While i'm not a 'raw foodist' or even eat entirely raw, my diet is made up of primarily raw foods (even more so in the summer months). I eat much produce, nuts, seeds, sprouted foods, and pile in the leafy greens like they're going out of style. I drink smoothies, and eat raw soups, salads, and occasionally enjoy sashimi. This all makes me feel FANTASTIC. I've corrected the digestive distresses I suffered from all my life by eliminating dairy, gluten, soy, processed foods, and eating a high plant based, high-raw, high fiber diet.
This past weekend I had the pleasure of galavanting around Venice with some of my dearest girlfriends. Rose Ave. (where i used to live, then a bit rough) is now a thriving little mecca filled with unique boutiques, restaurants, a yoga studio, wine bar, a huge Whole Foods, moon juice bar, and my favorite place to eat, Cafe Gratitude. I've loved this place ever since i stepped foot in the San Fran location years back. side note: Ironically, i bought the cafe cookbook back then but i've still yet to ever crack it open. hmmmm, need to get on that. The cafe has raw and cooked plates, it's all organic, all made from scratch with lots of love, and it's all absolutely out of this world. I was so inspired by one of the soups i had, that i tried my hand at recreating it at home. While my version didn't match the cafe's, it's still super impressive on the palette. I wonder if the recipe i seek is in the aforementioned cookbook buried deep in my cookbook shelf?? hmmmm....
Scroll down for my recipe: honeydew gazpacho.
This whole week i've been eating nothing but raw food. I feel fantastic, my skin is glowing, and i've lost any bloat i was holding onto. I'm slowly detoxing out my celebratory summer and inviting in a still warm fall with delicious healing foods.
|"I am Fulfilled" from Cafe Gratitude. Ohh Myy Yumm.|
|raw lasagna from Go Raw|
RECIPE Du'JOUR: Honeydew Gazpacho
1 cup coconut water
1/4 of a small ripe avocado
1 small peeled persian cucumber, chopped
big wedge of honeydew chopped, about 1/4 of a small honeydew melon
*optionally stevia to sweeten
1 - 2 tbsp of coconut meat (dried or fresh)
1 small handful of spinach (or cilantro or mint would be great too)
Blend first four ingredients together in a Vitamix. You may need more or less honeydew based on how sweet yours is. Mine wasn't super sweet so i added 4 drops of liquid stevia.
Once your base is blended, toss in a small handful of spinach, a tbsp or two of either dried or fresh coconut meat, and optionally a little more avocado. Pulse gently from the lowest setting on your vitamix just to break these into chunky bits.
Pour into a bowl and garnish. I added coconut flakes, purple grapes, and bee pollen, but something pink like a little beet juice swirled in would look beautiful on there too!