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Be prepared by raw foodie Sarah Lea

Submitted by on October 25, 2012 – 6:59 am One Comment

Be prepared. “Prepared for what?” someone once asked Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting, “ For anything!” came the reply. And even though it sent shivers down me every time girl guide was threatened in my childhood home, it seems that this advice has followed me throughout my life.

Being prepared in my family today means that breaking the fast is the main event of the day. While the girls tuck into their fruit platters and my beloved downs his green juice and hoovers up the grawnola, in between spooning raw slop into the baby and grabbing my five a day juice, I prepare the days bounty. With every challenge that lies ahead met, and our nosebags at the ready, I know that I can get through the day without having to compromise our health, budget and energy. With one homeday set aside a week, I know that preparing scrumptious treats, crackers, breads, burgers, stews and a myriad of dips, butters and condiments means that they can be grabbed at a moments notice. Being a productive early riser allows time during the day for play, late dinners and on the go lunches.

Preparing seeds, nuts and beans for germinating needs pre-planning…however haphazardly I go about it. It’s usually a case of seeing that we’re almost at the end of a jar, so I pop more in to soak. Having all kinda sprouts in various stages of growth allows us to access nutritional bombs when needed. Knowing what you’re gonna eat a few meals ahead can help soak sundried tomatoes, dates or nuts to use in time. …..fermenting natures excess keeps other delectables on hand, making an otherwise off the hoof salad more exciting.

And when loved ones visit and stay a while, my full pantry prepares for any eventuality and gifts happiness in the form of sweet pleasures and celebratory treats. Being prepared when eating away from home is a clever way to get all our needs met as well. When dining out it allows our companions to eat the food they like too! Phoning ahead or checking in with the chef beforehand is a mutual delight. Recently, a local restaurant happily looked after us with six very different dietary needs, coming up trumps with every meal. Knowing a restaurants strengths is handy, but at the end of the day, a mains salad is easy to whip up in advance.

When travelling away from home, being prepared with packets of superfoods to mix in water, juice or to sprinkle on salads has been a fantastic way to keep my body energised and rested in the same breath. Being ready in mind and body for any potential struggles allows any negativity to slip away and radiate with a positive outcome.

Be prepared for life – to live happily and without regret, knowing that you’ve done your best. That’s what the Scout motto means. And I know without doubt that it’s my path to succeeding with whatever life throws at me.

Supersonic trail mix

½ cup goji berries

½ cup coconut flakes

½ cup cacao nibs

¼ cup incan berries

¼ cup bee pollen

¼ cup shelled hemp seeds.

Mix this lot together and snack on during the day. It will turn you into a superhero! Alternatively, it’s a lovely mix to toss into a salad, add to a cacao creation or a raw cookie mix.

Sarah Lea

ps/ A Guide respects all living things and takes care of the world around her….I bet they eat lots of living plants too!

Pps/ For more preparation in the art of energising sign up for my Eat More Energy course running this November.

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  • Jessica says:

    LOVE this article – so true! Quick question – where do you get unhulled hemp seeds in NZ? I’ve only been able to source crushed hemp from Purewellbeing since moving here from the USA in 2008. Would LOVE to find unhulled seeds, miss them! Cheers!

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