Monday, May 22, 2017

Refreshing Wake Up Elixir

This is one of my favorites when I'm dehydrated.  After a run or workout or a hot dry day this is completely refreshing. 

3 oranges
10 oz of filtered water
1 tbsp of maple syrup or raw sugar
1 tbsp of flaxseeds 
1 small scoop of blue spirulina (any organic spirulina is an ok substitute)
Handful of crushed ice



Blend everything in a high speed blender until smooth.  Drink up and feel replenished!

Cheers!


Sunday, January 8, 2017

"Baked" Oatmeal Read: Cheap, Easy Breakfast!

This is my latest masterpiece ...Yes. I called it a masterpiece. My humility is staggering. 

This was inspired by a recipe I found here: 
http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/baked-oatmeal-365069

Baked Oatmeal is "old school" and a great way to send yourself and the kids out on a cold winter day. It's also a great dish to serve guests.  But on my quest to eat heart friendly foods that don't contain animals, I wanted to find a plant based version that fit my current health and fitness goals. 

So here we go..... 

Overnight oats are all the rage. So I used that premise to come up with my version of an Oatmeal "Bake".  

The night before I soaked almonds in filtered water and oats (You can use steel cut or whole oats but not instant)


Here is my entourage of ingredients waiting to be a meal!

After soaking overnight I rinsed the almonds and drained the oats. 

Add 1tbsp vanilla and 2tbsp to 1/4 cup of raw sugar, maple syrup, honey or agave to the 1 cup of soaked, rinsed almonds and 1 cup of water. Blend together to make almond cream. 

I strain the cream in a mesh strainer to make sure it's nice and thick. And then stir about 1/4 cup of the cream into the oats. Reserve the rest of the almond cream for coffee and smoothies and late night time snacking. You heard me......next time you want a drink at night try a cup of almond cream. Reminds me of Bailey's Irish Cream...but I digress. 

I use 1 1/2 cups of oats (weight before soaking) for this recipe.

Once mixed I put the oats into a ceramic dish. 

Next up. The topping. I mixed one cup of blueberries, 1/2 cup of walnuts and 5 pitted dates. I prepped this in the Vitamix  to make a crumble. 

Spread this mixture on top of the oats. Then sprinkle this ensemble with some nutmeg and additional sweetener of choice. 

Top the entire oatmeal "bake" with more blueberries and walnuts to garnish.  

Now....you can put this in the dehydrator to warm it or serve it as is.  Either way you can't lose!

I want to eat the whole bowl, but for reference sake this serves 4. 
For those of you who aren't greedy like me please share. This is lovely presented in a martini glass or decorative ramekins. 

It will keep in the fridge along with the almond cream for 2-3 days. I cover mine as is and store the almond cream in a glass milk bottle (shown below). This is a lovely way to start the day with a cup of coffee or tea. 

Nom nom! Bon Apetit!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Day of Healthy Eating - What Did I Fuel with Today?

Heres a quick post showing what I ate during my fueling window.  I now choose to fuel from 12-8pm on my training days.  I am working toward some maximum results and resetting my metabolism.  I will start blogging on that this week.  
For today...here's what I ate to start off a 2017 first quarter training regimen. 

Coffee with Almond Cream and Black Tea until noon 
 
Lunch at noon was guac and pita crips followed by some Asian noodles. 

Snack around 5pm 

Daily Green Juice 
Cashews
Dried Mango
Orange Slices




Dinner 7:30pm

Asian Noodles and Steamed Broccoli 


I pack a cooler bag with an ice pack and keep it in the car with my food.  At lunch time I went to the park and ate in the rain.  I like to get outside and get fresh air at lunchtime.  Office air is recycled and toxic. 
PM snack was also eaten in the car on the way to pick up the kiddies from school. 

Share the ways that you eat healthy on the go. 

Bon Apetit!

Friday, December 23, 2016

Healthy Holiday Dinner

I am tired!  Tired of shopping and planning and working and "mommy-ing". This year has been particularly difficult. So I am planning a meal that I personally would enjoy.  I'm tired of stressing and making two meals. One for me and one for everyone else. Not this year! No Sir! No Mam!

