For those of you that are considering going raw or just want to incorporate more raw foods into your diet, here are a few snacks and treats I have found available at your local markets.
We all know that fast=easy, thus the rise in cancer, diabetes, and obesity in our society, but there are ways to find healthy foods that are just as quick and easy to eat, rather thank stopping by your local fast food joint.
The key to health is planning. Make sure you have your meals and snacks planned out ahead of time. If you know you have a long day away from home ahead of you, be sure to pack up your eats for the day!
Take a look at what I’ve found so far:
By far my favorite treat: Cloud 9 Raw Chocolate is raw, vegan, gluten-free fudge. I have a sweet tooth that is the queen of sweet tooths! Cloud 9 Raw Chocolate satisfy’s my sweet cravings and even provides a bit of energy. Chocolate you can eat for breakfast? This raw thing’s not too shabby.
While we are on the sweet topic, check out Hail Merry. Known for their “raw” macaroons, Hail Merry also produces raw tarts, ‘grawnola’, and nuts.
I have to admit, I was a bit disappointed and by no means, from the flavor. In fact, I love their products. While I was chowing down on a bag of vanilla macaroons, I took the liberty to do a little extra reading. Once I took a closer look, I noticed that the package specified “raw oils”. Why would it say that? Aren’t all of the ingredients raw? It does say “RAW” in big letters just above.
So I flipped the bag over to do a little investigating. Here is what I found……Looks like quit a few of those ingredients are NOT raw! I decided to contact the company for a clear explanation, and they sent me a long drawn out statement saying that they are in fact not 100% raw with reasoning as to why. To make a long story short, the owner is not 100% raw, nor does she believe it to be completely healthy.
Next up, Gopal’s Nori Wrapped Power Wraps.
If you aren’t a fan of sushi or seaweed in general, I would stay away from this one. The flavor was definitely a unique one and if you aren’t used to a raw diet, you might take one bite and not finish the rest. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying they taste bad, just different. The power wraps come in several flavors, including Mexican and Italian. And for $1.95, it’s a raw treat on-the-go you just can’t beat!
Some of my favorite products so far come from Living Intentions. They offer a variety of flavored nuts which are amazing! I love the White Chocolate Cashews, Almonds, and Cocao nibs.
Chipotle flavored pistachios
In addition to flavored nuts, Living Intentions offers cereals, salad boosters, trail mix, and a raw flour mix. While their website seems a bit amateur, I love all of their products and recommend that anyone try them out!
On a final note, here is a quick homemade treat that is easy for all. Never buy nut butter again! You can make your own peanut butter, almond butter, or any butter of your choice in a matter of minutes!
Throw your favorite nuts into the blender and blend on high for several minutes until a creamy mix has been created. If you haven’t achieved the exact creaminess you desire, add a small amount of oil.
Here is some almond butter I made and paired up with apples for a healthy snack. Just pure organic almond butter with no additives, including salt! Next time take a look at your peanut butter labels, it should include nuts in the ingredients, that all!