Monday, May 9, 2011

when everything's shining.






This is a continuing visual documentation of my goal to eat 50% raw foods.

I'm trying to stay on track with this goal. It's tough when time is limited, so these are all meals that can be pulled together quickly.

My favorite places to shop are Sprouts and Trader Joe's, but sometimes I just go to the local grocery store right around the corner. While there last week, the cashier was in awe that I was buying so many veggies and fruit. She was making a really big deal about it, and it kind of made me sad that doing so is such an anomaly. I mean, isn't that what we're supposed to be eating? It reminded me of this book and how so much of what people actually consume probably shouldn't even be considered food.

One thing I've loved about this endeavor is that I've tried a lot of new things, like hulled hemp seed (I coated the avocados above with it, and add it to salads here and there). My mom and sister recently went to a class all about grains, and I decided the next thing I'm going to experiment more with is amaranth.

Do you have any recent healthy food discoveries?

48 comments:

  1. Seems like you would be hungry about 20 minutes after each of those meals. Just sayin.
    Sure are pretty though.

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  2. We are vegetarians, (not vegan) and our philosophy is everything in moderation. My husband went to culinary school and is getting a degree in Nutrition, so he is always cooking delicious but healthy food. (yes I am spoiled) We eat a lot of vegetables and fruit, but we also love kefir, yogurt, quinoa, quorn, tofu, tempeh, and all kinds of cheeses. Having a varied diet really helps us to savor our meals and enjoy them. Sorry this comment is a novel- Jared and I love talking food!

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  3. your pretty photos make me wish i could eat all those foods right now. looks like your eating raw goal is going well - yay you!

    as for healthy food discoveries, owen and i tried some new-to-us quinoa/veggie pasta from sprouts today. yum.

    have you guys been to true food kitchen? we should go sometime.

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  4. wow, i am so impressed. i think i'd be eating every hour if i had those meals. i really hope to eat more fruits and veggies though. this is very inspiring.

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  5. I grew up eating microwave corn dogs and pot pies and that was about it. I remember being little and not being able to remember the last time I had had a vegetable was. Maybe that's why I'm going into nutrition now :) Basically, I'm behind on things. I just had fish for the first time a few years ago. I recently discovered quinoa and I LOVE it! I have also discovered what good flavors cranberries can be on top of things, like lean chicken, which is not raw (hopefully) haha!

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  6. I can recommend: chia seeds, bee pollen, raw honey, and flax oil in smoothies.

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  7. i do get hungry in between meals sometimes - i love my snacks!

    alex - true food kitchen is SO good. yes, let's go soon!

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  8. so impressive (i couldn't go raw, sadly) and such gorgeous photography!!

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  9. Beautiful! I also love that book. Words to live by.

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  10. wow! props to you, i've been thinking about going raw, but i don't think i can do it! pretty pics and good luck xxo em

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  11. Stunning pics! It doesn't seem like that's consuming enough calories though. You might want to add in another snack?

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  12. very interesting and catchy
    I don't think I can do raw 4ever
    But vegies and fruit cooked and uncooked.....I can do

    Hey u think eating like that would help me rid of all my belly and baby fats?

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  13. Wow, Angela I'm impressed! Not only with your commitment to the 50% raw but with your fabulous food styling skills! Love it.

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  14. Yeah, I'm always amazed when I hear what people feed their families and their fresh produce is almost non-existent. Although, I do have days like that (today). Whoops! Such a good idea to put Hemp seeds on avocado. I made Jason try them and he liked them. Little by little. :)

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  15. Also, I read a Harvard study that suggested that eating ice cream increased fertility in some women. I know there's raw and vegan ice cream, but I don't think that was part of the study, just the old-fashioned milk and sugar kind. Just thought I'd share...

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  16. Beautiful and inspiring photos! I love the irony ( is irony thr right word here?) that it's hard to stick with the raw program because time is limited! There's no cook time! Don't get me wrong though, these meals look so thoughtful and well-composed and obviously time consuming, I could never do it (I love TJ's too, but for the wide variety of pre-made, pop in the oven food!).

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  17. I am just starting kefir. Very interesting, I am getting my grains used to the new milk so I don't know how it is going to go, but I am excited about it.
    I always do things a step at a time with eating healthy (mostly cause it takes awhile for me to get my husband on board and I want to keep him around)

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  18. i get the same "hoopla" when i go to the grocery store. we buy a lot of fruits and vegetables. it is rare that i buy from the "inside aisles."

    i posted a recipe on my blog today for a garbanzo bean salad over quinoa if you want to give it a try. the only thing cooked is the quinoa.

    http://lachapstickfanatique.blogspot.com

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  19. i always get so inspired to eat more simple, whole meals when i see your food posts. i think i would really have an issue with the lack of protein though... i need a good amount to stay full!

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  20. Your breakfast looks delicious! We're hooked on quinoa lately.

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  21. i want details on your thai salad! i mean, i know all the ingredients are listed, but what are/where do you get your micro greens? and what kind of peanut sauce do you like? that is one of my favorite things, but i've never gotten around to making it at home.

