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Coconut Yogurt!

Finally, a yogurt that is kind to my tummy… the best part?  I made it myself!!  After seeing this yogurt featured on both Choosing Raw and Pure2Raw I knew I just HAD to try it out!  I normally can deal with my lactose intolerance, but sometimes I honestly truly miss good ol’ Greek yogurt and the soy substitute doesn’t cut it.  

Clearly my picture taking skillz aren’t up to par, but the taste is outta this world.  And even better, it’s all raw!  Check it.

Coconut Yogurt (makes 2 servings)

  • 1 c. young Thai coconut meat (I used 2 coconuts)
  • 1/4 c. coconut water
  • 1 packet NuNaturals stevia
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp probiotic powder (I opened my capsules like the twins did)

Throw everything in the Vita Mix and blend until smooth.  I had to add about another spoonful coconut water to ensure it blended well.  The pour the mixture into a bowl, cover loosely with a towel and let sit overnight in a warm spot (although since I made mine in the morning, I only let it sit out for about 7 hours) and then stir and refrigerate to chill until ready to enjoy.  Then grab a spoon!!


March 29, 2010 at 6:33 pm 2 comments

A spiralized delight!

I just got my brand new Joyce Chen spiralizer and I was literally skipping home from the post office thinking of all the meals I couldn’t wait to try with this.  I don’t normally like zucchini, but I remember my mom making a raw pesto growing up out of walnuts, basil, zucchini, garlic and olive oil which I used to love, so I figured raw spaghetti might not taste quite so squash-y with the right sauce.  Man was I right!!  Need proof?  

I made Natalia Rose’s Amazing Raw “Peanut” Sauce.  With sauces like this, who needs a stove?!  This sauce was so rich, creamy and decadent – and didn’t contain a single peanut!  It really reminded me of a Pad Thai sauce.  I actually ended up adding more water to this and more chili peppers because I like my foods with a little spice 😉  I served this over raw zucchini noodles along with julienned carrots, red cabbage and broccoli (which I lightly blanched).

Amazing Raw “Peanut” Sauce by Natalia Rose (makes a little over 1 cup)

  • 1/2 c. raw almond butter  
  • 1.5 tbsp fresh ginger
  • 1/3 c. water
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1.5 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 4 dried red chilis (seen here)

Blend all ingredients in the Vita Mix until smooth, adding more water as needed to thin and Voila!

March 27, 2010 at 1:33 pm 9 comments

Raw Detox – Day 2

Warning: this is an epic post!

I know I mentioned detoxing a while back now, but I fiiinally am getting around to posting on this!  Last week I bought the book The Raw Food Diet by Natalia Rose and completely devoured it in about two days.  I can’t quite explain how well this book seemed to just speak to me.  To make a long story short, I feel like I have been searching my whole life for a way of eating that works well for my body and allows me to enjoy and love pure foods without feeling like I’m depriving myself of treats and taste.  I might be a little premature in saying so, but I think this book may have been the missing link I have been searching for.

Not just in terms of a clean eating approach does this book make sense to me, but the concept of food combining just kind of makes sense to me.  In addition to this book I have done a TON of reading on the subject, so don’t think I’m the kind of person who hears something in a book and takes it as the word of God.  I make sure to get all the facts before I decide if somethings for me – inclusive of pro-con lists 😉  After reading the book I discovered I am considered a “Level 2”, but since I’m new to this, after reading the sample menu, I decided starting at a “level 3” was better for my lifestyle right now.  Level 3 technically means you go “raw ’til dinner” and allows the inclusion of cooked fish, although I’m still stickin’ to my vegetarianism right now so I sub in other options.

Since reading the book I purchased a Breville juicer which has changed my life – for serious chickadees.  I have been transitioning into cleaner eating and incorporating more raw foods into my diet over the past week because I didn’t want to totally shock my system (even though I was already eating minimally processed, clean foods).  I also started practicing proper food combining to the best of my abilities leading up to yesterday and then had my first real “raw detox day yesterday”.  What does that mean?  I started the day off with lots of green juice, then tons of fruits all day followed by a big raw salad with goat cheese and bread for dinner.  I know I went pretty hardcore for day 1, but I wanted to start it off with a bang.

Today I went mostly raw ’til dinner again with a big salad with veggies for lunch, but then kinda cheated with some whole wheat pretzels for a snack later in the day before my evening run.  I’m not worried though because I feel like the biggest key to focus on is making sure I combine my foods properly and then just do the best I can in terms of eating as raw as I can during the day.  I finished off my day with leftover Detox Lasagna and a salad with the most amazing Raw Caesar Dressing ever from the book.  Seriously, I usually hate salad dressing and I could bathe in this stuff.  

Raw Caesar Dressing by Natalia Rose (makes 3 cups)

  • 1/4 c. cold-pressed olive oil  
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 4 medium stalks celery, chopped
  • 1/2 c. water
  • 1/4 c. fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 c. soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp white miso
  • 4 medjool dates
  • fresh pepper, to taste

Blend all of the ingredients in a Vita Mix until smooth and creamy!

I’m new to this new raw food thing, so expect to see lots of new recipes in my coming posts!!

March 24, 2010 at 7:45 pm 4 comments

Raw Power!

So yesterday I had to make up for not running over the weekend and ended up having to fit in a 20-miler into my regular workday.  After said experience I learned that it is a much better idea to just suck it up in the rain and run on the weekend so that you have time to REST the next day!  I actually split into two runs to make it more doable: 7mi before work and 13 mi after work.  Man was I hurting today!!

I knew my muscles had some serious repairing to do, so I figured I should fill my body with as many clean nutrient-rich foods as possible.  I started off the morning with a Popeye Special (in honor of St Patty’s), followed by a big salad for lunch and decided to continue the raw trend into dinner.  

You’re lookin at Raw Ginger-Carrot Soup!  …with some chip & salsa on the side.  Ok, so not completely raw.

I used a recipe from the Clean Program recipes – the detox program that my sister & her hubs is doing with a few modification just ’cause I like my food spicy.  🙂  Check it.  It makes a lovely dip for my chips too…

Raw Ginger-Carrot Soup (makes 2-4 servings)

  • 1.5 c. butternut squash, peeled & diced  
  • 2 c. carrots, diced
  • 1/2 c. zucchini, diced
  • 1/4 c. red onion, chopped
  • 1/4 c. celery, sliced
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2-inch chunk fresh ginger
  • 4 c. water

**after pouring my bowl I added 1/4 tsp garam masala, pinch white pepper and a generous pinch cayenne.  Love in a bowl my friends.

Simply throw everything in the Vita Mix and blend until creamy.  Serve at room temp or heat slightly.

Question: Have of you guys ever tried going totally raw??

March 17, 2010 at 6:27 pm 1 comment

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