Posts Tagged ‘green’

  1. Garden Green Energy Wrap

    April 3, 2014 by Melanie Faris

    I keep talking about the amount of energy I have from this raw food cleanse. I simply am amazed. If you want a little taste of what real energy feels like (not from caffeine), start to eat your greens! Don’t know where to start? Find it hard to add flavor and variety with greens? Well then you have to try my favourite raw lunch recipe below, packed with plant based protein and healthy fats. You will have sustaining energy to get you through until your next meal, with extra energy to spare!


    Day 11 Raw


    Today I went to the gym bright and early with Thomas. We started off our workout with a quick warm up on the elliptical and then went over to the scale. We were a bit nervous (mostly me since the last time I weighed myself I was 10lbs heavier than I thought). I have never been into weighing myself much, but since I have been slacking a bit on my workout routine and eating lots of food, I wanted to know where I was at. Jamaica did not help the waistline either. I was pretty excited to see my weight has dropped 5 pounds since my first weight-in 11 days ago – Yippee! I would like to lose 5 more pounds, which should be enough to get me back into my old jeans. I miss them oh so much.

    I was a bit worried about gaining weight from all the avocados (my current favourite food), and nuts I have been eating daily. I’m not used to eating such a high-fat diet, but it is the only food that keeps me feeling full for a long period of time on this “diet.” I generally have 1 avocado/day and a handful of nuts, plus I have been using tahini paste like it is going out of style. Yum! But like I said before, I’m not doing this to lose weight, but if it gets me back into my jeans, I’m really going to be happy. So far, I guess I haven’t overdone it on the avocado and tahini! I just so happen to use both of these in my recipe below…

    So you want to be raw…even for only 1 meal? That’s awesome! You will feel so much better after eating this wrap than you would after having a regular sandwich or wrap from the store. You can also use an Ezekiel or whole grain wrap with cooked quinoa for a quicker vegan version – that works great too! Let me know what you think in the comments below, or on my Facebook Page!


    Garden Green Energy Wrap


      Garden Green Energy Wrap

    Click here for the printable Recipe

    Recipe by: Melanie Faris

    Servings: 1

    Preparation: 5-15 minutes (plus sprouting/cooking time)


    1 raw or sprouted wrap (I use Live organic raw super green wraps)

    ½ ripe avocado

    1 handful of mixed sprouts or dark leafy green lettuce mix (or both!)

    2 tablespoons of quinoa, sprouted (or cooked for vegan option)

    1 handful of fresh herbs (cilantro and parsley are great in this wrap)

    1 tablespoon of raw hemp seeds

    1 tablespoons of tahini

    ½ clove of garlic

    1-2 small lemon or lime wedges

    Sprinkle of dulse flakes (or sea salt)

    Freshly cracked pepper



    Sprouting Quinoa

    To make this wrap 100% raw, sprouting the quinoa is a great alternative to cooking it. To sprout quinoa, rinse the quinoa and cover with water. Let it soak overnight in a mason jar or sprouting container. After soaking, drain and rinse the quinoa. Place a sprouting lid or mesh screen over the lid and turn the jar upside-down to allow the liquid to drain from the container. For the next 3-5 days, rinse the quinoa daily (twice if you can), leaving the jar upside down with a sprouting lid or mesh screen on the jar. You will begin to see sprouts popping out of the quinoa within a day or two. In approximately 3-5 days, your sprouts are ready to eat!

    If you are not eating a raw diet and would like to use cooked quinoa instead, follow the cooking directions on the package.

    To begin making the wrap, mice the garlic and mix it with the tahini paste plus the juice from the lemon and/or lime wedge. Spread the garlic tahini sauce onto the wrap. Cut an avocado in half and spoon out the flesh onto the wrap. Roughly chop the fresh herbs and sprinkle on top of the avocado. Add the remaining ingredients to the wrap (plus an extra squeeze of lemon or lime juice for added flavor). Don’t forget to add your dusle (or sea salt) and freshly cracked pepper!


    This wrap has lots of healthy fats and plant based protein to give you sustaining energy!



