Saturday, April 17, 2010

Quickie Blackberry Nut Milk Ice Cream & other confessions

Happy Saturday night everyone! Hey, so my kids wanted Thrifty (now Rite-Aid) ice cream. So like a good mom I went and got them some and had to hold two pints of cookie dough and pralines and cream ice cream in each hand for the drive home..How agonizing was that? I do not care how healthy the raw diet is, I miss ice cream. So I decided to make a quickie raw version using some brazil nut milk I had in the frig and some fresh blackberries. It was like magic – well almost…it turned out pretty good and calmed my ice cream cravings down.

I have made some killer raw ice cream before using a recipe from Jennifer Cornbleet's Raw Dessert Book (and I mean it was to die for!). This was a quickie version and it did the trick. I kept the agave to a minimum as I seem to feel it if I eat too much of that stuff (kind of the way I feel when I used to eat too much sugar).


Now onto the confession part – Forgive me for I have sinned. I am a very bad raw girl! It has been five months on the High Raw Diet – and yesterday I decided to treat myself to some crappy fast food at my fav place Del Taco. I ordered a small bean burrito no cheese. Its VEGAN. So why did I feel so guilty?

I am sure the guilt stems from that the fact that there is probably crappy ingredients in the tortilla and beans. I can make my own beans and buy my own tortillas and at least know every single ingredient that is in there. I do know that Del Taco has vegan beans and tortillas so at least that is good to know. But I have to confess that I LOVED EVERY BITE OF THAT BURRITO. I do feel deprived on the raw diet lately and I cannot help it. I am going thru a "If I eat another salad I am going to kill myself" phase!

~ Although this salad with Creamy Tahini dressing (recipe from was really good ~

It is such a pain in the butt to make salads and eat healthy sometimes!

Ya know Dr. Fuhrman (the Eat to Live Doc) says if you can eat healthy 90% of the time you have mastered the art of healthy eating. So maybe I should treat myself every now and then to vegan cooked stuff. I am still high raw (like on average 80-90%) but I do enjoy the cooked vegan food ALOT when I have it!

Here is a list of cooked vegan food I have had throughout my duration of being High Raw (I have been 100% Vegan since I started and NEVER deviated from that – my kids were daring me to try a bite of real ice cream tonight!)

  • Homemade Veggie burgers
  • Quinoa Spaghetti and Organic Spaghetti sauce
  • Stir Fry Veggies
  • Roasted and baked potatoes
  • Pinto beans
  • A few French fries here and there
  • Baked sweet potatoes
  • Gluten Free and Vegan Scones (Homemade and killer)
  • and ONE small Del Taco Bean Burrito NO cheese!

Now I have stayed high raw even though I have incorporated some of these items into my diet now and then. I could really see myself going more cooked vegan and REALLY enjoying it! So I am going to start making that transition. Especially since I cannot stay raw and backpack in the high Sierra's for two weeks, I better get my bod used to digesting cooked food.

I have to be careful though as I could easily be an overweight vegan. I like to eat ALOT of food and I can do that on raw and not gain weight. I know I would gain weight eating alot of vegan spaghetti and scones!

So I hope everyone has a great weekend! Summer is almost here! I went for a four mile walk today with the hubby and daughter. Trying to get into shape for upcoming backpacking trips!


bitt of raw said...

I know what you mean about body gaining weight. My body tends to hang onto cooked starches.

I go through sick of salad phases. What I do instead are marinated veggies, kelp noodles, raw crackers, dips, sauerkraut. And I try to keep it to one salad a day. I figure I am getting plenty of greens with green juice and smoothies so why push it with two salads?

Antony Heaven said...

Why feel guilty? You say yourself that you loved every bite of that burrito and (it is my belief that) eating food with love is important, especially if it helps you from killing yourself over another salad :-)

Cathy said...

I am not raw or vegan but the diet I follow is strict (few grains and lots of veggies). I stick to it pretty good most of the time and have decided not to feel guilty when I have days that I indulge in a missed favorite food. As long as I get back on track right away, I think an occassionally splurge is good. Your salad does look pretty tasty though.

VivaciousVegan said...

Ahh Raw, I think it is ok that your splurged....We all need to indulge once in awhile, and you stayed vegan instead of loading up on meat and cheese, so Congratulations for that! It is hard to be raw....I keep failing....alot! I love the ice cream, it sounds awesome!!!
I think you are doing great!

TheFitnessFreak said...

That ice cream looks amazing Judy!

As for the burrito, I'm actually envious that you can bounce back and forth between Raw and Vegan. I am too OCD and am afraid of going hog wild to ever eat cooked Vegan food. I hope one day I can find balance and dabble in the cooked Vegan realm : ) I was Vegan for 2 years but ended up eating too much Vegan junk food. I have been gaining wait lately so I'm going to have to figure something out!


Leslie said...

The ice cream looks oh so yummy! I've just been gluten free for a week and so far so good...I'm learning alot about eating veggies :) I see where you take turmeric...does it help with inflammation?

blessedmama said...

Judy, don't beat yourself up about the burrito. You'll have more success on your food journey if you aren't hating it and resenting it. Raw is something wonderful to attain, and I think you're doing a great job. I've seen lots of raw sites online that offer tons of recipes for food other than salads. Maybe you could play around with one of those? Having fun with food and being healthy at the same time is a good rule of thumb for me. :) said...

the dessert looks fab!! i hear you about the salads. it does take a lot of time, but i always feel better when i eat them. if i must suffer with a fast food salad, i do like arbys salads. they're not bad. you have such a beautiful blog!!

blessedmama said...

Judy, come on over to my blog. I have a prize for you to pick up! Dated May 25th.