WIAW summer (finally!) edition

Happy first WIAW of Summer Break!! Whoo!!! Let’s give a round of applause to the lovely Jenn who puts on this party!!

I’ve made it my goal this summer to try and have one smoothie or juice every day (or at least almost every day), and so I’ve been starting every morning out with a green smoothie! It’s nice to wake up my tummy and body with all those nutrients so easily available, and it has so far seemed to wake me up and prevented bloating through out the day (sorry, I get bloated easily…#addictedtowatermelon #andsquash 😉 )

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The past few days I’ve had it with apple, celery, lemon, ginger, water or coconut water, spinach and ice, and today I exchanged the ice and apple for frozen watermelon and added some parsley 🙂

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After my smoothie its time for breakfast!!! oats with blueberries and peanut butter…

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and stepping way outside my comfort some with a PBB(C)BJ. Hahaha! This was like, 3 fear foods at the same time :bread (more than 1 slice), a banana (one of the still wary fruits for me) and generally a PBJ. And what, pray tell, is the (C)B part??

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Coconut Bacon!! Please, please, please go make this ‘bacon’. It is addicting and amazing and insanely like bacon, as in it has the crunch texture that tempeh does not. I never even liked real bacon before I was vegan (too greasy and often burned) but this, this was delicious. But follow the directions. I know someone who almost shunned the recipe because she used shredded coconut, hot sesame oil, too much liquid smoke, and then burned it. Yeah, don’t do that. Do it this way…

Oh and by the way, the sandwich was delicious 😉 (tangent: Like my blueberry smile? That was a fail at cutting a loaf of bread, I only got the crust haha)

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Of course, I didn’t follow my routine when I made yesterday’s Cake Batter Milkshake for breakfast. Because it felt a little silly to have a smoothie followed by a smoothie ;).

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Lunches have mostly been salads. Obviously! They are such a perfect canvas: This one had lentils, grapes, broccoli, pepper, BBQ world peas, and a creamy dressing out of ketchup and a home made vegan tofu mayo. Plus squash on the side. Why fix something if it ain’t broke?

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Apple, cucumber, honey mustard, basalmic, and sea salt chickpeas that I won from Caitlin’s giveaway. They were kind enough to send me four flavors of chickpeas and one bar, since two of the three bars had dairy.

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They came in the mail right as we were leaving for a shopping trip, so they came in perfect handy when it was snack time! I thought these ones tasted like spicy fruit loops. I think everything with lime in it tastes like fruit loops though haha!

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These were my favorite of the savory ones! I haven’t tried the cinnamon ones, or the trail mix bar yet, but I am soon!! Thank you Caitlin, for my new addiction 😉

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Of course, I have switched it up a bit for lunches too! We made breakfast for lunch one day, with banana cinnamon french toast made with fresh Health Starts Here bread from Whole Paycheck, topped with fresh fruit, and a tofu scramble with more coconut bacon on top:)

One thing I haven’t taken a picture of? The sheer MASS of fresh fruit I’ve been eating. Like, at least my weight in fruit. Cherries, melon, berries, apples, you name it:) Summer, you’re my favorite:)

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I made sun tea for the first time ever!!! This was ginger peach, and it was so delicious!!

photo-129I also had my first evolution juice! It was…saltier…than I expected (celery) but really good!! I want a juicer so bad!!!

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We finished off the last of that raw german chocolate cake from Practically Raw (chef amber shea’s blog). If you have this cookbook, make this now. If you don’t, go get the cookbook (its an ebook) and make it now. Sooo good:)

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And, of course, my Birthday Cake Ice Cream🙂 This is post photo shoot, Yes its in a glass. Yes I licked it anyway. Ice cream tastes better without that pesky spoon amiright???

Don’t forget to check in later for day 3 of Birthday Week!! I have some cookies for youu!!!!!

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How’s your summer been lately??

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WIAW: Something old, Something new, and Someone easily amused

Happy WIAW guys!!!Thank you to the Lovely Jenn (that is her name now, Lovely Jenn 😉 ) for this party every week. Now Lets get started!photo-79Breakfasts are nothing new usually (you all know I like my oats and nut butter) -Im generally on auto pilot in the mornings. But wait! What is that flavor of nut butter???photo-72Ahhhh!!!! Look what came to my grocery store!!! 😀 The vanilla espresso was highest on my list and it is amazing (honey pretzel-you are next)photo-70Also, it is delicious in Katie’s Cookie Dough Dip (made with dates, espresso nut butter, and eaten solely with a spoon because I have no shame)photo-76But with the return of warmer days (and also spring break so longer mornings) come breakfast parfaits! whoop!! This was vanilla-almond-cinnamon overnight oats, lemony soy yogurt, berries and pears, and cascading farms ‘fruit loops’.photo-68I made these just a few days ago, and every single one is gone (whomp whomp). At least that massive craving for banana nut bread is satisfied! Keep a lookout for a carroty easter version within the week (aka as soon as our carrot supply is replenished-teehee sorry i eat all the carrots)photo-84Hey look! Its my favorite salad! (beans, veggies, squash, cranberries and mustard)photo-73And then another salad because I was pretending it was summer and caved on the Driscolls. They were unsatisfactoryphoto-74Obviously I didn’t care and just ate them with chocolate (pudding)photo-75But then it got all cold and rainy so I decided to roast some potatoes and carrots and that turned into all the veggies and that turned into stew. Still in the roasting pan…(fun to wash)photo-83photo-77I like kombucha. It makes me feel like a yogi.photo-86I also like popcorn. I often stand there mesmerized by the magic of an air popper 😉photo-71Last night I made mexican pizzas for all! Brown rice tortilla topped with refried beans, shredded veggies, and asparagus/onion/corn cooked with salsa, popped in the oven at 400 until warm and crispy. It was kinda like a gigantic nacho!Anndd in other news:photo-69I go to Trader Joes for my nuts (they were out of almond butter again! Blast! So I had to make my own)photo-81Someone posted this on Facebook….hehehephoto-78AND I GOT MY PROM DRESS!!!!!!!! AHHHHHH I FEEL LIKE A PRINCESS!!!!!!!!! 😀 😀 :DHappy Wednesday everyone!!!!Are you easily amused/distracted? I am most definitely. Just ask my friends…for instance, yesterday I was at Target with my best friend having a completely normal conversation when I caught the bedding aisle out of the corner of my eye, and veered over while saying “pink?”…uh yeah 🙂

Red, White, and Bloovernite Oats

I have a slight tendency to be a little holiday-centered. Any holiday will do…

For at least one day, everything from my eats to my clothes to my FB status will be that holiday themed.

 

Take, for example, my breakfast this morning (Oh, by the way, Happy Fourth of July!):

Red, White, and Bloovernight Oats

  • 1/3 c. uncooked oats
  • 1 T. chia seeds
  • 1/3 c. blueberries
  • 1/3 c. sliced strawberries
  • 1/2 C. unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 C. water
  • vanilla and lemon extracts to taste (I used 1 capful each)
  • stevia to taste
Add chia and oats to a jar (I use an old PB jar, all washed out) and mix. Add fruit. In a cup, mix the liquid ingredients and stevia. Pour into the jar, cap with the lid, and shake shake shake  (shake shake shake. shake your ooaattsss. shake your ooaattss!!!) Stick it in the fridge overnight. In the morning, simply take out of the fridge and enjoy!!
mmm. Tastes like America:)