I woke up feeling very energized this morning, I was a good girl and went to bed at 10pm (instead of my usual 2am). It’s amazing what a little extra sleep will do for ya, isn’t it? Oh and I wasn’t even that cold this morning, ’cause I’m a smarty pants and slept with 2 pairs of socks on, a sweatshirt, and 4 blankets! Gosh, it was great!
I got up and noticed it was a little dark in my room. A little background, I have a large 5 sided bay window in my room, and I shut the blinds every night so that the sun doesn’t wake me up, so my room usually is a little dark. I guess what I meant to say was, I noticed my room was a little darker than usual.
I took this photo on a sunnier day
(My comment about my 5 windows and all that sunshine was NOT me complaining! I am blessed, beyond blessed to live where I do. I love my bright windowed room!)
I pull up the blinds and surprise surprise, it had rained last night. Not a big deal, but it gave everything that rainy greyish tint to it, which is not motivating in the morning. I needed to counteract that lazy grey feeling, immediately.
What better way to fight the grey rain than with a tropical breakfast?!
(There is no better way)
Breakfast: Mango Smoothie and Banana Nut Bites
I really liked my smoothie from yesterday, like a lot, a lot a lot. But I’m trying to not repeat recipes until this challenge is over, so I can really highlight just how much can be done if you choose to try or adopt the raw food diet.
I kept the almond milk and the frozen banana and upgraded that peanut butter from yesterday to the very tropical mango!
Sometimes I can really make a mess
If you’re like me, clean up your counter and then start blending your smoothie!
2 fresh Mangos
1 frozen Banana
1 1/2 cups of Raw Almond Milk
4 ice cubes, optional (I did this ’cause I only used 1 frozen banana and I like my smoothies cold)
Blend it together for a minute
So bright and sunny! Exactly what I needed!
But, it was lacking protein…so I whipped up some little Banana Nut Bites
Its as easy as 1, 2, 3
1. Slice 1 Banana into bite sized pieces, on the diagonal
2. Spoon a tiny amount of raw Almond Butter onto each slice
3. Pick up each slice and lay it almond butter side down onto raw hulled Hemp Seeds for a second
Flip them back over, put ‘em on a plate and you’re ready to go!
All together now!
I know its only Day 3 and I have quite a few more breakfasts ahead of me, but oh my gosh, this might be my favorite! Like most of the stuff I’ve been eating, this really filled me up without giving me a food coma, but the creaminess and richness of the mango, banana and almond butter really left me feeling SO satisfied!
Breakfast was so filling I never even needed my snack today, so I just drank my Kombucha, today’s flavor was Botanic No 7. I’ve never had it before, it was a little “spicy,” nevertheless tasty.
Lunch: Fruit Salad with a Coconut Lime Puree
The grey weather today was touch and go, so I wanted to continue to ward it off with my tropical theme, I have all this fresh fruit laying around so I started chopping it up to make a fruit salad.
Then I sliced the cantaloupe in half and cleaned out the guts and it hit me
THIS CANTALOUPE WOULD MAKE THE PERFECT FRUIT BOWL!
To fill with all of this good stuff
By the way, look at how closely these grapes grew together!
I don’t know about you guys, but every time I see a coconut I start singing “you put the lime in the coconut and drink a bowl up, you put the lime in the coconut…” (you get it) in my head and sometimes out loud.
There I was hacking at my coconut with the biggest knife I had singing when all of a sudden, another brilliant idea hit me! I should put the lime in the coconut!
What is this crazy girl talking about?
Well my friends, I was just gonna use the coconut water and meat to make a nice puree to use as dressing, but my subconscious was attempting to and succeeded in steering me in a different direction.
I grabbed a lime out of my fruit bowl, zested that thing SO good and then juiced it!
I also gotta ask, does anyone know an easy and good way to remove coconut meat? My arm was exhausted after scraping just part of one half
I am pretty pumped because when I do finally scrap all the coconut meat out, I will be halfway done constructing a coconut bra. So, someone, please throw a luau.
Back to my lunch
Isn’t it gorgeous?
I used my trusty food processor to blend the coconut water, meat, and lime
This may be the most beautiful shade of green
I scooped some of the puree on top of my fruit, and wouldn’t you know it, I had enough of the water left over to drink!
Dinner: Vegetable Sushi Two Ways
I had work tonight, so right after I finished lunch I set to work on making my dinner so I could take it with me. I really like the idea of something easy and utensil free to eat at work, since tonight I was working up front, I wanted something I could sneak bites of from under the counter without the hassle of a fork and knife.
What’s easy, utensil free, and raw?
If you make it without rice
And cooked fish
So, that’s what I did.
I started by making another batch of Pico de Gallo (tomato, red onion, cilantro, lime, salt)
Then I took a piece of Nori and put it on my sushi roller, like I really knew what I was doing
Then I laid a gorgeous piece of red chard on top of that
Scooped a few big spoonfuls of pico de gallo on top of that and smeared it into all the cracks
The rest is history
Then I rolled it and sliced it in half, like so
This roll was bright and complex with all the flavors going on, for real, this thing is packed with flavor, but it lacked a certain richness. Sushi, in general, is only momentarily gratifying since its such a light dish. I decided to make another type of roll to really fill me up.
Avocado seemed like the best way to add some substance to the sushi, since I didn’t have any sashimi lying around!
I didn’t want to just do the typical slices of avocado, I wanted to leave out the pico de gallo on this roll and make the avocado a spread. I must admit, my food processor has never had this much action before, it’s great! I scooped 1 avocado into it and then squeezed the juice of 1 orange in too, because I wanted this roll to still have a citrus brightness that would be absent otherwise since the pico de gallo was the vessel that brought citrus in the last time.
Boy, this was AMAZING! You all will be seeing this pop up in other recipes the rest of this week, as dip, as dressing, you name it.
I repeated the Nori on the sushi roller, laid down a chard leaf and then smeared this ‘cado spread all over it
Red bell pepper, carrot and sesame seeds completed this medley. At the last minute I popped a couple slices of avocado in there, cause I love it so much.
(Well, I knew this would come out sooner or later…I am not the most expert sushi roller/sushi slicer. Please don’t hate me)
I think I much preferred this wrap since it was smothered and covered in avocado.
Overall, today was good. I got lots of work done and I never felt lethargic or real icky. I will admit, work was a struggle. For those who don’t know, I work in a Brazilian-Italian restaurant as a waitress mostly, but sometimes I work up in the front on the phones and doing take out orders. Hearing all the customers tell me all the things they were gonna eat was hard. Smelling all the wonderful scents wafting out of the kitchen was worse. Much worse. I still have 2 more days of work while I am on this challenge, its gonna be a rough. Wish me luck!
I finally just got home and am drinking my daily allotted cup of tea to warm my soul, and fingers, and toes, and body in general. Goodnight my food lovers, I shall write more to you tomorrow.