Delicious Fruit and Almond Butter Smoothie – RAW

During my gluten free cooking class at Cups La Jolla in December, I met Joy Houston of The Rocking Raw Body. She has a two week raw cleanse program, as well as three books on eating healthy (not all raw). 

What I liked about her immediately was that she was a) at a gluten free cooking class that clearly wasn’t RAW and b) she wasn’t over-the-top fanatic about living raw and only eating living foods. Her tag line is, “Eat like your life depends on it, because it does.” 

I read through her books and was lured in by the “feel great” mantra, not to mention it would be nice to ditch some of the holiday sugar-based goodies that I was still wearing.

I’m going to start out here with what I did WRONG. I didn’t prepare. She said to prepare. Her books say to prepare. Her online two-week tutorial says to prepare. I even wrote her so I could get an “I told you so, you were supposed to prepare so this is fun” in an email. But I’m persistent, so I forged on, making it up as I go.

There are a couple of ways to go about a raw cleanse. You can a) learn about the different foods available and how to prepare them or b) you can just start eating fresh fruits, veggies and raw nuts without any equipment. 

I went with the latter. Not really the way to go. On the day my friend and I were going to start this (don’t do it alone), I was woefully unprepared and overcome by events in my life.  

My friend, of course, had bought all the equipment and ingredients and had completely prepped for the first week. (Something we are now doing together today for next week).

After two days of eating boxes of clementines, raw almonds, bananas spread with almond butter and other raw fruits and veggies I could gather, I decided to forgo “squirrel mode” and actually venture into at least a smoothie.

This was the first one I made and I LOVE it.  I got the idea from the Davis Smoothie, which uses milk instead of water.  

I want to add note that after five days of being on the raw cleanse program, I have never felt better. I strangely have considerable more energy than I’m used to and I have zero sugar cravings. I never feel tired in the afternoon and I could definitely have worked out more than I did.

My own notes:
1. I did two moderate workouts of running two miles and some P90X exercises
2. I ate a lot of almonds and fruit. 
3. I did crave baked potatoes with Voskos greek yogurt…mmmm
4. I lost four pounds pretty darn quick (that was a surprise)
5. I drank a ton of water (more than 2 liters every day)
6. I drank detox teas (a couple a day)
7. I drank coffee every day (bad…please note that is NOT on the raw plan)

Confession: On the fifth day, I took my boys out for gluten free pizza at BJs and ate a pizza. Clearly that is not on the plan. Don’t try that at home if you’re on the raw cleanse. Just keepin’ it real. 

Next week, I’m going to follow Joy’s actual plan. Her book is full of delicious recipes that definitely will be a welcome addition to my two-week experiment.

This recipe takes less than 5 minutes to make from start to finish and serves one.

  • 1/3 cup of water
  • 1/2 a banana
  • 4 large frozen strawberries
  • 1/3 cup of fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 1 Tbsp of RAW almond butter
  1. Put in blender
  2. Blend
  3. Drink
Welcome to raw!
4 Comments and 0 Replies
    • Joy L Houston
    • 01.29.2011

    Go girl! There's no "doing it wrong" as long as you're doing it! So thrilled to hear to hear you are digging in with a friend this weekend. Enjoy.


    • jeanette
    • 01.30.2011

    Sounds like you had a wonderful experience! I've never tried almond butter in a smoothie, but it sounds like a great way to add some creaminess and protein.


    • Vanessa Nielsen
    • 01.30.2011

    I love almond butter! Looks really good.


    • Quinoa Nutrition Facts
    • 02.04.2011

    Fruit and almond smoothie sounds yummy and pretty much interesting! I'm looking forward to trying out this yummy drink. Thank you for sharing! :)


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