Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Salad and more salad!

Salads can be so simple and yet so yummy! Really guys even if you dont like vegetables after a little while your taste buds start changing :) although I have to admit is not my case because although I was a sweet-pastry-holic I have always like my veggies.

So here it is another example of a day of only eating awesome rawsome foods! Of course all veggies and fruits are organic

Breakfast

Juice of 3 collard green leaves, 2 beets, and 2 carrots

Snack

1/2 cup of Goji berries ( I just love them! -Arguably among the most potent superfoods known, the goji berry offers an exceptional balance of daily macronutrients: containing carbohydrates, high-quality protein, healthy fat, and soluble fiber. The goji’s solid plant-based protein is packed with 18 amino acids -- including all 8 essential amino acids – which is 10% of the fruits composition. Also full of free-radical-devouring antioxidants, goji berries have been historically used to support the immune system and longevity. Rich in vitamin A and a good source of vitamin C, these berries additionally possess over 20 trace minerals and vitamins including zinc, iron, phosphorus, riboflavin (B2), vitamin E, and carotenoids which include beta-carotene. And to put things in perspective on just how powerful the little goji berry is, ounce per ounce it contains more vitamin C than oranges, more beta carotene than carrots, and more iron than soybeans or spinach. Goji berries are a truly remarkable food) Click on Goji berry to go to Navita Naturals website for further information and recipes about this wonderful fruit and delicious Super-Fruit!

Lunch

Sweet Annie Kale Salad (From Paul Nisons Raw Challenge): 1 bunch kale (stemmed and chopped), half-cup raisins, one-fourth cup cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil, and one-fourth cup raw honey. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, being sure to massage them for 5 minutes to soften the kale and blend the flavors. I added some cranberries too!
Snack

Granny-Smith apple

Dinner

Everybody’s Favorite Salad (From Paul Nisons Raw Challenge): 2 large heads romaine lettuce (chopped), 2 ripe avocados (chopped), 2 ripe tomatoes (diced), one-fourth cup pine nuts, one-fourth cup raisins, 3 tablespoons cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil, 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice, 2 teaspoons sea salt, 2 teaspoons raw apple cider vinegar, and 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes. with Italian Flax Seed cracker I made on the weekend. BTW the bowls and plates on the below pic are hand made by my super talented sister in law! They are my favorite! so there this meal extra nourishing because not only the food was made with love but so were the plates! :)
On a later date I will tell you about my sprouts...I just started them a couple of days ago. First time eve I am doing this and is so excited them to watch them grow...I think I am going to be so attached to them after watching them grow...I am going to be like but I dont want to eat them now! lol...

PD. I am grateful for the sunshine and the warm weather that came our way!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Creamy Dill Pasta!

Yesterday was a great Sunday!

I continued with my light raw menus, mainly juices and salads...But since I was meeting with my Girlfriends Nancy and Viola, I thought I would treat them to some delicious Raw Zucchini pasta for lunch before going to Journey of Health free introductory class which by the way RAWKED!

The girls were totally amazed of how good it was and the fact that it was only made out of cashews!!! So as I promised here it goes the recipe:

CREAMY DILL PASTA

Serves: 3 Cups
Ingredients:
-5 Cups of Noodles made from 2 Medium Zucchinis (See below)
-1 Cup of Raw Cashews
-1/3 Cup of Water
-1 tsp sea salt
-1/8 tsp cayenne
-2 Tbsp olive oil
-1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 clove garlic
-1/2 packed cup fresh dill (Chopped a bit)


Preparation:

-Noodles: When making noodles is not necessary to peel Zucchini. Make Noodles by putting through a Spirooli Slicer and put aside (If you are planning to get more into raw foods this handy tool will be a good $50.00 investment but not necessary as you can make a julienne peeler to make long noodles strips) I bought mine through Raw Nutrition.

-Sauce: Blend all ingredients, except Zucchini and Dill, until smooth (When Blending seeds and nuts a Vitamix is recommended). Stir dill into Sauce in blender. Blend Briefly so pieces of dill are visible, and sauce remains white (Instead of turning green)

Pour Sauce over Zucchini noodles and toss to coat pasta! Enjoy!

