Fruit Parties…Oh My!

Fruit Breakfast

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I can’t believe I went to my first official fruit party this past Sunday and met with local 30badders for the first time!  

I brought persimmons to the party and I wore my heelys with the wheels on because I couldn’t find any other shoes in time…I really sucked at wearing those things and couldn’t wait to get my shoes off.  I tried durian for the first time and I played with a cute little baby while I was missing my two little ones.

For the most part I really liked the get-together but there were two things that bothered me.  One thing was that one of the guests was an information-addict, as I like to call it.  I’ve been there, I’ve done that and I try to avoid it as much as possible.  I spent much of the past 7 years learning, studying and working in the alternative health field and you can’t help but meet tons of people who spend all their time talking about health, especially in a fear-based way.  When you are new to this and even when you’ve been doing it for awhile, its amazing how much information is withheld, how information is presented to the general public, and how much people don’t think about or care to know about the things they do on a daily basis…like eating.

 

However, what I’ve learned is that everything is relative in the health world… and there’s a much better approach to it than preaching what you know or what you think you know.  All I can do is be grateful that I am no longer the preacher.  The other thing that bothered me is that there was a woman there who was wanting to wean her 10 month old.  As a breastfeeding counselor this is my territory, but I didn’t want to be a preacher or pry too much, and this was a party.  I saw her trying not to feed him though he tried to nurse many, many times.  I totally understand, but I wish I could’ve connected with her more and offered her support to nurse her son, but there was that one information addict in the room that wouldn’t stop talking! (j/k)

 

For one thing I remember the discomfort I had with my first daughter about nursing in public, but I quickly infused myself with self-confidence and advocated for myself…in very uncomfortable circumstances I would have gone to the bathroom.  I felt a little discomfort in the babies energy and it was difficult for me to ignore it.  I have this special thing with kids… I can always feel their energy and sometimes it makes me want to back away from them in circumstances where it can cause problems.  You can’t just go around telling parents how their kids feel… I got into a fair share of chaos due to talking too much many, many years ago.

 

Coincidentally, the fruit parties in my house have been super exciting lately. Its kinda a tradition I started last year with my 10 y.o. sister-in-law and my 4-year-old daughter and I eating fruit before bed and just being super silly with it… making the peels into playthings, making silly faces.  Especially oranges and their peels make the perfect toys… who needs plastic when you can play with organic matter?

 

My sister-in-law lives in San Diego and we haven’t seen her since her birthday in August, but I miss those little parties so much… well, now I have two fruit eaters of my own, my 4-year-old ate nothing but fruit today, she’s an inspiration to me. My 1 y.o. is also a serious fruit-eating monster. She’s been eating so much fruit lately, I’ve actually had a hard time getting enough myself. I’ve been adopting the habit of trying to load up while she’s asleep because she’s super-demanding of my attention or assistance when she’s fruiting it up.

 

It’s funny too, because I remember what it was like when my 4-year-old was this age. At that time I was a high-fat-raw-vegan running a cooked vegan restaurant and implementing a raw menu there. I was under the impression that anytime we ate fruit it needed to be accompanied with something really fat. Luckily for my daughter though, I fed her pretty simply. I really didn’t feed her anything besides avocado, cucumber and mango(and of course mama’s milk). Her dad liked to feed her goji berries and blue-green algae. They were actually staples for us at the time.

 

English: Formerly frozen goji berries

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At this age though, kids will get into whatever is around. I remember one day finding her chewing something she picked up off the floor and it was raw garlic! We ate a lot of raw garlic at that time, thinking we needed to cleanse constantly and my husband actually chose garlic over his job as a yoga teacher because a student complained about the scent of garlic on him and the director asked him to either stop consuming garlic or stop teaching there. At the time it felt like the strangest irony to us. We thought garlic was a superfood and it kept us healthy…how could we live without garlic? lol.

 

മലയാളം: Garlic

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We cooked with it at the restaurant too…but the funniest thing about it is how new eaters are with food. Its just an experiment for them. When we drank our raw garlic juices we would cringe, squish our faces, smack our lips, basically we’d freak out. It was like drinking a shot of strong vodka… or worse. But our little 1-year-old yogi princess nonchalantly chewed and contemplated the point of the garlic in her mouth…then she spit it out, but she would turn her head or run away from me if I tried to get it out for her…I loved witnessing things like that.

 

With our 1-year-old Sol-star, there is no garlic to be had. Recently she wants me to feed her persimmon… I can’t believe how amazing she is of always giving me the seeds in her food or just leaving the seed or pit behind and the skin… my 4-year-old still has issues with this. Tonight we were eating persimmons and I gave her a piece that was a little firm without knowing it. She held it in her mouth for a while then spit it out. I thought she just dropped it so I tried to give it back to her. She wouldn’t have it. She turned her head, shook ‘no’ at me and finally I tricked her and threw it into her mouth(bad mommy)…she simply spit it out.

