Friday, January 30, 2015

Easy Vegan Breakfast Cereal Treat (not cheap)

This is not cheap but sooooo worth it. If you are off grains and gluten, but miss cereal then you have to save up and try this!  You have to!  This cereal belongs on your bucket list.  

1 oz. Dried organic mulberries (expensive ingredient so use sparingly and make it last foreeeeveer)

1/2 cup Almond milk or cashew milk 

Top with fresh fruits, berries and trail mix if you like. 

This is so easy and so wonderfully magically will think you went to heaven in a bowl.  

Perfect for after a run or lifting session.  Carpe Diem!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Brown Baggin it...kind of...

In order to save money when eating healthy, I try to do two things.  

1. Buy my own food in bulk whenever I can. 

2. Make my own food whenever I can. 

I am not really a brown bag kinda girl. I don't like planning and packing and taking my food.  But let's face it, it's the best way to save money and still eat whole real foods.  I can spend $10 on ONE salad bar trip at Whole Foods or I can spend $6 on a bag of Kale Salad mix at Costco which gives me at least 3-4 large salads.  Cummon????  That's easy math to do. 

I invested in some nice containers with lids. BPA free plastic containers, glass containers with lids and Temptations Stoneware with lids.   These make lunch and snack time easy, portable and let's face it, pretty. Hey...presentation is everything. It's true that we eat with our eyes first. 

Here are my Veggie Burritos in Collard Wraps, along with sauce, all ready to go to work today. 

The containers nest in each other and I carry them in a reusable grocery bag. 

Bon Appetit!

First let's see what's inside...collard leaves destemmed and marinaded veggies, shredded and chopped for the filling. 

Next I nest the layers together and cover them to take to work. 

Each container has a lid so it's easy to pack everything up. 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Cheap Eats! Grocery Hauling with Hav

If there is an Asian or Indian market in your area, it would behoove you (yes. I said "behoove") to check it out.  Not only will you find great variety of produce to try, but you can save money too!

Today I checked out the Asian market near me and I picked up bananas for .49 a pound.  I got some persimmons on the cheap!  And some lovely oranges for half of what I spent at the regular grocery.  

Look at this bounty .....


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

A Day in the Diet - Today was 100% Raw Vegan

Fennel and Kale Salad from Whole Foods Salad Bar 

Raw Vegan Chili with walnut meat and diced avocado. (Use small amounts
of fat... This recipe was two servings and had 1/4 cup of walnuts and 1/4 avocado for the recipe). 

Coconut Pineapple and Spinach Electrolyte Smoothie

This is what I ate today.  I have to admit that most of it was eaten on the go.  I also snacked on some organic dates and figs. My other beverages were black coffee and tea (not raw)

These meals provided enough calories to fuel my workout and replenish my system. 

Cheap tip- Don't go to Whole Foods for the salad bar. It's way too expensive.  Buy their fresh produce and make your own. You will save a considerable amount of money making and carrying your own.  I buy bags of salad, a bottle of organic dressing or lemons (for the juice) and other toppings. Grab a bowl from the salad bar. Voila! Lunch. Don't worry.  They won't charge you extra for the bowl.  

Monday, January 19, 2015

Flu, Virus, Tummy Flu

Even healthy lifestyle can't help you prevent everything.  I spent 4-5 days recently not able to keep anything down.  Some call it stomach flu... who knows I may have had food poison or a parasite. It was just Yuck!

Here is how I replenished myself after I was able to keep foods down and the vomiting and other gastric distresses subsided. 

Clear Veggie Broth
I simmered all the veggies I had at the time, cabbage, carrots, celery, onions and lots of garlic until soft.  Then I sipped the broth with a dash of nutritional yeast from a cup until I could move on to some soft solids. 

Vegetable Soup
Once I could keep down solids, I added the vegetables back in along with some fresh spinach and mushroom to replenish my vitamins and minerals. 

