Boy, it's already been almost a month since I've tasted animal products. I hadn't originally planned on giving up dairy and meat for any set length of time, but I must say, I feel so good that I haven't even missed the animal food group.
I'm eating a ton of veggies, as I have been the last few years, but recently even more. I haven't been eating any more tofu, I've found that I prefer a 'green shake' much more. I can't believe how energized I feel from blended kale (kale? I had never even SEEN kale before), cabbage, romaine, apple, pear, lemon, flax, ginger all blended into a thick puree. I love it.
Lunch has been a huge salad, which really isn't anything new except there isn't any meat or cheese upon it. The new additions are flax and bean sprouts.
I found I like dates. I hadn't tasted a date before. They work great in place of sugar. I made a 'lemon pudding' out of an avocado, juice of 1 lemon and 5 dates whirled together and set for 30 minutes. Crazy tasty. Avocado is a very neutral tasting veggie and will take on the flavor of whatever you are mixing with it, making the end product nice and thick and creamy.
For dinner I've been experimenting. "Raw tacos": Collards wrapped around ground almonds with olive oil, cilantro, black pepper, avocado, red pepper and tomatoes. So good! So fresh! So amazing!
Raw blended soups. Fantastic and so easy to make. I made a squash soup that tasted like pumpkin pie filling in a bowl. Lovely.
My KitchenAid blender may be replaced with a Vita-Mix. The Minnesota State Fair always has a booth with the Vita-Mix. I think I will be dragging the family over to their booth while we are at the Fair in a few weeks.
I find I prefer raw rather than cooked. I've been sprouting and soaking beans, peas and nuts.
I am tracking my macros as I am not as familiar with the nutrients in these new items I am trying. An average day is 40% carb, 30% protein and 30% fat. All of the fat is from olive oil, avocado and nuts.
I was so sick and tired of eating every 2-3 hours and making sure each meal had chicken or egg whites. I gagged the chicken down and never really liked it. I never really liked the runny egg whites I scrambled each day either.
Sure, I'm probably rebelling against all of the meat I was eating and am now enjoying what I eat. Really enjoying the flavor of the food!
I love all the veggies, the fruits, all of the spices I am using..the freshness, the crispiness. I tell you, its fabulous.
Oh, and guacamole! I've never made it! The whole family now enjoys it:
2 avocados, pitted and chopped
1 red pepper, finely diced
2 handfull cherry tomatoes, chopped
Juice of 1 lemon or lime
Sea salt and pepper to taste
Chopped onion or chives
Mash the avocado and lemon or lime juice with a fork until mushy. Add the rest of the ingredients. I like this wrapped in butter lettuce leaves or as a topping on my salad. The family loves it on the blue corn chips. Yum Yum.
I'm enjoying the new recipies, the new fruits and veggies I am trying. I am quite surprised that there are so many that I haven't tried before.