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Week 2 of Raw Food Challenge

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It’s my second week of eating raw, and I am eating loads of nutrient dense low-calorie foods to meet my daily calorie intake.  Eating raw requires one to count calories to assure you are eating enough to fuel your day. However, with all the foods I am eating, there have been so many times when all I wanted was a big slice of bread or bowl of fries.

I’m also spending a lot of time in the lady’s room and waking up at least once if not twice during the night to visit the bathroom, all those water filled foods.  Absolutely no dehydration possible eating this way, and that’s a good thing.

Another good thing I’ve experienced is no headaches, except for the one I had the first three days because I wasn’t drinking coffee. Big time caffeine withdrawal.

I started the day with lemon water and a 20 oz. green smoothie I made using my DIY Protein Powder. I used two large ripe bananas, 1/2 cup raw almond milk, 1/2 cup filtered water, 1 cup of kale and 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of agave nectar.

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Throughout the morning I snacked on a bowl of sliced grapefruit and oranges from my desk.

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I sliced and marinated some portabella mushrooms in raw coconut aminos, ( I use this because it’s raw and it’s not salty at all, purchased at Whole Foods), crushed garlic, and sesame oil the night before. I also made a dipping sauce of 2 tablespoons, organic sesame tahini, 1 tablespoon raw coconut aminos, 1 1/2 sesame oil and just a touch of agave nectar. When I was ready for lunch I rolled the portabellas, carrots and sprouts in collard leaves, and lunch was on.

Collard-Rolls

I snacked on more fruit and nuts during the afternoon.

Dinner was the rest of the portabellas with sliced onions, red and green peppers, served on top of a simple cauliflower mash I made by processing raw cauliflower until very fine, mixed in nutritional yeast, poultry  seasoning, and herb de Provence, and salad, such a hearty meal.

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Have a great Wednesday and check out Jenn and the others at Peas and Crayons for some great WIAW.

Leftover Monday-What I Ate Wednesday

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Happy Wednesday!!

It’s been a while since I’ve shared on WIAW, so today I’m sharing tasty, fast and easy leftover meals.

 Monday was leftover day for me, and leftover = easy, and easy is a good thing with the busy holiday season coming. This past weekend I made these awesome Vegan Pumpkin Spice pancakes and decided to make several batches so I could freeze and have pancakes on the quick during the work week.  I do this with waffles and french toast as well, just like having Eggo’s, but better, so Monday’s breakfast was Vegan Pumpkin Spice pancakes.  This pancake recipe is from Minimalist Baker, one of my favorite food blogs.

Vegan Pumpkin Pancakes

Lunch was leftover homemade, handmade pasta from Sunday, I made enough to have leftovers and I put some of the uncooked pasta in the freezer for times when I don’t have a lot of time.  Recipe here.

Homemade Cooked Pasta

Snack, not leftover, just great.

Snacks

Leftover black bean vegetable soup was the base for dinner Monday night. I took a Korean Purple sweet potato, peeled chopped, boiled until just tender, then sautéed with a little olive oil to give them an oven roast flavor. Mixed them into the soup added a salad and dinner was served.  The Korean Purple sweet potato has white flesh and when cooked has a slightly sweet chestnut flavor, with the texture similar to that of a yukon gold.

What a great day of eats, I hope yours were just as good.

Dinner

Check out Jen at Peas and Crayons and all of the other WIAW’s and don’t forget to make good use of your leftovers.

Have a great Wednesday!

Worlds Quickest Soup and Tasty Tuesday

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Creamy Summer Squash Soup with Greek Yogurt

This has got to be one of the world’s quickest and easiest soups! I had a late lunch Monday, so I wasn’t very hungry, I had some zucchini and yellow squash in the fridge, wanted something light add easy, so I decided to make soup. Chop, throw into saucepan, season, cook until soft and tender. Transfer to blender, add some greek yogurt and pesto and blend until smooth. Pour into bowl, top with a bit more pesto, sprinkle with parmesan add some crusty bread and it’s time to enjoy. This soup was good, it was very good.  I think you can make with just about any vegetable and if you like a more chunky soup, just reserve some of the veggies before blending to stir in before serving.

Creamy Summer Squash Soup

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Simple Nutrition-Give It A Try

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Living a healthy lifestyle through exercise and diet are very important to me, so when I was asked to give Simple Nutrition, a new online personal nutrition tool for Safeway, Tom Thumb and Randalls grocery chain a try, I was thrilled. The program is developed by registered dietitians to help make it easy to shop for products that fit your nutritional needs.

It is so easy, you simply sign-up, sign-in and tell it what you need or want and the tool gives you food choices based on your criteria. You make your choices, create your list, and then go shopping.

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Armed with my list, I was ready to shop!   First stop was fresh veggies and fruits, my favorite place in the store.

Veggies

Fruits

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I love this stuff.

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I can’t drink regular milk, so non-dairy almond is my choice.

Milk

Love myself some greek yogurt.

Oikos Yogurt

I’m trying to reduce the sugar in my diet and this cereal has less of it.

Cascadian Farms

I put some of those fresh veggies together to make these awesome dishes. I roasted the veggies in the oven once, but used them twice in two different recipes. Dish one was roasted veggies served on top of creamy polenta with chopped kale, dish two, an open-faced sandwich served with romaine and spinach salad.

Cook Once, Use Twice

My overall thoughts about this program is that it’s a great tool to help anyone meet their nutritional goals, and that ‘s a Marvelous thing.

