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Feature Friday: Vegan Food, Good vs. Evil

19 Aug

As a “health food blogger” I find it almost embarrassing to say that there were times in my life that I did not care about health. In the beginning, my reasoning for a vegetarian diet was because I could no longer hurt animals, I just didn’t feel right eating meat. It wasn’t hard to give up, I never liked the taste of any meat.

Favorite childhood accidentally vegan foods:

  • Beef stew, with the beef picked out
  • Thanksgiving dinner, minus turkey, add masted potatoes x3
  • Ramen noodles, oriental flavored with just a pinch of the seasoning (not vegan, but whatev.)
  • French fries

Even though it wasn’t until later in my young life that I discovered chicken = chicken, I still choose not to eat meat. This lead to eating more “bad” carbs and processed food. As I became more aware of health and nutrition, I realised that I was doing this all wrong.

If I wanted to go vegan things were going to have to change!

This is why I am dedicating this post to all of my noob vegan readers out there! I don’t want you to make the same mistakes as I did, it’s not fun. Eating a healthy balanced vegan diet is very beneficial.

 Just because you are vegan DOES NOT mean you are eating healthy.

The Bad:

Ramen Noodles

The Good:

Vegan stir fry

The Bad:

Vegan “lunch meat”

The Good:

Tofu & Tempeh

The Bad:

Soy Ice-cream

The Good:

Banana Soft Serve

The Bad:

Boring Salads.

The Good:

Adding nuts, grains, cool in season raw veggies, and homemade dressing to your salad.

The Bad:

Non-homemade smoothies

 

The Good:

Green smoothies!

Is there anything you would add to this list?

WIAW week 15

4 May

Hiiii friends!

I have so much to tell you in such little time! I’ve been pretty busy this week but I’m always thinking of my blog friends. I have lots of new topics I want to share with you in the near future, so exciting!

Holy cow, has it been 15 weeks already since Jen started the What I Ate Wednesday link parties? Every week is so much fun, thank you Jen for organizing this party! Woot woot!

 

Let’s get this party started!

 BREAKFAST smoothie

 LUNCH left over veggie burger

 SNACKS I had a date bar, a fruit leather, some spoonfuls of the most delish food on the planet AKA Cacao Bliss (review coming soon!)

Yeah, I snacked a lot today because my schedule is crazy cause I started a new semester today ahhhh! My new math class is okay, very boring but what can you do?

 DINNER Not sure yet probably left over roasted veggies and tofu!

What did you eat today?

Don’t forget to enter my giveaway

WIAW Week #5

23 Feb

Sorry for this LAME post today, but I’ve been busy!

But it’s WEDNESDAY!!! & You know what that means…

WHAT I ATE WEDNESDAY @ PEAS AND CRAYONS (Sorry Jenn, your graphic isn’t showing up…)

For Breakie #1, I ate an Amy’s Breakfast burrito.

For Breakie #2, I had a power smoothie! Pineapple, raspberries, nanner, protein powder, and some coconut keifer.

My lunch was actually pictured!

Have you ever noticed how stinky vegan cheese is when you grill it? I swear…

Snackage,

For dindin I am currently eating a big bowl of multigrain Cheerios. Ohh yeah. With the PB.

Soup recipe coming soon! This is all I had time for today friends!

Whitney

Happy Valentine’s Day!

14 Feb

Good morning everyone!

I hope you all have a happy Valentine’s day, and guess what?

I bought you all roses!!!

You can thank me later 😉

What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day then with a…

Chocolate-Covered Strawberry SIAB

  • About 5 strawberries, frozen
  • 1/2 banana, frozen
  • 1/4-1/2 cup almond milk (depends on how thick & creamy you want it!)
  • 1 t cocoa powder
  • 1/2 t stevia
  • dash salt

I was so excited to make this smoothie that I forgot to add protein powder! I never make breaky smoothies without protein. It was so worth it though. The chocolate taste is just enough, not to over-powering for breakfast! Just like a chocolate-covered strawberry. 🙂

Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day?

To Zumba or Not To Zumba…

12 Feb

I just want to say THANK YOU to all my readers who left me with some support on my last post. This problem has been going on for 6 months now and I really hope that they find out what it is quick! I never thought I’d be discussing my health problems pubicly publicly but you guys made me feel so much better and now I feel silly for keeping it in for so long! It’s common stuff to have those issues!

I’ve been feeling a little better though. I’ve been staying away from the gym and staying away from sitting on hard surfaces, that’s for sure. It’s a good time to catch up on some studying anyway. But who wants to talk about school right now when we can talk about….

SMOOTHIES!

I’ve been digging smoothie lately!!! Yes, in this freezing weather. I know, I’m strange.

I don’t usually post smoothie recipes on the blog because everyone can make a smoothie.

Butttt, I think I might start posting them because I’ve been coming up with some pretty crazy stuff!

Remember my Hempy Mango Smoothies? Yum.

That’s what I’m talking about! What’s your favorite smoothie combo? Mine is raspberries & strawberries with  a n y t h i n g .

& I STILL HAVEN’T TOLD YOU ABOUT MY POSSIBLY LIFE CHANGING DECISION!

I’m sure you are all wondering what the big new is that I wanted to share with you. Well you see, I’m strongly considering becoming a Zumba instructor! I know I’ve only done a handful of classes since I started back up again, but I love it. It not really the dancing that I love, it how much fun and addictive it is! Honestly, I’m always looking forward to my next class.

What’s going on in my head:

PROS:

  • Fun job
  • New & exciting work environment
  • Getting paid to work out
  • Stop working so much at my stupid job!
  • A foot in the door as any future aerobic classes and health club in general 😉

CONS:

  • Certification fee + ZIN monthly membership (from what I understand is going to be like $600 in just the first year, correct me if I’m wrong.)
  • Not a huge pay out and would probably still need my current job
  • Never have been a dancer in my entire life (BUT, like I said, my classes would be more of a fun workout rather then a hardcore dance routine)
  • Not extremely out-going (but I’m getting there too)
  • I do not have a lot of experience
  • 

As you can see, I’m T  O  R  N  !

The next time to get certified in March 13th, 4 hours away. (Hotel fee, gas fee, ect…)

Or I could stop being inpatient and hope that something comes around in the summer that is closer? I’m seriously leaning toward this!

What do you think?

Breakfast Smoothies!

11 Oct

A wonderful recipe stolen from the Eat-Clean Diet Cookbook

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 scoop protein powder (I only had hemp powder so I left this one out)
  • 1/3 cup dry oatmeal
  • 2/3 cup almond milk
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 banana, frozen
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tbsp flax-seed meal (or still in seed form is cool too)
  • 1 tbsp wheat germ
  • 1/2 cup ice

“Blend together and drink your breakfast!”

This taste wonderful! Almost taste like a PB&B (B is for BANANA)

Also, if you are in the mood for something for fruity try adding frozen blueberries or strawberries!

Strawberry was a good choice for me.

 This was a very tasty way to heal myself from being sick. And besides, when does a smoothie not sound good? And if you live in Michigan right now you know how randomly warm it has been the past few weeks. Gotta love that Michigan weather! I hope it says nice out for my day off tomorrow. I plan on taking my uncle’s dog for a long nature walk because she doesn’t get to go out much. I used to walk her all the time but this last summer was so busy and stressful that I didn’t get enough me time in at all. Can’t wait to take pictures of the fall colors!

Hope everybody had a good weekend, what did you do over the weekend?