Breakfast talk & Pizza too!

Goooooood Morning!

What did you do this weekend?  Sometimes I feel like my Monday posts are sort of like those third-grade writing assignments upon returning after three sunny months off.  “What I did on my summer vacation.”  If that were the case today, I’d have to either be really creative and make something up or turn in a half-filled sheet of paper.  Not that my weekend was lacking things to do, I just didn’t get out and do anything too out of the ordinary.  The Glaze Family Test Kitchen was open for a little bit, but I do have to say that I didn’t cook too much.  We sort of just ate what we wanted when we were hungry.  Isn’t that the way it’s supposed to be as a Nutritarian anyway?  You can read about what it means to be truly hungry here.

What’s for Breakfast?

What are you eating for breakfast these days?  On chilly mornings I long for something warm, and that usually comes down to an argument with myself:  Oatmeal or toast with almond butter.  And there I go back and forth.  I’ve experimented with other warm options like water sauteed vegetables; though tasty, it just doesn’t have the staying power like toast and almond butter does.  I’ve also thought about a breakfast soup.  I will have to work on that one as here in the Pacific NW it won’t be too long and our mornings will call out for something warm nearly every day.  For now I will stick with fruit, fruit and more fruit.  Sometimes fruit goes on top of the oatmeal, but check out this yummy dish I had just this morning!

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Yep, it’s a breakfast salad of sorts.  Underneath all that fruit is a schmear of almond butter.  I made two of these, one for H³ and one for me.  I topped mine with some oh, so tasty lemon poppy seed cream that I had left over from Saturday’s breakfast.  The salad used a butter lettuce leaf.  I don’t use too much butter lettuce, but I dropped in at a local stand over the weekend and got quite a variety of different greens all for just $0.33 a head! I guess that’s what you pay when you’re buying direct from the grower, huh?  Straight from the farm to the stand.  It’s so good… crisp & fresh!

Saturday’s breakfast was good too.

IMG_1449Steel cut oats topped with freshly-picked blueberries and lemon poppy seed cream.  H³ prefers his oatmeal unadulterated, so he skipped the cream.  I think he totally missed out.  When you combine all three (the oats, blueberries and cream) you get a flavor sensation similar to lemon blueberry muffins — just without all the trouble of mixing ingredients and waiting for them to bake.

This very filling breakfast got me going after a five-mile walk with Handsome Healthy Hubby and ready for the next round… a six-mile walk around a local lake with a good friend.  We do that every once in a while to catch up on what’s going on in each others lives.  We used to meet for coffee and gab for hours.  Now we have a healthier choice!

Did somebody say PIZZA?

Yes, I did mention pizza in the heading.  Check this out:

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What a wonderful alternative to pizzeria pizza.  Yeah, I used to like that goopy, greasy pizza.  Even if it was just vegetables, I longed for the salty, ooey-gooey cheese.  Not anymore.  This was served at the Fuhrman Health Getaway in San Diego (yes, I’m still talking about that!).  You roast the vegetables in the oven for about 30 minutes.  No oil is used in roasting, just a little bit of balsamic vinegar and seasoning.  I made my own pizza sauce by mixing no-salt tomato sauce, Italian seasoning and fresh garlic.  The simple crust is a whole wheat tortilla.  Using the roasted vegetables cuts down on the baking time of the pizza and keeps the leaking of moisture onto the “crust” to a minimum.  I thought it was a hit.  Next time, we’ll try different veggies… maybe just mushrooms, peppers and a few olives and top it with freshly sliced tomatoes as it comes out of the oven.  For the recipe, click on the picture.  I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.  Just a note: The recipe calls for non-dairy cheese.  My favorite is the Daiya brand.  It’s not something I would eat every day, but for the once-in-a-while treat like this pizza, I think it’s fine.  I hope you’ll give this one a try.  You may never go back to the old stuff.

Wrap Up:

Well, all in all the weekend was great.  I did go blueberry picking… twice.  I just want you to know I took my camera when I went with my bestie, but… I didn’t have the memory card! Duh! No pictures of us having fun.  In all, between the two days I got a little over 12 pounds.  The farm will only be open for one more weekend.  Maybe I’ll get out there one more time.  I feel like a hoarder — like I can’t get enough berries in the freezer.  I must come to realize it will okay to buy them frozen off-season at the grocery store <gasp!>.  It’s okay, but they’re not as good.