This post was shared on The Naptime Review, All She Cooks,Moe Talks Alot,The Narrow Lens,and MAMAmusing for Mom’s Monday Mingle.

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MIMM #31 and Forced to Change My Route

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Happy Monday!

I hope everyone enjoyed the weekend.  I started my weekend with a 4-mile run that almost didn’t happen, because I woke up Saturday with a headache.  I suspected it was a dehydration headache because I didn’t drink my normal amount of water during the day Friday, I hardly spent any time at my desk, my assistant was out sick so I was everywhere.  So I got up drank lots of water and two and a half hours later I was headache fee and on my way out the door.

I have been running the same route for a few weeks now, but lately there’s a bird that sometimes attacks runners on the route. One runner was attacked in his head and blood was involved. Twice while running this bird flew at me coming so close I had to duck out-of-the-way.

Attacking Bird

 I was reminded of the Alfred Hitchcock movie “The Birds”, where all the people in the town are attacked by birds, as a child after seeing that movie I was afraid every time I saw birds flying in the sky.

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So I decided this weekend to change it up, which turned out to be a good thing. My new route challenged me because it has some hills.   Changing routes is a good thing for several reasons, it can be a challenge to run a new route which has different elevations, it offers new scenery and it can be safer to not always be predictable and run the same path.

After my run I made some protein pancakes with strawberry sauce and fresh sliced strawberries.  I took a simple mix with water honey wheat pancake mix and added 3 tablespoons of ground hemp seed.  For the sauce I blended a few fresh strawberries with some agave nectar and added the sliced strawberries on top.

Hemp Protein Pancakes with Strawberry Sauce

Marvelous was me changing my route, the hill challenged me and I felt good afterwards and I didn’t have to worry about the attacking bird.

Be Marvelous in Your Monday and check out Marvelous Katie and more MIMM at Healthy Diva Eats.

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What do you do to make sure you drink plenty of water throughout your day?

How often do you change your running routes?

If anybody has a good recipe for protein pancakes, please send me the recipe or link to the recipe.

WIAW and Saying Goodbye to Good Friends

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Happy Wednesday!

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Halfway thru the week and I hope you are having a good one. Today I’m sharing my eats from Sunday.  Every third Sunday I volunteer in the church nursery, so it was an early rise not much time to cook, so I had two nectarines and coffee in my reusable Starbucks cup, I’m keeping my goal for the year to reduce waste.

Coffee and Nectarine

When I returned from church I prepared a breakfast taco, simply spreading the tortilla with chickpea quac before adding scrambles egg with cheese and tomatoes.

Open Breakfast Taco

Lunch was a basil, tomato and quac panini with a side of fresh sliced pears.

Basil Tomato and Guacamole Panini

I have been hearing a lot about Naked lately, so I gave the mighty mango flavor a try along with a bowl of cherries for a late afternoon snack. I liked the smoothness of the Naked, but I do think I would prefer a berry flavor.

Naked and Fresh Cherry Snack

Dinner was pasta salad with tomatoes, red onions, sliced olives and shredded coby jack cheese on a bed of spinach and I sprinkled hemp seed on top.

Hemp Seed Pasta Salad

I have been using this recipe a lot lately because it’s so fast to make, but I need to mix it up a bit.

My friends who have moved to Houston were in town this weekend to get their house that they have sold ready for the movers. It was so great seeing them again, I really will miss having them live close by.  I have known Leonard since elementary and his wife Kim for the past few years they have lived in the Dallas area, they are both wonderful, fun to be with people.  I will miss them, but now I have an excuse to travel to Houston.

Have a great Wednesday and check out Jenn and the other WIAW at Peas and Crayons.

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Rainy Day Cool Down

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Sunday was a rainy day cool down, instead of high 90’s or 100 degree temperatures it was in the low 70’s, how great is that!

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The cooler temperature made me nostalgic for a cold weather meal, so out came my crock pot, and into it I put…

Fire roasted tomato sauce, I blended the dates with some of the sauce before adding the sauce to the pot, this is optional, I just like the flavor it gives, it balances out the acid in the tomatoes.

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Red onions, fennel and red peppers were sauteed just until they started to soften.  I added the sauteed mix to the crock pot along with a can of rinsed black beans, fresh tomatoes, and sweet corn.

Soup Ingredients

The first time I tried fennel, it was raw in a salad and I didn’t like it. Fennel is definitely one of those foods for some a taste has to be acquired. I have found that cooked fennel has a different taste and I like much better.

Everything went into the crock pot and a few hours later, it was time to enjoy!

Crock Pot Mix-ins

Just before serving I stirred in some chopped spinach.

Chopped Spinach

It was Marvelous.

Black Bean Fennel Soup

The second bowl was topped with a little cheese.

Black Bean Fennel Soup with Cheese

I purchased some lusciously sweet fresh figs this past weekend and was eager to use them.

Fresh Figs

Some of the health benefits of figs are that they are a good source of potassium and minerals that help to control blood pressure. They are high in fiber, contains calcium and has trace amounts of manganese. However, figs contains oxalate, a naturally occurring substance foun in plants, animals and humans. When oxalates become too concentrated in the body, they crystallize and can cause kidney or gallbladder stones.

I sprinkled washed and cut figs with organic coconut sugar and cinnamon and roasted them in a 375 degree oven for about fifteen minutes, they were served on top of some creamy greek yogurt, drizzled with honey, next time I will drizzle with a honey balsamic glaze.

Roasted Figs and Yogurt

Be Marvelous in your Monday and start the week off right with good food and positive thoughts. Check out Katie at Healthy Diva Eats for more MIMM.

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