Here are some helpful tips I have learned through this process that might save you time by not having to figure them out on your own:
*If you are concerned about how much fruit is in your green smoothie use less banana and add a 1/2 Avocado to the smoothie to replace the reduced banana.
*If you only use 1/2 of an avocado at a time and you don’t want the other half to turn brown too fast from oxidation, use the 1/2 that releases from the seed first, leave the seed in the 1/2 you are storing and put plastic wrap tightly around that half and refrigerate. You will be amazed at how the avocado stays green!
*For a quick lunch when you are on the go, pick this up at Costco:
Tasty Bite Brand – Madras Lentils
This product comes in a yellow box with 4 microwaveable pouches inside. One pouch has 2 servings of the very tasty lentil and red bean chili with sauce and tomatoes. It has 2 ingredients pretty far down on the list of fresh ingredients that fudge a little on the no dairy rule. It has a small amount of cream and a small amount of butter. But, it is far better than many things you could eat, and very hearty if you are on the go and don’t have time to stand at the stove and mix up your own yummy chili!
*If you get a sweet tooth for something you have been used to eating from time to time, try the recipe and substitute whole grain wheat flour that you grind in your wheat mill in place of white flour, applesauce for the egg or eggs and agave nectar for the sugar. Sometimes these ideas work great, sometimes not as great, but it is worth experimenting.
*Eat at least 60-80-% raw to get the enzymes you need to properly use and process food in your body.
I get the munchies sometimes and just want to crunch something. I make greensmoothiegirl.com flax seed crackers and they are virtually carbohydrate free but they are crunchy. I love to dip them in guacamole for a real treat. If I go to a mexican restaurant with my family I order guacamole and bring flax crackers along with me so I am not tempted to eat the chips! It really works!
Buy a vegetable curler called a saladacco. Here is one website you can look at about that: http://www.discountjuicers.com/spiralcompare.html
With some new tools like the saladocco, canal knife or vegetable curler you can make things look very fancy. Sometimes presentation is very important. There is youtube video that shows how to use some of these tools. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mqlxdSvJXo check this out!
I hope some of these ideas will help you to have fun with your new plan to eat a more healthy and raw diet.