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For the love of Collard Greens…Raw Diet Day 2.5

I have had the fortune of being raised by a mother from Down South.  Tuskeegee, Alabama to be exact, where people love fish fries, collard greens and hoppin johns as much as they love the baby jesus.  Where honey suckles are dripping from their branches, and there’s as many blackberry bushes and cherry trees as there are bible’s on Sunday.  I digress.  My point is, I grew up with a lot of Southern food love.  Since then, I’ve modernized some of the recipes like the hoppin john’s and specific to this post–the collard greens.  Collards have actually become one of my favorite veggies–a little coconut oil, lemon juice and bragg’s and I’m in business!

So I was excited to try them in yet another way on this Day Two of my Raw Diet adventure.  I was all ready with my guacamole, which I knew was super yummy because I made and tasted last night.  But then I had my collard leaves.  Lunch du jour was going to be guacamole stuffed collard leaves.  In retrospect, what an odd combination, but at the time, it seemed brilliant.  At the time.  So first, I take out my container with my de-stemmed, rolled collard leaves.  Un-roll a collard leaf to scoop in some guacamole.  First of all, collard leaves are HUGE.  What did I look like at my desk, in my cubicle at my corporate job unraveling this enormous, raw leaf.  I giggled at myself and went on.  So huge leaf, now scooping in spoonfuls of guacamole.  Still excited about the guacamole, but now it’s hidden in this leaf.  I’m mad at the leaf.  But I take a bite anyway.  Seriously?  Raw collards?  WHO in their right mind EVER thought a raw collard leaf was a good idea?  Sick!  I was offended and appalled, and felt all the sudden like an idiot for manipulating the Tuskeegee collard and hamhock tradition.  Well that feeling didn’t last long, but with the bitterness still in my mouth, I promptly without even missing a beat googled: “How to freeze collard greens”.  I decided I would pretend like this never even happened, I would go home, slice the rest up and freeze for post-raw.  I ate the rest of the guacamole with carrots and a surprised look on my face as I thought about how collard greens could go so wrong!

On my way home, the surprise of my afternoon collards were overshadowed only by my sheer excitement about what I knew was waiting for me at home.  24 more hours had passed, and my almonds were finished sprouting.  I knew I had one successful sprouted almond, but now I imagined the entire bowl full of beautifully plump almonds, each with its own little sprout.  So I get home, still brimming with excitement–I could see the whole thing, removing my papertowel from the bowl and seeing all my almonds.  I raised them afterall with patience and attention for two whole days, I had a right to be excited!  There they were, and they were as beautiful as I’d imagined.  I went about popping each one out of their shells, revealing their white flesh and sprouted tops.  And boy were they sweet!!  Gave a whole new definition to the hoppin john!

Jinji’s Guacamole, adopted from Hooked on Raw by Rhio

  • An avocado
  • Small dice of red onion
  • Small dice of seeded tomato
  • A bunch of cilantro
  • Salt
  • 1 Lime or lemon
  • A date, pitted and chopped
  • A couple shakes of cumin
  • A shake of cinnamon
  • A shake of paprika
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“A morning” in the life of a Raw Foodie…Day 2!

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
  • Raisins
  • 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!

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