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My Raw Challenge: Day 4

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Alright, it's day 4, and I am feeling great! While walking to the subway this morning I guess you could say I had a spring in my step. I feel light and energetic. As you know, my raw groupies (aka supportive girlfriends) are also dabbling in the raw regimen and my roommate has already dropped 4 pounds! She's had a tempting week, too. Monday night she had drinks with co-workers, where they noshed on bar food ("Surrounded by fried food and beer. Drinking a Chardonnay and hoping that smelling food will keep me strong," she texted me that night); yesterday pastries and bagels just waited for a taker on the counter in her office kitchen.

All my food today has been completely satisfying. I had a dragonfruit-blueberry-lime smoothie for breakfast, more fresh berries and pineapple at a meeting this morning, then some sunflower seeds, and for lunch a delish avocado, kale, radish, and red onion salad with lots of lime juice.

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1 Have you eaten dragonfruit? It's delish and so dramatic in appearance

2 I blended up slices of the black-speckled super fruit with blueberries for an antioxidant-rich breakfast

3 The last drops of my dragonfruit-berry-lime smoothie.

4 I ate an entire avocado for lunch today (yes, high in good fats), but I am totally satiated

5 Avocado, radish, red onion, and kale salad with a citrus dressing.

6 Saved by Rawtella

And I am even happier to report that I have discovered a raw dessert for my afternoon sweet tooth. This is worth seeking out even if you don't eat raw. It's called Rawtella (truly!). A riff on the Italian cult favorite, this raw hazelnut spread has a thick texture and a rich cocoa flavor. I nearly cried when it resurfaced at my desk yesterday afternoon.

Check for an update tomorrow!

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Comments (3)

  • So intrigued with your kale, avocado, radish,red onion salad. Do you have a recipe for the citrus dressing? This is my first day on this website and in my quest for healthier living, loving the ideas I'm seeing.

  • Hi Debbie,
    Here is a Lemon Herb Dressing (raw) from "Raw Food Made Easy" by Jennifer Cornbleet.
    3.4 cup - 4 servings
    1/4 c fresh lemon juice
    1 Tbs minced fresh herbs(parsley, basil, dill, mint, tarragon or oregano)
    1/2 teas cruched garlic
    1/4 teas plus 1/8 teas salt
    1/4 teas Dijon mustard (optional)
    dash black pepper
    1/2 cup EVOO
    Whisk to combine 1st 6 ingredients, then add EVOO blend well. Keeps for 5 days.

  • Author Comment:

    Debbie, I'm so glad you've discovered Whole Living! You'll find a slew of strategies and tips to live a healthier life here. I like to make my citrus dressing with the juice of 1 lime (about 2 Tbsp) and 4 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, plus some chopped garlic and freshly grated ginger. Then I season with sea salt and pepper. If you like it less citrusy, then go for a 1:3 lime to oil ratio. And sub in lemon juice if you desire.

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