10 Days of Raw Meals

August 9, 2011

{Radish Salad: radishes, tomatoes, parsley, and black olives tossed in a honey apple cider vinaigrette, and topped with avocado.}

Readers, it’s been raw food all the time recently at 5thjoy, and I promise we’ll get back to interiors, travel, beauty and fashion before long.

But before we do, many of you requested a look at what a raw foodist (yep, that’s official term) eats on a daily basis.  So here’s a peek at 10 days in my diet.

Tracking meals was a labor of love for you all; the beauty  of eating this way is you don’t have to record or monitor a thing.  Your body tells you what it wants to eat and how much. Because of the water and fiber content in fresh produce, overeating is almost a physical impossibility.  I’ve thrown calorie-counting to the wind, and it’s gloriously liberating.

At the time of recording the meals I was not eating completely raw.  You’ll notice a few slices of toast and even cooked food here and there.  The toast cravings eased up and I’m no longer having it.

As for cooked food, I’m going to have some once in a while.  Eating isn’t just about nutrition.  There will be times when it makes sense to eat cooked food: on holidays, as a guest in someone’s house, and while traveling.  It’s my hunch that eating non-raw 5% of the time will help me stay raw the other 95%.

All right, enough blather.  Ready to get on the avocado and olive oil train?

Day 1: Thursday

  • Tall green juice
  • Lara bar
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • Arugula salad, tomatoes & avocado
  • 1 cup strawberries & blackberries
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 red pepper
  • Arugula and mixed greens
  • Dressing: olive oil, raw honey, lemon juice, salt and pepper

Day 2: Friday

  • 2 large green juices
  • 10 am: 1 Lara bar
  • 12:30 pm: 1 cup blueberries
  • Handful of cheesy kale chips
  • 2 zucchinis, sliced into noodles, tossed with 2 tbsp garlic scape pesto and 1 cup grape tomatoes
  • 2 cups cherries
  • Green Herb Dip with red peppers
  • Jicama and carrot salad
  • 4-5 spring rolls with soy dipping sauce (wrapper & sauce not raw)
  • Lots more cheesy kale chips

Day 3: Saturday

  • 2 pieces Ezekiel bread (not raw)
  • 1 tbsp raw almond butter
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 cup kale with lemon dressing & raw cashews
  • 1 cup cherries
  • 2 green juices
  • Sunflax raw focaccia “bread”
  • Large Greekish salad: spinach, sunflower sprouts, 1/2 large cucumber, 1 tomato, several salad radishes, 10 Greek olives, pine nuts (not raw), dressing (olive oil, lemon juice, raw honey, s&p)
  • Red pepper scoops (3/4 large pepper) and radish quarters, guacamole (equivalent of 1 avocado)
  • 1 square dark chocolate, 1 fig, 1/3 cup blueberries.

Day 4: Sunday

  • 8 am: 1 green juice
  • 11 am: Chopped broccoli florets tossed with garlic scape pesto, tomatoes, carrots, 1 small avocado
  • 2 champagne mangoes
  • 2 pm: 1 slice Sunflax focacia bread
  • 4 pm: Another small bowl of broccoli salad
  • 2 cups tabbouleh (not raw)
  • Large green salad
  • Handful dried fruit
  • 3 raw macaroons
  • 10 black olives

Day 5: Monday

  • Lara bar
  • 2 coconut waters
  • Huge salad: 3 cups greens, 1 cucumber, 1 cup grape tomatoes, 10 black olives, 1 small avocado, dressing w/ 1 tsp raw honey, 2 tbsp olive oil, lemon, apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 bowl mango corn gazpacho
  • A LOT of guacamole
  • Bites of raw hummus (as I made it)
  • Bites of beet salad (as I made it)
  • Green salad with raspberries

Day 6: Tuesday

  • 2 green juices
  • Large green salad with 2 cups shredded beets, carrots, 1/2 avocado, 6 black olives
  • 1/2 cup raw hummus with 4 celery sticks
  • Broccoli pesto bowl with 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 2 figs
  • 1/2 cup raw hummus with 4 celery sticks
  • 3 raw macaroons

Day 7: Wednesday

  • 2 green juices
  • Medium salad with red onion, tomatoes, cucumber, mixed greens, 1/2 avocado
  • Lots of raw hummus with sunflower flax chips
  • Mini Lara bar
  • Large green salad
  • Raw vegan lemon tart (also sold locally at The Common Crow in Gloucester)

Day 8: Thursday

Day 9: Friday

  • 2 green juices
  • Lara bar
  • 1 cup kale with raw cashews in lemon dressing
  • 1 medium spinach salad
  • 2 cups shredded beet salad with citrus vinaigrette
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 cereal bowl of cherries
  • 1  handful cheesy kale chips
  • small green salad with 1 cup fresh peas
  • 1.5 cups sugar snap peas
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup raw hummus
  • 2 large handfuls cheesy kale chips
  • 1 square dark chocolate

Day 10: Saturday

  • 2 green juices
  • 2 summer squashes sliced into noodles, tossed with 3-4 tbsp basil & garlic scape pesto made with raw pine nut butter
  • 2.5 tomatoes
  • 1.5 cups red grapes
  • Handful flax seed crackers
  • Large green salad


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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Steph. August 10, 2011 at 11:12 am

That is a beautiful photo at the top! This all looks amazing. I will definitely make the raw hummus recipe. I am about 80% raw now…I put a quick recipe for kale salad on my blog if you want to check it (it’s about 2 entries down, I think!).

Thanks for sharing this! :)


Marsha Nikooforsat August 17, 2011 at 6:04 pm

Fantastic!! If only others knew this is the absolute best way to eat. I am a body builder so I must have a protein choice daily. I usually broil a piece of fish with a broiled bunch of asparagus or sauté some greens or spinach in olive oil, but as far as the fruits and the raw items……absolute heaven!!! Thank you so much for the variety of salads, I can introduce into my food choices.


Robin August 22, 2011 at 11:21 pm

I made your green herb dip for some friends tonight — added the black beans and served with blue tortilla chips — and they loved it. As did I! Thank you for this 10-day peek into your raw foodist world. Would love continued recipes/ideas.


ralph August 29, 2011 at 11:47 am

Abby, I have to admit that looks absolutely delicious. Thank you for putting all this together, it really is interesting to see it all come together, and sound delicious at the same time. I don’t think going completely raw would work for me, but I will definitely incorporate a bunch of these recipes. Especially the healthy snacks (my downfall). :)

Thanks, and hope you’ve been well. Also hope you and the Mr. and your families stayed safe through Irene!


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