Raw food trial – day 5

by Bart on October 14, 2009

Last night, shortly after 11:00pm, I started having some acid reflux issues. I am not sure what might have caused it, especially since at the time I have not eaten or drank anything for many hours. Like for most people, heartburn is not something that is very unusual for me, so I am not treating this as a “detox symptom” related to eating raw.

After not getting any relief from drinking a little bit of water (sometimes that helps), I reached for some Rolaids. Yes, of course, they are most likely not considered raw, but I had two choices: take them or have stomach acid slush around in my esophagus, which obviously is not a good thing. Short while later, I was ok.

Today was another uneventful day. To be honest I am somewhat surprised as to how easy it is to eat raw. So far, I have not experienced any cravings for cooked foods, which I attribute to the variety of foods I am eating.

Of course, today is only day 5, and I might totally change my mind a week or two from now :-)

Like during other workdays, today I had three main meals.

Meal #1 @ 8:00am

I started the day with the following smoothie (28oz):

  • 3 oranges
  • 2.5 oz of baby spinach
  • 1 tablespoon of hemp seeds

This was a good smoothie. The hemp seeds made it sweeter, and the spinach neutralized some of the sourness of the citrus, making the drink taste quite different from straight OJ, but retaining the orange flavor.

Meal #2 @ 12:30pm

I decided to have a two part lunch. I started with a small salad.

Tomato cucumber baby green salad

Tomato cucumber baby green salad

It was made from:

  • 2.5 oz of baby greens
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 cucumber
  • pinch of sea salt

I did not use any dressing, as the juices from tomatoes and cucumbers, especially in the presence of salt, are more than enough to make this salad just perfect.

For the second half of lunch, I opened a young coconut and made a raw chocolate pudding. I threw the following into the blender:

  • meat of 1 young coconut
  • 3 dates, pitted
  • handful of cashews
  • 1.5 tablespoons of raw cacao powder
  • coconut water

I only used enough of the coconut water to get the blades moving and the ingredients mixing, reserving the majority of it for later use.

I did have a problem getting all of the pudding out of my VitaMix container. About half of it poured out slowly on its own, about quarter I was able to scoop out with a long spatula, but another quarter was lost underneath the blender blades. I might try using a food processor instead of the blender next time. If I do that, I’ll have to make sure to pre soak the cashews (for 1 to 2 hours) and dates (for about 10 minutes) to make them more “processable”.

After leaving the pudding in the fridge for approximately 20 minutes (to have the salad first), it was ready to eat.

Raw chocolate coconut pudding

Raw chocolate coconut pudding

It came out very creamy and smooth. It tasted like… well, a chocolate pudding, with a little coconut flavor. Definitely at least a 4 star dessert.

To see if I can make it a 5 star pudding, I am going to try varying some ingredients in the future. For example, using an avocado instead of coconut meat, or agave nectar in place of dates. And of course trying different proportions of raw cacao to the rest of the ingredients :-)

Meal #3 @ 6:30pm

By the time it was 6pm, I was starving. Having a few ripe avocados in the fridge, I decided that today was a good day to try to make a raw hummus, and enjoy some hummus and avocado wraps. Here’s what I used:

  • 1 zucchini
  • 2 tablespoons of raw tahini (ground sesame seeds)
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon of paprika
  • a pinch of salt

All these were combined in a food processor, with the result looking just like regular hummus.

Raw zucchini hummus

Raw zucchini hummus

It was a bit less solid than a regular chickpea based hummus, but not by much. It tasted similar, too, but for some reason it was quite bitter. I am not sure if it was the zucchini not being fully ripe, or perhaps for another reason. Hmmm… I wonder what I could sweeten it with?

Now it was time to make the wraps, except without tortillas to rely on, it’s not that easy. Raw wraps can be made using a dehydrator, but that’s a piece of equipment for advanced raw foodists. I’ve also seen wraps made from collard greens, but unfortunately, I did not have any.

So, instead I decided to use a romaine lettuce leaf, spread the raw zucchini hummus on it, and then add some avocado and alfalfa sprouts.

Romaine hummus and avocado sandwich

Romaine hummus and avocado sandwich

After covering it with another romaine leaf, I had a sandwich of sorts. I am not going to lie… it was a very messy meal :-) But it was good, even with the bitter tasting hummus.

Shortly afterwards, using the bitterness of the raw hummus as an excuse, I had 3 dates to get some sweet into me :-)

Other than my main meals, I enjoyed the following snacks today:

  • half a bag of vegetable tempuraw
  • 1 pear
  • 1 plum
  • 1 handful of goji berries
  • half a pound of baby carrots
  • 1 ginger tea
  • handful of grapes

I think I will try that chocolate pudding again tomorrow… with avocado this time.

Day 6, here I come…

Related posts:

  1. Raw food trial – day 19
  2. Raw food trial – day 6
  3. Raw food trial – day 29
  4. Raw food trial – day 7
  5. Raw food trial – day 26

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