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04-23-2006 02:56 PM
xenabyte
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Originally Posted by ColoradoMama
Has anyone sprouted grains? Can you tell me about it? It seems a little involved, but I'd love to hear from someone who does it. TIA!
Here is a link that will tell you everything you wanted and might not want to know about sprouting...http://www.sproutpeople.com/grow/sprouting.html

Note: While you want the seed/grain still damp after it's all night soak...you do NOT want them sitting in any amount of water. They will rot, not sprout.

My favorite and super easy way to sprout wheat/spelt/rye is to put about two cups of the grain in a large ceramic/glass bowl. I fill with clean, spring water until grain is covered. I put a plate on the top of the bowl and let this sit overnight.

Next morning, I pour the grain through one of those cheap wire mesh strainers you can buy at most grocery stores (about a 4 cup capacity size). I then rinse the grain in tap water while in the strainer. This removes any toxins and by products from the soaking.

I then set the strainer, with grain inside, back over the top of the large bowl. I place the plate over the top. I usually check it once or twice during the day to give a quick rinse and to dump any water that collected in the bottom of the bowl.

Wheat kernals will have little 'tails' and be ready to use by that evening...some grains take a bit longer, and some a bit shorter. Garbazano beans and lentils will work using this method too.

Smaller seeds won't work, as they can go through the strainer holes. But a glass jar with a piece of plastic or nylon mesh (a clean old stocking works) for small seeds. I tilt the jar on it's side, laying on a cookie sheet (with rim to catch any water) and put the bottom end on a towel. You just want air circulation and for any water clinging to the seeds to keep draining. You can easily rinse them this way. Several times a day is recommended....remember, DAMP seeds, not soaking in water.

Also, do NOT put too much seeds in the jar to start, it makes way more than you think it will...start with maybe a 1/4 cup or less. You can always make more the next time.

BTW, great to see a Raw Foods group here! I have done much experimenting and really do feel awesome when mostly raw. I'm pregnant again and have been too lazy to make most of the stuff I really like, but am still eating about 50% raw for this pregnancy. It REALLY helps the digestive slow down you get from being pregnant!

xenabyte
04-22-2006 11:02 PM
Mamapits Ihave sprouted a few times. You just have to keep an eye on it and change the water.

I start out soaking with plenty of water above the grains. Alot of the water will get soaked up and the grains will plump a bit. Drain and rinse and then add more water but not too much this time.You want to keep them damp but not totally covered with water. Change water every so often. I usually cover with a towel. too much water can make it mushy and they won't sprout.
04-22-2006 08:35 PM
ColoradoMama Has anyone sprouted grains? Can you tell me about it? It seems a little involved, but I'd love to hear from someone who does it. TIA!
04-22-2006 03:11 PM
mystic~mama
Quote:
Originally Posted by ColoradoMama
Mysticmama - I guess I'll have to try the Goji berries again! You're not the only one who responded that they're really good! WFs is good about taking stuff back - I should have, but I didn't think about it. I tossed them in the trash.
bummer!

I've heard from a few people that they didnt like the raw hummus...I didnt care for it much either.
04-22-2006 10:23 AM
Mamapits M&W,
I have had raw hummus. I didn't Luv it like the cooked stuff. The raw food class I went to was good for the fact I got to see and taste what some of the recipes are supposed to be like.

I have not been meeting my 80% raw goal but I am thinking about doing a mini raw cleanse. Maybe like 4 days or so. Only blended raw food, nothing solid.
04-22-2006 12:10 AM
Mommy&Will I'm mostly raw for breakfast and lunch. Or at least usually. I've been eating cooked hummus this week though. I tried to sprout garbanzo beans and it didn't go so well.

I'm eating cooked dinners with the family. And right now I am really wishing for a late night snack... popcorn. Dang hormonal cravings.

I am going to a raw food class in a couple weeks. I can't wait!
04-20-2006 09:06 PM
ColoradoMama Tweetybirds2 - Thanks for the info! Is that something I can buy at the HFS? You know, some days are really good for getting raw foods into the diet - others not so good. BUT - I'm noticing that I am consistently getting more into the diet, so that's good!

