Eating dinner in the driveway tonight, just because. Romaine and roasted chickpea salad with raw green pea dressing + a romaine, cucumber, pineapple, orange and spirulina smoothie.
My average grocery list
I often get asked what my grocery list looks like so I thought I’d put together a rough list of what I normally shop for… Please suspend your judgements!
**If you’re one of those people whom, after reading this list, still plan to send me some scathing message saying ”you don’t eat enough!” or “you have to be rich to eat like that!” please note that I manage to feed two very active adults a pure plant foods, high raw diet on a budget of less that $400.00 a month, and food is literally the ONLY THING I spend my money on BY CHOICE. I believe health is your greatest wealth and I’m more than happy to invest. ;) For an idea of what my meals look like you can browse through these posts.**
I always buy a lot of:
- Greens. Kale, chard, spinach, cabbage and romaine. Anything on sale.
- Fruit. Bananas, melons, apples and oranges. Anything on sale.
- Frozen fruit. Mango, pineapple and strawberries.
- Veg. Zucchini, broccoli, carrots, mushrooms, tomatoes, onions.
- Dates. Medjool and pitted Deglet Noor.
I usually buy some:
- Raw nuts. Almonds and fair trade cashews.
- Dried shredded coconut.
- Canned organic beans. Garbanzo, black and kidney.
- Dried herbs as needed. (basil, oregano, garlic powder, etc.)
As an occasional treat I might buy:
- Organic cold-pressed coconut oil
- Dried pineapple and persimmon pieces
- 1 organic fair-trade dark chocolate bar
- 1 box of herbal tea
- 1 package of sprouted tortillas
I realize not everyone will have access to all the foods I’ve listed above. That being said, I hope this list can serve as a general guide to what an inexpensive, mostly raw vegan shopping trip can look like. Later! ~ ea
Breakfast: steel cut oats cooked w/ almond butter and banana, banana slices, coconut milk and shaved dark chocolate on top. White apricot tea + rice milk.
Work lunch/snacks for my dude: PB & fig jam sandwich, banana slices w/ vegan chocolate chips, raw veggies + homemade ranch dip, a plant based protein bar, an orange & a pear. Sheesh. He works hard, he’s earned it.
What are really good ways to increase my caloric intake without sacrificing clean eating? :/
Adding organic coconut oil to foods, cooking with nuts (cook them in to stirfry, pastas, etc.), adding avocado to your smoothies, adding a piece of whole grain toast with PB to your existing daily intake, and my favorite… Snacking on dates!
Hope this helps :)
Soup for breakfast: homemade spicy vegetable + fresh avocado.
Saturday smoothie action! Frozen banana, coconut milk, hazelnut milk & lots of cinnamon. It allllmost tastes like cake batter. Yum. (Taken with Instagram)
Japanese buckwheat noodles with baked tomato, shallot and yellow squash. (Taken with Instagram)
Today’s easy raw vegan lunch: citrus marinated summer salad topped with cilantro-lime cashew cream. So good.
Medjool dates are my new favorite food. Ancient, raw food friendly, vegan, extremely nutrient rich and delicious. Seriously, they taste like caramel- so chewy & sweet… I know they don’t look very appealing, but try them! You won’t be disappointed. :)
$27.36 worth of organic/local produce. Yes, eating a clean vegan diet can be both cost effective and completely satisfying. Look for good deals, contact local farmers and eat seasonally!
Inside my fridge…
Tonight’s raw vegan dessert; strawberries & dried coconut.