Here it is, our raw month challenge results post! As some of our readers may remember, we decided to do a 30 day raw vegan challenge beginning at the end of April 2014 through May 2014. We never managed to post the results and our thoughts on the challenge before our hard drive crashed over the summer. Shame on us for not backing up, so if you are reading this right now you should make a mental note to back up your important files after you are done reading! Lucky for us, Athanasia kept old school notes with a pen and paper so we are still able to (finally) publish this post. Sure, we lost some of the recipes we had and, of course, any photos we did not already upload to our blog are gone too. However, we can still share with you what we do have. Continue reading Raw Month Challenge
Here in Greece it is time for exams and Athanasia needed a good brain boosting food. Hemp seeds are very nutritious indeed, but most people do not understand they are truly a superfood! Did you know they contain an almost perfect balance of essential fatty acids which help the brain with memory and concentration? Just ask Marjorie Nolan Cohn of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics! So, for our last post during our 30 day raw challenge I present to you the brainiac smoothie! This smoothie also features 7 grams of protein from the hemp seeds alone, here is how you can make one: Continue reading Brainiac Smoothie
Well, here we are winding down with 3 days left of our 30 day challenge. I feel like sharing another recipe I have made twice during the challenge: raw red pepper hummus. I originally made this recipe in Athens a few weeks ago but we loved it so much I made it again last week. We enjoyed it with raw carrot and raw zucchini sticks in Athens and with our raw flax seed crackers here in Patra. It is simple and easy to make provided you have a high powered blender like a Vitamix or Thermo-mix. If you do not you can soak the cashews in water overnight and try using a food processor for a slightly chunkier hummus. Continue reading Raw Red Pepper Hummus
As I have mentioned before in an earlier raw challenge post, I miss pizza! Pizza is my favorite food so it was time to make a raw vegan pizza. I couldn’t be happier with the result and I must say even one piece of this raw vegan pizza is very filling!
It’s time for another smoothie as we have 8 days remaining on the raw vegan challenge! We have made some exciting foods that are delicious during this challenge. Maybe too delicious… We certainly use more nuts than we probably should be using if we really wanted to embrace the challenge. As a result I have only lost 7 kilograms (15.5 pounds) so far. I suppose I could go running more often too though. So, let’s get back to a smoothie with this amazing cinnamon vanilla banana smoothie! Continue reading Cinnamon Vanilla Banana Smoothie
We had not made or had any kind of a dessert since we started our 30 day raw vegan challenge. We both thought it was a good time to try to make one which is how this raw vegan chocolate caramel pie was born! It was important to us to not use any sugar and we were successful thanks to dates and a little bit of agave syrup in the chocolate cream. There are three elements to this pie: the crust, caramel cream and chocolate cream. Let’s get started:
One of our favorite recipes we have made so far is our Vegan Chicken Alfredo Pasta. Since we are still doing our 30 day raw challenge I wanted to make a raw vegan Alfredo pasta. We used raw carrots and raw zucchinis to make the noodles and a delicious Alfredo sauce to drown them in. If you are not following a strict raw diet you can enjoy this dish with a side of marinated tofu (click here for recipe) and some mini-rusks for a more filling meal.
We both love a good raw trail mix, especially as a snack to go! One of our favorite snacks to take with us to the beach last summer was trail mix and I am sure that will continue this summer as well. We decided to start mixing our own trail mixes and have come to love this particular mixture the best. It is very easy and simple to make.
One day, right before we began our 30 day raw vegan challenge, Athanasia made this amazing strawberry banana fruit salad. It instantly became my favorite fruit salad! It is very delicious and easy to make so we made it again last week to enjoy during our challenge. Today marks day 14 of our challenge. Two weeks behind us, two weeks to go. I am feeling very good and am enjoying this challenge quite a bit. I may even be interested in maintaining a 75% to 80% raw vegan diet after we are done at this point. I am looking forward to pizza again too, but I do not crave it anymore at this point. Anyway, here is how we made the fruit salad:
It is day 12 of our challenge. We are in Athens for Athanasia’s cousin’s wedding this weekend, the weather has been beautiful and we are having a wonderful time! I am taking a moment away from the celebration to post today’s recipe: the Warrior Smoothie! We decided to call it this because it is a smoothie packed with nutrients. Continue reading Warrior Smoothie