Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Raw Food Tuesday! And Obama Rules!

Once again, Obama totally won the presidential debate. He looked smooth, smart, and totally together. And he knew his stuff ... McCain just looked old and lied a lot about Barack's policies. But even though the debate happened just 3 hours down the road from my Memphis home, I spent the evening on my couch noshing on raw food yumminess.

It all started this morning with Raw Nut Yogurt and Fresh Berries:

From Alive in 5: Raw Gourmet Meals in Five Minutes, this recipe calls for processing soaked cashews and almond pulp, water, probiotic powder (which I take everyday anyway), and vanilla bean. I didn't have any vanilla bean, so I used pure vanilla extract. Don't know if that's raw or not. I also added some raw agave in the food processor to sweeten the yogurt up a bit. Then I topped the mixture with fresh raspberries and some blackberries I thawed out from the freezer.

After breakfast, I had my monthly B-12 shot at work, which provided for the energy I was missing by not having my daily coffee. I do drink tea on raw days because I believe that I would die without some caffeine.

For a pre-lunch snack (I was starving by 10:30 a.m.), I munched on this Raw Zucchini Hummus with Celery Sticks:

From Jennifer Cornbleet's Raw Food Made Easy, this hummus subs chopped raw zucchini for cooked chickpeas. The rest of the hummus ingredients — tahini, lemon juice, garlic — are pretty much the same. The result was delicious. I snacked on it after lunch too with red pepper strips and baby carrots.

For lunch, I had the Harvest Salad, also from Cornbleet's book:

With organic baby spinach, a Gala apple, fresh raspberries and blackberries, chopped pecans and a classic oil and vinegar dressing, this salad really hit the spot. I loved the way the sweetness of the apples and berries contrasted with the tanginess of the vinegerette. By the way, I took this photo in my office breakroom. I've recently started using real plates and silverware at the office instead of wasting paper plates and plastic utensils.

Before hitting the gym after work, I snacked on this Go Raw Spirulina Energy Bar:

It was pretty good. Spirulina always tastes a little funky to me, kinda like wheatgrass. But I know it's good for me, and the banana, coconut, dates, and sesame seeds in the bar made up for the algae's weird taste.

That kept me full throughout my workout (it had 13 grams of fat and 7 grams of protein!). When I got home, I whipped up the Latin American Cabbage from Cornbleet's book with a side of creamy Guacamole:

The cabbage (a mix of salted cabbage, red pepper, tomato, cumcumber, onion, cilantro, lime, and olive oil) was pretty tasty. But I think I'll add some agave to my leftovers. I like my slaw a tad bit sweet. The guac was amazing! Unfortunately, the first avocado I cut into had a ton of black spots inside (has anyone else noticed this happening more often lately?). I had to run out to the store in the rain for another avocado. Thankfully, it was flawless on the inside.

After making all that yummy rawness, I settled in to watch the debate in my PJs! I can't believe it's only a month from Election Day! I'm so excited!


Anonymous said...

Woo hoo! I'm rooting for Obama too, McCain looks like he is going to croak any day now and I do not want that bimbo running the country. Whoa, I need to control myself ;)

I love all the raw foods you made, I only have 1 raw food book... I will have to try the ones you used

Amey said...

oh yeah, obama did great. Please, please, please... only one month to go. I'm scared to hope, but I can't help it. Gobama!


on the food side, good work on a raw day... impressive. How's it feel?

Anonymous said...

That salad looks good! And I love me some guac.

I love me some Obama, but I'm totally scared McCain will win and start taxing my health care and I'll have to start selling my hemoglobin to afford organic veggies.

Anonymous said...

Both the yoghurt and the salad look amazing!
Obama is very popular in Germany. If we could vote, he would win for sure. Good luck!

jessy said...

hooray for raw food tuesday! and hooray for Obama! i just ♥ him, too! mccain was creeping me out a bit with his extra neck skin (ewwww) and how he would just kinda shuffle around. boo!

the raw nut yogurt looks really, really goooooood - and i'm loving the raw hummus, too! very cool stuff. i've tried that raw bar before and found that the spirulina makes it taste kinda bitter to me, but i love the banana flavor in it. mmmmmmm! oh my gosh - your salad is GORGEOUS! i want to devour it NOW! and i really love the sound of the latin american cabbage! mmmmmmmmmmm! i do love me some cabbage!

hooray for another awesome raw food tuesday, Bianca! you make it look so gooooooooooooood!


LizNoVeggieGirl said...


Anonymous said...

Wow. All the raw food looks delicious.
Go Obama!

Anonymous said...

Wow...can I come over for raw food Tuesdays? All of that looks so amazing! I'm having a raw food Wednesday today but I don't think it will come close.

Jen said...

i've always been kind of leery about raw foods, but i must say i've been inspired by the raw food porn. good job!

J said...

I think Obama did far better in the debate last night than McCain - by far. And seriously, McCain is either crazy or completely out of touch with reality. But enough political ranting.

Wahoo for bringing in actual dishes to your office rather than using disposables. I recently started doing that too, and it isn't a huge inconvenience like I thought it would be. I just keep my bowl, plate, fork, etc in my desk and wash them in our sink after lunch. Yay for reducing waste.

I agree about the slaw, I like it to be a little sweet myself. I've also had that problem with avocados. I haven't had one in awhile though so I can't speak for their recent quality.

River (Wing-It Vegan) said...

I love your raw food days!! You make such delicious looking raw goodies that you make me want to try having a raw day myself!

Green Eyes, Green Heart said...

Raw foods=YUM! That hummus sounds like a recipe I found on goneraw--so addictive!
Gorgeous presentation!

Green Eyes, Green Heart said...

And I agree w/swellvegan....I wanna visit on raw Tuesdays!!

Alicia said...

Guacamole! I was in a Mexican restaurant the other day and couldn't eat the guacamole because the waiter thought it had dairy but wouldn't go to look at the ingredients! Anyway, what kind of Mexican restaurant buys premade guacamole...
Anyway, I love your raw food Tuesdays!
PS: thanks for the good wishes for the work drama. You're right, it's just a drama. I should really ignore it.

Lisa (Show Me Vegan) said...

that is one good looking salad!!

Vegan In The VI said...

I'm thinking you have to be a raw foodist to have the energy to be a raw foodist. I'm exhausted just thinking about making the hummus.

Anonymous said...

Obama rocked my world last night. I can't believe McCain referred to him as "that one". How rude!

You had a tremendous raw day! That salad is ridiculous! I love, love, love fruit in my salads.

You are a dedicated lady to go out in the rain to buy another avocado. I'm glad the trip was worth it because that guac looks delicious!

donesmoking said...

i might have to try that zuchinni hummus, sounds yum

Peggy said...

Mmm, that all looks delicious. I'm thinking of having a raw day tomorrow, and you've definitely inspired me!

alaina said...

i'm afraid mccain will fall over and die during a presidential debate ... pfft ;P

Anonymous said...

Yeah for raw foodness! Isn't Cornbleet's book just the best? So yummy, and she's so down to earth.
And McCain? Good lord, just let us be November 4th drinking Obama champagne!!!

Anonymous said...

Raw days are good days but I've recently cut back my daily raw to 50 percent. I just wasn't having the kind of energy I needed. I love Cornbleet's book though and will absolutely be making that salad. I have been in kind of an apple and pear stupor lately.

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

That salad looks killer!

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Jespah said...

I realize I'm coming here late, but I loved the Harvest Salad - just gorgeous!

Jespah said...

I know I'm late to comment on this, but the Harvest Salad is gorgeous! Love it!