I hope you have a terrific week.  I’m off to have a couple of old fillings replaced. Now, doesn’t that sound like fun?  The week can only get better from here!

Enjoy!

Friday Fun Fact #11

Hi!

You know, sometimes I don’t even know what I’m going to blog about until I sit down at the computer and look through the pictures I’ve taken over the past few days.  Other times, I’ve thought all week long about what great tidbits of life I’m going to share.  And if I’m lucky, I’ve written down those thoughts.  I swear, the older I get, the less I remember.  I wonder why that is?  I stay active, eat well, and keep my mind busy.  I think, though, that it has a little bit to do with my job.  I hear so many words (fact & fiction) over the course of the day that I don’t need to remember.  My brain just goes on auto pilot.  I wonder if that’s what happens in my everyday life too.  I have thoughts, I read something, or talk to somebody and later — sometimes the same day —  I don’t remember what it was that I talked about with my friend or read in the news or thought I should do during my lunch break.  It drives me absolutely freaking nuts!  But I digress.

What are we talking about today?

Fridays are supposed to be Fun Fact days, right?  It’s where I share a little fact about nutrition or exercise.  You can read about some of my past Fun Facts here and here.

Here goes this week’s fun fact.  I saw something on the TV monitor at the gym this morning (yes! I went back to the gym this week… more on that later).  It said something like this:  “People who eat more colorful foods eat less; the blander the colors, the more you eat.”  Really? I say.  Because I eat a TON of food and it’s quite colorful.  As a matter of fact, I had my “color quotient” checked at the Dr. Fuhrman getaway and it was nearly in the ideal range with a score of 65,000.  What is a color quotient?  Well, that’s my made-up word for a scan done to check the levels of carotenoids in your skin, giving you an indication of the amount of anti-oxidants in your body.  Carotenoids are found in fruits and vegetables — very colorful foods — and contain anti-oxidants.  Some carotenoids you may recognize are beta-carotene, lycopene and lutein.  So, you see, if you eat a colorful plate of food you’ll get more carotenoids and your scan score goes up.  My point is that the quantity of the food I eat is quite large and it is very colorful so the statement that I read today on the monitor doesn’t apply to us nutritarian folks.

I’m not sure what the connection is between the color of the food and how much you eat.  Actually, I’m not really sure who the “study” was backed by or if there is any validity to it.  I’m just saying that it doesn’t apply to me.  Kind of like how the “use a smaller plate” theory is supposed to get you to eat smaller portions.  Helllloooo!  I’ll just go back for seconds and thirds!  You can’t use psycho-techniques on me!  Nope. Not gonna work.  I’m going to eat as much as I want / need.  I mean, take a look at this dinner I had on Taco Tuesday just this week.  It was gigantic!

IMG_1447I’ve said a gazillion times how much I love TexMex food and how it’s my go-to meal, but I don’t think I’ve ever listed a recipe or the seasonings that I use.  I’ll do that here.  Just click on the photo and you’ll be taken to the recipe page.  Use as much of the spices as you prefer to satisfy your taste buds.  I made Taco Tuesday into Taco Salad Tuesday, but sometimes I do go a little crazy and have fresh corn tortillas to make little soft tacos, but more often than not we just make taco salads.  We switch up the beans, too.  Lentils, black beans, pintos.  They all work well.  I happen to really like Carrie’s cheese sauce recipe and it’s so easy.  You can find it here.  Though the recipe calls for saffron, I make it all the time without that ingredient and it tastes just as good.  I haven’t had cheese in quite a while, and to me, this sauce satisfies just fine. Enjoy!

Weekly Wrap Up:

The weather here in the Pacific NW has been unbelievable!  I love it when it gets into the high 70s and low 80s.  It’s a great time for early morning or evening walks, treks to the farmers’ markets, a hike in the mountains and berry pickin’!  Yes, the blueberries are ripening and the fields are open for picking.  My friend told me about a park near us that is open and has 3,300 blueberry plants.  So H³ and I embarked on a little journey this week to see what we could find.  Oh, yeah, baby!  There’s berries all right.  (did I mention free?)  Of course, this isn’t my own private park, and there are many who have gone before me.  But still, we picked about six pounds of those little bursts of tastiness.  You can read about the health benefits of blueberries here in a post from a month or so ago.  Having six pounds is good, but not quite what I’d like to get.  Tonight after work a friend and I are going to a local blueberry farm.   At this location, you do have to pay for the berries you pick (not the ones you eat, though!) but I think we’ll get a lot more much quicker and since we are having dinner afterwards, we’ll want to get a good quantity in a short amount of time.  I’ll post pictures next week of our haul along with whatever it is I end up doing this weekend!  I’ll try to make it entertaining for you.

