Sunday, Sunday, SUNDAY!!!
I am man, and as man, I must watch football. I love my nachos, chips, wings and pizza, but that’s the kind of talk that got me to where I was in the first place. So, what can I munch on instead while yelling at the tv for the next 3-4 hours?
One of the things I like about going raw is the fact that you need to think ahead when it comes to eating, and I’m quite horrible when it comes to planning for anything. So, being temporarily more organized is a plus. You also need to have a have an idea of how much raw food you have in the house because if you run out, you don’t want to be tempted by some other non-raw alternatives. Snacking is healthy when it comes to eating raw because you really don’t have large meals for lunch and dinner and I’ve actually found myself becoming less hungry. (one of the great benefits to doing this is your body is chemical free, and the chemicals in most non-raw foods actually make you crave more food… non-raw food is extremely addictive and it’s done on purpose). The other thing you need to plan ahead for is the prepping the meals in general… you need to know what ingredients to use in your dishes. And, if you want to “cook” a raw food dish, you’ll have to use a dehydrator.. And if you use dehydrator, it’s going to take a good amount of time for “cook” a finished dish. So, you normally you need to plan at least a day ahead for cooked raw meals, because some raw meals take 4-12 hours to dehydrate.
Hey, I thought you couldn’t cook, veggiebro?
You can’t “cook” food the traditional way, beautiful people, so instead you dehydrate the food. Raw food has to be dehydrated using a temperature of no more than 104 degrees. So, yes, it takes a long time to “cook” anything at that rate, but by dehydrating food at that temperature, it doesn’t destroy any of the nutrition and enzymes within the food… So, if you’re going raw for real (like, f’ real, f’ real), get a dehydrator (I’ve actually heard there are now stoves that have built in dehydrators. And, if you are buying a dehydrator, from my experience, the more you pay for quality, the faster your food will “cook.”) But, back to football… what am I eating?
I prepped some celery stalks, brocolli, and carrot sticks. Still missing the naughty food factor. Luckily, earlier in the week I bought some sweet potatoes, so I decided on sweet potato chips.
- 3-4 Sweet potatoes
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 tbsp of Himalayan sea salt
- 1 tbsp cumin
- 1 tbsp of paprika
- 1 tbsp of chili powder
- 1/2 tsp of cayenne
- 1 tbsp of cumin
- 1 tbsp of onion powder
- 1 tbsp of honey
- 2 tbsp of agave nectar
- Slice the sweet potatoes into slices as thin as you can get them (use a spiral slicer or something like that)
- Mix the rest of the ingredients together and pour them over the sweet potato slices
- Spread the slices on the racks of your dehydrator for about 8-12 hours (WHAT!?!) No I’m not joking… but it’s WORTH IT!
After the chips done (if you want soft chips. take them out early, if not, let them stay in until crispy like potato chips), take them out, freak out your friends by telling them you’re on a raw food diet, explain to them how you no longer eat cooked food because you want to look fabulous and live forever, and share a chip with them. It may change their lives.