Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Green Smoothie Queen - Day 3

This is just a quick post because I have to get to bed early. Bob and I are leaving town tomorrow morning, and this will probably be my last post until Monday.

This was the last day of the Green Smoothie Queen 3-Day Challenge. I feel more jovial than I had in the past several weeks, but I'm not sure that I did too much detoxing. I did not have any symptoms really. Still... I do feel more focussed and am ready to face the world again!!! [grin]

I made all of my smoothies first thing in the morning today so I did not have to worry about them throughout the day. I didn't make anything new. I made two BBC Smoothies with added greens, one for breakfast, and one for dinner. For lunch I had the Tropical Green Smoothie that I had yesterday... but I added some goji berries to it for an extra boost.

I hope everyone that was doing this Green Smoothie Queen Challenge enjoyed it. If you missed this one, I believe there will be another sometime around April. I'll let you know!!! [grin]

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Green Smoothie Queen - Day 2

Tropical Green
(makes 32 ounces)

2 bananas
1 cup frozen smoothie fruit blend (strawberries/mango/pineapple)
small handful frozen pineapple
2 cups of coconut nectar
large handful spinach
1 Tbsp. Vitamineral Green
1 tsp. royal jelly in honey

I had the above wonderful smoothie for my breakfast. For lunch I made a smoothie which I named a "Papaya Scream". You will not be finding the recipe for that anywhere on this blog! To say that it was horrible would be too kind!!! The only nice thing I could say about it was that it was the most lovely shade of green. I put it in the fridge in the hopes it would taste better cold. It did not. [sigh] I drank a "Basil Limeade" to get the terrible taste out of my mouth. For dinner I had a jackfruit smoothie.

Observations: I woke up this morning with a killer headache, but it was gone before I finished my first green smoothie of the day. I noticed that I have been more ornery than usual today, and the e-mails that I get are funnier to me! I was able to run my errands in record time today, too!!! [grin]

Monday, February 18, 2008

Green Smoothie Queen - Day One

Is it GREEN? Yes... it is!!! This was my late lunch smoothie. I've decided to call it a Raspberry Green.

Sunrise Smoothie
(makes 32 ounces)

2 bananas
1-1/2 cups orange juice
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 handful mixed greens
1 handful spinach
1 Tbsp. Vitamineral Green

Raspberry Green Smoothie
(makes about 2 cups)

1 cup frozen raspberries
2 cup pomegranite/cranberry juice
1 cup spinach
1 tsp. Spirulina

I had these two green smoothies that I made up today, plus a Banana Blueberry Brew Smoothie. The last one is one of The Raw Divas recipes as part of their programs, so I can't copy it here.

Observations: Felt pretty good all day up until dinner time. I started to get a headache at that point. However, I don't think that has anything to do with the challenge. I was researching something on my computer and I developed a stiff neck. I think I probably pinched something and that is what is causing the headache.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Green Smoothie Queens Unite!

Bob and I are once again embarking on The Green Smoothie Queen 3-Day Challenge! If you have done this in the past, why not join us again, and if this is all new news to you... why not sign up!!!

If you are going to be doing this and you have a blog, why don't we blog about our experiences for those three days. Don't have a blog, but want to play? Don't forget that there is a special area set aside in The Raw Divas Powder Room just for those of us on the smoothie challenge!!! Take advantage of the space and get lots of support from fellow smoothie queens!

If you need more info about the program, you can read my previous blog entry about it HERE.

But HURRY... the adventure begins on Monday, and registration will soon close!!!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Chocolate Mint N'ice Cream

Bob worked until around 8:00 PM tonight holding night hearings, so we did not have a Valentine's Day Dinner tonight. However, this is a little something that I whipped up for Bob and I to have this evening after he got home from work.

