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11-21-2009, 06:21 PM
I don't eat enough vegetables, does anyone have high calorie recipes that are quick to make and have vegetables in them? I need them to be high calories because I eat about 4000 calories a day since I'm very active.
11-21-2009, 06:46 PM
High fat or low fat? Are you all raw? What do you typically eat in a day now?
(Also, I'm not being a smart-aleck, but, if you wrote a book about this, I'm a bit confused as to what it's about? Does it not include many vegetables?)
11-21-2009, 06:53 PM
I prefer relatively high fat as it allows more calories in less volume of food. I prefer whole food fats like nut rather than oils but don't mind oils in small amounts.
I'm about 75% raw, I normally eat 2 large 1000 calorie smoothies, another raw meal and something cooked for supper.
I did write a book and do have high calorie recipes with vegetables but am simply looking to find new things.
11-21-2009, 07:50 PM
The sushi I make is pretty high in calories...
1 English Cucumber (no seeds)
2 -3 sheets Nori
Organic, Raw Black Sesame Seeds
Carrot rice recipe:
5 large organic carrots
Rice vinegar - to taste
Agave - to taste
Grind up the carrots in a food processor until they are the size of rice.
Place carrots in a bowl and add rice vinegar and agave to taste. I like mine sweet!
Place rice mixture on a plate and place in dehydrator to soften the carrots and evaporate some or all of the liquid.
Use "carrot rice" in place of rice in your nori roll.
I sprinkle the cut rolls with organic tamari and organic, raw black sesame seeds.
Those 2-3 rolls are well over 1000 calories due to the avocado and agave. You would be getting in sea veggies, carrots, cucumber and avocado.
11-21-2009, 08:18 PM
Raw plant foods are generally low calorie density, high fiber foods. So, from the outset, it will be very difficult for you to have high-calorie vegetable-based meals. That's why 100% raw fooders lose weight (for many people, they choose this "diet" for exactly that reason) and are known for their lean, often-gaunt look. There are, of course, long-time raw fooders whose body type is stockier and it remains so. I know many personally and, in the case of one well-known author, I am continually asked if she really is all raw because people don't believe that she could be well-rounded and raw. Anyway, I digress. For many people, the only way to build weight/muscle on a raw food diet is by lifting weights. Period. Dr. Brian Clement states this emphatically. Now, some people prefer not to press iron so they do other physical exercises using their own body weight -- it's weights all the same. It has to be weight resistant exercise. You didn't mention what it is you specifically do when you say you're very active, so I don't know what to say about you specifically.
So, I'm not going to be very helpful with recipes since we've now established that vegetables aren't high calorie. You must eat them, however; you have to eat a well-rounded diet and greens and vegetables should be the foundation of your daily meal plan ... IF you're eating for health.
I'm sure you already know that there are tons of raw food recipes with vegetables. Duh. That's what should be the foundation and, in my mind, at least 80% of what we're eating. I'm sure you can easily find them. Alissa has plenty in her book.
Before moving on, I want to emphasize that making sure you have the necessary nutrients in your food in order to build a strong body is at least, if not more, important as how many calories! But, to get the most bang for your buck -- nutritionally speaking -- you should be eating lots and lots of sprouts. Sunflower sprouts and pea sprouts in particular are almost all protein! Blend them into a soup, eat salads that are at least 1/2 sprouts, juice them, put them in your smoothies.
The following isn't really addressing your original question, but it's info you may find useful.
I prefer relatively high fat as it allows more calories in less volume of food. I prefer whole food fats like nut rather than oils but don't mind oils in small amounts.Okay, so some plant food sources of fat you can eat in their original form are:
*coconuts (instead of coconut oil)
*olives (instead of olive oil)
*hemp seeds (instead of hemp oil - grind them, though, cuz they're too small to chew up well)
*flax seeds (instead of flax oil - ditto on the grinding)
Some higher-calorie raw foods (still not veggies, though) are:
*dates (make sure they're sundried)
*bananas and mangoes
*pure fruit juice
*other dried fruit
I'm about 75% raw, I normally eat 2 large 1000 calorie smoothies, another raw meal and something cooked for supper.What goes into your smoothies? Of what does your raw meal typically consist? What do you eat for the cooked supper? And ... snacks? Here's where I may be able to help you add in the veggies.
I did write a book and do have high calorie recipes with vegetables but am simply looking to find new things.Always good to be open to new ideas.
11-21-2009, 10:01 PM
You say raw plant foods are low in calories, I know fruits and vegetables are very low in calories with a few exceptions, but nuts and seeds have close to 1000 calories per cup which is extremely high in calories and they are raw plant foods also. I do put some walnuts, bananas and coconut oil in my smoothies to pack in about 2000 calories in 5 cups.
When I first went raw I fell from 170 lbs to about 135, I had gone up to 170 by doing weight lifting a few years before going raw but eventually stopped a few years before going raw. A few years after going 75% raw I started weight lifting again and went back up to 170 lbs in about 8 months. I also do lots of cardio/running and am at firefighter school which also keeps me active.
Going back to the fact that vegetable have nearly no calories at all, that's why I'm looking for recipes that contain both vegetables for nutrients and nuts/seeds/etc for calories so I get the best of both.
I vary my smoothies every now and then but they are normally fruits, walnuts, coconut oil, sometimes cacao, honey/stevia to sweeten. I sometimes have a salad of tomatoes, onion, and avocado when I get home but the only vegetable in there is onion.
My cooked meals can be vegan burritoes, dried 100% fruit bars (I may start making my own to have them raw), lentil soup, and things like that.
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