Day 15 Delish With Dates!

Is it Day 15 already?  Wow, time flies!

I have been busy interviewing with colleges and signing up for classes!  Back to school for me!  I’ve decided to add an RN degree to my BS in Nutrition!  So, don’t be surprised if there are gaps in my posts, I will post as often as time permits!

Todays smoothie:

‘Ban-berry-date’

2 Bananas

4 Dated (pitted and soaked overnight)

Handful of Blueberries

Enough water to almost cover fruit

Blend and enjoy!

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The dates were amazing in the smoothie!  I had seen others use them but I hadn’t tried yet.  This time of year dates to me are a sweet lil treat for the taste buds!  I’ve also been snacking on dried figs since I can’t find fresh ones anywhere in my area…B.U.M.M.E.R.  I’ve recently tried kumquats.  My California avocado connection, Avocado Diva, included a few with my avocados, now I’m an addict!

(By the way check out the Avocado Diva’s site! http://www.avocadodiva.com/ )

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Day 10 Raw Journey; Raw Tomato Soup

Sitting by the cozy pellet stove, watching the snowfall, I thought tonight would be a perfect soup night!

I have a vitamix and making soups in it is very easy.  If you do not have one, you could make this in a blender.  It should warm slightly by putting your blender on high-speed for about 5 or 6 minutes.

The point of “raw” is to not destroy the enzymes by cooking the foods you eat.  As long as food is not heated over 115 degrees, it is still considered raw since the enzymes remain.

I found this super awesome recipe on a raw food site and plan to make some more of their recipes!

Here is the link to the “Smokey Backyard Tomato Soup” I made, you can find the recipe there! ~ Rawfully Tempting ~

The only modification I made was that I added a dab of heavy cream and finished it off with basil and tomato on the top!  I had some leftover I plan on using as a tomato sauce!

Yum!

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Day 9 – Drink YOUR Antioxidants!

Here is the smoothie I made for day 9 of my RAW journey!

Blueberries, Avocado, & Cherries!

Both blueberries and cherries are rich with antioxidants to help protect your body at a cellular level!  Avocado has lots of healthy fats, great for lowering cholesterol and heart health!  Both cherries and avocados off some anti-inflammatory benefits!

How much I used:

Handful of blueberries

1/2 of an Avocado

About a cup of cherries

And enough water to almost reach the top of the fruit.

Blend & enjoy with a friend, enough for two!

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Day 8 – Banana vs. Avocado

I had never tried using avocado in my smoothies before.   I was concerned about flavor and texture.  It seems as though it would make a good “base” for a smoothie because of its smooth texture. I usually use banana when wanting a creamy, not too thin, smoothie.

Comparing the two for nutrients:  Bananas have a higher carb content, where avocado have a higher (good) fat content.  Bananas are known for their potassium content and avocados contain almost the same amount!  Avocados also have some anti-inflammatory components, whereas bananas do not and are mucus forming.  Protein quality in avocados is also higher in avocados.

I recently started getting mine shipped fresh from California!  From Avocado Diva!  Here is the link if you are interested, they also have an avocado of the month club!

Link: Avocado Diva Site

So here it is! Yesterdays RAW Smoothie-licious!

1/2 Raw avocado

1 Banana

2 Kiwi

And enough water to reach top of fruit

Blend, and viola! Breakfast for two!

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Day 7 – Reporting In / Carrot-Ginger Dressing

Hi there,

Today I did not have a smoothie.  I did, however have a salad for lunch!  I bought it at Kobe’s Restaurant.  They have the most amazing ginger salad dressing! If you like ginger of course.  I looked around to find a similar recipe and this is the closest I could come up with.  I will let you know how it comes out when I make it!

I got it from SELF Magazine, Food & Diet.

Here is the link: Carrot-Ginger Dressing

“Carrot-Ginger Dressing
Makes 1/2 cup

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 small carrots, peeled and chooped
  • 1/2 medium shallot, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped ginger
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon extra light olive oil
  • PREPARATION

    1. Combine all ingredients except olive oil with 2 tbsp water in a food processor. With motor running, drizzle in olive oil until smooth. Refrigerate; stir once before serving.

    THE SKINNY

    43 calories per tbsp, 2.9 g fat (0.4 g saturated), 3.1 g carbs, 0.4 g fiber, 0.3 g protein”

    And, tada, my lunch!

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    Doesn’t that dressing just look yummy?

Back in the game! Day 6

I have no good excuse for my recent slacking.  My bad.  It doesn’t help any when I don’t get scolded by my readers for not posting my raw for the day.

I’ve done well today.  I had a smoothie this evening and decided I want to try my hardest to only have one cooked meal per day.  I must have said this 100 times!  I REALLY want to do this!  It gets easier the more raw you do.  I’ve done this before and was able to lose 50 pounds back in 2010!  Eating clean and raw is not only healthy and full of nutrients but it gives me so much more energy and clarity.

It’s sometimes difficult on the east coast to find fresh produce when it’s not in season locally.  I am fortunate enough to have a couple of connections and get my citrus shipped from Florida and recently found someone to send me fresh, amazing avocados from California!  (They even have an Avocado of the Month!) You should check out their site sometime!  Click here to visit: Avocado Diva’s link

I went shopping for fresh items I was out of that will make smoothie making that much easier! (Avocado – my fresh from Cali ones will be arriving next week sometime, pineapple, blueberries, bananas, strawberries)

Now I’d just like to find someone who ships more exotic fruit, red grapes, and soursop leaves!  If you know anyone, please leave info in my comment section for me!

So here is what I had today:

Pineapple, strawberries, and spinach!

I have to add my greens because it get too easy for me to pass on veggies if I don’t toss them in!

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I’ve got some yummy ideas coming up this week!

Day 3 ~ RAW Strawberry, blueberry, and banana!

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Okay, so I’ve been slacking pretty bad here!  See why I need this space to hold myself accountable?!  This smoothie was

day 3 for me.

Day 4 is a bit hazy to me, that’s what happens when old age kicks in (at least for me) I have a bad case of CRS!

(Can’t remember sh*t)

Day 5, I do remember having a wonderful RAW caesar salad.  It was so big that I actually had it in two meals!

I hope that you’re enjoying the ideas I’m sharing!

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