RAW Food Challenge Day 7

Hi all!

I am so sorry this is a day late, yesterday just got away from me!

But my last day went so very well!

I am happy to report that I survived this long week of raw food!

So, what did I eat on my final day?

Breakfast: Overnight Oats with Blueberries, Almond Flour, Spices, and Honey

I decided to start (in a sense) where I began, with some overnight oats. Remember Day 1 where I made overnight oats with chia seeds, apple, spices, and agave nectar? I thought it would be rather poetic of me to come full circle and do a variation of that.

Blueberries and Almond Flour sounded like a nice combo, and so it was

I pulled some Almond Milk Overnight Oats out and loaded them up with the goods

1 cup Overnight Oats

1 cup Almond Milk

1/3 cup Almond Flour

1/2 cup Blueberries

1 tsp Raw Honey

1/2 tsp Cinnamon

1/2 tsp All-Spice

Tiny wedge of Lemon, optional

This breakfast was another one of my favorites, and it was kind of inspired by a blueberry crumble almost. It really was perfect.

My man has been eating raw with me for some of my meals and this one was by far his favorite as well, I practically had to pry the bowl out of his hands ’cause he was lovin’ it so much!

Seriously though, I could eat this any day of the week. No question.

Lunch: Cucumber Sandwich with Tahini, Spinach, Sprouts, Tomato, and Dill

I love sandwiches. Truly. If there was one thing I could eat for the rest of my life it would be a sandwich (it was a toss up between a sandwich and a salad). I just think they are the perfect meal since you can put pretty much whatever the heck you want in them and they will still be so wonderful and contained between 2 pieces of bread, or something along those lines.

Think about it. It’s true.

So my lunch was an interpretation of the glorious ‘wich.

I made myself a sandwich alright, but instead of bread, my outside layer was a cucumber.

Inventive, huh?

I took a cucumber, sliced it in half lengthwise and gutted it

Then I took some of my raw homemade Tahini sauce and used that as my spread

I was gonna just lay some whole spinach leaves on top of that, but then I pulled them out of the bundle and they were HUGE! Oh my word, I’m just used to baby spinach ’cause these leaves look massive!

I gave a few leaves a rough chop and that was that.

I added some clover sprouts and sliced cherry tomato on top of that, and of course a nice sprinkling of dill!

I would recommend eating it as an open faced sandwich, since you can’t really squish cucumber to fit in your mouth the way you can with bread!

It was definitely an interesting looking sandwich, that is not only fun and great tasting!

Matt and I enjoyed it on a picnic bench in the back of the Ferry Building while basking in the fair spring weather and watching the Bay after perusing all of the shops inside.

After walking around some more and staring at all the things I couldn’t yet eat, we decided to head out for dinner.

Dinner: Sashimi

Since it was my last night on the raw challenge, Matt and I went to our favorite sushi restaurant. The guys who work here love us. For real. It’s great, every time we go there they hook it up with more free food than we can handle!

It was a little sad having to say no to it all, but sweet boy Matthew got to indulge without me.

I opted for a sashimi plate with Tuna, Mackerel, Salmon, and Red Snapper, I drizzled some fresh lemon juice on top and they were good to go.

I remembered a few bites in that the restaurant would obviously have some nori so I asked for a few sheets of it to make my own rice-less sushi.

Like I said, I’m not the best sushi roller

Usually after sushi I am stuffed (though that stuffed feeling doesn’t last too long since it goes through ya so quickly) but after just the sashimi, I felt great. Full but not on the verge of a food coma.

I was a good girl and cleaned my whole plate!

Matthew was a good boy too and cleaned his plate, but they took it away before I could take a sweet shot of him with it.

It was a long day that ended very well, and overall it was a great week too.

I’m so glad I went raw for a week, it was such an amazing experience that taught me more than I would’ve expected.

More to come on my raw feelings in the next post!

What are your favorite fish to eat as sashimi?

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Raw Food Day 1 Midnight Snack

Shhh…

Don’t tell, but sometimes, I get hungry late at night…like, real late. When I probably shouldn’t be snacking. Sometimes I am able to ward off these cravings, but then there are nights like tonight, after a day of eating raw, that I had a hankering. And I had it BAD.

Tonight, my midnight munchies were callin’ out for something crunchy.

I looked around my kitchen for something quick, raw, and healthy. Plus, almost all the corners of my tongue were calling out for something special. A sweet treat. Something savory. With a touch of sour to make my lips pucker, but just a little bit. And honestly I needed something with some protein and a little fat.

Then the pieces of the puzzle fit together.

That hint of sour = 1 large Granny Smith Apple

A little sweetness = 1 Tbs. Raw Honey

The savory vessel = 3 Tbs. Raw Peanut Butter

And that is how my little midnight snack was born

I know mother’s everywhere, except for maybe my mom, cause she’s a cool mom,  are thinking, “don’t play with your food!” But come on!

Look how cute that little apple sandwich is.

That’s that, I’ve said my peace, my belly is full, and finally I’m ready for slumber.

What do you like to eat in the wee hours of the morning?

RAW Food Challenge

Hello everyone!

After a few days of contemplation, and lots of Google searches, I have decided to embark on a new challenge. One that doesn’t involve 6 hours of baking, or 4 sticks of butter. No, this challenge will be much different.

