Chips have all but disappeared from my pantry, which is a good thing as I am powerless over their control :- ) Occasionally if I decide to indulge, it is either with the Simply7 seal-salt- flavored lentil chips or plantain chips.
All packaged plaintain chips are fried and usually in questionable (possibly hydrogenated) oils; Most often I will find brands that are fried in canola oil, which is most likely going to be genetically modified. It’s certainly better than many snack options but I’ve been envisioning this raw version for some time and decided to experiment last week in the Raw Fusion Kitchen.
I definitely have days where I eat more cooked food than others and today was one of them. Recently I went back to boxing as one of my main forms of exercise and noticed that I am craving more dairy and fish. Eating the “raw fusion way” has definitely put me more in tune with my body and its needs by “listening” to cravings; Some of them come from anxiety, some from yeast overgrowth (candida) and some seem to be valid messages about how I can tweak my diet for better performance and sustained energy and well-being.
Today, like most mornings, I started with a :traditional” Green Smoothie. On Friday I had a mishap with the Vitamix; The bolt must have loosened somehow from my class the night before (very rare for a Vitamix) and we wound up with green goop over all of the counters and cabinets. Saturday we never got around to making one, so I was definitely craving my “fix”. The beauty of these green concoctions is that once you get in the habit of drinking them each morning and loving how they make you feel, it becomes second nature to have one to start your day.
Featuring Chia Berry Parfait and Sun Butter Carob Cups
Morning water and green smoothie. One of my favorite standards is “Green Fairy Lemonade” — kale, butter lettuce, pineapple, green apple, hunk of ginger, lemon (remove the peel), ice and water — and since this one is so tangy I add a little raw orange blossom honey and stevia.
I don’t adore stevia, but I’m training myself to use it more, thereby reducing the amount of other sweeteners. TruVia is very mainstream and from what i understand, is not the best choice, so I’ve been experimenting with different brands from the health food store.
Mid-morning: A parfait of Greek style sheep yogurt and raspberry chia jam. It is super simple to make fresh jam using chia seeds. Check out the video below to see how easy. Sometimes I eat a tablespoon or two for sweet cravings. Lately I am not using agave to sweeten my jam, as mentioned in this video. Jerusalem artichoke syrup has virtually no glycemic impact, so I use that as my main sweetener with a little coconut nectar or crystals to brighten it up as the artichoke syrup has a bit of a vegetal finish.
Starting a new semi-weekly post — a diary of a day’s worth of eating, raw fusion style. Many people tell me that they are intrigued by my concept of combining raw living foods with mainstream favorites, but they would like more guidance and direction. So I thought giving you a snapshot of some typical meal plans, with tips and recipes it could be helpful. I’ve seen this done in a few excellent healthy eating blogs that I admire and follow.
The Raw Fusion Lifestyle is not difficult, it’s just different. Because how we eat is so deeply ingrained in our subconscious, making significant changes does not usually happen overnight. The fact that you can eat well, not feel deprived and find delicious alternatives for your favorite comfort foods and have them actually be good for you has definitely shifted my family’s eating habits and the great results are showing up in many ways. Not all of us eat the same or even at the same time, but I will also share variations, which include vegan, vegetarian and animal protein dishes.
For 2013 I have made a commitment to eliminate any refined sugar from my diet. As a high raw (75-85%) for years, sugar never entered much into the equation, but as I evolved to a more Raw Fusion lifestyle, little by little it started sneaking back in.
Starting with sharing a spoon or two of someone’s dessert and then relaxing some of my former sugar prohibitions, it eventually became apparent that it was time to declare sugar “non-negotiable” — a technique I teach to my students and clients to help them detach from unhealthy foods and habits.