Have a great weekend & make it healthy!

Toodles ~

 

Patience is a virtue

Happy Monday, y’all!

I hope you had a good weekend.  Mine was rather uneventful, but that’s okay sometimes.  I didn’t make it out on my bike, nor did I go hiking.  A day at home is always good.  I got a lot of things done that I’d been needing to do for a while.  I mean, it has been a year since my son was attending college and we still had a box of textbooks and notebooks kicking around.  Anybody need a college psych book?  Or how about one on anthropology?  Not something I’ll be reading on a sunny Saturday afternoon.  He will be coming in 46 days (not that I’m counting), just for a couple of days before he heads off to his permanent duty station in Colorado.  Do I have any readers in Colorado Springs that might like to cook for the kid?  Just kidding.  He likes to try new things and actually has a “taste” for flavors that blend well.  I remember a road trip he and I took a few years back and he made the most amazing chutney with bananas and pineapple, cumin & chili powder.  Back then I was eating meat and we spooned it over our pan-seared chicken breast.  I bet it would go well with portobello mushrooms.

Speaking of Mushrooms:

After many failures experiments in the kitchen Sunday — which I’ll get to in a bit — I was nearly ready to call for pizza delivery (JUST KIDDING, calm down) and thought I’d give one more recipe a go.  The end result was quite delicious.  Of course, because of my failed attempts at a couple of other things, I wasn’t really into attempting my own meal and wanted something a little different, so I tried a Dr. Fuhrman recipe.  This one was simple, took about 10 minutes from kitchen to table and voila! Dinner was served.

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And this meal is chock full of nutrients.  If you can’t see it well in the picture, there’s portobello mushrooms, beans, and tomatoes flavored with a little bit of red wine.  Add a side of steamed kale and you’ve got it!  I contemplated just tossing the kale in the pot with the rest of the veggies, but decided to keep them separated for esthetic purposes.  You can click on the picture to be taken to the recipe page.  Don’t you love it when someone else tries out a recipe and gives you feedback before you try it, not knowing whether it will be a flop?  I dislike very much wasting food, so I hope I’m being somewhat of a service opening up the Glaze Family Test kitchen once in a while.

One near failure was a granola bar that didn’t really turn out the way I’d had them before.  I’m not really sure why.  They taste fine, they just don’t have the density that I remember.  Maybe the banana that I used wasn’t quite ripe enough so the sugars didn’t release to hold the granola together.  I’ll use it as a cereal topper for my breakfast tomorrow.  It wasn’t a complete fail.

I told you patience was a virtue:

Aren’t you glad you waited and read this far to see what the heading was referring to?  Okay, so I tried a dessert recipe (of course) off my friend Carrie’s blog.  On Fridays, Carrie on Vegan has a little linkup where she shares lots of different healthy recipes from many different blogs.  There was one that just screamed to me that I needed to make RIGHT AWAY! I mean, look at these things:

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Click pic to be taken to Sweetly Raw page

So you know that I had given up chocolate because I thought it was causing me some tummy problems.  Never mind that chocolate is usually accompanied with sugar and sweeteners which I also had taken out a restraining order against.  Well, I rescinded my order against chocolate late last week and boy, am I glad!  I started off making this delectable dessert about 10 a.m. Sunday.  The recipe says to refrigerate them 8 to 10 hours.  Well, two o’clock comes around and I’m thinking I’ll give them a try.  Cutting them wasn’t really a disaster, but the crust sort of crumbled and was worthless.  I thought I was going to have a pan of chocolate chew and what on earth would I do with it?  I disappointingly returned the pan to the refrigerator.  After dinner I made a cup of tea and needed something to go with it.  What better goes with orange dandelion tea than chewy chocolate squares, right?  I sliced in, served a couple up and they held together quite nicely.  This is were I say patience is a virtue.  When the recipe says to wait 8 to 10 hours for them to chill, they’re not joking.  So, if you make them, be patient.  They’ll turn out good in the end.  Here’s a sad picture of mine:

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I forgot to top them with the coconut and added chocolate, but they didn’t need it.  They’re so rich as they are.  These would be great to serve to your friends who don’t eat quite as healthfully as you do.  They’ll never know all the healthy ingredients that are in them!  (Unless you tell)

Something New:

I just wanted to share with you something.  I’ve become a Dr. Fuhrman affiliate.  What does that mean?  See that link over in the sidebar with the Eat to Live book?  If you click on there and make a purchase from his website, I earn a little commission.  And see the coupon code there?  Yeah, click on that one and enter the code at checkout and receive $10 off your purchase of $100 or more.  You might have to scroll up a little bit for it to come into view.  It’s an honor and privilege to be accepted as an affiliate of his company.  I truly believe that the Eat to Live way of life is best for me.  I have seen it change the lives of many people.

