Sunday, December 31, 2017

Vegan at 7-11. Hmmmmm!

I found these little gems at the 7-11.  They are mostly flour and oil but they are yummmmmmy!!!!

I want to eat 70 of them.  Haha!  $2.50 and they are a nice little treat. They taste just like regular cookies. 

I had half of one of these bad boys and a banana for lunch. Drank some Fiji water and there you have it. Lunch for $5 at a convenience store. Mucho better than a hot dog and wings and fake pizza from the "warmer" at the 7-11 counter.  

Thanks for having an option that was reasonable for me!  I'm loving it. 

Happy New Year!


Saturday, December 30, 2017

Love Culture! Cheap Sexy Clothes!

I love this website.  When I lost 40lbs I had to rebuild my entire wardrobe. I Iooked homeless in my size 16 clothes when I had dropped down to a 6. 

Love Culture allowed me to purchase in a way that saved me money on staples. Things like bras, panties, basic black and white tops to wear with slacks....basic wardrobe builders that I really needed to start over.  

These pieces didn't cost a lot but best of all, the quality is decent.  When I lose more weight, I won't feel bad about letting these pieces go. 

Everything doesn't have to come from Neimans. :-)

Friday, December 29, 2017

Exercise at Home. It's Cheaper

I love the gym.  It's my sanctuary.  To me exercise is life and therapy and my daily vacation.  But for those of you trying to save every dime you can, exercise at home is the way to go.  

You can purchase cheap used equipment online and set up a nice home gym for yourself for a fraction of the cost of a gym membership over time.  

Also, if you take your cardio outside and walk or run, you get the best of both worlds. You can exercise to help you be stronger and the sunlight helps with vitamin d production and fights depression!  Win win!

I just recently invested in a pull up bar. 

I love her....

She was $30 bucks on Amazon.  I found a coupon over the holidays.  The pull up is king of back exercises and a quick way to build core strength.  

Wish me luck!!!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Christmas Breakfast!

Here is my cheap easy solution to french toast!  

Why do I need a solution to french toast?  Because that's what everyone is eating on Christmas morning!  Not meeeeee!  I make a banging french toast for my family who adores my recipe and then I consume this.  

Pineapples, strawberries, green veggie powder, spinach and a dash of raw sugar.  Yes it's delicious!  Yes it's easy! No I don't care about the damn french toast.  I feel good about my body. I have no holiday meal hangover. I am happy with my progress.  That's a Merry Christmas I'll take any day over white bread and syrup. 

No judgements though.... Enjoy your holiday meals and then get on your grind. I'm happy to enjoy treats now and then.  But today wasn't that day for me.  Do what leads you to the place you want to be and then keep doing that.  Those choices are where your happiness lies.  

I promise. :-)

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Quickest Dinner Ever!

This is my favorite go to meal when I have one tomato, one lemon and possibly some fresh herbs in the fridge that need to be used up.  (Dried herbs work fine too!)

Toss some hot pasta in olive oil, garlic powder or smashed garlic clove, red pepper. Cut up a tomato and add to the pasta.  Top with fresh herbs. BOOM!

Dinner is served. I love this after an evening run.  

Bon appetit!

Monday, December 25, 2017

Holiday Helpers

Most people eat for weeks on end during the holidays.  Really the holidays are only about 3 to 6 days depending on what you celebrate.  It's really not a 2 month feeding frenzy like some of us think. 

Here are some tips to help you maintain your progress during the holidays. 

1. Eat healthy all day every day.  
2. Treat holiday events as a cheat meal. 
3. Exercise daily.  Even if it's just a short walk, stretch or a few crunches or squats. Keep your momentum. 
4.  Bring a fruit bowl and veggie platter to events so you always have food. 

5. Drink a bottle of fresh squeezed juice or fresh smoothie on the way to the event.  
6. Start a water challenge.  Aim for a gallon or a little less than a gallon a day so you keep your metabolism going. Make it easier for your body to flush out the toxins. 
7. Start a bedtime crunch challenge.  Do 100 crunches every other night.  
8. Keep fresh fruit in the house on your counters, in your fridge. Make it easy to eat healthy. 
9. Give fitness gifts. I give fruit platters, motivational books, yoga mats, organic breads, healthy cookbooks, homemade healthy treats.  The gift of a coffee mug with some green tea bags and candles is a nice way to show someone you are thinking of them AND it's inexpensive! 
10. Relax and enjoy yourself. Have a treat. Hug family and friends.  Realize that the holidays are a time to share and appreciate what we have. 

Happy holidays!