  2. 10 Days Raw

    April 2, 2014 by Melanie Faris

    It has been 10 days, and I have to admit, this lifestyle is growing on me. I never imaged enjoying this as much as I am. I find that I’m not thinking about food as much anymore (besides when I am cooking for clients). If I am thinking about food, it’s fun and delicious raw food that I can experiment with! Mind you, I have had some moments where I am ready to pack it in and dive into Thomas’ dinner (that moment may have been tonight).

    The Rawlicious restaurant has really helped me for the past week, especially with adding variety to my diet lately. I have eaten salads and the same avocado wraps for days (and still enjoying them), but a change is always nice, especially without having to prepare it myself. I had their Caesar wrap today, and boy was it delicious! I think the new scent lingering with me wherever I go is garlic. Poor Thomas has to put up with my breath, but I have been sneaking garlic in his meals too so I’m not the only one with the bad breath – hehe.

    This whole experience has been amazing so far. I always thought my energy only came from carbs, but now I am beginning to see that I have MORE energy without carbs. I’m not saying, “go cut your carbs!” I’m simply realizing that I don’t need starchy or processed carbohydrates to give me energy. In fact, carbs and coffee cannot compete with the energy fresh green vegetables have given me. My focus and attention to detail has grown, and my overall feeling of well-being is amazing. I am continuing with fresh green juice every morning and still eating only greens all day. I want to make it to the 2 week mark before introducing any form of sugar (including fruits and certain vegetables) into my diet. I may continue longer than 2 weeks with greens to fully detox and give my body a break from sugar entirely. I will keep you posted!

    In my free time, I have been watching tons of documentaries and reading books on raw and/or vegan diets. It is fascinating. I love to learn and lately my brain has been getting crammed with new information non-stop. I am amazed that society has practically shunned this lifestyle, when in reality, this is possibly the most healthful way to live (in my opinion it is). There are many many opinions on this subject, and I’m not trying to start a debate. I don’t judge anyone’s way of living and I’m not against eating meat. I have just opened my eyes to see another way of living and have found great enjoyment from it so far. I don’t plan on staying raw after the 30 days, but I may venture on and try life as a vegan, or at least 80% since I love eggs for breakfast some mornings and sushi on occasion…I’m a cheater, but that’s okay.

    Life is about learning, growing and discovering the best you that you can be. For the past 2 years (at least), my focus has been eating animal protein 5 times a day. I was trying to gain muscle and look my best. I did look my best physically, but internally my body was screaming. I thought I was perfectly healthy then, but now I see that I was not as healthy as I thought. My snacks consisted of yogurt or cottage cheese instead of vegetables, and my meals always had to have a big piece of meat. I love meat, I really do. You may still catch me at The Keg on occasion digging into a juicy steak – I’ll be real with you on that. But, take it from the carnivore, I feel way better without the meat at every meal. I don’t feel hungry all the time and I certainly am not as “addicted” to eating as I was before. I feel better. Period. Your quality and quantity of life increases when you cut out processed and cooked foods. If you don’t believe me, try it for 21 days (to break your habit of eating cooked foods), and feel the difference for yourself.

    Well, that’s all I have to say on my progress so far. As for tonight, I’m off to grab an avocado and sit on the couch with my husband. Besides all the food and health talk, he really is my favourite one to focus my attention on. Chow for now and chat with you soon!



  3. 6 Days Raw and counting

    March 29, 2014 by Melanie Faris

    Well, I’ve made it to day 6! Only 24 days to go. That sounds like a long time, but I’m quite surprised by how I feel so far…

    Day 5


    I woke up this morning not feeling so great. No headache, but I really wanted food. By food, I mean over easy eggs, two thick slices of rye bread and a side of fruit. It wasn’t happening though. I pulled out my juicer and began making a green juice to start my day. I was feeling a bit dizzy and not “normal” so I decided to lie down for a bit. Around 15 minutes or so, the juice must have digested because I felt energized and ready to take on the day! I guess I didn’t eat enough the night before so I was in need of nutrition to get me going again…

    I had another large green drink for lunch from Natures Emporium and headed off to “work”, although cooking never feels like work at all. I had a ton of energy and focus the entire day. With a big list of things to cook, I often get a bit flustered and can’t seem to time things properly. Well today – I was on the ball! I couldn’t believe it. I was able to think clearly and get everything done in perfect timing without feeling flustered or stressed at all. Coincidence? I think not.

