Now that we are moving out of summer and into fall, I thought it would be a great time to talk about how to stay raw while in the fall/winter. During summer there are so many wonderful seasonal fruits to enjoy and the weather is amazing. In winter there might not be as much variety plus it gets cold, which can make it more difficult to stick to your goal of being raw. It's definitely not impossible and it can certainly be done! Here is what we eat and how we do it.
What is in season in the fall/winter? I think you would be surprised to know that there are actually a good amount of fruits available in the fall/winter. Grapes, dates, persimmons, kiwis, apples, pears, and most citrus are all fall/winter fruits plus more that I can not think of off the top of my head at this moment. But that is just to show you that there is still some delicious fruit you can enjoy in the fall and winter.
What exactly do we eat in the fall/winter? We eat a lot of mono meals of seasonal fruit, lots of orange juice and green juice. We like to make warm date drinks which is taking around 8-15 dates and blending them with warm water that has been steeped in tea, or you could add some carob powder instead, once blended up it becomes frothy, warm and delicious. We make lots of date dip (8-15 dates blended with a splash of water and maybe some cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice) and eat that with apple or pear slices. We still eat lots of salads and might make a little more dehydrated foods like raw cinnamon rolls or kale chips in the fall/winter as well. This winter we plan on experimenting with some more raw soups as well.
How do we make it through the cold months? First and foremost we stay away from the cold meals like smoothies and banana ice cream. We wear layers and drink tea (not worried about the 'raw' label when it comes to tea.) We add warming spices like cinnamon or cayenne to our food. We just keep up our positive attitude and realize that if being raw is what we want, then it's what we are going to do. We remember that food is not comfort, it is fuel and nutrition and no matter what the weather is like outside, we are in control of what we consume. If being raw is what you want to do, you can find a way to make it work! But if it's not and you want something cooked, then do that too. No worries. :)
If you are interested in seeing more of what you can eat as a raw vegan in the winter months there is a 1 week fall/winter raw vegan meal plan included in our ebook For The Love of Raw and you can get that here: https://www.fruitmusclefitness.com/love-of-raw
If you would rather watch a video here is a youtube video we made about eating raw vegan in the fall/winter!