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I'm moving out in a few months and it's boggling my mind how to budget for a raw,vegan diet. I have a VERY low budget for groceries for just me and my DD of about 200-300 a month. Is this healthy, mostly organic diet possible on this budget and can anyone send some good budget, meal planning tips my way? Thanks!
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I was raw vegan for a couple years on and off and though I don't recommend the diet, I understand your dilemma and am happy to help.

Buy bulk. I found raw almonds at winco. Having at least a cup or two soaking each day made it easy to whip up a pate or dehydrate a small batch of crackers or cookies.

Carrots. Cheap, even for organic. Carrots have a lot of sugar and calories compared to other raw vegan options, so they're great to fill in a diet low in calories. I did a lot of juice when raw and carrots are always a great base. Carrot/apple/ginger is a really filling juice that isn't expensive. Keep the pulp from the juice to use in dehydrated recipes.

One of my favorite super quick meals was a quarter head of cabbage, 4 carrots, 1 apple - all shredded in a food processor. Top with nama shoyu (sp?), hemp oil, and raisens.

Get your greens. I get 2.5 pound bags of spinach from costco for about $4. Use them in green smoothies, salads, wraps, etc.

As for (un)cookbooks, stay away from the high-end gourmet raw food restaurant ones and stick to more practical ones like Rawvolution.

It's a tough time of year to be raw, but with a lot of planning and chopping, I know it can be done.

Good luck!

Sarah - mama to the love of my life, Aurelia Josephine, b. June 11, 2010

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