Thursday, January 21, 2010

the awesomness of rawness

I've decided to incorporate more raw foods into my eating. I've been craving raw foods for the past couple of winters, but I couldn't imagine going through our frosty Canadian winters without comfy soups and chillis, so I denied what my body was it trying to tell me (yo! send in more plant ensymes!) and sufferd the consequences.

It was a silly "all or nothing" way of thinking until I read Boho Girl's blog where she shared her honest self going through a master cleanse. Something about the way she spoke about how the cleanse made her not only feel physically lighter but also emotionally, inspired me to revisit my desire for the awesomness of rawness. I didn't have to go from hot, straight to raw foods, I could introduce them slowing into my diet through side dishes...heck maybe even my family would get into it too.

Then Boho Girl wrote about a friend of hers that eats primarily raw foods (and lives part time in an RV with her family) and I popped over to Sara's site to take the next leap of my rawness journey ~ gathering recipes. I'm still going through her wonderful site, and I'm learning that it's so simple and encouraging to see how one person's lifestyle can help full my own step towards this major change. I'm barely a meat eater anymore thanks to my tummy reminding me with chronic indigestion, so it only makes sense that I explore more healthy sources through grains, vegetables, fruit and greens (kale chips anyone??).

I am feeling confident about this step for the betterment of my health...and I'm looking forward to discovering new ways to "cook" for myself and my family.


Most mornings we have "breakfast #2" around 10:30ish...and we've definitely gone the smoothie route during the summer months because of it's cooling affect, but today we tried one of Sara's recommendation for a variety of the chocolate kind. I love that it's sweetness comes from frozen ripe bananas and stevia. My 5yr. old daughter enyoys being recorded lately, and she wanted to give her two cents about it (and tell you about her favorite colours too). Allow the slurping to entice you...

Chocolate Smoothie Delight from WRO on Vimeo.

Chocolate Shake
Raw Food Real World by Sarma Melngailis & Matthew Kenny

3 cups frozen bananas (I used 4 whole frozen ones, slightly thawed in the microwave)
2 cups almond milk (or whatever milk you have on hand)
2 T raw carob powder or cocoa powder (adjust to taste, cocoa powder tends to have a stronger flavour than carob ~ I used 2)
1 t vanilla
1/4 cup of agave nectar or 2 packets of sugar (try not to use any refined white/brown sugar or honey)
pinch of salt
pinch of cinnamon (if you want some pep in your step)

Blend well, pour in pretty glasses, add your favorite straw and prepare to have a culinary orgasm. As you can see our family gave it 2 thumbs up! Thanks Sara for sharing...


Sorrow said...

Can I say YUM???
I am trying to shift my kids into a "lifestyle change" here as well, never easy, but I am trying!

Jane said...

I've got an awesome recipe for green smoothies using fresh kale and lots of fresh fruit. The kale is super packed with good stuff. By the way, I am so excited that you'll try out 52 Projects with me. Remember that it can be a small thing. The point is that all of the small little steps we risk to try something new brings out our confidence and true nature. Can't wait to share with you on Sundays!