First, thank you to everyone who supported me in the recipe contest a couple weeks ago. My lemon mango tart finished in the top 10, which won me access to a fun raw recipe archive. I'll actually become a contributor too, once my tart is added. Thanks for endulging my enthusiasm.
After I shared my current eating habits last week, I had some questions about what a typical day of eating looks like for me. I was happy to keep track of a couple days' eats over the weekend to share with you. I wasn't 100% raw, & we went out to eat a couple times. These are probably fairly consistent as far as weekend eating goes; friday is closer to what most days look like.
In our fridge, the drawers are full of veggies; salad greens & edible flowers are tucked in the back, & $3 bags of organic cherries weigh in at over a pound each! Bags of grapes line the bottom shelf, stuffed among enormous heads of kale. A splurge of fresh black berries from farmer's market smiles up at me, & every week I can't wait to see what our CSA share will bring. I also can't wait to have a nice big fridge with french doors...
Since I've been sticking to "mono" or mono-type meals during the day (eating just one or only a couple types of fruit at a time), it might seem kind of boring. I'm really enjoying all the fresh fruit & vegetables simply though; sometimes, without much extra fuss, it's like I'm discovering them all over again & really tasting each one.
Generally I eat a lot of a couple different fruits throughout the day or make smoothies & try to have a huge salad for dinner with extra vegetables or more fruit to make it tasty. I make a point of trying really hard to eat greens every day. A salad every day? Boring, right? Nah, not really. I said before I won't just eat something for the sake of health & not enjoy myself, so I'm playing around with different variations of salads & finding ways of making the greens more interesting & flavorful -- because I could definitely get tired of salads everyday. I'll plan to share some tips here, because most people could probably do with adding a few more greens to their plates. If I think a salad might not hit my plate, I'll make a green smoothie earlier in the day instead.
As far as the fruits I'm eating...mangoes are a favorite! I love packing them for on-the-go snacks. Dave found an awesome pairing knife with its own blade cover at World Market; it is perfect to tuck into a pack or tote, whether I'm rock climbing or hitting downtown for the day.
Bananas & dates are also becoming common snacks, especially before (dates) & after (bananas) a workout. When I mention eating grapes throughout the day, it's an entire bag (usually one to two pounds). I love grapes & have been buying them by the case lately. I also have a case of white peaches waiting to ripen. Depending on the day, I might love white peaches even more than mangoes.
Last week, I was craving bread (especially in the evening). I think I'm realizing my bread cravings hit when I haven't eaten as much fruit/carbs during the day. It's probably that I'm under-carbed or slightly calorie deprived during those cravings; they don't seem to happen when I've eaten more fruit during the day. A lot of it is psychological too, because I think everyone loves bread, right? When I endulge, it's for a loaf I really love rather than bread that is just 'meh'.
*The Green Goodness dip is from Gracefulfitness. Minty & flavorful, it's a nice accompaniment to raw summer vegetables. I think it would be tasty as sandwich spread too. The changes I made were not because I thought it needed them, but just to use a couple things I had on hand. I added another half cup of edamame, as well as the zest from the lemon. Instead of oil, I thinned it with water to the consistency I wanted, but I think this stole from some of the flavor. In the future -- because we will be making this again! -- I will used extra lemon juice instead. I also added half an avocado, two green onions, & as much mint as my tiny plant was bearing. It got even better the next day or so as the flavors developed!