8 Nov 2012

protein party

this bowl is packed full of protein for your muscles! it has banana, nut butter, goji berries, coconut, and cacao nibs. it's terrific for after a workout, or whenever you want a filling, super healthy snack or meal.

i believe the perfect post-workout food is a green smoothie (greens, fruit and water/nut milk) with hemp seeds or some other high-protein food added. That being said, you need a variety of protein in your diet, just as you need a variety of all foods so you can get the most out of the nutritional landscape surrounding us.

after my workout today (and said green hemp smoothie) i did a few things around the house and on the computer but then started to get hungry again. i decided to make a healthier version of oatmeal. NOT that oatmeal isn't healthy. i've always loved it, personally. but i try to keep gluten out of my diet when i can, and use the most nutritious whole grains possible. thus, my "oatmeal" today had millet quinoa.

or maybe couscous... honestly i can't tell the difference because i don't use grains that much and the jar wasn't labelled. but you get the point. when i first got into raw food i was a whole lot stricter than i am now. i realize i can't eat 100% raw all the time and i am now quite comfortable with that reality. i also believe that eating mostly raw with some lightly cooked veggies and whole grains is probably more ideal for my body than eating all raw.

many hard core raw foodists suffer omega-3 deficiencies after some time, but whole grains such as quinoa, millet, barley, couscous, etc. are rich in omega-3's (as well as other vital nutrients that can be in short supply in a raw food diet). read this book for more info on this topic. another option is to simply sprout these grains instead of cooking them. in any case - my health is my primary concern, not the percentage of raw food i eat. so go couscous! ... or millet. i dunno (nope, apparently it was quinoa. thank you, knowledgeable readers.)

whole grain protein bowl: serves one

1/3 cup whole grains (like millet, couscous, quinoa, oat groats, etc.) cooked in 2/3 cup water
1 sliced banana
1 tablespoon nut butter
1 tablespoon raw sweetener (or throw in some dates or raisins)
2 tablespoons dried goji berries
1 tablespoon cacao nibs
3 tablespoons dried coconut chunks 

throw it all together and eat it up! 


Unknown said...

Lol. That's quinoa girlfriend!

CarefulSteps said...

Yeah Em, that really looks like quinoa, silly girl. also, I'm pretty sure couscous is a pasta, isn't it? Millet is an ancient grain though. I'm not a huge fan of millet myself, quinoa all the way!

Lisa said...

Looks yummy, though couscous and barley are not ancient grains.

Em von Euw said...

Oh, my bad! Gotta learn the ways of the grains.

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The Vegan Cookie Fairy said...

Yum :) I had raw 'granola' for breakfast this morning... you're inspiring me to include more raw foods into my diet :) But I agree with you that 100% raw is probably not ideal for most people. That, and I enjoy cooking way too much to go fully raw. This looks really tasty and I will definitely give it a go sometime. For now, I'm going to enjoy a nice big salad for lunch!

Autism Signs said...

Great protein recipe. And I bet it is good, you know how some of them sure aren't.
Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, I'm not saying 100% raw isn't a goal, but if you go too fast you'll never get there.
It's kind of impossible with society and the times we were born and our lives right now.
So, suddenly, today at the grocery, I felt like reaching for sweet potatoes and pumpkin. So I'm going to make myself a avocado-tofu-purple-sweet-potato-kabocha-squash-sandwich with garlic and ginger and "garnished" with a bunch of cilantro and shit today.

And now I'm off to eat a banana with coconut cream! Breakfast!


Em von Euw said...

that sounds absolutely amazing. you better enjoy every bite of that gourmet meal :)

mm yes, bananas with coconut, nut butter and/or dates = HEAVEEEENNN

Em von Euw said...

:) thank you!

Em von Euw said...

oh geez that's so flattering and wonderful to hear! thanks a TON. i love cooking too, it's always been a passion. salad 4 life! ;)

Camille said...

Oatmeal doesn't have gluten! Well, it can be dangerous for people with celiac disease to eat non-"gluten-free" oatmeal, but that's just because oats are frequently processed on the same machines that process flour, and the "gluten-free" label assures people that there's no contamination.
Also quinoa isn't technically a grain, it just seems like it--you're actually eating seeds when you eat it! (But I think that's kinda like a "tomato is a fruit" thing, where it's a fruit biologically but considered a veggie anyway...)
Blah blah blah I'm being a correcting catherine, but ya know, The More You Know etc.

Em von Euw said...

Yeah! A friend reminded me last night that quinoa is technically a fruit. Awesome! I had heard that somewhere but forgotten. Pseudo grains i think they are called? It's misleading because another title for them is ancient grains... sheeesh!

thanks for the info, camille :)

Anonymous said...

so is it ok to cook these grains on a Raw Vegan lifestyle?

Em von Euw said...

For me, yes. But are they raw? no. I don't eat 100% raw though.