Okay, while I know you are all just dying to see more pictures of my sweet little Atticus, I am going to instead inundate you with raw food info this weekend. I figure you will either be ready to take the plunge, or never want to hear the words raw and food side by side again by the end of the weekend. I've been asked by friends to provide it so often, and with Atticus soundly asleep on my shoulders, so I can't do anything else at the moment, now's the time.
many ways to eat raw, but Jared and I have kind of fallen into our
groove of how to do it, and do it easily. So, here's what we do:
Jared is the smoothie chef (mine are usually much "greener" than his,
so he's happy to take over the smoothie making). He makes an entirely
full Vita-Mix container of green smoothie every morning, and we split it
between us. We drink our smoothies first, before we eat anything else
for the day. I will often make another throughout the day and split it
with the boys, who love, love, love smoothies. Our typical green
smoothie consists of half of a 1 lb package of organic spinach (or about
half of the Vita-mix, tightly packed with any other greens we happen to
have), two bananas, frozen fruit, some powdered probiotics and
magnesium, and occasionally a pack or two of Emergen-C, if we are
fighting something off. We add water to consistency, and blend it up!
Delish. Smoothies are a great way to use fruit and veggies that are
going bad. If my apples are getting a bit wrinkly, I throw them in a
smoothie. If I have some cilantro left over from salsa I made a few
nights before, a cilantro smoothie it is! Even avocados are great in
smoothie form. If you are scared of drinking your greens, I suggest
starting with spinach with lots of fruit, as it's the most mild green.
Usually leftovers from the night before. I'm not a big fan of
leftovers, so I often have a bowl of granola or muesli, topped with some
fresh almond milk and lots of fresh or frozen berries, or just snack
throughout the day on fruit and veggies with raw almond butter.
We always have a big salad - and I mean HUGE. I typically fill my
entire dinner plate with salad before I eat anything else. There are
many great raw dressing recipes, but Jared often just makes a oil and
vinegar type dressing with all sorts of herbs in it. Then we usually
have a raw dish as well, our favourites being: mock tuna or chicken
salad in lettuce wraps, quiche, tomato soup, tacos, falafel and mango
chutney, nut or beet burgers, nori wraps (sushi)... Oh, there's so much
more, but those are a few of our staples.
always have dessert! Banana chocolate smoothies, chocolate chia
puddings, fudge, brownies, chocolate ganache, or even just apples and
Throughout the day we snack as much as
we feel we need to. Yesterday when I was talking about food prep I
mentioned the things I always have on the go or prepared. That mostly
consists of snack food (and onion bread): kale chips, crackers made
from dressings and sauces, granola of any sort, tamari almonds,
macaroons, even just a handful of nuts and dried fruit. I have jars of
soaked and dehydrated nuts, ready to grab for a quick snack.
that's about it. Because my boys don't eat 100% raw with us, I usually
make them something besides our meal. I am trying to keep them away
from wheat in general, and prepare them fresh food as well. If we are
having raw tacos, they will have taco salad with corn chips. Or, I will
often cook up some rice, quinoa or other grain, chop up any and all
fresh veggies in my food processor, make a raw peanut sauce or curry
sauce, and throw it all together. Rice noodles with raw marinara or alfredo sauce is definitely a fan favourite. My boys are self proclaimed "salad monsters," so they love it.