Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Going Raw

I've decided to incorporate more raw foods into my diet. Great folks like JL, Bitt, and Angela have inspired and motivated me to alter my dependence upon cooked foods. Just less two weeks have gone by and I'm feeling great. I also love how it allows me to be more in tune with my body's wants and needs. Raw foods fill me up and keep me sustained for quite a few hours and, because I'm satiated, I'm less likely to overeat and/or eat unnecessarily.

pineapple
So far, I've been eating simple foods: raw fruits, dehydrated fruits, and raw nuts have comprised the raw portion of my diet. I have borrowed quite the collection of cook books from the library, so as soon as I feel a little more confident (and go grocery shopping), I will try some of Ani Phyo or Mark Reinfeld's raw recipes.

apples
I felt this was the perfect time to make this shift in my diet. For one, the farmers' markets have started opening, allowing me complete access to raw, fresh, local and organic produce that I wouldn't otherwise be able to get. Also, the weather is becoming warmer, meaning I don't crave warm wintry foods like stew and pasta casserole (at least, quite as much).

pears
 
lemon

collard wrap prior to being "wrapped"

green smoothie
I am excited about this new stage in my "diet" and lifestyle. I look forward to sharing this more of change with you!

Green Smoothie
Serves 1
Ingredients:
3-4 organic kale leaves, stems chopped off
1/2 frozen banana, chopped
6 chopped pieces (about 1/3 of a stalk) rhubarb
water or freshly-squeezed fruit juice as needed
1 t. hemp nut seeds

Prepare:
In a food processor, combine everything and process until smooth. Drink and enjoy.

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