Monday, October 10, 2011

Vegan MoFo Day 10: Cleansing Sociably

The eats in my last post were so stellar that I feel the need to begin this one with a bit of a disclaimer.  Yesterday was tricky- trying to stay true to the cleanse while eating all 3 meals out of the house was no easy task.

For breakfast I had an avocolada from Perelandra, an incredible natural food store right near my friend's apartment.

Avocolada: "ice, avocado, coconut juice, lime, honey agave"; the first few sips were unusual because of the lime, but after that it grew on me as a mild, barely sweet shake.  I'm still not sold on using avocado in desserts, but maybe now I'll at least be gutsy enough to try one in a smoothie at home.

Lunch was more of a snack- NY Naturals raw kale chips, also from Perelandra.  Please note that I did not eat the whole box!  There was a lot of sharing going on. [UPDATE 10-11-11: Prompted by a comment below giving me credit for will-power, I feel I must come clean and explain.  I would have eaten the whole box, had it not been for a kale chip injury I suffered early on in the snacking episode, whereby a monstrously pointy kale stem impaled my inner gum, rendering me incapable of eating to full capacity.] 

It turns out Borough Hall pigeons really like cashew cheese.

For dinner a group of us met up at V-Spot and I admit that instead of scouring the menu for a more raw-friendly meal, I got sucked in by the awesome Sunday dinner special.  It starts off with a choice of soup and one of their famous empanadas, ending with their special of the day.

I chose the butternut squash soup, which was a little heavy on the nutmeg, but otherwise delicious.

I thought that the empanada was the black bean variety, so I intended to just eating the filling (no fried dough on the cleanse).  When I realized that it was actually a seitan empanada, I was snapped back into reality (no gluten on the cleanse).  The tablemate at my elbow received the bounty and I refrained from eating even a bite. If anyone deserves an extra empanada from me, it's him; win-win.

For dinner, (gluten free!) quinoa with curried kale, "ginger flavored organic quinoa with sauteed coconut curried kale, chickpeas, and organic tofu".  The curried kale was extremely rich tasting; could that be an effect of the cleanse?  Interesting if yes.  I gobbled it up along with about half of the quinoa.  Note: I don't recall seeing any tofu in my dish.

So there you have it; not nearly enough raw food, but I didn't exactly eat a pizza.  It's hard enough learning to follow this cleanse at home; doing it out is a whole different story.  In my defense, we did walk about 100 miles around Brooklyn over the course of the day, so I felt all square on the exercise front.

Incidentally, a few things happened this weekend that left me wondering what the universe is trying to tell me about this cleanse.

1) Lula's has rolled out pumpkin ice cream for the season!  How is someone supposed to resist that- especially right smack in the middle of autumn?  Perhaps the reason we didn't go to Lula's after dinner was for that precise reason; my friends knew I wouldn't be able to resist!

hard pumpkin

soft pumpkin

2) Those adorable and chocolatey marshmallow bats are back for Halloween; Sweet and Sara, I can't quit you (for longer than 21 days)!

blame me for this one being crushed; they usually look  perfect

3) My Vegan Pie in the Sky cookbook is expected to ship earlier than expected.  As in next week.  During my cleanse.  No fair!


  1. Abby,

    "There may not be a next time!!"

  2. I don't know how I feel about avocado in desserts either, it would take some getting used to!

    And I like the look of the quinoa & chickpeas.

  3. Perelandra is an awesome place! I love just wandering around in there. The deli options are really tasty.
    As to V-Spot, I love their deals but I am not a huge fan of the greasy empanadas. You're better off not having eaten it. I ordered that same meal when I was there and you're right, it is very rich but I liked it a lot. Is that Sunday deal the same one that comes with wine?? I want to go back for that!
    Nice job steering clear eating out!

  4. MVG, :-O

    Mandee, I guess we once thought the same thing about tofu? Open minds!

    FF, Wine? Was there wine and we missed it? It would figure since I'm inevitably seated at the only table that isn't served complimentary chips and salsa.

  5. I would have eaten the whole box.

    I'm impressed by your will-power. Cleanse on!

  6. Andrea, I probably should have come clean and mentioned that I didn't eat the whole box because I suffered a kale chip injury. I've editted the post appropriately.

  7. So proud...brings a tear to my eye. ;)

  8. I am glad to hear that I'm not the only one whose been afflicted with a kale chip definitely did not impede my future cravings though.

  9. I just got done with a 21 day cleanse! It was pretty easy at home, but being out is tough! Good job on the willpower. I had to keep reminding's only 21 days!

  10. I haven't had time to go into manhattan to get Lula's pumpkin ice cream yet... I am dying of impatience too!


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