Re-focusing

I am sick right now, and I definitely think this is because I’ve been lazy/busy lately and eating a lot of cooked food. It’s really hard when you work somewhere that serves food/drinks and you have to be there at 5/6 A.M., 25-30 hours a week, on top of school full time, to have a really crazy diet, and to not eat the food that’s there. I have tons of fruit in my fridge but I find that fruit doesn’t sustain me at work like fat does. I’ve read a lot of places that you should start out with fruit in the beginning of the day and gradually progress to fat and veggies… but obviously that isn’t working for me. I’ve always started my day with a hearty breakfast and I think that will enable me to stick to raw better than if I have to eat tons of fruit. Plus, I don’t feel good if I eat a lot in one sitting =p. I have a small body and I feel bloated and yecchh.

So! I’m devoting a couple of hours tomorrow to setting up food and/or recipes that will be ready-to-eat when I need them through Wednesday or so. I finally got nutritional yeast so I’m going to try the egg substitute recipe in Matthew Kenney’s book, Everyday Raw. I also bought collard leaves so wraps are in order for lunch/dinner. Dunno what else though.

Right now, I am eating a collard wrap. I used the leftover pulp from my cashew milk to make a spicy/garlic tomato paste and put bell peppers (my favorite!), and a cherry tomato, chopped.

Dinner tonight!

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Discoveries and Failures

Hah, what an overly epic title. Only because it’s been so long since I’ve posted and I’ve documented quite a few of both discoveries and failures. Work and school has been taking up all of my time. Oh, and I’m trying to have a social life this year. =p

So the first real recipe I attempted in Gainesville were chocolate donut holes made with flax, cacao, and agave. I got the recipe somewhere online.

Cacao + Flax + Agave = xP

They came out okay, but I thought the texture was so unlike a real donut. They were very thick and packed, not light and fluffy. The taste was very flax-ey, not the best taste in the world. My boyfriend suggested making them with whole flax seeds instead, so I soaked the flax seeds. I didn’t let them dry long enough and they didn’t blend in the processor. So I changed direction and made flax sweet bread to put almond butter and bananas into for breakfast. Result (it was pretty good):

with cinnamon sprinkled on top =)

[Sadly, I later found out with another recipe that my cheap dehydrator that I got at Goodwill is flying to temperatures between 140 degrees and 180 degrees! Definitely cutting down on the dehydrated recipes. =( ]

Continuing on my donut hole journey, I attempted the coconut donut holes dusted with sifted cacao from Sarma Mengailis’s book. I didn’t put the whole recipe in there, just half of all the ingredients so my food processor decided to push it all up on the sides and stop blending it. So, brilliant me, I added a little water to get it to blend again and added too much water…..

almost like cake icing...

And it became paste instead of donut holes. Which I ate off a spoon and it was still freakin delicious.

And I miss pasta so much. I don’t have a spiralizer so I attempted zucchini pasta with a knife and a vegetable peeler.

delicious, but not quite as filling as SAD pasta

I can’t remember exactly, but I think the dressing was some combo of olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic sun-dried tomato pesto stuff.

I had smoothies every morning for breakfast for a while. I like the banana avocado combo. I also like banana apple and spinach. It’s the best applesauce I’ve ever tasted. And anything with cacao!! I’m sorry, but the raw foodists who renounce everything except pure fruits and vegetables (and only certain kinds!) … I can’t do that. I need to have some food connection to everyone else around me. If I couldn’t share food with my friends, a little part of me would die inside. Plus I love chocolate! If i didn’t have cacoa powder, I would snarf down Reese’s every time I saw it in the grocery store.

And speaking of chocolate…

8)

This has been my latest obsession. Sliced bananas and strawberries in a cashew milk/cacao/honey/agave mixture. SO GOODDD!!! I also just bought chia seeds and I make the same thing, but in a chia oatmeal version. Delicious!!

In other news, I’m going to my first Gator football game tomorrow! So excited! I will post pictures as soon as I can. Until then!

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Stressed Out

I just barely made the cut for the $1600 I owe for the double deposit/first month’s rent on my studio, hence the title of stressed out. But I have been doing well with eating raw. I have been drinking juice from Naked and Bolthouse Farms in the morning for breakfast. They are ‘gently pasteurized,’ as it says on the bottle, so I’m pretty sure they aren’t raw but the sugars from the fruits in the juice give me my kick start and it makes a quick breakfast. For snacks/meals, I’ve been surviving on Larabars and other raw bars. Bad, I know. =p

I did, however, have a moment of excellence… twice. There is a local organic grocery store/cafe/restaurant 15 minutes away from my parent’s house. They sell onion bread, which I’m pretty sure is THE onion bread (recipe found here), and I bought some. OMG, delicioussssss! I made myself some chipotle mayo from some cashews I had and came up with a recipe that is reminiscent of bruschetta, but doesn’t have basil.

