With the following Raw Food Snacks Recipes, you never need to go hungry on the raw food weight loss plan. In fact, it's much better if you don't! When you're hungry, you're far more likely to give in to temptations and make poor food choices. Plus, if your calorie intake falls too low, your body slows down your metabolism to keep you from possibly starving. And to lose weight, you want your metabolism running as high as possible.
So if you start getting a little hungry in between meals, go ahead and have a little snack. It can be as simple as grabbing an apple or banana, or as complicated as a gourmet raw food dessert recipe. You can even make a raw food smoothie and have that as a snack.
Also, remember to stay well hydrated. Drink a large glass of purified water between meals and between snacks. That will also help you feel more full. Add a few drops of lemon, orange or grapefruit essential oil to make your water yummy - my favorite is lime. Want to try a healthier wake-up choice than coffee? Try Peppermint essential oil in your water, which also happens to be a well-known appetite suppressant!
Following are a few snack ideas to get you started. Use your own creativity and substitute different ingredients for even more variety.
Fruit or Veggies with Honey-Tahini Dip
1 Tablespoon raw honey (or to taste)
2 Tablespoons raw Tahini (sesame seed paste)
1 cup cut up fruit such as apples, pears or bananas
or 1 cup cut up veggies such as carrots, celery or red peppers
Step one: mix honey and tahini with a spoon. Use as a dip for fruit or veggies. Serves one.
Optional: Use Almond Butter instead of Tahini. (Just don't use peanut butter! Peanuts are often contaminated with toxins from mold.) Also, add a drop of Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil - Delicious with apples!
Seasoned Trail Mix
1/4 cup raw almonds
1/4 cup raw cashews
1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/4 cup chopped dates or raisins
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon chili powder
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Step one: moisten nuts and dried fruit with just a little purified water.
Step two: add spices. Mix well. Serves one or two.
Optional: double the spices if you like your snack extra spicy! Experiment with different nuts, dried fruit and spices to make your own version. This is a higher calorie, higher fat snack, so eat in sensible moderation.
Chips and Guacamole
Thinly sliced veggies for chips
1 ripe Haas avocado, de-seeded
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
Step one: wash and peel veggies. Cut thin slices a little on the diagonal to make long oval chips.
Step two: scoop out avocado and mash with a fork. Sprinkle with sea salt. Tastes great just like this. Serves one or two.
Optional: for a more traditional guacamole recipe, add the following to the avocado and salt and blend up in a food processor, leaving it a little chunky:
1/4 cup tomato
1/8 cup onion
1/8 cup fresh cilantro
1 small clove garlic
juice from 1/4 fresh squeezed lime
1 teaspoon diced jalapeno pepper, if desired