April 2, 2012, Day 2: I have a new favorite product (see above)! Coconut Aminos, where have you been all my life?!?! I was a huge fan of Bragg’s but this knocks Bragg’s socks off! This is totally safe (and actually recommended on the Candida diet) and taste like as if teriyaki and tamari sauce fell in love.
Coconut amino acids come from the “sap” of the coconut tree. This “sap” is low GI and rich in minerals, nutrients, amino acids, vitamin C, B-vitamins and it has a neutral pH. Oh, and it’s 14x’s more abundant than soy-based amino acid products.
We need amino acids because they are the building blocks of protein! We need protein to live. 🙂 This stuff is SO awesome and it tastes so good. It will easily be replacing my soy sauce/tamari! It’s raw and another cool thing about it is that it contains unrefined, dried with the suns love, mineral abundant sea salt from the tropical island of Mindanao. It’s vegan, sugar free (yay!), gluten free, dairy free and kosher! It contains 17 amino acids that all serve different functions in the body, but are all equally important.
Okay, so enough of my sales pitch…I’m sure you want to know what I made with this stuff. Well, see the pic below of my “Southwest Scramble” which was inspired by my fellow vegan foodie Noel (Veganist Light). I ate this for breakfast, but I had to omit some ingredients for my restricted diet (which I made mention of), but it was super tasty none the less. Along with this, today I ate salad greens with fresh squeezed lemon, celery sticks with sunflower seed butter, cucumber slices, avocado and chickpea mash and for dinner I am having some broccoli and a teensy bit of brown rice flavored with my coconut aminos and raw sesame seeds. I have to admit, I am not doing the diet 100% by the book, as I am supposed to stick to a raw diet and 2 detox drinks as recommended for the first phase, or “cleansing phase”. I am kinda doing it “my way” and doing what I feel is best for me. I am eating 90% raw at this point (other than some occasional steamed or sauteed veggies), and feel good. I have omitted nearly every source of sugar and feel pretty darn good about that too. I will continue to keep you posted, but for now here is the recipe I mentioned and a photo, if you care to try it (I sure hope you do!).
2 cups walnuts, soaked and dried (I didn’t use this much since it seemed like a lot. I probably used about 1/4 cup)
1 cup sunflower seeds, soaked (I used probably about 1/4 cup as well)
1 large tomato, chopped (sadly, I cannot have tomatoes on this diet and I already miss them)
1/2 bell pepper (any color-I used 1/4 red pepper chopped)
2 small green onions
1 tbsp. turmeric
1 tsp. chili powder
1 1/2 tsp. tamari (I used the coconut amino acids since I cannot have tamari or soy right now)
1/4 cup chopped parsley (I didn’t have any and was sad but bought some today!!)
splash raw apple cider vinegar
squeeze of lemon, to taste
cracked pepper, to taste
Sea salt, to taste
1 avocado, chopped (I also didn’t have it with avocado since I was going to be having avo for lunch, but I am sure it’s amazing with this!)
Blend walnuts and sunflower seeds in the food processor until they’re nicely minced. Using a spatula, pour contents into a bowl. Add in everything else except the vegetables, and mix well.
Finally, fold in the tomato, green onions, and bellpepper. Garnish with avocado.
I ate this at work, so please excuse the photo not being super fancy. 🙂