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  22. Wow all of those dishes look amazing! Last spring and summer I ate all raw food on a week on week off basis, so raw food one week and the next week my typical vegan fare. I plan on doing that again this summer starting in a few weeks (I am currently trying to kick my coffee habit).

    Seeing this beautiful post pre-lunch time prompted me to made a raw salad for lunch. YUM! and THANKS!

    xo
    D

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  23. pretty pictures and those meals/snacks look delicious! my most recent obsession is yams. not raw, of course, but with a little salt and pepper i just can't get enough :)

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  24. Holy moly how do you not starve to death? Props to you, I guess, but this really doesn't seem like much food, especially if you are active. Don't be too hard on yourself!

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  25. my hideaway & monster cakes:

    don't worry, i definitely eat enough calories :) there are additional snacks throughout the day -- and also this isn't necessarily my exact meal schedule, just ideas for each meal.

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  26. so inspiring. I have been wanting to focus on eating raw for a long time. thanks for this! (and the food is beautiful, too)

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  27. I've never even heard of Hulled Hemp Seed; I'll have to try it! Oh, the things you can learn in the blogosphere....

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful meals - they always make me crave a good, fresh salad.

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  28. breakfast looks so good. the homemade larbars i made are really so good. they taste good enough to be candy and they are packed with protein (and raw!) you should try them!

    dates. almonds. walnuts. cocoa powder.

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  29. You need to go to the farmers market on meridian and apache trail! You can get a whole cart of fresh produce for under 25 dollars! I go every thursday!

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  30. I buy all my veggies, grass fed beef, free range chicken, and the yummiest fish from the Mesa farmers market every friday! My daughter has chickens so we always have fresh eggs! Just makes me feel better about where my food comes from and supporting our local farmers:) not to mention it's pretty fab being able to walk or ride my bike there! Yay for downtown livin!!

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  31. That all looks so insanely yummy!

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  32. Ahhh.. my favorite series on this blog! Looks scrumptious, as always! Really sad about that reaction. When I venture out of my own food bubble, I am shocked with what people eat again and again. I have friends who have told me they don't like, nor do they eat, vegetables and fruits!

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  33. Excellent choice for whole day menu. I'm loving the fruity breakfast treat and the light healthy meals after. Thai salad is a must try.

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  34. you seriously make it look not only possible to eat right, but a real joy! i love these colorful food posts!
    i need a trip to trader joe's this week!

    <3

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  35. Your food is beautiful!

    We pretty much live on quinoa, but I would love to work in more healthy foods. I am taking notes from all of your comments!

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  36. I just had a salad with pan-seared tempeh (covered in cajun seasoning, pretty goo) and I loved it. Since I'm home during the day I try to make myself a healthy lunch. I followed my salad by drinking Orgain - which is chock full of fruits and veggies and vitamins and tastes really great too. A doc developed it for people like cancer patients who can't eat solid food but need the nutrients. Best introduction EVER! I just ordered a whole case from Amazon!

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  37. I have to try that salad and the zucchini and squash with pesto sounds like a great combination.

    I bought amaranth a while ago not knowing what to do with it... you should definitely let me know how it goes! Another thing I have on my shelf and wish I used more of are chia seeds.

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  38. well this is perfect. i'm on my way out the door to do some grocery shopping and now i know that i want.... grapefruit, raspberries and some fresh mozzarella. i wish i knew how to take pictures and then edit them as well. i try but nothing turns out right. i always love these food pictures. mmmmm i still can't get over how yummy that grapefruit looks!

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  39. yum!

    i am working on a blog post in which i divulge a few new raw recipes. these are gorgeous. i think some of your blog readers have never experienced how satisfying real food can be. when you eat nutritionally dense food, you need less. it's a beautiful thing!

    and p.s. i tried making "barbie popcorn" with some amaranth. culinary disaster. i suspect i need more practice with that one.

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  40. I'm pretty sure superstition ranch market will change your life if you've never been there. Of course, if you are a stickler for organic, may not be your thing. It will cut your grocery bill in half though. Main between Higley and Greenfield.

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  41. i am so inspired by these posts. we are trying to eat better! (especially after i polished off all that easter candy, single-handedly. whoops.) and i finally found quinoa at the store, so i'm going to be eating a lot of that soon!
    i'm really looking forward to going to the saturday market all summer and getting the freshest produce.
    i really need to get a blender so i can make great smoothies, but reed says we have enough "novelty kitchen appliances." :)

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  42. I just love the photos you take!!!

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  43. yum! im very surprised at peoples reactions on eating healthy. yes everyone of us enjoys some mexican food/pasta every once in a while but i feel best when i am putting the yummy healthy foods into my body. plus while pregnant and feeding a 2 year old why would we ever want to put packaged dinners and such unhealthy foods into our bodies.

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  44. I love recipe idea and I love everything about your blog!

    Thanks for sharing!

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  45. that doesnt look like enough food or calories for any person, it seems like you will be mal nourished if you continue eating such tiny/calorie-less meals! (speaking from a former anorexic)

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  46. libby, refer to the comment i made above: i definitely eat enough calories :) there are additional snacks throughout the day -- and this isn't necessarily my exact meal schedule, just ideas for each meal.

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  47. yesss!!! ive been trying to eat raw, too!

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