Category Archives: rhubarb

Ani Phyo’s 15 DAY FAT BLAST

Well, I did finish Ani’s 15-day Fat Blast… I guess we can see that I am not the person to give you day-by-day updates.  I liked it well enough… As I have previously mentioned, I did email Ani Phyo to ask her if I had to do the varied diet, or if I could stick with one thing, i.e., one breakfast smoothie, or one evening soup, etc.  I never received an answer from Ani Phyo (which fact has made me like her much less – always, before, when I have approached a raw vegan book author with questions about the recipes In the book I have bought, they have been very helpful.

Anyway, I just pretty much stayed with the blueberry shake throughout the whole 15 days.  Sometimes I did do a banana shake, and, in the last days, I did a banana-blueberry shake, based on both shakes.

I ate spinach salad until the spinach I’d bought started to wilt. Then I made a big spinach/sauerkraut salad.

I liked the tomato soup, the coconut tomato soup, and the red bell pepper soup, so I stuck with those.

When I was finishing up, I went back and read what Ani Phyo  included after the diet info.  There, I found a lot of the usual – eat what you want to when you want to. Ha!  This seems to me like a disclaimer. You eat what you want to, and you will not get the results promised in the title.

By the middle of the Fat Blast, I found I needed to add a laxative tea at night.  Things just weren’t moving through. I was eating things which were suggested, and I was using a blender, as opposed to a juicer, but needed some additional help to perform my morning ablutions.

I am happy to tell you that I came down  to suing two or three of the shakes pretty much exclusively. 1    I found that the blueberry shake, and the banana shake worked well for me throughout the diet. A big reason there was finances.I just really didn’t have enough money to add in all of those lovely ideas that are suggested in the program.

Regardless, I did stick with the *idea* of the program, and I did lose at least one size (I don’t have a scale, so I can’t tell you what the 9weight equivalent was – I just got into my jeans and did not have to hold my breath to close them. I was able to put on a couple of dresses and not look like I was selling something.  In one case, I was able to wear a dress I’d received as a gift, for the first time. Whoopee!

Since I am a veteran Master Cleanser, the whole time I was going through this Fat Blast, I felt a strong desire to do the salt cleanse.  I think that was why I finally went to the laxative tea in the last days. I avoided using laxatives or the salt cleanse during the first part of the diet because I wanted to know how the diet worked.  My experience, in the end, was that I needed a little more excitement to move me, so I finally resorted  to the laxative tea.

Should you do this diet?  I’d say yes. If you have enough money to eat all the things on the diet, it will be fun (all of the recipes are easy to prepare).  If you adhere even moderately strictly to this diet, you will lose at least 15 pounds.


Last night, I was feeling lazy, and did not want to go to great lengths to prepare dinner, so I just capped all of the strawberries in my CSA share and then added cashews, and three stalks of rhubarb and 16 oz. of water, blended it all, and drank it down.



2 C strawberries

1 C rhubarb, chopped

1 C cashews

12-16 oz water (to taste)

optional: add agave syrup or other sweetener of choice to taste

Process in VitaMix until smooth.

NOTE: I did not add any sweetener, but you might like to.  It comes out sort of bland and tart at the same time.

STRAWBERRY/RHUBARB SMOOTHIE – a raw rhubarb delight

Strawberry Rhubarb Shake
based on a recipe found at

1 lg stalk of rhubarb (or 3 small), chopped
1 C strawberries (fresh or frozen)
4 dates
handful of macadamias or cashews
dash of cinnamon
agave to taste

  • Place all ingredients in the VitaMix.
  • Add water to cover
  • Process to a smooth consistency

RHUBARB/STRAWBERRY PIE – the raw vegan version

based on a recipe at

The pinch of cayenne in the crust adds nice depth….
2 C almonds, soaked
1 C dates, (or less, to taste)
2 T agave syrup
1 t cinnamon
pinch cayenne
dash sea salt, (optional)
handful shredded coconut

4 C rhubarb, peeled and chopped to 1″ pieces
1/4 C agave
2 C strawberries, chopped
1/4 C psyllium husk
whole strawberries for garnish



  • In a  food processor, process ingredients to a coarse mixture which sticks together easily when pressed..
  • Sprinkle shredded coconut into pie pan to prevent crust sticking.
  • Press crust into pan.


  • In a food processor, process rhubarb to a slushy consistency.
  • Add agave and continue processing until well mixed..
  • Remove rhubarb mix to a large bowl add chopped strawberries and psyllium husk, and mix by hand.
  • Spoon filling into crust and chill 6 – 8 hours, or overnight,  to allow sweetness to develop. (Pie is tart at first, but, as it sits, the flavors meld, and the sweetness develops.)