Thursday, January 13, 2011

Plethora of Produce

Probably Only HALF of our Produce For the Week
As promised, today's post is going to cover what I've been eating the past few days.  I haven't been posting my meals because to be honest, for breakfast and lunch I've pretty much been eating the same thing. 

Breakfast. Every morning starts with a banana (I can't get enough of these) plus one other fruit. 

I've varied between apples, oranges, grapefruits & my newfound love, Mr. Fig.

Gettin' Figgy Wit It.  Figs pack a caloric punch (like 35 each) and keep me feeling full and also like I've had a treat.  If I eat an apple I feel slightly deprived (because they're not my favorite...even if they're red) but if I eat a fig I feel like I've indulged.  Maybe it's because they remind me of Fig Newtons. That can't be it.  I hated Fig Newtons as a kid. 

Drinks. I've been drinking a bunch of tea.  I'm going to do a whole post on the tea I drink another day.  I gave up Diet Coke as a part of this detox and I've been so happy with the tea I've been drinking that I'm going to try my hardest to give up all diet soda even after the end of this month.  I'm really not even craving it...which is awesome.  Every time I eat out now I can save myself a few bucks and get water.  

Snacks.  I've been eating a lot of dried fruits and nuts.  And figs. 

Lunch. Lunches have been a gigantic salad so far each day this week.  I've been using this hummus I made on Monday as the *dressing* and its been mighty tasty.

Green Olive Hummus

*1 Bag Chickpeas (soaked overnight)
*2 Garlic Cloves
*2 T. Garlic Oil
*1/4 Jar Green Olives (or about 1/3 C.)
*1 tsp. Pink Himalayan Crystal Salt
*1 T. Mongolian Fire Oil (pictured above)
*1/2 T. Lemon Juice

Add all to the blender and mix until creamy.  

This batch made two decent tubs worth as pictured.  One for me. One for Ryan.  

I know salt is controversial when detoxing as you can read from the comments on Ashley's site.  (She's doing a clean food detox too.  If you're considering this method of clean eating, definitely check out her site, she has AMAZING recipes! *and pictures*)  I just feel like FOR ME, that giving up all salt right now would be a deal breaker.  Raw food can be delicious, but it can be bland.  The Pink Himalayan salt at least makes me feel good about what I'm putting in my body.   
Does anybody have an opinion on this?  Would I be better off eliminating it completely? on to the dinners I've been eating. 

Sunday.  Sunday I worked out with my sister and then came home to hang out with the kids and Ryan.  We had grocery shopping on the agenda for the evening but needed a quick dinner idea.  One of our favorite places to eat out with the kids is Jason's Deli.  We love this place because they use fresh organic produce and have a strict NHFCS policy (no high-fructose corn syrup) We feel great about the food we're eating and the kids love their menu options.  It was the perfect place to go for our all raw dinner because they have the best salad bar options.  We just used olive oil/balsamic for a dressing.  This was a great option for an all raw dinner while getting the dining experience with the kids.  No dishes is the best part. 


The kids are NOT going raw, which is something I get questions about.  They are always encouraged to eat fresh vegetables and fruit, and thankfully I don't have a whole lot of trouble with this.  Each kid has one or two veggies/fruits that they shy away from, but for the most part they are adventurous eaters.  However, I make sure to prepare them oatmeal/cereal + fruit for breakfast, they eat lunch at school, and for this month I'm preparing their dinners separate from mine and Ryan's.  
Ryan is also eating all raw this month, as I've mentioned, but he eats probably 2-3x the amount I do in one day. 
After our dinner we went grocery shopping and came home with an entire farmer's market.  At least it felt like it.  And we probably could have bought an entire farm somewhere for what it cost.  

Ryan was super awesome and prepared salads for days ahead of time and even spiralized a lot of our veggies (zucchini, carrots, radishes) making my prep time for Monday's dinner plans that much shorter.  We've also found that spiralizing veggies makes the food more mentally appealing.  Maybe we're just weird.   

He also made a snack plate for the kids to come home to the next day.  I think he's trying to win awards or something.  Good job babe! Do you want a cookie fig?
Monday. For Monday night's dinner I made good use out of the spiralized veggies.  I made a macadamia cream based sauce and poured it over the *pasta* (veggies) to make a raw alfredo dinner. It was delicious.  I couldn't eat all of it, though.  The sauce was incredibly filling.   

Macadamia Nut Alfredo Sauce

*1 C. Macadamia Nuts
*1/4 C. Almond Milk
*2 T. prepared Raw Pesto (recipe here)  

Again, just add all ingredients to blender.  Then pour over veggies and enjoy!
Tuesday.  Although I'm still craving real sushi after my Saturday dining experience, I decided to give a raw version of sushi a go in my own home. I was a little under-prepared because I wanted a thicker lettuce base but romaine was the only option for durability at my grocery store, so I went with it.  It actually tasted great but was a bit messy. 

Almond Butter Sushi

(per roll...we made 6)
*6 Romaine leaves 
*1 T. Raw Almond Butter (smeared across lettuce leaf)
*Spiralized carrots (leftover)
*Avocado slices
*Cucumber slices (matchsticks)

We dipped ours in Bragg's Liquid Aminos, but after seeing Emily's post today, I will be using her peanut sauce the next time I replicate this recipe.  
Which may be soon because this was tasty!

