Wait…What about your blog?

Yeah, the title kind of sums it up. I stink at updating. Trust me, I am totally still keeping up my nutrition pursuits. I’ve just become a little distracted with other outlets of expression, namely my youtube channel. And I’m pregnant with baby #2. I’ll probably do a video post on my pregnancy, but until then, here is my latest video. It was my daughter’s first birthday party and I made Dr. Fuhrman’s fudgy black bean brownies. Not everyone liked them. A few of my plant-eater friends enjoyed them (women mostly), Matt tolerated them, and I loved them! Apparently Lacey did too, and that’s all that matters. I see a lot of REALLY cute pinterest-worthy birthday party pics all over social media of mommies celebrating their little one’s first birthday with a processed sugary dessert, bidding their baby to make a big mess for a gorgeous picture. And I’m here to say that I have absolutely no problem with that. Not one. I don’t know what it’s like having multiple children in the home who “expect” normal cake and ice cream for a birthday celebration. And I’m not promising that my children will never have a processed sugary dessert for their birthday ever in their lives. But since every day is a clean slate, and Lacey doesn’t really have an opinion about what she has for her birthday cake, and I didn’t have a huge budget for a cake boss to design a themed cake, I thought I’d keep it simple and healthy. Sure, some of my siblings and friends whose taste buds are dominated by SAD (standard american diet) foods didn’t like the dessert too much. Correction: they didn’t like the brownies. They were totally fine with the yonanas ice cream that I didn’t get on film. But my feelings weren’t hurt. They will never be over honesty about my cooking, especially since everybody gave it a fair shot. I don’t expect someone who isn’t used to eating this way to love everything they try for the first time. I’m just grateful that my taste buds are changing and that I can enjoy a dessert and have seconds and thirds without worrying about what it’s gonna do to me. It’s a priceless benefit that I don’t want to give up.

Here is the recipe for the black bean brownies.

Now on Youtube!

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Vegan Bean Salad

WOW!!!  This is my creative masterpiece from yesterday.  I had planned on attending a church potluck dinner that began 30 minutes away from my home at 5:45.  Because of my poor time management, I didn’t have time for the delicious … Continue reading

Minestrone Soup

This is always a good recipe!  It’s great reheated for lunch too.  I got this recipe from a website called The World’s Healthiest Foods, and modified it a bit to our liking. 1 large onion, chopped 6 cloves garlic, minced … Continue reading

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!!!