Then I moved on to adding some light juices and whole bananas back into my diet. I needed to nourish without overloading my system with too much system was already clean enough!  (Know what I mean?) 

I juiced some carrots, apples and later added some juiced blueberries to the mix to add antioxidants. 
I found these options an easy way to replenish my system and heal after such a tough bought of stomach flu. 

I hope this helps. 

FYI I went to the doctor after 48 hours of not being able to eat or drink much. Don't be a martyr.  Doctors can help!

Be well!  

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Summer Refreshment for a Winter's Day

This is my recipe for replenishing after a long run in the snow and ice and freezing cold of winter. It is also a good base for party drinks!  

Pineapple provide vitamins B-6, C & A, as well as some calcium and iron.  It is also a good source of minerals - Thiamin, Riboflavin, Folate, Panthothenic Acid, Magnesium, Manganese, Potassium. 

Fresh pineapple is also the source of an enzyme called Bromelain.  Studies show that this enzyme is effective in alleviating joint pain, arthritis, reduce inflammation, inhibit tumor growth and shorten recovery time from surgery.  

Take that Gatorade!

Run Recovery r&r Piña Colada 
Fill Vitamix or other blender with 2-4cups of pineapple fresh or frozen. I don't used canned. 

1 heaping tablespoon of Coconut Creme or Coconut Flakes (sometimes I use both for an extra creamy treat)

Cover with filtered water or coconut water 

Add palm sugar, raw sugar, or maple syrup to taste for added sweetness. 

I only use maple syrup after a long workout. It's full of minerals and calories. ;)

Blend until smooth.  Enjoy!  I also sip this when I have a migraine. I suspect the Bromelain from the pineapple helps ease the pain a bit. 

This makes 1-2 servings. If you add tropical rum to the mix, it makes four lovely party piña coladas.  


Sunday, January 4, 2015

Spaghetti and Not Meatballs

This is my absolute favorite raw recipe. 
For the pasta use 2 zucchini per person.  Sooo pretty.  

Cheap tip:  Don't feel you need to buy an expensive kitchen gadget. You can use a vegetable peeler to make the noodles. You can use a knife to chop the tomatoes and serve al fresco style. Or use a personal bullet type blender to make the sauce. Use what you have!

The "not"meat balls are soaked walnuts (8 hours) or you can skip the soak and just use them as is. I find the taste is better if I soak them some. Even if it's just for 30 minutes while I make the other items.  Grind up the nuts in a blender or food processor with the following ingredients:  

Walnut Meatballs [makes 12, 4 servings of 3 meatballs]
1 1/3 cups raw walnuts soaked for several hours 
1 tablespoon nutritional yeast (optional)
2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 teaspoons Nama Shoyu soy sauce or Tamari or Braggs Aminos (this gives the best flavor to the "not"meat balls so don't skip it)
1 teaspoon fresh garlic, minced or a 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder or garlic salt
1 teaspoon sliced green onion (white part only)
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced plus some for garnish
Dash of sea salt 
Dash of ground pepper
Dash of cayenne (optional)

I form the mixture into balls and dehydrate to warm them for about an hour.  I turn them once during the drying time. You can also use the mixture like a chopped ground meat and just put it directly in the sauce without dehydrating. #timesaver!

I prefer to top my dish with a fresh marinara sauce.  I toss the following in the blender, pulse it and serve it with the noodles:

Several fresh tomatoes
Fresh basil leaves
Drizzle of extra virgina olive oil 
Dash of pink salt or kosher salt or skip it.  


Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy Healthy Fresh New U!

So this is the time of year when most people focus on health and happiness and changes.

Make these promises to yourself last!

Today I'm having a juice feast.  The featured recipe is grape and cucumber.  Full of antioxidants and flavor!

I juiced a huge batch of black grapes and  cucumbers and also treated myself to a platter of grapes to snack on.  Bon appetit!