The day started off with some delicious and aromatic saffron tea followed by some ripe bananas. I enjoyed the tea while oven baking some green raw coffee.
Once the coffee was roasted and cooled I ground it down with some cardamom and I brewed a small but strong thick and syrupy cup of coffee.
Then while I was vacuuming and cleaning my house I was able to oven bake a few batches of kale chips (not raw).
I used to make "raw" ones years ago but my feeling is once you dehydrate them and get all the water out of them it's about the same thing. So I sold my Excalibur Dehydrator on craigslist to someone who makes Hollywood special effects make up and body parts - props for scary movies :).
The kale chips are a fun and healthy snack but you're ultimately better off eating fresh raw kale instead of baking or dehydrating them. And even boiling it in soups and stews is a great nourishing option.
The kale baking turned out spectacular.
I made 2 flavors
The first one was kale, nutritional yeast, peanut butter, coconut oil, soy sauce and chile.
|Raw and ready to go in the oven.|
|Spicy, peanut butter coated kale chips.|
The second batch was Chocolate, maple syrup, vanilla and peanut butter kale chips. Sounds odd but believe me - you don't even taste the kale. It's just a crunchy airy base for the maple cacao peanut butter mix.
I baked them at around 250-275 F and I turned them over 2-3 times to make sure they were all evenly baked/dried.
|Chocolate Maple Kale Chips with Vanilla and Chipotle|
While I was still busy cleaning I decided to get some strong chamomile tea going for after I am done with the house chores.
After the tea I ate the maple chips... mmm yes a whole batch which seemed pretty small considering how much kale there was before baking it. It turned out to be very filling. So that was lunch and I headed out to meet a friend for a hike.
|I managed to catch a beautiful sunset overlooking the city.|
And headed home. A few friends came over so I had a glass of wine and a few huge mugs of chamomile tea with almond milk.
The wine was biodynamic and yummy. I get this question a lot. Do I drink? Not often. With occasion I have wine. On a summer afternoon I have wine. When I travel europe I have beer. I love microbreweries. I don't really pay attention to it but sometimes I have wine once a month or less, sometimes 2x week if there is a lot of fun activities going on. I find wine to be very blood building from a chinese medicine perspective and I DO KNOW how to value it :) As long as it's not a habit I consider wine to be a healthy and full of antioxidants drink. WINE is nature's nectar. I might even be a tiny bit of a wine snob. I love cuvees, australian cuvees, californian cuvees, love syrahs and certain pinots, lately cabernet has been good.
"WINE IS BOTTLED POETRY"
ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON
|The size of my tea mug :)|
Dinner was a healthy huge raw veggie platter with 2 dips.
Carrots (they make the dip sweet and work as a base to thicken it)
(optional- garlic, spices, hot pepper, oil, salt)
But I noticed that this dip is super yummy with fewer ingredients.
Cinnamon and cayenne on top.
The kale dip turned out creamy and delicious. It reminded me of a spinach mayo dip. Just a much healthier version.
The second dip was carrots, tofu, spices, tomato juice, coconut milk (sorry if there is one food I had to pick to live on if I was stranded on a deserted island I think I would have to go with young coconuts :).
I love me some young coconuts :) )
|Vegan raw carrot creamy dip!|
The carrot dip color was spectacular. Milky peach orange. I don't think these pictures are doing it any justice :)
I added some freshly squeezed lime juice on top of the dips.
Then I decided to put everything in Cron-O-Meter - a website that tracks your calories and nutrients for the day/week. You may find this interesting!
For mostly having veggies and fruit this looks pretty impressive. Selenium is low, but in general, selenium is a nutrient we can't rely to get from our food supply because the soil is so depleted. BRAZIL NUTS ARE A VERY GOOD SOURCE OF SELENIUM.
Also the Vitamin D and B12 come from the store bought Almond Milk so if I had used homemade milk the values were gonna be at 0.
The high Vitamin K and A values are obviously from the kale, cabbage and carrots :)
OK this was all my food and drinks for the day :)
My macro nutrients ratios were at 70 20 10. A higher in fat day which happens here and there as I don't really pre-plan anything.
(my blogging skills are still a bit rough around the edges but I am working on polishing them