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Wednesday, January 25, 2012


The raw community stands staunchly behind the benefits of what is known as the monomeal. As the name suggests, you choose one type of food, and make an entire meal out of it. What could be easier?

Monomeals have the benefit of convenience, nutrition, and deliciousness. What's more, they are very easy to digest.

Want to give the monomeal a shot? The best candidates are fruits, which can be eaten whole and unseasoned. They provide instant energy to propel you through the day ahead. And because fruit is so high in water, you won't need to drink any liquids with your lunch (or breakfast, or dinner). Not only that, you can exercise a short while after completing the feast. Some of our favorite foods to eat exclusively (usually for lunch) include apples, bananas, and oranges. If you crave salt, you may wish to choose vegetable fruits - for example bell peppers or tomatoes, which are highly nutritious and pair well with a dash of sea salt, and maybe a little lemon and basil.

You can also make a monomeal of tropical fruits such as papaya, mango and melon, but some preparation is involved here, as these fruits need to be diced and packaged. Start simple: grab a bag of oranges, and dig in.

One word of warning. Be prepared to eat a lot of food. In order to take in sufficient calories (500 to 600) you'll fill you stomach to capacity, but you won't feel stuffed, and 15 minutes later, the fullness will abate, and the energy will last for hours. This is because the water from these high water content foods gets absorbed immediately into your bloodstream. And most of the below meals meet your fiber intake, as well as many major vitamins and minerals. Take a look.

10 oranges provide 620 calories, 12 g of protein and 30+ g of fiber, 4 cups of water, in addition to 25% or more of the daily value for 9 major nutrients, including 775% of the RDA for vitamin C. Slice 'em in advance, fill a bowl, and enjoy!

9 apples supplies 650 calories, 30 g of fiber, 4 cups of water, and 25% or more of the RDA for 5 major nutrients. Choose your favorite apple type and take a bite, or mix up a couple winners, like Red Delicious and Honey Crisp. Prepare to give your jaw a workout. Lots of chewing here.

6 bananas gives you 630 calories, 18 g of fiber and 25% or more of 11 nutrients. This is a favorite meal among many, since 6 bananas can be consumed pretty quickly. Great if you only have a few minutes to wolf down lunch.

You'll have to consume a lot of strawberries to get 500 calories, but we have done it and so can you. 10 cups provide 460 calories, 30 g of fiber, 1.3 L of water, and 25% of more of 14 major nutrients. Find a strawberry patch near you, or visit a farmer's market. 3 baskets of strawberries is pretty close to your quota.

Tomatoes are a pretty perfect food. Eat these when you are thirsty. Slice them up nice and add a bit of salt and seasonings. Because they are so high in water, you'll need to eat quite a few (18 large whole), but it's worth it. They are extremely savory and satisfying. Plum tomatoes are inexpensive, and buying 4 boxes is a meal in itself. 590 calories, 3L of water, 40 g of fiber, and 100% or more of 11 nutrients! wow!

We love the tricolor ones from Trader Joe's (yellow, orange, red). Add a few green ones to the mix. 13 large peppers provide 550 calories, 45 g of fiber, 100% or more of 9 nutrients, and 8 cups of water. What better way to hydrate than with whole foods!!!

So give the monomeal a try, and don't be intimidated by portion size. When eating and drinking is achieved with every delicious mouthful, you need to think big.

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