Fruitarianism is really a simple way of eating and it feels wonderfully natural, as well as having benefits such as high energy, clear skin, bright eyes, accelerated hair and nail growth, and balanced mood. These are just some of the positive effects I’ve experienced since embracing high-carb fruitarian diet. Sometimes it can be challenging to find a good variety of organic fruit and that’s probably the most annoying part of it besides chopping and cutting and blending when you’re hungry 😛
But that doesn’t mean fruitarian diet isn’t fun! Come see my 3 Days of fruit-filled high-carb low-fat raw vegan meals!
Breakfast: Blueberry Cinnamon Dateorade
Blend: 4c Blueberries
18 Dates (Let soak in blender in ~1 liter of water for 15-20 minutes before adding the blueberries so the dates will blend more easily. It is important to drink plenty of water with any dried fruit such as dates or raisins because they can be very dehydrating.)
Cinnamon, to taste
10 banana smoothie with optional 2 servings pb2 (powdered peanut butter–it gives it a pb taste without the full fat of peanut butter, not too sure how I feel about it on a daily basis as I do like plain banana smoothies best, but it’s a fun treat!)
Highvibin’s Zucchini Pasta with Sundried Tomato Cilantro Sauce photo courtesy: Highvibin
Total calories: 2,924 89.4% carbs/5.9%fat/4.6%protein (111% RDA for protein by the way 🙂 )
Breakfast 1/2 Watermelon smoothie (you can add lime or lemon juice to this (strain lightly to get out some roughage) and make limeade or lemonade! Technically, this is not good food combining, but I have never had problems with lemons, limes or berries with my watermelon)
Lunch: 4 Mangos
Dinner: 8 Banana Smoothie with 1 cup frozen blueberries 1/2 serving of hemp seeds sprinkled on top
Calories: 2,492 88.7%carbs/5.9%fat/5.4%protein (106% RDA protein)
Breakfast: 1/2 Watermelon (I really love getting hydrated in the mornings!)
Lunch: 1 Cantaloupe (Cantaloupe smoothies are one of my favorites)
Snack: 2 oranges, 1 mango, 6 medjool dates and 1 heart of Romaine (I made lettuce date wraps, yum!)
Dinner: Raw Sushi (If you would rather, you can do something like Raw ’til 4 and use regular sushi rice instead!)
1-2 heads of cauliflower grated and mixed with rice wine vinegar, salt and sugar to taste (heat up the rice wine vinegar and mix in the salt and pepper so it dissolves)
Sheets of Nori (Seaweed)
Veggies: carrot, asparagus, 1/4 avocado, beet, sprouts, zucchini, cucumber, whatever you like! These should be in bigger chunks to make the roll nice and fat! You can even grate the veggies to make more veggie “rice” if you run out of cauliflower and are still hungry!
Sweet Chile Sauce (inspired by Freelee)
Water, Red Peppers, Coconut Sugar, and green onion to taste, bring to boil on stove top or just use hot water and mix in other ingredients. You could even…microwave it for like 30 seconds. Don’t judge, I was hungry X)
Calories: 2,209 86.7%carb/6.5%fat/6.8%protein (135%RDA protein)
Please note: I am only 5’2″, I don’t consume as many calories as a taller person who may daily eat upwards of 2,500 calories. I eat up to 3,000 calories or more depending on my level of activity and how hungry I am, as long as I keep my carb/fat/protein ratio between 80/10/10 and 90/5/5, I eat what I want, as much as I want and feel fantastic! I never ever ever restrict my calories; I literally eat fruit and carbs like crazy (best life ever)! I include 20% high-carb cooked foods in my diet such as rice, potatoes, gluten-free pizzas, corn pasta, quinoa, and other grains, because it is cheaper than eating completely raw vegan and there is the relative ease (not to mention “normalcy”) of sticking to high-raw veganism when compared to the failure rate of a completely raw vegan lifestyle. I also exercise 3 or 4 times a week, lifting weights and doing cardio or HiiT.
Try eating a high-calorie fruit smoothie (at least~1000 calories or 8-12 bananas plain or with vanilla bean, carob, other fruit, spinach, celery, the possibilities are endless) for breakfast every day, and then work up to fruit snacks and high calorie fruit lunches, and bam, you’re a fruitarian (90% or more fruit is wonderful if you can)! Just remember to eat your carbs and keep your fat percentages low (use cronometer.com) or you will feel sluggish, heavy, and tired. Food combining on this lifestyle is extremely important, as well as getting enough sleep, sunlight, water (about 2 liters daily), and play time! My cheapest staple food is bananas. I buy them by the case (I can get a 40 lb case of organic bananas for under $20 because the guys at the grocery store can’t figure out how to ring them up, so they hook me up with the conventional price…but don’t tell them I told you!). I also buy dates in bulk, as well as many other foods because it’s cheaper. Frozen fruit is wonderful, and sometimes cheaper than fresh (take blueberries for example: I can buy 2 lbs of frozen organic blueberries for under $7.00, and a small container of fresh conventional blueberries for $3.50). Shop around to find the best prices. Rice and potatoes/sweet potatoes are great staples as well, though potatoes digest much easier than rice. Brown rice is better than white rice nutrient-wise–however, white rice cooks faster!!
Some people do report weight gain on a fruitarian diet, but it is only initial (from what I’ve personally experienced/seen from people on youtube, instagram, tumblr, and facebook) and is typically water weight or the person may have been underweight to begin with. If you are exercising, you may gain weight from new muscles as well, but will look leaner! This is not a lose weight quick diet, this is a long term HEALTHY lifestyle, and will give you the energy to tackle whatever comes your way and more!
If you’re looking to change your diet, or do a vegan experiment, try fruitarianism! Let me know your thoughts and experiences! If you want some more fruity inspiration, you can always follow me on instagram @bananalark !
Before I became fruitarian (or even vegan!) way back in October 2012. I was extremely unhealthy and suffered from low self esteem, acne, an eating disorder and depression.
Also by Jessica: Low Fat Gluten-Free Vegan Pizza
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