I was first inspired by this blogger because she just completed this challenge as well.

Beginning tomorrow, I will be going RAW for a week. 7 days. 21 meals + snacks.

Raw Fruits. Raw Veggies. Raw Seeds, Nuts, and Sugars.

Nothing cooked over 116 degrees. But for the sake of keeping it somewhat simpler, I’m just gonna keep things cool.

When I first started thinking about this, I was apprehensive, really really apprehensive. I read a lot of informational websites, and what I learned was shocking. According to some experts in the field women who eat a raw food diet should be consuming about 6 pounds of food a day!

One of their “suggested breakfasts” was 3 pounds of watermelon! I don’t think my stomach could hold that much at once! I understand that because there is little fat in what I’ll be eating my body is going to burn through it much quicker, but oh my goodness. If I try and eat 6 pounds every day, I’ll always have food in my mouth!

I kept searching, and eventually I found some REALLY intriguing recipes that I can’t wait to try (no, I won’t tell you now and spoil the surprise). Just you wait and see, I think some of the stuff will really knock yours socks off!

For the past few days I have been stock piling the things I will need, since school and work are going to be pretty demanding this week I wanted to make sure I have just about everything I need beforehand.

I have been thinking a lot about the things I will miss over the next week, my list includes:

Sauces

Milk

Bacon

So, in an effort to not go without, I have been prepping my alternatives for 2 out of the 3 on this list (sorry bacon, I couldn’t find a good alternative for you. I love you. I’ll miss you).

In my kitchen at this very moment I am soaking:

Raw Sesame Seeds for Tahini Sauce

Raw Almonds for Almond Milk

Raw Chickpeas for Hummus

and Raw Oats for my breakfast tomorrow

In addition to these goodies that are already underway, I have about half a produce market worth of fruits and veggies in my fridge and on my counter right now.

See!

Among the things I am most excited to use is this gorgeous Kale

And Chia seeds! I never knew you could eat the hair off your Chia pet!

As far as protein goes, I’ve made sure to stock up on the following (all raw):

Sesame Seeds

Chickpeas

Hulled Pumpkin Seeds

Sunflower Seeds

Chia Seeds

Hulled Hemp Seeds

Almonds

Walnuts

Pecans

Raw Almond Butter

Raw Peanut Butter

For grains:

Raw Oats

Almond Flour

To sweeten things up:

Agave Nectar

Raw Honey

Coconut Flakes

To drink:

Kombucha (because it was on sale at the market)

Am I a little scared? Yes. But, more so, I’m excited for what’s to come. I will be blogging everyday about my experiences, my mood, my food and of course all the recipes!

There are 2 exceptions I’m making to this whole “only raw” plan of mine.

1. I am not giving up my morning cup of black coffee

2. Nor will I be giving up my option of having hot tea, since the nights in SF can get realll chilly in this old apartment of mine.

Other than that, RAW ALL THE WAY, BABY!

Wish me luck!

I am waking up early to finish my almond milk and tahini sauce, so off to bed for this blogger!

Healing Springs Kombucha

A few years ago, I got sick. Real sick. I won’t go into the specifics, but pretty much, It felt like I was gonna die. After about 6 days of me on my supposed death bed, my roommate at the time took me to the hospital, and as it turns out I had Swine Flu, in conjunction with an Intestinal Virus (I would get both at once). The doctor prescribed me some medicine, instructed my roommate to keep me well hydrated and sent me on my sickly way. Slowly but surely I began to recover.

Good news, I lived.

When I was finally sort of ready to go back to work, I filled my coworkers in on the horrific details of my illness, in between the residual coughing and sneezing. That’s when one girl suggested I drink some Kombucha to help me feel 100% again.

Kombucha, for those of you who don’t know, is a fermented tea drink with live cultures in it that promote overall body wellness.

Every time she is feeling under the weather, she stocks up. Why? As she so charmingly put it “It knocks the s*** out of me.”

I was sold. On my break from work I ran up to the corner produce market and bought a bottle of GT’s Kombucha in Divine Grape. Boy! Nothing could have prepared me for the taste, the smell, or the feeling of live culture in your mouth. But I chugged it down.

And you know what, the next morning, I felt GREAT.

Since then, I have made a point to drink Kombucha when I’m feeling sicky, but also just when the mood strikes me. Because at this point, I have grown accustomed to, and actually started to enjoy the flavor of it.

There are others though, who can’t get over some aspect of GT’s intense Kombucha, and for them I recommend Healing Springs Kombucha the Raw Honey flavor is fantastic. Or for beginners, Healing Springs is a great way to ease your way into the Kombucha movement.

It has a more subdued effervescence and a milder taste with smaller cultures floating around.

I have friends who swear by it, others who drink it in place of coffee every morning swearing all the while that it invigorates them more than a cup of joe, and others who are more like me and just drink it when they feel like it.

At least in San Francisco, I haven’t seen it in as many places as I see GT’s, mostly just in specialty organic markets, but that could be because GT has been around since 1995 and Healthy since 2004.

I would recommend Healthy Springs to every one who wants to try Kombucha, and to die hard fans looking for some new flavors!