    You might be wondering if cooking is difficult for me on the Raw Diet. Surprisingly…no! Although certain things I need to have a taste of, but I haven’t had any cravings or strong desire to eat the food I am cooking. I had WAY more cravings when I wasn’t eating raw compared to now. I think it comes down to mind over matter – since I know I’m not allowed cooked foods, I automatically don’t make it an option for myself. Since coffee isn’t an option for me in the morning, I don’t even think about it anymore. Although, now that I mention it, a nice cup of hot coffee would be pretty good right now – Hehe, but I’m totally fine without it! This morning’s craving for eggs went away right after my fresh juice. I may think about a food I want to eat that’s not raw, but it’s not a desire that controls my body. I simply say no and the craving goes away. I also don’t have the urge to “sneak” bites here and there because I just don’t want to. That right there is a miracle.

    Day 6


    I’ll keep this short because I don’t have much to say besides:

    I feel gggggrrrrrreat

    without the frosted flakes…

    Today I have the most energy yet. I woke up at 4:30 am for personal training, pulled out my greens and started juicing. Although going back to bed was tempting because it is warm and cozy, and who doesn’t like sleep?!…But I certainly had tons of energy, and it just kept on comin’! I had one juice for breakfast, a raw green wrap for snack with avocado, and a delicious Green & Glowing Salad (recipe posted below) for lunch. I am going out for dinner with the family tonight and plan on making a green drink before. I will order a salad for dinner and bring my own dressing with me (weird? maybe, but I’m ok with it). Check out the juicer I use and salad recipe below!


    Omega NC800


    nc800hds_1 <—–There is my new baby. The Omega NC800. I have to say, she purrs like a kitten. Thomas stays snoozing even when I am juicing at 4:30 am! It is incredible how quiet it is. I also love how easy it is to clean. It is not a “big ordeal” to juice anymore, which is why I think most juicers stay in cupboards…this baby is sitting on my counter, and she is there to stay. This is one of the best investments I have made for my health yet. If you could preserve years of your life and relieve any sickness, pain and disease from your body for only a small cost under $400 would you not do it?! I think I spent almost that on my prom dress, which I wore once and is still hanging in my closet…hmph.


     Green and Glowing Salad

    with Creamy Ginger Dressing



    green and glowing


    Click Here for the Printable Recipe


    Recipe By: Melanie Faris

    Servings: I eat this all to myself, but it is probably big enough to share!

    Preparation: 5-10 minutes


    1 big handful of dark green lettuce mix (I like spring mix)

    3-4 purple kale leaves, chopped (hard stems removed)

    1 handful of sprouts (I like to use a mix – sunflower, broccoli, radish…etc)

    Fresh parsley and cilantro leaves picked off the stem (however much you desire)

    ½ ripe avocado

    ¼ large cucumber

    Slice of lime

    *Optional – pinch of dulse flakes



    Rinse all lettuce and vegetables. Chop, cut and place salad in a large bowl or plate. Sprinkle with dulse flakes and squeeze lime to add a burst of citrus. Top with creamy ginger dressing and enjoy.


    Creamy Ginger Dressing


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    ¼ cup cold-pressed olive oil

    ½ of each lemon & lime (juice only)

    2 tbl raw tahini paste

    1 tbl raw unpasteurized apple cider vinegar

    ½ inch of fresh ginger, peeled

    1 clove of garlic

    pinch of sea salt and pepper

    1-2 tablespoons of water



    Place all ingredients in a blender (or food processor) and combine until smooth. Add water until it reaches desired consistency (you may want to add more or less than suggested). Keep leftover dressing in a sealed container in the fridge. The dressing will thicken as it sits so you will need to add a bit more water again.


    Fill your body with greens that nourish your cells and give you glowing skin!