Hey guys! I’m experimenting with different blog ideas and today I thought I’d share a new recipe with you. This is a lovely, satisfying, crunchy and sweet breakfast idea that will provide you with energy, vitamins, live enzymes, and most importantly if you are veggie like me, PROTEIN. Unlike your usual fruit salad, this one has an unusual ingredient- nuts and seeds – that can help you come closer to reaching the recommending daily of value of protein without reaching for animal products. Give it a try and let me know what you think!
Protein-Packed Fruit Salad (Vegetarian, Vegan, & Gluten Free)
Ingredients: (serves 2)
- 1 large apple – any variety
- 1 organic banana (read about why you should purchase organic bananas here)
- 1-2 cups of watermelon
- 1 nectarine
- 1 handful of walnuts
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter or almond butter
- 2-3 tablespoons sunflower seed + flax seed mix
- The fruits I’ve used above are just a suggestion. Feel free to use whatever fruits you have on hand!
- When purchasing nut butter, look for a natural product that does not contain any added ingredients. This means peanut butter that is 100% peanuts, or almond butter that is 100% almonds. Otherwise, you will be filling up on unnecessary fats (most often palm oil- which is also a disaster for social and environmental reasons) and sugar – eek!
This really couldn’t be simpler people – which is one of the many reasons why I love the idea of a raw, plant-based diet! Just slice the fruits into small pieces, drizzle a bit of nut butter on top, and top with your favorite nut and seed varieties.
Using at least 4 types of fruits will give your fruit salad an interesting and satisfying texture – the crisp, juicy watermelon, for example, is a great balance to the soft, tart nectarine.
Free free to go heavy on the nuts for extra calories and to get that full serving of protein – remember, eating a vegan diet will require you to eat MORE food to get the same amount of calories you would get on a normal, omnivore diet. However you’ll be getting WAY MORE micronutrients and health benefits in the process 🙂
This recipe fits in perfectly with the idea that, when eating a vegan diet, you should eat these five things in order to achieve the highest level of health:
- Vegetables (raw or cooked, including as many leafy greens as possible!)
- Fruits (eat these in proportion to your body’s tolerance level- some people prefer more fruit, some do better with less)
- Whole Grains (can be sprouted- otherwise be sure to follow proper cooking instructions for optimal digestion)
- Nuts and Seeds (the general wisdom here is to eat in moderation)
- Legumes/Beans (generally you can eat as much as you want – as long as digestion is comfortable for you)
Most importantly, when experimenting with any new way of eating, listen to your body. It knows what is best for it!
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