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Meals at Living Light #3

May 14, 2011

Happy Saturday! Today is my ONE DAY OFF in all my time here at Living Light. However, I’m heading over there shortly to watch a demo and eat lunch—I guess I just can’t stay away! At least my brain gets a break, I suppose. This Science of Raw Food Nutrition series I’m taking is, in the words of the instructors themselves, “a master’s program in nutrition crammed into 103 hours.” They’re not kidding. This stuff is dense, complex, specific, and scientifically delicious! I am completely in my element here, as it’s the science of health and wellness that got me into food, and eventually raw food, to begin with. Terms like “advanced glycation endproducts” and “polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons” and “docosahexaenoic acid” float in and out of my dreams as it is, so I’m in absolute science heaven. I’m a nerd at heart, and always will be!

But you’re here to see the food, I know! Let’s get to it. I made a chia pudding for breakfast one morning with vanilla almond milk from the Café…

…and followed it up with some green juice.

Another day, I had a Berries ‘n Cream smoothie for b-fast, with a spoonful of Vitamineral Green powder added.

I tested the waters of my new salad tolerance with this lunch of red quinoa, shredded carrots, and sprouts, topped with a handful of romaine lettuce and a dew drops of raw tomato-basil dressing.

This white chocolate-raspberry cheesecake is the most expensive dessert at the Café, but man, was it good.

These curried kale chips were right up my alley, so I bought them for a snack.

I loved this Greek Wild Rice, which was made with cucumbers, capers, scallions, a lemon-olive oil dressing, and sprouted wild rice.

Finally, after so many heavy desserts, this lemon tart with a coconut-macadamia crust was light and refreshing.

Oh, I’ve got lots more to come! Stay tuned, friends.
How’s your weekend going? Are you making anything yummy?

25 Comments leave one →
  1. Mary permalink
    May 14, 2011 2:10 pm

    SO many questions!

    1. How was the salad?
    2. Do you think you can replicate that lemon tart and share the recipe? It looked AWESOME!
    3. Was that wild rice dish raw and if so, how do you “cook” it?
    4. As a science nerd and personal trainer, I’m actually really interested in the nutritional side of the raw diet. I would love to see a “nutrition of raw eating” post sometime in the future. I’m especially interested in absorption of all that raw food because I know that some foods are better absorbed when cooked (like onions). I’m also interested in the general nutritional break-down of a raw diet–the typical ratio of carbs: protein: fat, etc. It would help educate me as well as anyone pursuing a raw diet. I’d also love to see the same for a non-raw vegan diet sometime.

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      May 14, 2011 4:59 pm

      1. Well, I wouldn’t go so far as to call that one a “salad,” but my little veggie toss was pretty good!
      2. Absolutely. Something very similar to it will be in my cookbook 😀 Photo here.
      3. The wild rice was sprouted, and then I believe they just lightly cooked it (probably by steaming).
      4. Oh, man. I’d love to do a Raw Nutrition post, but I’m not kidding when I say it could take me days – if not weeks – to write. Hopefully I’ll put some of the info in my book, but seriously, it would take so much work to summarize it in writing. Like I said, I’m getting the equivalent of 18-24 months’ worth of info crammed into my brain in 15 days! It’s so, so fascinating though. (Hint: NO foods’ nutrients are better absorbed when cooked, not even onions or tomatoes. It’s a longstanding myth, persisting thanks to poor reading of the research!) In fact, I’m very much considering holding some classes/lectures/seminars on raw nutrition in the KC area, maybe even semi-soon, so I can share some of this valuable info!

  2. Kelly permalink
    May 14, 2011 2:12 pm

    Just the other day, I whipped up an avocado based salad dressing that made my avocado-queasy husband repent of his ways!
    It’s a simple recipe:
    1 avocado
    2 green onions, finely chopped
    1/2 cup olive oil
    juice from one lemon
    a few dashes red pepper flakes
    sea salt and pepper to taste
    garlic (optional)

    Then blend, baby, blend! Sooooooooo good with raw veggies, on salads (and for those of you who are not opposed: on eggs, fish, shrimp, and chicken. Also a great sub for mayo in tuna salad.) I’m sure you could find many excellent uses for it. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing your fun experience with us!


