Monday, November 5, 2012

salad for breakfast

Sunday, March 11, 2012

I have moved to tumblr!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Out sick

Sorry for such a long break.
I had surgery. It went well but I am slow to heal.
I will return as soon as I am able.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

corn salsa over tomatoes

As my juicing increases I find a lighter evening meal is all I am craving.

Simple corn salsa

corn kernels cut from the cob of three ears of corn
1/2 Avocado diced
1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes, well drained and sliced into ribbons
1/4 cup black olives
1/4 cup diced red onion
pink Himalayan salt to taste.

Mix ingredients in small bowl until the avocado becomes a cream.
I sliced 8 Campari tomatoes and arranged on a plate of torn fresh basil leaves.
I heaped about half the mixture over the tomatoes and then
garnished it all with the other avocado half.
I left the avocado pit in with the rest of the salsa so that the avocado would not turn brown.

I am still juicing everyday.
Still the small raw meal in the late afternoon.

The weight loss has slowed.
I weight 152.
It is what it is, but I miss seeing the scale go down every day.
I have managed to keep by body fat from shooting up so the exercise video must be working.
I would love to test if the non organic fruit and veggies are the source or the weight loos effect starts to balance as my body gets used to the juicing.

I am excited about my newest toy:

I used it for the first time this morning.
My skin feels as if I have been to the spa.
Usually after a shower I dry off and rush to apply lotion.
This morning I was surprised how moisturized my skin felt right out of the shower.
Why had I not heard of a dry skin brush before?

Small victories.

Friday, June 25, 2010

spiced cashews

I found this recipe in the book everyday raw.
I was put off by the amount of time it would take to complete this recipe at first.
As of late I am looking to build my pantry with crunchy things I can add to my foods.
Things seem soft all the time, dish after dish.
After drinking juice all day I am looking for some crunch to bite into for my evening meal.
I was out of the sweet curry I love so I used the Madras Curry. I have about six different curries because I kept buying new ones until I found the one I like.
I used raw honey instead of the agave and maple syrup, and skipped the cayenne for allergy reasons.
My cashews actually took an extra twenty hours to dry out completely.
Well worth the wait.
I will make a trip to get the sweeter curry for my next batch.
Sweet, salty, curry crunch!

Can't wait to crumble them over my salads.

Monday, June 21, 2010

juicing colors

from left: carrot, cucumber, spinach, apple, beet-plum, and watermelon

I am surprised how the different fruits and veggies created different amounts of juice. The glass of spinach is from an entire bag of spinach, with a few kale leaves thrown in.
I mixed each glass creating complex drinks all day long.
I usually chop all the veggies and fruit and let it juice together giving me a juice that ranges from a red brown to a green brown color.
I tried cutting the juice with some water in a glass. I didn't care for it. I will drink more water between my juices but watered down juice took away all the flavor for me.
I have found my favorite... cucumber, pear, beet, watermelon and spinach.
What is your favorite juice combo?

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Veggie Salad

I made a  simpler version of this salad a few weeks ago so that I could use my new peeler and I really like it,
but I found that it made me hungry after eating it. It was just too light. ( zucchini cut into ribbons, chopped black olives and sliced sun dried tomato's)
I doctored it to get the right balance.
 I wanted to make a larger amount to get me through the week. I added dehydrated marinated portobello mushrooms, and dehydrated red onions to give me more substance.
It keeps pretty good. I need to drain some of the juice off before I eat and I usually let it warm to room temperature or heat it in the dehydrator, but it's good cold.
After days of marinating I found the Zucchini softened and resembles pasta noodles.

Cold Zucchini Portobello Salad

4 Green Zucchini sliced into ribbons
2 Yellow squash sliced into ribbons
corn kernels from 3 ears of corn
red onion (dehydrated until softened) (one small onion)
1/2 cup diced black olives
fresh Basil julienned 
Place in large bowl

4 portobello mushrooms marinated in 1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes and sun dried tomato oil  for 1/2 hour, then dehydrated  103 degrees until cooked (or flattened) about two hours alongside sliced red onion. Slice  mushrooms into bite sized ribbons.
 Add mushrooms and onions to the bowl of veggies and toss.

 packing dinners for the week

I ordered a book from the library and read it. It's The Raw Food Detox Diet by Natalia Rose. I started adding what I could this week.
When I first began to eat more raw foods I came across this book years ago. It seemed extreme to me then.Now having read the book (instead of skimming through it as I did before),I realized how ready I am ready for it. I went shopping and had the right foods and my plan laid out. I started on Monday.
I had specifically bought only organic items.

I did the Tracy Anderson video three times for about twenty minuets- with loads of breaks.
I love the results so far. I weigh 155. Down Four pounds.
My waist is now 33.5. One inch smaller.
I ordered a copy of the book last night as a present for losing four pounds. I love the results so far and the recipes are very easy to prepare, so I want a copy I can keep.
I have some organic carrots and green apples left from the week.
For this weekend I had to look for the most food for my buck and stopped in a tiny grocer in East La for the first time. I look the posters of fresh produce and the really fantastic prices whenever I drive to work and wonder what the produce really looked like.

 organic produce before juicing during the week

Everything looked as fresh as it does at the farmers market. The only missing were greens, so I had to get some spinach elsewhere. I need to give the kale a rest for a bit. I have had it for two weeks with out a break in smoothies, salads and juices.
Time to try out veggies I have never used before.
I spent around nine dollars and have enough to juice the weekend and get through work on Monday. I will consume between 1.5 and 2 liters of juice a day.
Nothing was marked organic in the store.
It will be interesting to see if this weekends produce food hinders weight loss.
I have been drinking a version of Green Lemonade from  the Raw Detox Book. I drink it all day long getting in about 2 liters by evening.
This week I had the same dinner, the zucchini salad I made on Sunday with some Yogi berry detox tea every night. I made enough for the week so that I could relax when I got home in the evening. I would have it cold or warm it for a few hours in the dehydrator.
  Having a great big bowl on hand allowed me to concentrate my energy on making fresh juice each night.

So far so good.
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