prepping on a raw food diet

Food storage for raw vegan diets
Prepping and food storage on a raw food lifestyle

Are you a raw foodie concerned about how you will prepare for
long term emergencies and stay true to your dietary preferences?
It almost seems oxymoronic to be able prep if you are a raw
vegan, but you can (even if you're not a homesteader).

All preppers should add a bit of raw vegan to their preps, and
here's how...

Food Storage for Raw Vegans
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

  • 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 right 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 emergencies.

  • 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 raw).

  • 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 eczema!

  • 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

The Handy Pantry Sprouting wheat, pictured right 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 foods.
  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 with dehydrated foods from Harmony House.
    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 taste.
  4. Try candied lemons or powdered for instant homemade
  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.
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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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