Wrap Up:

Well, I hope your week is as good as can be.  Don’t work too hard.  And for all you teachers out there… enjoy your summer vacation!  It goes quickly.  I will see you back here Friday.  I’m still working on that Thai salad dressing.

 

Friday Fun Fact #10

Howdy!  I’m so glad you could join me on this beautiful Friday.  I’ve got a fun fact for you today, ya know!  Why?  Cuz it’s Friday!  But I’ll get to that in a minute.  First, I want to share with you a frozen dessert that is oh, so yummy you won’t want to miss it!

Life is Uncertain; Eat Dessert First:

Well, not really, but today we’ll read about the dessert first.  You know, I don’t remember eating dessert a lot growing up nor do I remember eating dessert nearly every day before I became a Nutritarian.  Oh, sure, there was the after lunch trip to the vending machine, but I hardly considered that dessert.  That was more like part of my meal!  At home I guess we did usually have a carton of ice cream or cookies or something around for a “bedtime” snack.  And the more I think about it, I guess I do have a memory of having a snack before I went to bed when I was a kid.  Now that I’m a Nutritarian, I’m constantly thinking of new things to try, new recipes to test out on H³ (Handsome Healthy Hubby) and have him rate for me.  For some reason, I gravitate towards the desserts for the Glaze Family Test Kitchen.  (As is evidenced by the number of desserts under the recipe tab).  I’m not sure why it works that way, but it does.  Maybe because they’re less likely to be flops.  I mean, you can hardly go wrong with most ingredients that go into a dessert, right?  You’ve got some sort of a plant-based sweetener, a fruit and sometimes a grain if it’s a baked goodie.

Back to my childhood… I remember Sunday nights after my bath, I would plunk down on the floor in front of the television eager to find out what Laura & Mary Ingalls were up to this week.  My mom would, like clockwork, bring me a nice-sized bowl of vanilla ice cream with Hershey’s syrup on top.  Yeah!  That’s what I’m talking about!  So perhaps this could explain my fascination with frozen treats.  I have really fallen in love with frozen banana desserts.  I have a great one that I came up with myself called Grinning Gorilla.  It’s the perfect combination of banana, chocolate and peanut butter!  I do like to try previously tested recipes that other people post on their blogs and if I like them, pass them on here.  So this week, the frozen concoction is made with cherries.  H³ doesn’t prefer the varieties with bananas, so I’m always looking for something to satisfy his after-dinner sweet tooth.  I think this one fit the bill quite nicely.  Click on the photo to be taken to the recipe.  I don’t think you’ll be disappointed by this one.

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I used to enjoy going out for frozen yogurt once in a while.  But, you know, I think I really prefer making my own now at home.  Sure, I don’t have the buffet of toppings to add, but I think that’s really the only reason I liked to get fro-yo anyway!

Friday Fun Fact:

After spending a week at the Fuhrman Health Getaway a couple of weeks ago, I decided a few of the things I would work on at home were no chocolate, no sugar and eating only when I’m hungry; that is, eating when I have true hunger and not toxic hunger.  I’ve done pretty well with the no chocolate and no sugar.  I have added chocolate back in, but only in its raw, unsweetened state.  For example, I’m not going to sit down to a chocolate bar or something similar.  I have added it to my green smoothies and to my frozen desserts.  So far, it doesn’t seem that it has caused a problem.  I have had NO added sugar since the 26th of June and I must say it is pretty amazing to have less sweet cravings than I had before.

