st-RAW-berry Desserts

I’ve been wanting to try to make a raw dessert for a while now. I LOVE dessert and I always have a lot of fruit around so this is result of all of that. I just kinda looked at things on pinterest (here is mine by the way) and also spotted this gem on PlantStrongVegan which gave me inspiration. Hers looks way better but my concoction came out pretty descent. So here we go!

Crust:

4 dates

1 heaping cup of walnuts

1T + 1t cocoa powder

1/8 t nutmeg

1/4 t cinnamon

1 t vanilla

1/4 t salt

1t melted coconut oil

*Pluse together in a food processor until crumbly – I over did mine this time and it was a little mushy (still yummy). I wish I had left ot a bit more chunky

Strawberry Top:

2 c chopped strawberries

1/2 t coconut oil

1/2 t maple syrup

a pinch of salt

*blend or food processor this and assemble the crusts into remekins and pour strawberries on top. Refrigerate over night (or a few hours…whatever). I would eat them with in a day or two because the strawberry layer starts invading the crust pretty quickly.

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Raw Chia Seed Pudding

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Found this recipe on Pinterest and it’s from a cute mom blog called Raising Hardy Boys  Keeping them Fit and Fed. It’s super simple and pretty tasty.

Here is what you’ll need:

6T chia seeds

6Tsweetener of choice ( I used a coconut sugar/stevia mix)

1.5 c liquid of choice (I used 1 cup fresh coconut water from a young coconut and half a cup of unsweetened almond milk)

3T cocoa powder

1.5t vanilla

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All you have to do is whisk it all together and let it sit. I popped mine in the fridge and came back to it later but you really just need to wait about 15 minutes for the chia seeds to get all crazy thick.

 

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I meant to top it with some berries but forgot and ate all the berries for breakfast so I used so of my leftover buckwheat groats and holy cow! It was great!ImageImage

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No Time for Breakfast?!

Remember that time (all those times) you skipped breakfast because you can’t find the time in the morning to get something in your belly before you head out? Well have I got a solution for you. Do it NOW! Smoothies are a go to raw breakfast. Just chop up everything you’ll need (which will take you all of 1 minutes to peel and slice a banana and cut the tops off a few strawberries). Throw it in your to go cup and pop it in the fridge.

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In the morning all you’ll have to do it add your liquid of choice (today was fresh young coconut water, which if you’re cutting that sucker up in the morning you probably won’t save any time at all haha. Just use OJ, or a non dairy milk!

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Mega Huge Salad

I know, I know, a vegan eating a salad…booooring. But I swear this makes me so happy. It’s not fancy it’s just BIG. I’ve been eating huge salads almost every night for dinner.

Find yourself a fatty bowl and get started.

Here is what goes into my salads:

Spring mix from Trader Joe’s

Kale

Romaine Lettuce

Shredded carrots and zucchini

Cheery tomatoes

Golden Raisins

Bluberries

Baked Tofu (not raw)

Avocado

Salt and Pepper

Lemon juice as a dressing

I looove eating this for dinner. It is really filling and oh so yummy.

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Cheap Eats!

I live oh so very close to a farmer’s market called Farmer’s Market but I never seem to do much shopping there. I have been finding it difficult to eat enough food on a raw diet without breaking the bank so I decided to give it a try after hearing Plant Based on a Budget put out their $25/week grocery list and meal plan and talk about shopping at cheaper stores and buying bulk.

So here is what I walked away with for $9.99. I know if I got all the same things at Trader Joe’s or another market I would have spent double.

2 mangos (2/$1!)

2 bunches of cilantro ( 0.33/each)

2 bunches of kale ($1)

a bag of carrots ($0.45)

2 oranges

3 zucchini

a bag of sesame seeds (almost $3 so that was my most expensive item)

a carton of cherry tomatoes

a bag of green beans

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Raw Day 5- Raw Pesto Lunch!

Who knew pinterest could actually be useful!? I found something on there and actually made it! This calls for a belly celebration. This pin was from luvskinny.com and you can see the recipe here.

