I don't know that I've been eating all that differently than usual but my body has really been asking for fresh, raw food lately. (Maybe the mushroom hot pot got to be too much? I finished up the last of it yesterday for lunch, finally.) It's also not that I've been depressed per se - just bloated and sluggish and bored with this vacation and the grey, rainy days we've recently had. Who am I to deny a craving for air and healthy foods?
So I got up earlyish, stretched and exercised, drank some apple cider vinegar water, washed my face well (with baking soda followed by a splash of diluted apple cider vinegar - I bought the stuff to use as a natural toner. Really, is there anything that stuff can't do?) and headed out to stock up with fresh vegetables at the local natural foods store. I seriously considered buying a fresh juice while out, but lucky me - there aren't any very nearby. If I had bought one, I would never have conquered the inexplicable fear of and aversion to the juicer G and I have! After getting home, I pulled a chair over and took down the dusty but perfectly good juicer we stashed on top of the cupboards. And made this!
It's not a lot but I wasn't following a real recipe and didn't know how the juice would taste so I started small. This is 1 beet, 1 carrot, 1 stalk of celery, a nub of ginger, half a lemon, and a handful of spinach. It was really good and totally energizing, even this small amount. I am already hooked. Greg, remember when we were going to juice feast?! Let's do it.
After a bit I prepared a raw collard wrap. Yes, they're back!
This has the plain raw cashew cheese I made, alfalfa and clover sprouts, shredded carrot, red bell pepper, cucumber, mushrooms and a bit of sriracha. So good.
And to follow that, not raw and slightly less healthy but still relatively virtuous:
The filling for Chocolate Covered Katie's mint fudge pie. Like I said the other day - I don't care about crust much; just give me the good stuff inside! And this is good stuff. It's similar to Soundly Vegan's spiced chocolate tofu pudding I made during MoFo but even thicker, which I really enjoy, due to actual melted chocolate chips. I set a hand towel on fire and almost burned my hand trying to melt those things but WORTH IT. (I'm a klutz, though - you probably won't have that problem if you make it.) It's even worth the hour chill time. I would most definitely serve this to try to impress omnis - and check out the nutritional stats on it - not bad. I definitely had more than one spoonful of this.
So, I'm totally reinvigorated and definitely anticipate more raw foods in the future - it's getting to spring! Hope you all are having a good day.