Raw food trial – day 12

by Bart on October 21, 2009

Today was a second day in the row that I skipped making my morning green smoothie. Like yesterday, I felt really good and had no digestive problems whatsoever.

Tomorrow, I will make one in the afternoon to test whether it’s the green smoothie itself or the timing of drinking it that causes me problems.

Today I had the following:

Meal #1 @ 8:00am

I made a new batch of chia gel last night, so I started the day the same way I did yesterday, with a chia porridge. This time I added some maca root powder for extra energy kick. The ingredients were:

  • 1 cup chia gel
  • 2 bananas, mashed
  • 2 tablespoons of lucuma powder
  • 1 teaspoon of maca powder

The porridge was very tasty.

Meal #2 @ 12:15pm

For lunch I had a “Not Tuna Pate”, which I prepared last night, with carrot sticks and radishes. In addition, I had a tomato and cucumber salad.

The base for this particular pate is made from almonds and sunflower seeds. Both need to be soaked before they can be used in the recipe, with almonds requiring about 10 hours of soaking and sunflower seeds about 6 hours. The soaking process makes them softer and therefore easier to process in the food processor. It also makes them more digestible.

Soaking almonds and sunflower seeds

Soaking almonds and sunflower seeds

Once soaked, the nuts and seeds can be combined in the food processor, together with a little salt, lemon juice and a small amount of water, to make the mixing process easier.

Pate ingredients in the food processor

Pate ingredients in the food processor

It takes about 5 minutes of processing, with occasional breaks to scrape off the mixture from the sides of the container. The result should be of paste like consistency and it looks like this:

Pate, mixed and processed

Pate, mixed and processed

After transferring the mixture to a bowl, other ingredients can be added, depending on the flavor desired. In this case I used minced onions, parsley, and celery.

Almond sunflower seed pate

Almond sunflower seed pate

I made this recipe, which comes from Jennifer Cornbleet’s “Raw Food Made Easy For 1 or 2 People”, a few times in the past and have always enjoyed it. But today, for reasons I cannot figure out, I did not like it. If fact, I did not finish it, and I am not even sure if I will eat the other half of the pate that is sitting in my fridge.

Meal #3 @ 7:30pm

Last time I tried to make raw hummus and avocado wraps, I run into two problems – the hummus, made from zucchini, was very bitter, and I had nothing to actually wrap the ingredients in.

In a few online videos, I’ve seen collard greens used as wraps, and since I had some on hand, I decided that tonight was a perfect time to try to make the raw zucchini hummus once again.

I have read that the raw tahini (ground sesame seeds) is much more bitter than its non-raw version, which means that it would be hard to get rid of the bitter taste entirely, so I decided to try to mask it instead. And since I love medjool dates, I thought I’d give them a try as a hummus sweetener.

I combined the following in the food processor:

  • 1 zucchini, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons of raw tahini
  • lemon juice from 1 small lemon
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 3 dates, presoaked for 10 minutes
  • 0.25 teaspoon of paprika
  • 0.25 teaspoon of cumin
  • a pinch of salt

After mixing the ingredients for a few minutes, the result looked much like hummus.

Raw zucchini hummus with dates

Raw zucchini hummus with dates

It still had a little bit of a bitter aftertaste, but the dates helped a lot without adding any unusual flavors.

Once the hummus was done, it was time to roll up some collard leaves with hummus, avocado and alfalfa sprouts. This was quite easy, but it did require breaking the stem at the thicker end in order to fold the edges in.

Wrapping collard wraps

Wrapping collard wraps

The collard leaves are not quite tortilla wraps, but they sure look very nice :-)

Collard hummus and zucchini wraps

Collard hummus and zucchini wraps

This meal tasted great. The only issue was that the leaf stems at the thicker end were to tough to eat. I think I need to cut more of the leaf next time and only use the top 2/3 for the wrap. As for the bottom third? The leaf can be separated from the stem and added to the inside of the wrap!

Today my snacks were:

  • bunch of green grapes
  • 4 dates
  • 1 handful of goji berries
  • 10 strawberries
  • 1 ginger tea
  • half a bag of kale tempuraw

On to day 13…

Related posts:

  1. Raw food trial – day 19
  2. Raw food trial – day 5
  3. Raw food trial – day 26

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