Sunday, November 26, 2017

24 hour Juice Feast Results

I lost 3lbs of water weight and got a flat belly!  So here is the rap on it. I juiced for about 36 hours. I started the night before at bedtime and didn't have my first juice until 1pm the next day.  (12 plus hours overnight) and 24 hours from 1pm in the afternoon to 1pm the next afternoon.  

I juiced celery, carrot and cucumber as my main juice.  

The next day I juiced 2lbs of grapes for breakfast to mix it up some. I saved a 1lb of grapes to eat once I broke the fast and ease my system back into regular digestion. 

I used the Breville multi speed juicer because it's my favorite and takes me about 5 minutes to make a gallon of juice.  Clean up is easy and the machine is highly reliable.  Yesssss, Purists, I know slow juicing with a masticating juicer is better.  Now go away with your judgements.... I have one. I hate it.  It's slow and hard to clean.  I use  my Breville  because I USE my Breville. To me, the best juice is the juice I make and drink. 

Here is my juice buffet for the second day.  Yummy and delish.  

I found that the hunger cravings hit late in the evening the first day around 10pm.  I wanted to chew something. I made some tea and drank it to give myself something to focus on that wasn't food. During the day I was perfectly fine.  No cravings at all.  Actually the juice was so convenient opposed to purchasing a meal or preparing one. 

I also found my energy levels were fine as long as I kept drinking the juice. Anytime I felt sluggish or cranky, I just started sipping juice and it went away instantly.  

This juice feast is what I needed to get rid of holiday bloat and to infuse my body with some pure energy that doesn't come from coffee.  

Key take away: Prep your juice in advance. It makes this whole endeavor sooooo much easier.  Don't believe me?  Get hungry and then try to concentrate on washing veggies and juicing them and cleaning the juicer.   After you "Hulk Smash" everything in the kitchen, you will hear my voice in your head saying, "I told you so."  Haha

Have a better day than you ever thought possible!

Lov, Hav

Saturday, November 25, 2017

24 Hour Post Holiday Juice Feast

After some wonder our indulging I am ready to detox and replenish. 

I went out and purchased about $20 of fresh produce.  5lbs of carrots, two heads of celery, 6 cucumbers, two bunches of parsely and 3lbs of red grapes (not shown).

This should produce enough juice for 24 hours.  I'm using my Breville juicer for expediency.  I juice 64 ounces at a time. 

For sanity sake I am juicing from 1pm to 1pm the next day.  This allows me to completely fast from the night before adding some crucial detoxing hours to the overall fast. Fasting overnight makes it easier to maintain as well.  I'm not thinking about food in my sleep. At least not most of the time. Haha

Breaking the fast at 1pm the next day allows me to eat and replenish with some whole fruits and greens before going to work the next day.  

This is my method of flushing my system from holiday junk food and putting the color back in my rosy cheeks
Total fast time 36 hours. Total juice feast time 24 hours. Total awesomeness time all day every day!  YeYah!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Comfy Cozy Paleo Breakfast

This is a recharge meal.  All of natures finest to make a perfect post workout meal. 

Warm almond mylk.  Nut bread that has all the nutrients intact. I didn't bake this. I dehydrated it a low temperature to keep the enzymes and mineral whole and in touch.  Cashew cream cheese in a thin layer makes this better than any bagel and cream cheese I have ever had. 

Yes. This requires some planning.  I made the bread on the weekend and froze it in individual portions to enjoy all week long.  

I am loving how I feel when I eat whole food in their best form. 

Nom nom!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Baked Potato Soup - Dairy free! Low cal!

This is my latest decadent edible.  This bowl contains 1/2 of a Japanese yam (I chose this because it's high in vitamins and is white like a Russet potato), one slice of red onion and 12 cashews.  Blended with water in the Vitamix to make a creamy hot soup that easily rivals any restaurant appetizer.  

Reserve a little potato to stir in after blending for texture and chunkiness. 

Top with fresh herbs and more chopped red onion. 

You can always make this with a plain white potato or try a sweet potato for a more colorful sweet tryst!

This was so easy and so cheap it's sinful!  

185 fabulous calories. 

Nom mom. 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Green Powder, Is it Worth the Hype?

I love green powder.  It adds a nice boost to my juices and smoothies. It is great for muscle recovery.  I am less sore after workouts and weight training.  My migraines are less severe and less frequent. I retain less water. The benefits for me go on and on.  

I tried this brand on an flash sale.  I'm always looking for a bargain!  I normally use Amazing Grass or use my own homegrown wheatgrass.  These are faithful products in my arsenal and not to be taken lightly when considering replacing them. 

