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Living Foods – so much to love!

It’s been exactly one week since I completed Natasha Kyssa’s 28-day Simply Raw Detox programI ran into a friend and follower over the weekend and she asked if I had a big celebration to mark the end of this raw food cleanse.  I told her I did.  The truth is I celebrated with a bottle (well half) of kombucha and a big plate of greens and sprouts.

I feel so absolutely wonderful from eating raw foods for the past 28 days that I hesitate to veer too far away from the raw food diet.  I have more energy and focus, especially during those long afternoons.  My fingernails are long and strong instead of chipped and peeling and, as an added bonus, I  dropped a couple of pounds. 🙂

Natasha Kyssa’s program put me back on track by breaking the bad habits I acquired over the winter months.  It helped me recognize the patterns of these bad habits and the reasons for particular food cravings.  The great thing now is that I have no cravings!  I am eating to live and not living to eat.

Yesterday, my husband and I took our eldest daughter to an event in downtown Ottawa.  When it was finished, it was about 3 pm and we were thinking of places we could stop to get a bite to eat.  It was a hot and sunny day and my daughter asked for a fruit smoothie, so we stopped at the perfect place!

simplyraw

SimplyRaw Express is located on Wellington Street in our nation’s capital – Ottawa.  Not only juices and smoothies, this quaint eatery has a good selection of salads, wraps, and desserts.  Guess who made our smoothies? Natasha Kyssa!

We enjoyed a Mango Lassi, Strawberry Fields, and Peaceful Warrior smoothie and split a mexican wrap stuffed with black beans, veggies, and cilantro.  Absolutely mouth-watering!  I am now on a mission to replicate these flavours at home.  By the way, mango and parsley are an awesome combination.

This was my treat this afternoon – to share with my husband, regrettably. 😉 This is SimplyRaw’s Mocha Cheezecake.  Who needs dairy or sugar in their cheezecake?  This was freakin’ delicious!

cheezecake

Next raw food cleanse is in October.  Are you in?

Day 2 of Going Raw for 28 days!

Last week, my good sister-in-law, Sharon, initiated a Raw Food Detox Support Group for friends and family interested in going on a 28-day raw food cleanse beginning April 1st.   I immediately jumped at the idea of joining!  April is the perfect time to rid the body of toxins accumulated over the winter months.  After all, it is at this time that I (normally) decide to de-clutter closets and dust those often neglected shelves in the house.  Why not do the same for my body?

The program we have chosen is Natasha Kyssa’s “SimplyRaw Detox”.  In her book,  “The SimplyRaw Living Foods Detox Manual”, Natasha sums up nicely our reasons for choosing this program:

“The program isn’t as restrictive as fasting and is easy to maintain during a regular working schedule. Unlike many other programs, you won’t feel deprived or go hungry, and the abundance of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes will supply the body with the daily nutrients and energy that is necessary for optimum health.”

No supplements or pills are required, just clean “live” food.

This will be my third time on this program.  The last two times I did feel the need on some days to tailor the program to fit my busy schedule.  On those days, I kept my meals clean, but indulged in cooked quinoa or steamed veggies where all my meals were to be 100 per cent raw.  I didn’t beat myself up over it, as this is actually something Natasha suggests for those not ready to go all the way with program.  At the end of the program, I still received positive results and it allowed me to continue my healthy eating habits of adding more raw foods to my diet long after the 28 days.

This time, I plan to follow the program 100 per cent!  I have a wonderful group of gals (41 of us in total!)  who will be there for meal ideas, suggestions and support.  I also have a very encouraging family who enjoy tasting my raw goodies and enjoy sharing a raw meal with me at the dinner table.

This is the end of day 2 and I wanted to share with you my food diary for the day.

When I woke up this morning, I did not reach for the coffee carafe.  Instead, I had a 2 oz. shot of wheatgrass juice then sipped on a mug of Fire Water.  I love telling the kids that I am sipping on Fire Water (since they assume I am the Dragon Lady on most days).  I followed my water with one organic apple and ate a piece of Fruit and Nut Manna Bread as my mid-morning snack.

NATASHA’S FIRE WATER

  • 10 oz. purified water (warm)
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • a sprinkle of cayenne pepper

For lunch, my husband and I sat down to a big plate of mixed greens and sunflower sprouts topped with shredded carrot, chopped green onion, chopped cucumber, a sprinkle of hemp seeds, and a little lemon vinaigrette.  Our salad was accompanied by a large blueberry milkshake.  In the mid-afternoon, I had another wheatgrass shot and 1 medium peeled carrot.

rawsalad

LEMON VINAIGRETTE FOR MIXED GREENS

  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 garlic, minced

Stir together with a fork and pour desired amount over salad.  This dressing recipe does make more than enough for two large salads.

