Trying New Things

Fruit ‘Til Noon in the mornings has been going great. I wake up craving my juice! I have slowed down a bit on my fruit intake lately because most of my favorite fruits are no longer in season. I love apples, pears, and (slightly unripe) bananas, but I am missing my melons and berries!

While I was at Fred Meyer the other day I saw some new to me fruits in the produce section. I thought it might be fun to try something new! A Pepino Melon… chosen because I thought it looked like a dinosaur egg 🙂

I wasn’t sure the correct way to eat or open a pepino melon so I turned to old trusty… Google

Google informed me to just cut it open and eat it! I also read that the seeds are the most flavorful part, I probably would have just scooped them out and composted them!
The verdict? I wasn’t a fan. It tasted like a cross between an unripe cantaloupe and a cucumber. Pretty bland! It definitely wasn’t gross but it also isn’t something that I would buy again.
Have you ever bought an “exotic” fruit or vegetable to try? What did you think of it?

Oh She Glows

One of my very favorite food blogs is Oh She Glows.

Angela’s recipes always sound and look delicious PLUS she usually uses ingredients that I keep on hand. I hate it when I have to buy a bunch of random ingredients that I probably won’t use for any other recipes! …Lucuma anyone?

This past week I have tried 2 of Angela’s recipes.

The first being her Detox Salad. I was really excited to try this recipe because I usually have a hard time eating enough veggies when I choose to eat a meal from the nuts/seeds/dried fruit category. I like to have half of a Larabar before going to my group fitness classes because it gives me just the burst of energy that I need to make it through the class. Eating the Larabar though makes it so that I am stuck with the nuts/seeds/dried fruits for another 3 hours, I am usually ravenous after the classes and am ready for lunch immediately.  Filling up on spoonfuls of sunflower seed butter just doesn’t seem that nutritious of a post workout lunch. This detox salad is the perfect post workout nuts/seeds/dried fruits category lunch!

The second recipe that I made was Healthy Spelt Pancakes for One. I actually didn’t get to taste these pancakes since I made them for Kenley for breakfast and she gobbled them up! The recipe made 6 small pancakes. Kenley ate 3 hot off the griddle with maple syrup and then she ate the remaining 3 the next morning for breakfast. I will definitely be making these pancakes again! The batter cooks up easily and makes picture perfect pancakes that are picky 2-year-old approved! 
Have you made any Oh She Glows recipes? I really enjoyed her 3 Minute Vegan Parmesan Cheese. Next on my list to try is her Garlic Scrape Pesto and the Sour Cream and Onion Kale Chips that she posted about!

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End of Summer

Pumpkin recipes are popping up all over the blog world but I am not ready to let go of summer just yet! Since this week has brought us a bit of warm weather we decided to have a fire and cookout! 
We feasted on Hot Dogs, Corn, and Smores. Regular for Brian, Field Roast Apple Sage Sausages on Sprouted Grain Buns for me. 
I typically avoid meat substitutes but Field Roast is a local company with real food ingredients. Emily wrote about how much she loved them, so I was excited to try it out!  The verdict? I really enjoyed it! My “dog” was gone very quickly! Perfect vegetarian camp out food! Served with a side of raw corn and cherry tomatoes.

 

A great summer dinner made even better with great company:


Have you ever tried raw corn on the cobb? Are you ready for fall or are you still grasping for every corn cob and slice of watermelon that you can get your hands on like me? 

Thriving

Yesterday started out with my typical juice. 

  • 1 Head of Romaine
  • 2 Apples
  • 1/2 Lemon
  • Bunch of Carrots

I know that I should probably branch out and try different juice combinations but this one is so delicious! I wake up excited to drink my veggies!

I just discovered that we have blackberry bushes behind our house! I picked a bowl full and enjoyed them for breakfast!

For a late lunch/ early dinner Mom and I headed down to Thrive

We love Thrive! If there was one closer we would go all the time! One of the bummers about my sister no longer going to college in Seattle is that we no longer have an excuse to go down there as often as we would like! For awhile we were going down to see her and visit a different vegetarian or vegan restaurant every week. I miss that!

