Tuesday, April 28, 2009

My first blog entry and four starter recipes!

Hey there!  Welcome to Rawfoodpunk.com and my first blog entry!  I’m super excited to start sharing stuff with you like recipes, advice, ideas, websites, random details about life in general…

First of all, I wanted to let you know about my recent raw food epiphany.  I just moved back home to Buffalo New York from sunny, health conscious Orange County California. Truth be told, it has been very, very challenging to stay with my new raw food ways with fewer options in restaurants and grocery stores, not to mention the influence of my good ole friends and family and their/my former love for local fast food and ice cream. Now don’t judge me, or at least not too harshly, BUT, I fell off the wagon a little.  I’ve eaten some crappy food in the past month or so and I have definitely been feeling it. There’s just this heavy, sluggish, just plain yucky feeling that pulls me down.  What’s cool about experiencing that though is comparing how I felt pre-raw food, during raw food detox, during raw food detox hiatus and now that I’m back on track.  My body looks and feels different already just after a couple days of diving back in.  So in conclusion, I can now say, with strong conviction that eating dry vegan muffins and sweet potato fries is sooooooo not worth how those heavy foods make me feel.  I passed up the vegan muffin for a banana today and am super excited about the raw coleslaw that I am making for dinner tonight.  Give me fresh, unprocessed food and I shall be a happy punk! : )

So there, I admitted that I faltered a little, now put your judgments aside so we can dive into our lives as “raw foodists.”  Oh!  That reminds me, let me admit something else; I hate labels.  I will never, ever introduce myself as a raw foodist.  I’m a person who eats what she wants, when she wants and just happens to know damn well that she feels better eating an almost 100% raw diet.  This is a discovery that takes some time and most certainly will include some steps back (as illustrated by my previous confession!) Don’t become a “raw foodist” because it’s a new cool fad that will make you skinny and pretty.  Do it because YOU know that you feel really f-ing good when you eat good, natural, unprocessed food.  

We’re all in this together (yes, I did just quote High School Musical, and no I’m not ashamed of it), I’m still in the process of learning about myself and my body and how I feel when I eat certain ways and I look forward to sharing my challenges, solutions, and even my weaknesses and possible setbacks with you! 

Okay, its time to talk about food now because I LOVE FOOD, and that’s why we’re here, to make and eat yummy food that makes us feel good.  Today I woke up late so I wasn’t able to make my favorite breakfast; green lemonade(recipe to follow) before I went to rehearsal (dance-the love of my life) but I did have an apple and a banana and some carrots while I was babysitting.  Nothing more eye opening than babysitting and seeing what people feed their kids, ew.   Okay that stuff is all boring, I know….nothing exciting about bananas, apples, and carrots.  The exciting part is that now, after getting in my juice (you should definitely start making this stuff) I’m going to make raw coleslaw, one of my favorite recipes from Natalia Rose’s Raw Food Detox Diet and feed it to my mother who is currently in the process of detoxing and working up to eating mostly raw and my chicken wing and pizza loving step dad, I’ll let you know how it goes!  

So I’ll leave ya with those recipes and be on my way!  Have a fresh, yummy day! : P

Green Lemonade (today’s version)

One whole cucumber

6 stalks kale

1 large Fuji apple

1 lemon

Put all the ingredients, one at a time, into a juicer.  Enjoy your health in a glass. : )

Raw Coleslaw

1 cup shredded green cabbage

1 cup shredded red cabbage

¼ cup raisins

½ cup liquid gold elixir dressing


Put everything together and let it marinate for at least an hour before serving.  

(I never buy both red and green cabbage so I usually just double up on whichever one I felt like buying on my last grocery outing.  Also, sometimes I don’t give myself time to let it sit for an hour, its not quite as good but still yummy).  



Liquid Gold Elixir Dressing recipe(makes 4 cups):

2 cups fresh lemon juice

3 whole cloves garlic

3 tablespoons minced ginger

3 heaping tablespoons raw honey

1 ½ cups cold-pressed olive oil


Place all ingredients except oil in blender.  Begin blending at normal speed then slowly add the oil until completely blended.  This one lasts for over a week in the fridge.

PS Once upon a time, I had some leftover raw teriyaki sauce(also from Natalia Rose’s book) and put that on my raw coleslaw instead of the liquid gold elixir, it definitely wasn’t coleslaw anymore but it was really tasty, try it sometime
Raw Teriyaki Sauce

1 cup Nama Shoyu Soy sauce

1 cup pure maple syrup

1 teaspoon ginger, whole or chopped

1 clove garlic

1 drizzle toasted sesame oil


Blend all ingredients.

Ps..again…I really like music, a lot, so I’m going to let you know what I’m listening to each time I write a blog, cause good food deserves to be accompanied by good music! 

Today I let my Pandora.com quickmix play while I was writing.  My favorite new song that I heard is Piano Song by Meiko; check it out.

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