Fancy a Date?

My intention today was to try and eat all raw foods again.  I had made an overnight oat mix by soaking 1 cup of oats with 2 cups of almond milk and 2 tbsp chia seeds before I went to bed last night.  I blended half the oats with strawberries and the other half with banana and passionfruit.  It was served in a glass with coconut on top.

Harvey and I both really enjoyed it.  It is not as pudding like as the chocolate and frozen banana version but still good.

Every spoonful was tasty.

Despite the frost on the ground I went to play tennis.  For the first time perhaps ever, I almost wished I hadn’t because it was so cold.  I never felt properly warm and consequently played really badly which is always frustrating.  It was good to see everyone though.

At home I made a relatively healthy hot chocolate with almond milk and cocoa powder which I ate with 6 fresh Medjool dates which I bought in Vegetare in Cranbrook.  They are full of sugar so full of calories/points but they are delicious as an occasional treat.  They do have 1 WW point each (or about 60 calories) so don’t eat too many!

Medjool dates are full of sugar but also contain vitamins and minerals so if you fancy something sweet, they are better than many alternatives such as sweets and biscuits.  Fresh dates, like these, are less calorie dense than dried ones so enjoy them while they are available.

I decided to try another raw lunch.  Adapted from a recipe in Raw Living which makes a dip from broccoli, pear, tahini, flax seed and Nori flakes.  I used similar ingredients but decided to make a Nori roll.

I blended the pear, broccoli, 1 tbsp flax seed oil and 1 tbsp tahini in a blender until smooth.  To make the Nori roll:

Lay the Nori sheet rough side up on a sushi rolling mat.  Spread the broccoli mix over the sheet, leaving a 2 cm gap at the top so the roll can be sealed.

Add the filling – cucumber, sprouted mixed beans and black sesame seeds – about 1/3 of the way up the sheet.

Use the sushi mat to roll up the Nori roll.

Then cut it with a wet knife.  This mix was more sloppy than sushi rice so the Nori sheet got very soggy.  They do not look as good as Nori rolls made with sushi rice.  Actually they don’t taste as good either.

I was not a huge fan of this lunch but it was edible and kept me full up until supper time.  By then I really wanted something hot and meaty so I reheated the leftover quinoa with roasted vegetables from Saturday and leftover corn pudding from Sunday.  They both reheated really well and I served them with bacon.  I have enjoyed my dabble with raw food living but on a cold day a cooked meal is just the thing and this was lovely.

Today was just too cold for raw.

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in Hastings, East Sussex, with my son Harvey and dog, Milton. 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 do not eat animal products so follow a vegan diet. 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. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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4 Responses to Fancy a Date?

  1. Lucy Murphy says:

    I’d like to try a raw food diet but there is no way I can without eating the nuts, seeds, coconuts that you need to make a lot of the food and still get some protein. And your dinner did look much nicer than lunch!

      Have a look at this website. They do deliveries within London of raw food and do a detox programme too. I have never done it as it is expensive but it looks wonderful and I will try it when I go back to work. I don’t think you could survive very happily on a raw diet with your nut and seed allergy and you would have to eat a lot of sprouted beans to get the protein you need. But if you are feeling rundown and tired, I am sure their 5 day detox would leave you feeling amazing. If you do try it, let me know.

  2. That smoothie looks awesome.

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