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Raw Week: Tuesday Eats – swell

Raw Week: Tuesday Eats

Torn Basil Salad with Avocado and Tomatoes

Torn Basil Salad with Avocado and Tomatoes

Just a quick post today… I am definitely way more full of energy than I have been in a long time.  I admit it could be from a combination of things, but I’d like to think my recent eating habits have something to do with it!  At any rate, I think I’m figuring out my “natural bedtime” and it’s earlier than I’m posting this now.

This morning I had the green smoothie I wrote about in the previous post, followed by lots of water.  When I got home I ate the second half of my Purple Basil Kale Salad from Ecopolitan and half of a grapefruit.  As an early dinner I ate the salad pictured at the top, which I’m calling the “Torn Basil Salad” in honor of Jamie Oliver and a distinct memory I have from an episode of the Naked Chef 5 or 6 years ago where he urged the hand-tearing of basil right over the greens.  It also had two tomatoes, half an avocado, a few tablespoons of Juliano’s House Dressing, diced red onions, and field greens from the farmer’s market.

Triple Berry Fruit Salad

Triple Berry Fruit Salad

As a dinner-dessert I made a big fruit salad (with enough leftovers for breakfast!).  I used strawberries, an apple, a peach, one kiwi, blackberries, and blueberries, and tossed them with cinnamon, cardamom, and fresh minced ginger.  It was kind of like cheater garam masala, and it was spicy and warming against the refreshing fruit.  I meant to add raisins, too, but I’d already been raisin-ing earlier to make these:

Raw Carob Walnut Cookies

Raw Carob Walnut Cookies

I found the recipe from Ani Phyo’s new raw dessert book for these tasty Raw Carob Walnut Cookies while perusing We Like It Raw.  When I was a vegetarian, one of the things that really interested me in veganism was vegan desserts – they were so much tastier, and not so cloyingly sweet!  Now that I’m vegan, I absolutely adore raw desserts above traditional baked vegan desserts.  While these raw cookies don’t have the same taste and texture properties of a baked cookie, they’re quite a lovely mouthful.  I know there are a lot of carob haters in this world, but I love carob, and especially raw carob!  It’s so nummy!

Tomorrow morning I’m planning a slightly more fancy breakfast a la Rawmelettes, though perhaps as a fruit taco kind of thing with the leftover fruit salad.  A little date syrup and some nut cream and I’ll be in absolute heaven!

Also, I’m planning a tutorial post about green smoothies for the near future.  After a lot of comments about different combinations and additions, I think it’s high time some green smoothie love gets spread!

9 Responses to “Raw Week: Tuesday Eats”

  1. shellyfish says:

    I’m all for spreading the green smoothie love! I’m also off to check out that link…those raw cookies look great!

  2. vegancowgirl says:

    I love that so many people are doing the green smoothie thing! We WILL all be healthy…one vegan blog at a time.

    Really like the basil and avocado combo. I think my avocado is in for a treat tomorrow!

  3. Megan says:

    I totally put cinnamon and cardamom over my fruit/soy yogurt yesterday and it tasted awesome. Thanks for the tip!! :D

  4. Brooke says:

    i love ecopolitan! their salads are fantastic. and i am so enjoying your variety in raw food lately! its very inspirational. also, i think a green smoothie tutorial would be wonderful – hope to see this happen!

  5. Yum! Everything looks amazing, especially those cookies! Question for ya: I always find, as I did on my raw day yesterday, that I’m constantly hungry and have less energy than usual when I eat only raw foods.

    I’m wondering if that’s because my body is so used to a carb-heavy diet that one day of raw eating sends me into some kind of shock…since you’ve been doing this for several days (and I know you’ve had other raw weeks in the past), did it take a day or two to adjust before you started feeling energetic?

    • a-k says:

      Hey Bianca-

      I’m certainly no health expert, but I have experienced that feeling of being constantly hungry while eating raw before. I just eat when I’m hungry, but I’ve definitely noticed that I stay full longer and have more energy when I drink green smoothies for breakfast that have ginger (energy) and some kind of fat (coconut oil, avocado, nut milk) in them. And big ones too! Like a quart. The first day while I was fasting I wasn’t any more tired than usual, but come the second day the energy started kicking in.

      Reading your blog I feel like you usually have snacks throughout the day, though my memory could be tricking me… A good snack that gives you some energy is dates. It’s like raw candy! I highly recommend them. I think, too, when your body is used to a certain way of eating that involves carbs like you say and heavier foods in general, you will probably feel more hungry. It could be that you are working, too, so you’re burning up more energy than if it was one of your days off.

      Don’t know if that helps, but I hope so!

  6. Courtney says:

    Everything looks so good! I love carob too, so I will have to give those cookies a try–thanks for the link.


  7. Lisa says:

    So many delicious raw goodies – I’m now hungry for a fresh salad with fresh basil, and fresh berries!

  8. Diann says:

    Your fruit salad is so beautiful. I would love some green smoothie education!

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