No More Dairy!
Quinoa, millet and lentils, oh my...
Date: 9/15/2007 4:37:42 AM ( 14 y ) ... viewed 2536 times
This is the weekend that I try eating an all vegan, mostly-raw diet-
no animal products at all! No protein powder, since the ones I've
found come from animals or soy (I rarely eat soy). No
more yogurt or cottage cheese. No beloved sushi. I bought my foods using
McDougall's list as my guide. He is not a raw foodist; he advocates a
plant & carbohydrate-based diet. Some of the foods on his list
I'll have no problem eating raw, but others I will very gladly cook. My
experience last year with soaked grains left much to be desired.
At Whole Foods I found cooked millet at the salad bar. On the
shelves of Whole Foods and Trader Joe's I found seeds: pepitos, shelled
hemp and ground flax. The flax is probably not raw, but the other two
are. Also, a box of quinoa. Being 100% raw with these foods will be a
challenge if I can't find a pleasant way to prepare whole grains, but
I'm not terribly worried about this; I'm more concerned with getting
all my nutritional needs met through whole foods that are as
unprocessed as possible before I get to them.
Other foods I
bought include: lentils, pinto beans, mango, bananas, kiwifruit,
tomatoes, garlic, scallions, cilantro, avocados, Ezekiel sprouted
bread, spinach leaves, yams and limes. These will join the couscous,
sunflower seeds, almonds, kidney beans, and black beans already in the
house. Another trip to the store and I'll have additional vegetables and
fruits to round out my menu.
My challenge will be to see how
creative I can be with foods I normally don't eat. I have no real
experience with millet or quinoa, and my experience with beans often
included smoked ham or, at the very least, sazon seasoning (which I
cannot find down here!). I should be cutting back on the salt and
spices anyway, because it's good to enjoy nature's foods plain. I'm a
little worried about the beans because I know they will be
bland. I will definitely need to look up recipes to make this stuff
interesting and varied.
I made a test menu for tomorrow to see
what the nutritional profile would be. In the morning I have a smoothie
with the main ingredients being banana, mango and hemp seeds- simple, and apparently the
hemp seeds will make it very creamy. For lunch I have a salad with all
sorts of seeds and grains. I have 1.5 ounces of almonds as a snack.
For dinner I've got lentils and broccoli, and will probably make a
little salsa or salad. The profile looks like this: 48 grams of fiber
(I'll probably get sick from that!), about 65 grams of protein, 188
carbs, 76 grams of healthy fat (7 gms saturated), all for 1,595
calories. I think this is decent for a first pass.
If anyone has ideas for dealing with the grains and legumes, I'd appreciate both vegan and raw recipes!!
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