Today, I learned that my vitamin D levels went up! Yay! I had my blood tested back in July and the result was 41. I increased my vitamin D2 supplement intake so that not only would that number go up for my body and health, but also so I would have plenty in my breastmilk. This week my number was 80.8. Excellent – and especially happy to report that this was done using vitamin D2 (vegan), which is just as effective (clearly) as D3.
Here is today’s food journal – Mostly Raw…
6 oz blueberries
GoRaw Apple Granola with raw almond milk
Cheezy Kale chips
Veg burrito (flour tortilla, black beans, tomato salsa, guacamole, romaine lettuce – this meal was part cooked, part raw)
Strawberry Vanilla Milkshake (I blended 2 cups frozen strawberries with 2 cups raw almond milk, plus a squeeze of fresh lime juice and some vanilla extract – Greg and I split it)
Salad with green leaf lettuce, blueberries, carrots, and 4-Ingredient Magic Dressing (that recipe will be posted on the 20th so be sure to check back!)
Protein shake (2 scoops Sun Warrior Chocolate)
3 cups Lemon Lime Broccoli Juice – 2 lemons, 2 limes, 1 cucumber, celery, 2 heads broccoli florets
Sun Warrior Protein shake (2 scoops)
2 cups Vitamin C Green Smoothie – 1 mango, 2c Brazil nut milk, 2 kiwi, 2 handfuls spinach, 1 cup frozen raspberries, dash stevia (yield = 1 quart that I split with Greg)
Granola with raw Brazil nut milk
Cheezy kale chips
Collard Green Wrap
Garlic Cauliflower Soup
2 chocolate nut butter balls
Here are my eats on Valentine’s Day… a day of mostly raw food, all vegan, all organic.
3 cups Green Juice: 1 cucumber, 1/2 bunch dandelion leaves, 1 bunch bok choy, 1/3 bunch celery, lime
1 quart Smooth Green Smoothie: 1 1/2 cups raw almond milk, 1 cup ice, 1 spoonful Rawtella, 1 handful spinach, 1 1/2 bananas (smooth and creamy!)
2 bowls raw vegan cole slaw
Then, I saved my appetite for dinner, a vegan organic cooked dinner at one of our favorite local restaurants, Calistro Bistro. I had a plate of roasted veggies for an appetizer and then had their vegan loaf (served with two sauces and more roasted veggies). Dessert was vegan coconut rice pudding.
We had dinner early, so I was hungry later on. I ended up having some more Rawtella, home made kale chips, and munched on some veggies.
I bought Greg an organic long sleeve black t-shirt for Valentine’s Day. :) Speaking of eco-fashion, did you see my latest Green Mommy Blog post?
Tuesday’s food was all raw, all vegan, all organic….
1 bowl granola with raw homemade Brazil Nut Milk
1 apple with raw almond butter
1 large bowl of cole slaw with raw crackers
Collard green wraps stuffed with cashew miso spread, sprouts, lettuce, veggies, and seasoning
Raw soft serve ice cream
Before I begin this food journal that I tracked for the past several days, I wanted to take a moment and let you know that it’s not just me who eats this way in my family. When I started the raw journey I was a sassy single gal, but it wasn’t long before I met my boyfriend (via eHarmony – deets here on how he was an omnivore when we met but converted to an herbivore after 8 months) who later became my husband. So, for the most part, when I post these food journals, my husband is eating along with me. He doesn’t usually eat the single pieces of fruit as much or the granola for example (although he does take bites of mine – lol); rather he gets his “snacks” in the form of protein grenades.
Green juice: broccoli, lime, celery, cucumber, zucchini
Cooked oat groats with raisins and raw almond milk
Sprouted Protein Bar (recipe will be posted soon on my facebook fan page – exclusive to fans only!)
Large Salad loaded with homegrown sprouts, red bell pepper, minneola, romaine, and an awesome 4-ingredient dressing I’m now calling 4-Ingredient Magic Dressing because it’s so magical it’ll make anyone you give salad to LOVE IT!
1 quart Purple Passion Smoothie with a twist. Frozen blueberries, 2 oranges, 3 purple kale leaves, almond milk, stevia, chia powder
Cooked oat groats with raisins and raw almond milk
Part of a small decaf soy latte (we met up at Starbucks with my former doula and had a blast!) It’s NOT my habit to get a drink at Starbucks when we go there, not so much because it’s “cooked” but because it’s not organic coffee. I rarely drink coffee these days, but on occasion when I brew it at home, I use organic and fair trade coffee. Read how to kick the caffeine addiction here.
