Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Day 8 - Sick of Green Smoothies

It's not that I don't like them, I really do. But, I already eat a lot of fruit and greens separately and don't think it's such a huge benefit to combine them all in the morning. I'm never very hungry in the morning and just plain whole fruit is more satisfying to me than taking it in liquid form. Also, I'm still wary of Green Smoothie Breath.

This isn't to say I'm giving up though! For me, this challenge was not about drinking a green smoothie every day, but to cut back on my partying and eating late at night, get on a more normal schedule.

But that wasn't really accomplished on day 8....we were out allll night running errands for the upcoming move into our house this weekend. Got home at 10:00, was eating egg sandwiches and with a screwdriver at 11.

(Side note - first I tried mixing vodka with my leftover green smoothie from the morning - I figured it'd be like fruit juice and vodka right? No! It was nasty! So bad that I poured my concoction down the drain even though there was good liquor left in it!)

I'm blaming the egg sandwiches on Nathan and his mom, she sent us home with these delicious little green peppers and tomatoes from her garden, and they were just begging to be put into an omelet, which Nathan made.

Ok ok I'm making excuses. But I feel fine today so whatever.

Here, so there is something useful to read in this post - a yummy raw carrot salad I made the other day. It could be a side on its own, but I put it over some baby spinach.


1 pound carrots, coarsely grated (about 4 cups)
1/4 cup vegetable oil or extra-virgin olive oil
3 to 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro or parsley
2 to 4 cloves garlic, mashed or minced
1 teaspoon ground cumin or 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin and 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
Pinch of salt
About 1/2 teaspoon harissa (Northwest African chili paste), 1 tablespoon minced green chilies, or 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne (optional)

My version was a bit simpler, because grating carrots sucks - just threw everything in the food processor, leaving out the paprika, harissa, and cayenne.



  1. hi,
    my name is christina and i've been vegan for years. recently, i've been seriously considering the attempt to go raw. The only thing is, I see that a lot of recipes call for a food processor and I can't afford even a cheap one right now. Is it very difficult to do it as easily and healthily without?

    thanks (:

    p.s. I just found your blog as I was searching raw recipes-you guys are great!

  2. Hi Christina -

    Glad you found us!

    Having a food processor probably isn't absolutely necessary, but would help a LOT especially if you want to try any interesting raw recipes. Same for a blender. I use either a processor or blender for most everything I prepare raw besides salads.

    That being said, on most days I'm satisfied with fruit for breakfast and a big salad for lunch, neither of which require equipment. A blender is nice if you want to make your own salad dressings, but usually I do olive oil & vinegar or lemon juice with some herbs or spices.
    Have you tried looking on craigslist.org for cheap used equipment? I just did a quick search in Minneapolis and there were some decent looking options for around $30.

    Another site I love for easy recipes is www.choosingraw.com


  3. i made the chocolate cake using the recipe you have and it's so good!