There are so many reasons to go vegan. For starters, you can spare around 100 animals a year cruel and agonizing deaths just by not eating meat or dairy foods. You can also reduce your carbon footprint and, as many people are starting to realize, majorly improve your health.

It’s no secret that we need fruits and veggies to be healthy, and tons of young people are not only going vegan but also taking it one step further by adopting a fully or mostly raw vegan diet.

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Eating raw means eating whole, uncooked foods in their natural forms—so nothing that’s processed, cooked, or salted. Being a raw vegan can be a fun adventure for your taste buds, as it introduces you to a ton of foods you may never even have heard of before.

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Those who follow a fully raw lifestyle typically adhere to the “80/10/10 diet”: 80 percent carbs (fruits and vegetables), 10 percent fat (avocados, coconut, etc.), and 10 percent protein (nuts, seeds, etc.).

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The popular documentary Food Matters—which is available on Netflix—discusses the health benefits of eating an 80 percent raw diet. So if you’re not into giving up your favorite cooked foods, no problem! Many people follow the “Raw Till 4” schedule, in which they eat raw foods until 4 p.m. in order to ensure that two out of three meals in the day are raw.

Here are some tips for trying out a raw diet:

The best way to start your day is by having a large smoothie or smoothie bowl for breakfast. It can be made completely with fruit or with a combination of fruit and greens (like kale or spinach). Or you can make an açaí bowl, which involves blending frozen açaí with your favorite dairy-free milk and topping the mixture with yummy treats like coconut, cacao nibs, banana slices, chia seeds, and agave nectar. The blender will become your best friend.

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Another cool thing about eating raw – you can eat ice cream and cake for breakfast! No, really! Freeze unpeeled bananas over night, and blend with fruit or coco powder to make banana nice cream. Cakes and pies can be made out of fruits, seeds, and nuts!

For lunch, eating a big salad will be the best way for you to fill up and get all those nutrients. And when we say big, we mean BIG! You want to ensure that you’re still eating all the calories that your body needs to stay healthy. So add avocado, nuts, and seeds as well as lots of fresh veggies to your greens. Making your own salad dressing will add some extra pizzazz.

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For dinner, eat your favorite cooked meal (after 4 p.m.). or keep the raw thing going. You can make raw versions of your favorite foods, like lasagna, spaghetti, tacos, and even burgers!

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If you’re looking for extra motivation, recipes, or general information about the lifestyle, check out our favorite Instagrammers who advocate for a raw vegan diet:

1. FullyRawKristina 

2. Rawvana

3. Mindfuldiabeticrobby

4. Rawincollege 

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5. Vegantimes

So many people feel better when they eat raw, whole foods—and everyone can feel better about saving animals by eating vegan! Finding peace and health through your diet is something that everyone can do.

For more tips on eating raw or just tips on eating vegan in general, check out our recipe page or text the word ASK to 73822 (U.S.) or 99099 (Canada).

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