Raw food trial – day 17

by Bart on October 26, 2009

Today I’ve done some experimenting, so let’s jump right in…

Meal #1 @ 8:00am

It’s Monday morning, work begins in 30 minutes and I’ve just gotten up – perfect timing to test my theory of whether a large ratio of fruit to greens is what I need in my green smoothies, in order to avoid digestive problems.

The smoothie I made was 34oz, and it consisted of:

  • 2 large collard leaves
  • 3 large chard leaves
  • 3 bananas
  • 10oz of raspberries, frozen
  • 1 tablespoon of hemp seeds
  • water

This was a good smoothie, if not a little too sweet. I think I may start mixing 5 oz of raspberries with 5 oz of blackberries in my future smoothies.

And the verdict is…. yes, it appears that the problem I had was due to the low fruit to green ratio! :-)

I did have a little bit of stomach upset, but I think it was prompted by ginger tea, which I had about 45 minutes after the smoothie. It only took 2 sips before my stomach was making noises, at which point I decided not to drink the tea, and turn up the heat in the house instead.

Meal #2 @ 1:00pm

I found a downside of a green smoothie with that much fruit – it keeps me not just not hungry, but actually with a feeling of being stuffed for a long time. I delayed my lunch time to 1:00pm, but even then I was not hungry at all. However, since I was about to have a number of conferences calls, I knew I had to eat, or I’d be very hungry later.

So, I went for a meal that keeps me satisfied for a long time – a chia porridge :-)

I made it from:

  • 2 bananas, mashed
  • 1 cup chia gel
  • 2 tablespoons of lucuma powder
  • 1/3 tablespoon of maca powder
  • 2 tablespoons of raw cacao
  • a little bit of water
Chia seed porridge with cacao

Chia seed porridge with cacao

I was hesitant to add cacao, but I wanted to make sure this meal is great, not just good :-) I was not hungry, but I had to eat! To do so, I needed to really enjoy it.

Meal #3 @ 6:30pm

There is a recipe for raw fried rice, that I have been waiting to try for about 3 weeks now. Unfortunately, the source that I got the idea from does not provide the amounts of each ingredient, so I was left to experiment.

Instead of rice, which is really not something I’d want to eat raw, the base for this recipe is a finely chopped cauliflower.

Cauliflower as rice

Cauliflower as rice

It is mixed with the following ingredients:

  • 14 very small baby carrots (about 2 regular carrots), minced
  • 1 stalk of celery, minced
  • 1/4 of sweet onion
  • 1 tablespoon of sesame seeds
  • a small piece of ginger
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 teaspoons of nama shoyu (or tamari)
  • 2 teaspoons of sesame oil

The above are the amounts I used, in addition to a head of rather small cauliflower.

Raw fried rice

Raw fried rice

As I started eating this meal, I thought to myself… not bad. But after few mouthfuls, I decided there is not enough flavor, but too much “oiliness”. As a result I was not able to finish more than half of what I made. Unfortunately, my guesses at how much of each ingredient to add were way off. Oh, well. :-)

I would love to know what they should be, so if anyone reading this blog makes it and it tastes good, please share your recipe! I had very high hopes for this one!

Here’s the video I got the idea for this meal from:

Well, since I was not able to finish, and I really needed something sweet, I quickly put together a platter of grapes, strawberries, and macaroons:

Strawberry grape macaroon platter

Strawberry grape macaroon platter

Now, that really hit the spot! :-)

My snacks today were:

  • 1 date

On to day 18…

Related posts:

  1. Raw food trial – day 7
  2. Raw food trial – day 8
  3. Raw food trial – day 9
  4. Raw food trial – day 19
  5. Raw food trial – day 26


Eating Raw Foods Info October 27, 2009 at 4:26 pm

Sounds like you’re doing well. I don’t eat quite as many sweet raw things, but I thought you might like larabars. Click through to my blog post about them.

Bart October 27, 2009 at 9:22 pm

I love Larabars. I was actually a bit worried I’d end up living on them during my raw food trial, but so far I had no need to unwrap even one. This will likely change starting later this week as I’ll be eating some of my meals outside of home.

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