This Naturelo product proved to be a good choice. It blends smoothly and is easy to add to a shaker bottle if you don't have time to blend.  

I found the taste to be a mild and unnoticeable addition to my post workout shake. It mixes smoothly and is easy to use when I am in a rush and don't have time to cut, harvest and juice wheatgrass.  

Verdict: I would purchase again. I think my beloved Amazing Grass has met it's match.  

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Vegan Breakfast Loaves

These are happy little loaves to make for breakfast or a hearty snack. Once you get your pantry stocked with nuts and dried fruits, this is an easy snack to make the nights before.  If you eat it for breakfast it's even better, because it will come out of the dehydrator warm and delicious when you wake up!

Do NOT go out and buy a bunch of nuts to make this loaf.  Month by month purchase nuts in bulk to stock your freezer or pantry.   Once you have the ingredients on hand with no effort and no extra expenditures, go for it. 

Here is the batter ready to fold in more goodies!

Here are the loaves ready to "bake". 

I make the batter with almonds, pecans, walnuts, apple cider vinegar, vanilla, water, olive oil and a dash of pink salt. Then once creamy, I fold in nuts and dried fruit.  Make little loaves. Put in dehydrator overnight. 

Omg!  Topped with fresh fruit purée, this is delish.  You can also serve this with a little olive oil drizzled on top while warm along with a dash of salt (to mimic the flavor of butter) in the morning and this is the perfect take along breakfast!

You can freeze these when done "baking" for future use.  They keep about 3 days in the refrigerator.  

As you can see, I make these in my Nesco (cheap) round style dehydrator. You can also make this into a full loaf if you have an Excalibur or similar type larger dehydrator that will accommodate a larger size full loaf. 

This is easy and doesn't require any exotic ingredients.  Stay tuned for the ebook where I detail the recipe and varieties on the loaf. 

Nom nom!

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Southern Style Indulgence

Sometimes you have to splurge!  Indulge!  Treat yourself. 

I was craving some of my mother's southern fries fish. So I went to the market and found this wild caught fish on sale for just over $3 a lb!  

I dredged it in seasoned cornmeal. Pan fried (not deep fried) it in light olive oil.  And proceeded to stuff my face with fish and my Vegan Cheese Grits.  

This was a Sunday treat.  I felt no remorse.  I ate green juice for breakfast that day.  I had green tea for an after dinner beverage. 

I lost 2 lbs of water that Monday.  So don't tell me you can't indulge while on a health journey. You just need to be smart and keep it as a treat, not a regular occurrence.  

My pants still fit just fine. :-)

Bon appetite!

Southern Style Cheese Grits (no cheese!)

These are quick cooking grits that I simmered in Cajun spices, light olive oil, nutritional yeast and then garnished with chopped red onion and parsley. 

If you eat fish, please grill some shrimp and top these grits with some shrimp as a tribute to New Orleans style shrimp and cheese grits! 

Good Lord!  These are phenomenal!!! Healthy fats!  Fabulous flavor!  Unbelievable dupe of a southern classic !

Win. Win. Win!!!

Yummmmm yummmmm!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Quick Cheap Dinner! Miso Soup!

An easy way to cure all that ails is to have a bowl of noodle soup. If you want to feel all warm and cozy sans chickens and other birds.... Here's an option that is loaded with vitamins and is soothing to the soul. 

This is white miso broth with a bounty of fresh herbs, firm tofu, angel hair noodles and crushed red pepper.  So easy to throw together on a fall night. 

Easy peasy and cheap!

Bon appetit!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Healthy 10 Minute Chili!

Ok. So I don't have a lot of time on most days. I need quick recipes that support my goals.  

This is an easy chili made with organic canned beans, cumin, chili powder, and chopped tomato (I used can but fresh is just as good for this recipe.)

Using canned beans makes this a quick meal.  I simmer it for about 10 minutes and top with guacamole and fresh herbs if I have it. I will also add corn if it's handy. 

Serve over rice if you have some already prepared.  

Chow down. Dinner or lunch for about $3 in 10 minutes!  Woot woot! 

You're welcome. :-)

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Fettuccine Alfredo with Spinach

I like simple ways to make dinner healthy and decadent.  Buying in bulk helps me be able to do this.

This is steamed spinach tossed in pasta and my famous Alfredo sauce made with cashews. I love spicy food so this is topped with a generous sinus clearing heap of cayenne!

Stay tuned for my ebook and pantry staples list.

