Monday, August 22, 2011

2 Weeks of Whole Foods

After June and July, my body had had it!  I just couldn't eat like that anymore.  So, I decided to do a whole foods cleanse, 50% raw.  No chemicals, no processed foods, no refined foods, no meat, no dairy.  Lots of produce and whole grains and beans.  It was refreshing.  I got to spend a little more time in the kitchen than I had, which was actually fun.  Here are some of the things we've been eating:

My standard daily green smoothie:
1 c. water or unsweetened coconut juice
1 banana
1 apple, quartered and cored, with skin
1 carrot, ends cut off, with skin
1/2 lb. spinach
2 c. frozen mango
Shove it all in the Blend-tec except for the frozen fruit and blend on the whole juice setting once.  Then add frozen fruit and blend one more time.

We tried this beauty out and love it, any time of day.  I even made it into popcicles, which were also yummy.
Robyn's Hot Pink Breakfast smoothie:
1 1/2 c. unsweetened coconut liquid (comes in a can, buy it by the case at Good Earth)
1/4 c. raw cashews (Winco bulk)
1/4 c. dates (Costco)
1 carrot, ends cut off, with skin
1/4 of a raw beet, peeled (anywhere) - I actually use 1/2
12 frozen strawberries (I bought fresh at Costco, washed and froze myself)
2 tsp. vanilla
I blended twice because the cashews made it a little grainy after only once.

We ate my very own crockpot beans in more than one variety.  If you have never cooked your own, you are missing out!  Please give this a try:
About 1 1/2 pounds of dry pinto, red or black beans
1 T Real Salt
2 cloves of garlic, peeled and whole
Fill the rest of your crock pot up with water and cook 6-8 hours.  Pinto beans take less time, black beans will usually take the full 8 hours.  Serve as is with a slotted spoon, make burritos, blend them up into "refried" beans, etc.

We ate this Black Bean Soup.
Modifications: vegetable broth in lieu of beef broth.  Served with lime wedges, warmed corn tortillas (Rancho Market brand only has 3 ingredients), and of course, a salad.)

We ate these Southwest Stuffed Bell Peppers.
Modifications: no cheese, no chips, I used quinoa.  They were a bit spicy for me.  I won't be using the chipotle chili powder next time.

We ate this Southwest Quinoa Salad.
Modifications: I omitted the pepitas.  I did add steamed diced zucchini though.

We ate stir fry.  Which means that I sliced and diced as many veggies as I could think of, barely cooked them in my wok and served them over brown rice.  No sauce, no meat.  So many colors.

We ate amazing 20 ingredient salad.

We ate homemade pizza. [Family recipe that apparently hasn't made it only my Mom's food blog yet.  I will type it in here later.]
Modifications: fresh ground wheat flour, no cheese, sliced fresh tomatoes, bell peppers, green onions.  Yum.

We ate tostadas (Rancho Market's corn tortillas only have 3 ingredients).  Warm them in a skillet until they are a little bit crisp, not burned.  Spread some homemade "refried" beans, lettuce, tomatoes, and other fresh veggies.  Cook your brown rice in vegetable broth to give it some more flavor.

I currently have a bowl of fresh grapes, washed and in the fridge.  As well as a bowl of cut up watermelon.  And a bag of cut up carrots.  And celery.  All ready to eat.

I feel so good.