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.

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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!!!

Stir Fry!

The thing I love most about stir-fry is how creative you can be! Here’s what I used: yellow onions green onions garlic broccoli carrots celery jalapeño pepper mushrooms bean sprouts bok choy …and I sauteed some chicken that was marinated … Continue reading

Green and Lean

They say that the more colorful your plate is, the healthier it is. Excepting skittles and M&Ms (as my clever J.D. husband never fails to remind me) I have found this to be very consistent.

Here are some of my favorite green staples that I always have in my fridge:

I usually steam the broccoli and green beans in my electric steamer that my dad so eloquently depicted for you all.

In addition to maintaining a hefty supply of raw kale for my salads, I love to bake kale chips. They taste kind of like potato chips, and would probably be a great way to introduce this health-packed vegetable to children.

I encourage everyone to eat more GREEN FOODS.