Living raw means that I bring food EVERYWHERE. I do not have the convenience of stopping at a fast food place, a store, or a restaurant (unless I'd like salad) to eat, so I always make sure I have something on hand. Yesterday was two apples, one pear, a bag of trail mix, and my little girl and I made more Nori Rolls (little ones for her). I went to the mall yesterday to let my daughter enjoy their play area, which is quite fantastic. I try not to eat in the play area, for I don't know if any children have food allergies and don't want to make any kind of mess. So we went directly above the play area where they have some couches and tables. It's just around the corner from the food court, but I see no reason to submit myself to the smells or sights of food that kept me ill for 26 years. Now mind you, if we were with a group of people, my daughter eats whatever she likes. But if she is with me, she eats what I keep in my home and what I provide, which is usually raw. She was excited about her mini Nori Rolls and dessert of apple and pear slices, so I made a little picnic on one of the tables and we sat and munched while she bounced around and watched the kids playing below us (there is a cutout so you can watch - a little creepy at times, I must admit).
An elderly man slowed down while passing our little table. A middle aged woman stopped and asked where I had bought my food at the food court. Several others slowed down and a couple stopped to hear my answer. When I told them that I made it myself, they were shocked and disappointed that they couldn't have the same option. I made maybe twenty rolls, about six for my little girl and the rest were mine. When we were both down to a couple, another crowd gathered and asked the same question. "No, the food court doesn't serve these, I choose to eat healthier and make my own snacks." A lot of nodding, some sad looking faces, and my four year old beaming as she pops one in her mouth (perhaps a little gloating?!)
If I had been a little more prepared, business cards would have materialized out of thin air and I could have given them fliers regarding my upcoming classes. Perhaps that will happen soon? My first thought was simply, "They were attracted to something that would bring them health...I KNOW I am on the right path." So I prayed for everyone of them. That they would continue to recognize health and seek it out, to start asking questions, and to remain unsatisfied with the food court options. And of course...praying that I can share not only my health, but my faith.
I was in the kitchen tonight taking inventory so I can go grocery shopping tomorrow. Five of my avocados were waaaaay overripe. :/ Oh no! Had I forgotten about them?! Well, looks like it's guacamole time! So into the food processor they went. I made a delicious and EASY guacamole salad tonight. I made my guac and laid it on top of a bed of greens and sliced up some cherry tomatoes for color (and to cut the spice in half...my guac can be sinus draining!), and sliced some sweet corn of the cob for a wonderful little contrast. Beautiful and yummy!!! Finished that baby off in minutes.
2 cloves garlic
½ teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoon onion, diced
¼ red bell pepper, diced
1/2 ear corn, sliced off cob
1 tomato, diced
Mash by hand or process avocado, jalapeno, garlic and spices. Stir in diced veggies and sprinkle lemon juice on top to keep it green and fresh.