Monthly Archives: September 2011

Raw Strawberry Oat Bars

When I think raw food, I think celery sticks and apples. I do NOT think delicious filling meals and desserts. Did you know you can make indulgent, healthy RAW DESSERTS?  Uh yeah…I have been completely blind to all the amazing raw recipes that are out there- widely available, might I add. The book I mentioned in my last post, Going Raw, is an excellent resource as is the wondrous, world wide web.

So in attempts to broaden my raw recipe repertoire,  I am going to attempt to participate in “Raw Wednesdays.”  So basically, I’m going to try my hardest to eat nothing but raw foods every Wednesday. Hopefully this encourages me to actually experiment with raw food recipes and not just scarf down salads and berries all day long. You should definitely check out Lindsay Funston as she blogs about her Raw Challenge here on Whole Living Daily. She gives a lot of really great advice and insight into the seemingly scary raw world.

Meatless Monday. Raw Wednesday. What’s next? I’m thinking Fried Fridays and Street-food Sundays.You know, just to even things out.

Raw Strawberry Oat Bars. I found this little gem of a recipe in the August issue of Whole Living.  So simple, so delicious AND completely raw! You MUST give this recipe a go!

Strawberry Oat Bars

Ingredients:

Makes 6

  • 1 1/2 cups pitted dates
  • 1/4 cup raw macadamia nuts
  • 2 tablespoons old-fashioned rolled oats
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 1 cup strawberries, hulled and thinly sliced

Directions:

  • Pulse dates, nuts, oats, and salt in a food processor until combined.
  • Press the date mixture into the bottom of a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan.
  • Mash half the strawberries and spread on top of date mixture. Top with remaining strawberries. Slice into rectangles

Read more at Wholeliving.com: Strawberry Oat Bars

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Mucho Verde

I started my day in a green way! In other words, I made a green smoothie for breakfast. I have really gotten into these guys lately. So versatile, so yummy, so healthy AND my favorite color. I just got an awesome new book in the mail yesterday, Going Raw by Judita Wignall. I am, by no means, “going raw” anytime soon. But I have realized that incorporating more raw meals into my diet has made me feel awesome and I’m interested in learning more creative ways of doing it!  So here’s a simple green smoothie recipe straight from Mrs. Wignall’s beautiful book:

Going Raw by Judita Wignall

     Peaches & Greens Smoothie

     Ingredients:
     3 cups (510 g) chopped peaches
2 cups (60 g) chopped spinach
1 cup (150 g) sliced bananas|
1 cup (235 ml) nut milk

     Directions:
 Blend and enjoy!

( So apparently, by blending green veggies we’re able to use their nutrients better than just chewing them! “The chlorophyll, minerals, and protein content are easily assimilated and used by our body, as opposed to only 30 percent of it being usable if we chew greens with our teeth.”  And here I’ve been wasting so much time CHEWING! Good to know…)


This past weekend was also very  green for me. Mostly because I spent it in Palos Verdes, California and partly because I spent it being jealous of people who live there. Palos Verdes is amazing little peninsula located on the coast of soutwestern LA county. So it’s not far from where I live, maybe just over an hour, but it’s one of those places that makes you feel like you’ve traveled hundreds of miles to take a tranquil vacation away from the city. Here’s a few pics to prove just how awesome this place is.

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Overnight Oat Sensation

Seems like every blog I’ve stumbled upon lately has been raving about “Overnight Oats.” Honestly, it seemed really gross to me. I mean, I love oatmeal. I’m CRAZY about rolled oats- I feel like I’m sticking them in everything. But to let oats get soggy in the fridge overnight and then eat them cold the next day? Ummm…no thanks.

BUT- I am the kind of person that will always try something once. Most things once.  I happen to have a lot of rolled oats on-hand right now, so I went ahead and gave it a go last night. And now….I’m a believer. This stuff is awesome. End of story. And they kept me full and satisfied for a LONG time. The best thing about overnight oats is that you can dress them however you want! I honestly measured nothing that I threw into my little tupperware. I went through the cupboard and threw in what I thought might work. I ended up with a combination of rolled oats, So Delicious Coconut Milk, 0% Fage, a mini smashed banana, splash of vanilla, a sprinkle of wheat germ, handful of almonds, and some raisins. I stuck them in a tuperware, threw them in the fridge overnight and then let them sit on the counter for about 10 minutes this morning to take the chill off. I threw in another little splash of So Delicous and then topped it with some fresh blueberries and crushed pecans before I inhaled this stuff. I’m telling you- try this. You won’t regret it.

If you’re looking for actual Overnight Oats recipes, here are a few different places you can find them!

Kath Eats Real Food

Eating Bird Food

Whole Foods Market

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