Raw Food Replacements For Cooked Food
One of the first questions I get from those who are just transitioning onto the raw food diet is; What can I eat instead of ...(whatever their favorite foods or snacks are)? So, I wanted to create a list of some of the most common cravings from the SAD (Standard American Diet) and then share with you what I use as a replacement. This is especially important in the transition phase. If any are missing that you would like to know about please leave me a comment below. For some of the replacements I have linked them directly to recipes I have made so you have an actual recipe to go with it.
JUNK FOOD CRAVINGS - RAW REPLACEMENTS
Applesauce- Cranberry orange apple sauce
Candy - Dates (biting into a fresh, organic date can be heavenly), or just sweet ripe fruit.
Candy bars- Date candy bars
Chocolate - Raw carob
Tarts- Mango tart
Shakes- Fruit smoothies
Carrot Cake- No bake carrot cake
Chili Cheese Fries- Jicama chili cheeze fries
Chocolate mousse- "Chocolate" peppermint mousse
Chocolate pudding- Coconut carob chia pudding
Latte- Raw vegan pumpkin latte
Nutella/ Chocolate spread- Carob ganache
FOOD & CONDIMENTS - RAW REPLACEMENTS
Salt- Dulse flakes, dried celery flakes, or very sparingly pink Himalayan or Celtic Sea salt
Meat - Portobello mushroom, or avocado
Vinegar - Lemon
Chip or veggie dips - Raw hummus, zucchini dips, nut pate'
Cereal - Cut up fruit, berries and/or raw oat groats in banana or nut milk
Macaroni & Cheese- Raw vegan Mac & Cheese
Porridge- Chia seed porridge
Salad dressing - Veggie/fruit/nut/seed mix dressing
Oatmeal- Apple cinnamon "oatmeal"
Pate' - Nut/seed pate'
Sandwich wraps - Cabbage/greens or lettuce wraps
Sports drinks - Blended watermelon, coconut water, celery blended with water, banana blended with water, or mixed celery and banana blended with water.
Pesto- Arugula walnut pesto
Sushi - Nori rolls, or veggie sushi rolls
Cheese - Nut or seed cheese
Taco meat- Spicy meatless taco meat
Tuna salad- Raw vegan "tuna" salad
Hope this is helpful. Wishing you the best on your raw food journey!