Let’s talk about “toxic hunger.”  When you eat, your body goes into the anabolic state.  There’s lots of chemical changes that go on in your body involving glucose and other things that I won’t go into when you eat and digestion ensues.  Then when the catabolic stage begins after a meal and the digestion phase, that’s when we experience things like a grumbly stomach, headaches, shakiness, inability to concentrate and moodiness.  Some people (including many scientific textbooks) would believe that these are signs of hunger.  And that’s because these uncomfortable symptoms are usually alleviated when food is consumed.  The feelings experienced during this phase are actually your body detoxing from the processed foods that the Standard American Diets is chock full of.  Our bodies are wanting more of those “toxic” foods.  Thus, Dr. Fuhrman calls this “toxic hunger.”  For those of us who eat a fairly strict plant-based diet consisting of whole foods that are high in nutrients, we don’t experience toxic hunger as often.  What I experience when I’m truly hungry is an empty sensation in the back of my throat, increased salivation and a heightened sense of taste.  I have experienced it many times in the past couple of months as I’m really trying to focus on eating when only I feel true hunger.  Unfortunately, I have a job where I have to eat when the opportunity arises as I can’t just stop in the middle of a witness’ testimony and munch down a salad!  My work schedule pretty much dictates when I eat, and I have to admit, the thought of getting half way through the afternoon and being overly hungry because I skipped lunch scares the daylights out of me!  Because of this, I pretty much eat breakfast, lunch and dinner with no snacking (except those darned frozen desserts!).  Eating high-nutrtient foods causes your body to lose the addictive drive to overeat.

My challenge for you:

I challenge you, if you’re eating a plant-based diet, to give it a try.  Eat only when you’re truly hungry and see how good your meal tastes.  It’s amazing!  If you aren’t eating a plant-based diet and would like to transition, might I suggest that you replace just three meals a week with a huge green salad topped with a cup of no-salt beans and an oil-free salad dressing — lemon is great squeezed over the top of your salad, or a drizzle of vinegar, or you might even try mixing some almond or peanut butter with some crushed garlic, vinegar and a little tomato sauce.  You might be surprised at how much it tastes like a Russian dressing!  When I say a huge salad, I mean HUGE… like half a head of romaine lettuce and other veggies.  I think you’ll see how easy and fun this diet-style can be!  Good luck 😀  (Warning: Please make sure you check with your doctor if you are taking any type of medication that may be affected by your diet)

Wrap Up:

Okay.  I’ll wrap up.  So what’s in store for the weekend?  Looks like I’ve got some housework on the agenda and maybe a bike ride one afternoon.  I haven’t had the bike out yet this year, so I’ll see how much of a tune-up it needs before I hit the road!  If I can’t get out for some fun in the sun, maybe I’ll just relax on the deck.  Ya know, the sun is a good source of Vitamin D!  (only mid-morning sun, though, and only for about 20 minutes… the rest of the time, slather up with sunscreen).

Hope to see you back here on Monday when I’ll report on anything that goes on in the Glaze Family Test Kitchen.  I see a Thai salad in the works…

Monday Midlife Mumbling

Goooood Morning, Healthy Eaters!

I hope you had a good weekend.  Mine was sort of mixed.  I spent some time test driving cars on Saturday.  Now, that’s not a really fun thing for me to do.  Some people might enjoy it, but I find nothing about it really very fun.  Maybe I would dig it a bit more if the salesman didn’t go with you on the drive.  I think I might have scared him a bit when I was testing the performance of the car on the freeway. tee hee 😀  I do have to say that I’ll be saving us 25 thousand green ones and spending far less than that to get my seven-year-old Subaru fixed.  I mean, it’s only got 85,000 miles on it and has at least 100k more in it, right?!  So, the frugal, practical Jan prevailed.  I’ll be making a phone call to my new best friend (the salesman) and telling him thanks, but no thanks.  I realized my desire to get a newer car was probably just me having a midlife crisis and my need for something to change.

That’s why I started this blog two years ago… I felt like I was having a midlife crisis and so I began mumbling about it here.  Over time, the blog has morphed and is now primarily mumbling about food.  Thanks for joining me if you’re new and thank you to those who have stuck it out with me and continued to read.

So what could I possible change?  Hmmm… maybe my hair color would be easier — at least cheaper than a car and less risky than a new job.  I love my Handsome Healthy Hubby so I’m keeping him (I’m sure he’ll read that as a relief).  I love where I live (I’ll share about that in a bit) so I’m really not into moving.  I’ll have to ponder this idea.  Maybe it will just be nothing except my attitude!  I do know that I miss my little boy… okay, he’s not a little boy anymore.  He’s a grown man!  He called Sunday and it was great to hear his voice, like it is every time he calls.  I was super extra excited to hear he has been counting down the days until his graduation and he informed me it’s only 51 days until he gets to see us.  I think he’s actually counting down how long until he gets to see his sweetheart, but since we’re all going together, he gets us as a package deal.  51 days is doable.

