It’s a common misconception that raw, clean unprocessed food isn’t filling and comforting enough, especially after the summer season ends. After all, when the weather gets cooler and the leaves fall off the trees, it’s easy to envision yourself sitting in front of a cozy fireplace and enjoying those filling comfort foods you remember enjoying in the past.

The truth is that raw, plant-based foods really can fill you up and keep you satisfied year round. There is no reason to feel deprived of all that comforts food has to offer just because you’re sticking to a raw food diet. Of course, steamed veggies and hot soups or casseroles may call your name when you’re feeling really hungry throughout the year, and that’s alright.

But if you enjoy eating raw food, you will find that keeping it clean and unprocessed, even during the colder months of the year, makes you feel just as satiated as cooked foods do with a few, special tips.

Here are five ways to make sure that your raw meals always fill you up:

1. Get Creative with the Blender

Blending your food condenses it, so you can eat more of it in one sitting, while still taking in a large amount of nutrients. Most vegetables don’t have a lot of calories, so eating a huge salad or having a few “sushi” rolls fill you up quickly, but not for long. Including a blended soup or smoothie into your meals will bulk up the nutrition and fiber so you stay full for longer periods of time. Blended soups will also benefit you since they’ll satisfy those cravings for comfort foods. Learn what to use in your smoothies to make them extra filling and try out The Best Smoothie Ever as a fiber-rich, filling choice.

2. Don’t Be Afraid to Dehydrate

Dehydration removes all the water out of your food, so it’s important not to use this technique for every ingredient of every meal. However, including dehydrated elements in your meals is a great way to add bulk to each bite, so you fill up and stay full. Try dehydrating flax pizza crusts to hold all your fresh ingredients, or try dehydrating zucchini noodles. They shrink down, and you’ll find you can eat more of them, which may help keep you fuller longer. Just don’t forget to include plenty of fresh fruits and veggies in the mix too!

3. Fit Some Fruit into Your Day

Fruit is dense in calories and has plenty of nutrients, along with fiber, so fill up between meals by eating bananas,  pears, apples, and mangoes as snacks instead of processed foods that don’t keep you full.  Fruit on your salads (alongside your vegetables) will bulk them up and help keep you satiated for hours.

4. Enjoy Your Meals More Often

If you find yourself getting hungry between meals while eating enough calories, try eating four or five times a day instead of the usual three. This may boost your energy, and keep you feeling satisfied for longer periods of time than only eating three times a day. Salads and zucchini pasta are low in calories and don’t keep you full very long, so be sure to eat other foods when you enjoy lower calorie foods such as these, or use these foods in between meals in addition to raw, fresh fruit.

5. Make Use of Sprouted Legumes

Sprouted legumes are packed full of protein and fiber, which makes them a perfect addition to your raw food diet. Lentils, mung beans, and chickpeas can easily be sprouted at home within just a few days. You can turn sprouted legumes into raw chili, sloppy joes, and chunky soups that will make you forget about food altogether for awhile. They can also be sprinkled on salads and put in wraps for added bulk.

Using these tips and tricks, along with 10 Quick Tips to Make a High Raw Diet Easier and Less Time Consuming, you’ll find that staying raw even during the chillier months of the year isn’t just easy, but also filling and tasty too.

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