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.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Jury Duty Salad

I'm on jury duty this week. This puts me within two blocks of lots of downtown Pasadena restaurants. One of my favorites is a little bakery on Colorado called Europane. I have had their beet salad twice already in the past few days. Europane is known for their phenomenal egg salad sandwiches, which are fantastic, but since I'm not egg-ing anymore - beet salad it was. And it was good.

What I Ate Today:

• 2 bananas
• 1 avocado w/ Himalayan pink salt
• Europane beet salad - mixed greens, beets, oranges, walnuts, balsamic vinaigrette
• coffee
• steamed artichoke
• steamed asparagus
• Tuscan kale salad w/ raw almonds, olive oil, and nutritional yeast
• Trader Joe's Yellow cold pressed juice w/ pineapple, yellow bell pepper, apple, cucumbers, lime, mint

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Welcome Here, or Welcome Back

Hi Everyone. If you're new here to My Raw Blog, you can expect updates about what I eat, new products I try, and sometimes a video post about it all. I eat primarily raw-vegan, meaning raw fruits and vegetables and nuts and seeds. Every once in awhile I throw in some other good vegan cooked stuff to mix it up. You can also find me at my family humor blog www.smacksy.com  Thanks for dropping in.

What I ate today:

• Coffee
• Raw cashews
• 1 avocado w/ Himalayan Pink Salt
• 1 cup of raspberries
• 1 warm bowl of leek, fennel, potato soup - made from scratch by my husband. Not raw, but oh so good.
• more coffee
• lots of water w/ lemon
• For dinner I'm at a restaurant called Tender Greens, my go-to there is a cold salad called The Happy Vegan: wheat w/ cranberry, quinoa with cucumber and beets, green hummus, tabbouleh, mixed greens and hazelnuts

Monday, February 16, 2015


Not gonna go into what I ate today, just know I didn't eat anything from the Carl's Junior that has this sign in the window:

WARNING Chemicals known to The State of California to cause cancer, or birth defects or other reproductive harm may be present in foods or beverages sold here.

And I hope you didn't eat anything from there either.

You guys? I'll share my organic apple with you.
(WARNING: It is known to keep the doctor away.)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Lunch at Sun Cafe

Today I met a friend for lunch at Sun Cafe in Studio City. This place is organic and vegan and has some raw stuff on the menu. We both ordered the Raw Fiesta Burger - a seasoned patty topped with guacamole, pico de gallo, nacho "cheese, " cashew mayo, and jalepenos. I ordered it served on a raw "bun." The bun was a chewy, raw cracker that broke into pieces once I bit into it. That part wasn't great. If I ordered it again, I'd chose the other option and get it wrapped in a lettuce leaf. The burger part was good and held together in a way that most veggie burgers don't. With all the stuff on it, it was heavy and a bit rich.

Dessert was a raw lemon and blueberry cheesecake. It tasted strongly of coconut oil, as these things generally do, but it was good.

What I ate today:

• coffee
• raw oatmeal w/ maple syrup
• orange
• Raw Fiesta Burger
• green salad - arugula, lemon basil dressing
• green drink -  kale, celery, cucumber, spinach, apple
• banana
• steamed spinach with olive oil and garlic
• carrots
• kale salad


Thursday, January 15, 2015


I'd had a toothache for a few days before I finally got into the dentist on Tuesday. Apparently I have a tooth with a previous root canal that has become reinfected. I'm on antibiotics now which is helping to take away the pain and sensitivity to cold. The last few days of eating were the same thing over and over. Lots of soft stuff - bananas, avocados, and coconut milk yogurt.

Today I was finally ready for some non-soft food. I picked up a tempeh BLT at a cafe in the neighborhood. If you're not familiar, tempeh is a soy product, not unlike tofu, but with a more firm texture. It does not taste at all like bacon but it's good, in its way.

What I ate today:

• coffee
• 1/2 cup raw cashews
• 1 kiwi
• green drink - kale, cucumber, spinach, apple, lemon (Grassroots)
• tempeh BLT - tempeh bacon, lettuce, tomato, bread, veganaise (Fiore Market Cafe)
• 1 banana
• lightly sauteed tatsoi greens, red chard, tomatoes, and garbanzos w/ olive oil
• 1 orange