    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      June 8, 2011 4:43 pm

      That sounds great, Kelly!

  3. May 14, 2011 2:31 pm

    I am loving these posts!!

    That white chocolate dessert looks amazing!!

  4. May 14, 2011 2:49 pm

    Sounds like you are in raw foodie heaven!!

  5. May 14, 2011 2:54 pm

    Yes, we must get that DHA. 🙂

    The food looks so healthy and tasty there! I’m digging the brightness of that green smoothie!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      May 16, 2011 8:14 pm

      Yes! Hehe, I love that you’re a fellow biochem nerd 😛

  6. May 14, 2011 3:03 pm

    Gorgeous food. That might be the greenest juice ever!

  7. Sandi permalink
    May 14, 2011 4:52 pm

    Does Living Light have a recipe book? I’d like to make the cheesecake, it looks incredible.

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      May 14, 2011 5:26 pm

      Unfortunately they don’t – maybe someday! But Cherie Soria, the founder of Living Light (I had lunch with her today!) has written two recipe books: ‘Angel Foods’ and ‘Raw Food Revolution Diet’.

  8. May 14, 2011 5:36 pm

    YUM! Sounds (looks) like you are having a good time:)
    The raspberry cake looks so good, I found a similar recipe at Rawmazing which I have been meaning to make for a while!
    My fave eats from this weekend is without a doubt the chocolate fudge I posted yesterday! TOO good!

  9. May 14, 2011 7:06 pm

    I love the pictures they are making me miss the place already. Have a great week!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      June 8, 2011 4:43 pm

      I know, right? We’ll be dreaming of these treats for a long time, I predict…

  10. May 14, 2011 7:12 pm

    This all looks wonderful, especially that tart at the end!!

  11. May 14, 2011 8:11 pm

    Actually, I’m more interested in what you’re learning (nerdery) than the food porn! I’m weird like that, I know. Love the tidbit you offered there, and what a whirlwind class. Food all looks yummy too. I guess the white choc-raspberry was pricy because cacao butter is so pricy. I love the version that I make..

  12. May 14, 2011 11:45 pm

    Sounds the best convenience food ever!

  13. May 15, 2011 1:24 am

    I’m pretty happy about the raw biscotti I made yesterday, and I just put together the components for a French-style carrot salad for the Eurovision party tonight (carrot, dijon, honey, apple cider vinegar… I could drink the dressing!!) so there’ll be at least one vegan dish there! When you buy the smoothies, do they list what’s in them? As you know, I’ve just reignited my affair with my VM, and the Berries n Cream looks goooood! 😀

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      June 8, 2011 4:44 pm

      They do list what’s in them, just not the amounts. Tricky! 😉

  14. oatsandspice permalink
    May 15, 2011 8:35 am

    YUM! Everything looks delish – a berry cream smoothie sounds really good right about now!

  15. May 15, 2011 10:41 pm

    I hope you realize I’m freaking ridiculously jealous of you right now… Seriously, amazing raw food and even better, amazing raw food nutrition classes! You are living the life girl 🙂

  16. May 16, 2011 12:47 am

    Okay can I place my order. I will have the green juice and lemon tart. 🙂 You must be having a blast! Good for you for learning all of that in a jam packed time. It will be interesting to hear about what you learned.

  17. May 16, 2011 9:02 am

    wow, what a lucky girl you are:) I feel hungry now, and it’s only mid-afternoon:(

  18. May 17, 2011 1:14 pm

    I’d pay $20 for that piece of cheesecake. Geez it looks wonderful!

    I can honestly say I’ve never had sprouted wild rice (or any rice) before…

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