Yesterday, on Day Three of the Raw Food Challenge, I ate:
– A small handful cashews/sunflower seeds and a smoothie made with 1 frozen banana, 1 leaf kale, 1/2 scoop calcium/magnesium powder, 3/4 cup water, 1/2 tsp cacao powder, 1/8 cup orange juice pulp, and 1 tbsp wheat germ
– 1 apple with sunflower seed butter (not as good as the cashew butter, but still tasty nonetheless! I made it by tossing a pile of sunflower seeds in the food processor and letting it whir until it turned into butter), plus some flatbread with hummus (both leftover from yesterday’s recipes).
– Handful sweet potato chips made in the dehydrator plus 1 Probiotic capsule (and a glass lemon water with 1/2 scoop calcium/magnesium powder to chase it down)
– 1 apple, two carrots, a handful of walnuts, and 3 mugs green tea
– A taste of mashed cauliflower (mashed with some hummus, onion, garlic, sea salt, and black pepper), plus a piece of flatbread with hummus and a tomato slice, and 2 sticks of celery with sunflower seed butter/raisins/chocolate spread
– Veggie bites (cucumber slices smeared with mashed cauliflower and topped with sprouts, tomato and corn) along with 3 dates dipped in sunflower butter plus more sweet potato chips and 2 mugs rooibos tea
Not Quite 100% Raw
Gina asked me a few questions regarding the exceptions I’m willing to make for this challenge. It’s always a good idea to lay down some ground rules, so these are some of the exceptions that I am making for my Raw Food Challenge:
1) Tea. It’s -40 something degrees C with windchill around here. I’m eating uncooked foods. Yadda yadda yadda I shouldn’t rely on food to keep me warm but seriously! I have to have something to keep my stomach warm. Besides, I really, really like tea. And it is incredibly healthy. So I’m allowing myself to drink tea, although I am trying to cut back a little bit on the amount of tea I’m drinking and instead sub lemon water or homemade juices and smoothies (er, don’t look at how much tea I drank yesterday ;)).
2) Supplements. The day before I began the Raw Food Challenge, I bought two supplements: probiotics, because I don’t eat yogurt and I don’t want to be missing out on live bacteria cultures, and digestive enzymes, because I have a very sensitive stomach that can get upset by eating just about anything. I also already take calcium/magnesium powder, but I usually only take 1/2 scoop at a time a couple times each day. I’m not even taking one of each capsule for the probiotics and digestive enzymes each day, and I rarely take much more than 1 scoop of calcium/magnesium powder (equal to 1 cup of milk) each day, so this way I am ensuring that I get a little extra of them into my diet without going overboard at all.
I don’t want to include any items in my diet that I do not know for sure if they are raw or not, such as agave nectar. I will be avoiding those kinds of foods that I simply don’t know about as much as possible, although there is a very small chance that once or twice during the month I may use them.
A few other items that I may or may not include:
1) Nutritional Yeast. This is not technically raw, although it is “alive”. A lot of raw foodists incorporate it into their diets. Because I want to be as close to 100% raw as possible, I might choose not to use nutritional yeast, but I’m still a little undecided on this one.
2) Oats. As far as I can tell, most oats are not raw. However, I have a number of different kinds of oats, such as spelt oats and rye oats etc. I do not know if these are raw or if they have been heated above 115 degrees F. Because of that, I think that I’ll be avoiding them, too, but I’m still going to leave it open and consider them as an almost-raw food.
3) Almonds. I know that these are not technically raw, so I doubt that I will use them at all. But I still want to allow for the very slight possibility that at some point I may include an almond or two.
And that’s it! Everything else that I eat will be foods that I know for a fact are raw. The only cold-pressed (and therefore raw) oil that I own is mixed into a hemp seed butter, so I used a spoonful of that oil (skimmed off of the top of the jar) to make my hummus a little creamier. But I do not wish to use the cider vinegar or any other oils that I own because none of them are truly “raw”. I’m also taking care to look at the ingredients in tea, because even though I know that it may not be “raw”, at least this way I can avoid any tea which includes blatantly heated ingredients such as “roasted carob” (the roasted part implying that it isn’t raw).
What do you think? Have I missed anything here? Is there something else that you would add or avoid?