Mysticmama - I guess I'll have to try the Goji berries again! You're not the only one who responded that they're really good! WFs is good about taking stuff back - I should have, but I didn't think about it. I tossed them in the trash.
04-20-2006 08:52 PM
mystic~mama
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Originally Posted by ColoradoMama
Okay, I have a question about Goji berries. I've read wonderful things about them. I bought some at Whole Foods in their bulk section, and all I can say is "BLECH!" Am I doing something wrong? Do you have to do something with them first? Maybe it was a bad batch? Does anyone have experience with Goji berries? They sounded so good.
Maybe you did get a bad batch...W.F's is really good about taking stuff back if you still have them ? anyway wanted to mention that we got a snack size bag from W.F's the other day and ate them up fast they were really good...dd liked them too. They were soft and slightly sweet on the inside,,,I got a Goji high (tingly) after eating a bunch of them ...definitely will get more.
04-20-2006 03:10 PM
TopazBlueMama Rejuvalac is a fermented drink that is just the soaking water from wheat sprouts. You can use other grains as well.
Glad you all are still doing so well, all the recipes you are trying sound so great! I've noticed that I tend to naturally do high raw for breakfast and lunch, dinner usually has at least a raw vegetable or salad, so that's where I'm at with raw-not really concentrating on it anymore though!
04-20-2006 09:47 AM
ColoradoMama I have a question - what is Rejuvilac? I saw it in a recipe that I really want to try, and I have NO idea what it is.
04-20-2006 09:44 AM
ColoradoMama Went to Whole Foods a few days ago and came home with a cart full of yummy looking produce! Made a tomato salad that was pretty yummy. I used four or five different tomatoes, spinach, fresh basil, red onion, and avocado (I also put in tofu!), and then put olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and salt and mixed it all up. Next time I would leave off the avocado. I love avocado, but it just didn't taste that good in the salad. We had that for lunch with a bunch of sliced up fruit! I also came home with a canary melon that is very sweet - it wasn't organic, but it just looked too good to pass up! The kids and I have been devouring it! (DH doesn't like melons - go figure - so we eat them a lot when he's out of town)
04-20-2006 12:37 AM
mystic~mama hows everyone doing?

I made a really good fruit salad tonight w/ blueberries, raspberries, apple, avocado, soaked wild rice, lime, orange juice and birds eye chili pepper mmmm I'll be making this again...dd loved it, minus the rice, juice and chili.
04-09-2006 06:07 PM
LoveBeads
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Originally Posted by Mamapits
please share how to cure tuna and what exactly does that mean??
I'd love to

I cured it in lime juice, cilantro, garlic, and salt. I love my tuna raw so I didn't cure for very long (about an hour). You can also cure salmon this way and shrimp as well but I *personally* would not eat raw shrimp even it if is cured. I know lots of people who do but it is not my cup of tea.

You can also cure by soaking in lemon juice.

Enjoy!

P.S. Is it still considered "raw" if it's cured? I assume so but you never know....
04-08-2006 09:37 PM
mystic~mama mmmm the tuna sounds good...i've always wanted to try marinading it like that, could you share the recipe?

I'm snacking on raw goat cheese and olives that are just about finished curing
04-08-2006 09:26 PM
Mamapits please share how to cure tuna and what exactly does that mean??
04-08-2006 07:55 PM
LoveBeads I decided to join ya'll and I made something awesome!

A seviche!

It had raw tuna which was cured in a limejuice/cilantro/garlic/salt dressing.

Oy - does curing count??????

I also made a raw corn/tomato/shallot and basil salad. Too...die...for.
04-08-2006 01:54 PM
mystic~mama
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Originally Posted by Mommy&Will
Hello out there!

I just had the most easy, amazing sweet treat. A date with almond butter smeared inside of it. Oh my. Yummy!

How's everyone doing?

I've had more cooked food the past few days as I need to go to the grocery store. But I still feel happy overall with how I am doing. I'm juicing almost daily, and really just keeping it simple.
hi

same here w/cooked and needing groceries...feeling well though.

blessings all~~
04-08-2006 01:31 PM
Jaspersmommy Okay, my fridge is full of fresh organic produce so I have no excuse. And now I've made myself accountable
04-08-2006 01:19 AM
Mommy&Will Hello out there!

I just had the most easy, amazing sweet treat. A date with almond butter smeared inside of it. Oh my. Yummy!

How's everyone doing?

I've had more cooked food the past few days as I need to go to the grocery store. But I still feel happy overall with how I am doing. I'm juicing almost daily, and really just keeping it simple.
04-04-2006 11:34 PM
mystic~mama I've only had goji berries in the Cliff Nectar Bars, they are sweet and chewy w/all the dates in the bar, I love them that way. I've been tempted to buy some, they look so pretty

~ ~ ~ ~

my energy was so low today from the coffee/chickory I've been drinking lately...yesterday I used that as a quick energy booster to keep myself going with all the things I wanted to accomplish and today I paid for it, I'm feeling high energy now after having raw dinner.

I made daikon noodles and pesto sauce which was so good...I really liked the daikon...more than I expected.