Salad: romaine, broccoli, red bell pepper, sprouts, apple, carrot, 4-Ingredient Magic Dressing
1 small spoonful Rawtella (Read my praising review of Rawtella here)
Green Juice: bok choy, celery, zucchini, cucumber, basil, romaine
Cooked oat groats with raw almond milk and raisins
1 quart Purple Passion Smoothie with a twist. Frozen blueberries, 2 oranges, 3 purple kale leaves, raw almond milk, stevia, chia powder
Giant Salad: romaine, orange bell pepper, tomato, apple, sprouts, olives, and you know the dressing… 4-Ingredient Magic Dressing
Raw granola cereal with raw almond milk
Cheezy Kale chips
Green Juice – I made the same recipe as I made in the morning
Herbal tea brewed in the sun
Green juice – broccoli, kale, celery, cucumber, zucchini, pear
Pure Bar – Trail Mix flavor
Cheezy Kale chips (I buy Blue Mountain Organics – read about my love for them here along with directions on how to make your own!)
Giant salad with sprouts, romaine, cabbage, carrots, tomato, raisins, green onion and 4-Ingredient Magic Dressing (this dressing makes you WANT TO EAT SALAD!)
Banana Blueberry Chocolate Nut Butter Soft Serve (Mmmm big ol’ bowl)
Protein shake (1 serving Sun Warrior and 1 serving hemp) with cinnamon, plus 1T hemp seeds, and 2t Greener Grasses) with 1.5 cups almond milk. At the end of drinking this and I had one gulp left, I added about 1/2t dulse granules.
Grapefruit – I had this in the middle of the night. I couldn’t sleep. Too much energy from the all raw diet! I went downstairs, had a pink grapefruit (rich with lycopene by the way), and watched Jon Stewart.
Sunday’s food was all raw, too, but I forgot to write it all down.
Red raspberry leaf tea
Sprouted Protein Bar with raw almond butter and sliced banana
Quart green juice: kale, cucumber, celery, kiwi
2 giant salads: I loved it so much that I at two of them back to back. It had my 4-Ingredient Magic Dressing… Will share recipe soon! Romaine, red bell pepper, purple cabbage, and a few raisins. I had my step-dad taste the recipe and he asked if he could just eat it like a soup he loved it so much – lol. Mom and Greg are raving fans, too.
Blue Mountain Organics Cacao Crunch Brownie
1 quart Green Smoothie: 2 small bananas, raw almond milk, 2 big leaves red rainbow chard, 1 small orange, 1 serving hemp protein powder
Dinner: I haven’t eaten yet, but I’m going to make raw pizza. I made the crusts a couple of days ago and made the cheese Saturday night. I’m going to also top them with fresh sliced tomatoes and basil. Yum!
Dessert: Banana soft serve!
PS. Check out my Green Mommy Blog’s latest post about Cognitive Development and Homeschooling. :)
In my recent post where I showed you how to make your own homemade raw vegan almond milk, I mentioned that I’d also share with you a recipe that uses the leftover almond nut pulp. There are a number of things you can do with nut pulp from dehydrating it and grinding it into flour to using it in homemade raw vegan bars to cakes to cookies, etc. Today, I’m showing you how to make Cinnamon Banana Bread Squares.
You’ll need the pulp from the almond milk recipe as well as:
1 teaspoon cinnamon
water to process
|Put bananas and almond pulp in your food processor.|
|Add cinnamon and any other flavors you want. Then, process (add a little water if needed)|
|Put mixture on a dehydrator tray fitted with a non-stick ParaFlexx sheet.
|Using an offset spatula (my best friend in the kitchen) spread the mixture.
Put in your dehydrator at 130-140 degrees F and dehydrate for about an hour.
|Reduce the temperature to 105 degrees F and dehydrate for 6-8 hours.
Flip onto a dehydrator tray without the non-stick sheet (shown above).
Your house will smell like fresh baked banana bread.
|Score into squares. Continue dehydrating until you reach desired dryness.
