Here is my menu plan for the next week!
Each day contains approx. 2000 calories, between 10-15% of calories from protein, 25-30% of calories from fat, 50-65% of calories from carbohydrate at least 1000mg calcium and toooooooooons more vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals (antioxidants) that I otherwise wouldn’t get through cooked food. My goal is to not lose weight, but to gain more energy from this one week raw vegan challenge.
In the Menu the bold items are recipes that I will be preparing. To my surprise raw vegan food is not boring at all! in fact I will be trying new exciting recipes that I never thought of before. To the right is a raw lasagna, not on my menu this week, but doesn’t it look divine?!
I finished the shopping list, and I have to be honest, I do not know if I can eat all of this food in one week! Fruits and vegetables have less calories by weight than lets say, a hamburger! I will be getting phytochemical benefits that I wouldn’t get in a hamburger. I will be completely eliminating acrylamides, which are carcinogens and can cause cancer. The acrylamides are found in processed foods such as potato chips, baked or fried salty snacks, french fries and other fried/cooked foods.
The main reason I am doing this is because of my new found love for fruits and vegetables. I told myself I would never be a vegetarian and that I could never stop eating meat, but here I am a vegetarian for 5 months. After watching the movie Forks Over Knives I found a new inspiration and motivation to pursue a mostly vegan diet. Please watch Forks Over Knives if you haven’t already, it is life changing and very persuading. I know that if we want to live in radiant health and disease free we have to take advantage of the natural, organic, whole foods that give us MORE essential nutrients than we humans cannot even comprehend right now. I also want to take on a new challenge, and this will be a bigger challenge than I anticipated!
I have never sprouted grains or legumes so I was a little intimidated by this. I thought this may be time consuming, but this only takes a couple minutes of prep time a couple days before. I used the recipes from the Becoming Raw book that I bought. It took a while to finish the shopping list but here it is:
13 bananas, 15 cups blueberries, 4 cups strawberries, 4 cups strawberries, 17 oranges, 4 peaches, 6 apricots, 3 cups cantalope, 3 cups honeydew melon, 5 cups watermelon, 12 figs, 1 apple, 3 dates
11.5 cups kale, 18 cups romaine lettuce, 4 corn on the cobs, 4 cups broccoli, 3 cups carrots, 2 cups cherry tomatoes, 5 tomatoes, 2 cups napa cabbage, 2 cups red cabbage, 1 pepper, 1 small cucumber, 1 avocado, 3 cups asparagus, 8 cups snow peas, 1 zucchini, 1 cups green onion, 1 cup parsley
1 cup almonds, 2 brazil nuts, 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds, 2/3 cup walnuts, 3/4 cup pecans
flax seed oil, nutritional yeast, tahini, ground flax seed, 1/2 cup barley, 1.5 teaspoons light miso, garlic, tamari
“Do you think horses and elephants worry about not having any animal protein in their diet? Elephants are bigger and stronger than you.” Ruth Heidrich six time winner of the Ironman Triathlon