Raw Vegan in the Winter?

Winter break is coming up in December (and so is my birthday tomorrow!) and guess where I’m headed to vacation! No, not Paris, not New York, not Antarctica but…

(drumroll…………and cymbal crash!)

HAWAII!!!!!!!!

That’s right, baby. While everyone’s worrying about gaining weight from stuffing their faces with turkey and being lazy for two weeks because it’s so cold outside, I will be out in the sun, running all over the place noshing on tons of sashimi and frozen bananas! Hopefully my abs will still be flat by the end of the break. Because my family and I are staying at the incredible Westin Kaanapal, we also have access to a fancy brunch buffet every morning.

The beautiful Westin Kaanapali <3
The beautiful Westin Kaanapali ❤

Unfortunately I probably won’t find my beloved poached eggs, quinoa pancakes or coconut yogurt here. Hawaii has quite a sweet tooth. That means I’ll be the only one in the family with no brunch ticket. I’ll have to find food on my own. But before I panicked, I remembered the tropical island’s abundance of fresh produce. Whole 30? Veganism? RAW VEGANISM!

The 80/10/10 diet is all the rage. Really, it is. Every other Instagram post is either nana ice cream, a mixed berry salad, or a mono-meal of one fruit such as peaches, watermelon or figs. And it sounds damn delicious. To start off each day with pineapple orange juice, then eat a giant pound of grapes, bananas or watermelon for lunch and end the day with a rainbow zoodle kale salad with homemade mango dressing–and lastly, raw vegan cheesecake for dessert?? Sign me up!

However, raw veganism is also expensive. By that, I mean you’ll have to make a lot of sacrifices. Little to no grains. No dairy. No meat. No eggs. No cooked food. No coffee. No alcohol. NO CACAO. (?!?!?!?!?!?!!!!) I don’t think I can maintain a lifestyle without Greek yogurt, eggs, green tea or vegan hot chocolate. Plus it’s extremely difficult to follow if you live in an urbanized country where the weather isn’t always accommodating. An iced fruit smoothie in weather below 68 degrees? Um, no thanks.

But Hawaii won’t be like that–it’ll be sunny all day err day. I bet that with this environment following a fruitarian diet will be much, much easier. The plan is fruit every single day, which is not hard at all because I love fruit and eat it daily already! I will also equip myself with some KIND bars and Larabars in emergencies, but most of the time I want to collect fresh, exotic fruit from the locals!

I've snacked on this several times, actually: it's just a chopped apple, 1 or 2 chopped dates, and cinnamon! It's so delicious!

Oh, what’s that? You like my pie? Raw, all natural, gluten free and trans fat free appeal to you? Well, it’s so simple!

RECIPE (Raw Vegan Apple Pie)

  • 1 apple
  • 1-2 pitted dates
  • 2/3 tsp cinnamon
  • Opt: squeeze of lemon juice

PROCEDURE

  1. Chop your apple and your dates.
  2. Place in a bowl.
  3. Sprinkle cinnamon and lemon juice on top and enjoy!

While this raw lifestyle is definitely not for me, I don’t see the harm in trying something new for a period of time. Plus, it’s inevitable that I will eat cooked food at night for dinner with the family. When I’m running and swimming everywhere, I won’t be able to go to the fridge for some Greek yogurt or leftovers right away and therefore must eat a large, fulfilling breakfast of healthy filling foods. I’m not even 100% sure if this vegan diet is going to happen every day. If I find out that there’s eggs cookin’ where my family has breakfast, then I’ll have it if I want to. Otherwise if I’m going to be on the go a lot, then I’m expecting to bring tons of fruit with me 🙂 yummy yum yum!

Are you going anywhere this vacation? Or is home the happiest place for the holidays?

Happy early holidays!

Cassie


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