12 April 2010

Raw Food Cleanse: Day Eight

For breakfast I had leftover Raw Oatmeal with Date & Prune Purée:

Raw Oatmeal
1/2 cup steel-cut oats (soaked in 3/4 cup water for 8 to 12 hours)
2 Tbsp raisins
pinch of salt

Blend ingredients with an immersion blender until creamy. (I thought the resulting mixture was a bit runny; it probably could have used a little less water.)

Date & Prune Purée
6 prunes, pitted
6 dates, pitted
(soaked in 1 1/2 cups water for 6 hours)

Blend the prunes and dates in a blender, adding a little of the soaking water at a time, until desired consistency is reached. Press mixture through a strainer.

My major obstacle concerning the raw food diet is organizing and planning ahead. While there's no cooking time involved, preparation can vary from a couple hours to several days. The steel-cut oats for this meal had to be soaked in water for twelve hours before they were ready to use; the dates and prunes for the purée had to be soaked for six hours. Because I am only so organized, I wound up soaking both for about twelve hours. (Note how the dates completely lost their colour!)

All of this prep, when usually I would just boil a cup of water and stir in a packet of instant oatmeal. It's also nice to eat oatmeal warm, though this was not so bad for a Spring breakfast. In any case, the blended raisins did a good job of sweetening the oatmeal naturally, and the purée was a nice touch.

I was at home sick today, which meant a lot less eating and a lot more sleeping. For lunch I had some green smoothie and lemon tea with raw honey. I made the mistake of buying chunk honey because it looked neat, with chunks of honeycomb in it. Unfortunately beeswax is not edible, so I was left with tea with floating bits of melted wax in it. Tea, by the way, is not raw, but neither are the Halls and Fisherman's Friends I've been eating. Some raw foodists drink sun tea, fresh herbs that have been steeped in water heated by the power of the sun.

For dinner I had a couple flax crackers, and made a giant salad: spinach, Romaine lettuce, red cabbage, broccoli sprouts, radishes, carrots and celery. Homemade dressing: olive oil, lemon juice, honey, mustard. As I understand it, mustard is not raw, but it was ONE TEASPOON. I found some recipes online for raw condiments. But I was also ok with cheating over one teaspoon.

Dessert: This pudding (from The Complete Book of Raw Food) required NO ADVANCED PREP. I was sold.

Papaya Banana Pudding
1 cup papaya chunks
1 banana
1 to 2 tsp raw tahini*

Blend until smooth, using an immersion blender. *I ground 2 tsp sesame seeds in my coffee grinder instead, since it was a million times cheaper than raw tahini. Result: deliciousness!

I am enjoying learning about different ways of eating, but the cravings list continues:

• eggs & toast (especially at breakfast on the weekend)
• Chinese food (I have never ever craved this before)
• sourdough or rye bread

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