a RAWky road

Food, health and fitness advice while vegan in a sad, S.A.D world.


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English Toffee Smoothie

What you’ll need:

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Ingredients: 7 large bananas, 1 tablespoon cacao powder (you can always substitute with carob powder), 1 pipette Sweet Leaf Sweet Drops English Toffee, ice cubes.

Note: You will also need water to your liking.

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Equipment: Blender (surprise!)

Step 1:

Peel the bananas and pack them into your blender. Follow with the cacao powder and the english toffee drops.

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 Step 2:

Add ice and water to your liking. I used to like my smoothies really thick so I would use less water, but nowadays I like them quite “liquidy” so I use more water; it’s a matter of preference. 

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Step 3:

Blend until completely smooth in texture.

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Step 4:

Tuck in!

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Fruit Haul – June 30th, 2014

What? More fruit? Again? Yup, just about every Monday we buy the bulk of our food… primarily fruit. My husband and I go to a food distributor that actually sells to the public and we pick up our flats of fresh fruit. We get tons of questions and sometimes people actually think that we’re getting food for a restaurant. “Nope, it all goes into our bellies.” 

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Peaches, Bananas, Grapes

This week is a smaller order because we’re still working on some dates from last week and we’ve been eating cooked meals at night.

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Yellow Peaches

We got these same peaches last week and they ripened very quickly, which was awesome! The first one I bit into was pure heaven. They were so sweet and juicy and perfect. They were just amazing and so, obviously, we a few more flats this time around.

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Bananas

If you follow a RAWky road then you’ve been witness to the dessert smoothie extravaganza that has been going on for the past few days. Peppermint Patty Smoothie, Coconut Cream Pie Smoothie and Peach Cobbler Smoothie are just a few that I’ve made recipes for, so if you’re interested go check them out. After many-a-smoothie we had to restock.

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Grapes

Surprisingly calorie dense and so delicious, grapes are a super refreshing and convenient fruit. They are so easy to transport, making them a great option for packed lunches.


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Fruit Haul – June 23rd, 2014

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Peaches, Cherries, Bananas, Dates, Potatoes, Pasta, Crushed Tomatoes

I didn’t post a fruit haul last week because we didn’t go to our usual wholesaler, instead we took daily trips to the grocery store. This wasn’t the best idea because it ended up being way more expensive and we gave into the occasional temptation (shaking fist to the air “Uncle Eddie’s Vegan Chocolate Chip with Walnut Cookies!“). Anyways, this week we put on our big girl panties and returned to our healthier habits. The fruit is from our usual wholesaler and the rest is from the grocery store… two birds, one stone.

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Peaches

These smell INCREDIBLE, but they’re still not ready to eat, I give ’em a couple of days before they soften and sweeten up. We haven’t had stone fruit since last summer so we just couldn’t resist picking up a few flats of these peaches.

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Dark Cherries

I really enjoy eating cherries, it takes me back to my childhood when we used to pick wild cherries off of the trees in Jamaica. They were different cherries there, the seeds weren’t stone seeds, but they were hella good either way! A while back we bought a case of cherries and they cost us a pretty penny so I didn’t think we’d be purchasing another case this year. However, the price has dropped about 50% so we snagged a case before the season is over.

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Bananas

Because they are practically perfect in every way!

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Organic Medjool Dates

Two weeks ago we got a case of medjool dates with the full intention of making datorade because I had never tried it before. Well, as usual we gobbled them down so quickly that it totally slipped our minds and here we are again, round two. Hopefully we’ll remember this week.

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Organic Russet Potatoes

Last week we experimented with potato and sweet potato “fries” and they were fantastic! Little bit of ketchup and it’s a full on mouth party. This week we’re sticking to the potato Bloody overly expensive potatoes, might I add.

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San Marzano Crushed Tomatoes

These are my favorite canned tomatoes because they have the best flavor. They’re super sweet, I just wish they were organic with no added salt. Either way, love them!

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Assorted Pasta

Carbs, carbs, carbs! Though pasta gets a shitty reputation thanks to all the fatkins diet spinoffs, us high-carb, low-fat vegans know better. We usually go for corn pasta, but that can get really expensive really quick. We decided to compromise on this wheat pasta because it’s got a good flavor and an awesome texture. Also, the variety of shapes offered keeps it interesting.


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Fruit Haul – June 9th, 2014

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Mangoes, Bananas, Dates

We didn’t get a lot of fruit this week, instead we got a lot of calories. Citrus isn’t in season, the melons we usually get haven’t been the best, the pineapples aren’t sweetening like before and stone fruit need another month before they’re ready; we stuck with the raw vegan staples for this week: bananas, mangoes and dates!