We did some juicing and made more nutcreme and berries...we are overflowing with citrus today and with all the other produce around here I'm feeling like my body would do really well high raw or maybe even all raw for a bit blessings~~

p.s
I got this in an email today~

ONCE IN A LIFETIME

Early on wednesday, at two minutes, three seconds after 1:00 in the morning, the time and date will be,
01:02:03 04/05/06



04-04-2006 09:18 PM
Panserbjorne No, they are definitely harder. But you can soak them to plump them up. We never make it that far.
04-04-2006 08:35 PM
ColoradoMama Are the ones you eat usually soft like raisins? These were really hard.
04-04-2006 07:43 PM
Panserbjorne I dunno. We love them. We eat them all the time, and the kids prefer gojis to raisins. We get them from NFL.
04-04-2006 07:11 PM
ColoradoMama Okay, I have a question about Goji berries. I've read wonderful things about them. I bought some at Whole Foods in their bulk section, and all I can say is "BLECH!" Am I doing something wrong? Do you have to do something with them first? Maybe it was a bad batch? Does anyone have experience with Goji berries? They sounded so good.
04-03-2006 05:30 PM
ColoradoMama Julie - the pimiento cashew "cheese" isn't all raw. It has a lot of raw ingredients. I don't know, maybe you could play with it to make it raw. Here's the recipe the way I make it. (The original recipe is from "The Seventh-day Diet by Chris Rucker.)

1/4 to 1/2 C water (the original recipe calls for one cup, but I think that makes it WAY too runny)
1C raw cashews, rinsed
1 4oz jar pimientos, drained
1/4 C nutritional yeast flakes
1/4 C fresh lemon juice
2 tbsp unhulled sesame seeds
1 1/2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp "beef" broth powder (the original recipe calls for something called Bakon seasoning)
I put everything in my food processor and process it until it is creamy and smooth. Recipe says that it will keep in the fridge in a sealed container for about 10 days.

Sorry I didn't get back to you sooner. I've been off the Internet for a few days since I've had family visiting.
04-03-2006 01:34 PM
Mommy&Will Thanks so much for the replies firefaery and mysticmama! It got me thru the day yesterday, really! I had a nearly 100% raw day, except for the little dolmas I ate off the salad bar at Whole Foods at lunchtime. : )

I made the cooked dinner last night for my family, and then made up a tropical shake with oranges, bananas, pineapples and coconut water. It was so yummy and tasted just like my favorite rum drink sans the rum!

I have garbanzo beans soaking to make some raw hummus tomorrow, and sunflower seeds to make some yogurt.

I also want to make some nori rolls this week. That would be a delicious dinner for me.
04-02-2006 12:16 PM
mystic~mama julie~



my thoughts are to do what nurtures your body, not eating out of boredom or emotional reasons but maybe some yoga and deep breathing when you are feeling this way then you can be in a more centered place to know what you need be that a raw food/cooked food/nofood. are you sleeping okay at night?

i've had similar experiences where i did not want to eat during the day then at night i would want to eat everything...i wasnt in a very balanced state at the time especially my blood sugar,,,i'm much more heathy and balanced now on a balanced non extreme diet.
04-02-2006 11:22 AM
Panserbjorne This may not help...but for me it was very psychological. I just felt like I needed something heavy at the end of the day. So for the first few weeks I did just that. I made raw nut burgers, sesame noodles (raw of course!), any kind of pasta really, or pates that I would use for sushi. After about two weeks I was used to raw enough that I didn't feel that need any longer and was fine just snacking all day. Sometimes just a shake would do it, other times a big salad or even just raw veggies with dip (raw hummus or something)

It's not really about will power, IMO. IT's more about changing your perceptions. Most of us are used to a big dinner, so it's a preconceived notion that just needs to be done away with.

You are doing a great job! And don't feel like there's a ton of pressure. If you want to do this for yourself, just remind yourself how great you feel everytime you are preparing yummy food! And if variety is your biggest problem there are plenty of great sites with free ideas!
04-01-2006 11:25 PM
Mommy&Will I need some help.

I am doing great eating raw all day until dinner. Then I end up tired, bored, looking for a boost and falling into old patterns of emotional eating. I need some suggestions for raw dinners that leave you satisfied. I am probably not eating enough during the day. I am never hungry during the day, though. I've been drinking carrot juice around lunch time and that seems to stay with me a long time. In fact, I've enjoyed a couple days of just juicing and not eating. Is this a bad trend that is leading to cravings at night? Or is it something else?

Any suggestions other than to tell me to suck it up and just get more willpower?

I know I'm not going to be 100% raw forever, but I would like to really give it a better shot than this - at least for a couple months.
04-01-2006 08:23 PM
carnelian Thanks mamas for the parchment idea. It seems plausible but I wonder if the stickier things like breads and such would be a problem when removing them from the paper.

I agree the steel ones are $$!
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