Raw veganism is the simplest during the summer months when fully established into the new lifestyle diet; newcomers might have a different opinion though. Here are my simple summer tips to eating raw vegan this summer and fall.
1. Follow the Seasons: It is important to learn when all produce is grown and harvested in your area. Raw vegan recipes are best when served with fresh season specific produce. Sure at lot of produce can be produce in a greenhouse of by genetically altering (GM) the produce to grow in unseasonal times of the year but the taste is completely different compared to the original and it is not necessarily healthy for the body.
2. Locate Your Local Farmer Markets: Most cities have at least one farmer’s market each week, depending on the schedule that the farmer’s have setup. Do some research before going the first time and find the organic farmers that will be taking produce to your local farmers market. If you are unsure of the farmers present at each market, contact city hall and the personnel should be able to direct you to the person in charge of getting permits and running the farmer’s market.
3. Befriend Local Farmers: Farmer Markets’ are the best way to “meet and greet” your local farmers. Talk with the farmers and see if you can get produce throughout the week. Remember farmers are in the “inner circle” and can connect you to other local farmers in the area that may not sell at the market. In addition, some farmers will only bring along certain types of produce knowing that this is the only type that will sell at the local level. Hence, if you connect with your local farmer, he/she might have more produce that usually isn’t available for purchase at the farmers market. Some will even share with you some private produce; it all depends on the farmer.
4. To-Go Food: Raw veganism is the nicest in the summer since it eliminates those hot, sweaty hours in the kitchen. It is so easy to lay-off the stove and oven for at least the summer months. To ignore the glare your stove is no giving you, take your meals out of the house and enjoy the season. Try to pre-package a few meals and snacks in your fridge to have ready for the long week ahead. It is best to use glass containers instead of plastic since it does not leave contaminates in the food and retains cooler temperatures longer. Some scientists have even found by using glass containers a refrigerator has less work do to creating a lower electricity bill per month. Then after a long day simply take your pre-packaged food out and go to the park or somewhere outdoors. Not only will you get some exercise and fresh air but you will be far away from other temptations lurking in the kitchen.
5. Live by the Smoothies: There is nothing more energizing and filling during he summer months than a fruit/vegetable smoothie. Purchase a blender if you do not already have one sitting around your kitchen (some can be purchased for less than $10.00) and you are on your way to smoothie heaven. Throw in some of your favorite fruits, along with ice and make your own smoothie. Some of my favorite veggie additions are spinach, kale and beet roots.
6. Be Creative with Salads: Salads are so simple to make but can be delightful on a hot summer day. Start with a plate of fresh mixed greens and add other fruits and vegetables. Tip: Try some new fruits in your salad and create something new! You might be amazed at what tastes good on top of a salad. My personal favorite salad topping addition is mango!
7. Grind up your own cold Treats: Whenever I make a smoothie I like to set some aside for a frozen pop later in the day or week. Simply make your favorite smoothie and pour some extra in a Popsicle container or ice cut tray with used Popsicle sticks or toothpicks. Place in the freezer and eat later when frozen.
8. Purchase in Bulk: In the summer, farmers have some amazing deals if you pick your own produce. Many will even give you deals if you purchase in bulk. It is easy to find another person that wants the same type of produce and split the cost and picking work. Search online for more information on farmers in your area that have “you pick” options. If you can not find any, simply call up any local famers that sell the produce you are seeking and ask if they would allow you to pick your own produce for a reduced price off.