coach out of Portland, Oregon, she enjoys long walks at the Farmer’s Market and quality upside down time in yoga. You can check Lisa out at www.rawbeets.com an entertaining, educational site providing accessible information on raw foods as well as social commentary on the lifestyle and green living. Lisa on Twitter: Click Me Lisa on Facebook: Click Me
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