BLUEBERRY MILKSHAKE

  • 2 cups purified water
  • 2 bananas, peeled
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 small handful of kale leaves
  • 3 dates, pitted
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds, soaked (you can use sunflower seeds too)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • sprinkle nutmeg

Blend all ingredients until smooth and serve.

For dinner, I made a plate of zucchini noodles with my spiral slicer and steamed a pot of organic broccoli.  You can see a photo of this slicer in action here.  I topped my zucchini noodles with Ani Phyo’s Pesto.  I love this recipe.  Instead of olive oil and cheese, an avocado, nutritional yeast, and miso are added for an out-of-this-world creamy and flavourful topping for any pasta or wrap.

ANI PHYO’S PESTO

  • 1/2 cup pistachios, shelled and raw (I used raw cashews, soaked for 30 minutes)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon miso, unpasteurized (I used yellow miso)
  • 1 cup basil leaves, fresh
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup avocado
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon dulse flakes

* I doubled this recipe for a family of 4.  Chop nuts in a food processor. Add remaining ingredients and process to mix well.  Add heaping tablespoons of pesto to noodles and stir.

zucchini

Our 9 year-old daughter has a hard time with zucchini noodles.  She loved the pesto with some brown rice penne noodles, though!  This was her plate before she went off to dance class earlier this evening.

bnoodles

The next couple of days I am scheduled to teach in an elementary school where nuts are not permitted.  I plan on taking a few pieces of rustic sweet onion flatbread and kale chips all now in my dehydrator.  I will also take along another good helping of mixed greens, raw veggies, fresh fruit, some herbal tea and lots of water, of course.

I can’t  wait for this month to progress!  I will soon feel lighter on my feet and have an exuberant amount of energy.  I also look forward to trading in the sweats for a good pair skinny jeans. Yay! 🙂

“It’s a Good Morning” Smoothie

morning smoothie

About a week before our Thanksgiving holiday, my sister-in-law and friend asked me to participate with them in a month long raw cleanse.   Considering this is a big season for hot soups and beautiful curry dishes, I was somewhat reluctant.   But after a little thinking, I realized that this may in fact be a good time of the year.   Our days are getting shorter and cooler and often with it comes the common cold and flu bugs.  I want my body to be in “tip top” shape to fight these nasty invaders.  I just do not have the time to be sick!   Also,  why wouldn’t I want to feel more energetic and youthful?  (My birthday was only days away from this realization).   So, today is my fourth day on “The 28 – Day Simply Raw Detox Program” by Natasha Kyssa.

This is my second time on this program – the first being in the Spring.    Back then, somewhere near the end of the program, I discovered that I had developed some excellent dietary habits. Unfortunately, for me,  some of those habits slowly slipped away during the hot summer months.   So,  I am looking at this cleanse as a “refresher” – a reminder to continue those healthy habits once learned.

When I meander to the kitchen, first thing at the crack of dawn, I down one whole glass of room temperature water.   Water helps every cell in the body function properly.   During this cleanse, I must be sure to drink LOTS OF WATER.   For breakfast, I choose to whip up a green smoothie of apple, lemon juice, kale (high in calcium) and WATER.   For this first week of the cleanse, I can add some raw agave, stevia, or unpasteurized honey, but I have found that this smoothie really doesn’t need it.  I love it as it is!   Normally in the mornings,  I would throw a banana in there, but Natasha recommends leaving a banana out for later in the morning.  Bananas take longer to digest, so they are best to be left for later when I may require something heavier or more filling.

On a cleanse or not, green smoothies are a quick and healthy breakfast option.   Here is Natasha’s recipe – hope you give it a whirl!

NATASHA’S APPLE-KALE GREEN SMOOTHIE

  • 4 apples, cored
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice*
  • 4 leaves kale*
  • water to thin

Blend all ingredients together.  Makes 1 serving.

*At first, I found this to be a little too much lemon juice.  For the first time, you may want to decrease the quantity and adjust to taste.  If you don’t have any kale in the fridge, try a big handful of spinach.  Choose organic, local produce, if you can.

****If you feel you need a little sweetener, try adding a tablespoon of raw agave or stevia.  Soften dates are a great sweetener, too.  Soak dates in filtered water overnight.  Drain water in the morning then toss them in your blender.  You’ll love a smoothie with dates!    Please avoid adding white table sugar.  More about this in an upcoming post!