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Raw Vegan Adventures Day 2

July 24, 2010

So all these “Raw Vegan” days were a bit ago, (2 weeks maybe?) but I never got around to posting all the pictures. So, I’ll gradually toss them up and when anyone searches this blog or clicks a tag, they’ll come up in order! 🙂

My wheatgrass of choice.

My chia seeds! I put these in everything, as well. Sprinkle on salads, cereal, they’re always in my Green Monsters. This + Wheatgrass = awesome Super Foods!

Breakfast canteloupe. Super juicy, refreshing & super sweet! 🙂

I had a smashingly good Green Monster that morning! Made with:
Coconut water from 2 fresh coconuts
18 purple grapes,
2 tbsp. Chia Seeds
12 Arugula Leaves
Liberal handful of flat-leaf parsley

Top sprinkled with freshly grated coconut. Garnished w/ a chunk of coconut, some wheatgrass blades, parsley sprig & Arugula leaf (as seen in the middle picture).

 

Gigantic salad of Mango, Kiwi, Arugula, Baby Spinach, freshly ground mixed pepper, golden flax seeds & radishes, tossed in red wine vinegar & a some sea salt. This was a perfect lunch.

Dinner!

Squash Ribbon “Pasta” with Broccoli

Something I love to do. I take the vegetable peeler to some squash (used baby zucchini here) and make long ribbons. They’re an excellent substitute for pasta! I tossed them with some fresh broccoli crowns, apple cider vinegar, chia seeds, golden flax seeds, sea salt, freshly ground mixed pepper & crushed red pepper flakes. Garnished with some parsley. It was SO substantial. Took awhile to finish this bowl!

Over the course of the day, I snacked on nuts and berries between main dishes so by nightfall, I was stuffed and ready for a coma to kick in. 😀

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Raw Vegan Adventures (Part Deux) Day 1

July 6, 2010

Apologies for a lack of posts lately! Been a bit busy which forced me to neglect daily Raw Vegan Adventures posts but I’ll get ’em all up now that things have settled down! 🙂

I decided to do a week stint with Raw Veganism. I enjoy trying different diets, experiencing different regimens. They keep me entertained and allow me to explore my body’s wants and needs. As a chef, I have every kind of food known to the human race around me on a daily basis. In the past, it was easy to get into the habit of eating whatever I wanted. That kind of behavior can become quite senseless and I would notice my my body feeling sluggish, strange, even bored. So! I began experimenting with detoxes, cleanses & diets. Fast forward to today, these regimens have become a lifestyle for me. It’s like I’m fine tuning myself and I never felt better than when I was on a raw vegan diet. Of everything I’ve tried, the energy level raw veganism gave me was unprecedented. It was like I was HIGH on healthy! ~Do any of you ever feel that way with the dietary disciplines you follow?

So, I wanted to re-experience that awesome feeling. Here are the comings and goings of my latest foray into Raw Veganism and it was fantastic!

Day 1!

Breakfast! Big bowl of organic grapefruit. There’s much to be said for how juice SPRAYS across the room when having at one of these. :p I love it! I paired that with a tart Granny Smith.

Green Monster! Baby Spinach, Arugula, Flat Leaf Parsley, Cilantro, Lemon & Lime Juice and water. 🙂

Lunch! I made a kind of vegan taco thingie. The filling is a mix of diced extra firm tofu, strawberries, tomatoes, chia seeds tossed in red wine vinegar, sea salt and freshly ground mixed peppercorns. Topped w/ shaved carrot, side of red grapes. I had two of these and was entirely stuffed. ~_~

For dinner, I made a Tofu & Tomato Napoleon on a bed of mixed baby greens, topped with some frisse & littered with chia seeds and golden flax seeds. Sprinkled w/ rice wine vinegar, sea salt, freshly ground mixed peppercorns.

Throughout the day, I had some snacks; Almonds and grapes, mostly. Raw okra is another favorite snack of mine! 🙂 I’ve also gotten ADDICTED to red wine vinegar shots. >.> ~I dunno how kind that is on my esophagus and digestive system but I LOVE shooting 1-2 oz. of straight vinegar. The feeling is AMAZING. Seriously, it feels like an orgasm. Every nerve in my body tingles in unison and it’s just LOL ~well, it’s orgasmic! :p

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Marinaded Tofu Salad w/ Flax Seed & Blueberries

May 26, 2010

Marinaded Tofu Salad w/ Flax Seed & Blueberries

Ingredients:

4-6 oz. cubed Tofu
1/4 cup Soy Sauce
2 tbsp. brown rice vinegar
2-3 tbsp. flax seed
1 tbsp. sesame oil
Handful Baby Spinach
Palm-ful blueberries
Palm-ful Carrot Ribbons
Edible flower garnish

Everything organic!

Marinade cubed tofu in Organic Soy Sauce (Ohsawa Organic Nama Shoyu Unpasteurized), flax seeds, brown rice vinegar & sesame oil for up to 24 hours. I prepped mine in the morning and had it in the evening.

To plate, lay a small bed of baby spinach, pile tofu, sprinkle additional flax seeds, some blueberries and garnish w/ carrot ribbons shaved with a vegetable peeler and an edible flower. :p

Peeler

You can learn more about Organic Brown Rice Vinegar here:

http://www.mitoku.com/products/ricevinegar/index.html

And you can buy, among other places, here:

http://www.simply-natural.biz/Kyushu-Brown-Rice-Vinegar.php

or here:

http://tinyurl.com/yhczckp <~ Amazon.com link

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Raw Vegan Explorations

May 26, 2010

As a Chef and foodie, I feel the best way to understand people, their tastes and pallets is through their food; to live in their shoes for a time. With the growing popularity of Raw Veganism, superfluous requests for this kind of cuisine and a host of interested friends & family, I felt the time to see what it’s all about from the inside was nigh!

A few months ago, I went a solid week of full throttle Raw Veganism. I didn’t sway a centimeter! Honestly, I never felt better. After the third day, I noticed I had gladiator-energy. I felt lighter, peppier, more vibrant. I felt high or something! It’s difficult to describe but there was a definite difference between how I felt taking in only raw veggies and fruits and my regular diet. Raw Veganism is an awesome way to cleanse, I think.

I’d love to try it again soon but ya know~ I really love warm stuff. And hot stuff! Often, I prefer my food scalding hot, blistering to chew, injurious to swallow! But, at this point, I’ve managed to balance my diet into an 80% raw, 20% cooked model.

After much research, I’ve come to the conclusion that I can’t really say that strict raw veganism, strict vegetarianism or strict anything is THE BEST way to live. The human body is a complex system. What works for one person may not work for another. Where one person shines with a certain diet, another may suffer so my final take on “What is better?” is this: Try it out. Experiment. Research ad nauseum. Find what suits you best and always keep advice from your doctor and other health care professionals at heart.

What I would caution against is going in any dietary direction to fit in with a given group or to placate a fad. Our diets aren’t a pair of shoes or hairstyle. Our diets govern the health of our bodies and we only have one. Stay healthy, folks!

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