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Day 7…Raw Food Fight.

They say fights are won and lost on the smallest levels, in the details.  They also say the best inventions happen on accident.  Oat groats.  I had never actually had oat groats before starting this experiment, always thinking, why spend the time with a groat when I can get great benefits out of a flake.  I’ve even thought that for much of this diet, having raw oatmeal most mornings.  You measure out, soak overnight, and have delicious oatmeal the next day.  So I have this recipe that calls for oat groats, and asks you to soak them overnight before eating.  Fair enough, even though I found it odd that they carried the same soaking time as its cousin, the flake.  But then, those you don’t really have to soak–I just do for the porridge effect.  Fast forward to this morning, at my desk starving after a Bikram session.  First, I notice the groats have not changed in shape at ALL–they haven’t puffed out or anything.  I think, looks are deceiving, I am sure they’ve softened up.  Wrong.  Well mainly wrong–they softened slightly–from the shell of a rock, to that of say, well half-cooked rice.  So the fight ensued.  I was at work already, so there was no turning back.  I was starving so there was no “oh, I’ll eat this apple instead”.  And I had a lot of pride at stake because for 7 days, I still have yet to have a food casualty amidst my many battles. 

So first I think, keep busy for 20 minutes, let it sit in the sun for a bit.  Idiotic in retrospect considering the prior 15 hours hadn’t helped.  But at least it made the bowl warm.  Next I think, start mashing.  More idiotic, because a. I had a plastic spoon, b. i pulverized perfectly good blueberries and bananas, c. who ever heard of mashing a half-cooked piece of rice.  The groats were winning.  Somehow, I had to make this bowl edible!  I turn to the manna.  I thought, if I can’t beat the groats into softness, I’d hide them in soft, sweet, gooey Manna bread.  So in my last ditch effort to win this war, I plunged (a perfectly good piece) a slice of Manna bread into the almond milk, and furiously stirred, blended, and combined…with my plastic spoon.  IT WORKED.  And it was delicious.  Despite the hard groats, the rest of the flavors and textures thanks to the Manna were impeccable.  Imagine me, at my desk, in my cube at my corporate job celebrating victory over a bowl of oat groats.  Sigh…Raw Diet, day 7!  Oh, and side note–after some googling, this war could have been averted with a quick food processor pulse this morning.  Literally for a couple of seconds.  Details!

Jinji’s Vicorious Oat Groats

  • 1/4 cup oat groats
  • Berries
  • 1/2 a banana
  • Soaked almonds
  • Soaked walnuts
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • salt
  • agave
  • I SLICE OF MANNA BREAD!

Soak the groats overnight, mash it up in the morning and enjoy! (you can also just soak 1/2 cup raw oat flakes overnight, and eat the Manna on the side like a normal person)

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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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