No-Cook Day: Eat Raw!

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Let's face it: cooking can be annoying. Though many of us have great intentions, even after preparing menus and grocery shopping, some of us just don't feel like making something at the end of the day. So, give your body a break and go raw for a day. This doesn't require more than pressing start on a blender or food processor, and chopping some veggies. Eating foods in their natural state can not only be detoxifying, it can be incredibly tasty. The increase in fiber will fill you up, and most of these items can be prepped the day before, so you can just grab and go as you get hungry. If you don't like these meal ideas, start thinking about foods you can eat without cooking (snacking on carrots, celery, peppers and hummus, making cold soups, shakes, etc.). Enjoy a day of no cooking! 
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Meal One
Green Shake
Ingredients:
5 ice cubes
1/2 cup hemp, soy or regular milk (or water)
1 kiwi
1 banana
1/2 cup spinach
1 scoop Vega protein powder (or soy or whey)
1/3 cup oatmeal
1/3 cup walnuts or almonds
Blend until smooth. Serve immediately. 
Meal Two
Apples
Raw, unsalted almonds
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Meal Three
Salad (Sizes may vary, but don't be afraid to load up on fresh produce)
Romaine, spinach or mixed greens
Red onion, chopped
Avocado, chopped
Tomatoes, chopped
Pumpkin seeds
Pineapple
Red bell pepper, chopped
Carrots, chopped
Celery, chopped
Chickpeas, drained and rinsed
Dressing:
Balsamic, hemp oil, agave and honey. Blend well.
Meal Four
Ingredients:
1 small banana
3/4 cup fresh dates
1/2 cup popped amaranth
1/2 cup walnuts
1/4 cup ground sesame seeds
2 tsp. cinnamon
In a food processor, blend all ingredients. Serve. 
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
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Meal Five
Creamy Ginger Carrot Soup
Almond burger
Soup
Ingredients:
3 large carrots
1 avocado, pit and skin removed
2 cups water
1 1/2 tsp. grated ginger
1/4 cup coarsely chopped cilantro
Grate carrots. In a food processor, process avocado and water. Once smooth, add carrots and ginger. Process to preferred consistency. Stir in cilantro and serve. 
Almond Flaxseed Burger (see link for recipe)

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