Cucumber Cooler Smoothie

Okay, this smoothie is DELICIOUS and it was a major component of tonight’s dinner:

1 pineapple

1/2 c blackberries

1 cucumber

honey to taste


Combine in a blender and drink up!  Nomi Shannon came up with this recipe and gave it to Kevin Gianni.  I found it on his fabulous “Renegade Health Show.”  So good!  So filling!


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Reviving Raw Wannabe

Obviously, I haven’t blogged here in a very long time.

Its time to come back.

Raw food just won’t go away.  In my mind, I know that eating raw is the solution to my weight and health issues.  Why I fight it, I don’t know.  Why I left raw food, I don’t know.  I developed an aversion to salad (and I still can’t eat it).  I got sick and tired of listening to people talk who had no idea what they were talking about- their claims were based entirely on anecdotal evidence and not on actual science.  Now, there’s no disputing that eating raw is the absolute best thing you can do for yourself.  Our bodies were made to live and thrive off of the nutrients that fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds provide for us.  God designed us to eat this way back in the very Beginning.

As Serene Allison likes to say “They [raw foods] are His gifts.”

Today’s menu:

Breakfast: Raw Granola (sooo simple- 1/4 c each almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds and brazil nuts combined in a food processor with 2 dates) with almond milk and topped with strawberries and blackberries

Lunch: Mediterranean Kale Salad (another simple one- kale topped with evoo, lemon juice, red bell peppers, chopped olives and pine nuts)

Dinner: Not sure yet- may do tacos: chipotle sunflower seed cheese and heirloom tomato salsa in a lettuce shell.

Snack: Green Banana Mook

I hope to take pictures of everything, but we’ll see.

I became inspired after seeing someone doing a “Julie and Julia” style experiment with Alissa Cohen’s book.  I really like that idea and may try it out with some of the other raw cookbooks that I have.  I want to review everything I make.  That might inspire me to blog more.

So, if anyone is still around, stick around some more cuz I’m back!

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OMG, It’s Finally Happening

I’m getting a Vitamix 3600 tomorrow for $85!  It looks pristine and comes with all the parts.  I am so excited!!!  I’ll report back tomorrow.


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Banana Mook

Right now, I’m in LOVE with the most delicious breakfast drink I’ve had in a long time.  So often, everything buy the kitchen sink goes into a smoothie.  Its so nice to stick with something simple.

I made Raw Model Anthony’s Vanilla Macadamia Mylk yesterday out of the first batch of raw macadamias I’ve ever been able to find in the store.  I blend up some with two bananas and some ice and it produces the most incredible banana shake that is totally filling and delicious!  I’ve been making it with all kinds of nut mylk though and I can’t taste much of a difference.

This particular shake is so filling because its made with macadamias and coconut butter (both incredible heart healthy fats) and bananas which are filling in and of themselves.  Its a great energy booster and a perfect breakfast.

The very best part about it is that my kids absolutely LOVE it.  My youngest is basically a raw foodist.  She loves anything and everything raw.  My oldest, however, is very reluctant to try anything… but he loves mommy’s “banana mook”!

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Tomorrow’s Hopeful Menu

Breakfast: Berry Mylk (Cashew mylk with Strawberries, blackberries, and ice)

Snack: Jalapeno corn chips and salsa

Lunch: Big BIG BIG salad- probably a kale salad.

Snack: Fruit salad

Dinner: Probably 15 bean soup… and this carrot salad.

I really need to like avocados… I really do.  But I just don’t.  There’s not much flavor and the texture bugs me.  How can I like them better?  I was thinking about building a little mini-sandwich.  Mush up a little avo, top with lime juice, salt and pepper and then put a big tomato slice over it.  I think the flavor of the avo will probably be masked.

Any other tips for getting to like avocados?

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A Good Day

So, I did pretty well today in terms of food.  I did have a little desert at the church potluck today and some baked french fries at dinner… cream in the coffee (which I will NEVER give up)… but other then that, I did really well.

Breakfast: Peach (not enough, but in getting ready for church, I didn’t have time to eat more)

Lunch: Salad, Watermelon, Loads of fresh veggies (and a big piece of my best friend’s cake)

Snack: Banana mylk

Dinner: Freshtopia’s Tomato Soup, Jalapeno Corn Chips

Snack: More fruit


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Tomorrow’s Experiment

Sweet Chile Nuts
makes 4 cups
Juice of one lime
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon agave nectar
1 tablespoon paprika
2 teaspoon cayenne
1 teaspoon sea salt
4 cups raw soaked nuts of your choice
1 Whisk together lime juice, oil, agave and seasonings. Add nuts to coat evenly.
2 Spread nuts on a Teflex sheet and dehydrate at 100 degrees for 8-12 hours or until dry, crisp and crunchy.

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