Vegan Stir Fry

We had this delicious meal today after Church.  It goes together so fast!  It’s the prep time that can really slow you down though.  When we go to church (we are Mormon), we go to a three hour block, and … Continue reading

Fudge Pops!

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Oh my sweet tooth, my sweet tooth! I have deprived it too long! We have been following Dr. Fuhrman’s Eat to Live program for almost 7 weeks now, and we (my husband and I) FEEL TERRIFIC!! I ran across this “recipe” on my facebook feed and thought I would modify it a bit. Here is my modified recipe:
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 banana
2 Tlbs unsweetened cocoa
1/2 tsp. vanilla
16 ice cubes
2 Tlbs. agave syrup

Put this in the blender (we use our Blendtec) and mix as if it were a smoothie. I originally began eating this as a “milkshake” but became too much for me. So, I pulled down my Popsicle molds, washed them out, and voila! YUMMY!!!

Healthy Taco Salad

ImageMMMMMM!!!! Now this was just divine!  It tasted too good to be healthy for you 🙂  What I did was made some homemade salsa to begin with.  Here is my recipe:

1 onion

1 jalapeno pepper

2 cloves garlic, roasted

1 bunch of cilantro (washed and dried)

I place these ingredients into a food processor before adding the rest.

1 quart tomatoes (these were from my garden last summer)

1 16 oz can tomato sauce

juice from 1 lemon

salt to taste

I put the rest of the ingredients into the food processor and viola!  Perfect!

Next, I made some homemade guacamole.  It’s really quite simple and so delicious!

1 avocado

1 sliver of onion, finely minced

1/4 jalapeno, finely minced

1 small handful of cilatro leaves (I remove the stems for the guac), finely chopped

juice from 1 lemon

It’s easy from here!  First you smash the avocado meat with a fork, then add the rest of the ingredients.  Be sure to stir it well to mix in the flavors together.  I add a little salt for taste as well.  My daughter Amber tells me that if you store the excess guacamole with the seed from the avocado, then it lasts a little longer.

Now for the taco salad.  I put about 1/2 cup brown rice on the bottom, then place about 3/4 cup black bean on top of that.  Next, romaine lettuce that has been cleaned and torn.  I like to add chopped green onions, bell peppers, and tomatoes.  Finally, I top this with a generous portion of homemade salsa, and a big spoonful of guacamole.  For garnish, I put the chopped cilantro leaves on top.

Oh my my my! I thought I had died and gone to heaven!  This was DELICIOUS!!!

Breakfast Motivation

There will always be those days when it seems impossible to hold strong to your commitment to take good care of your body by putting the right fuel into your mouth. And those days will not always be perfect. Your heart might cry when you see a close friend of yours who worked so hard on a delicious meal just for you, just waiting to see what you think about it. Situations like this are difficult, but to me, should not bring you guilt. Guilt and food don’t mesh very well, and is just a recipe for disaster. There are 2 important things that I try to remember, and that have brought me great rewards thus far:

  1. It’s not about perfection. As long as you’re eating right most of the time, you’re moving in the right direction. (By “most” I mean about 80-90%). But always aim for the stars!
  2. If and when there is a bad day that happens; you’re on the road and have no healthy options, or it’s just a crummy day, the important thing is to get right back up IMMEDIATELY and start fresh with a clean slate. Exercise is a great way to bounce back from the food blues.

That’s what I love about breakfast. It’s the morning, and you haven’t made any bad choices yet (with food or with anything else.) You can either set the stage for a healthy day or an unhealthy one. Truth be told, it all starts with getting a full night’s sleep.

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This recipe is inspired from Rip Esselstyn when he did his “Engine 2 Kitchen Rescue” show that is available on Netflix via stream. It’s very simple. You basically combine small amounts of 3-4 different kinds of healthy whole grain cereals and load it with your choice of fruit.

Here’s what I used. My measurements are approximates. I just eyeballed it, but I will try to give you an idea with standard measurements:

  • 1/8 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup shredded wheat (unsweetened, where the only flavor is “wheat”)
  • 1/8 cup grape nuts
  • 2 tbsp Uncle Sam’s cereal
  • 3 large strawberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1 kiwifruit
  • Unsweetened almond milk (I have no idea how much I used–I just pour it on real good)

I put the cereal in first, then the chopped fruit, then the milk, just like you would do with standard american cereal. This is a very filling breakfast for me, and I eat a lot for a gal my size. I find that tart fruits like mango, strawberry, or kiwi really give the cereal some powerful flavor that doesn’t make me really miss the sweetened almond milk.

Remember, breakfast can be really simple, delicious, and a great motivation to eat right through the rest of the day. Enjoy!