If it wasn’t for the IEOPBCI doubt I would be consuming as much organic produce as I do. Even better I get it wholesale. I co-organize this group & I strongly feel that in order to stay on a healthy lifestyle you need to put yourself in situations where you are accountable. In my situation people count on me so I can’t exactly let them down. It’s a win win situation for me.
This produce is enough to feed myself, Alex & Mehgan who also eat the same foods I prepare.
Groceries 30 red potatoes 3-4 bunches of kale 3-4 heads of red leaf lettuce 3-4 heads of celery 3-4 fennel bulbs 3-4 bunches of carrots 3-4 bunches of golden beets 6+ zucchini 3 bags of mixed peppers 3 bags of spinach PLUS a half case which is 12 bunches 5 lbs of tomatoes ( forgot to video tape them) 12 golden delicious apples 12 persimmons 16 lbs of grapes 40-50 Fuji apples ( I know I said Gala in the video, but I meant to say Fuji) 20 bananas (normally I get about 50, but I had many left over from last week) 12 cloves of garlic ( this will last much longer than this week) 2 pineapples 3 pkgs of sunflower spouts
This total cost was approx: $100 Now tell me where you are going to beat that price?
This week’s menu
(some of the ingredients I still had in my fridge from last week)
Green Juice Romaine (1 head), cucumber (1), spinach (1 head), ginger (thumb sized chunk), apple (2), cilantro ( 1 bunch), parsley (1 bunch), & celery (3-5 stalks). I plan on juicing the greens to the carrot tops and beet tops also.
This is taking up 80% of my daily dietary intake for this week. I am drinking at least 48 oz if not more daily. I just feel like I need more re-mineralization for healing emotionally as well as physically. Juice usually clears my mind and creates a sense of calm and focus. I can totally use more of that these days! If I make too much in one sitting my kids help me drink it. I try to consume it within 15 minutes of juicing.
Green Smoothie Banana and greens ( this week I have romaine, red leaf, spinach, & kale) I may throw in pears, mango, or pineapple as well, but sometimes it’s just leafy greens with banana.
Snacks Apples, persimmons, bananas, and grapes (my kids like almond butter w/ the apples & bananas) Guacamole or zucchini hummus w/ carrots
Lunches & Dinners Steamed Red Potatoes & Broccoli (left over from last week) Massaged greens w/ sprouts, grated beets and zucchini hummus Warm Veggie Soup- carrots, celery, onions, potatoes, zucchini, tomatoes, peppers, fennel, and garlic
Q: Lori, I’d love to see a sample of your food menu (breakfast, lunch, dinner) for a week! I am really trying to eat raw food but have the hardest time finding new (and somewhat easy) things to make.
A: As the months become colder I find it less appealing to drink cold smoothies. Instead, I find veggie juices easier to drink since they aren’t cold. I also do not eat 100% raw in the cooler months, but I am still eating lots of veggies and fruits. Sometimes, it will be as simple to eat just fresh fruit like bananas, steamed veggies or even veggie soup for breakfast. I am also known to drink lots of hot herbal tea throughout the day to stay warm. However, just to give you an idea of what I am eating around this time of year here is a sample for the cooler months. I keep it pretty simple since I don’t care to spend my day in the kitchen. Every now & then I get a culinary itch, but for the most part my cooler months are looking like this:
Day 2 1- 3 apples + coconut water 2- 3 cups of steamed peas w/ coconut oil & sea salt 3- 3 pears 4- steamed butternut squash w/ coconut oil & sea salt 5 – 2 bananas
Day 3 1- 24 oz veggie juice- celery, spinach, cucumber 2 – steel cut oats w/ cinnamon, dates/honey, sea salt, bit of coconut oil 3- celery, cucumber, red bell pepper, & baby carrots w/ red pepper zucchini hummus 4- trail mix- raisins, walnuts, cranberries, cashews, pistachios, almonds, currants
Day 4 1- 24 oz green smoothie (pineapple, strawberries, kale, banana). Check out this video of our first green smoothie. 2- 2 bananas w/ almond butter, coconut water 3- sautéed kale, mushrooms, onion w/ coconut oil & sea salt 4- steamed spaghetti squash w/ raw marinara
Day 5 1- 24 oz romaine, celery, cucumber juice 2- pineapple chunks, coconut water 3- sauteed kale, Swiss Chard, Collards, & spinach w/ onions, coconut oil & sea salt 4- homemade veggie soup, 2 bananas
I recently bought some black rice to add to soups, or to make w/ peas, carrots, mushrooms, celery & onion. I even thought I would blend the meat of a thai coconut and make a creamy mushroom sauce for a richer meal.
Day 6 24 hour fast Sometimes I will drink water, herbal tea plain, veggie juice or coconut water, other times I just drink water.
Day 7 1- Fresh fruit like bananas for breakfast (if any) 2- Splurge on a raw restaurant -for example if I go to: Au Lac-I like the Song Salad & Raw Taco Juliano’s Planet Raw– I have something diferent everytime, last time I had raw lasagna & some pumpkin dessert I normally won’t eat anything for the rest of the day since I feel pretty heavy afterwards.
My Goal Drink veggie juice everyday
I eat very simply and stick mostly to what is in season. The fruit and veggies vary on the time of year. I know that since I am not eating 100% raw at this time I need to kick the greens and veggie juice into high gear. However, on warmer days I find myself eating 100% raw like veggies w/ zucchini hummus, green smoothies, fresh fruit, trail mix, and simple garden salad w/a diluted guacamole as a dressing.
When I am on the go I pack the following: zucchini hummus or guacamole w/ veggies (tomatoes, celery, carrots, mushrooms, cucumber, red bell pepper, etc) Fresh fruit: apples, bananas, pears Trail mix Water