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Raw Vegan Super Snack
I generally start my mornings with a Green Smoothie so that I can flood my body with very easy-to-digest blended greens and antioxidant-rich fruits and berries. By mid-morning I am ready for a small snack or breakfast. This is one of my favorites as it’s easy, flavorful, low calorie and surprisingly filling.
During my teens and twenties I spent a lot of time in Mexico where I began my love affair with mangoes. We would go to the market and buy a bag and I would polish them off at the rate of at least one per day. At the perimeters of the open markets you would always see vendors selling them on a stick, with lime juice squeezed on top and sprinkled with lots of chili powder. At this point in my life I didn’t find that combination of sweet, tart and spicy particularly appealing.
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Cooked Food Compromises
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.
Whenever I start teaching at a new locale, my inaugural class is “Raw Foods 101” – teaching the basics of the raw foods/raw fusion lifestyle with demo’s of delectable green smoothies and scrumptious salads.
It’s always very uplifting for me to get enthusiastic feedback from participants on how they are integrating green smoothies into their lifestyles and how their families are also enjoying them. Often they share their favorite recipes with me, but invariably their concoctions contain ingredients that I would not recommend.
I admit to being a purist on green smoothies: While experimenting from time to time with adding some nuts, nut milk, protein powders, dairy etc. is perfectly okay – hey, variety IS the spice of life, after all — I am extremely loyal to Victoria Boutenko’s (Green for Life) marvelous creation and believe that the formula works, as is