Zucchini Pasta

~ zucchini (I used half of one zucchini)
~ grape tomatoes (I used 5, sliced into thirds)
~ minced garlic (I used 1 clove)
~ chopped walnuts
~ basil (I used 3 leaves off of my basil plant and chopped them)
~ sea salt
~ extra-virgin olive oil

Making this recipe is very simple.

Just slice your zucchini super thin.  The tinier your slices, the more floppy it is, and then it really is more like a pasta.  Add your sliced tomatoes, garlic, walnuts, and basil.  Drizzle enough olive oil to lightly coat all of your ingredients.  Season with salt and any other spice you think would be good.  I used Mrs. Dash - Tomato, Basil, and Garlic.

That's it!  Enjoy!

Raw Food Cleanse Challenge

Today is Day 1 of my raw food cleanse.  The general response I get when I tell people I'm doing it is, "Gross.  So what do you eat?"

The answer is NOT raw meat.  Basically it's fruits and veggies!  Easy peasy.

This is not what I like to call the "Kelly Cleanse"
(This is for you Anna...)

I've been interested in doing a cleanse for a while now.  However I did not want to risk gaining the weight I lost during the cleanse once I started eating again after the cleanse.  About a week ago, JP found someone doing a raw food challenge over at Whole Living.  You can read her blog posts about it here.  It seemed easy enough, and I didn't have to buy any weird ingredients that I'd never use again after the cleanse.

The writer of the Whole Living blog is doing it for 2 weeks.  My cleanse will only last 5 days (Monday-Friday) so I'm certainly not diving in head first.  I really hope to see some kind of difference on Friday.  It's already been kinda tough and it's only the first day.  I woke up this morning and picked up Kalie's bag of chewy sweet-tarts and immediately remembered they were a big "no-no."  I'd also be lying if I said I'm not missing my coffee.  But it's only 5 days and my body will thank me for it.  At least it better.

After a trip to Publix last night, I came home with:
green apples

Day 1: (so far)
  Breakfast - strawberries and banana
  Snack - almonds
  Lunch - zucchini pasta (recipe will be posted very soon)