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Raw: Re-Inspired!

 Wow! Spent the last couple of days in New York, and really wishing I had been able to visit while I was all-in on the raw diet.  It’s so completely normal, and dare I say, even mainstream!  Now, at about 80% raw though, i could still thoroughly enjoy my food experience there.  Raw is HUGE in New York.  Even only having been there 2 days, I got pretty good exposure.  I mean here, in Baltimore, there is raw food, yes.  Certain places with a bigger offering than others (The Black Olive, Zia’s, Great Sage)–but there!  Oh there.  In every borrough there are several.  I ate at two: Carravan of Dreams in Manhatten and One Lucky Duck by Union Square.  Each place with its own unique identity–beautiful, bountiful plates, carefully put together, and lovingly made.  Tons of diversity in the menu, and huge flavor in the food.  One Lucky Duck is actually owned by the same couple who authored Real Raw “cook”book–which has been an culinary inspiration to myself and many who I talk to.  So it was a MUST that I had to go there.  Most impressive?  Moonpie.  Raw cacao based moonpie.  UN.BE.LIEVABLE.  I also had the seaweed salad, that had an impressive mix of 4 different seaweeds and a killer dressing to go with.  Even outside of Manhatten though, regretably I didn’t get to go bu rave reviews for Rawstar in Brooklyn!  Next time.

So anyway, feeling really, really inspired with this Raw thing.  In fact, before I left for NYC, I had the pleasure of attending a special lecture by David Wolfe.  Can you say 7 courses of Raw heaven??  Not to mention his inspirational lecture about the deliciousness and power of Raw.  Amazing.  I don’t know, but I am thinking I need to get involved here….!!  More to come.

Banana Smoothie! Photo is a little dark, because I had to eat it under the light of the moon…but trust me–delicious!!

 

An inspired Raw Banana milkshake

  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/2 c. raw almond milk
  • pinch of sea salt
  • drop of raw honey
  • sprinkle of unsweetened coconut
  • dusting of raw cocao
  • a few shelled hemp seeds

Give it a good whir, and ENJOY!

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Ode to the Bento Box

!! I love Bento Boxes!!  And in particular, MY bento box, gifted to me by a dear friend. But I think I like it beyond reasons the average bento box user might.  I suspect she might like it because it’s compact.  True enough, it fits places, and keeps food secure.  She might also like it because it’s convenient.  No longer are the tupperware wars in the morning trying to pull together a last minute lunch for work.  Maybe her favorite part is that it’s cute!  I mean really, all the little compartments?  Love them.  I agree with you, average bento box user, but I have reasons of my foodie own. 

First of all, using a bento box nearly guarantees that you are going to do something healthy.  You are going to pack into it something colorful, and with all those sections (all those cute sections), there are going to be some veggies.  Now, truth be told, I gave in to this now favorite feature of mine a bit begrudgingly.  My bento box has FIVE sections.  I thought I was going to take a short cut a couple days ago and utilize only three sections, but bento box had other plans.  It won’t close properly unless you use ALL the sections!  Imagine me, 10 minutes late for work staring  at my bento box, trying to perform a feat of amazing engineering–being the first woman in history to take 3 of her 5 sections to work that day.  It didn’t happen.  We fought.  It won.  I was late, and threw everything in a tupperware.  I hate when my food and/or inanimate objects win battles over me.  And in fact, the only thing I hate more, is when they win AND I realize they should’ve.  My revelation was as follows:  Me?!  Creator of all things imaginative and yummy could not figure out how to fill a 5 section bento box.  And had the nerve to be pissed about it.  So the next day, I promised myself that I would do better!  And I did. The result?  a lovely and delicious multi-colored food assortment of grains, spinach, carrots, raw zucchini hummus (which doesn’t leak out of it’s section because I followed the bento box design…sigh), avocado slices, cucumber, tomato.  Delicious!  Rolled it up into a coconut meat wrapper and had a a fun bento box lunch!  I loved pulling apart the sections, remembering what I had packed.

Second of all, from a Nutritional consultant point of view, bento boxes will help you manage your weight!  Well, not so fast.  Let me re-phrase that.  Bento boxes CAN help one manage their weight, when used properly.  And to use them properly you go according to the healthy eating pyramid (NOT FDA one, but the other one), and fill the sections, largest to smallest accordingly.  Now this theory assumes that A, you have the bento box with the different sized sections vs. the equal sized tier, and B, you’re stocked up!  So basically, you would fill the large section with the leafy greens, the couple medium sections–one with a whole grain, and the other with a complete protein source (i.e lentils), then the couple smaller sections with fats (i.e nuts and avocado), then finally add another colorful veggie for good balance and color ( I had beets today!).

And the best part?  WHen you’re ready to go, dump everything together into the leafy large section if it’s salad, or if it’s a wrap, have fun digging through each layer until you’re all filled up–make a salad out of the leftovers.  Oh, and while I’m at it–PORTION CONTROL!  Not only does the bento box help you eat healthy things, it helps you eat the right AMOUNT of healthy things!  If you’ve followed me at all, you know I don’t believe in being hungry, at all, ever.  The moment your body goes into hunger mode, is the moment you also start to store fat!  I digress.  So I also try not to be stuffed either.  I usually fail at the latter!  I am always full, and I never learn that age-old lesson–stop when you’re full.  I’m more of a “clean plate club” kind of girl, myself.  Waste not, want not, right?  Really the issue may be that I put too much food on my plate at once!  Or in this case, too much in my tupperwares!  But leave it to bento box to control all that.  Afterall, can only fit so much brown rice before I am in another engineering emergency.

Jinji’s Zucchini Hummus

  • 1 zucchini, peeled, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 T EVOO
  • 2 T H2O
  • Herbs, cilantro is great
  • A bunch of turmeric
  • A little nutritional yeast
  • A couple squirts of bragg’s amino acids

Blend it all up, and pack in a section!! ENJOY!!

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