Raw food trial – day 9

by Bart on October 18, 2009

I’ve been feeling very tired for most of the day today, in spite of the fact that I had slept for about 10 hours last night, which leads me to believe that the raw food diet has something to do with it.

This is not necessarily anything to worry about. Pretty much all the accounts that I’ve read of people starting a raw food lifestyle described this kind of a thing happening.

Another possible culprit is that I might not be getting enough calories. I’ve done calorie counting for about 20 days few months ago, when going through the P90X workouts, and not only was it a major inconvenience, in the end I gained nothing extra from weighting and writing down everything I ate. So, for the raw food trial, I decided to stick with what my body tells me, and eat when I feel hungry.

Still if the tiredness persists for a few days, I will increase the amount of the food I am eating.

Today I enjoyed the following:

Meal #1 @ 11:45am

I started the day with a 28oz smoothie made from:

  • 5 leaves of romaine lettuce
  • 2 leaves of chard
  • 2.5 bananas
  • water and ice

Chard gave this smoothie most of the green flavor, but there was enough sweetness from the bananas to make this drink very pleasant.

Meal #2 @ 1:00pm

Even though I was not hungry before having my smoothie, about half an hour after I drank it, I started to feel a need for more food. I decided to grab a piece of store bought raw cherry cheesecake.

Raw cherry cheesecake

Raw cherry cheesecake

It was pretty decent, very similar to the raw cashew cheesecake I made, but with addition of cherry flavor.

Meal #3 @ 5:30pm

I was planning on making raw zucchini pasta with marinara tonight, but since it’s the weekend and I had the time, I decided to experiment with something entirely new.

Chia seeds make great fur for ceramic pets. But as food, these tiny seeds are much more useful than that. They are a complete protein, contain large amounts of fiber, are a good source of calcium, and contain significant amounts of good fats, including Omega-3s.

Chia seeds

Chia seeds

They can be sprinkled on your food, but because of their high soluble fiber content, they can also be used in a somewhat unusual way. When added to a liquid, they absorb it, and the result is an edible gel, that can then be mixed with other foods.

I decided to give a simple raw porridge recipe a try. To start you need to make some chia gel, which is really simple – just mix:

  • 1/3 cup of chia seeds
  • 2 cups of water

and leave it be for 10 to 15 minutes. The result will give you 2 cups of gel, and it looks like this:

Chia gel

Chia gel

To make the raw porridge, combine:

  • 1 banana, mashed with a fork
  • 1 cup of chia gel
  • 1 tablespoon of lucuma powder

Lucuma is a south american fruit, which when dried and powdered, can be used as a sweetener. It has carmel like taste, and from what I have read, it’s a very popular ice cream flavor in Peru and Chile. It’s also a low glycemic sweetener. It looks like this:

Lucuma powder

Lucuma powder

Some of the porridge recipes also call for vanilla bean or vanilla extract to be added.

Here’s the result of my experiment:

Chia seed banana lucuma porridge

Chia seed banana lucuma porridge

At first I was a bit concerned, since the chia gel’s consistency might not seem very appetizing, but after trying this dish, I quickly got over it. I think a second banana would have made this better, but even using the recipe listed above, this is a tasty, and very satisfying meal. I think I found an alternative to green smoothies for breakfast.

This recipe might also go well with berries. Of course, the chia gel could also be made using liquids other than plain water. For example, almond milk, or even vegetable juice might work.

And I can see using lucuma more often too, I just need to figure out exactly how…

Today I snacked on:

  • half a bag of raw cookies – see below for the photo
  • 3 handfuls of green grapes
  • 5 strawberries
  • 1 date
  • half a cucumber
  • 1 tomato

These are the raw “cookies” I have been snacking on today and yesterday.

Raw sesame cookies

Raw sesame cookies

On to day 10…

Related posts:

  1. Raw food trial – day 17
  2. Raw food trial – day 13
  3. Raw food trial – day 7
  4. Raw food trial – day 19
  5. Raw food trial – day 26

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