Friday, August 21, 2009

Raw Day 6

Tonight we ate at Fin, a new sushi restaurant that opened down the street from our house. My intention was to find a few items that would be suitable for my raw experimentation...however, my weakness for sushi combined with my ravenous hunger thwarted my plan. Although technically raw, fish is not considered a staple of the raw diet/lifestyle. I felt a tinge of guilt, as my cravings were stronger than my willpower, but decided that I had worked out hard during the week and likely needed an extra protein boost...right!? And, I guess if I was going to "cheat", salmon, yellowtail, avocado, cucumber, and seaweed were probably pretty much my best bet, as far as healthy choices are concerned. The wine and sake those are a different story...I'll be back on track for Monday.

I love the way that eating raw makes me feel, I'm sleeping better, feel more energized, and have not experienced any of the normal bloating or blahs that are experienced with a normal cooked, higher protein, meat-rich diet, but don't know that I would want to give up sushi...the flavors, the texture, and of course the health benefits of both salmon and seaweed... I also wonder how realistic this lifestyle would be, in cities other than San Francisco, L.A., and New York, which support and embrace such a lifestyle. Just a thought.

I created these rolls using English cucumbers that I had sliced lengthwise on a mandolin. I then took four slices of the cucumber and layered them to create my wrapper, which filled with julienned (sort of matchstick slices) carrots and red bell peppers, red mustard microgreens (added a nice spiciness), sprouted sunflower seeds, avocado, basil, mint, and sea salt. I rolled this all up into a nice little roll and ate it like a little burrito. The crunchiness and freshness of this roll was a welcome combination. And, I love the combination of the mint and basil...sort of similar to a Thai summer roll.

Smoothie w/Almond Milk, Banana, Strawberries, and Frozen Mango and Pineapple
Handful of Raw Granola

CrossFit Workout:
400M Run
20 Overhead Squats
20 GHD Sit Ups
20 GHD Back Extensions
Five Rounds of:
Max Rep Bench Press (70lbs)
Max Rep Pull Ups
Kettle Bell Clinic


Crossfit Richardson said...

Hey Jen!!
So glad to finally get my eyes on this blog. YOU are amazing!! Your food is gorgeous, and I just wish I could pick it up through the computer screen and take a bite! Really, I'm just so impressed. Keep the posts coming. You are disciplined indeed....and I'm inspired! See you soon at CrossFit!~Julia

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