The longer you dehydrate, the harder they’ll become so if you want them like soft
banana bread, don’t be afraid to cut the drying time short.
|This picture shows the two sides of the bread. One side is shiny and the other is flat.
These are sooooo good!
Large bowl granola mixed with chia pudding plus almond milk
Green juice: cucumber, celery, baby peppers, collard greens, bok choy, lime
Big Mama Collard Green Wrap: garlic shallot cheese spread, home grown sprouts (directions for growing sprouts here), fresh basil, diced tomatoes, shredded carrots, chopped romaine, minced olives, and julienned orange bell pepper
Pure bar (brownie flavor) with Rawtella on top – umm… yum!
2 dried apricots
Exercise: 25 minutes on elliptical and 10 minutes going up and down the stairs wearing Kamea ;)
Green juice: cucumber, zucchini, celery, lime, collard greens, tomato, basil
Purple Passion Smoothie
Small Salad and steamed vegetables at Calistro Bistro. We went to a local restaurant where they have some vegan options and everything is organic. We sat outside… here is Kamea playing with a packet of sugar and her book.
Cinnamon Yam Soup (this is a part raw / part cooked recipe – super easy and super delish. Who wants the recipe?)
Large romaine salad with carrots, tomato, basil, and Tahini Almond Butter Sauce as the dressing
Blue Mountain Organics Carob Crunch Bar. Pretty good… If you like carob. ;)
I also made my own raw protein bars today. They’re in the dehydrator now. I tell ya… I’ve been using my dehydrator non-stop for weeks! Love it!
Green Smoothie: 1 large handful spinach, 2 bananas, 2 tablespoons hemp seeds, 1 teaspoon homemade curry, 1 1/2 cups coconut water (I LOVE this truly raw and ORGANIC coconut water. Pricey? Not to me when I compare it to my former addiction of enjoying daily coffee “drinks”… plus the fact that it’s good for you and an awesome treat!)
Mexican Crackers with raw almond butter
2 small oranges
Green juice: cucumber, dandelion, kale, lime
Large serving zucchini pasta with an abundance of vegetables (pictured)
1 spoon of Rawtella
Supplements: Probiotic, E3-Live, vitamin D2, wheat grass tablets, vegan DHA, digestive enzymes
Water with fresh lime juice
Green juice: cucumber, grapefruit, dandelion, celery, kale
Green smoothie: spinach, orange, grapefruit, stevia (I don’t recommend this combo – ack)
Big Salad with tahini almond butter dressing loaded with nutrient dense veggies
Big bowl Go Raw Chocolate Granola with homemade raw almond milk
Pizza Bites (pictured)
2 spoons of Rawtella
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I’ve been tracking my food intake for the past week. Here are all of our good eats!
Shot of E3-Live
Quart of Green Juice
Large bowl of granola and almond milk
2 small collard green wraps
Large kale salad
Shot of E3-Live
Green Juice – kale, cucumber, celery, broccoli, mandarin orange
Green Smoothie – spinach, water, banana, orange
Granola with almond milk
Thai Cole Slaw
Banana Nut Butter Chocolate Ice Cream
3 cups Green juice: kale, celery, cucumber, lemon
Fruity Chard Smoothie: 2 cups almond milk, 1 orange, orange zest, 2 big leaves chard, 10oz bag frozen strawberries, stevia
1 Pink Grapefruit
3 Dried apricots
2 pieces dried papaya
2 cups Fresh Herb Green Soup: 1-2 cups water, 2 leaves rainbow chard, 1 apple (cored), juice from 1 orange, 1 zucchini, 2 teaspoons fresh chives, 1T miso, 4-5 romaine lettuce leaves, 1 avocado, 1 yellow bell pepper, handful of sprouts blended in and some more on top, 1T tamari, juice from 1/2 lemon, 1/4 cup fresh basil, 1T fresh dill
2 cups Soup (same as above)
Banana Chocolate Nut Butter ice cream
3 cups Green juice: cucumber, collard green, lemon, celery
2/3 Pink Grapefruit
Pure Trail Mix bar
3 cups smoothie: almond milk, 2 oranges, orange extract, orange zest, vanilla powder, collard green, 1 teaspoon Greener Grasses
1 Spoonful Rawtella
La La Pasta: Zucchini noodles with red bell pepper, chives, basil, diced avocado, lemon juice, salt
Chocolate granola with raw almond milk