prepping on a raw food diet

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How to prep on a raw food diet

Are you a raw foodie concerned about how you will prepare for long term emergencies
and stay true to your dietary preferences?

If there is an emergency, how would you survive on fully raw? What would you do if
there is a drought or somehow your farm does not produce? Do you have any shelf-
stable pantry ideas beyond seeds and nuts?

For starters, you'll need energy. Hopefully you'll have your own garden of leafy
greens. Be sure to add three other plant-based energy sources to your diet:

  • Chlorella (Chlorella Tablets): This green algae has an unusually high content
    of chlorophyll (the highest of any known plant). Algae are a group of one-celled
    plants, containing no true root, stem or leaf. This particular fresh-water, single
    celled microscopic plant contains a host of health building nutrients. Pictured left
    are Chlorella tablets, which contain chlorophyll ,plus vitamins, minerals, dietary
    fiber, nucleic acids, amino acids, enzymes, and CGF (Chlorella Growth Factor).
    Under the favorable growth conditions of strong sunlight, pure water and clean
    air, Chlorella multiplies at an incredible rate, the complete reproduction cycle
    taking less than 24 hours.

  • Raw energy bars. Raw Revolution energy bars, pictured at the top left of the
    page, will sustain you through a short emergency. As well, the Live Pumpkin
    Bar, a Happy Prepper favorite, pictured lower right, is an ideal raw food that has
    a long shelf life. Want to make your own? See the raw energy bar recipe,
    directly right, from Fully Raw Kristina!

  • Maca Root Powder. This nutrient-dense root provides an abundance of
    vitamins, minerals, and amino acids beneficial for general health, hormonal
    balance, and immune function. Maca root builds a stamina and libido booster!
    Called "Peruvian Ginseng," Maca root is a powerful superfood native to the
    Peruvian Andes Mountains.  Peruvian hunters for the centuries have ingested
    Maca before the big hunt! Maca powder is sensitive to light, oxygen and
    humidity, so be sure to store it with oxygen absorbers in a mason jar and keep
    in a dark space in your pantry. To use Maca Powder, blend it into your
    smoothies or juices. It's great with nut or rice milk.

How to prepare for emergencies on a raw food diet
Eating raw isn't just a diet, it's a lifestyle choice. Eating a myriad of raw foods is
healthy and you will find all the protein and fats you need in variety. The problem
comes only in two areas: raw food will wilt away without refrigeration.

Get prepared for a raw food diet, because this isn't going to be easy!

  • Refrigeration: If you sustain entirely on a diet from your garden. You'll need a
    generator to keep your raw foods as fresh as possible.

Raw Foods Kitchen Tools
A raw food prepper needs a garden and plenty of kitchen tools.

  • Dehydrator. A dehydrator is another favorite of raw foodies. With a dehydrator,
    you can make raw crackers, fruit leathers, and add an abundance of dried fruits
    to your food storage.

  • Discover Ten Ways to Use a Food Dehydrator. If you have a dehydrator and
    want to get more from it, then this other free guide is a must. Get ideas for
    making tempeh, granola, pemmican, natto and more. Enjoy more from healthy
    and inexpensive foods to make in your dehydrator.

  • high speed blender.

  • Tailgater blender, pictured at the bottom of the page, plugs into the
    cigarette lighter of your car.

  • food processor

  • good quality juicer

  • Hand crank juicer. When the power goes out, you'll need to ensure you
    can make your smoothies. A hand-crank juicer is great for just such

  • Mandolin. A mandolin is not a musical instrument, but a magical instrument to
    transform your veggies and fruits into artful salads with shreds, slices, spirals,
    and short pasta thin strips. A spiralizer will help you make long raw "pasta"

  • Spiralizer. With a spiralizer, like the one pictured at the top of the page, you
    can make spiral cuts to make vegetable or fruit "noodles" in seconds. If you're
    already a raw food, you likely have a spiralizer to make quick and easy fancy
    vegetable peeling with a spiral vegetable slicer. You can make slaws, vegetable
    noodles and fancy garnishes. Or curly fries if you're vegan (and not wholly into

  • Sprouter. Sprouting your food is a wonderful way to keep true to your raw
    vegan roots, but keeping emergency preparedness in mind. With you organic
    seeds, a sprouter and some sunshine, you can grow your food.

  • Root Cellar. While many raw vegans do not find potatoes palatable, other root
    vegetables, such as beets and carrots have found their way into the hearts of
    raw foodies.

Pantry storage for a raw food diet:

  • Cacao. Raw organic cacao is an antioxidant rich food.

  • Dried fruits: dates, figs, prunes, raisins, cranberries, blueberries (look for
    organic and no sugar or sulfur dioxide). Bliss Organic Turkish Apricots, pictured
    right, are infused with water, not sulfur dioxide.

  • Remember the dates! Better than energy gels, you'll find dates are a
    quick-digesting carbohydrate . It's a whole food to take with you on your
    bugout because it will provide quick energy too!

  • Raw Honey. Raw honey is never heated or filtered. This comes with some risks
    as foreign particles may find its way into your honey

  • Raw Rev bars. Live food in convenient bars.

  • Raw Nuts:
  1. Almonds
  2. Brazil nuts
  3. Hazel nuts (just 16 raw hazel nuts boast 11% of your fiber needs. As
    well, they pack a little vitamin C and Calcium, plus 8% of your iron).
    Certainly they pack fat, but there's 0 grams trans fat!

    Tips on Nuts:
  • Skip the raw cashews, because there is no such thing as a raw cashew.
    The process of
  • Nuts with shells last longer, but nuts eventually become rancid.