I had the fresh coconut water, I ended up sharing half of it with Claire. She loved it! I ordered the raw chili. Crimini Mushrooms, celery, red bell peppers, red onion, almond, carrot, garlic, sun-dried tomato, herbs, and spices. It was delicious! The onion cashew cream dollop on top was my favorite! I need to replicate that immediately! This picture makes me so happy! I love seeing my kids eat their veggies! I have an Excalibur Dehydrator on my Christmas list just so that I can make raw crackers! I could eat these crackers every day! We had to order and extra plate of these crackers since Kenley ate all of mine! Mom ordered the buddha bowl and it was delicious as always! We order the buddha bowl almost every time we go to Thrive! Grains, Taco Nut “Meat”, Kale Chip Crumbles, Sesame Ginger Sauce, Marinated Kale, Marinated Mushrooms, Cucumbers, Garlic Cilantro Sauce, and Onion Cashew Cream. Kenley totally hogged Mom’s Oh My  Wonka smoothie! I don’t blame her! Mint and Cacao is a delicious combination! It has inspired me to buy some fresh mint to add to my next Chococado!

A Compliment?

Oddest Conversation of the Day:

Fellow Church Goer Lady: Claire is getting so big! She looks great!

Me: Thanks! She will be 9 months soon. I can’t believe it!

Lady: You look great too!

Me: Thanks! I have been eating healthier!

Lady: Yeah, a month or so ago you were looking really tired

Me: Uh…. yeah, well I have been juicing so I have been feeling so great!

 

I’ll take that as a compliment? 

She is Dutch so she is typically quite blunt but well meaning.

I guess I will be sticking with my juicing so that I don’t look quite so tired anymore!

Cows, Salad, and Juice

Yesterday, Mom and I packed up the girls and drove to Mount Vernon to go to the Co-op. The Mount Vernon Co-op has a much bigger selection than my little Everett Co-op. I love my Everett Co-op but it is nice to get a little variety every now and then.

One of the fun things about the Mount Vernon Co-op is they give kids a banana card!

A free organic banana to occupy Kenley while I shop? Yes please!!

Luckily for us, the co-op was hosting a “meet your farmer day” with some local Organic Valley Dairy Farmers. That sweet baby cow is named Bubba and he is only 3 days old! I certainly was not taking my 3 day old babies to the grocery store and letting random people pet them, but then again my 3 day olds did not weigh almost 100 pounds.

Claire did not like the baby cow, which is really no surprise since she hates cow dairy.

Kenley loved looking at Bubba and saying Bubba but she would freak out if we tried to get her to pet him. It was actually pretty interesting meeting the dairy farmers and getting to pet a baby cow, especially since I now avoid eating cow dairy. I realized about 5 months ago that Claire is either intolerant or allergic to dairy. I actually think that I feel my best when I avoid cow dairy so I really have Claire to thank for opening up my eyes to avoiding cow dairy.

 

If I do consume dairy now, I try to make sure that it is raw goat dairy. I still only consume goat dairy very rarely since sometimes Claire is fine with it and other times it really aggravates her. Raw goat milk cheddar is delicious and if I am ever craving dairy, the raw goat cheddar definitely hits the spot!

My Favorite Salad

  • 1 head romaine lettuce
  • cherry tomatoes
  • green peppers
  • cucumber
  • raw goat cheddar
  • marinara sauce

I love using marinara sauce as a dressing! It adds so much flavor to salads and it is a neutral so I can enjoy it as a salad dressing with any type of meal and it will still be properly combined!

 

This mornings juice was my usual apple, romaine, lemon, carrot. I drank it on the way to go for a walk on the trail! We walked a 5k with Emily and a few other ladies from church.
After walking on the trail, I rushed home to drop the girls off with my mom so that I could head to my first spin class with Emily! Brian got off of work early and decided to join us too! I loved spin class! It was tough! 5 minutes in and my legs were on fire, I’m still not sure how I made it through the whole class. Brian and I were both completely drenched with sweat by the end. I’m hooked! Not just on spin class but on exercise endorphins in general! I can’t wait for next week!

I weighed myself at the gym today and since I have started to clean up my diet and exercise, I have lost 4 pounds! The number on the scale really doesn’t matter to me but how I look in my clothes does and I am loving how I feel! All that I do now is tell everyone around me how great I feel because of how great I am eating!