I thought maybe she was full, except that she did the sign for ‘mas’ and made her little ‘asking nicely’ noises that she mimics from her sister. I scooped out another spoonful for her and unknowingly offered her another firm piece. She tasted it and spit it out. I decided to eat it and realized what the problem was.

 

The next spoonful I tried to give her was slurped down so fast I couldn’t believe it. She obviously knows exactly what she wants!

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Currently my 4-year-old is loving grapefruit, oranges, tangerines and persimmons. She constantly asks for bananas but our bananas are not ripe at the moment. She also loves cucumbers, tomatoes, apples, spinach, carrots, celery. Surprisingly she’s taking a hiatus from dates and never wants them when offered, but she’ll slurp down datorade. I think its because I moved them out of her reach. Its usually the kind of food she likes to just eat by herself on a whim.

 

When I went to the official fruit party Papa bear gave both girls bread and crackers and gave our little yogi princess bean sandwiches. She kinda got a little addicted to them and ate several sandwiches alongside her fruit the next day, then decided she didn’t want to eat them anymore because they “make stinky farts come”, lol.

 

My 1-year-old loves persimmons, plums, avocados, cucumbers and bananas. She also loves to stuff my face with oranges. I’ll have to remember to eat oranges more often so she can feed me instead of me always feeding her because when I feed her she doesn’t want to share! The only things I really have to feed her are persimmons and avos though, she can handle the rest herself.

 

As for me, I’m loving datorades, persimmons and if our bananas were ripe I’d be eating those too. I didn’t get very many oranges at the market this past weekend, but I will change that this weekend because the ripe ones are stupendous! (can’t believe I just used that word) I’ve also been craving salads and I have everything to make them with but I’ve just been eating plain lettuce.

I’ve also been eating sandwiches because I’ve been trying to make quick meals that pack in the calories while my Sol-star is asleep. I think it is also because I feel under pressure to rush and I haven’t planned out my meals, but I’m much more prepared for tomorrow…so I should be sandwich free and chopping up lots of fruits, veggies and spiralizing and blending for a better day…

Fruit art in the shape of a monkey

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More fruit parties to come, official and unofficial. :)

–Still Dreaming

 

 

Meal Plan Monday, Cinco

A picture taken, of A Green Salad.

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This is my fifth week doing <a href=”http://orgjunkie.com/2011/08/menu-plan-monday-aug-2211.html&#8221; title=”Menu Plan Monday”></a>

I’m planning to make about 3 cooked meals and the rest will be raw vegan.  With that said here’s my meal plan for the week.  I’m making this last early on Tuesday morning, so my Monday is what I actually ate:
MONDAY-  Breakfast-rice crackers & tea       last week:banana icecream

Lunch- lentil soup   last week: plums

Dinner- lentil soup & rice last week: Cooked Gumbo and fresh made guacamole w/ chips  Midnight Snack-Papaya

TUESDAY- Breakfast- banana pudding birthday “cake”  last week: watermelon

Lunch- pears in banana icecream    last week: watermelon  

Dinner- mexican rice, zuke noodles

WEDNESDAY- Breakfast- nectarines, apples, banana milk    last week: Melon & grapes

Lunch- carrot/raisin salad     last week: Grapes     

Dinner- Salad w/ almond-orange dressing and corn pasta & black beans
THURSDAY- Breakfast- apples & bananas (oatmeal for whoever wants it)

Lunch- rice salad 

Dinner- Zuke noodles,  Jicama & hummus and Salad w/ avocado
FRIDAY -Breakfast-  Pears & bananas

Lunch- zuke noodles

Dinnerpolenta & zuke noodles & raw hummus SATURDAY- Breakfast- Apple cereal w/ banana milk            

Lunch- fruit salad & sweet potato fries       

Dinner- Zucchini hummus w/ veggie chips, Salad w/ pears
SUNDAY- Breakfast- Bananas smoothie             

Lunch- Cooked veggie soup                               

Dinner- zucchini noodles with mango/date sauce & herbs

Meal Plan Monday, Cuatro

Mangoes and bananas in boxes.