Stay Caliente!

Saturday, October 28, 2017


This is a vegan take on Cincinatti style chili.  It has cinnamon, five beans, lots of spice and jalapeño peppers.  

Topped with guacamole (avocado, lime, salt, pepper, garlic,cilantro)

And Cashew Sour Cream (cashew blended with lemon, salt, pepper and dill) 

Awwww YeYah!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Stuffed Poblano Peppers! Yummeee

Football season puts me in the mood for spinach and artichoke dip.  But my lawd!  That stuff has a lot of fat in it. 

So I made these peppers to satisfy the craving and to eat something decadent and creamy without making my butt get bigger. Haha!

I soaked cashew nuts overnight. Then blended them with some water, salt, pepper, red pepper, and lemon juice to make a cashew cream cheese.  Then I added chopped spinach, orange peppers, cilantro and parsley.  Sprinkle cumin on top.  I stuffed this into Poblano Peppers.  Oh my!  I wish I had made more. 

This recipe has a base of one cup of cashews.  So it's about 850 heart healthy calories for the entire recipe.  Perfect for snacking to share and eat with other goodies like fruit or dinner for two with a salad. 

Come on Babay!  It's football Sunday!!!

Supplies Have Arrived! Saving with Amazon

One of the best things I ever did on my health journey was to get a membership at Costco and subscribe to Amazon Prime. 

Being able to take advantage of 2 day shipping on bulk purchases saves me time and money.  I don't have time to shop at three different stores to get the best deals.  I am a busy mom and I work outside the home as well. So the less trips I have to make to the store, the better!

I love getting supplies to support my lifestyle.  Here I got some cashews a huge three pound bag.  This will support lots of cashew cream and creme fraiche. :-)

I also got some rice seasoning that I used to only be able to find at my favorite Asian market that closed recently.  :( This seasoning is the best shortcut for flavoring sushi rice. Love this stuff and soooo happy I found it again!

I also am trying a new green grass powder.  I normally use Amazing Grass.  I will try this new one and do a review at the end of the week. 

I am in a vegan challenge to detox my emotional and physical state.  I am eating plant based and primarily raw fruits and vegetables for the next 21 days.  So far so good. I feel lighter and happier.  Getting my supplies in the mail will help me stay on track. 

I'm about to get moving and you should too!  Sending you love and light.  Hav

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Spicy Vegan Pho Setup!

Here is my chopping station.  I love to cut up every vegetable in the house and then add it to soup or salad or a bowl of pasta.  
This is my Pho setup.  I have fresh spinach and greens, peppers, jalapeño peppers, fresh herbs, and fresh lemon to squeeze over the broth when it is done. 

I also like to keep an array of spices to add to the mixture.  

Having fresh veggies on hand helps to make healthy meals quick and accessible at any time. Keeps me away from the chips and ice cream!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Vegan Pho First Attempt! be kind...

Ok. First of all. Let me just say that this was good as "EFF"! (Say it in your'll get it.  This is a family show.)

I soaked mushrooms in water, tamari and red pepper flakes overnight to make a broth.  Then added Chinese five spice, salt, pepper and a dash of nutmeg to taste. Yes. Nutmeg. Trust me.  
The next day-
Poured the room temp broth over various veggies of my choice and added fresh herbs. Everything in the fridge.... Ok?!
I also kicked it up with some cayenne to solve my runny nose.  Boom!  Fall's finest.  You can warm it for a vegan broth that is filling and warm and snuggly like your Boo!  It's up to you.  This recipe is flexible like me. :-)

You can use squash noodles, rice noodles, kelp noodles, pasta noodles or omit the noodles altogether. ....but then without noodles it won't be Pho. (Hey, Purists...This is my version of Pho.  Let's call it Fake Pho)

Bon appetit!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Finally Grew My Own Wheatgrass!

I had the seeds, the trays, no motivation!

Finally I grew this stuff and I love it.  Omg. So much better fresh from home than powdered!

I've been gone awhile... Just living life and maintaining through the challenges that make me grow and get better evey day.  (Read: Drama!) 
But in the midst of so called drama, there is always an opportunity to shine. So here I am...glowing like the sun!  
I juiced the grass in the Vitamix with water.  Strained it and drank it up.  I put some aside and froze it into cubes for smoothies later.  

I'm back.  I promise!!!! More recipes to come. I'm currently doing a raw challenge. So I'm eating raw vegan plant foods only for the next 7 days at least .... I'm on day 4.  I feel great. I'll post more later.  

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!


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:

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 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. 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'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 
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!