Clean, Green Food

March 17th, 2010 · Lisa · gluten-free, nut-free, raw, Recipes, Snacks, sugar-free · Comments

I am very serious in my devotion to the regular consumption of dark leafy greens. Since today is the day that the rest of the world seems to wake up and realize the joy of eating/drinking green things I thought this would be my chance to be on the same bandwagon as everyone else.

The last time I tried to join the crowd I ended up wearing a funny hat and speaking in a high-pitched voice (I hope things will be different this time).

On my last day at Disney my brother and I decided to pretend to be Superfans (complete with overuse of hyperbole and grating voices). We had a lot of fun…my Mom (the sole witness) did not.

Anyway, back to the greens. As I mentioned in my last post I am working on a review of Clean Food. Last night I enjoyed a big bowl of kale with pine nuts and currants. I love the rich flavour of kale when it is quickly sauteed with garlic and onions. I enjoy raw kale but this recipe reduces the bitterness of the pungent green and balances the dish with creamy pine nuts and sweet currents. The entire meal took about 10 minutes to prepare. Perfect for a nutritious week-night bite.

Kale is not the only green I crave. After the brief appearance of Shamrock shakes in my childhood (I think I only had it once but I remember really liking it) I automatically associate green coloured food with mint flavour. Since I have no intention of visiting the golden arches to procure their seasonal shake (do they still make it?) I decided to prepare something that would satisfy my craving and support my well-being. I came up with this mint coconut yogurt.

Mint Coconut Yogurt
2 cups fresh coconut meat
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
1 3oz bottle of non-dairy Bio-K probiotic
1 tsp apple cider vinegar (lime juice would be better but I was all out)
1 tbsp raw agave
A few splashes of coconut water (to assist with blending)

I blended the ingredients until they were fairly smooth (my Blendtec is acting up) and then put the container in my dehydrator at 95 degrees overnight. In the morning, I moved the container to my fridge.

It now has a lovely, tangy flavour. I have enjoyed the yogurt as a topping with numerous fruit options and on its own by the spoonful. This yogurt would also be a great way to assist your digestive tract today if you decide to indulge in some of the more traditional St. Patrick’s day delights (remember…Guinness is not vegan!)

As a personal update:

  1. Over the next couple of weeks I am exploring a number of different workouts. I am trying something different everyday. I will be starting a new structured training program on April 1st. I am attending a triathlon workshop in mid April and am considering training for my first 30k race.
  2. As I review Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina’s new book Becoming Raw I will share my experiences in following their suggestions, meal plans and recipes. It has become my bedtime reading this week.
  3. I am registering for a photography class this Spring. I’m really excited and I hope it will improve the look of things around here.
  4. I decided to cancel my trip to Kaua’i. It was a really hard decision. I cried a little when I made the call. But, for a number of reasons, I knew it was the wrong time for me to go. I’m still planning to spend a month in Thailand this fall but for now, I will have to experience the beauty of Hawaii in my dreams.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day. What green foods are you enjoying today?

7 Comments

  1. Posted March 17, 2010 at 8:58 am

    Hi Lisa!

    What is the 30k race you are thinking of training for? I would love to hear of any races that you know of that are around that length.

    I have heard of Around the Bay and thought it sounded great, but I'm still not a winter runner yet so I wouldn't be able to train for it. I'd love to hear any suggestions you have. 🙂

  2. Posted March 17, 2010 at 9:08 am

    Oooh, yummy, that coconut mint yogurt looks divine! I need to experiment more with yogurts. As a side note, McD's does still make the shamrock shake…some coworkers went to get some and one person's review was "It tastes like a vanilla milkshake with Crest toothpaste in it." So you're probably not missing much 😉

  3. Posted March 17, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    You look adorable in that hat. I'm anxious to hear what you think of Becoming Raw. I'm looking for a balanced view of eating raw food and/or a cookbook. I'm not a big fan of raw desserts but would like to try different types of salads.

  4. Posted March 17, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    When you're closer to leaving for Thailand let me know. We can at least point you in the direction of some of the vegan options in Bangkok and Chiang Mai.

  5. Posted March 17, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    Mint coconut yogurt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOW sounds great, love mint and coconut! 🙂
    Pure2Raw twins

  6. Posted March 18, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    barbee,
    The one I'm thinking of is in Toronto in August. It is an evening race which seems interesting to me.

    a-k,
    I think I enjoyed the yogurt more than your co-worker did her shake. Sometimes nostalgia makes things sweeter.

    Tracy,
    Stay tuned…I really think you will enjoy the future posts about Becoming Raw.

    Jana,
    I promise to be in touch about Thailand. I could use a lot of advice. I've never been anywhere in Asia before.

    Twins,
    It was a nice combination but I'm inspired to try new flavours in the future.

  7. Posted March 30, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    Ooh, more mint! Yum.

    What photography class did you sign up for? I'm planning to take one myself, but I haven't found any that look good yet.

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