Wednesday, July 03, 2013


Hi friends, I trust you're all keeping well, eating right, and getting your sweet behinds outdoors to catch some vitamin D. As for me, I've been keeping busy - mostly in my kitchen. If you follow the blog you know that mum and I decided to do a 7 Day Raw Food Challenge, however since mum has been feeling great (and she also has lost weight) she wants to continue on a raw food diet for an undefined period of time (yay!).

Since learning about the raw food movement I always thought I would want to give being a raw foodist a try but I never felt I could do it. I thought "I've already given up meat, dairy, eggs, and gluten - how much more could a POSSIBLY give up?!" 

Going into the 7 Day Raw Challenge I really thought I'd miss cooked food (my rice, hot cereal, quinoa, lentils, and my favorite Mexican food!), but I knew I could do it for at least 7 days. Having mum doing it with me also really motivated me to stay committed. Because she is not vegan, and is used to eating a standard diet, I knew that I needed to make this an awesome experience for her, and prepare meals that she would enjoy and feel really great eating. 

I wanted to show her that a plant based diet doesn't have to mean drab and boring meals. I also wanted to prove to myself that raw food can be varied, exciting and uncomplicated,  so I made it my mission to play around in the kitchen and experiment!

For the most part I was successful, I've made soups, "rice", salsas, dressings, pastas, and awesome smoothies & juices (although there is a mushroom, green pepper, strawberry soup that will never see the light of day in my dinning room table..) I am having so much fun and enjoying this whole process. - I don't know how much longer mom is going to want to stay on the raw food, but I can definitely see myself staying at really high levels of raw food long term. 

Now, let's talk about the truffles... The weekend before starting our challenge, I dished out a good amount of money at bulk barn on a sweet assortment of dried fruits and nuts. I love the bars that Vega sells, but they are a bit on the pricey side and I was almost sure that I could make my own version of them. The result were these babies, they are sweet-chewy-chocolatey-raw little punches of energy, antioxidants and protein (they are also gluten free)

Because these were an experiment, I totally don't have exact measurements of the ingredients, but I figured I'd still show you some pictures so that you can see just how pretty raw food can be!

This little superfood truffles are made of:
  • dates
  • dried figs
  • dried goji berries
  • dried goldenberries
  • dried mulberries
  • chi seeds
  • hemp hearts
  • gluten free oatmeal groats
  • raw almond butter
  • cacao powder
  • vanilla extract
  • spirulina
They are also respectively coated with either raw coconut flakes, or raw pulverized almonds. 

So there you have it, these little truffles sure pack a punch!

Finally, as you may notice I've been playing around with the blog, please let me know what you think! Also don't forget to like The Glowing Diaries on Facebook and follow me on Instagram - I post almost daily updates, so if you want to catch new kitchen discoveries, or just random peeks into the life of this crazy curly make sure to follow & like!

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