Green smoothie: banana, spinach, and frozen mango
raw walnuts (about a cup)
bowl of grapes
Large salad with spinach, walnuts, boiled egg, fried crispy onion
4 deviled eggs (I know, I know)
Day 8 was the day of the restaurant challenge. I took a friend of mine to a really great new restaurant in DC, Founding Farmers. For all of you who are serious about living green and going green…this is the spot for you.
Founding Farmers is here to bring you the bounty of true Farm-to-Table choices in an environment dedicated to sustainability…we believe that everyone benefits by knowing more about the source of the food they eat. We understand the journey from seed to harvest, and from Farm-to-Table, and are dedicated to making that connection each and every time. Owned by a collective of American family farmers, Founding Farmers exists to promote the products and services of family farms, ranches, and fisheries. We also want to educate the public about the long-standing connection between farmers – the first to lead the “green” movement – and their historic stewardship of natural resources.
Founding Farmers has been designed to meet LEED Gold Standard design criteria, a first for a restaurant in the District of Columbia. LEED is a term used to describe architecture and interior design that has been constructed and created with very little impact on the environment. Most “green” buildings are usually LEED certified buildings, as designated by the US Green Building Council (USGBC).
The Meal was awesome. I suggest the mint limeade…it wasn’t full of sugar and koolaid-ish…and the Late Harvest Salad. The staff was awesome! The place just opened in late September, so it was like finding a lil gem, something new to experience with my friends.
I did not eat 100% raw as you can see above, and I’m fine about that. Unlike my other food quests, I don’t want to play the good food/bad food games with my mind. I ate healthy. I’ve pretty much decided that I’m not going to be %100 in case of special occasions and this was a birthday dinner. However, because I’ve been a sugar addict, I don’t think I’ll ever be real into sweets (cake and ice cream) again. But I know that there will be times when everything on my salad may not be raw AND…I’m sure I may eat seafood from time to time on special occasions. I want to be 100%, sure…but I also want to be sane. I say this with the full knowledge that life is about choices. My advice to anyone starting out as a raw foodist or raw vegan is to do the same, especially if you’ve never been a vegan or vegetarian before you start. Eating with friends can be one of the most challenging things in the beginning. Also, you may not know what choices are on every menu when going out with friends, and you shouldn’t be panicked just because the almonds or walnuts aren’t raw.