a RAWky road

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


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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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5 Favorite Things – June 2014

1. Garmin

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At the beginning of June I set a goal to do some sort of activity everyday of the month. I managed to do so until I got injured (more on that next) and my Garmin Forerunner 910xt was my BFF. I also had to include the heart rate strap and the foot pod because I a stickler for tracking data and this combo is an athletes’ (or athlete in training) wet dream!

2. Tree to Tree Aerial Adventure Park

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Move from “Tree to Tree” using platforms and obstacles in an aerial playground set high in the trees, while fully secured by a harness at all times. Adults enjoy a six colored course that graduates in height & difficulty that takes approximately 3 hours to complete. It includes 19 zip lines and over 60 treetop elements and obstacles of wobbly bridges, tight ropes, balance beams and more!

I totally ate shit around the second course and fractured my little toe on my left foot. I internalized the pain and told no one because I’m a “completionist” and had to finish all the courses. Regardless, this obstacle course is the most fun I’ve had in a while and it’s a total body workout; I was feeling the burn for a week. What an amazing experience and we cannot wait to return once my foot has healed.

3. Athletic Tape

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So, as previously mentioned, I fractured my little toe on my left foot. I usually suck at taking care of myself after an injury, be that as it may, at my husbands’ behest I am trying to this time around. It’s the first time I’ve ever broken anything and the sensation is utterly bizarre. Though I’ve known previously of the many attributes of athletic tape, I can’t help but shine light on this simple, yet effective tool.

4. Everlane T-Shirts

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It just so happens that I’ve been sporting my gorgeous, comfy, white Everlane t-shirts all month long. I have a few and I’ve noticed that I’ve just been alternating them all month long. They’re so soft and they go with everything. I’m so glad I found this brand because I doubt I’ll ever buy a plain shirt from anywhere else, not just because of the phenomenal quality of the products, but also because of the transparency and nature of the company.

5. Lavanilla The Healthy Deodorant

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I don’t believe in antiperspirants due to their many dangers, but I do appreciate a good natural deodorant. Who wants to smell like a freshly sliced onion anyways? Not me! I usually use Schmidt’s Deodorant, but I wanted something that I could apply without my fingers. I did a wee bit of research and found Lavanilla and very much like the product. I’ve got it in three scents: vanilla grapefruit (pictured above), vanilla summer and pure vanilla and they are all delightful.


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Peppermint Patty Smoothie

What you’ll need:

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Ingredients: 7 large bananas, 1 tablespoon cacao powder (you can always substitute with carob powder), 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract, ice cubes.

Note: You will also need water to your liking.

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Equipment: Blender, of course…

Step 1:

Peel the bananas and toss into your blender. along with the cacao powder and the peppermint extract.

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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:

Serve it up, drink it up!

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Peach Cobbler Smoothie

So far, this recipe is my favorite and I made a massive batch of it. However, if you’re getting tired of me posting these high-carb, low-fat, raw vegan dessert smoothies, then I’ve got some bad news for you… there are more to come. But, if you’re digging the healthy smoothie inspiration then I’ve got good news for you… there are more to come!

What you’ll need:

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Ingredients: 7 large bananas, 5 yellow peaches, 1 pipette Sweet Leaf Sweet Drops Vanilla Creme, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, ice cubes.

Note: You will also need water to your liking.

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Equipment: Blender (as usual)

Step 1:

Peel the bananas and pit the yellow peaches. Jam ’em into your blender. along with the cinnamon and the vanilla 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! As you can see, even after quite literally jamming all of this fruit into the blender, this bad boy is overflowing. If you’re doing to same (and haven’t scaled down) be very careful while blending.

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Step 4:

Pour into many of your favorite glasses (cuz damn this is a lot of smoothie!) and enjoy! 

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Marinara Sauce

What you’ll need:

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Ingredients: 1 large can crushed tomatoes, 1 teaspoon dried basil, 1 teaspoon dried oregano, 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, 4 small bay leaves, 6 small garlic cloves, 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme, 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil.

Note: This recipe does not use any salt as there is plenty of sodium in the crushed tomatoes. I would have used salt-free tomato products, but I love how sweet these San Marzano tomatoes are. Either way, I try to limit my salt consumption as much as I can. (Read more on the subject here

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Equipment: Cutting board, sauce pot, wooden spoon, knife, can opener (not photographed).

Step 1:

Measure out the spices, mince the garlic cloves and chop the fresh herbs. #miseenplace The quantities of these ingredients really depend on your personal taste. I love spicy food, as a result I usually tend to add pepper flakes or hot sauce to everything. I’m also a big fan of garlic, but I know a lot of people are sensitive to alliums, if so reduce or omit this ingredient completely. Being able to customize recipes is what makes cooking fun, so if you want to change a few things here and there by all means go to town!

Also, if your tomatoes aren’t sweet enough feel free to add a bit of sugar to cut the acidity. This is really a matter of preference, but if you’ve never tried it you might be surprised at how much you enjoy it.

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Step 2:

Toss the crushed tomatoes, garlic dried herbs and spices into a pot. Reserve the fresh herbs for later; if you add them too soon you risk cooking away the flavor. Use a medium heat for approximately 10 minutes and stir repeatedly, avoiding sticking and/or burning.

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Step 3:

Once the sauce has cooked add the fresh herbs. Stir them in and “presto!” Be sure to remove the bay leaves before serving as they aren’t exactly the most pleasant thing to chew on.

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Use however you please. Here I have tossed a hefty portion of al dente rigatoni with this marinara sauce and garnished it with some fresh basil.

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Coconut Cream Pie Smoothie

And the series of dessert smoothies continues…

What you’ll need:

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Ingredients: 7 large bananas, 2 tablespoons coconut extract, 1 pipette Sweet Leaf Sweet Drops Vanilla Creme, 7 medjool dates, ice cubes.

Note: You will also need water to your liking.

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Equipment: Blender

Step 1:

Peel the bananas and pit the medjool dates. Toss into your blender. along with the coconut extract and the vanilla drops.

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This would have preferred to use dried (shredded) coconut, but that would have made it more fatty and all I had at the time was these coconut drops. I think it would have also provided an added texture, similar to the coconut shavings that often garnish Coconut Cream Pie. Feel free to experiment with this ingredient, I would.

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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! I made sure not to blend for too long so that the dates would remain a little chunky, mimicking the texture of a slice of Coconut Cream Pie.

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Step 4:

Pour into your favorite glass and enjoy! 

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Honestly, this would have been better with shredded coconut, or even coconut milk, but that would have upped the fat content significantly. It was still a very tasty smoothie, hope you enjoy!

 


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German Chocolate Cake 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 tablespoon coconut extract, 1 pipette Sweet Leaf Sweet Drops Vanilla Creme, 7 medjool dates, ice cubes.

Note: You will also need water to your liking.

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 Equipment: Blender

Step 1:

Peel the bananas and pit the medjool dates. Toss into your blender. along with the vanilla drops and cacao powder and the coconut extract.

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 This would have been better with dried (shredded) coconut, but that would have made it more fatty. I think it would have also provided an added texture, similar to German Chocolate Cake, that would have been pleasant. Feel free to experiment with this ingredient, I would.

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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! I made sure not to blend for too long so that the dates would remain a little chunky, mimicking the texture of a slice of German Chocolate Cake.

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Step 4:

Pour into your favorite glass and enjoy! I think this would make an awesome “ice cream” too. Just use frozen bananas, omit the water and ice and use a food processor instead, dessert is served!

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