Thursday, November 1, 2012

Raw Vegan Chili Recipe

It is not my practice to count calories or fat grams.  My mentor, Dr. John Fielder, does not count calories, and it is not necessary with the lifestyle he teaches and practices.  That being said, I have decided to count calories and fat grams for a time, just to get a handle on what I am eating.

Too many nuts and seeds result in low energy and weight gain.  But on the other hand it's important to consume enough calories.  The cells feed on glucose so lots of natural sugars are important.  

The only fat I ate yesterday was in the Goody Balls.  The Goody Balls are half dried fruits and half seeds and almonds.  The Goody Ball Recipe contains a total of 769 fat grams.  Based on a yield of 175 Goody Balls, this equates to about 4.4 fat grams per Goody Ball.  Terrific!  Based on those numbers my total fat intake yesterday was about 30 grams.

Lunch was green smoothie (about three glasses full)  and an apple.
Dinner was raw vegan chili, red bell peppers, zucchini slices, and goody balls.   I ate over half of this chili recipe.  It was good.

For dinner I fixed a no-fat raw vegan chili from one of Dan McDonald's recipes. Here is the recipe (slightly modified):

No-Fat Raw Vegan Chili
2 large tomatoes ( I used 4 or 5 organic Roma tomatoes)
3 carrots
4 stalks of celery
1 green bell pepper
1 zucchini
1/2 onion
1" grated ginger
A few small sage leaves
5 basil leaves
1/2 Tbsp cumin ( I was out of cumin so I used chili powder)
1/2 Tbsp paprika
1/2 lime, juiced
5 dates
1/4 cup dulse (available at the health food store)
Pulse in the food processor until it is the consistency you want...about 20 times. I had to start pulsing as I added ingredients in order to make it all fit in my food processor.  Serve with fresh vegetable dippers such as red or green bell pepper and zucchini.

Peppermint tea with honey has become part of my routine.  Dr. Fielder gave his approval if it is not consumed while too hot or too strong. 

I found a Betty Crocker stainless steel teapot at an estate sale for $7.00.  It's working out great.
Betty Crocker Stainless Steel Teapot

To health and happiness.