I wonder what Webster’s describes Ambition as. After this morning, I have a definition of my own, and it rhymes with stupidity! Not really. But boy, I’m starting to believe that if you have any plans to a) work a full time job, b) do a morning work out c) sleep past 5:00am–a Raw diet may not be the answer. Again, in the same breath, I’m reminded of the little rewards that came later in the morning. More on that in a bit. So, I woke up today, as a day two raw foodist knowing I had chores. So I gave myself about 20 minutes extra before having to leave to make it to a 6:15 Bikram class (and that, before having to make it to my desk at 8:30!). Ok, so 5:15, and these were the first things running thruogh my head: 1. Rinse my sprouting barley (you have to rinse twice a day while sprouting) 2. Rinse my sproutED almonds–they’re done! 3. Drain my overnight soaking walnuts, i’d need them for my “oatmeal” 4. Strain my oat groats, and put them in the food processor with my sliced strawberries (pre-sliced last night, thank god) 5. Package the walnuts, some raisins, and about a cup of almond milk (made this last night too) in my lunch bag for work, along with my collard leaves and guacamole (made last night too), and a few other shortcut snacks to last through the day. See?! SO much to do!! I can’t help but ask myself all the while, at (now) 5:25 in the morning–does everyone have it this hard?? And for god’s sake. Will it get any easier? I push on. Start the food processor. SO LOUD!! Was it this loud before? I finish making meal out of my oats, but I’m fully expecting an eviction warning on my door when I get home tonight! Somehow, I pack it all up, even have time for the mountain of dishes I created; can’t quite remember if I put things back in the fridge, but I figure I haven’t had any food casualties yet, so luck is on my side. Got to class on time, and was even at my desk at 8:30, in time to tell the story, all the while eating DELICIOUS raw oatmeal. Phew! Again, not the prettiest, but I’m also starting to think that pretty raw food pictures must be taken with a special lens.
Jinji’s Raw Oatmeal, adapted from Raw Energy, Strawberry Zipper Oatmeal
- 1/4 cup oat groats, soaked overnight
- Some sliced strawberries
- Some chopped almonds
- 1/2 banana
- 3/4 cup almond milk, made the day before
- Alot of cinnamon
- Several shakes of sea salt
- Tiny bit of cayenee (tricks you into thinking you’re eating hot oatmeal)
The morning after soaking the oat groats, process them with the almonds and raisins and a few strawberry slices. Combine that with teh rest of the ingredients and you’re ready to go! ENJOY!