For my meat eaters, I will grill some bird meat and fish as side compliments to the following wonderfully, beautifully fresh foods.

Christmas Menu 2016 

Main Course
Dreamy Vegan Ritoni with Mushroom and Herb Cream Sauce


Side Compliments
Sautee Spinach with Garlic and Olive Oil


Steamed Broccoli with Fresh Lemon


Rainbow Salad (I'm using Fully Raw Kristina's recipe for this one. www.fullyraw.com)


Wine
Paired with Pinotage Wine

Dessert
Watermelon Fresh Fruit Bowl



I'm doing it my way this year. Tossing pasta in cashew cream, fresh fruits and steamed veggies all around...organic wine to keep everyone in good spirits.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Here's to "doing YOU" in 2017. I hope the new year brings you more than you ever could wish for and all your hopes are fulfilled. 
  

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Easy Nutrition Boost/Detox

I am going to super boost my system before the holidays.  I usually manage to eat pretty healthy during the holidays but this year I am using the prep time before the relatives descend upon my home to prep my body.  Let's face it, holidays are stressful. And I am particularly stressed this year.  Whew!  
So while I clean the house and cook the food I will boost my body. I plan to workout a little more and infuse my system with plenty of raw fruits and veggies and whole plant foods.  

Here's my basic menu for each day: 

Frozen fruit smoothies with greens. I will vary the fruit daily. 

Blue spirulina for inflammation. This is good to combat the migraines the holidays usually bring for me. Blame stress from housekeeping, constant visitors and the oven being on all day. Perfect. Storm.  


Green juice.  I plan to drink 64 ounces a day.  I will make my own or purchase some on the go. 

I use this juice as "fast food".  Not ideal but better than a burger.  Don't judge me. 


Huge salad once or twice a day with greens and avocado. I will most likely add carrots and red cabbage. 

Banana Nice-Cream. I use frozen bananas and fruit to make a custard like dessert that is totally healthy and wonderfully delicious.  I will serve this after dinner on Thanksgiving as well. 

So there it is. My base meal plan for the holidays.  I will serve my guests lots of greens, fresh fruit, vegan pies and healthy desserts that will be sooooo good!  I will also prepare traditional dishes for them like roast turkey (not a favorite of mine) and stuffing.  I will do my best to make my guests feel welcome in my home. I will not make them feel judged because they eat meat or isolate myself from them because I don't really eat animal products anymore.

(I'm also gonna have a martini.  Again, I repeat, don't judge me.) lol

I hope everyone enjoys the holiday and uses the time to love themselves and the ones who love you.  Take care of yourself and show compassion and sweetness to your family and friends.  

Bon appetit!




Friday, November 11, 2016

Thanksgiving Fun

I'm totally doing this for my babies this year.  I love this turkey!!!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Fresh Family Food Cheap Grocery Tips

I spent $60 on a bounty of fresh produce this week to enhance our fruit and veggie selection at the house. 
Banana for snacks and apples for juicing and lunch boxes. 

Carrots for juicing and broccoli slaw for dinner salads.  

More juicing carrots and parsley for seasoning and juicing. 

Red grapes for snacking. Carrot juice and green tea the beverage of choice for us.  I keep it stocked because the people I love, love it. 😊

This week I hit a few good sales and used a for a coupon for trying grocery delivery.  Which came in so handy because I was in bed (read: under the bed dying and praying for death) with the flu this week.  I couldn't take my babies to school or cook dinner for the people I love.  It was horrible. 

I'm back now.  Looking for ways to save us money and eat fresh.  What do ya think?

This week's bill was $140
$60 worth of fresh foods. 

$30 for another case of bananas for me to keep eating with a more raw vegan focus in my daily intake (more on that later)

$10 for organic Mac cheese for the kid, along with some beans from the Indian market.  

$20 for organic frozen veggies. 

Not too bad?  I could feed five people (2 adults and 3 kids) for over a week almost two with this haul. (Not including lunches for the kiddies and a family pack of chicken for the meat eaters -$20)

Bon Apetit!