RAW VEGAN Meal Ideas (Written with Nursing Mothers in Mind)

I wanted to make a “Meal Plan” specifically for those of us who will be doing a short juice cleanse and then moving into a raw lifestyle. 
As a nursing mother I have to keep my calorie intake high… Like above 2,000 calories! But above all, my body needs nutrient dense fuel to fill not only me but my little ones belly. I’ve found that with a plant based diet I am able to do not only that, but feel great about what I’m doing for my health, my baby’s health, and the planet that protects and sustains us.  Below you will find meals I have gathered in the past year; things I’ve created, tried myself, or meals that I want to try!
I hope this helps you with taking that leap into the RAW. 
Breakfast:
1. Raw Overnight Oatmeal
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I use to make this every night.
It’s easy to get out of bed in the morning when you know you’ve got this and some juice waitin’ for ya! 
  • 1 ripe banana – mashed
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup Oatmeal or Steal Cut Oats
  • 1 -2 Tbs Coconut Oil
  • 2 Tbs. Chia seeds
  • 1/4 tsp. Pure Vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp. Cinnamon
Mix well, cover, and refrigerate over night.
If still runny in the morning add some more Chia seeds and let sit for 30 minutes!
Top with blueberries, almonds, or Flax seed!
2. Raw Peanut Butter Parfait
You can purchase Raw Agave & make this tasty treat
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Find it here on my blog in the Raw Vegan section or
3. Here’s a smoothie idea!
Green Superfood Detox Smoothie
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Some Information regarding nutrients:
Raw Protein
People tend to think that being Raw Vegan means in-taking low amounts of protein. That’s simply not the case! Below is a list of protein rich plant based items for you to go off of:
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If you’re worried about being deficient, there are some really great (and tasty) Raw Vegan Protein powders you can purchase! I really enjoy the brand Garden of Life:
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Sprouts has a great selection of Raw Protein powders.
Raw Calcium
The calcium in dark green leafy vegetables like kale, broccoli, and bok choy is absorbed about twice as well as the calcium in milk—and there’s a bonus: fiber, folate, iron, antioxidants, and the bone-health superstar vitamin K. You won’t find any of those in milk.
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Okay, back to the good stuff…
Lunch:
1. CREAMY CASHEW & BASIL DRESSING
The day we created this recipe was a real game changer for me!
My FAVORITE
Find it here on my blog in the Raw Vegan section.
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2. Loaded Avocado 
I’m pretty dang excited to try this one out!
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3. Raw Rainbow Noodle Bowl
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Dinner
1.  Creamy Avocado Basil Pasta
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Or if you don’t have Kelp noodles handy you could always make this one:
2.  10 MINUTE ZUCCHINI NOODLES WITH VEGAN CASHEW PESTO
Blended raw cashews can make anything creamy!
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Nursing Moms- Switch out Nutritional Yeast for Brewers Yeast! Brewers Yeast is AMAZING for upping your milk flow.
*I’ve found in the past that Zucchini is so moist Olive Oil isn’t even needed.
3. RAW CAULIFLOWER DETOX SALAD
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4. RAW VEGAN PIZZA WITH RED PEPPER FLAX CRUST
This one’s more intense but man that looks good!
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Desserts:
1. Raw Vegan Peanut Butter Fudge
Pretty much the easiest recipe ever & the tastiest treat ever – if you’re a peanut butter lover!
Find it here on my blog in the Raw Vegan section or at the link below
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While meal prepping keep this food pyramid in mind!
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I hope you got some ideas and inspiration!  I know I’m excited to jump back into the Raw lifestyle This Monday!
Have a peaceful day,
Emily Sunflower
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