Veggie Bruschetta

I placed the cashew mayo on first, then spinach leaves, tomato, and orange bell pepper. I’m a sandwich-lover and it was an awesome texture/taste combination of bread, creamy, crunchy, and fresh. It was so delicious. And it took five minutes to chop up the veggies and throw them all into plastic baggies the morning of. I took it to work and ate it on my lunch and it filled me up. =)

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End of the Summer

I am two weeks away from going back to school and 4 weeks away from a hectic lifestyle in which I work 30-35 hours a week and go to school full-time. Whilst dabbling in raw food this summer I have discovered a few things.

  • I don’t really like raw grains so I am going to cut them out.
  • I like strawberries! I never knew.
  • Simple is better. No complex stuff for me. I don’t have the time or the money.

I thought that switching over to raw, I would crave pasta. Turns out my cravings for sandwiches were a lot stronger, as well as my cravings for parfait/cereal… or something with a soft texture filled with something with a crunchy texture. Haha, dunno what it is about texture, but it’s almost more important to me than taste.

A couple months ago, I made flax seed oatmeal! I left the flaxseeds to soak for about 6 hours. I don’t remember, but I don’t think they were supposed to soak that long, haha. But they were soft and gooey and they were covered in some sort of slime (sounds appetizing, I know). I had no time, so I threw bananas and blueberries marinated in Bragg’s apple cider. I mashed the bananas in it and had a oatmeal-like substance. It was quite good and VERY filling.

Flaxseed, Banana, Blueberries, Yum!

I’m thinking I’m going to create menus each week with similar ingredients so that I don’t waste food and I don’t spend needless money. I am on a tight budget this year. So I guess if this blog ever gets discovered, it could be a headway for students trying to live raw. I’ll post my mistakes and things I find that work for me and my lifestyle.

Right now I am working on creating a steady, rotating grocery list. I found that snack-wise, I love pre-made granola bars. Granola bars are a student’s best friend. But I don’t know if any of the health food stores in Gainesville will sell a plethora of them. Guess I’ll just have to find out.

I also love to eat/want to eat more of: avocados, mandarin oranges, strawberries, apple slices dipped in raw almond butter, Larabars, and marinated-veggie-recipes.

It’s a work in progress!

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Day ???

No clue what day it is. Aaand I don’t really care. I’ve decided to switch up my approach a little bit because my attempt in just eating raw foods all the time isn’t working. It’s not that cooked food is ‘tempting’ me… it’s more that every delicious raw recipe I find requires ingredients that I don’t have and equipment I don’t have. Obstacleeeessss! Today, however I did acquire a food processor, which I believe should help a lot.

I attempted to make butternut squash soup with my new food processor…. failed attempt. The taste was good but the texture was pulpy because I don’t have a top-of-the-line blender. No more soup for me.

What I need is inspiration. I look at my fridge full of fruits, with the speckling of veggies, and I don’t know how to turn it into a culinary masterpiece. I like to ‘cook.’ I like to chop and blend flavors and ingredients. I know how to blend flavors on the stove but raw flavors not so much. So. —->

New goals:

  1. Try not to worry too much about my percentage of raw.
  2. Aim to eat lots of fruit.
  3. Try one new raw recipe every day.

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Day 1 is a Grey Area

My name is Allie and I am going to switch over to eating a raw diet. I’m blogging this journey in an attempt to help myself achieve that goal. Right now, I have successfully, completely cut out red meat. I have nearly cut out processed foods, cheese, milk, and soy. I feel as if my healthful eating habits have slowly been improving and leading me to the raw diet. I have heard the testimonials of improved health and age reversal and I want me some of that. 😉

I’m going to call this Day 1 even though I went grocery shopping for raw foods days ago. I mean, I ate ten (yes, ten) cookies tonight. So I’ll say today (when I wake up in the morning) is Day 1. I’m being drawn to cookies and other cooked, fatty foods because I have not paid enough attention to my diet. I’m used to just eating on the go, grabbing a granola bar. This diet is going to need a bit more planning, at least in the beginning. So what do I have to work with?

  • raw coconut butter
  • raw almond butter
  • 1 avocado
  • raspberries
  • blueberries
  • dried apricots
  • bananas
  • spinach
  • red bell peppers
  • dried coconut strips
  • kelp noodles
  • raw cacao powder
  • agave syrup
  • raw oat groats
  • mangoes
  • 1 zucchini

I am very set up for smoothies and granola bars. I do, however, need raw nuts and raw nut milk for many of the recipes I’d like to try. For now, however I’ll set out my short-term, 1 week goals.

  1. Eat a satisfying, healthy raw breakfast every day.
  2. Use up all the fruits and veggies I have bought.
  3. Use a variety of different recipes.
  4. Eat a non-raw meal at dinnertime if I feel myself craving it.

That’s all for now.

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