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Raw Day 1

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

I woke up at 6:00 am, ate half of a medium grapefruit, slammed a little Vega Sport (love that stuff) and headed to my 6:30 am spin class. (Where I proceeded to drink TWO bottles of water. Man! It was HOT in there!) Afterward I came straight home to have my first raw meal: basic Green Juice from Raw Food Made Easy by Jennifer Cornbleet.

It's a combination of celery, greens and cucumber with a touch of ginger and lemon. I took a sip immediately and decided it wasn't going to happen at room temperature. So I threw in some ice cubes. Ahh.. much better.

It actually took me a while to drink the whole juice -- about an hour and a half. I took my time, though, taking little sips as I went about my work. To be honest, I was surprised at how well it filled me up. I certainly had my doubts... "How on earth was a glass of juice going to hold me until lunch time?" I thought. Especially since I'd just had a particularly hard spinning class! But it did!

Around 11:30 or 11:45 I felt the first twinge of hunger, so I grabbed a big glass of sparkling water and prepared my lunch: California Rolls from Raw Food Made Easy.

These rolls are made with nori, chopped vegetables and little tamari for dipping (I suppose you could also use nama shoyu). I actually found them plenty salty on their own and didn't use the tamari. It was also my first time using my new v-blade mandoline slicer and rolling nori/sushi rolls, but I think they came out lookin' pretty good anyway!

I really, really liked these rolls. They reminded me of veggie sushi, only better. I packed in more vegetables than the recipe called for and omitted the tiny bit of required avocado since I wanted to see how they tasted without it. Not only were they delicious without the extra fat, I think the avocado would have drowned out the sweet taste of the carrot and bell pepper which a perfect contrast to the salty nori! I also had enough leftover chopped vegetables to make a third roll, so I did. (FYI The recipe yields double what is pictured). 

Around 2:15 I felt a wee bit peckish so I ate the rest of my grapefruit and then a banana. At 4:30 I felt hungry again but since it was too early to eat dinner, I settled on a large orange and a small (very small!) piece of dark chocolate. 

For dinner, I decided to try my hand at making my own raw pasta. (Really I just wanted an excuse to play with my new spirooli). I used zucchini for my noodles and made a sauce using vine ripe tomatos, herbs and spices. A few bites in I decided to add a little vegan parm on top, which isn't raw, but I really liked the added flavor and cheesiness. (I'll share the pasta recipe with you next week!). 

Lastly, I'd planned on a frozen banana for dessert, but having had a banana after lunch, I decided to save it for another day and make a strawberry shake instead. It was simple as sending frozen strawberries with a cup raw almond milk through my Vita-Mix. Yum!

At no point in my day did I crave or want cooked foods. However, when I was making rice for the pugs, I was momentarily tempted to have some myself (I do love brown rice). Instead I resisted, knowing I wanted it just because it was there and not because I was hungry or craving it. I'm really excited for day two!

I'd love to hear your thoughts on day 1!

Raw Week

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

As some of you may have heard on twitter, I'm going 100% raw this week and a few of my tweeps have joined me! You can call it a cleanse or detox if you'd like but those are not necessarily my motivations for doing this.

Around December I started feeling like I wanted to do a raw cleanse or a raw week. I'd been under so much stress and pressure with the cookbook that I was eating more cooked foods than normal -- my diet consisted mainly of whole wheat bread with jam, bean burritos, bagels -- they were all so much easier and quicker during my busy days. I missed my daily smoothies, juices and gorilla salads and my body did too. I started having digestive issues that were previously just a bad memory and I didn't feel as energetic as I once did.

So, I thought about doing a raw cleanse for the New Year -- that I'd "start the year off right," but of course it wasn't practical. I was going to be on a snowboarding trip in Vermont and still smack in the middle of my cookbook. So, I forgot about it... until now.

What changed? Lately I haven't wanted to eat anything. Have you ever been hungry -- really really hungry -- and NOTHING sounded good to you? That's all I've been feeling.

I've also found myself craving salads in a way I can't describe. For example, Scott made me one of my favorite meals last week and I didn't want it -- I was more interested in the wilting salad in my fridge. Such severe cravings are not normal for me so I knew if there was ever a good time to try this 100% raw thing for a week, it was now. I also have five raw cookbooks that need review, so it just seemed to all come together for me.

Then, of course, I hit a road block. As I sat down to pick out a few raw recipes for this week, I circled back to the problem I've always had with raw food: it's like Atkins for vegans. Everything is so fat-heavy. Tons of nuts, seeds and oil. And while I do enjoy nuts, seeds and avocado from time to time, I have always stayed true to my no oil rule... and I'm not willing to bend on that. What was I going to do? How was I going to be raw like I want and still stay true to my no added fat, low fat diet?

I decided instead of giving up, to look at this as an opportunity to grown and explore raw foods. I decided I would eat a raw diet that is still very low in fat. I'd create my own low fat raw recipes if I needed to. I'd eat more fruit to get the daily calories I needed (instead of eating fat) and I'd just eat more greens and veggies. Of course I'm still working with the cookbooks I need to review, but I'm selecting recipes that are low in fat: green juices, smoothies, vegetable rolls. I'm really excited -- and I hope you enjoy my progress each day.

SO, to make a very long story end... I'm raw this week... and every day I'll be posting what I've eaten -- so I hope you come back and check it out... and weigh in -- I'd love to hear your thoughts~!


e-Cookbook Winners Announced!

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Thanks to everyone who participated! I'll try to host another giveaway like this as the deadline to buy the e-books draws near. A few of you asked how much longer the e-cookbooks would be available and the truth is, I don't know. My publisher graciously agreed to let me sell them for a little bit longer, but they have not yet given me a date where I have to "pull the plug." I'm guessing, at best, another month or so -- so if you want them, hurry up and get yourself a copy!

Anyway, here are the winners! Except for the Flickr winner, everyone else was picked randomly through random.org

From Flickr: cupcakekitteh

From Twitter: @kwidrick 

From Comments/Newsletter: Lorna Macmillan

I tried to contact all the winners through social media (twitter, flickr, etc) but contact me directly, too!


By popular demand, I'm giving away more copies of my e-cookbooks Sneak Peak, Pudge-Free Holidays, Backyard Vegan & the Best of Happy Herbivore Vol. 1. These e-cookbooks are still for sale, but for a limited time. A few but not all of the recipes made it into my actual cookbook. I've compiled a list of what made the cut and what didn't in the FAQ.

So now for the big question! How do you win?

Well, there are a couple of ways to enter. (1) You can leave a comment below (2) You can sign up for the Newsletter (which, I admit I'm terrible at sending on a regular basis) (3) you can join the Flickr pool and (4) for every picture you upload, you get an extra entry! Tweeting, RT-ing and sharing this contest on Facebook will also earn you an entry. (If you're using twitter to enter, please @happyherbivore me so I see it). 

The person with the most photo entries will win and I'll select two random winners, too. I will try to contact winners via email or social media if possible, but also check back on Monday to see if you've won. :)