I’ve made it to the halfway point!
Wahooo! Yippee! Yaahaaa!
I woke up a little late so I drew inspiration for my breakfast and lunch from the blogger who gave me the idea to do this Raw Food Challenge in the first place. Her blog is awesome, it’s one of my favorites right now!
Breakfast: Banana Almond Butter Roll Up (AB&B Roll Up)
This took about 3 minutes to make and just about as long to gobble down, its a sweet little play on a PB&J roll up, ‘cept I used Almond Butter (AB) and (&) Banana (B) rolled up in a red chard leaf.
So easy, you see?
My breakfast went a little something like this
Because I was running a little late, I was eating super fast. Raw nut butters tend to be a little drier, and therefore stickier on your tongue, than processed nut butters. Red chard leaves stick reallll well to nut butter. That being said, there I was trying to eat as quickly as possibly, not chewing as much as I should cause I was doing some last minute reading for class. All of a sudden, I swallowed a big bite and started to choke because some almond butter was left on my tongue and a piece of chard leaf stuck to it. I freaked out trying to cough it up and ended up having to fish it out with my finger.
This was not the best way to begin my morning.
So please, to anyone who tries this, chew your chard thoroughly and be careful.
On a much lighter note, it was raining again today so I threw on my favorite leather ankle boots, a nice long sleeve shirt, and my heaviest coat.
Off to school with my lunch in my bag!
Lunch: Apple, Raisin, and Pecan Pie in a Jar
It is well established in my family that my grandma is the best baker around. Every holiday season she whips out phenomenal, in a crust. You name it, she can make it taste unbelievably good inside a pie.
and her Pecan Pie
The pecan pie took a few years to grow on me, but now that it has, I can’t get enough. So really, its a blessing to my waistline that my grandma only makes them once or twice a year.
The blogger who inspired my breakfast inspired me once again for lunch. Pie in a Jar.
But it was my grandma who inspired the pie filling
Here’s the rundown on layering:
1/4 cup of raw oats
3 small handfuls of pecans
1/4 cup raisins
1/2 tsp. Agave Nectar, optional
1/2 of a Granny Smith apple
1/4 cup of raw oats
1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
1/2 tsp. All-Spice
1 cup of Raw Almond Milk
Let it sit in the jar for 4 hours to soften the oats, pecans, and raisins
I made it in the morning and kept it in my purse and flipped it over after about 2 hours so that the oats on top could soak
I ate it while sitting on the floor waiting for my afternoon class and it was all I could do to not scream out in joy at how good this was!
This is a recipe I will carry with me long after this challenge. It is a GREAT meal to travel around with because it’s all contained.
Just remember to pack a spoon!
Dinner: Corn and ‘Cado Salad with a Creamy Cilantro Dressing
I know there is controversy over corn because of GMOs ect ect
But today, I don’t care.
I was craving it. BAD.
I started constructing a salad around it because a cob of corn was a $1 at the corner produce market. A dollar!
Along with the corn, I chopped up some:
Red Bell Pepper
I was about to add some cilantro in there, but then I thought, wait! what am I gonna do about dressing?! Why don’t I make a gorgeous green dressing with it?
Despite my almond milk, I’ve been craving something creamy, especially in the dressing area so I put the salad on hold to make a nice creamy cilantro dressing.
It went a little something like this:
1 cup of Sunflower Seeds, soaked (I soaked them for an hour, but you should do it for longer)
1/3 cup Olive Oil
1/2 cup Cilantro
1 Tbs Himalayan Pink Salt
3 cloves of Garlic
1 Tbs. Cumin
1 cup of water
Yes, I poured olive oil straight on my counter.
Oh the things I do for you all.
I blended that all together in my food processor, tasted it, and determined it was missing something.
A hint of citrus, that’s what
So I used 1 tiny lime that I had, plus the juice of half a lemon. It’s your choice of which citrus/exactly how much. I like my stuff real bright and fresh, so I was heavy handed.
I am really a fan of beautifully shaded green dressings
Finally, my dish was complete.
A little fresh cracked black pepper and it was ready!
(I added the dressing on after cause I thought the salad was just so beautiful!)
Today. my energy level was pretty high. I felt really good and productive. The on and off rain couldn’t hold this girl down! I think I also feel great because this challenge is all downhill from here. While it’s been a lot of fun so far, it’s also been mentally draining trying to think of filling, healthy, and nutritiously satisfying meals that are all raw.
Do any of you have some good raw recipes I could try on days 5, 6, and 7? I’d love to hear them!