As I mentioned earlier, when I first learned about the raw food philosophy I felt overwhelmed by imagining how difficult the transition would be from delicious (and readily available) conventional food to a mostly raw vegan diet. Then I realized something - I ALREADY EAT RAW FOOD - MY MORNING SMOOTHIE!!!! Well, it was mostly raw.
What started as a Jamba Juice addiction became a morning ritual where I made a fruit smoothie for myself and my partner every morning. True, it usually had a scoop of frozen yogurt....oh, who am I kidding?....Vanilla Ice Cream in it, but it was a step in the right direction.
After reading Raw Food, Real World, I realized that a few small changes could turn my morning smoothie into a delicious and raw way to start the day. Instead of high fructose fruit juice (apple or orange were my favorites), I could substitute electrolyte building coconut water. Since water isn't sweet, I could add Agave syrup. To make it creamy I could add coconut butter or almond butter. YUM!
This morning I made a quick and easy Cherry-Banana smoothie:
-1 bag frozen organic cherries
-roughly 1.5 cups coconut water
-2 heaping teaspoons of coconut butter
-1/2 a vanilla bean
-2 tbsp raw agave syrup (I use 365 brand from Whole Foods)
-a pinch of sea salt
I took a picture for the blog, looked at the clock and realized that I was running late. So, I poured mine out of the glass you see in the picture and into a mason jar for my commute to Brooklyn. My partner got to enjoy his at home because he didn't have to be at work until 9:30 - the lucky duck!