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.