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more food logs: a really busy day, and a weekend day

Robyn Openshaw - Oct 07, 2008 - This Post May Contain Affiliate Links

I want you to get a sense of what a day looks like when I’m just not at home, no time to prepare.   And a weekend when we do have extra time.   A couple of people wrote me (or posted) last time I wrote up a food log: oh! I guess that’s not really so hard!   It’s really not, and this super-busy day was even easier.   Unfortunately, I ate all three meals that day IN THE CAR!

You can read raw-food recipe books and end up thinking that eating a plant-based diet is only for people who love cooking.   The pizza recipes: dehydrating a crust, making a raw, nut-based sauce, shredding a bunch of toppings.   Ugh.   Most days, I just don’t have time for that.   I did that in my early days of trying to go all raw, and burned out fast.

This crazy day started at 6 a.m.: squeezed my hour of yoga and my tennis match in, before racing home to get ready for work and then taking off to teach.   Then I didn’t even come home from work–went straight to parent-teacher conferences.   I got home at dinnertime.   So here it is:

Breakfast: Hot-Pink Breakfast Smoothie, driving to yoga

Lunch: Green smoothie (made at 7 a.m.), and a baggie of almonds, driving to work

After work: Picked up a hummus wrap packed with greens and veggies at Pita Pit next to Brigham Young University where I work, and ate it in the car on the way to parent-teacher conferences.   Kids got home and had green smoothies from the fridge.

Dinner:   I warmed cans of vegetarian chili that I keep in storage for busy nights.   My 13-year old daughter made a big salad with romaine, the still-ubiquitous yellow squash, cukes, and bell peppers.   I tossed some apple cider vinegar and olive oil on it.   I put about 1/3 cup homemade sauerkraut on each plate next to the salad.

I didn’t eat the dinner because I wasn’t hungry, having eaten earlier.   But I finished the last piece of Raw Key Lime Pie that I made last night.   (It’s yummy, took about 15 mins. to make last night, and it’s in Ch. 11 coming up!)   The other day at Costco I got a whole bag of limes.   I set up my $20 electric citrus juicer, which is VERY worth having if you’re a 12 Stepper.   Lime juice is one of those ingredients that transforms raw or whole foods into gourmet.   I use it in lots of salad dressings and quinoa dishes.   I cut all the limes in half and had my 8-year old juice them.   (He loves doing it.)   I put them in an ice cube tray to freeze for later.   Later tonight, I’ll twist the ice cube trays into a gallon freezer bag to save them all for later, in convenient 2 Tbsp. portions.

Total time spent in the kitchen today: 20 minutes (not including two kids helping out), a 75% raw day.


A WEEKEND (Sunday) food log:

Breakfast:   A big blender of Hot-Pink Breakfast Smoothie (Jump-Start recipe collection) for everybody, in a hurry, before church.

Lunch: Blueberry Buckwheat Pancakes (from Ch. 10 coming out, soaked the buckwheat the day before)–no gluten, really easy, sprouted, everybody likes it.   I don’t like things made from buckwheat flour, but I love these pancakes.   I whizzed up some berry topping in the BlendTec (also in Ch. 10), berries and peaches, agave, and a little water.

Lunch: Zucchini Carpaccio to use up zucchini in the garden (Jump-Start recipe collection), and Raw Avocado Soup (coming out in the 100 Quick, Healthy Lunch Ideas recipe collection).   Plus some Homemade Raw Sauerkraut (Ch. 8 recipe) I made a year ago.   While we were eating, I had The World’s Best Chocolate Ice Cream going in the ice cream maker, just three ingredients, super easy.


I made six different recipes today, lots more than usual.   I spent maybe an hour in the kitchen making food.   No green smoothie!   That happens, maybe once every week or two on a weekend.   We still all had about 7 servings of vegetables and 3 of fruit, all of them raw–about a 75% raw day.



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10 thoughts on “more food logs: a really busy day, and a weekend day”

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  1. Anonymous says:


    What brand of soups/chili do you like to have on hand for emergencies?

  2. http:// says:

    I haven’t found soups I really like, but I look for vegetarian chilis that are low sodium. That refined salt is the hardest thing to avoid, even at the health food stores–it’s ubiquitous in food.

  3. I love your blog and am a faithful reader. Just wanted to know if you have heard about BPA in canned foods. The Environmental Working Group has published research on it. There is more BPA leaching from canned goods than there is from plastics! I used to use canned goods a lot for quick meals but now I am scared to. Just thought I would mention it. Oh and did I say I love your site?? 🙂

  4. http:// says:

    Hey Cristina. Yep, I’ve been following the BPA stories. We were told that the cheap plastics (like disposable water bottles, with a 1 on the bottom in the triangle) were to be avoided, so we should buy heavy-duty plastic containers with a high-grade 7 in the triangle on the bottom. Turns out, now that we all have a cupboard full of them and have been avoiding bottled water for quite some time, those plastics with the 7 on them leach the *most* BPAs into liquids.

    Just a few months ago, an email went around claiming that Sheryl Crow’s breast cancer was caused by dioxins leaching into the water. Of course some M.D.s went on record mocking that claim, and in fact, dioxins may not be the problem in THIS case, but pthalates are, and so is BPA. Snopes and assured us all that bottled water is just fine. Another example of why we would be wise to minimize boxed, canned, and otherwise preserved foods. Common sense should tell us that the further our food is from aluminum, plastic, etc., the better.

    I say this as I sip my green smoothie from a quart jar (the only downside is you have to pack it so it doesn’t break–oh, and don’t drop it). Today, the outer cabbage leaves from the plants in my garden, and chard and beet greens.

    And then of course we have to realize that life goes on if we have an emergency and resort to a can of vegetarian chili. Just wanted y’all to know that I have those days, too, where I forgot to even defrost the homemade chili I actually had in my freezer!

  5. Anonymous says:

    I stopped using all my nalgene bottles with a #7 on the bottom and in the house i use the glass mason jars for my GS & water. But when I travel with my water I put it in an all stainless steel sport bottle called thinksport. They have all kinds of safe products. There email address is I love my new stainless steel sport bottle. I hope this helps some of you out there.

  6. Anonymous says:


    I am using lots of lemon and am tired of juicing them by hand. Tell me where and what the $20 juicer is. Love your site and recommend it all the time. Keep up the good work! BTW what did you eat while you were traveling with your friend? thanks, Karen

  7. http:// says:

    I think I actually paid $15 for my electric juicer–SO worth it–and I think I got it from Walmart. (If I didn’t get strung up for hiring labor in India, I’m gonna hear it now for shopping at Walmart, right?) Or maybe it was Target. (Hey. Target’s no better for our economy: it’s French-owned.)

  8. Anonymous says:

    For a less expensive sport bottle, check out this site:

  9. I use the small glass Voss water bottles for my water and that works great!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Hi Robyn,

    got your website from a friend and enjoy it!

    Recently I came across Chris Califano’s and thought you would like to know about him, too! He went from skinny to gaining 70 lbs of raw muscle and only 50 – 70 minutes of progressive strength training per week and a washboard ab with only 2 minutes workout per week of high intensity. He is 52 now and a raw chef and caterer also, but unfortunately too far from where I live. He is in Long Island, NY. I think you would love to meet him once!

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