*Note: there is a recipe for low-fat raw vegan sushi in this post! Keep reading!
I had such a great weekend! Days 6, 7, and 8 of my DietBet went really well and I’m incredibly proud of myself for all of my choices this weekend! In case you missed my first two updates about my DietBet, you can read the first one here and the second one here.
What I ate:
Breakfast: one whole honeydew – 412 calories
Lunch: three mangoes – 414 calories
Snack: two bananas – 210 calories
Dinner – Salad and fruit plate at Jason’s Deli
Dessert – Banana ice cream
TOTAL calories: no idea because I’m not crazy enough to take my food scale to a restaurant with me.
Exercise: ran 4.17 miles
Water: Drank lots of it
Sleep: I went to bed around 11 and got up around 7, so not too bad.
Friday was the hardest day for me so far because Friday night is our date night. Ross and I went to Jason’s Deli for dinner because they have a salad bar and a large fruit plate on their menu. Everything I had was just okay so I did have a moment of sadness that there were some really awesome sounding veggie sandwiches on the menu that I was missing out on.
When we got home I made some banana ice cream and that immediately made me feel better! Luckily, that was the lowest point for me these last nine days and it didn’t last very long. Seriously, the rest of my weekend was awesome!
What I ate:
Pre-run: banana – 105 calories
Breakfast: 4.5 pounds of watermelon – 582 calories
Lunch: Carrot, beet, and fennel salad from Juice Land, and shared a Berry Bliss smoothie and Kale/Durian smoothie with Hannah
Snack: 2 or 3 mangoes, and a green smoothie with orange, peach, and kale
Dinner: homemade raw vegan sushi, grapes, cherry tomatoes, blueberries, and homemade kombucha
Exercise: ran 8 miles
Water: I made a point of drinking lots at Hannah’s and peed many times, so I think I was good
Sleep: It was after midnight when I got in bed on Saturday but I slept until 8:30 on Sunday so I’m okay with that
I got up early on Saturday with the intention of running somewhere between 6 and 12 miles. It was much warmer this weekend at 7:30 am than it was last weekend around the same time so I ended up running out of water around mile 7.5. I decided that was good enough for the day and ran the last half-mile back to my house. I felt great after my run and was really happy.
Around lunch time I met up with my bestie, Hannah, and we grabbed lunch at a little hole in the wall juice/smoothie place. We shared everything we got and it was all delicious!
First up was an orange, fennel, beet salad which was AMAZING!
The picture of the salad itself does not do it justice. Seriously, it was phenomenal. I can’t wait to go back and get it again!
I’m trying not to eat any vinegar or olive oil while following 80/10/10 for the next few weeks but I knew there was only a small amount in this salad and it was the best option they had, so I just reminded my self that this journey is about progress, not perfection, and enjoyed my lunch. It was so worth it!
We washed the salad down with two smoothies. I wish I had gotten a picture of the menu so I could remember exactly what was in them, but the red one was a berry smoothie that included pomegranate, blueberry, and acai (among other things) and the green one had kale, durian, pecan butter, and some other stuff.
The green one was definitely our favorite taste wise — it tasted absolutely wonderful but the smell was really awful. If you’d never had durian before (I hadn’t until this weekend) it’s a really, really, really stinky fruit, but it tastes really good. We had to hold our breath each time we’d take a sip, but again, it was totally worth it!
Later that night we headed back to Hannah’s house and had a girl’s night with our good friend Becca. Usually when the three of us get together the focus of our gathering is food or alcohol (or both) and we end up stuffing ourselves silly and making ourselves miserable.
When Hannah and I went to the store to buy the stuff we’d need for dinner I made a point of buying some healthy finger foods for us to snack on before dinner. I knew we were going to be snacking regardless so why not put in the effort to buy snacks that are good for us?
We hand a great time hanging out, talking, and laughing over silly things while we snacked and I prepared dinner. I decided that I wanted to give the raw vegan sushi another go and see if I could make it even better.
If you’re interested in making it yourself, here’s what I used:
For the Sushi
- 1 zucchini
- 3 carrots
- 1 cucumber
- 1.5 mangoes
- 1 avocado
- fresh cilanto and basil leaves
- green onions (green part only)
- toasted nori sheets (not raw, I know, but that’s what we had on hand)
For the dipping sauce
- 1/2 a mango
- 1/4 of a zucchini
- 1/4 of a cucumber
- 6-10 fresh sage leaves
- 5-7 fresh basil leaves
- 2-3 green onions
- 1.5 tbsp peanut butter
I have this awesome handheld peeler that juliennes the vegetable you’re peeling and that’s what I used to make our veggies into thin strips (it’s the black thing in the picture below and you can buy one here). I cut myself 8 out of every 10 times I use this thing so if you buy one then be careful!
Once you have everything chopped up, take one single sheet of nori and lay it on a flat surface. Place some of your ingredients on the the nori (don’t forget the green onion, basil, and/or cilantro – they give a lot of flavor!) off to one side. Have a small cup of water handy and generously wet the nori sheet on the opposite side of your vegetables using your fingers. Then roll it all up – the wet nori will make it stick to itself.
I used a serrated knife to cut the sushi and it worked really well!
For the dipping sauce, simply add all ingredients to a food processor or blender and blend until smooth!
Hannah and Becca enjoyed their sushi with some champagne, and I enjoyed mine with some of my homemade kombucha!
What I ate:
Breakfast: some grapes, leftover green smoothie, and some fresh queezed orange juice
Lunch: cherry tomatoes, a nectarine, and a coconut water/kale/banana/raw cacao smoothie from Whole Foods
Snack: grape tomatoes
Dinner: Big ass salad (14 ounces of greens topped with two carrots (grated) and a homemade apple cinnamon salad dressing
Dessert: an apple and a mango
Exercise: strength at the gym then 3.75 miles of hiking
Water: I peed a lot and it was usually clear, so that’s a good sign
Sleep: I went to bed around 10:30 and got up at 6:30, so that’s just about 8 hours!
On Sunday Ross and I got a nice slow start to our day. We did fun stuff like fold laundry while we enjoyed some fresh orange juice made with my brand new citrus juicer!
For those of you who are interested in juicing, regular juicers do not yeild as much juice from citrus fruits as a citrus juicer does. I normally wouldn’t spend $60 on a machine that basically only makes orange juice, but Ross and I still had a gift card to Crate and Barrel left over from our wedding and we do love orange juice, so I figured what the hell.
I was really impressed with the amount of juice we got from just 4 oranges (about 24 ounces). With my other juicer I’m pretty sure we would have only gotten half that much!
We met up with Becca at the gym around 12:30 and she and I spent some time working out while Ross did paperwork (he’s a personal trainer at the gym). Then we grabbed some lunch at Whole Foods and took Becca’s dog to the Greenbelt and went for a nice 3.75 mile hike. It wasn’t that hot outside considering it’s still August in central Texas, so we had a great time!
My goals for this week: run Monday-Thursday, workout on Tuesday and Thursday, try to go to Yoga on Wednesday. I also want to get even more sleep! I hate waking up tired and I know that if I can get my body caught up on sleep then one day I’ll wake up feeling well rested instead of tired!
I’m submitting this post to Raw Food Thursdays and Healthy Vegan Fridays!