October 28, 2011

Chipotle

Hey Guys, I'm really excited for tonight because apparently Chipotle accommodates vegans and vegetarians, with many options. I'm going to have a burrito tonight with fajita vegetables, and still be vegan! YAY! See there special diet info for more details.

Miso soup with Tofu

This has been one of my most recent favorites. I think I've had it for lunch every day this week. Enjoy!

1/2 sweet onion
2 sheets wakme (dried seaweed)
1 portobello mushroom
1 tsp. ginger juice
1 shallot green onion
3 tbs. miso paste
1/2 cup tofu (optional)
3 Tbs. French Fried Onions (optional)

Chop sweet onions 1/2 portobello mushroom and place in pot with 4 cups boiling water and add the wakme. Boil for about 5 min. Grate ginger and pinch between fingers to extract about 1 tsp in soup. Stir miso in soup until it reaches desired flavor. Then strain out all ingredients and save the broth. Set aside desired amount in bowl and add french fried onions. Slice the green onions and some mushroom and add to soup. For tofu, simple dice the tofu and add desired amount, I recommend about 1/2 cup.

I'm turning Japanese, I think I'm turning Japanese, I really think so, da na na na na na.

October 21, 2011

Banana Cream Shake

This is one of my favorites that Michael has created. It's so yummy we treat it like dessert, but you can have it all the time. Ha ha. Enjoy!

Makes about 1 serving:
1/4 cup peanut butter (optional)
1 cup vanilla soy milk (We get ours at Costco.)
2 frozen bananas
1 pitted date (optional)
1/2 yellow squash (optional and undetectable)

With all the optional ingredients, just pick one, do not combine unless it's a date with the yellow squash. Place ingredients in blender in order and blend on high just until the top starts moving, about 30 seconds or so. If you add the dates, I like to blend that a little bit first on 7 so their not as chunky in the drink.

Blend less time for banana ice cream, blend more time for banana smoothie. Enjoy.

Healthy for the money.

Apparently, by eating this way we're are cooking much less. We're saving about $75 a month in our gas bill! Our Vitamix at $450 will pay for it's self in 6 months time. "Just checking the math on that. I got the same thing." -Jessie Eisenberg (Social Network, David Fincher favorite quote.)

October 19, 2011

Inspiration

Here's something that has inspired me in many ways and I thought you might like it. Thanks for reading.

"Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step." Martin Luther King, Jr.

Hale Kids (Caden and Kylie)

Lately every Tuesday I've been picking up the Hale kids (Caden-10 and Kylie-7) from school at 2pm and keep them until about 6:30pm. They're really fun, I'm beginning to think to myself the older the kids get the more I tend to like them. We went home finished and double checked homework, then we went over to play and Megans and Morgans house. (My neighbors that are also Cadens and Kylies friends at school.) There's we got to meet a turtle and they played with that for a while. That was fun to watch them.

I was told that Kylie likes to bake so I told the kids we could make brownies. So we walked to Vons (like a block) and saw some fun stuff along the way, got the eggs (the only animal thing in brownies), then walked home the back way. The back of our buildings look nearly identical. When we first moved in I would count building so I knew which one was mine. Anyway, Caden said something really cute. I asked them if they wanted to guess which one ours was. Kylie guess and Caden said "The correct one." Ha ha.

Sometimes we stop by their house to pick up swimming gear and we saw a squirrel. Kylie said, "That's Frankie, I just named him just now."

Their so funny. Then we came home made the brownies together and baked them, while we watched Kung Fu Panda. Their like little buddies I get to hang out with. Ha ha.

P.S. Kylie wants to be Hanna Montana for Halloween and Caden wants to be his own Dragonball Z character.

October 18, 2011

Andy Buckely


So Yesterday I met Andy Buckley, You may know him from the Office as Michael's boss. Awesome right!

Blending Basics

1) Bananas peeled, then frozen. (No need to cut them, they break apart easily when frozen.)
2) Green and red grapes.
3) Fuji apples
4) Pineapple cut into chunks then frozen.
5) Agave (always optional)

I have never had these together where they tasted bad. If you want to use your blender more often, I recommend you but these all from Costco to get started. This is a great base to work with for many reasons. My two favorite reasons are 1) because it's a light yellow, so it's very easy to add new colors to it and make it appealing to the eye. 2) It tastes great with nearly every fruit added to it or any of the magic veggies (Yellow squash, zucchini, spinach, carrots).

Why am I so about smoothies besides the fact that it's healthy?

Easy clean up! I make my smoothie and before I start drinking it I rinse my blender thoroughly, and I'm done with clean up. And every once in a while I'll put water and soap in it, blend on high then rinse it! That's it. Can we spell easy?!? E-A-S-Y!

October 13, 2011

Passionate Purple

I only say that because I'm so in love with this drink right now.

2 cups red grapes or table grapes
1 fuji apple
1 frozen banana
4 chunks frozen pineapple (about 1/8 of a large pineapple)
1/2 cup of frozen blueberries
Agave (Optional)

Place in blender in order, blend on high for 2 min. with vita mix and sever immediately.

