September 23, 2011

Q&A with Breann

I know you all have been DYING to get an interview with me and how I eat and how I'm so famous. So I decided I'll be generous and give you the food part. ha ha.

Breann, What vegetables taste good in my smoothie?

Spinach, zucchini, yellow squash, carrots. These are the least detectable vegetables you can put in your smoothies. I recommend starting off with 1 vegetable at a time a small amount in your smoothie. Then slowly build up your tolerance level to more veggies to fruit in your drink.

What should I use to sweeten my smoothie if I'm not used to the vegetables yet?

Don't ever use sugar in your smoothies again! No longer are we oppressed by such bad foods of the devil! Behold, we have discovered natural sweeteners! Here's what they are: Agave! (You can get organic at Costco, a couple Tbs and you're good to go. This is my favorite), Dates! (A couple of these do the trick.) These are great options for those getting started!

Why frozen pineapple and how do you prepare it?

Michael and I probably have 4 frozen cut up pineapples in our freezer. Here's how we cut it after we've cut the skin and head off. (That sounds gruesome, ha ha) Put pineapple on it's side and cut into 4 even slices (If it's a small pineapple 3 slices), then cut each slice into 6 pieces. Michael likes to cut the slice in 1/2 then two perpendicular, but you can do it anyway you want. Frozen pineapple is a great way to get started! It requires no ice! It tastes great in nearly everything I've tried, especially if you're looking for a little zing, or something interesting in your smoothie! Go crazy!

Why frozen bananas? Is it easy to prepare?

Michael and I usually buy 2-4 banana bunches at Costco and freeze them. They break apart really easily when frozen, so don't worry about cutting them down to a certain size, you can just break what you want. If you're trying to go healthy and you have a blender (I recommend the Vita-mix. It's simply the best!) I HIGHLY recommend buying lots of bananas and freezing them. They are great is so many different smoothie recipes and it's a great replacement for yogurt. DO NOT I repeat DO NOT EVER put yogurt in your smoothies ever again. Especially because yogurt isn't that sweet and it has a tricky flavor to work with anyway. Bananas are a reliable, creamy, and sweet flavor. You'd really be doing your-self a favor if you add a banana because it's creamy and healthier. Also, you don't have to water down your delicious smoothie with ice! Just use frozen fruit!

Thanks for humoring me! ha ha.

Pretty in Pink Smoothie

Once again, so easy, so healthy, so yummy. What more could I ask for? Recipe:

1 1/2 cups red grapes
1 fuji apple
1 frozen banana
3 chunks of frozen pineapple. (3 chunks is considered 1/8 of a large pineapple cut up. See frozen pineapple for more details)
1 tbs Agave (Optional)
1/2 of yellow squash depending on size (Optional)

Add to blender in order, blend on high for 2 min. Done! Breakfast is served for 1!

Enjoy your breakfast! xoxo!

September 19, 2011

My Hash Browns

One of my new favorite comfort foods.

2 Golden potatoes
2 cloves of garlic
2 tablespoons of chopped red onions
Olive oil
1-2 teaspoons of garlic salt (optional)

Shred potatoes, chop onions and garlic. Put olive oil, onions, garlic, garlic salt in pan on high and saute. When finished, mix with shredded potatoes. Strongly oil a non-stick large frying pan and place potato mixture in pan, heat to med-high. Flip when you feel it's cooked on the other side, and let the new side golden, then serve. Serves 1 person and you don't need ketchup! That's right, it's good all by it's-self! You're welcome. ;)

September 17, 2011

Chilean salad recipe

This was inspired by my Dads Chilean salad recipe. It's really easy and similar, but you don't have to blanch the onions.

1 avocado
1 giant tomato
2-3 tablespoons chopped red onions
dash of garlic salt

Chop ingredients into large bite size chunks, and red onions into 1/4 inch chunks. Place all ingredients in bowl add garlic salt and mix. Then you're done. Feeds 1 person a small meal, or a side dish for 2.

September 08, 2011

Yummy portobello mushrooms!

Another yummy vegan recipe for you guys! Heat oven to 250 degrees. Then you'll need to make My Salsa! This is really easy and you can alter the recipe. Besides that all you'll need portobello mushrooms (1 per person), 1 avocado, and olive oil. Prepare salsa, then spray with cooking oil casserole dish. Cut off stems of mushrooms then wash. Place is casserole dish with the tops touching the bottom in order to form a bowl. Pour 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil inside each mushroom. Then fill with salsa and bake in over for 20-25 minutes. While baking prepare avocados in beautiful slices for a garnish. When mushrooms are done place sliced avocados on top and serve immediately! Micheal even like this and he hates mushrooms.

The Fruitarian

For the past few months, roughly 95% of Breann and my diet has consisted of raw fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Today I found a video about a "Fruitarian" who runs 100 miles in a day very frequently (yes, 100 miles) just by eating raw fruits (for fuel) and veggies. To me, this guy is very inspiring and I look forward to seeing my body continue to transform in a very good way. Check him out:

I know the Word of Wisdom states to "eat meat sparingly." I know that. But I also know that over the past few months I've felt better than ever and that eating fruits, vegetables, and whole grains have completely turned my eating habits around. I really don't crave junk/processed food anymore and that's something I can live with. I'm not saying that I am going to eating 100% fruits, vegetables, and whole grains for the rest of my life...just 95% of it. :) Hope you enjoy the video and are inspired to change the way you eat and that you receive all the fantastic benefits that Breann and I get every day!

The Fruitarian website.