Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Ciao for now!
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
The wellness journal was going OK until I started to go off track. Then, of course, I couldn't bring myself to write it down. What's it going to take to get me to eat well consistently? When will I be raw? I'd be happy just to be vegan at this point.
I think my downfall is not having enough satisfying raw foods to snack on during the day. I'm a nibbler. I need little things to nibble on all day. I love the pates with crackers or veggies and I love smoothies. I'm going to make certain I have some of these things around all the time to help me overcome cravings.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
I realize now what was happening and so feel better equipped to deal with it next time, but man was that scary. I could completely relate with the man in the Raw for 30 Days video who couldn't make it through. Imagine what it felt like to go through that at his age. Not that he couldn't have made it regardless of his age (I think it's more related to your personality and outlook on life) but it must have been tough for him. Anyway I have no intention of quitting. This is too important. Sure, it's about the food and about being healthy. But it's also about being someone I've never been before; it's about being the best that I can be. Rawsome!
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Along those lines I've been looking for raw soup recipes. I always find soup comforting when I'm not feeling well but I was not about to indulge in chicken soup. The following is a recipe I created based on those I found on the web.
JazzyRaw's Creamy Green Soup
2 cups tightly packed kale, chopped
1 Roma tomato, chopped
1/4 cup young coconut meat
1 cup young coconut water
1/2 avocado, chopped
Raw agave nectar to taste
Blend kale, tomato, young coconut meat until smooth. Add 1/2 of the chopped avocado and blend again. Add agave nectar as desired. Serve immediately with the remaining chopped avocado as a garnish. Sprinkle dulse flakes on top.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
What a day I had yesterday. First I attended a viewing of the film Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days. I've been wanting to see this film for a long time and was glad to finally get the opportunity to see it. I also got to meet some of the members of the meetup group, Raw Food Tribe, who sponsored the film. There was good food, smoothies, mango & pineapple sorbet and raw chocolate. Now, it's up to those of us who were there to spread the word to others that raw food is the way to go if you want to get off your meds and cure your diabetes.
The other event I attended later that day was the monthly Earthsave dinner which happened to be in the same location. Since I had time to kill between events I helped set up. Good exercise. More great food, mostly vegetarian, but just as good. The speaker for the evening was Susan Weis, owner of Breathe Books in Baltimore and Ayurveda practioner. Susan gave some great information about how Ayurveda changed her life. I'm ready to check out her five week course coming soon.
All in all it was a wonderful day spent learning more ways to be fit and healthy.
Monday, April 20, 2009
One of the obstacles this week was not having my pantry stocked with the right ingredients. I'll remedy that situation this week by getting all the foods I find satisfying so I'll have no excuse. My goal, at least initially, is to be high raw (80%).
I have a confession to make. This is my third raw food blog. My previous blog incarnations have been Inspired Raw and Raw in Black. Regardless of what happens, I intend to keep this blog so I'll be JazzyRaw for a long time to come. Looking forward to what's in store for week two. Also looking forward to my Raw Food Tribe meetup on Saturday with a showing of Raw in 30 Days. Nothing like being around other raw food enthusiasts to be enlightened and inspired.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
4 ripe papayas, divided (When buying ripe papayas, look for firm (not hard) fruit with a yellowish rind that has no spots or bruises)
2 small avocados, diced (1 cup)
1/3 cup unsalted cashews, chopped
1/4 cup coarsely chopped cilantro or fresh mint
3 Tbs. fresh lime juice
1 medium shallot, finely chopped (2 Tbs.)
1 cup packed arugula, coarsely chopped
Halve 2 papayas and scoop out seeds. Set halves aside. Peel remaining 2 papayas with vegetable peeler, then halve and scoop out seeds. Cut peeled papaya halves into 1/2-inch dice, and place in medium bowl.
Add avocados, cashews, cilantro, lime juice, and shallot to diced papayas in bowl, and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Fold in arugula. Fill papaya halves with salad, and serve immediately.
Per SERVING: Calories: 252, Protein: 5g, Total fat: 11g, Saturated fat: 2g, Carbs: 39g, Cholesterol: mg, Sodium: 162mg, Fiber: 9g, Sugars: 19g
I really appreciate the nutritional information since I need to watch out for FSS (fat, sugar, sodium). It's also nice to know what to look for in a good papaya. Enjoy!
Monday, April 13, 2009
I'm giving deep thought to what really satisfies me because that has been my downfall in the past. I'm sure I wasn't eating enough, nor eating things with enough substance. I always felt empty. To avoide this I plan to add more nut dishes. I understand that Philip McCluskey ate like this in the beginning and still lost weight so I'm not worried about it. Anyway, eventually I hear one loses the desire for heavier dishes as the body embraces lighter, healthier foods. The other thing I intend to do is be high raw rather than trying to be 100%. This was another source of pressure that has led to sabotage in the past. It's taken me a while but I'm finally learning what works for me. I'm confident I'll find success this time around.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
1/3 cup plain low-fat yogurt
2 Tbs. fresh orange juice
2 Tbs. honey
1 large mango, peeled
3 bananas, peeled
1/2 cup fresh raspberries
Whisk together yogurt, orange juice, and honey in small bowl. Set aside.
Cut mango from top to base into 16 4½- x 1-inch strips using vegetable peeler. Cut bananas into 16 1-inch pieces. Wrap 1 mango strip around each banana piece. Arrange on plates cut-side up.
Mash raspberries in separate bowl until slightly liquid, but still chunky. Spoon mashed raspberries atop center of each mango-wrapped banana piece. Serve with yogurt sauce.
Per SERVING: Calories: 169, Protein: 3g, Total fat: 1g, Saturated fat: 0.5g, Carbs: 42g, Cholesterol: 1mg, Sodium: 17mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugars: 30g
Now this is the recipe is shown as they give it but it seems to me you could easily make this raw (and with less sugar) by eliminating the yogurt and honey. Without them you could leave out the OJ as well. Voila, a great raw breakfast!
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Next up, a nice juicy (organic) Gala apple.
I'm doin' it, one meal at a time.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
OK, the pity party's over. I go through this every once in a while but I intend to continue working on elevating my palate to the point where the SAD foods become downright unappealing. Oh happy day that will be...for me.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
2 handfuls fresh kale (I like to chop it up & freeze. It lasts longer)
2 bananas in pieces (at least 1 frozen for creaminess)
1 cup bluberries
1 scoop chia seeds
2 cups water
Place all in the blender and blend until smooth. The greeny, purply color is not particularly appetizing but it tastes great.
Now, feel the vibrant green energy pulse through your body.
Monday, March 16, 2009
JazzyRaw's Kickin' Kale Salad
1 head of Kale, chopped
1 clove garlic, thinly sliced
1/2 avocado, chopped
1/4 cup nutrional yeast
Place kale in mixing bowl. Sprinkle nutritional yeast over kale and toss. Add olive oil (just a little to coat), garlic, pepper, and avocado. Smoosh with your hands until all leaves are covered with dressing. Sprinkle pine nuts. Place in frig for at least 1/2 hour so the flavors can marry.
That's it. Enjoy.