What did I do on Sunday?  Well, besides talk to Alex, we hiked.  Oh, yesssss!  It was sort of a spur-of-the-moment hike and so that was fun.  I love to be outdoors and H³ knows that, so as I’m thinking about what to make for breakfast he says to me, “You wanna go hiking today?” Let me think about th — YES!  And in 20 minutes we were out the door and heading to one of my new favorite places to hike near Mt. Rainier.  You’ll see why when you scroll down and see the beauty of this majestic place.

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clockwise from top left: Mt. Rainier, glacier lily, Eunice Lake, wildflower
photos courtesy of Doug Glaze

Now do you know why I don’t want to move?  Within 90 minutes you can be hiking in the mountains; in two hours you’re at the ocean.  We live in God’s country, we do!

Since my last post, I haven’t really spent too much time experimenting in the kitchen.  I’ve been relying on old standbys since I’m back to work after my vacation.  So we’re doing the usual circuit of TexMex, salads, stirfry, salads, Buddha bowls, salads and more TexMex… and there’s always more salads!  We did grill up some portobella mushrooms to go with some fresh corn on the cob and a salad for Sunday night’s dinner.  That was pretty tasty!  I haven’t had corn on the cob in ages.  Who knew it would taste so good not dripping in butter!  I sprinkled a little bit of Mrs. Dash & nutritional yeast on it and it was fabulous!

Wrap Up:

Well, that sort of sums up my weekend.  Have you joined the Healthy Vegan Challenge over on Facebook?  It’s not too late.  You don’t have to be a vegan eater to join?  If you’re new to plant-based diets or just trying to eat healthier, join us.  It’s a closed group so you’ve got to ask to join and Carrie from Carrie on Vegan will accept your request and you’ll be in!  We share lots of recipes and other ideas too.

Remember, I’ve changed my blogging schedule, so I’ll be back here on Friday.  I hope you’ll come back and see what is new in the zoo!  Have a fabulous week. 😀

How does your garden grow?

Here it is Wednesday already! Wow, how time flies.  I might just want to slow down a bit and enjoy the summer while it is still here.  The cool thing is that in this neck of the woods, we have great weather even into the middle of October, so we’ve got plenty of time to soak up the sun and enjoy our time outdoors.  I am looking forward to many more weekends of hiking.  I just love being in the wilderness!

IMG_1420One benefit of living in the Pacific Northwest is that it’s not usually scorching hot and we can grow greens pretty much all summer long.  Here’s a little picture of my harvest from earlier in the week.  I learned that with leaf lettuce instead of cutting it off all the way at the bottom and getting a head of lettuce like you’d get at a store, if you just trim it up about an inch from the dirt and take the individual leaves, it will restart and regrow giving you an ever-abundance of greens!  Last night I looked at it appears that tonight will be another harvest.  The kale is looking good too!

I talked in a prior post about the importance of having food prepared and on hand in the fridge for those times that I’m ravishing and can’t wait for the next meal, so tonight I will make up a large batch of my Protein Power Salad.  I will serve it over some of those delectable fresh greens and then use it up over the next few days.  You know, those nights when you have errands to run after work and have meetings in the evening and you don’t have 30 minutes to spare in the kitchen?  That’s what having pre-made meals are perfect for.  That’s when the soups in the freezer come in handy.  The extra beans that I cooked over the weekend and stashed away are perfect tossed with some greens and sliced tomato and cucumber!  It’s all about keeping it simple for me.

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Protein Power Salad

Change is a-coming:

You know, I love to blog & share my thoughts, my stories & my struggles.  Sometimes, though, it’s tough to come up with something that I feel is interesting and important enough that anybody would really care.   (You probably don’t give a hoot that I ran almost four miles today and that tomorrow is a walking day or that I ate toast <gasp!> for breakfast.)  So this morning I was thinking how I could relieve myself of the self-imposed pressure that I sometimes feel to come up with something witty to say.  I think I came up with a brilliant solution.  Starting next week, you can catch me on Mondays and Fridays right here.  That will allow a few more days between posts and more interesting subject matter.  Now, wouldn’t you say that is a great idea?!

