I'm not 100% raw, but I have been moving towards a predominately raw food diet over the past year. This year will be the first that I will be mostly raw while studying Naturopathic Medicine as a full time student.
One thing I've learnt over the years is that preparation is the key to success and so I've been busy making preparations for the upcoming school year that will help me to be successful throughout the whole year.
I began with spending a little money: I found a great deal from Cruda Cafe in which they offer prepared raw food for 15 days that you can pick up from their restaurant. It includes a smoothie, 2 raw meals and a raw dessert for only $10 a day! I thought this would be great to use during my final exams because I anticipate that I will be too busy studying and stressing out to really appreciate making my own food. In other words? This will be a life saver!
Next, I shopped around for some prepared raw food that I could keep around as an emergency stash. Here are some of my findings, all locally made by raw Torontonians! We have Mediterranean flavoured flax crackers (Make It Raw), banana coconut wafers (Nud) and a 100% raw chocolate bar (Giddy Yoyo).
Next, I began to freeze fresh fruit so that I could have ample fruits on hand to prepare my morning smoothies. I bought a crate of mangos for an incredible price that I cubed and froze. Another favorite trick of mine is to buy very ripe bananas for $0.39/lb, break them into bite-sized pieces, lay them in a single layer on a cookie sheet and freeze them. I use them to make banana ice cream as well as in smoothies and desserts :) I also juice tons of lemons and freeze them in ice cube trays for when I need some freshly squeezed lemon juice in a pinch.
I also decided to dehydrate some snacks, as dehydrating foods helps them to have a longer shelf life without any added preservatives. I made cookies, seasoned almonds and cashews and tried my hand at some crackers (not to worry, all will be featured in future posts!). I'm fairly new at using a dehydrator, so I'm still experimenting with some recipes.
Hopefully these little tricks can help all of you aspiring raw foodies in saving time and encourage you to keep being rawesome. Have a fantastic day!