Raw food trial – day 6

by Bart on October 15, 2009

Raw food diet mainstays are the same fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds that are presents in other diets, except not cooked, and often prepared in innovative ways.

And for the most part, that’s really all one needs, in order to be satisfied with a raw food way of eating. But raw foodists, more often than people eating other diets, also seem to like to indulge in more exotic foods. Some examples of those include maca, lucuma, chia seeds, chlorella, and spirulina.

So I figured, since I am already experimenting with my diet, I might as well try some of those superfoods, as they are often referred to. The term superfood is a bit tricky, since for the most part it’s nothing more than a marketing term (actually banned in the EU, according to Wikipedia). But after doing some research on the above mentioned foods, it does seem that they are very nutritious, which does not necessarily mean that they can cure or prevent any diseases, but they can contribute positively to your overall health in the same way blueberries or tomatoes might.

Since many of those cannot be found in my local health food store, I placed an order from an online store that specializes in catering to raw foodists, and today the goodies finally arrived! :-)

Raw food goodies

Raw food goodies

Over the next few weeks I am gong to experiment with all of those, and a few more, and will, of course, post my impressions.

Today I ate the following:

Meal #1 @ 8:00am

I started the day with a smoothie (26oz) made from:

  • 1 cup of coconut water
  • 3 large leaves of kale
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 tablespoon of hemp seeds
  • handful of goji berries

This was probably the most “interesting” green smoothie I’ve had so far. It had what I could only describe as a complex palette of flavors. With coconut water being slightly salty, bananas and hemp seeds being sweet, kale being bitter, and goji berries giving it a bit of a back-of-the-throat spicy bite, it’s not a surprise that it was unusual. Although in a good way.

I decided to call this one “The Experience” :-)

Meal #2 @ 12:30pm

I noticed that one of my tomatoes was getting very soft, so I decided to make the same easy salad I made yesterday, although a bit smaller. I used:

  • handful of baby greens
  • 1 tomato
  • half of a cucumber
  • pinch of salt
Small salad

Small salad

Then, it was time to try the chocolate pudding, this time using avocado, instead of coconut. In a food processor, I combined the following:

  • two handfuls of cashews, soaked for 90 minutes
  • 5 pitted dates, soaked for 15 minutes
  • 1 large avocado
  • 2 tablespoons of raw cacao powder
  • water

I started with cashews only, processed them, then added everything else. I only used a little bit of water, adding more few times in order to get the consistency I wanted.

Raw chocolate avocado pudding

Raw chocolate avocado pudding

The result was not as smooth as the pudding I made yesterday, but that is understandable given the fact that I made it in the food processor, and not the VitaMix.

When I began to eat it, I was nearly certain that I’ve made a 5 star dessert, but by the time I was half done, I realized that it would be no more than a solid 4. It was very, very, very rich. And also very dense. It did taste amazing, though.

I think it would be better with two adjustments… less cashews, and less cacao powder. Next time :-)

Meal #3 @ 7:30pm

I was considering skipping this meal because I was not hungry, but that probably wouln’t have been a good idea. So, instead, I made a small and light green smoothie. This 16 oz drink contained:

  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 banana
  • 6 romaine lettuce leaves
  • handful of goji berries
  • 3 ice cubes

It was nothing special, a bit too watery in fact. I probably should have used 2 bananas, but I did not want to eat that much.

My snacks today were:

  • 1 plum
  • half a bag of kale tempuraw
  • handful of goji berries
  • handful of a sprout mix – green peas, adzuki beans, lentils
  • handful of seed mix – sunflower and pumpkin
  • dozen grapes
Sprout mix - green peas, adzuki beans, lentils

Sprout mix - green peas, adzuki beans, lentils

The picture above shows the entire container of the bean sprout mix. I usually only have a handful at the time.

I am excited for tomorrow, because I have a piece of store bought raw chocolate cheesecake in the fridge. I think I’ll have that and take a little break from making puddings :-)

On to day 7…

Related posts:

  1. Raw food trial – day 5
  2. Raw food trial – day 29
  3. Raw food trial – day 7
  4. Raw food trial – day 10
  5. Raw food trial – day 16


Denise October 16, 2009 at 6:12 pm

Just wanted to say thanks for your blog. I’m just starting to go raw too. My diet has been on the plain side as of late with simple green & fruit salads, juices, smoothies, seeds & nuts. Now I can’t wait to try out the raw chocolate avocado pudding. ;)

Bart October 16, 2009 at 10:33 pm

I am glad you are finding my blog useful. Just be careful not to overdo on cacao like I might have done! See my post from day 7 for details.

I think the avocado, date, cashew base might be useful for many pudding like desserts. Perhaps adding some berries might be interesting? There are certainly many possibilities to try! :-)

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