Sunday, December 11, 2011

10 Days 100 % Simply Raw--Day 1

After posting Saturday's Meditation I became inspired to try a 10 day 100% pure Simply Raw cleanse/detox. The five children and I came down with a terrible flu while we were traveling in Michigan. It lasted a full two weeks and I survived on herbal tea, cooked and raw vegetables and of course the morning green smoothies. I literally had to force the food down, there was no appetitite to be found. I also had to take some OTC meds in order to sleep one night, I had such a painful headache. So needless to say I have a lot of detoxing to do. What better way than a 10 day Simply Raw protocol. I will avoid gourmet raw during these 10 days and focus on simplicity which translates into easy recipes!
I will be sharing my meals from the day prior to each post, as I began my 10 days on December 10th. So here is how my Saturday looked on my 10 Days 100% Simply Raw
DAY 1
Large glass of filtered water upon rising
20 minutes of a full body workout using weights, large excercise ball and cardio
Meal #1: Post Workout Green Smoothie
Cherry Kale Smoothie (makes 5 large servings)
by Elizabeth @ RawLivingandlearning.blogspot.com

1 bunch of Dino Kale
1 bag frozen cherries
1/4 an avocado
4 ripe bananas
1 tsp coconut oil
2 T chia
1 C filtered water
1 C ice
Place ingredients in the "Wild Side Pitcher" of a Blendtec blender, or any large high speed blender pitcher, and hit the "smoothie" button. This makes 5 large servings.
I had a 16 oz glass after my workout and it was delicious. I served the remaining servings to the children and hubby.
For the second meal of the day I was thinking of soup. While I was sick I never got to have a really good bowl of soup and I was craving it big time.
I am always drooling whenever Lisa at Raw on 10 or Less posts her avocado soup. Her recipe along with the one from "Raw Food A complete Guide for Every Meal of the Day" are my favorites.
I decided to try creating my own avocado soup by combining key components in both of theirs. Here are two versions that I came up with:
Meal #2: Avocado Soup, Version 1 (serves 2)
by Elizabeth @ Rawlivingandlearning.blogspot.com

1 large Haas avocado
1 C  filtered water (More if needed)
2 T fresh lemon juice
zest from 1/2 of the lemon
2 T of diced Vadalia onion
1 clove of pressed garlic
pinch of red pepper flakes
pinch of sea salt (optional)
1 tsp raw honey
cucumber noodles
finely diced orange bell pepper
finely diced Roma tomato
broccoli sprouts
Directions:
In a high speed blender add the water, avocado, lemon juice and zest. Blend till creamy adding water if needed to obtain your desired consistency. Next add the garlic, 1 T of the onions and a pinch of sea salt. Pulse a few times. Next prepare the cucumber noodles by peeling a cucumber and slicing thin strips on a mandolin. stop before you reach the seeds. Stack the noodles and cut into thinner strips using a sharp knife. Pour the soup into bowls and add the cucumber noodles. Garnish the soup with a drizzle of raw honey, chopped orange peppers, tomatoes, remaining onion and the broccoli sprouts.

Avocado Soup Version 2 (serves 2)
by Elizabeth @ Rawlivingandlearning.blogspot.com

1 large Haas avocado
1 C filtered water (more if needed)
2 T fresh lime juice
zest from 1/2 of the lime
1 clove pressed garlic
pinch of red pepper flakes
1 tsp Tamari
fresh cilantro
scallions, the greens only, finely sliced
cucumber noodles (see above recipe for how to)
finely diced orange bell pepper
finely diced Roma tomato
broccoli sprouts
Directions:
In a high speed blender add the water, avocado, lime juice and zest. Blend till creamy. Next add the garlic, Tamari, and red pepper flakes and pulse a few times. Pour soup into bowls and add the cucumber noodles. Garnish soups with the peppers, tomato, cilantro and sprouts. For a finishing touch top with a very small amount of ground sea salt. Insanely good!!

I actually had a bowl of each for Meal #2. I was really happy with how delicious they both were and how distinctly different they tasted.

Meal #3 Pear Delight
2 diced pears
6 soaked dates
2 soaked figs
1 T raw dried coconut, soaked
1/3 C raw sunflower seeds soaked 2-3 hrs
cinnamon
Directions:
Place the diced pears into a bowl. Slice the figs and dates into bite sized pieces. Add all of the remaining ingredients to the pears and gently toss. Enjoy!

I will leave you with this thought to ponder during this hectic season as we await Christmas:
"Can we rest securely in the knowledge that we are cherished by a God who pursues us passionately? If we can burrow deep into that identity, we don't much need pretension, titles, acclaim, prestige or perfect Christmas gifts. We have enough."
— from Catholic Update: Advent Day-by-Day
+JMJ+ Today I am grateful for my day filled with raw living foods and for feeling much better!!

3 comments:

Lisa G said...

Your dishes (and smoothy) look yummy. It inspired me to incorporate all living foods into my dinner. Thanks for sharing!

amy said...

ELIZABETH! Your comment uplifted me today, thank you. It encourages me to see people literally be "bananas for Jesus" (Keith Green said that haha)

Have an amazing Christmas, I am going to actually catch up on your posts. I hope this detox goes well, and congrats for doing it in the winter, it IS possible!! :D

Linda said...

Hi Elizabeth! I hope you are all feeling better. Especially after this day of eating amazing food. It all sounds wonderful, but for some reason, the second soup sounds like something I could enjoy right now! And I love the pear salad. What a coincidence that you commented on my post yesterday, I had made a raw version of that cranberry salsa! Hope you like it. Happy Holidays!