Chocolate Mint N'ice Cream
(makes about 2 cups)

2 ripe bananas
2 medool dates, pitted
1 Tbsp. raw almond butter
1/3 cup raw cacao powder
2 drops creme de menthe flavoring (or fresh mint)
1 tsp. vanilla extract (or vanilla bean)
water - enough to blend into a thick smoothie consistency

Blend all of the ingredients until smooth and freeze. If you freeze it until it is completely solid, you will need to let it thaw for about a half an hour before stirring it by hand and scooping it into your dishes.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Our BES Celebration Dinner

Tonight we had a celebration dinner to end The Body Enlightenment System's Mono Meal Experiment. The idea was that we would have nothing but monomeals of fruits or vegetables for every meal for thirty days. I think that just about everyone that participated in the experiment soon added in a green smoothie per day. The next thing you know, salads started popping up. And in the case of Bob and I, easily prepared meals soon followed. I know that I tried to at least keep my snacks to a monomeal, and usually breakfast was just bananas.

Just a quick note... The Walnut Burger and the Fiesta Cracker recipes are not mine. I do not know who was the original author of the recipes. The woman who gave the recipes to me said I could not sell them and that I could not use them to make money in any way. I am giving them to you for your own personal use. However, I would ask that you follow the same considerations.

Fiesta Crackers
(Makes about 12 servings)

1/2 cup sunflower seeds -- soaked overnight
1/2 cup walnuts -- soaked overnight
1/2 cup almonds -- soaked overnight
2 tablespoons flax seed -- soaked 30 minutes
1/2 cup onions
1 1/2 teaspoons cumin powder
1 cup tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon sea salt -- or kelp
1/2 teaspoon jalapeno -- dried

Place jalapeno pepper, tomato and onion into processor and process until creamy. Add nuts and process until finely chopped and creamy.

Place on a Teflex sheet in dehydrator overnight at 90 degrees. Flip and remove sheet. Dehydrate until crispy. Takes two days to dehydrate.

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Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 115 Calories; 10g Fat (70.1% calories from fat); 4g Protein; 5g Carbohydrate; 2g Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; 82mg Sodium. Exchanges: 0 Grain(Starch); 1/2 Lean Meat; 0 Vegetable; 1 1/2 Fat.

NOTES : Can also be used as the crust for a raw pizza.

Walnut Burgers
(Makes 20 servings)

1 cup walnuts, soaked overnight
1/2 cup sunflower seeds, soaked overnight
1/2 cup almonds, soaked overnight
3 cloves garlic
2/3 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 cup onions
1 tablespoon rosemary
1/2 cup red pepper
1/2 tablespoon jalapeno pepper -- dried
3/4 teaspoon cumin
1 cup tomatoes
2 dates -- pitted and soaked 4 hours
3 basil leaves

In the food processor mix together the garlic, salt, onion, rosemary, red pepper, jalapeno pepper, cumin, tomatoes, and basil. Once this is blended add the nuts which have been soaked overnight. Dehydrate the steaks for 2 hours and serve warm or you can make ahead, refrigerate and serve cold. You can also use this as a dip or spread (Walnut Pate - not dehydrated). When you dehydrate, it becomes Walnut Burgers.

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Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 87 Calories; 7g Fat (69.6% calories from fat); 3g Protein; 4g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; 64mg Sodium. Exchanges: 0 Grain(Starch); 1/2 Lean Meat; 0 Vegetable; 0 Fruit; 1 Fat.

NOTES : 1/4 cup patty before dehydration = 2 points Weight Watchers

Catalina in the Raw
(a dressing by shannonmarie of Rawdorable)

1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, soaked for a least a few hours
1/3 cup soaking liquid (from the tomatoes)
1/2 cup agave
1/3 cup olive oil
3 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1/4 tsp. chili powder
1/4 tsp. celery salt
1/4 tsp. dry mustard
1/4 tsp. onion powder (or fresh, to taste)
dash of paprika
pinch of sea salt

Blend all ingredients in blender until smooth.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Day Thirty

And there it is... day 30... the last day of the BES. Well, for now at least!!! I'm sure Bob and I will be signed up for another one before too long!!! [grin]

I have to tell you, I did not sleep well at all last night. I went to bed, tossed... turned... drifting in and out of consciousness. Finally gave up at 1:30 AM and went downstairs to do some cleaning. Went back to bed at 3:30 AM and finally started to really sleep sometime around 5:00 AM. Of course I had to get up at 8:00 AM to go to see Dr. Laura.

