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post #41 of 189
Forgot to mention that my kids also like things like marinated mushrooms and pate. The pate is nice inside celery sticks, or stuffed into hollowed out tomatoes or red pepper.
Or dates, slit lengthwise and filled with nut butter.
Pudding with bananas, mango, strawberry.
Banana ice cream (just frozen bananas that have been mushed in the food processor).
Anything rolled in a lettuce leaf.
I have lots of fun with prep, too, I make sure there are lots of colours, or maybe a smiley face made from sliced or chopped veg. My kids love to be involved in making the food, too.
post #42 of 189
Great ideas, mamas. My kids are mostly raw (their choice) but dd gets bored really fast. New ideas are always a good thing.
We own a small independant gym, and dh trains this guy from NYC. They were talking diets and the guy mentioned he was 100% raw and had been for years. Dh was interested because that's the direction we're heading but dh is a very active athlete and didn't know if it would sustain him. the guy was very helpdful, but did tell some things took awhile to get used to. Dh asked for examples and the guy told him that the most difficult was CHICKEN :Puke :Puke I'm like, honey, please don't ever mention that again. My pregnant mind can't take it.
post #43 of 189
Yuuuuuuuuuuummmmmmmmmm! I LOVE Raw!!!!My dad bought me a raw cookbook in the spring and then I went to this Raw restaraunt in NYC this summer and fell completely in love!
We have tons of raw coobooks, but not a lot of the equipment (the vita mix or any blender made before 1980, the dehydrator).
Our(Dp and mine) plane is when DS stops EBF or in the summer (produce sucks right now around here), we will do the raw thang. We love it and it make you feel soooooo awesome!!
post #44 of 189
Oh gack. Chicken. :shudder:

Storm Talifero has an ebook about building muscle mass, have you seen it?
http://www.thegardendiet.com/aboutmuscle.html
post #45 of 189
Ok-I want (no NEED) to get started. I just don't know exactly how to organize a beginning. Does that sound dumb? I'm afraid of the horrible cravings I will get...and DP doesn't want to eat raw. Will you raw mamas help motivate me?
post #46 of 189
mamafrog-
was reading your blog and wondered- how does one prepare/eat coconut. I love coconut flavor but have never enjoyed it fresh...it makes my mouth water just thinking about it....
post #47 of 189
i'm raw! just subbing now, will post more later
post #48 of 189
What a cool thread! I hope it's okay if I join. I am about 98% vegan (still have the ocassional processed food with non vegan ingredients and am not extremely careful when out somewhere) and have been veg for 13 years. My current goal is 50% raw - my ultimate goal (right now anyway) is 80% raw. I have to transition my family though. I have 3 kiddos and am pregnant and am SO NOT willing to make to meals at a time! I just bought this book which looks fantastic. It's called "Raw in Ten Minutes" by Bryan Au. It looks like he either owns or is planning to open a raw food restaurant in San Francisco called "Pa-Raw-Dise." (kind of corny-but kind of cute!) I'm hoping to visit when we go in June! Anyway, I completely understand the comment about being in a cold place and wanting heavy cooked foods. I'm in Denver and I'm freezing! (Actually the weather's good here now, but I'm always cold in the first trimester and the weather's been cold then warm then cold then....). I am definitely going to try that strawberry pie when we get some good organic strawberries around here. The ones we have now look awful!
post #49 of 189
-Being raw is so simple, just eat an apple or a carrot. But because we are transitioning from cooked style food, it is easier for us to start with complicated raw food creations, so it is up to you how complicated you want it to be. I still want complicated things after 2 months all raw. But I hope after couple years just be happy with a fruit or some greens from the garden or even better - some wild greens...
For now I will learn to grow some edible plants in my balcony, because we live in a condo. I am eating my aloe vera in the smoothies and some mint already. That's live food. Other live food is sprouts from the market. My two year old now a lot into them, so we use like a box a day.
post #50 of 189
danieliausmama, sprouting is sooooo easy! All you need is a quart jar and a lid (you can buy a special lid for sprouting really cheaply). Then you can buy seeds to sprout. Specialty seeds can be expensive, but if you have access to bulk seeds/legumes/etc, its really cheap. For example, sprouted lentils are fast and easy and great in salads!
post #51 of 189

Raw kids

Hi all, i'm late this post. First of all: Planta, thanks a lot for your fantastic input. You've inspired me!!!

I want to bring something up: are your children raw as well, or if you like me are trying to go the raw way, do you make your children go that way with you? My son and I are vegan so we are used to eat salads and lots of fruits. he, on the other hand, loves bread and other cooked stuff. he never asks me for something that is not in the house, he just chooses from the various options available. However, I don't know if this is just because he's only 3. Anyone have experiences to share?
post #52 of 189
also, a website on raw kids i ran into today, from a raw newsletter:

http://www.radiantchildren.com/
post #53 of 189
Hi Mab,

I'm glad you found something useful in what I wrote.
About my ds (3): I am torn concerning his diet. On one hand I don't want him to experience any discomfort that is brought about by a strict diet, and on the other I feel perfectly silly giving him food that I consider bad for myself (I am 100%). So what I do is try very hard to make raw food attractive enough so that he wants it, but I don't refuse him some cooked "treats" when I feel he really craves them. I comfort myself with the thought that his diet is waaay better than the average and he is very healthy and huge. Also, I hope very much that we'll have our land this year and we'll grow lots of yummy stuff. He is crazy for what we can pick from our garden (unfortunately not much at the moment, only some baby carrots, peas and cherry tomatoes), so I expect him to eat even more raw when he has lots of attractive options.

