Raw Food

My tea and coffee consumption has been going up lately so I wanted to try and cut out caffeine today.  I also wanted to attempt to eat raw food only today.  Well that was my intention when I got up but I think I fell at the first hurdle as the first thing I consumed today was a cup of green tea.   I wondered whether the tea was roasted or was it just dried?  But by the time I had added boiling water it wasn’t very raw so how it emerged from the packet was irrelevant!

Breakfast was definitely raw.  Strawberries, one and a half bananas and coconut water which I drained from the coconut myself.

This was lovely and I enjoyed every single drop.

Jenni came round for a coffee and brought some of her delicious cakes but I have managed to resist 🙂 The photo, which I took in the evening, just before harvey devoured them, does not do them justice and they really looked very tempting!  I didn’t manage to resist a coffee though so that was something definitely not raw.  It was good though.

Lunch was all raw.  Or was it?  Are olives raw?  This is harder than I thought it would be. First of all I made guacamole by mashing a small avocado with some salt and lime juice.

I added the salad to the plate and I munched on an apple as I prepared it.  I used baby salad leaves and pea tops, cucumber and celery,

carrots, sunflower seed sprouts and mixed bean sprouts.

I then made an olive tapenade from 1 tbsp green and red olives, 7 sundried tomatoes, 1 tbsp rapeseed oil and 1 heaped tsp capers.  I put it all in a blender and blitzed it, leaving it quite chunky.

I thoroughly enjoyed this lunch.  The salty strong flavoured tapenade was a wonderful contrast to the creamy gentle avocado.  The vegetables were crunchy and every mouthful was a pleasure.  I will definitely be having this lunch again.

At weigh in tonight I found out I had put on a pound.  I am not surprised but I am disappointed in myself.  I have eaten and drunk way too much in the past couple of weeks and it has finally caught up with me.  I was feeling a bit too blasé about quite how much I could eat and still lose weight.  So that first weight gain in 6 months will hopefully jolt me back to behaving myself.

I came home to make another raw food dinner.

Raw Carrot and Courgette “Pasta” with Pesto

Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 1 small courgette, washed and topped
  • Salt
  • 1 carrot, peeled and topped
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • 1 tbsp mixed sprouted beans
  • Red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped (optional)
  • Mixed salad leaves

Method

  1. Finely julienne the courgette.  Lay the courgette sticks out on kitchen paper, sprinkle with salt and leave for about 20-30 minutes.
  2. Julienne the carrot.

3. Put the courgette and carrot in to a bowl and mix gently.
4. Put the pesto ingredients (basil, olive oil, garlic, sprouted beans and chilli) in a small blender and blitz until smooth.
5. Mix the pesto in with the carrot and courgette.
6. Pile salad leaves in to a serving dish and place the pesto pasta on top.

I bought the mixed bean sprouts in the local Co-Op this morning.  A little bag packed full of goodness for just £1 which is superb value, especially when you compare that to the cost of an equivalent quality of animal protein.

This was edible and I would eat it again because it was so nutritious but it is a supper for someone very kean to eat healthily.  I definitely wouldn’t put this in the family meal category.

I am pleased with myself for eating nearly raw and mainly decaffeinated all day.  Off to have a mug of Rooibos to celebrate.  Wow, life in the fast lane eh?

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in a small village in the beautiful Weald of Kent with my husband and 2 children. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. After all, I live in the 'Garden of England' so it seems silly to not take advantage of that. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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2 Responses to Raw Food

  1. laura1952 says:

    Good for you with the eating raw today after your weekend. Your body will thank you for having a raw food day.

    • I enjoy a lot of raw food but unfortunately my dabble with raw food eating coincided with a massive drop in temperature here in England and I was constantly cold both days. I can see the health benefits of eating a raw diet and it is something I have done before and I even have a dehydrator. I think I will plan to do a raw food detox in the new year, but for now, will continue to eat plenty of raw fruits and vegetables but mixed in with cooked food.

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