Another New Beginning-Raw Vegan for about a day

Another New Beginning-Raw Vegan for about a day

After two long hard Chicago winters in a row where it seemed the holiday eating seasons never ended, I found myself looking in the mirror and not being too happy with the way my clothes were fitting. The first sign of warm weather a couple of weeks ago got me excited about my vegetable garden and fresh spring veggies in general. I’ve heard so many people talk about how they thrived on a raw vegan diet. When a colleague sent me a 10 day transformation program to try out that included a vegan protein powder, amino acid tablets, and cherry concentrate I thought now may be a good time to see if I could do it. The food list on the program was pretty short but I thought I would do three shakes a day, avocados and greens and see how I fared. I like the protein powder-it’s a vanilla chai flavor and you’ll find out how much I like chai pretty soon. And I really do love vegetables. But I’m hungry, and I’m cold!  We are back to chilly weather again. So in reality I’m having two shakes and some warmer food. Last night it was roasted Brussels sprouts and a handful of nuts. Today I tried using coconut milk instead of water in the shake and  I’m not as hungry. Maybe it will work out after all. So, my dear readers what I would like to hear from you is-are any of you doing a raw vegan diet, what are your favorite dishes and how do you do it when the outside temperature begs for warm food?

Recipe: Easy Roasted Brussels Sprouts

1 pound fresh Brussels sprouts

2 tablespoons avocado or olive oil

6 peeled whole garlic cloves

Himalayan salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1/4 cups walnuts or your  favorite nut (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°

Wash and halve Brussels sprouts. Toss in a roasting pan with oil, garlic cloves, salt and pepper

Cook uncovered 20 minutes, stir, then finish cooking for 10 minutes or to desired doneness

Remove from oven, add lemon juice and optional nuts. Stir it all together before serving.

I’m so new at this blogging thing that I forgot to take a picture of them before I ate them :)

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