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03-12-2006, 07:54 PM
A problem I have with raw foods is not feeling a sense of satisfaction or 'fullness'. I realize if I can obtain a higher % of raw this will become easier.
But for now-since I struggle-What foods or recipes provide you with a feeling of fullness or satiety.
What foods/recipes provide you with comfort?
03-12-2006, 08:09 PM
I don't really have any recipes since the few recipes I have tried so far didn't taste very good to me. But sprouted legumes are filling to me. So far I've tried two kinds of peas, chickpeas and lentils. Eating about a cup of those and a cup of a sprouted radish mix is filling to me. If I get hungry between meals, I have some Wolfberries (goji), coconut or nuts. I think that fat in foods helps to fill you up.
03-12-2006, 08:41 PM
Sweet fruits can attack your hunger quickly since they're assimilated faster.
Fatty foods are more "comforting" foods; for example, avocados and nuts. By comfort, I assume you mean giving yourself that "full" feeling and dulling your senses (like after a SAD thanksgiving.)
03-12-2006, 09:55 PM
When I feel a need to have something more substantial and richer, I go to my cupboard for some fresh raw crackers that I make in my dehydrator. They are "baking" right now as we speak. You can also make some vegan "cheese" out of nuts and various other items like lemon, spices, etc. You can spread it on the raw crackers. You can also make some raw vegan breads. They are made of nuts and sprouted grains and apparently are like real bread but heavier.
I would get a raw foods cookbook and spend some time preparing some of these recipes. Luckily I live about 2 miles from a raw vegan restaraunt here in Minneapolis so until lately, when I had a craving I would go there to get a cracker, bread, "burger" or cheese fix. It is much more economical to make these at home. I would invest in a deydrator if you do not have one. Alissa sells the Excaliber dehydrator which people rave about and I have one as well. "Cooking" raw is much easier than cooked and the clean up is much quicker.
I am making crackers with flax meal, oat, sesame seeds, barley and wheat germ, salt, pepper, onion and garlic and olive oil. They will be very good when done. Raw crackers are usually richer than "store" crackers so you probably will not need to eat as many to feel full.
03-12-2006, 09:59 PM
fresh bell peppers do it for me lately.
a crisp fuji apple alwasy puts me at ease
03-13-2006, 05:41 AM
Mashed avacado on crackers does it for me. I add finly chopped onion and some Herbamere Spicy and top off with slices of tomatoes.
03-13-2006, 06:26 AM
I use these two, at the moment. Especially the gently heated raw pasta with pesto, is very filling. The raw chocolate cake is dense and also knocks you out after eating 1/4 of it. :) (I posted these in the Simple Rawbies thread as well.)
I warm this gently: Raw Zucchini Pesto
1 medium/big zucchini - shredded to pasta threads
1 cup (1½ deciliter) packed fresh basil leaves
2 tablespoons of pine nuts (I used almonds and ground them in a coffee grinder)
1 garlic clove
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil (½ deciliter)
salt and pepper to taste
Blend the pesto ingredients in the food processor. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Mix the pesto with the zucchini pasta. Put in slightly warm oven (like for dehydrating). Leave it for 20-30 minutes. Eat it. I think it's better than cooked, and it has the heavy, fullflavored, rounded taste of cooked that I sometimes miss.
This can be warmed with fresh tomato's, diced, (spiced if you like). Or you can dice some mushrooms, let them marinate in tamari/ olive oil/ peppar and 2 spoonfulls of water, and let them be warmed in the oven with the pesto pasta.
PS; original recipe from:
From www.learnrawfood.com/newsletter.htm (http://www.learnrawfood.com/newsletter.htm)
Raw chocolate cake (tastes like a fatty, intense cooked chocolate):
1½ cups raw walnuts
8 pitted dates (medjool - I use ordinary small dry ones and use 9 or 10)
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa or carob powder
½ teaspoon vanilla extract (I don't know what that is, so I used real vanilla corns)
2 teaspoons of water (I use 2½ teaspoons, because I don't use the extract water)
Blend in food processor. Try starting with the walnuts and salt, then add dates, cocoa, vanilla and blend again. When it's done, you take the "dough" and form a little round cake on a plate. This small portion is so dense, that it serves four. (It tastes best fresh and should be kept cool if there is any left.)
Serve with raspberry sauce or fresh, soft fruit.
03-13-2006, 06:44 AM
I really appreciate the responses so far.
I didn't realize crackers would be filling-they are something for me to explore and of course avocado.
thank you for all the ideas.
03-13-2006, 11:15 AM
Sweepea-Try Alissa's Pesto stuffed mushrooms-salad on the side...it is divine! :D
Ps. they are even better the next day...
lil fairy z girl
03-13-2006, 02:14 PM
i eat Alissas date and nut torte. its like a comfort food and is filling. i love it.
03-13-2006, 06:43 PM
Thanks for the recipes, YumYum! They look awesome!
03-14-2006, 06:28 AM
You're very welcome, SillyBloss. :) We eat those quite often.
03-14-2006, 08:25 AM
I just had my morning green smoothie, except it was brown, and I'm so full I could burst. For the sake of completeness, here's today's recipe:
1 large banana
4 cups beet greens with red stems
1 chunk ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
2 scoops hemp protein powder
2 tbs flaxseed meal
3 1/2 cups young coconut water <---about 4 of them
Meanwhile, I know what you are referring to: eating good stuff and then sort of feeling hungry but not really, just NOT satisfied.
OK, my take on this (based on my own reactions) is that it's all in my head. However, I still want something *filling* so here's a few things I do to get that satisfied feeling:
1) soak 1/4 cup oats with 1 tbsp raisins in water with some cinnamon, keep in refrigerator, and eat when that fake hunger comes along.
2) avocado, tomato, onion, watercress salad, served on romain leaf wraps. Very satisfying.
3) apples (esp. fuji) really fill me up. I've been known to eat 2 or 3 at a "mono-meal" and this too is very satisfying.
4) pumpkin seeds - one ounce of these really do the trick for me. I don't use the salted or roasted kind. If I'm really feeling empty, I'll do 2 ounces. Thats a lot of chewing. I think the chewing also makes me feel satisfied.
5) here's a great one: I make a quart of juice from apple, celery, carrots, a beet, red pepper, lemon and ginger. YIKES! This is really refreshing and filling and it hits the mark for feeling satisfied every time.
6) and my all-time 100% winner: banana and peanut butter. Or almond butter. Or *OMG* cashew butter *super drooling*. Just peel, slap some nut butter on there, and bite. If you're really feeling decadant, drizzle some agave syrup on top of the nut butter. Powerful satisfaction here!
You'll notice I don't have any real "recipe" stuff here. I'm too lazy, I don't have the equipment, I wouldn't use it if I had it, and I'm living a pretty simple lifestyle. The biggest pain in the neck I have with food is cleaning the juicer, and that takes all of 5 minutes from breakdown of the machine to cleaning the counter.
That doesn't mean I disagree with any of the above postings - there's nothing like a good flax cracker (my husband brought some home from the health food store once, there were 9 crackers for $6.00. I told him he was nuts. He didn't like them. I did. They were delicious. But I'm not spending that kind of money for them again!)
So, anyway, hope that helps. If it's any consolation, the longer you stay with this lifestyle, the fewer of those "less than satisfied" moments you'll have.
Also the more leafy greens you add to your diet the less you'll have. This is just an observation from my own lifestyle.
Life is great! Enjoy your journey!
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