a different kind of challenge: 60-Days of RAW

so, on Tuesday, i had the ultimate NYC girl accident: while walking to the office after a press event, my high heel caught in a pothole and i totally bit it in the street.  unfortunately for me, i have an extra bone in my foot, to which i severely damaged the connective ligaments. OUTCOME: HP in crutches for the next 2 months.

another bummer: no yoga for 2 months. :(

so, rather than eating my feelings through this, i’ve decided to try and stay healthy and embark on a 60-day raw challenge: back to being 90-100% raw for 60 full days. considering i’ve fallen off the raw wagon because it was tiring being a social leper, i’m taking this gimpy opportunity to challenge myself and get back on track!

i’m only on Day 3, but already, i’m noticing a significant lift in my energy levels, my productivity and ability to focus.  it’s truly remarkable just how much of what you eat affects your body.

wish me luck — you’ll likely see more raw posts in the weeks to come!

RECIPE: cacao latte made with hemp seed milk!

i bought a huge bag of raw organic hemp seeds a while back — i read a lot about people making hemp seed milk from it.  and the major appeal of hemp seeds: you don’t have to pre-soak them before you make milk!

this “lazy factor” was a huge draw for me.

unfortunately, when i made my first batch – i really didn’t like the taste.  it had this nutty, green, bitter flavor to the milkiness…something very unappealing to my palette. so i had this huge bag sitting in my pantry for a while.

this morning, i thought i’d try my hand at making my cacao latte with hemp seed milk instead of cashew nut milk (if there’s such a thing as cashew toxicity…i think i might have it! i OD on that stuff!)

i was SO pleasantly surprised to find that it was DELICIOUS!!  the cacao powder masked the weird flavor of the hemp seed, and if anything, the greeny/bitter flavor added more depth to the chocolate flavor! :)

  • 1/4 cup of raw cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup of raw organice hemp seeds
  • 3 TBS of raw agave nectar
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 cups of filtered water

 

GSOTD: Autumn Harvest Green Smoothie – spinach + apple + orange + cranberries + grapes + cinnamon!

last night, i trekked to the supermarket to get back on the green smoothie wagon, but for some reason, i was utterly uninspired.

 

then i went to the “organic” section in back and cast my eyes on a box of fresh cranberries! i was inspired to make something to celebrate all the delicious harvesty flavors of Autumn!

 

here’s what i made today:
  • 1/2 cup of fresh cranberries  (boy, are these SUPER tart!)
  • 1 orange (for juice)
  • 4 small organic apples
  • 1/2 cup of red grapes  (to offset the tart of the cranberries)
  • 2 cups of organic baby spinach leaves  (i like using spinach sometimes because in addition to being PACKED with nutrients, it also doesn’t have too strong of a flavor, so it doesn’t interfere too much with the overall taste)
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • a few ice cubes
the result: a deliciously sweet & tart green smoothie, packed with a really delicious warmth and Autumn feel.  :)
not only did it start my week off right, it also got me in the Autumn mood!  Fall back!

rainbow swiss chard smoothie! crazy yummy

CONFESSION:  before becoming a raw vegan, i don’t think i’ve ever seen, touched or consumed swiss chard of any kind.  if someone wacked me over the head with a bunch of it…i’d have no idea what hit me.

but Momma Park just so happened to get some organic rainbow swiss chard in, so she brought over a few bunches for me.  my plans are to use them in some green smoothies and also as “wraps” for fresh veggies.

swiss chart is a great source of Vitamin A, Iron and Potassium.  rainbow swiss chard contains a good source of calcium, vitamin C and fiber. AND……it’s PRETTY!

this morning, i went rogue for my smoothie.  i put:

  • fresh strawberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1 apple
  • handful of green grapes
  • 8-10 leaves of rainbow swiss chard

VERDICT:  absolutely delicious. for being such a rich, nutrient-packed leafy green, it doesn’t have a strong or bitter/pungent flavor.  it’s actually quite benign!  can’t wait to try them in some living wraps this week!