Yesterday marked the third installment of Raw Food Monday, my monthly detox day held on the first Monday of each month. On Raw Food Monday, I eat raw veggies, fruits, plant oils, and nuts. And because I get hungry more often on the raw diet, I eat all day.
For breakfast, I had Happy Porridge with Pecan Milk from "Alive in 5: Gourmet Raw Meals in Five Minutes" by Angela Elliot.
I soaked pecans overnight and then blended them with a few cups of water, some agave nectar, and vanilla. Then I strained out the pulp with a cheesecloth. I used the pulp as the base of the porridge. It also had coconut, raisins, and agave. Tasty, and very filling.
For lunch, I had Junk Food Salad, also from "Alive in 5."
The author promised this salad dressing (a mixture of onion powder, hempseed oil, and cayenne pepper) would taste just like BBQ chips, hence the name of the salad. Obviously, the author hadn't eaten BBQ chips in a while. Though it did have a yummy, savory taste, I wouldn't say the salad tasted like BBQ. I sprinkled hemp seeds on top for added nutrition, and I ended up throwing a few cucumber slices in for substance.
I followed the salad with cubed mango.
I chose mango as part of Chocolate Covered Vegan's challenge to try something new every week. I'd had mango before, but it's been years. And I didn't like it last time. It was quite tasty this time around! And I was surprised by how much the inside of a mango resembles a vagina.
Lunch didn't stay with me for long. My tummy was growling again by 3 p.m. I snacked on carrot sticks, raw Brazil nuts, and a lemon Larabar before going to my 6 p.m. gym class.
For dinner, I made California Rolls from "Raw Food Made Easy" by Jennifer Cornbleet.
Inside the nori wrap is clover sprouts, carrot, red pepper, cucumber, avocado, and miso. Unfortunately, none of my knives were sharp enough to cut the sushi without destroying it. So I ate it like a hand roll.
On the side was Miso Soup, also from "Raw Food Made Easy." Though you do have to bring water to a boil to make miso, it's in a raw cookbook so I figure it counts as a raw dish.
Though I felt great at the end of the night, I was so glad to have a hot breakfast this morning!