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!

raw recipe: my version of “raw” korean kalbi marinade

one of the best discoveries i’ve made since becoming raw: NAMA SHOYU

Nama Shoyu, this is a 100% raw, organic, unpasteurized soy sauce. this means it’s absolutely a dream for an ASIAN Raw Vegan! (especially b/c a lot of soy is used for many Korean recipes).

but even if you’re not a raw vegan, Nama Shoyu is a fantastic, quality product that you can stock in your pantry.  it tastes no different than “regular” soy sauce, and knowing it’s organic makes it great!

back in my carnivorous Korean days, i could made a mean Korean Kalbi marinade. it’s a traditional marinade made of minced garlic, soy sauce, grated onions, sugar and acoutrements like scallions and sesame seeds.  usually, you create this syrupy marinade for short rib, let it sit overnight before grilling it on a BBQ. 

now that i’m raw vegan, there will be no more of that carnivorous behaviour!

but that doesn’t mean i have to deprive myself of that flavor!  i went a little rogue and tried it out a “recipe” for this. the below is an approximate recipe (i measured it by sight), but i suggest you adjust to your desired level of sweetness:

  • 3 tbs Nama Shoyu
  • 1 garlic clove, finely minced
  • 1.5 tbs blue agave nectar
  • pepper

i mixed all that up in a bowl, and then cut up some delicious baby bok choy that i bought at the Union Square Green Market, and had an instantly delicious, savory (yet sweet) salad, that was reminiscent of my Korean kalbi days!  :)

NYC raw vegan “fast food”: Bonobo’s Restaurant

my go-to raw food lunch is usually a hearty salad.  but even at your standard “create your own” salad bar, it’s hard to create a truly raw vegan/food meal.  between the non-raw olive oil, the “sun”-dried tomatoes, it’s easy to have your lunch not be as raw as you’d like it to be.

enter BONOBO’S Restaurant.

by definition, a bonobo is an ape most closely related to humans.  they lead extremely healthy lives, live to an old age, and their diets are….raw (of course)! read a little more about the Bonobo’s Restaurant philosophy here.

Bonobo’s is a reasonably priced “take-out” raw vegan restaurant.  think:

  • fantastic, hearty salads
  • nori rolls
  • nutmeat patties
  • nut meat pates
  • raw vegan ice cream
  • fresh young coconut juice (unpasteurized)
  • raw vegan desserts

it’s exactly the kind of lunch place that i wish was near my office!

Bonobo’s

18 East 23rd Street (between Broadway & Park)

212.505.1200