A lot of you have been asking me what Nathan takes to work to eat, what we take with us when we go out somewhere or if I can give you some ideas for raw vegan lunch boxes. I’ve been thinking about this for a while because I knew I wanted to do it but at the same time I wanted to think of a few totally different options so you’ll have some more variety. Just because I thought I wanted to give you some options instead of mixing only fruits because this is what everyone can do. I mean, we’ll have mostly fruits here but you know what I mean.
Also, a lot of you have been asking about glass or plastic containers, bags and so on. I’ve been trying to replace my plastic stuff for a while. I already limited bags and other things like that. I do think that plastic is really not good neither for us nor the environment and glass is much better, especially because what they use to make boxes and other products is toxic for us. BPA or phthalates and a few others are better to be avoided. There are glass bottles, cups, boxes, containers and more. Yes, it is a little bit more expensive but it’s worth it for a longer run.
So this is one of the reasons, besides the one I mentioned above, why it took me so long to create this post. Because I really wanted to be happy with the whole thing, not only food but also everything around it.
So, let’s get into it!
Here we have our firth fruit option. Pears and persimmons are sweet fruits and apples are sub-acid so they all go well together. In this lunch idea you have fiber, vit C, vit K, copper, potassium, folate and many, many more. There are also, obviously, sugar and calories which will give you energy. Pears are awesome fruits. My favorite kind is Comice pear, to me this one is the sweetest and their flavor is just the best so if you have this kind in a store grab some to try! Also, those are fruits that are in season right now in most countries where it’s colder.
One more fruit lunch box has apples, blueberries, mango and bananas. I’d like to highlight that blueberries are high in antioxidants which are extremely important to have in our body. They can help heart health, bone strength, skin health, blood pressure, management of diabetes, cancer prevention, mental health and others. I highly recommend this fruit! If you don’t like to eat them like this you can always blend them. In this case blueberries are high in water content and, on the other hand, bananas aren’t really. So you have a few totally different options in the same container.
Here are, believe it or not, still fruits (well, besides basil) but in a little bit different version. Zucchini noddles with marinara sauce, red bell pepper and avocado.
First, spiralize one zucchini and put aside.
To make sauce use 2 cups of fresh tomatoes, handful of tomatoes you dried before in a dehydrator (or sun-dried tomatoes), 1 date, a few big leaves of basil and 1 tbsp nutritional yeast. Blend everything until desired consistency and mix with noddles.
As a side or a snack, or to eat together with the pasta, add red bell pepper and avocado. Avocado will add some calories and fat to this light meal.
And this is a raw vegan coconut curry with cauliflower rice, broccoli and red bell pepper! It’s pretty easy and fast to make.
To make the rice, simply take a cauliflower head apart and put it in a food processor. Process until you have a rice texture.
To make our curry sauce, blend water from one young coconut, meat from the same coconut, juice of half a lemon, 3 tsp curry powder, 1 date and, if you want to make it creamer (less soupy) you can add some cashews as well. But this is optional. Blend until smooth and mix with the rice.
As a side, or to mix together later, add some broccoli and red bell pepper.
And this is the easiest salad ever. In this option we have our portion of greens as well as some sweetness of pineapple and Cheddar flavored raw vegan crackers from Brad’s.
To make a salad, rip or shred lettuce of your choice. I have some butter lettuce here. Add cut avocado and put some lime juice on top, mix it up. Then add tomatoes and cucumbers… Yeah, you can’t really see any cucumbers in the photo but they’re there.
To eat before the salad or even to mix with it add some deliciously sweet and juicy pineapple. Add some crackers as a treat ;).
There’s so many different options you can come up with! I’m giving you only five but plants, mostly fruits which is mostly what you have here in this post, are awesome. They’re extremely healthy, full of vitamins and minerals you need, they’re colorful, they smell good and are delicious. I highly recommend you increase the amount of fruits and other fresh foods you consume so that you can feel better both physically and mentally.
I hope you liked my ideas! If you try any of them, let me know.
I’ll talk to you next time,