Sadly, all of Dr. Laura's work was for not. She no sooner put my back in alignment, but I left the office and proceeded to screw it back up with dishwashing and laundry and grocery shopping. [sigh]

Anyhow... I scored a Mangosteen today!!! There was one little lonely fruit huddled in the corner of the freezing unit at one of the Asian Markets I was visiting. I snagged it instead of taking the bag of them because I was afraid that it would not be to my taste. When I got it up to the check-out the woman informed me that they were not sold individually and set it aside. However, after she had totalled me up she slipped it in my bag, gave me a big smile and said, "I give you free... to try"! Such a sweetie!

After I got home I looked up mangosteens, because I knew nothing about them. I became a bit concerned when I read that it was considered the queen of fruits. You see, I'm not too overly fond of fresh durian... the king of fruits! Anyhow when Bob got home I pulled it's little zipper (it was pre-cut, taped, then frozen) and we each gave it a try. Now, judging from the condition of the "meat" of the fruit, it was getting a bit dehydrated and was probably not very young. However, at least we got to say we tried it! Ours was very mild. Bob was not impressed. I thought that it had a bit of a grape taste to it.

I spent the rest of the evening preparing food to be dehydrated. Tune in tomorrow to see Bob's and my end of the BES celebration dinner!!!

B = green smoothie (bananas/fr. pineapple-mango-strawberry blend of fruits/fr. pineapple/coconut nectar/Vitamineral Green/spinach) with 1 Tbsp Royal Jelly.
L = white grapes
S = plum tomato
D = sweet red peppers
S = 1/2 of a mangosteen

Day Twenty-Nine

Day twenty-nine was sucked into a black hole. Sorry about that!!! Suffice it to say that no unusual fruits or veggies were consumed on that day. Bob did make some sort of "fried" potatoes in the dehydrator. But I'll have to wait to ask him where he got the recipe... then I'll post it here. They were quite good!!!

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Day Twenty-Eight

We did not go to our weekly Tai-Chi class. Bob came home from work on Thursday and was too ill to go into work on Friday, or to class this morning. So today we just kinda sat back and coasted.

B = 2 bananas
S = lg. glass of Basil Limeade
L = green smoothie (mango/banana/fr. strawberry, mango & pineapple mix/orange-mango juice/spinach/tsp. spirulina powder) and 1 tsp. royal jelly
S = 4 medool dates stuffed with raw almond butter (yum)
D = big salad (mixed greens/avocado/radish sprouts/grape tomatoes)

Friday, February 1, 2008

Day Twenty-Seven

I've been trying to only put up pictures of fresh fruits and veggies and a few drinks during this special live version of The Body Enlightenment System. However, tomorrow is the Super Bowl and when I put one of these together today, it suddenly struck me that these would be great for raw foodists to serve for special get togethers such as this!

The base is a "Fiesta Cracker" that was cut to about 3" by 3". On top of that is 1 Tbsp. of Ocean's "Oh My this is a Tuna" spread. Then a healthy pinch of radish sprouts is placed on top of that. Now when I actually eat these, I squash the topping and sprouts down all over the whole top of the cracker. It just doesn't look as pretty that way!!! [grin]

I haven't posted the recipe for the "Fiesta Crackers" so far, because I don't know to whom I should credit the recipe. If anyone has a clue, please let me know. If I don't find the rightful author in a week, I'll post the recipe for you!

B = 2 bananas
S = 3 medool dates
L = 2 large "Fiesta Crackers" with 1 Tbsp. "Oh My this is a Tuna!" spread on each.
S = celery stick
D = vegetable pho, mango martini