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This is my fourth week doing <a href=”http://orgjunkie.com/2011/08/menu-plan-monday-aug-2211.html&#8221; title=”Menu Plan Monday”></a>

I’m planning to make about 3 cooked meals and the rest will be raw vegan.  With that said here’s my meal plan for the week:
MONDAY-  Breakfast-banana icecream

Lunch- plums   

Dinner- Cooked Gumbo and fresh made guacamole w/ chips  Midnight Snack-Papaya

TUESDAY- Breakfast- watermelon    

Lunch- pears in banana icecream      

Dinner- Coleslaw, Cauliflower & plum sauce

WEDNESDAY- Breakfast- Melon & grapes

Lunch- Grapes & lettuce soup     

Dinner- Salad w/ almond-orange dressing and Nectarine/date drink
THURSDAY- Breakfast- Datorade & apples w/date sauce   

Lunch- Banana smoothie    

Dinner- Zuke noodles w/ cabbage,  Jicama & hummus and Salad w/ avocado
FRIDAY -Breakfast-  Plums & bananas

Lunch- Datorade & apples w/date sauce      

DinnerTacos (lettuce, nectarines, herbs, zuke noodles), zuke hummus
SATURDAY- Breakfast- Apple cereal w/ banana milk            

Lunch- Apple salad w/ date sauce       

Dinner- Zucchini hummus w/ veggie chips, Salad w/ pears
SUNDAY- Breakfast- Bananas              

Lunch- Mangoes                                         

Dinner- zucchini noodles with mango/date sauce & herbs

We’re actually having another VEGAN BIRTHDAY this week, so we’ll see how this all actually pans out.  I’m being pretty spontaneous with it, though the birthday girl says she wants a raw banana cake, somehow I’ll come through on that.

Raw Vegan Grocery Shopping

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I shop for my produce primarily at the flea market on the weekends. They have a good variety, local produce, some organics and a lower price than the grocery stores. They also usually have samples, give deals and allow for bulk purchases.

If you want to eat a lot of raw produce, a situation like this or something similar is very important. Going to the grocery store is daunting. The fruit there is rarely ripe and the goal is to get you to buy packaged foods anyway.   The prices and quality reflect this goal.  My eating goals do not coincide with grocery store shopping.

When I go to the regular supermarket for the bulk of my grocery purchases I always leave disappointed with too much stuff that I don’t need. If I do my shopping on the weekends, I usually supplement my week by getting a case of bananas from the organic co-op or Trader Joe’s. I might also get a box of dates, ordered online or from WinCo, and I might check out the 99 cents store or another discount grocery store or ethnic grocery store for organic deals.

Foraging or picking up fruit from home owners is another possibility. I would go to a regular farmer’s market or fruit stand if there was one close by but the flea market is in walking distance for me.

This week, I’m going to let you in on my grocery list and how I picked what I got, as well as the costs.

  • Pears are in season and a good source of calories so I got a bunch of them @ $1/lb.
  • I got grapes at $1.50/lb, not a great price but they’re local and a good source of carbs and calories.
  • The papayas were ripe, a bursting at the seams so I got one at 60 cents a pound.
  • I got the remainder of the organic plums, which I’d gotten a bunch of last week at $1/lb.
  • I got a bunch of white nectarines, since they were close to ripe, we love them here and I’ve gotten them consistently throughout the summer.
  • I got 8 limes for a dollar.  I use these for seasoning and for deodorant.
  • I got green plums at $1/lb.
  • I got a bunch of apples at 75 cents a pound.  My kids love apples, they’re in season, they were un-waxed and they go good in so many recipes.
  • I got about 8 oranges at 50 cents a pound.  They had them on display and they looked good, smelled good and were soft.  Mostly for salad dressing.
  • I got okra, lettuce, carrots, broccoli, a red bell pepper and jicama.  For cooking, salad and chopped veggies for dipping.
  • I got 3 very ripe avocados.  I’ll make them into a guacamole, pronto.
  • I got 22 squash.  For spiralized noodles, hummus and whatever else I can think of doing with them.

I would normally get melons but they only had personal sized watermelons and none of them seemed ripe, and they’re cantaloupes were $2 each, whereas they are 2 for $3 at the grocery store, and 99 cents at the 99 cents store.

Normally there are also mangoes and bananas, but I came pretty late so it was a no go this time. I spent less than $45 at the flea market.

I will need to get some bananas, melons, and probably dates this week, and water. I’m also open to getting more grapes or berries. I already have organic greens, dates and some leftover fruit from last week, including a huge watermelon, bananas and raisens.  I also have rice, polenta, oatmeal, sunflower seeds and almonds.  I have a lot of sweet fruit, I have a little bit of raw fat(avocados, almonds, sunflower seeds) and I have enough greens for a salad everyday.

If we add up what I spend weekly for produce, it ends up being about or less than $150. My goal is actually to spend about $50 more on food until the flea market opens again on Saturday, that would equal to less than $100.  I can easily feed my family a high carb vegan diet this way, cooked and/or raw.  The important thing is to have a variety of  locally ripe fruits and some high calorie fruits to base meals on.  Now that I know what I have I can plan my meals for the week.