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An August Fig Salad

I admit it: This is tImagehe first summer, and first time I have had fresh figs!  Dried figs and I are very well acquainted, but fresh figs I had never had the pleasure until now!  I’m going to make an assumption that I am not alone on this one!  I have the fortune of not only having fresh, sun ripened, organic figs, but courtesy of a dear friend, I get to pick them off the tree myself! Right here in Baltimore!

Figs are one of those fruits that surprise you every time you bite into one.  The textures–smooth, yet crunchy; the tastes–sweet, yet bright.  And the colors–purples, reds, yellows.  Each one is a gift!

It’s like I’m instantly being transported to the garden of cleopatra or something–fresh figs, raw, unpasteurized goat cheese, crunchy walnuts.  Absolutely delicious, and takes my raw experience to a whole new level of simple enjoyment!

Cleopatrs’s Salad

  • A bed of arugula, dressed in lemon and good balsamic vinegar
  • 6 fresh figs
  • A handful of salted walnuts
  • Raw, Unpasteurized goats milk cheese
  • A drizzle of honey
  • A spring or two of mint

YUM! ENJOY!!

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Juicing Joys!

Is a juicer, a juicer, a juicer? That’s not an error or mistype–I mean is there significant difference between the 40.00 juicers and the 950.00 juicers? Well I can go less extreme than that. How about the 40.00 ones and the 200.00 ones?
So as I have been raw-ifying my kitchen–removing the microwave, putting the dehydrator front and center, getting a good food processor (thanks Somer!!)–my final wish list item was a juicer. A solid juicer. Not the best, but a good one–not the worst either! In searching, there were all kinds of words I learned to pay attention to: centrifugal, masticating, dry/wet pulp. Then, is it a horizontal set up or vertical. Hard to clean or easy? And, as if another standard was necessary–how many pieces does it come apart in. Dizzying!
In the end, I went with the Omega 4006 model. Masticating. Horizontal. Dry pulp. 5 pieces.
To test my investment, I put it up against a 40.00 black and decker juicer–in fact they each had similar reviews! People are happy with their Omega’s and their Black and Decker’s! But I answer my own question of value in getting the more expensive machine in saying this: the B&D did have chunks of forgotten beets in the waste cabinet with the rest of the “wet” pulp, it was so loud I couldn’t even hear my Omega and there was about as much foam as there was juice!
So I guess it does make a difference! Another kitchen appliance where you truly get what you pay for.

Jinji’s Favorite Rainbow Juice
2 stalks of celery
Handfuls of parsley and cilantro
1 green apple
2 red beets
3 carrots
About 1/4 pineapple

Enjoy!

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…And the Rest is Pudding!

That’s a saying, right?  Well I’m back on the Raw!  But this time, instead of as an experiment, I am feeling really confident and committed to maintaining a high-raw diet.  For me, life is just tastier that way!  And, if I play my cards right, I might find life is easier this way too.  Even having been about 75% raw since completing my raw diet experiment nearly 3 months ago (WOW), I have continued to notice a quiet, very subtle escalation in benefits.  I don’t need as much sleep each night as I used to.  My skin feels lovely, and my jeans fit great!  I have bounds of energy, and I rarely get sleepy during the day.  My mood is good and steady as she goes!

Most my meals are really all raw, except fish here and there, Ezekial bread and grains.  I’ll keep doing those things.  So where does the extra 10% come in to qualify me as a “high-raw” participant in the raw foodie club?  DESSERT.  I’m super psyched about raw desserts, and I know I’ve talked about them here and there, but I’m more convinced than ever of the power of them, and the delicious-ness of them!  Not to mention that moonpie I had at One Lucky Duck that has made me a believer for life.  Not a whole lot of raw fruits in these desserts–its luscious raw cacao, coconuts, cashews, avocados (yup!), oh there are bananas, but then also raw honey, and agave nectar here and there.  The beauty for me, beyond the taste even, if that’s even possible, is that these are Superfoods we’re talking about here!  These are life sustaining, healthy foods to eat.  No guilt.  No food remorse.  All the taste, and then some.

So I am getting started with some experimenting.  Of course I can never leave well enough alone, so I anticipate some slips here and there.  Food wars from time to time.  But I also look forward to some sweeeeet victories!  Oh, by the way, about that avocado.  I’ve heard a commercial on the radio now enough times to really get on my nerves.  Avocado’s are delicious.  They are really healthy, and a fantastic way to get essential fats in the diet.  Huge fan!  And probably personally eat enough of them in a week for 2 people! 

BUT!  Excuse me, Subway.  So sorry to be the one to burst your marketing campaign (really am!  especially since I love avocado’s so much!), but avocados are not a bonafide Superfood.  Cacao, Honey, Coconut, hempseeds, gogi berries, spirulina…these are all super foods for their unique set of diverse and life sustaining properties and array of high levels in minerals and vitamins.  I’m glad you have avocado’s, Subway, really I am.  It makes me feel like on my next road trip if I run out of pre-packed snacks, I can turn to you for a thing of avocados and a packet of salt (do you have sea salt?).  Let’s just be sure not to confuse the masses!  Afterall, haven’t you already tricked us enough into thinking your menu is healthy?  I digress.  To convince you that I truly do appreciate the avocado availability (even if they aren’t Hass), I made pudding last night…and guess who was the star?

Delicious Subway Pudding

  • 1 avocado
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 c. raw almond milk
  • 1/2 c. raw cacao powder
  • Raw honey…add by the T until you like it
  • 2 T unsweetened shredded coconut
  • Sea salt

Give it a good whir!  And enjoy!

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Day of Rest, Even on a Raw Diet…Day 6

Yes, even on this all-encompassing Raw Food diet, I was able to find some time to relax today.  Somehow I still found myself elbow deep in dishes three separate times today (!), I still felt like today was a great day to reflect on my nearly one-week journey.  To fuel my reflection, I kept it simple(ish) with three round shakes.  The first I had after a morning jog, then the second and third at normal lunch and dinner times.  I was excited to have fresh squeezed orange and grapefruit juices in between, but never even got to plug the thing in!  I was SO full all day!  And in thinking about it, I’ve never really been hungry during this diet.  In fact, eating very little seems to get me feeling pretty full.  I’m guessing because all the water of the fruits and veggies is being retained instead of heated away.  Brings me to think of the weight loss “benefit” again.  People lose weight on raw diets because they are always full!  Eureka!  Now, for me, she who loves eating and savors every opportunity to do so, I’m a little sad.  I feel slightly remiss.  I miss my snack times.  I missed having delicious blood orange juice today.  I’m happy to be on this path, and I fully intend on taking the full 14 days of it.  But, when I return to my normal diet, I will be happy to have all my little snacks back.  My empty stomach back.  Again, maybe I need to make some sort of adjustments.  Maybe not.  It’s sure delicious all the same!

Jinji’s Sunshine Full Belly Shake

  • Some mango
  • A handful of strawberries
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • A date
  • A little bit of Agave Nectar (teaspoon or so)
  • A cup of water
  • 1/2 a frozen banana
  • A few soaked (overnight) almonds
  • A few soaked cashews
  • A dollop of almond butter

Blend, sip and chew!  And don’t expect to be hungry for 4-6 hours!  ENJOY!

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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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