Raw Food Recipes Beat the Heat—at Home or When Traveling!
Posted on July 28 2012 | (4) Comments
Category:Raw On The Go
With a good part of the nation experiencing higher than normal temperatures this summer, a lot of people turn to prepared food as a way to avoid turning on the oven or stove. But raw food recipes are naturally suited to summer. They don’t require heat to prepare and often require no refrigeration when they travel. And unlike processed foods, in raw food dishes that you prepare yourself, there are no trans fats, cholesterol, refined sugar, refined flour, or other less-than-good-for-you ingredients.
I travel a great deal for business, but I also to travel for fun. Even when I’m busy, I try to take day trips that allow me to get back to nature, if only for a little while. My raw food lifestyle makes it easy for me to load up a picnic basket with all the food and beverages I need to stay well-hydrated and well-fed. I know the nutritious raw food that I’m packing will keep me energized all day long and won’t weigh me down. That means I’ll have the energy to make the most out of every minute.
My enthusiasm for being on the move is one of the reasons that Raw Food Made Easy for 1 or 2 People Revised contains so much information on eating well when 21st Century life keeps you moving at the speed of light. There are suggestions for easy take-along and make-on-the-spot meals and snacks that make eating well super-simple.
For a light simple breakfast, enjoy fresh fruit. Fruit is filled with energy and nutrition and will give you a morning boost, but no mid-morning crash. If you prefer a savory breakfast, an avocado is tasty and satisfying. Simply cut it in half, remove the pit, sprinkle the flesh with salt, and eat with a spoon.
Salads require forks to eat them and can be messy because of the dressing, so for lunch, I like to make a wrap by filling romaine lettuce leaves with sliced avocado, tomato, and cucumber, or with guacamole and salsa. For a sweet wrap, spread the lettuce leaves with almond butter and banana slices. Find a spot with a pretty view and you’re eating at the best ‘restaurant’ in the neighborhood.
When the sun starts to set and dinner time rolls around, California Rolls are so satisfying and sophisticated that they turn a roadside picnic into dining ‘al fresco’...which is really just Italian for ‘in the fresh’ and refers to eating outdoors, but it sounds so elegant!
My vegetarian California Rolls are made by spreading sheets of nori with miso and filling the rolls with carrot, cucumber, red bell pepper, and avocado. Since there’s no seafood in my rolls, you don’t have to worry about spoilage.
Get the California Rolls recipe here.
Here’s my personal tip for making your raw food road trip a success. Make sure to pack snacks. Roadside treats and attractions will be beckoning to you and the best way to keep from eating something you might regret is to make sure you have something you enjoy to keep you satisfied. Macadamia nuts with raisins make a calorie-packed snack that is great when you’re hiking. For a more elaborate trail mix: combine 1 cup of nuts and seeds (such as almonds, cashews, pecans, and sunflower seeds), 1/2 cup of dried fruit (such as chopped apricots, chopped dates, and dark or golden raisins), and a sprinkle of salt.
Eating on the road was never easier or tastier!
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