My lunch today was comprised of all the fruits and veggies in the picture blended together with ice and yogurt to make a delicious green smoothie! In all honesty, I really don’t like vegetables. But fruits entirely mask the taste! I’m currently reading Green for Life by Victoria Boutenko and it is truly fascinating. Every member of her family (4) had some kind of illness from hyper thyroid, arthritis, diabetes, obesity, asthma, allergies, and chronic fatigue. They became raw foodies years ago and were quickly healed within months. Even petty ailments disappeared. She and her husband look younger. Then small ailments started returning. That’s when Victoria researched the importance of eating greens. Greens (not other veggies) should make up 50% of our diets! We can learn a lot from chimpanzees who share 99.4% of our DNA. Fruits, vegetables, and GREENS make up 80% of their diet. They also eat seeds and insects.
How does this relate to yoga? One word: ahimsa. As yogis, we want to cause the least amount of harm to the world around us and also to ourselves. It is a spiritual principle to honor our bodies enough that we would give them the nutrients they really need. This doesn’t mean anyone is perfect. I want to stress that. No one can quit the standard American diet cold turkey and become vegan princesses overnight. At least I can’t! Baby steps! :) My aim is to slowly, but diligently, introduce myself to more vegetarian meals and make a commitment to greens. Hey, it’s better to drink a green smoothie with yogurt than to not drink one at all, right? The funny thing is that once Victoria started her green smoothie kick, her body changed, her appetite changed, and she was suddenly craving greens more than anything else. Our appetites are pliable - most people don’t realize that. Make a commitment to yourself that you know you can keep. Honor yourself; don’t judge yourself, and have a little faith in your ability to steer your cravings towards nutritious raw foods. I’m the pickiest eater alive so if it’s possible for me, then it’s possible for you, too!
Handful Chia Seeds (or whichever seeds you prefer)
Handful Hemp Seeds (or whichever seeds you prefer)
1 ½ tbspn Mesquite powder* (ground pods of mesquite plant, used as a sweetener, i get mine from amazon or health food shops)
2 tbspn Raw Tahini* (ground sesame seed paste available from amazon/supermarkets)
½ cup Raisins
1 cup Almond Pulp (or 1 cup any nuts, cashews are really good!)
2 tbspn Cacao Powder/or Carob powder if you aren’t eating cacao
**if you don’t have tahini or mesquite you could replace these 2 ingredients with whatever liquid sweetener you prefer, for example, agave, maple syrup, yacon syrup, raw honey, etc. Mesquite sweetens and tahini binds, so substitute the combination of both with 2 tbspns of sweetener and it will taste as good :)
Add all ingredients to the food processor and blend to combine. It will start to stick together, but may be more like a crumby consistency. Just use a spoon to scoop whatever sized sweets you want to make, and use your hands to roll into balls, pressing the dough together. If it seems too dry, add more tahini/liquid sweetener, or if too wet add more nuts/seeds/powder.
These are ready to eat straight away, but also taste really good after being left in the fridge for a couple hours to harden. You can also use the same recipe to make bars/brownies, just transfer the dough to a dish, pat down and refrigerate for a few hours, then chop into bars..
I went shopping at Food-4-Less tonight. I spent $24 :
10 lemons, 6 pears, 1 large purple cabbage, 1 large watermelon, 1 honeydew melon, 3 pineapples, 4 ear of corn, 2 large jicama, 1 butternut squash, 1 yucca root, 5 pounds of carrots, 1 acorn squash, 4- (1 gallon) containers of distilled water
- ½ cup of almonds, soaked 8-12 hours
- ¼ cup cashews soaked 3-4 hours
- 1/3 cup of coconut oil (melted)
- 1/3 cup of cacao butter (melted)
- 1 cup of raw cacao powder
- 1/3-½ cup of agave syrup
- shredded coconut
I prefer to use Loving Earth products. I do not recommend basing your raw food diet on nuts and agave syrup, only consume in moderation.
Rinse cashews and almonds, add to blender, blend until finely chopped, add all other ingredients, blend. Chill for half an hour. Roll into balls and roll in coconut. Chill overnight. Enjoy!!!