Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Day 9 - Battle of the Crave + Recipes

So we can call week 2: Cravings + Cheating + Lethargy. I cheated. I ate raw organic cheese. It was so good, but I feel somewhat bloated and mostly guilty. Cravings have been bad this week, almost like an anxiety to eat something just to eat it. It doesn't help that I got my monthly bill (although I will say it's much lighter than usual). The energy level is low, which I would assume is connected to adding the second dose of detox herbs. They say your toxins become more "present" as your body tries to rid them. So that accounts for grogginess, sometimes nausea, etc.

On a a more positive note, I had another day of 2 bm's. Ideally, if you're eating 3 meals a day, they say you should go three times. Two meals a day, two times. This might be the first time in my adult life that this has occurred. Not that I would say I have digestive "issues" but I'm not a 2-3x kinda person.

The goal moving forward is to stick to the PLAN, resist those cravings as much as possible. And also eat dinner by 6pm (no snacking at 10pm like I did last night) -- even if that means just making a quick green shake.

Moving on to Raw Recipe Tuesday!
I made raw granola on Sunday and dehydrated til Monday. This has contributed to my snacking habits, but none the less, it's good =)

Raw Granola recipe adapted from We Want Raw.
1 c. Almonds
1 c. Pecans
1/2 c. Pumpkin seeds
1/2 c. Sunflower seeds
1/2 c. Millet
1/2 c. Flax seeds
2 apples, grated
7-9 dates, soaked/pureed
1-2 tbsp honey
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla

First I soaked all the nuts/dates over night. The next day I gave the nuts a quick run through the processor, but left them chunky. Pureed the dates (be sure to remove the pits first, I forgot!) and honey together. The puree and flax act as the binder for the batch.

Spread granola onto your teflex sheets and set dehydrator at 145 degrees for the first hour. Then, set it back to 105 until granola is to your desired crispiness. I left it in there for about 24 hours. Makes about 4 sheets worth.

Next Up: Tomato Basil Pasta - Tuesday night's dinner.

Adapted from Better Than Mom's Tomato Sauce recipe.
2 hothouse tomatoes, diced
4 tbsp apple cider vin.
1 tbsp raw honey
1/2 tsp celtic sea salt
1 tbsp Italian herb blend
1/2 c. fresh basil
1-1 1/2 c. sundried tomatoes
1 jalapeno
2 garlic cloves
Blend sauce in Vitamix until smooth. This recipe makes a ton of sauce! I added another small diced tomato to the final product to give it a chunkier consistency. Also added more chopped fresh basil, which really added to the flavor. Next time I'll probably use a few less sundried tomatoes because the flavor really came through. For the pasta, D just cut thin circle slices of zucchini using our mandolin slicer.

Voila! I liked this better than the alfredo pasta, more flavor. And I think it's easier to mimic a tomato-based sauce than it is to mimic a cream-based one. D said he would eat this instead of regular spaghetti sauce any day =D




  1. Vitamix is the brand of our beastly blender. They're the commercial kind you'll see on Iron Chef and other cooking shows...love it!