Wrap Up:

I hope you all have a great rest of your week, always trying to make it as healthy as possible, and I will see you back on Friday with a fun fact!  Toodles 🙂

♫ Monday Monday ♫

♪ so good to me ♪

Oh, sorry!  You caught me in a moment.

How are you?  Did you have a long weekend?  It’s Monday (as if you couldn’t guess) and it’s back to work for me after having two WEEKS off.  Oh, my goodness did I have a good time.  I relaxed, played, traveled, cooked, cleaned, organized and relaxed some more.  It was a splendid couple of weeks.  If you’d like to read about my travels, you can do that here, where I talk about my trip to San Diego to spend seven days with Dr. Fuhrman and his group learning more about my Nutritarian lifestyle and how to get the most out of it!

Today is the first day of the next Healthy Vegan Challenge over on Facebook.  You can join here.  I started off with a bang this morning and ran about 3.5 of the 4.25 miles of one of our walking loops.  That’s the furthest I’ve ever run.  I think I’m ready for a 5k!  It’s amazing how you don’t notice all the little hills when you walk, but when you run, even the slightest incline feels like

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Reflection Lake, Mt. Rainier
photo courtesy of Doug Glaze

Really, though, it felt very invigorating to be running side by side with my wonderful husband.  Tomorrow is a walking day, but maybe Wednesday I’ll take him on in a little challenge 🙂

A little mumbling:

So I’ve been eating and living the Nutritarian life for about two years now (my true anniversary is July 17, 2011.  I was dabbling for a few weeks before that, but the 17th is the day I identify with the most.)  I have learned so much over the last two years and changed so much.  It’s almost embarrassing to think of the way I used to eat.  And to think that we were eating healthfully. Ha!

As I was thinking of what to write about today, over the weekend I asked H³ (Handsome Healthy Hubby) what is the one thing that would help someone who is making the change to this type of diet-style.  He said to have all of their meals prepared for them!  I assure you, that would guarantee success.  Having spent those days at the Getaway with all of my meals prepared for me was golden.  There was no coffee in our rooms at the resort and the key to the mini-bar was removed so there was no temptation.  Sure, you could sneak into the coffee shop in the lobby, but you might be seen.  <gasp!> I have to say that having a full week of abstinence from a trigger food (for me, it’s sugar) is amazingly powerful.

I think H³ is right about having your food prepared.  The last few days I have spent a lot of time in the kitchen doing everything I can to have healthy foods available all day long.  No, that doesn’t mean I’ve taken to grazing all day.  One thing I’m really focusing on is eating only when hungry; experiencing true hunger.  I had been doing fairly well until yesterday’s events of the day caught me off guard.  I had eaten a fairly large breakfast so wasn’t hungry for lunch.  I had a couple of appointments that brought me home again around 3 p.m. and I was ravishing!  I knew I wouldn’t be able to make it to dinner (well, I could have if I had more experience of going hungry) and so grabbed a little snack of toast with almond butter, a few grape tomatoes and some fruit.  Not the end of the world, but that experience really demonstrated the need to have food ready-made in the refrigerator.

I was really looking forward to dinner.  I’ve been trying out some of the recipes that we had in San Diego.  H³ has been getting quite a variety lately.  One thing he can’t eat with his onion allergy is ketchup.  The store-bought varieties are not really a terrific condiment anyway because of the salt and sugar that is added.  I have made my own without either of those ingredients and also sans onions.  Fabulous!  Over the next few weeks I will post some of the things that we’ve been having.  I like new recipes but sometimes I’m a little skeptical.  Do you do that?  You look at the picture… looks yummy; you look at the ingredients… yep, got them on hand.  But will it really taste good?  That’s what I’m here for!  I’ve got you covered.  I’ll try out the recipe and then post a little review here for you, giving credit to the recipe’s creator where I can.

Last night’s dinner was topped off with a wonderful dessert.  I had some nectarines that were going south and was trying to figure out what to do with them when I remembered a yummy dessert we had in San Diego.  It’s Dr. Fuhrman’s Nectarine and Plum Crumble.  Oh, yum!  Who would think that some nut milk and oats could make a dessert rival its SAD (Standard American Diet) counterpart.  As usual, click on the picture to be taken to the recipe page.

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I paired the crumble with some peach ice “dream” that I had in the freezer.

Wrap Up:

Well, I must wrap up today’s post and think about Wednesday’s when I’ll see you back here… hopefully.  Have a great start to your week!  And maybe I’ll see you over at the Healthy Vegan Challenge.