To me, cooked grains are a real enemy to kids. Adults can make a conscious effort to limit the intake, but for kids it's hard. I heard of so many kids that want to eat practically only grains (of course in a million forms, but that doesn't change the ingredients). This leads, in my opinion, to a lot of vitamin and mineral deficiencies that can't be simply solved with supplements. A solution could be introducing raw crackers (based on seeds, fruits and veggies) that give the satisfaction of something dry and "filling" (actually bad for the stomach, but that's where the cooked diet led us).

The radiant website is great - it's motivating to see that raw is possible for kids!
post #54 of 189
I do not like that either, but i do go to the forums on her website, because they are very active and most people on them are vegan raw, but as you can understand you are not alowed to critisize her views and I think that is fair, since it is her website. Although sometimes I get annoyed by moderators there trying to push her books and dvds.
post #55 of 189
I begun eating raw before getting pg but have put it on hold because I just couldn't eat raw anymore when pg.
You are all a great source of inspiration for me, and I plan to eat raw again after my little one is born in June

For the moment, I eat organic chicken once a week, salmon once a week and tofu once a week. The other days, I have my protein by grains + cheese or grains + beans. I eat nuts every day and a lot of kombu, wakame, etc....
post #56 of 189
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Originally Posted by Planta
About my ds (3): I am torn concerning his diet. On one hand I don't want him to experience any discomfort that is brought about by a strict diet, and on the other I feel perfectly silly giving him food that I consider bad for myself (I am 100%). So what I do is try very hard to make raw food attractive enough so that he wants it
I get your point, and I agree. I read today an article by Valya, the daughter in the Raw Boutenko Family, she talks about how she was 8 when they went raw and how making it attractive was important.

http://www.rawfamily.com/articles/He...20Children.pdf


Quote:
Originally Posted by Planta
To me, cooked grains are a real enemy to kids. Adults can make a conscious effort to limit the intake, but for kids it's hard.

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A solution could be introducing raw crackers (based on seeds, fruits and veggies) that give the satisfaction of something dry and "filling" (actually bad for the stomach, but that's where the cooked diet led us).
I know. I feel that's what happens with ds. he loves his fruits and veggies, but once he has a sandwich, he just wants more and more. I'm researching for options, because I understand that raw breads and crackers can only be done with a dehydrator, right? which I don't own, so, still looking, but thanks or the suggestion.

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Originally Posted by Planta
The radiant website is great - it's motivating to see that raw is possible for kids!
I got lots of inspiration from Kytka's kids in www.waldorfhomeschoolers.com . She's got a whole section on her 3 kids being raw.

Today I made us the famous raw carob-banana ice cream. Ds loved it! Well, I loved it too
post #57 of 189
So exciting to hear from other mums who are keeping it raw with their little ones! It really inspires me and gives me hope for ds. He's too little for solid food just yet but I will keep checking in and share how my journey goes with him. Also, if anyone wants to talk method, I was 100% raw for a year, as aforesaid, and I also worked as a raw chef while I was pregnant. So I know quite a bit about food prep and sprouting. Good job, raw mamas, keep it up! :
post #58 of 189
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Originally Posted by doitmyselfmama
I also worked as a raw chef while I was pregnant. So I know quite a bit about food prep and sprouting. Good job, raw mamas, keep it up! :

Ooohh!!! please, do share!!!!!!!!!!!!! we want recipes and ideas!!!
post #59 of 189
I hate cooking and I have been reading a lot about the "raw diet" I don't like using recipes since I only feed myself, so I just eat lots of fruits, veggies, nuts & seeds etc. One thing I do love making is guacomole!!!
post #60 of 189
Subscribing to an awesome thread. Thanks for sending me the link.

Our whole family has been vegan for most of the last 25 years. Our three kids grew up mostly vegan and continued that life style. And now we have two grandchildren who are (100% and 70% respectively) vegan.

Anyway, for the last three months I've turned to a mostly raw diet. I am up to 80%. dh eats whatever I fix and he is fine with it. Our kids are looking into it also and my older grandson is smitten with the idea. He asks lots of questions and loves to eat at grandma's house.

We have family dinners once a week with are 80% raw. So basically everyone is being lured into it.

My kids are 37,35,34, - with spouses.

Now, what we don't eat raw is whole rye bread (sent from Canada), brown rice, millet, whole wheat noodles, soups (although lots of raw things go in at the end), polenta, whole wheat pita bread, and maybe a few other things but that's about all I can think of.

Everything else we eat pretty much raw. But I do heat things up to make them 'seem' cooked. I heat no higher than 120 degrees if that high.

I found you don't have to have anything special or equipment to sprout. Any bowel and lid or plate that fits as a lid will do. Don't buy special seeds. All seeds, nuts, grains, legumes you can buy in the grocery story in the dried section, you can sprout. Lentils are excellent sprouted. So are all your beans, nuts, seeds, etc.

I put them into a bowel, cover with water and a plate, and let it set over night. In the morning I rinse and wash the bowel out real well the first time. Then I resoak some things like grains or legumes, things like seeds don't need soaking a second time.
After soaking, I drain them, rinse, and put them back into the bowel. It needs to be rinsed every morning and every night. Within two days little sprouts grow. You can eat them at any time after that.

I like my lentils after the sprouts have grown a bit longer. The longer the sprouts get the milder they taste. We set them into the sun and let the sprouts get green before eating.

Some thins like buck wheat groan we just soak and eat in a few hours. The turn mushy and don't seem to sprout. Quinoa doesn't seem to sprout either but is ready to eat after soaking for several hours.

What we mostly use is my cooked base and cover with raw things. And top off with lentil sprouts. Add a salad...Hmmmm....

We still drink (1 cup of) coffee and (a few) beer but do only sun tea.
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