I believe I am going through some detox as this is my 5th day that I have been 100% Raw. Have anyone experience detox only by eating raw foods? I am just curious! So for today, I will continue with my juices. Tomorrow I will post today food intake and show you some pics of my sunflower sprouts which will be ready to eat tomorrow! This is the first time I ever sprouted and is not bad! Not as complicated as I thought! So if I can do it anyone can do it!

Have a great day!

PD...I am grateful because my Fiancé will be home tonight and because he embraces my new adventure in the awesome rawsome world!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Juicing it Up!

This first week of work had been busy but as I promise I am going to start sharing my food intake.


This week I decided to do a lot more juices and salads...and next week I will incorporate more "gourmet" raw foods, and make some crackers,etc. Besides although my honey is not jumping into Raw with me, he still enjoy the smoothies and healthy snacks! So there, even if your family is not fully into it, they will still enjoy what you eat here and there and increase they raw food intake more and more.

I am also excited to have found out about the meet up group for Raw Foods in Calgary, I think is going to be great! I can really use some support, We are attending a free course with my two girlfriends this Sunday and thrill to know more people that are in this journey.

So besides doing a Heavy Metal Detox that my Katherine (My Colonic Therapist) recommended and a liver cleanse here is what I had today:

Breakfast



Green Juice (1 cup of spinach, 1 cucumber and two celery stalks) ..Do you believe I took this pic at 6:00 am



Snack: Green Apple, Ginger Lemon Tea



Lunch: Big Salad with Avocados, Alfafa sprouts, romaine, cucumber, Red Bell Pepper, Radishes and celery

Snack: Some more tea...although is warming up in Calgary still -18 brrrr, A gala apple and some pomegranate

Dinner: Some more Juice...made out of 1 Cup of Kale, Cucumber and 2 cabbage leaves

Snack: 5 Raw Macademia nuts.




I am going to keep it really light like today and for a couple of days; then start incorporating meals like raw zuchinni pasta and some crackers. for now I am just Juicing it up! Basicly I decided to follow Paul Nisons 7 day Raw challenge as a guideline (kind of Like a New year star up ;) )



PD: I am grateful for Meet up website that allowed me to find Tonya and the Calgary Raw foodist group!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

A New Year... A New you

Happy New Year to all!

I had a great time over the holidays with friends and family and getting some vitamin D in the beautiful mountains of Mcbride.

I am very excited about my New Years Resolutions...I decided to have a resolution for each essential area of myself..Body, Mind and Spirit...

Body... As of tomorrow I am going 100% vegan-High Raw for 12 weeks (I will be posting a journal of my food intake from time to time) and I am starting to train for a Half a Marathon In Cochrane called Footstock!


Mind...I have decided, I need to start reading more... but not only the technical stuff that I already read a lot of but more novels...To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee. I am very excited about this..One book every two months!!! Yes! Also I am going To read in the month of January the Thrive Diet by Brendan Brazier as I feel it will really inspire me and provide me with a lot of knowledge on this new path!


Spirit...Enriching our spirits and our souls is an integral part of who we are, it is my desire to growth in my faith by being part of a community that will allow me to share th love for God, Life and others. Volunteering will be my ultimate satisfaction. Sharing with others and learning from them.

You may all ask what do all these things and resolutions have to do with food?

Food gives fuel for activities, provides necessary nutrients to help maintain healthy body processes and is even a source of pleasure and social delight. When eaten in excess, even the most nutritious food can contribute to unwanted weight gain, depretion and disease risk... When there’s not enough of it to consume, the deprivation can cause malnutrition and disease. That is why feeding our bodies the right nutrients is so important to FEELING YOUR BEST! In every aspect of your life that is why I have decided to make a change not only on the way I eat but on the way I live!


I am not sure if anyone is reading this or not but if you are I hope you enjoy and get inspired by my new Journey!


Wishing you all the best in 2010! Silvia


PD: I am grateful I have the freedom to make the choice to feel my best
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