It has been too long since I have written in here and I must make it more often.
What I want to cover today is raw food snack recipes and ideas. Basically I don’t follow too many recipes. I look at a recipe and then adjust it to my taste and also get ideas from other recipes for combining ingredients, etc.
I love browsing blogs and looking at the pictures and the recipes, I can do that for hours, but then, I don’t get my own blog written.
I have always been a snacker, probably snack more than most people. Although I snack often, I usually always snack on healthy food. I have always been that way. Sure the occassionaly snack that is too sweet or too full of fat but since I do not eat any preservatives to most, my snacks are healthy.
I used to have an addiction to peanut butter but that is gone – thank goodness! But I truly LOVE tahini and have even gotten to love raw tahini. I can put that on basically anything.
Tahini on celery sticks, tahini with carrots (very good), tahini in a lettuce wrap, on a cracker, etc. I also use it in salad dressings. I will mix tahini, braggs, a bit of oil and some lemon juice – maybe a bit of sweetener.
One of my favourite snacks are lettuce wraps. I always have some washed lettuce in my fridge and it is so easy to do:
- Take a piece of lettuce
- On it put some cut bell peppers
- Add some avocado, tomato, cucumber, etc
- Roll it up or fold it over and eat
You can basically add anything in the middle – tahini with some veggies, just plain almond butter is great also. Sprouts and cucumber with some pate.
I take some of the wrap recipes and use the pate that you would fill a wrap with and put that in lettuce instead of a dehydrated wrap.
You can make raw chili and put in a lettuce wrap. You can use collard greens instead of lettuce. Or what about swiss chard.
You can add fruit such as mango – mango and avocado, or mango and cucumber, etc.
Even a date in the middle of a piece of kale is good.
Another one of my favourite snacks is avocado, tomatoes and braggs. I love those flavor combinations!! So easy, so fast and ingredients you probably always have. Of course with this you can add bell peppers, celery, etc and it can become really chunky and almost like a chutney or salad.
Raw food is geat because there is so much variety. You don’t have to be exact with the ingredients and you don’t have to cook it!! You can bring ingredients to work such as:
Cucumber, lettuce, tomatoes, bell pepper, sprouts, avocado, tahini, hemp seeds, etc. And during the day you can add ingredients together and make something.
I do this often, I just bring the raw ingredients, in a bag, in a container, etc and then snack on them, make them into a salad, etc. I always have some oil, apple cider vinegar, braggs (or nama shoyu), tahini, almond butter and lemon at work to make a dressing or add to a snack or meal.
I have put oil, apple cider vinegar, tahini and almond butter in small glass storage containers with lids and they are in the fridge at work so I don’t have to bring them every day.
Another great snack I was doing for a while was a pudding. Fruit and avocado and sometimes I would add chia gel to it.
The above picture is a pudding made with mango, avocado and blueberries.
One of my favourites was mango peach with a bit of chia gel. I just use my food processor and frozen fruit. It only takes a few minutes and it is fantastic!!
- Frozen Mango
- Frozen Peaches
- 1/4 – 1/2 avocado
- 1 tsp chia gel
First mix mango and peaches until blended. Then add avocado and chia gel and mix until creamy. Good to eat then or you can put in freezer or fridge. I even would make a larger batch and then store in small glass containers with lids in freezer and then when I wanted some I just took it out of freezer and thawed for a bit and then I could eat it. I had a few of these at work also.
I eat a very high raw diet but I actually don’t consume a lot of nuts. When I do, they are in truffles and cookies. These I always have in the freezer and they can last for a very long time.
Fast and easy!!
Truffles can be made with any nut really. The kind of nut changes the texture and taste of the truffle. I love coconut so usually add coconut or roll them in coconut.
The basic ingredients I use are:
Nut of choice or combination – almonds, cashews, walnuts, pecans
(you can also use seeds in these)
- Cacao powder
- Cacao nibs (sometimes)
- Dried cherries (sometimes and very good)
- Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (just a little melted, makes them creamy)
- Vanilla Powder
- Nutmeg and other spices sometimes
- Possibly other dried fruit
I always use raw organic nuts and seeds and I soak them before I use them but if you are in a hurry you don’t really have to. Better for digestion if you do.
There are hundreds of varieties and ways of mixing and making truffles so it is fun to experiment. I added some mint essence in a truffle the last time I made them and it is sooo good! I love chocolate mint flavoring (if it is done right).
As for other snacks, I do usually have 1-2 larger salads that I have made and I will snack on some of that. It doesn’t have to be something separate and different than what you had for lunch, or breakfast.
Fruit is great, a fruit salad, grapefruit and chia gel is wonderful! Grapefruit and oranges cut in a bowl is so good.
Celery sticks, carrot sticks and some small grape tomatoes are some of the things I love to munch on while on computer or when I feel I want a crunch.
I would love to hear your snack ideas. Please leave a comment below
Here is to HEALTHY SNACKING!!
LIVE HAPPY & HEALTHY!