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My friend Lisha brought me a lovely meal after Emma was born, and frozen inside a little square of tin foil were the most amazing raw truffles. These are so incredibly delicious! Sure to help the biggest chocolate addicts out there. They taste like fudge and you only need one to feel satisfied. Yummmm….here is the recipe!
Raw Vegan Gluten-Free Cocoa Mint Truffles
Adapted from recipe by Meghan Telpner
1 cup raw walnuts, unsoaked
1/2 cup almonds, unsoaked
1/2 tsp salt
15 pitted medjool dates, unsoaked
1/4 cup raisins or dried cranberries
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
2 Tbs maple syrup or honey
2 Tbs water
2 drops peppermint oil (food grade) or peppermint flavoring (use 1/2 t)
1/2 cup extra cocoa powder
- Place the nuts & salt in a food processor fitted with the S-blade and process until finely ground.
- Add the dates, cocoa powder, agave, peppermint and vanilla process until the mixture starts to stick together. Add water as needed & process briefly.
- Using about 1 Tbs of mixture, roll into balls.
- Sprinkle coconut or extra cocoa out onto a plate or cookie sheet and roll balls through, giving them a light dusting.
- Keep refrigerated until serving, or even better- eat them right out of the freezer.
We Like It Raw is a wonderful community of raw food enthusiasts…and I have talked about them before on my blog. I wanted to highlight one of their newer features, “My Way“. If you’re like me, you love to peek into other people’s lives and eating habits. My Way gives you a chance to do just that.
There are other sections of WLIW that I LOVE:
- Masala: The Finest Mix of Holistic Living Blogs Online : Tons of great resources in one place!
- We Like It Raw Podcasts: I really enjoy these interviews.
I’ve been eating a lot of this lately. I’ve talked about it before…but it’s worth repeating. It’s so easy to make…and it’s filling and raw! The raw diet does not have to be fancy or gourmet. It needs to be easy and something you will do willingly and joyfully. This makes me happy every time I eat it.
It’s also something that is very easy to take with you if you have a busy schedule (take the components of it in separate containers and assemble at work or in the car). If you are traveling and you need a healthy option for a meal, you could just run into a grocery store and grab some romaine, an avocado, and sprouts, and you’d be good to go. I would suggest carrying a little container of sea salt or dulse flakes in your bag so that you’re prepared at all times!
My favorite (more complex) combo is:
Romaine leaf or butter lettuce leaf
Green onions (the green part)
Mashed avocado + lime + sea salt
Cilantro or basil
Homemade salsa (if I have it on hand)
We spent a blissful day at the Tree of Life in Patagonia, AZ. Read more about it here! Pay close attention to the presentation and textures they have used…it makes such a difference when preparing and eating raw foods. Don’t miss the video at the end…and if you are ever in the Phoenix or Tucson areas, be sure to go!
When we were in San Francisco, we HAD to go back to Cafe Gratitude! Definitely my favorite raw restaurant. We went over a busy lunch hour at their location in the Mission District. This location is really small…but somehow, they make it work. I love looking at all of the fun cards, clothing, and gifts they have available. Most of them are available on their website as well.
I dream about this dish. It’s SO good. Here is what it has in it:
Steamed Bhutanese red rice tossed w/ kale, avocado, cucumber, nori, scallions, & herbs in sesame-ginger sauce.
If anyone has the exact recipe for the “I am Accepting” Sushi Bowl, I will love you forever. I’m sure I could figure it out, it appears to be a simple sesame-ginger sauce and “herbs”. But there must be something secret and magical in it as well 🙂
Matt had the “I am Passionate” marinara pizza with buckwheat sunflower seed flatbread crust, topped with hearty sauces, sliced tomatoes & cashew ricotta, sprinkled with Brazil nut Parmesan. Yum.
Bella had the “I am a Winner” cheesy rice…wish cashew mozzarella and Brazilian nut parmesan.
You would think that I would have taken a photo of their food. But I was a little obsessed with my sushi bowl and I totally forgot!
The Abounding River board game cards.
It’s almost like a magical “raw alarm” goes off inside me when the temperature hits 70 degrees. This week the weather has been so beautiful and it’s been so much easier to eat more raw. And that’s good…because I’ve been a bit off track as of late.
We have kind of an unwritten rule in our family that December is our “free month”. We are with our families and there tends to be A LOT of delicious foods that we love…but don’t necessarily eat year round. After the holidays, we hit it hard again and get back on track.