  • Raw Seeds:
  1. Chia seeds
  2. Pumpkin seeds
  3. Sesame seeds
  4. Sunflower seeds

  • Spice (Turmeric). Turmeric is an antioxidant rich spice, and flavorful for curries.
    This root  contains "curcumin" helping to fight cancer and disease. Store the
    dried powder form for raw curries or shave the root for salads and smoothies.

  • Oils.  Raw coconut oil isn't your only oil!  There are other delicious and fully raw
    choices for you:

  • Raw hemp oil. An organic superfood, the benefit of hemp oil is that it
    contains chlorophyll, tocopherols, and antioxidants that all support
    immune function. Nutiva's cold-press hemp oil, pictured immediate left, is
    non-gmo certified. Raw hemp oil adds a light, nutty flavor to dressings,
    sauce, smoothies. Try it as a pesto for raw noodles. It's also great on
    kale! Best of all, help oil is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and GLA (gamma-
    linolenic acid). In case you're wondering, it does not contain THC in which
    Marijuana does. As a bonus, it's also great for the skin to help alleviate

  • Raw sesame seed oil. Loaded in vitamin E, sesame seed oil has been
    used for therapeutic purposes for more than 4000 years. Ayurveda
    physicians recommend it in the raw state to keep the intestinal tract
    clean and nourished. One tablespoon in the morning and at night.
    Sesame Seed Oil is approximately 50% oleic acid, recently discovered to
    have major beneficial effects on the serum cholesterol levels of the
    human blood when taken regularly as a dietary supplement. Sesame oil is
    rich in antioxidants. It also may ease diabetes symptoms thanks to the
    lignans and phenols. Drizzle it as a salad dressing.

  • Cold-pressed walnut oil. Men in particular will appreciate that Walnut oil
    contains omega-3 fats. Why? Because these fats protect against prostate
    cancer. As well, walnut oil promotes heart health, reduces inflammation
    and protects against diabetes. Prepper women will love it too as walnut
    oil staves off bone loss. Walnut oil provides essential fatty acids and flora
    oils. EFAs such as omega-3s and omega-6s are needed by our bodies,
    but the body cannot make them on its own. Look for walnut oils that are
    truly cold-pressed, and unrefined.

    No matter what oil you choose, it won't last forever. Choose dark brown glass
    bottles to prevent deterioration from light and store in your pantry under dark
    and even temperature conditions.

The Handy Pantry Sprouting wheat, pictured left lives up to its name. It can help you
sprout wheat. Use the wheat berries for growing wheat grass, which you can juice or
for sprouting to add a delicious crunch to your salads. Or even just to snack!

Raw foods that store well in the fridge:
  1. Cabbage head. Cabbage is a sturdy vegetable loaded with Vitamin C. If stored
    properly, you can maintain the integrity of the cabbage for up to two months.
    For long term storage, do not cut or wash your cabbage until you're ready to
    eat! Both cutting and washing the cabbage will accelerate the decline. Keep it
    dry, and keep your head intact!
  2. Garlic. Fresh garlic can last a month or more and provides antioxidant support
    along with flavoring. Mince garlic into a garden salsa or
  3. Onions. Onions last easily a couple of months the drawer of your refrigerator.
    The savory addition of onions will enhance egg dishes, soups and stews or fried
  4. Sweet Potatoes. Sweet potatoes aren't really potatoes at all. They have loads
    of Vitamin C and are good for cardiovascular health. It's another sturdy
    vegetable for your fridge, and you can eat them raw! Don't confuse them with
    yams. Sweet potatoes have a thin peel, whereas yams have a thick skin. Go
    ahead and drizzle some hemp oil on your raw sweet potatoes.

Reasons to start dehydrating:

  • Backpacking and bugging out -- light and cheap. You can create backpacking
    food or food for bugging out for pennies on the dollar. The food is lightweight,
    nutritious and practical for stuffing into a backpack. The best part is the savings
    it brings to your food budget.

  • Raw vegans can eat dehydrated foods as a snack! Drying foods keeps foods
    keeps them nutrient rich. There process keeps all the enzymes. And if you're
    vegan not sticking to a raw lifestyle, you can cook the dehydrated veggies into
    soups, stews, pastas and casseroles.

  • Make your garden veggies last. You may have too much

  • Citrus is excellent for dehydrating and looks so pretty! Have a lemon, lime or
    orange tree that's a little too abundant? Get a great deal on organic lemons?
    Then take advantage of this unusual idea to dehydrate lemons. To get thin
    lemons perfect for dehydrating, get a mandoline.
  1. Dehydrate for potpourri and enjoy the scent
  2. Mix into teas hot and cold to add flavor.
  3. Float them in drinks for fun! Excellent for backpacking to enhance water
  4. Try candied lemons or powdered for instant homemade drinks.
  5. Infuse rice dishes during boiling and steaming (you can remove them
    before serving).
  6. Garnish roasted vegetables. While it's not a substitute for fresh zest, it
    will import a nice aroma and infuse with flavor.

  • Dehydrated foods don't require refrigeration. Food that's been dehydrated
    has a long shelf life, but we didn't need to tell you that.

So what's stopping you from prepping? Just set your dehydrator and forget it! If you
don't prepare, you won't be able stomach the foods others may have stockpiled for
you, and you may end up compromising your standards or ethics. Raw vegans today
have many options and we've highlighted just a few of the ideas.

We're happy to hear your prepping ideas and link to your site. Please drop us a note
on Twitter at HappyPreppers.  Prepare to live happily ever after!

Happy Endings...
Eating raw vegan is a lifestyle choice as much as it is to be a prepper. The two
concepts are not mutually exclusive! You can prepare to live happily ever after as a
vegan prepper and stock your pantry without meat or dairy.

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