Yummy! Enjoy, makes about 24 oz.

October 10, 2011

Tinkerbell


This smoothie is for Sydney because I heard she wanted to be Tinkerbell this year for Halloween! Plus, it's the same lime green color. Ha ha.

1 1/2 cups green grapes
1 Fuji apple
1 zucchini
1 frozen banana
3 chunks frozen pineapple
1-2 Tbs. agave
1 slice of lime 2 millimeters thick, including the skin. (Optional for adults, leave it out for kids to keep it only sweet. For adults Tinkerbell is bitter sweet. Ha ha.)

Makes about 24 oz.

Love you guys!

October 07, 2011

Just Peaches

Just like my life is just peaches so is my smoothie...Seriously, Take 4 ripe peaches from the refrigerator (cooled), pit them, blend them in the vita mix on high for about 30 seconds or so. It's just peaches. MMMMMMMMM. Tasty.

1 lesson learned from this: Keep it simple and easy when getting started, you'd be surprised how good it really is.

October 03, 2011

I want to eat healthy, How do I get started?

By popular demand from friends and family. This is the most common question I get.

1) I think the most important part of getting started is to HAVE FUN WITH IT! That's right, have fun discovering the new food possibilities. If you screw up a smoothie, so what? It's not a big deal and you've learned something from it. Use small portions when experimenting. Try 3 or 4 different fruits at a time, not 20. Keep it simple and easy on yourself. This can be a fun experience, not a pain. So have fun with it. Pull out that old dusty blender you've been meaning to use, try that fruit or vegetable you've been thinking about. You might find something new that you like! Learn to love new healthy foods. Eating healthy doesn't have to taste bad, if you know what to make. How do you know what to make? LEARN what to make. Michael and I have had a lot of fun looking up new recipes and trying them to see what we like. So allow yourself to enjoy this process.

2) Read The China Study. This will reshape and motivate you more than anything else. Educating yourself on the health benefits is one of the most important parts in my opinion. You need an important reason to make the change.

3) Allow yourself a splurge meal. You don't have to convert to complete vegan all at once, or even vegetarian. When we were getting started we allowed ourselves 1 splurge meal a week. If that's too quick for you, then allow your self two or three a week, but start somewhere. Wherever is reasonable for you, but cut out more of the bad meals and replace a few of them with the good ones.

4) Start leaving your blender on the kitchen counter. If you're worried about children, keep it unplugged. This will remind you to used it more often. Don't starve yourself or miss meals, this is the wrong way to loose weight. Eat healthy meals which include a lot of fruit. Blend it up. Have fun!

5) Be willing to build your tolerance and to train your mind to like healthy foods. Being healthy is a lifestyle change, not a diet. Don't overwhelm yourself by putting too many veggies in at first w/o building your tolerance. Sometimes things don't taste really good at first but you can train yourself to get used to it if you start small with the veggies and work your way up. Use the natural sweeteners and the 4 suggested veggies in my previous blog to help with this. Just because I said eating healthy doesn't have to taste bad, doesn't mean that every meal will be just peaches (which is delicious too). ha ha.

6) When you're ready, invest in a Vita Mix and a Breville Juice Fountain Plus. The answer is NO, they do NOT do the same thing. If you want fresh orange, grape, carrot, or apple juice, it is NOT the same in a vitamix. If you want a smoothie, the juicer is the wrong machine to use. I say get both. Michael and I use them BOTH, on average, once a day, which adds up to a lot of healthy meals. That's right, meals, sometimes I'll juice my meal and just drink a bunch of apple juice. Delicious!

7) Got to Costco and buy all the fruits and veggies you like to eat in bulk. Then you eat them. Eat as many fruits you want raw. This requires far less prep time and zero cook time. Don't burden yourself with cooking. That's right, just slice, dice, and serve. The kids will eat it. Michael and I buy 3 LARGE watermelons when we got to Costco and we eat it all. Sometimes we'll cut up nothing but watermelon and eat that for dinner. Sometimes I like to eat 2 big mangoes cut up plain. Yummy!

Anyway, This is how I got started. I'm about 95% vegan. (With the exception of Hawaii.) I've been doing this for about 3 or 4 months now. When I'm on this diet, I don't get migraines, headaches, or nausea, all of which I used to have before. I tire less quickly and feel like exercising more! I have less emotional anxiety than I used to...Basically, I'm all around happier when I eat this way.

WARNING: For those who plan to make the change quickly.

After Michael and I read the China Study we decided to make the change quickly for the sake of our health. If you decide to do this, it's like ripping off the band aid instead of peeling it. When you change to this diet your body WILL detox and heal it's self. This process lasts about 3-4 days which is the hard part, but then you feel so much better. If you do it slowly the symptoms are less prominent to undetectable, this might be the best approach for you.

*Michael's Extras:
If you're really interested in getting started, you can purchase the exact same products we've used (and still use) to help expedite your healthy-body transformation!

I recommend you buy the following:
The China Study
Vita Mix
Breville Juice Fountain Plus

After reading The China Study, we bought these items and have never looked back!