>> Sunday, August 3, 2008

I have conquered three days so far on the 100-day raw food challenge! WEEE! Not that it was terribly hard for me as there have been many days in the past, consecutive even, where I've been all raw without trying. Now the key is to be sure I'm consistent while on the challenge. It's definitely easier having a spouse who's raw so there's not much in way of temptation lying around. Although, maybe for him since he's juice feasting. :)

Ah, but speaking of temptation we did go to the farmer's market yesterday and I was really tempted by the smells of kettle corn. It was ever.y.where. Instead I sampled donut peaches (told hubby how delicious they were) and picked up some organic beets for hubby's juicing.

So far my meals have been very simple. I think if I were to go all gourmet or something well, that just might be cruel to Sam! He's told me not to worry about it. Anyway, one of my favorite things to eat is a huge bowlful of fresh papaya and banana topped with shredded coconut or young coconut. It's been a meal of mine twice in two days.

As one of my snacks I've been chowing down on these days is Just Like Ritz crackers, found on Heathy's blog. Below is the recipe with her notes (original recipe can be found here).

Just Like Ritz Zucchini Crackers

2 1/2 cups walnuts
2 1/2 cups cubed zucchini, peeled
1/2 cup ground golden flax
1/4 cup hemp seed (sometimes I use part sesame and part hemp)
2 tsp sea salt

In a food processor, grind walnuts into small bits. Transfer to bowl.
Grind zucchini down to small bits - do NOT process into a puree, keep texture. Add to walnuts.
Stir in the remaining ingredients, adding a bit of water, if needed for spreading. Evenly spread on a teflex, score and dehydrate until crisp, flipping after a few hours.

My notes: I used a combination of zucchini and yellow squash. I had run out of hem
p seeds so I used all sesame seeds in its place. These don't taste just like Ritz IMO but they do taste very buttery, which is just like Ritz. They can be quite filling; perfect for a salty type snack.

Now here's a bad-timing bummer: our lovely Vita-Mix is in the shop. :( So no green smoothie contest for me! I start thinking about making something then realize I don't have my blender. Ugh! I know I can work around it but sometimes I don't wanna. Today, I did manage to make Ani Phyo's Black Sesame Sunflower bread but had to break out the spice g
rinder to grind the flaxseeds. The blender is so much faster. Hopefully it'll be back soon. Work fast Vita-Mix people! Please! Hear my plea!

Has anyone used chia seeds in place of flaxseeds for anything? I was tempted to add them to the sesame sunflower bread. I might do that the next time just to see.

With regard to my exercise be honest, I have not been consistent. I managed some sort of exercise 3x this week. Not bad but short of my goal. I'll just try harder this week. I WILL conquer. :)

I have a garden post or two to work on so you might be seeing that/those soon. It's so exciting! Really, I've got some good things to share about it except for the fact I'm suffering from major allergies! I weeded the garden and when I do that I get allergies but it needed to be done.

Hope each of you are finding success on your own personal journeys. Just remember to be kind to yourself if not every goal is met.

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