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Swamp Water

I had an assistant for juice making this morning! 

It looks like swamp water, but I assure you it was delicious!

In the Juicer:

  • 2 Apples
  • 1/3 of a huge Lemon
  • 4 Kale Stalks
  • 1 head Romaine
  • 3 large Carrots

Tip: When you make kale chips, save the stalks for use in juice! I save mine in a bag in the fridge and pull them out to use in my juice! Extra bang for your buck and enzymes for your body!

As a reward for “helping” me make juice, I “gifted” Kenley with a huge bowl of watermelon that I intended to share with her.
Apparently she didn’t get the memo about sharing with Mommy because she gobbled it all up so fast before I could even get a bite!


Maybe its time for me to be brave and hack into the other watermelon that is sitting on the counter? I will be so sad when watermelon season is officially over!

Fruit til Noon

Fruit til noon has become my morning motto!

I start off every morning with a big glass of fresh juice which usually consists of a head of romaine lettuce, a small lemon, a beet, and an apple.  I really like this combo but sometimes I change it up a bit by adding an extra apple or a few carrots instead of the beet. There have been a few times where I stick the straw far back in my throat and slurp it up as fast as I can but for the most part I really enjoy drinking all those enzymes!

After I drink my juice, I stick to just eating fruit until noon. Fruit takes about 30 minutes to digest so I eat as much fruit as I want through the morning and stop about half an hour before lunch time.

Making the transition to just fruit in the mornings has actually been pretty easy. Some mornings I will be craving something warmer like eggs or toast with honey so I just plan to have those for lunch instead.

Champagne grapes are my absolute favorite fruit!

I actually feel like I have more energy throughout the mornings now! Yay for fruit!

 

 

 

 

And so it begins…

A few months ago I stumbled upon a blog called Healthy Hoggin’ (Now renamed Detoxinista) . I had done a google search for Raw Pumpkin Pie recipe and one of the first recipes to pop up was Healthy Hoggin’s Raw Pumpkin Cheeze Cake. Her recipe uses carrot instead of pumpkin and she explained that she did it that way to keep the cheeze cake properly combined.

What in the world is properly combined?

I had never heard of food combining before but I was intrigued. On her blog she has a few cute little charts that show the flesh category, the starch category, the nut/seed/dried fruit category, the fresh fruit category, and the neutral category. The more that I read her blog the more intrigued I became. All of this new information on food combining lead me to Natalia Rose author of The Raw Food Detox Diet. 

Right around this time my Husband left for the summer to attend Officer Candidates School. I quickly learned that after the girls had gone to sleep, I could watch cheesy Lifetime movies at night and snack or I could do something positive! I began to do the Jillian Michael’s 30 day Shred DVD workouts. I was seeing results and loving the feeling of accomplishment that exercising gave me. Doing my workouts every night lead me to eating healthier meals and snacks during the day. I was beginning to feel great about myself and the way that I looked and I couldn’t wait to show off the new fit and healthy me to my hubby!

As I continued to read Detoxinista I knew that I had to get my hands on a copy of The Raw Food Detox Diet. Being the cheap-o that I am I headed straight for the library. I was very happy to find it sitting on the shelf just waiting for me.

The more that I read the book the more I knew that this style of eating is for me. I read quite the plethora of food blogs ranging from Vegan blogs to Nourishing Traditions patterned blogs. While I avidly read after both of those perspectives I have never felt that either of those was an ideal diet for me. The Nourishing Traditions style has never resonated with me due to the high use of animal products including chicken livers, gizzards, and various different animal parts. The Vegan perspective while closer to what I think is an ideal diet has never truly resonated with me due in large part to many vegans heavy dependence on processed soy foods. There seems to be a soy food out there to replace just about any food you can imagine.

The Raw Food Detox Diet is refreshing! The focus is on eating real plant-based foods avoiding processed foods and slowly incorporating more raw foods. This is exactly the lifestyle that I want to strive  for! I have fallen in love with my juicer again and I am now committed to at least 1 salad a day!

I am so excited to start implementing some of these changes into our life! I am so passionate about feeding my family the healthiest meals possible so that they can thrive and reading this book has definitely gotten me fired up!