June 13, 2009

Ripe for the Eating

Happy weekend, all! My Saturday has consisted mainly of QT with the boyf, which is nice since we rarely get to see each other during the week. Forgive the cell phone post tonight, but this way I am only minimally distracted from us catching up on So You Think You Can Dance on DVR. Actually, it's me who needs to catch up - I think he's just bored, but he's a peach for humoring me.

Backing up to the AM, the first photo would be my tribute to fellow blogger K (of Good Eats fame), as the bowl contains my version of the parfaits I have admired on her blog for so long: plain yogurt mixed with the last dusting of my PB2 (GASP!) layered around a crumbled Apple Berry Vitatop. Just for fun, I added blobs of pumpkin and almond butters on top, since, ahem, you know you're a food blogger when you feel like you need to add a pretty topping so breakfast will look good on the blog. Oh and I shook up a packet of Amazing Grass Pomegranate Mango Infusion Amazing Meal (mouthful!) in some unsweetened vanilla hemp milk, both of which were new to me. I'm liking the hemp milk by itself, and with the amazing meal mixed in, I felt like I had quite the satisfying breakfast!

On my way to Queens, I stopped by the library for some subway reading, Natalia Rose's The Raw Food Detox Diet. Both this book and its subject matter have been getting a lot of play in the blogosphere lately, so I thought I would do my homework and learn a little more about this health philosophy. Now, maybe it's me being ignorant, but I was not aware that this particular volume is in fact a diet for weight loss, which is not so much what interests me as regards raw eating. I got through about a quarter of the book during my trans-borough subway ride, though, and found that I was learning a lot nonetheless. I'll finish it and let you know what I got from it. So far? Mixed feelings.

Once in Forest Hills, the boyf and I went to lunch at Ripe Juice Bar and Grill, which is a casual place that serves healthy fare and, well, juice. I went for the Garden Wrap, but over brown rice instead of in a tortilla. It's just a bunch of grilled veggies and lettuce, but it was what I was craving. To drink, we actually both chose The Hulk juice, which contains cucumber, spinach, lemon and apple. The boyf went hardcore and added wheat grass to his, while I for once played it safe without it. The juices arrived and we did the taste test side by side, then promptly switched. I actually liked it better with wheat grass! Who'd a thunk. Without it, the juice was really appley, which is what turned me off, since I'd rather have an apple than its juice, in that fruit's case.

So if you find yourself in need of a healthy bite in Queens, do check out Ripe. Pretty affordable and reliable, in our experience. I need to stop blogging now because the boyf is narrating his game of Grand Theft Auto out loud and umm, no. I'm sorry but what self-respecting car thief plays the jazz station in his stolen vehicle? Just the ones who are music teachers by day, I guess. ;)


Katrina said...

I've got to get a library card. Any other book recommendations?

Anonymous said...

ooh, thanks for the tip on the book. i need to update my list of reserved books at the lib!

the parfait looks tasty tasty!

K from ksgoodeats said...

You know I LOVE that parfait!! It looks great - I'm glad you liked it :)

Enjoy the QT time with the boyfriend! Thanks for the 411 on the book!

Jenny said...

glad you got to spend some quality tie with your main man!

those books sound very interesting, thanks for the recommendations girl =)

jane said...

i'll be interested to hear your review of the raw book.
as opposed to the book that's been steamed, baked or sauteed...

okay, that was a bad joke :)