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Raw Chit-Chat!

Hi everyone!

I'm planning on going raw for the entire month of August and I thought it would be great if we had a raw chit chat spot! I know a lot of other vegwebbers have expressed interest in either eating raw or going raw--so maybe we can help each other out here! I'm a total noob when if comes to raw, but I'm hoping my 30 day experiment will turn me into a master class raw veganist! I will be blogging everyday during August and posting pics and recipes of what I am eating--should be some great stuff plus all the "Raw Blogs" will be public!

I already have a bunch of questions! Can anyone help?

Raw milk--are there any store brands out there or do I have to make my own? Any super simple recipes for nut milk?
Dried sea weed (like wakame) how long do you soak it for?
I don't have a dehydrator and 150 is the lowest setting on my oven--how can I dry/toast oats, etc. and still have them be raw?
How the heck do I make sun tea?

OK then! That's what I got for now--I hope this can be a great place for raw info!!!

http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e171/ginsoak/vegetables2.jpg

you can use chard or other big leafy greens for a wrap

x2! Very good to make wraps this way! I'm not a fan of the walnut taco's though... dunno why. But I made lots of wraps with Chard and Lettuce.

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Have you eaten at grassroots? I've had a few of their raw dishes. Pretty good!

Many times.  I love their raw sushi and raw burrito.  Their kale salad is good too, but mine is better!

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For those of you that have done raw, what was your average calorie intake for the day? Thanks!!  :)

no idea... i don't count cals... but i think the point of eating raw is to get to a place that you should need to think about what you are eating. you should be able to eat when you are hungry and feel good about that. you should NEVER restrict what you eat while doing raw (really ever, imo, in terms of not eating when you are truly hungry)

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Have you eaten at grassroots? I've had a few of their raw dishes. Pretty good!

Many times.  I love their raw sushi and raw burrito.  Their kale salad is good too, but mine is better!

didn't try the raw sushi. I had a raw burrito and one their appetizers... I forget what though...

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Preface:  In the Freezing Watermelon thread it was advised that watermelon could be blended into juice and frozen in ice cube trays.  So I did that. 

Lunch:  There's not much in my fridge, but I do have a bag of mixed lettuce.  I combined a handful of lettuce, six watermelon ice cubes, and a little water in my vitamix and made a KILLER slushie.

The only downside is that I think you need a fat to properly absorb Vit E and I didn't have any in my smoothie, so I ate two kalamata olives.  I loves me the kalamata.

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My dehydrator came Friday, so I'm picking up speed.  I've already tried apple leather, apple rounds, kale chips, mushroom "meatballs", and raw cheeze its!

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Oh and as for calories, I do count mine cuz I'm trying to lose weight as well.  I'm 5.8 pounds down after 2 weeks.  Today was my heaviest calorie day because I was trying recipes (and my first larabar) and not nibbling on fruits and veggies.  Here's what I had:

green smoothie
lemon larabar
amazing italian "meatballs"
large salad wirh cashew ranch dressing
raw cheeze itz with spinach dip
banilla ice cream
-1503 calories...and only the spinach dip wasn't raw

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hey vig! congrats on the loss!

your meals for the day look yummers. you all make me wanna be raw too  :) i'm just kind of sick/lazy right now. but soon. i hope. i will have to plan stuff out a bit so i can be good about it.

i'm going to look at those recipes now. now i'm about 40% raw just eating vegan every day. green smoothies daily. YUM. and fruit.

i got SUGAR PLUMS at the market today. what the heck? never seen/had them before. will have to report back.

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Oh and as for calories, I do count mine cuz I'm trying to lose weight as well.  I'm 5.8 pounds down after 2 weeks.  Today was my heaviest calorie day because I was trying recipes (and my first larabar) and not nibbling on fruits and veggies.  Here's what I had:

green smoothie
lemon larabar
amazing italian "meatballs"
large salad wirh cashew ranch dressing
raw cheeze itz with spinach dip
banilla ice cream
-1503 calories...and only the spinach dip wasn't raw

So 1500 is high for you vig?

Those "meatballs" look good-I think I might try whipping up some of those tonight! Thanks for the links! Keep posting your recipies!!!

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Those "meat"-balls do sound good.  I had been planning to finally use my spiral slicer to make zucchini spaghetti tonight, but now I might wait so I can make the meatballs to go with it.

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I made the meatballs--they taste really good--mine are a little on the too season-ey side though--but I'm going to eat them for lunch with marinara I think--should be yummy!

Vig--were yours squashy or hard? mine were squashy--I think I could have let them dry more--but they were already fully black...

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How would you modify the meatball recipe?  That's one I'd consider taking to my raw food potluck.  How squashy is squashy?

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i am excited. since i tried that delightful coconut ice cream i decided that i needed to learn how to make coconut milk (raw, preferably, to make the rest raw ice cream ever) and i found something!

http://www.ehow.com/how_2090999_make-coconut-milk.html

i can't to to try! i just need to buy a blender (still can't decide weather i am going to splurge on the vitamix).

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How would you modify the meatball recipe?  That's one I'd consider taking to my raw food potluck.  How squashy is squashy?

Here is how I made the meatball recipe--

1 portabella cap
3/4 cup walnuts
1/2 a med. tomato
1/2 red pepper
1 tbls italian seasoning
pinch of sea salt and garlic salt

I dehydrated for 13 hours. They came out black like the pic of vig's--totally firm, but when you bite into them they are moist smooshy--like cake, they have a firm yet soft cake like texture.

I think if I made these again I would put less seasoning in--but besides that I really like the taste of them! I'm going to do a squash marinara with them tonight for dinner!

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My meatballs came out the same after 12 hours, black with soft centers.  I really liked the texture.  I agree they are quite well seasoned.  It would be a good idea to reduce the amount of italian seasoning.  I packed 4 plain ones in my bento today, so a little something stronger flavored to nibble on was fine for that.

I have been hovering at about 1200 calories on most days.  At 1800 calories I maintain, so 1500 is kinda high for losing weight.

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I have a couple zucchini pasta recipes bookmarked...but I'm scared to try them.  Raw zucchini just sounds like it's not a raw newbie sort of dish.  I'd be interested to hear how you like it.

Those "meat"-balls do sound good.  I had been planning to finally use my spiral slicer to make zucchini spaghetti tonight, but now I might wait so I can make the meatballs to go with it.

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i love raw zuchinni. it's nice and clean tasting.

but its cold here and raining/storms so i'm gonna turn my oven on. heh heh.  8-)

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I like raw zucchini too--really good with hummus!

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I like raw zucchini sliced up on a salad. 

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hehe ok you convinced me...I'll have to pick one up next time I go grocery shopping.  I'm assuming if I don't have a fancy gadget I can just grate for noodles...right?

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