Wednesday. Tonight I started my final class for my certification and since I had taken both Monday & Tuesday off from running I hopped on my home treadmill when I got back from work.  The kids were being entertained by a neighborhood friend that's old enough to babysit them so while they played Wii Just Dance, I got my 3 miles in.  After I finished, my dinner was waiting for me.  I gave Ryan instructions on how to create the *Green Gorilla Monster* and he didn't disappoint.  Tastiest smoothie I've had yet!

 Green Gorilla Monster

*1 Raw Banana
*1 Frozen Banana 
(hence the Gorilla reference.  I think I could eat bananas all day)
*1 Scoop Protein Powder
*1 T. Almond Butter
*1 Handful Spinach
*1 C. Almond Milk
*Handful Ice Cubes

Blended until well mixed.   TASTY! 

The only problem with this smoothie was that I drank it in a hurry before rushing off to class.

In the freezing cold. 
Serious brain freeze.

I HATE  Winter.  
I'm trying to be positive despite these less than stellar outdoor conditions.

At  least some people I know are getting enjoyment out of it!

What's your favorite thing to do in the Winter? 
Besides drinking cold smoothies, obviously!!

"There is a privacy about it which no other season gives you.... In spring, summer and fall people sort of have an open season on each other; only in the winter, in the country, can you have longer, quiet stretches when you can savor belonging to yourself."  ~Ruth Stout


Shannon said...

All that food looks amazing! I never thought about using hummus as dressing. But does that recipe taste like green olives? I hate the taste of green olives.

I've wanted a red KitchenAid for as long as I can remember, and finally got one last year for my birthday. I love it!

MelissaNibbles said...

I love the raw sushi idea! Very creative. Have you tried figs on pizza? If not, you must!

My favorite thing to do in the winter is to sit inside my warm house and read. I'm thankful I didn't lose power yesterday. Most of my neighbors did! Someone was looking out for me :)

Danielle said...

I'm complaining about how cold it is and we don't even have snow. Not so much a fan of winter except for the cute boots I can wear!! All I want to do is put on comfy clothes, sit on the couch with a blanket and read or watch tv. All while eating. I guess that's where my extra layer is coming from. oops!

rsstoney said...

I too dislike winter very much, would rather be somewhere south, that is unless I don't have to go out, can sit in front of a roaring fireplace and read. Do you have any other recipes for dressing that does NOT have green olives in it. Perhaps your dad might like it, not me. Hope your first night of school went well!

MuncherCruncher said...

Yay for new blog friends! Your kids are TO DIE FOR. So adorable! Jason's Deli is one of my all time favorite places to eat there food is so fresh! (So fresh in fact that I had a live worm in my wrap on time...disgusting huh?) It took me a couple of months to go back, but I love it too much not to!

Maura said...

My favorite thing to do in the winter has nothing really to do with winter, and that's watch Football! It's playoff season, and I actually started having dreams of Tom Brady last we think this healthy?

Sam {} said...

LOVE hummus...great idea to combine with salads.

purplebirdblog said...

LOVE the mega amounts of produce! My house looks the same :)

Lisa said...

I love figs! Really...a lot. I should buy them more often. I used to add them to salad a lot, and did a couple fig smoothies (which were not my fave...I would rather just eat the figs!).

In the winter...I really like to stay inside and read and watch movies....hibernate!

Stephanie said...

@Shannon---Not COMPLETELY like green olives, but if you don't like go's you prob wouldn't like this kind.

@Melissa---Wow. Figs on pizza! I'm intrigued. What kind of cheese??

@Mom---I wish I was by your fireplace. I'd even rub your back!

@MuncherCruncher---A worm? Yikes!

@Maura---lol. You're such a pimp! You can handle Tom Brady!

@Lisa---I'm actually looking forward to hibernating a bit this weekend. Just got The China Study and can't wait to get reading!

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

your kids are adorable! and whenever people ask me about raw/vegan food..and "going raw" i always just say keep it simple, easy, fresh delish..just eat a little more raw than you are now and dont try to bite off too much of do a total 180 overnight..sounds like you're handling it all great!

salt...a little salt is good. most american's get more salt than they need...and then some! just depends on your diet of course now tho!

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

These look awesome. You have given me so many good ideas and recipes to use this week.I think I might have to make that Green Gorilla Monster today!

Amanda@runninghood said...

oh my , you must feel amazing. I'm so in aw of your diet and wish that I was even close to you in the eating healthy area. Wow! And where do you live? (general area?) because Jason's Deli is my favorite...we don't have one here but I used to work at one in Colorado when I was in high school. LOVEEEE! I didn't know they used organic produce and stuff...really? Oh, what i wouldn't do right now to eat a Jason's Deli mouth is seriously watering. I wish I could come eat at your house though! And thanks for your sweet comments. I love your blog makes me super happy. I read your most recent one too and sorry to hear about your washing machine, ants, and other stuff...Hope it makes you cheer up to know how awesome I think you are! So glad I can read your blog! :) You've inspired me to eat better...much better.

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