Do you find it hard to wrap your head around eating only one fruit for a whole meal? It’s certainly not something we’re used to in our society, where the emphasis is on eating a conglomeration of foods at the one meal.
One common mantra is to go for as much variety as possible to ensure your nutritional needs are met.
While variety is certainly important throughout the weeks, months and year, variety at the meal frequently leads to indigestion. 🙁
‘Variety’ in the meal can also often lead to overeating as your tastebuds override your stomach, dulling those satiety signals and making it difficult to stop eating.
Keeping your meals as simple as possible, or even mono-mealing, gives your digestive system the best chance of doing it’s job.
The more different types of food consumed in a meal, the more digestive ‘load’ your system needs to deal with, and this takes up huge amounts of energy.
Try eating a few mono meals today and just notice how much energy you have left over after your meal. You’ll be leaping out the door to burn some of it.
Today, however, I want to talk about…
The Best Mono Raw Dinner Meals.
Raw foodies generally don’t have an issue with mono meals for breakfast and lunch, but when it comes to dinner they become perplexed.
They’re used to complex flavours, several ingredients and the use of salty condiments.
So here are my best three tips for choosing a food to mono meal for dinner:
#1 – Go for something calorie dense
Bananas, mangos, grapes and dates are some of the more common fruits chosen by raw foodies for mono-mealing because you don’t need to eat ½ a truckload of them to satisfy you.
#2 – You CAN eat greens with your one fruit
Eating greens along with your one chosen fruit is really encouraged even by hard-core mono-mealing raw foodists.
Tender leafy greens, such as celery, baby spinach, bok choy or lettuce are a wonderful compliment to fruit. They’re packed full of minerals, fibre and allow for the glucose in the fruit to be released even more slowly and evenly.
Fruits and tender leafy greens eaten together is also perfect food combining. They are easily digested and assimilated by your body.
It’s also really nice to get some sodium into your dinner meal when you’re most likely to be craving salty foods and greens (particularly) celery provide lots of it.
# Acid fruits are great at dinner
What works really well for most long-term raw foodies is to follow this loose regimen for their meals:
- Juicy fruits like melons for breakfast
- Calorie dense fruits like bananas, dates, mangos etc for lunch
- Acid fruits like oranges, pineapple etc for dinner
Of course, some high calorie fruits are also juicy like mangos, and acid fruits like oranges are also great for breakfast. But I find that at night I really feel like juicy, slightly acidic fruits like oranges, mandarins, grapefruit, kiwi, pineapple and they all work really well with greens.
Acid fruits leave you feeling really light and well hydrated for the long nightly fast ahead. But they also have lots of fibre and so fill you up really nicely.
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Conclusion – In the early days of going raw mono-mealing might seem just too much of a challenge, so why not try just one mono meal a day. Gradually you can introduce more meals of just one fruit. You could do a 30-day mono-meal challenge where you eat mono fruit breakfasts or lunches for 30 days. Once you’ve tried it, you’ll start to really crave the simplicity of mono fruit meals.
I’m often amazed at how satisfying just one fruit for dinner is, and it really helps prevent me from overeating, which I used to really struggle with at night times.
What are your favourite choices for a dinner mono-meal? Leave your comments below. I’d love to hear from you…
Anthea Frances is an author, raw food health coach and host of the Raw Life Summit series. Grab a copy of her free Balanced Raw Vegan Nutrition Checklist and start improving your health today!