This year, however, it seemed especially hard to cut out the junk after the holidays were over. And by junk, I mean breads and sugars. For those of you who think I am Happy Foody superwoman and that I never eat “bad” foods, think again. I eat a cleaner diet than most people, but I have a serious sweet tooth. Except when I’m raw…hence the reason I love raw! 🙂 It balances me. I also apparently have a problem listening to authority. So when my my body was saying…”ok, enough is enough”…by mind was saying “whatever…it’s fine…leave me alone!”.
So…here is my confession. Up until this last week I was still regularly treating myself to a cookie at Starbucks, some chocolate chip cookies at friend’s houses, Hershey kisses or delicious vegan treats. You get the picture. Of course, I was still drinking a huge green smoothie daily and eating wholesome vegetarian meals, but the sugar is what really throws me off course. I don’t think it’s bad to have treats once in awhile…in fact, I encourage it. But it got to where I felt like I needed some sugar after every meal…and that is not normal. I know I’m not the only one who struggles with this.
So many of you have written to me and told me about your love for sugar and how hard it is to kick. I totally relate. But I was sick of feeling gross. Every time I would eat sugar or breads, I would feel bloated, get a headache, feel sick to my stomach, or just feel “spacey”. There are symptoms of excessive sugar consumption that just seem like part of normal life…but they aren’t! Cravings for one thing. And forgetfulness…general brain fog. Definitely sugar related for me. I’ve also struggled with yeast issues for a long time…and let’s just say the yeast LOVES it when I eat sugar!
The way I motivate myself to quit doing something is to find really convincing reasons why I should stop. Just do a little bit of research on what excess sugar does to your body, and you will want to swear off of it right now. One of the reasons at the top of my list is compromised immune system. This is an excerpt from “The Scary Truth About Sugar” by Carolyn Dean, M.D.:
“Sugar compromises immune function. Two cans of soda (which contain 24 teaspoons of sugar) reduce the efficiency of white blood cells by 92 percent-an effect that lasts up to five hours, according to Kenneth Bock, M.D., an expert in nutritional and environmental health. Since white blood cells are an integral part of your immune system, if you happen to meet a nasty virus or bacteria within five hours of drinking a few colas, your immune system may be unable to fight off the invader.”
Ever wonder why so many people get sick with the flu and colds right around Halloween? Well there you have it.
The past 3-4 days I’ve been raw all day again until supper and have cut out processed sugar and breads. And what an amazing difference it has made. Two things really got my attention.
• Headache. On day 2, I went to bed with a horrible headache. I was really confused because I never get headaches. Ever. The next morning, I woke up with the same headache. It persisted all day.
• Acne. All of a sudden, I had 6-7 zits. Seriously? They weren’t big, but I pretty much never get them anymore. What was going on here?
And then it dawned on me. I’m TOTALLY DETOXING! It’s been so long since I let myself eat so much junk that I hadn’t recognized these obvious detox symptoms. It’s so to get into bad habits…because there don’t seem to be any immediate adverse effects when you’re adding junk slowly. But taking it away is another story.
So I’m back on track…ready to rock and roll. I’ve been eating TONS of greens. We went to a great farmer’s market here in Las Vegas and I bought almost all of their dino kale. It’s so fresh and yummy. I try to eat greens with every meal…in my green smoothie, in my salad at lunch, green lemonade in the afternoon, and steamed greens with my supper. I’m a nursing mama…so those greens are helping to make lots of milk for Lucy!
I have learned that my “happy place” is as raw as I can be all day with a meat/dairy free meal at night (I still do goat cheese on occasion and I do eat eggs…so not totally vegan). When I get too strict with myself and make all of these rules inside my head about my eating habits, I tend to make myself insane. And that’s not the goal.
The goal is TOTAL HEALTH. And health is so much more than just eating. It’s getting enough sleep. Exercising. Breating clean, fresh air. Having healthy relationships and being full of love and joy! And sometimes joy makes me want some warm, crusty bread with my soup. And that’s ok. 🙂
The thing I am really looking forward to is watermelon season. It’s so close. I can feel it. I’ve been in watermelon withdrawal since last summer. Even when I can find it down south, it’s still not the same as summer watermelon! So…I’m counting the days!
I will hopefully update my food journal a few more times this month. Here is today’s entry.
Have a wonderful day…and eat your greens!
If you missed the Raw Mom Summit the first time around…they are offering it again! This is such a great opportunity to hear leaders in the raw food and health industry talk about different topics. I always like HEARING, rather than reading…it tends to inspire me on a deeper level. The last time I listened to the speakers, it was extremely motivating…so if you’ve been in a slump, be sure to check it out!