Thirty days ago I shared with all of you my realization that the raw vegan diet I was following was not meeting my nutritional needs. When I first focused on a high raw diet, I experienced a great boost in energy, easy weight loss and a new sense of mental clarity. But after a few years my body fat percentage was sitting around 12%, I had not had a period in years, my appetite was weak and my skin was dry and cracking. I didn’t feel sick. I was running endurance races, achieving at work and very active in my community but people often commented on how “tiny” I looked.
I decided a few months ago that I was going to focus on my health and creating a life full of joy. So when Becoming Raw arrived in my mailbox I knew I had the tools I needed to reevaluate my food choices. I devoured the nutritional information that Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina had painstakingly compiled. I started to understand how to design a diet that celebrated the health promoting properties of produce and provided all of the vitamins and minerals in a way that my body could absorb and use.
Since then, I have really enjoyed sharing recipes, menus and interesting information with all of you. I have really appreciated your words of support and wisdom throughout the month. I know the internet can be a weird and wacky place but it can also create connections and community never imagined in the pre-digital age. Thank you for your comments…they mean a lot.
So, on this last day of April, I bring you the last recipe in Becoming Raw: Tutti Frutti (aka my niece and nephews’ favourite soft-serve).
This is my one-serving version. Take one frozen, ripe banana. Put it in your food processor (a blender or Champion Juicer can also be used).
Pulse to break up the banana, add a cup of frozen blueberries (or mango, strawberry, raspberry, etc). Feel free to add any other flavours you enjoy – I added a little vanilla extract. The blueberry banana combo would also taste great with a little cardamon or lavender.
Process until it reaches a perfectly smooth soft-serve texture.
Top with your favourite sundae garnishes – shredded coconut, cocoa nibs, goji berries, chopped dates, nuts, or seeds.
Savour the simple, satisfying sweetness of this delicious treat.
Since you stuck with me to the end, I wanted to share 5 tips I gleaned from a month focused on Becoming Raw:
- It is hard to honour your body’s needs during 8 hour meetings – I wish health came first in our society, but it doesn’t. So, pack snacks, use the washroom when you can, and practice yogic breathing when life demands more then you think you can give.
- I need to eat greens at least twice a day. I now add them to smoothies, salads, soups, and underneath any entree.
- I need to add whole-food sources of fats to my meals – ground flax, hemp seeds, avocados, almonds and walnuts have all found a newly cherished spot in my diet.
- I love adding warming spices like cinnamon and ginger to my everyday eats. These flavours simply make my meals more enjoyable.
- My health is worth the cost of good food, the energy required for exercise and the intention to get a good night’s sleep.
Did you pick up any nuggets of knowledge from the last 30 posts? or from your own learning about healthy living?
In May I will continue to post vegan recipes (oven made flax crackers and flax pancake variations are already on the list) and training updates but I’m also going to focus on sharing the moments that bring me joy. Each post will include a “May’d me Smile” moment. If you have a blog and you want to do the same I would love to see the blogosphere flooded by little reminders of all the Awesome Things that happen in the world.
There will be some Giveaways in the near future so stayed tuned!