I’ve been a low-income divorced single-mom vegan since 1990, raw-vegan since 1999, and high high-carb low-fat fruity-raw-vegan since 2010; so here is my response to the question, “How much does it cost to be raw vegan?” I use cronpmeter.com (set to LFRV) to make sure I eat enough calories. Bananas are only $.50/lb (50 cents per pound). There are about 4 bananas per pound. 1 banana is 100 calories so 14 bananas (2 bunches or two 48 oz blender full) have 1,400 calories for $1.75 (14/4=3.5lbs x $.50) multiplied by 7 is $12.25 per week. (Dates cost $4/lb which have 1,279 calories. $28/week.) Walnuts are $5.49/lb(32T) and I eat 2T/day which have 82 calories and costs $.34/day or $2.40/week. A bag of three organic romaine hearts or organic celery or box of organic baby spinach or arugula is about $3 and half pound of organic hemp seeds or organic pumpkin seeds is about $3. I add whatever else I can afford for variety; ie: melon, mango, papaya, tomato, raisins, cucumber, yam, oats, legumes, wild rice, etc. Wild Autumn Berries grow in my yard for free! :) The book, Edible Wild Plants, helps me find free edible wild plant foods. The Sprouting Book helps me grow my own sprouts very affordably. Square Foot Gardening helps me grow some of my own food. The book, The 80/10/10 Diet, and the online community, 30 Bananas A Day, provide valuable information and support. The high-carb low-fat fruity-raw-vegan or vegan lifestyle is affordable, nutritious, and sustainable! :)
Saturday, November 17, 2012 6PM to 8PM in Malden, MA. This month let’s share our “Stay Raw During The Holidays Tips”. Get more details and RSVP here: meetup.com/RawBoston/events/90927242/ or call Maya at 617-470-3395.
Please bring a 100% raw, organic, plant-based (vegan: non-animal and no honey), ready-to-serve dish for 4-6 people. Ideas include: 1. Fruit or fruit salad, 2. Leafy Green Salad, or 3. Raw Recipe of own or from book or web. ie: AURAw.com
Our host, Maya, said: “I went raw with my mother 6 years ago after being introduced by my sister. When my elimination issues disappeared, I was hooked. Its been a wonderful journey with many rawfoodists in the Chicagoland area. Since then I have started a family and I am working my way back to being on top of the world with raw foods in the Boston area.”
I had a Happy Thanksgiving! I made yummy low-fat-raw-vegan sUn-Turkey, Shiitaki Mushroom Gravy, Mushroom Wild Rice Soup, Cheezy Kale Chips, sUn-Nog, Wild-Blueberry Smoothie, Banana Smoothie, and raw-vegan Banana Oatmeal. I am especially thankful for conversation and hugs with my son! :)
The first event of the Boston Raw Food Meetup group took place at Organic Garden Cafe in Beverly on Nov 10, 2007 at 11:30am. About twenty people attended and it was very fun to meet fellow rawfoodies. I made some long-lasting friendships.