Monday, September 14, 2015

Back At It

I spent Saturday night having dinner with my friends; the friend doing the Whole30, the friend who doesn't eat red meat, dairy or gluten, the omnivore friend, and me, the raw vegan. What did we come up with in the food department? Gazpacho with avocado, spinach salad, roasted vegetables, tofu chocolate pudding and mixed berries. Everyone found a few things they could eat and we did all manage to get full, and as always, had a great time.

Yesterday was my birthday. I knew I would be in restaurants for brunch and dinner so I set aside the raw and just went vegan for the day. Brunch was vegan chillaquilles, dinner was grilled vegetable tacos. There were some sweets too including vegan coconut cake. Fabulous. Today I'm back to raw.

What I ate today:
• coffee
• berries - strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries
• mixed nuts
• one - Two Raw Moms blueberry burst bar
• green juice - apples, spinach, cucumber, celery, parsley, lemon, lime, ginger
• green salad - kale, char, spinach w/olive oil and nutritional yeast
• celery sticks with guacamole
• apple
• of course, more coffee

Saturday, September 12, 2015

I Went to Chipotle

I didn't eat the succulents. Those are just for pretty.

Today we went to Chipotle and I did Chipotle raw. Yes I did. I had a salad (romaine) with pico de gallo and guacamole on it. It was lovely. And yes, it did fill me up. Fast food win.

Tonight I'm eating dinner with friends. Between the four of us we have one raw vegan, one who's not eating red meat, dairy or gluten, one who's doing the Whole30, and one omnivore. This crazy bunch will all be bringing stuff to share, potluck style, knowing that we'll each have at least one thing we can eat, maybe more if we're lucky. I'll let you know how that goes.

Today I ate:
• coffee
• banana
• mixed nuts
• Chipotle salad
• iced tea
• Two Moms in the Raw Goji Berry Nut Bar
• frozen red and green grapes
• and whatever happens tonight - I'll fill you in tomorrow.

Friday, September 11, 2015


Are you familiar with chia seeds? Yes, they're the same thing that created the green hair growing out of that Mr. T Chia Pet you had on your kitchen counter back in the day. Apparently they're an Omega-3 Superfood. Are they delicious? I don't think they have a taste, really. They are more of a texture, a slimy, viscous texture.

I recently tried this juice smoothie from Trader Joe's that features ch-ch-ch-chia. It only has three ingredients: apple juice, strawberry puree, and chia seeds. The flavor is all strawberry. If you can get past all of the tiny little seed particles in it (and I can) it's good stuff. That's a lot of fruit sugar though, so you might want to go easy on the stuff.

What I ate today:
• coffee
• banana
• raw mixed nuts
• 1/2 Trader Joe's Strawberry Chia 100% Juice Smoothie
• salad - lettuce, almonds, micro greens w/olive oil, nutritional yeast
• frozen green and red grapes
• celery with cashew cheese from the farmer's market
• green juice - celery, apple, cucumber, lettuce, kale, spinach, lime, lemon, parsley

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Say Cheese


When I first started the raw thing, I may have made fun of this "bread," (Who, me?) and swore I'd never buy it again. It's ridiculously priced (10 bucks for 25 small squares) and not very bread-like (more like soft crackers) BUT if you've been doing this raw deal for long enough that you're no longer afraid of the words "cashew cheese," these little squares are a good way for getting the "cheese" into your face.

The point for me isn't to replace raw fruits and vegetables with weird food pretending to be other food but sometimes even cheese that isn't cheese is better than no cheese. Mmm cheese.

What I ate today:
• coffee
• banana
• handful of mixed nuts (raw, unsalted)
• 3 pieces of raw/v Mango Bread with raw/v cashew "cheddar" I picked up at the farmer's market
• kale salad w/ olive oil, nutritional yeast
• celery w/raw almond butter
• coffee
• gazpacho (tomatoes, cucumber, onion, red pepper,  jalapeƱo, garlic w/ 1/2 an avocado
• blueberries
• so. much. water.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

I'm Back

That's a "pink apple." Yellow on the outside pink on the inside and costs much more than a regular apple. My review: It tastes just like an apple.

A number of people have asked me lately if I'm still doing raw. The answer is yes. The past few months I have had varying degrees of raw and 98% vegan with a stray omelette in there. But right now? I am back. 100% raw. I was starting to feel squishy with less energy and overall not as awesome as possible - and my number one goal is always: Be as awesome as possible.

Making the change back to raw (or my version which is "raw with coffee") has been easy enough the past few days. I'm just getting back into the rhythm of it all and stocking up on my favorite raw stuff.

What I ate today:
• coffee
• 1 banana
• handful of mixed raw nuts - almonds, cashews, pecans, Brazil
• half of that "pink apple"
• green drink - kale, spinach, apple, lemon
• celery with raw almond butter
• cherry tomatoes
• salad - baby kale, spinach, chard, micro-greens w/ olive oil and nutritional yeast
• strawberries
• more coffee
• water

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Veggie Burger or Green Biscuit Hockey Puck?

I found these vegan Dr. Praeger's California Veggie Burgers at Trader Joe's. They are not pretty in the photo on the box. ("New look, same great taste!" Wow. What was the old look?) They are even homelier after they're cooked. Think moss covered drink coaster. The taste though, is pretty all right. There's nothing burger-y about them but they do have a pleasant vegetable-y taste. Definitely worth a try.

What I ate today:

• 1 avocado
• 1 handful Brazil nuts
• coffee
• salad w/ romaine, tomatoes, olives, onion, green pepper, vinaigrette
• iced tea
• apple
• sunflower seed butter
• roasted tomatoes, zucchini, kale, beets, carrots, onion

Monday, March 2, 2015

Not So Much

Vegan Tikka Masala from Trader Joe's. I knew this had too many ingredients to really be that healthy, but I thought it would be worth a try. It was not. I had pictured the mounds of chicken replacement stuff to be tofu. I was wrong. It was textured vegetable protein, or TVP. Little, round, rubbery, fake meatball things that I am not a fan of. My review? The VTM with TVP was YUCKY. I gave it up and steamed an artichoke instead and that's how lunch was saved.