I have been trying to follow Fully Raw Kristina’s version of raw which is low fat and does not include any oil or salt and includes very few nuts and seeds. Check out this page for details. And I think the only spice she uses is cinnamon. But I’m coming to find it’s not working for me. If I want to make this realistic for me I’m going to need to tweak some things. Also I’m losing weight too quickly (never thought I’d say that! haha) and I’m sure it’s because I’m not eating enough calories. I really want this journey to be less about following strict rules where I don’t have wiggle room and more about eating good, clean, healthful foods that give my mind and body a boost. And a life without salt is not a world I want to live in! I’ve been trying to focus on making my body something that reflects what I want to be. I want to be healthy, kind, free of cruelty, and happy most of all. I’m not saying Kristina’s lifestyle is not a great one, so instead of taking the all or nothing approach I’m adding in a few healthful foods that will keep me on a realistic (for me) raw path while still mostly looking to Kristina’s 21 day challenge for guidance.

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You’ll need:

1/2 c of pine nuts

4-5 c fresh basil (I just used whatever I had which was maybe 3 or 4 cups)

1 garlic clove

1 teaspoon agave/maple syrup or a couple dates (I used 2 dates and it came out delicious!)

1/2 c olive oil – I just used enough to bring it all together and I’m sure it was much less than that

salt and pepper to taste

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Raw Zucchini “Pasta” with Marinara

Raw Update: I know I’m not eating enough calories. When reading this recipe keep in mind Kristina eats this ALL herself. 5-7 zucchinis and all the sauce! There was NO WAY I could have eaten all of this. I wasn’t about to kill myself on day 2! I have been really hungry and a little lightheaded and my eyes were hurting. Haha, wow this sounds bad. I’m going to try and eat more and give it a few days and if I’m not feeling better I think I’ll need to ease into this by adding a side of beans or tofu to lunch and dinner.

Ok for the food!
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I decided to put my food processor to use since I don’t have the equipment Kristina uses. This recipe is from Fully Raw Kristina. To be honest, it was just ok.  My sauce came out a tad watery. I used steamed beets from Trader Joes instead of  a raw beet (opps). Maybe I didn’t add enough herbs? The recipe was vague.

FULLYRAW PASTA WITH MARINARA!

Approx. 600 calories max.

Video here: http://youtu.be/wonNWAESsV8 

Low Fat Ingredients:

3-4 Cartons Cherry/Grape Tomatoes

Stems of Swiss Chard

1 Bunch Cilantro

Fresh Basil Fresh Thyme Fresh Oregano

1 Beet

Dash of Cinnamon

5-6 Large Zucchinis

Spiralize the zucchinis into pasta using a spiralizer. (I used a food processor to shred it)

Blend all other ingredients in a Vitamix, pour over the pasta. (I used a food processor)

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Raw Day 2 Breakfast

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It’s not from Kristina’s site. But it’s raw! (well i used almond milk from the store…is that raw?)

2 bananas

3 big strawberries

and handful of each:

blueberries, raspberries, blackberries

1 stick of celery

OJ and almond milk

* made 32oz of this. I need a bigger glass!

Day one started off OK. I had to run to the restroom a lot after about 45 oz of that juice. Lunch was a big salad and that was delicious. I didn’t really plan ahead and just drank juice for dinner and that left me feeling crappy. I’m going to plan now for dinner and hopefully it will start to get easier pretty soon.

Thanks for all the support, friends! Let me know if you’ve tried raw and how it went for you!

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Coconut Cream “Doughnuts”

I got the recipe from Full Raw Kristina. My sister made it and it was uhhh gaaahh bahh so good and I had to have more so I made some for myself.

What you need:

2 young coconuts

Vanilla

3 dates

jam

Peaches

What to do:

Scrape out the meat from 2 young coconuts, if you ever get them open that is. Any tips on how to do this would be much appreciated. Add meat, dates, vanilla, and enough  coconut water to help it blend up (start with very little, you can always add more!).

That’s pretty much it.  Fully Raw Kristina used Saturn peaches; I just cut the ends of regular sized peaches. Add some jam and top with cream and sprinkles because why the hell not? Eat up! Or just eat that stuff right out of the blender and watch the Price is Right.

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