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Ciruli Brothers Champagne Mangoes

I’m not too sure how much longer we’ll be able to ride the Ciruli Brothers champagne mango train because we’ve noticed that they’re not all sweetening the way they were the last month. It’s sad to think that they may be coming to an end, but berry season is here and other fruits will be available soon. We’re going berry picking again this weekend, woot woot!

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Bananas

Last week was our first case of bananas in months and it was amazing. I really need to dedicate an entire post to all the benefits of bananas because in the few days that it took us to take down a case we were feeling better than we had in several months. I feel like they are the perfect food for humans.

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Organic Medjool Dates

Dried fruit has always been candy to me and dates are ooey gooey goodness. We’ve gone through dozens of cases over the years, but I’ve never had a dateorade, which is exactly why I got these (thanks Freelee).


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Fruit Haul – June 2nd, 2014

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Cantaloupe, Bananas, Pineapple, Watermelon, Mangoes, Spinach

Another week, another fruit haul. We’re going fully raw for a few days to clean out our systems after last week’s food poisoning debacle (read about it here). So, we needed a few more calorie dense items to add to our dried figs and prunes that carried over from our las haul (seen here) and picked up a case of bananas and lots of CIRULI BROTHERS MANGOES!!!

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Ciruli Brothers Champagne Mangoes

The best damn mangoes ever, the fruit of poetry and prose (or should be), sweet, juicy, blah, blah, blah… You’ve heard me ramble on about these long enough. We picked up six cases and they’re looking pretty green so it’ll be a while before we get to dig into them.

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Organic Baby Spinach

Sometimes a girl just wants some leafy vegetables to add to her smoothies. My bodies been craving greens lately and it’s important to listen to your body, it’ll tell you more than just hunger and thirst.

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Dulcinea Seedless Watermelons

A stable in my summer diet because any other time of the year watermelons taste like a foamy cucumber (let me know if you know what I’m talking about). Love these and lately I’ve taken to juicing them.

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Bananas!

Every fruitarian’s wet dream (creamy dream would be more accurate). Also, after binging on Freelee and Durianriders videos I’ve had a hankering for some banana smoothies. 

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Cantaloupe

Just like the watermelon, cantaloupe if a summer staple and I’ve really been enjoying juicing them. They’re so sweet and refreshing and when juiced provide a caloric boost compared to plain water.

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Delmonte Gold Pineapples

I’ve just realized just how much I’ve been juicing lately, because I love juicing these pineapples too! They’re on the green side so we’re going to have to wait a few days before we can consume them; sad panda.

What did you stock up on this week?


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Hot Sauce Haul – May 26th, 2014

Inspired by Freelee and Durianrider, we decided to get some sauces for our usual raw till 4 rice and potato dinner bowls. Though they don’t need condiments, we do enjoy a variety of flavors and feel it spices things up (pun intended). We tried to go for lower sodium options as well as fat-free.

I’ll be sure to do a review on them (available here) and tell you what we think about each of them. Some we’ve had before and others are completely new. 

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Huy Fong Foods Inc. Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce

Four Seasons Gourmet Foods Fresh Green Sriracha

Busha Browne’s Spicy Jerk Sauce

Wild Thymes Thai Chili Dipping Sauce

Earth & Vine Papaya Chili Pineapple Grilling Sauce and Dressing

If you’ve had any of these let me know what you though of them. Also, if you have any suggestions on vegan sauces that we should definitely try, then please leave a comment.


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Fruit Haul – May 26th, 2014

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 Mangoes, Dried Mission Figs, Cantaloupe, Pitted Prunes

Another week, another fruit haul. We switched things up this week because of fruit availability and so we are hoping that it works out for us.

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Organic Mangoes

Now, I’ve mentioned before that we are the biggest fans of Ciruli Brothers champagne mangoes, but there were none to be found and we’ve had a hankering for mangoes. We managed to get a deal on organic Tommy mangoes, which aren’t as juicy and sweet as champagne mangoes but beggars can’t be choosers. 

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Dried Mission Figs

I love fresh figs, but they’re not in season yet. Dried figs are amazing and are perfect as a snack and/or to make yummy raw vegan desserts.

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Pitted Prunes

I don’t understand why prunes are considered “old folks food” because they are so delicious. I’ve loved them since I was a young girl and I always seem to neglect them when shopping. Not this week, I’m excited!

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Cantaloupe

Cantaloupe is great because it’s a low-calorie tummy filler on those days that we want something refreshing and rehydrating between meals or accompanying juices to bump up the fiber and calorie content.