Feeling satiated after a meal is crucial. That’s even more crucial if you are trying to eat only raw plants.
To help you, I came up with the list of really filling raw vegan foods. I think they were just designed to have for breakfast.
I won’t be wrong to say that for many, constantly being hungry is the biggest obstacle towards this way of eating.
In the last five years of being almost a perfect raw vegan I tried numerous foods to deal with it. From seaweed that expands in the stomach to eating honey every 15-30 minutes.
My hunger showed itself (still does at times) through a feeling that is similar to lightheadedness. It blocked the ability to think clearly. This was the hardest thing to manage.
Caloric things like fatty avocados and nuts didn’t work. I needed something similar to an oatmeal.
With time, by trial-and error, one by one, I landed on some foods that did work. Later, I came to realize that many of them have one thing in common. Resistant starch. Thanks to it, energy after a meal is released at a slow and continuous pace. For this reason, they are particularly good for morning (and in general, at any time of the day).
Most of these foods are also high in protein. Protein is one of the most-satiating nutrients.
Some may be unfamiliar to you. Also, these are seed foods, so remember to take care of phytic acid. That is, soak or ferment them.
A good soak overnight (at least 12 hours), in a warm water, with apple cider vinegar usually does it. Even better, add a few tablespoons of rye flour. The only drawback with vinegar is it offsets the flavor a little. If this bothers you, rye flour alone is fine. I’ve covered what rye flour does here.
1. Teff (what?)
You can have fresh coconut meat or coconut flour. It doesn’t have resistant starch but filling due to very high content of insoluble fiber
3. Tigernuts (what?)
I haven’t talked about tigernuts. Google them. A peculiar food with surprising flavor. In reality, not a nut – a tuber. It reminds me of toffee candy!
High in protein.
4. Naked oats (what?)
A variety of oats, with easily-separating hulls. Unlike regular oats, naked oats don’t have to be heated to keep them from going rancid. Meaning they are sold raw. They taste similar to regular oats but more nutritious. You aware that regular whole oats you see in stores are not raw (they won’t sprout)?
Higher in protein than regular oats.
Ground and soaked, tastes similar to an oatmeal
Raw fermented flour is pleasantly sour. Like kefir. A satisfying meal, gives you a good bacteria
7. Kaniwa (what?)
Another food you may never heard about. Kaniwa (or canihua) is an Andean pseudograin. A relative of quinoa but without the bitterness. Grown on the heights of altiplanos. It doesn’t have much of resistant starch but still satisfying due to lots of soluble and insoluble fiber. When ground and soaked, reminds peanut butter and chocolate – yummy.
High in protein.
It’s loved all across Eastern Europe and Russia. Maybe that’s why this pseudograin is shaped like a heart. Although buckwheat is not very high in resistant starch, it’s still good at managing hunger. My suggestion, is enjoy your “hearts” with 2-3 tablespoons of melted coconut oil. This will make your meal truly satisfying.
How to prepare the above
You have to grind teff, kaniwa, flax and rye beforehand. Grind tigernuts as well if you don’t have time to chew; up to you, delicious either way. Another option is to get all these already ground, in a flour form. However, I could not find kaniwa flour in Alberta (Canada).
Again, have them for breakfast to be in peace for the next 4-5 hours. They should also prevent wild appetite attacks for the rest of the day.
I want to say something about a sweet potato which is not listed above. A lightly steamed sweet potato may be a great help to you when you are transitioning. Okinawans subsist on these guys.
To further help your manage that annoying hunger, in a couple days I’ll share some other things you can do (fucoidan will have to wait a bit).
Now, my opinion on breakfast.
People, breakfast is not dinner
Breakfast is indeed the most important meal of the day. In raw veganism it’s no different. Of course, if you don’t have a habit of eating at night. Then, for you it’s not.
There is even a saying: eat breakfast all by yourself, share lunch with a friend and give dinner to a poor. Your body is designed to rejuvenate itself when you sleep. If you eat in the second part of the day, undigested food in the stomach hinders this process. This makes your body to work more on digestion rather than rejuvenation.
In a nutshell,
More food towards the evening = less rejuvenation = higher chance of feeling (and looking) sluggish and sick, and developing diseases
Do you want this?