A Week in the Raw

It’s Tasty Wednesday Tuesday and many of you all ready know that I live in Utah, what you may not know is that my particular city should be named “Kidville”. There are literally over a thousand children in my subdivision. It’s fabulous and all the kids are always out and about riding bikes, playing at the parks and sharing lots and lots of germsWe get sick more often since moving into this neighborhood than we ever have before. Vomiting, colds, flus, pink eye, rsv, Montezuma’s revenge, you name it, we get it. There are a few nasty bugs going around at the moment and we caught them too :/ so in an attempt to strengthen my immune system and help me heal faster, I have been eating entirely raw for the last few days. I’m planning on eating raw for the rest of the week. I have to say that I don’t think I would be surviving otherwise. Raw foods provide far more nutrients than cooked and give the body more energy. I wish I was cool enough to eat raw all the time, but I’m not, and frankly, I like cooked food, a lot. However, I think eating “high-raw” is sustainable and really good for our bodies.

It’s not really that hard and you don’t need a half-naked Juliano cookbook to do it either (I used to own that book, some of the photos are….well, Juliano nearly in the buff, shopping, playing in the ocean, but not cooking, because that would just be gross).

I’m juicing, eating lots of fruits on their own, making big ol’ salads with raw dressings I whiz up in my blendtec. I’m more than a little obsessed with chia seeds too at the moment, maybe it’s because I recommended Born to Run to a friend, then  I had to start re-reading it again myself because it’s awesome.

Here are a couple of raw chia recipes I’m LOVING right now:

Raw Overnight Neopolitan Oats

Holy Crap, it’s like the best dessert ever for breakfast, this is adapted from this much cuter than mine recipe here, but my adaptation is fully raw.

1 C. oat groats (use certified gluten free for gluten free option)

4 T. chia seeds

2 1/2 C. raw almond or raw cashew milk (I used cashew milk, drool)

2 T. raw cacao powder

2 t. raw agave (or to taste)

1 t. vanilla extract (oops, not raw)

2 sliced frozen bananas

4 sliced frozen strawberries

Method: BEFORE YOU GO TO BED: Blend oat groats in blender or grind in coffee grinder until fine. Get out two pint-sized mason jars. Put half  of the ground oat groats in each jar. Add 2 T. chia seeds to each jar, 1 1/4 C. nut milk to each jar and 1 t. raw agave to each jar. Add the raw cacao powder to one of the jars and the vanilla extract to the other. Now you have chocolate and vanilla. Put lids on and shake until well combined. Put in fridge. IN THE MORNING: get out your food processor and put your frozen bananas in it with a splash of nut milk. Process until creamy. Mmms. Remove half of the mixture and set aside. Add frozen strawberries to the food processor and process the same way. Now you have raw strawberry and banana ice creams FOR BREAKFAST. Layer and alternate ice creams, and chocolate and vanilla overnight oats in mason jars or fancy cups. Serve with fresh fruit. I didn’t because I hadn’t been to the store because we were sick and I only had frozen fruit. This should serve 2, but I stretched it to serve 3. I was sorry I didn’t have any leftovers at lunch time.

Raw Chocolate Chia Pudding

1 C. raw cashew milk (you could also use raw almond milk)

3 T. chia seeds

1 T. raw cacao powder

2 t. raw agave

Method: Combine all ingredients with a wire whisk until cacao is fully incorporated. Let sit on the counter top for an hour or so. I thought this would serve two, I also thought I would take a photo before eating it all. Wrong on both accounts.

I have also been growing my own wheat kamut grass, it’s not all that difficult, but since I’m a total novice and nearly killed it because I hadn’t watered it enough, I shall refer you to this post if you so desire to grow your own.  I’m  absolutely in love with it! The juice of the grass gives me instant energy and clarity and I even like it’s grassy taste. You can almost feel the cells inside your body healing when you drink it. Try it, you might like it.

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18 thoughts on “A Week in the Raw

  1. So gross that you like the taste of wheat grass! I have to hold my breath and nose and then chase it with something and then do a nasty face shake when I shoot wheat grass. The chia pudding looks yummy, going to try that today.

    • Hehe. My body must NEED it. I love it. I can imagine you doing a shot. Cracking up! Mmmm. Chia pudding. I have to have it again today!

  2. Girl, I just wanna hug you! I have to make that breakfast dessert…oh my gosh. But I really have to laugh at your Juliano reference. WAAAYYY back I lived in Santa Monica and Juliano opened a raw restaurant and I was like, How stupid is that idea?! Raw PIZZA? What is with these crazy Californians. And now look at what I eat! Love it!

    • Hugs! So true! 12 years ago I was having a different set of health complications and went entirely raw for 3 months. I mainly used the Uncook book for recipes, because a raw diet was more unusual at the time and there weren’t many other options. Everything started to taste like grass and I couldn’t keep it up. Look at me now too ;) I gave the book to Abe ages ago. Now I’m wishing I had it back, it really is genius despite the flamboyant photography.

  3. So, to round out your week, Friday night at Sages is Raw Night and last time we had it, it was amazing. You need it. There are three or four raw restaurants in SLC now, though, so those are other options. we keep meaning to start our own grasses, but well, we’ve been a titch busy. I need non-sweet raw things since I”m feeling over sugared lately. Hopefully you recover and survive Utah County.

    • Would you believe now I have a cold? Thallium? Years of Prednisone and Utah County. I think it’s a fatal combo :/

      One of these days we’ll venture up for double date.

      Start the wheatgrass. It’s ridiculously easy. If I can get it to grow, yours will thrive.

  4. Mmm, raw Sages. And the going to try chia for tomorrow am breakfast. Shahzad’s talking about growing our own wheatgrass so it’s next on our list. He even got our kiddos to do a shot last week- chased with an orange slice of course. :)

    • Did you try the chia? I can’t believe Shahzad’s 360 degree health kick. He will be asking you to go vegan if you don’t keep him in check ;)

    • Hope you love them. I made them for my husband thinking he would drool over them. He said they taste too much like dessert to be breakfast. I said, “That’s what I’m talking about!” Mmmmm. ;)

  5. Hope you are enjoying and feeling great from your week in the raw. I am with you on the high raw being much more attainable. I am lacking some equipment though… wanting a dehydrator and a juicer. Good luck making it through the week!

    • I don’t have the dehydrator either :/ but then again, how much equipment can one girl have? It gets a bit ridiculous. I have a huge kitchen and very little storage space left!

      I cheated and ate some toast yesterday. Shhh ;)

  6. I made the chocolate Chia pudding two days ago. I love it, my sister loves it and it is even better if you let it sit in the fridge overnight!

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