I’ve taken to eating mostly raw / raw all day / raw til dinner, which I think I’m going to continue indefinitely since I enjoy it so much. Here are some of my favourite raw foods that I’ve been eating lately:
- Grapefruit. I’ve started eating this for breakfast, generally a grapefruit a day. It’s so delicious and it’s light enough for eating in the morning but also filling enough that I don’t often need much else until lunch time.
- Green smoothies. Loving my combo of water, dark leafy greens, wheat grass shots, sea buckthorn, bee pollen, chia seeds, apples, and lemon. So refreshing.
- Simple salads. Green leaf lettuce, EVOO, balsamic, and hemp hearts. That’s it. YUM.
- Dehydrated almonds. I got a great recipe for these from my favourite raw food recipe book, Eat Raw, Eat Well. Basically you toss the almonds in a mixture of soy sauce, honey, cumin, chili powder, and sea salt, and then dehydrate them overnight. They are delicious.
- Raw brownies. Combo of walnuts, honey, cacao powder, cinnamon, and vanilla extract or beans. Perfect when you need a chocolate fix.
I’m experimenting a lot with dehydrated buckwheat flatbreads, raw guacamole, cauliflower popcorn, etc. Just testing out various recipes and seeing how I like them and how well my body works on them. It’s fun to test-drive these things!
What’s your favourite (raw or non-raw) snack? What new recipe have you tried lately? Is raw food something you’re interested in incorporating more of into your everyday diet? Share in the comments section below!
I had a busy and grain-filled, cooked-food weekend, so yesterday some raw snacks to carry me throughout the week. Too much cooked food and not enough veggies tend to make me feel sluggish, and one of my biggest events of the year at work is coming up on Friday, so I need to be at peak energy level. Time to step up my food intake to ensure feeling my best and most energized!
So, this weekend I made walnut cacao brownie with coconut oil frosting, almond biscuits, sweet potato chips, marinated broccoli, and of course green smoothies. Over the next couple of days I plan on making buckwheat toasts and buckwheat pretzels.
One of the interesting things you tend to hear from many people who “go raw” is that when they first began eating raw, they overloaded on nuts and seeds and didn’t eat enough fresh vegetables and fruit. I expect this is a very common issue that people face (which can really detract from the health benefits of eating mostly raw or even 50% raw and so on). So, keeping this in mind, I’m going to focus on my green smoothies and use these other snacks as supplemental fuel and energy sources rather than as the bulk of my meals.
Today I ate:
- Green smoothie with 1.5 cups water, handful red leaf lettuce, 1 peeled lemon, 2 apples, 1 shot wheatgrass, some chia seeds and bee pollen, sea buckthorn berry oil, probiotic
- Raw marinated broccoli (chopped broccoli florets marinated in EVOO, hemp hearts, and sea salt)
- 2 homemade raw almond biscuits
- 1 bowl homemade chickpea chowder with 2 glasses red wine and a couple small pieces of raw walnut cacao brownie
I was cruising the blogosphere yesterday evening and came across this high protein recipe for egg / veggie “muffins”! I wanted to make them but then realized we only have lettuce and celery for veggies in the house, and I don’t feel like they would be very good in an egg muffin. Boo.
Also, I’ve run out of apples, so I couldn’t just have four apples for lunch or something. Sad face. (apples are the best).
Then I remembered how delicious oatmeal is in the winter – I used to eat oatmeal several times a day for breakfast and as a snack (I loooooved oatmeal), but I haven’t eaten it in months. Possibly a good year. So last night I made some oatmeal from steel cut oat groats I had on hand (boil 2 cups water with 1 cup steel cut oats until all the water is soaked up). Mmm.
Today I ate:
- 1 slice homemade multigrain bread topped with all-natural smooth PB and raspberry jam
- Green smoothie with 1.5 cups water, couple handfuls green leaf lettuce, 1 apple, 1 peeled lemon, 1.5 tbsp chia seeds, 1/2 tbsp bee pollen, sea buckthorn berry oil, handful frozen raspberries, 1 shot wheatgrass, calcium supplement, CoQ10 supplement, probiotic – I had half
- 1 small bowl steel cut oat groats mixed with some hemp hearts, raw almond butter, and local honey (didn’t measure any of it)
- 2 servings of leftover shepherd’s pie and 1 glass red wine
My meal planning was very poor when I went grocery shopping this weekend. Sighs. I’ve been oohing and aahing over these beautiful meals from my book Eat Raw, Eat Well, but I don’t have the ingredients for any of it! Smoothies and apples and cheese for me this week, apparently. Not that there’s anything wrong with that
Today I ate:
- The rest of yesterday’s green smoothie
- 1 apple with muenster cheese and some kind of jalapeno cheese (this is the last of a wine and cheese from about 10 days ago)
- 1 Camino chocolate bar
- Homemade shepherd’s pie (a Looneyspoons Collection recipe) with 1 glass red wine
- 80 grams dry-roasted sunflower seeds
How have 10 days passed since my last food diary entry?! Goodness.
Today I ate:
- Homemade blueberry pancakes and breakfast sausages (I had a couple of each for breakfast, and then munched on some more throughout the day)
- Kale chips
- Grilled cheese using homemade multigrain bread plus a glass of red wine
- Piece of cheese and a piece of apple as I was making tomorrow’s lunch