I’m not a coffee drinker. I drink tea, but because I like it, not as a caffeine source. That being said, I have been known to have a cup of coffee from time to time to make through the mid morning, or worse, mid afternoon. It’s rare really, but build a couple late nights in a row, mixed with morning work outs, and it’s about the only thing that can keep me above water. Today was one such day. Only, today, on day 9 of my Raw Diet journey, coffee isn’t exactly part of the program. I even tried to reason with myself…”it comes from a plant, so it must be fine”. Of course, ignoring the bold, bragging all over the front of the box boasting about the roasting techniques they’ve used to create the best, and hottest coffee around. Sigh. I also thought about the coffee aftertaste, and no gum rule.
So, out of curiosity, how in the world do raw foodists stay awake? The energy, I know. They’ll probably say raw food gives you so much abundant energy, that staying awake is never an issue. I agree, the diet does provide lots of energy, and good feelings. But come on, seriously. How do they stay awake on the other days? My acquired sugar addiction is already feeling normal, so that’s not helping. Anxiety about what to eat and when doesn’t really exist anymore, so that doesn’t help! And to the contrary, feeling full constantly definitely doesn’t help! And please don’t say cocoa. Or cacao. Or dark chocolate. Or some other superfood. They each have about 1/32 the amount of caffeine as coffee, so we’ll just put those in the delicious feel-good category. Not stay awake category. Oh, here’s a thought…maybe, just maybe raw foodists take…wait for it…NAPS! Yes, I think they take naps.
But, alas. Just in case, I thought I would give it a shot with what I had in the pantry:
Jinji’s Sleepy Balls
- 1/4 c almond butter
- 1/2 c unsweetened coconut shreds
- alot of cinnamon
- a few good shakes of salt
- 1/3 c raisins, or dried cranberries, or something else sweet and dried. Not apricots.
- 1 T honey
- 1 T cocoa
Mix it all together! And use your hands, it’s fun! Make little balls and refrigerate. Will it wake you up if you’re sleepy? Suspect. But are they delicious? YES! So enjoy & take a nice nap!