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February 13, 2011

3 days in 1 post

Hellllo out there. I have so many great things to tell you guys! Let’s start off with food… I have Thurs, Fri & Sat to catch you up on… I’ve had A LOT of awesome Vegan eats. My meals have are so much easier now, which is great because I would’ve quit by now if it was anything like day 1!

Thursday

Breakfast: Banana Berry Protein Smoothie (1 banana, 1 cup almond milk, frozen berries & Amazing Grass chocolate flavor)


Lunch: Whole Wheat Pasta w/ Crushed Tomatoes and grilled Vegetables

Dinner: Homemade Vegan Chili


Dessert: Vegan Peanut  Butter cups – Chocolate + Better n Peanut Butter  + Cinnamon Graham Crackers = LOVE

I have to share this recipe. What kind of friend would I be if I didn’t give you a recipe that included chocolate and peanut butter? Let alone combined…

Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups adapted from Alicia Silverstone’s Kind Diet

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp Earth Balance butter
  • 1/2 cup Better n Peanut Butter
  • 2/3 cup cinnamon graham crackers crushed + more if desired for topping
  • 2 tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 cup Vegan Chocolate Chips
  • 3 tbsp Unsweetened Almond Milk

Directions

  • Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  • Stir in the peanut butter, graham cracker crumbs, and maple sugar and mix well.
  • Remove the mixture from the heat. Evenly divide the mixture, approximately 2 tablespoons per cup, among the mold cups.
  • Combine the chocolate and milk in another pan. Stir over medium heat until the chocolate has melted.
  • Spoon the chocolate evenly over the peanut butter mixture.
  • Top with more crushed graham crackers
  • Place in the refrigerator to set for at least 2 hours before serving.

I’m gonna pull a Rachel Ray and say Yumm-O (even though I make fun of her for saying that). Not only are these healthy, low in calories and easy to make but they are SO SO good. I even tricked one of my cousins into thinking it was a high calorie, unhealthy dessert :)

Friday

Breakfast: Van’s Whole Wheat Waffles w/ Protein “Cake Batter”

Protein “Cake Batter”

Ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 packet of Vega Vanilla Protein Powder

Directions

  • Blend together

Dessert for breakfast is becoming way too common… But I don’t mind. It’s healthy :)

Lunch: Leftover Vegan Chili

Dinner: Vegan Mushroom Pizza & A vegan chocolate chip cookie

The cookie monster must’ve gotten a hold of this before I could grab the camera :) Btw, soy cheese – um, really? Why does every pizza place not offer this as an option? Try it just once, for me! Pleassseee.

Saturday

Breakfast: Whole Wheat Cinnamon Apple Swirl Pancakes w/ Apple Topping (longest name?)

I wanted to make something that my boyfriend and I could eat together so I had to think of something that looked like a man’s meal! He had seconds so I’m pretty positive I succeeded.

Whole Wheat Cinnamon Apple Swirl Pancakes w/ Apple Topping

Ingredients:

Pancake Batter

  • 3/4 cup Whole Wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup Whole Wheat pastry flour
  • 2 tablespoons stevia
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tablespoon Ener-G mixed with 2 tablespoons water

  • Cinnamon-Apple Swirl Batter:
    • 2 tablespoons prepared batter (above)
    • 2 tablespoons natural apple sauce
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

    Apple “Syrup” Topping

     

    • 1 chopped granny smith apple
    • 1 tbsp butter
    • 2 tbsp brown sugar
    • 1 tsp cinnamon

    Directions

    • In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.

    • Add almond (or soy) milk and egg replacer mixture and stir just until flour is moistened. (For thicker pancakes, use only 1 cup milk.) Let the batter rest for 5 minutes while the skillet heats.

    • While the batter is resting, combine all of the “swirl” ingredients, using 2 tablespoons of the prepared batter.
    • Heat a non-stick griddle or skillet (sprayed lightly with non-stick spray) over medium heat until a drop of water sizzles. Pour batter by scant 1/4 cupfuls onto hot griddle. Immediately drizzle the cinnamon-apple batter over the top of each pancake in a swirl pattern. Cook until tops are bubbly and bubbles burst; edges will look dry. With a pancake turner, turn and cook until undersides are golden. Place on a warm platter; keep warm.


    • Repeat until all batter is used, brushing griddle lightly with olive oil, if necessary, to prevent sticking.

    • Cook apple topping.

    • Melt butter in saucepan.
    • Add brown sugar, apples and cinnamon and cook until apples are tender and syrup has formed.
    • Pour over pancakes.

    These were delightful and kept us full for hours… Well me, longer than him. But I wasn’t hungry until dinner! (I did have a snack at the show – 2 clementines and 100 calorie pack of almonds)

    We went out to dinner to celebrate Valentines Day since we wont actually see each other on Monday. My boyfriend IS the best because he was craving lamb chops and we had reservations at Capital Grille but they didn’t have ONE Vegan option so he switched it to an Organic restaurant nearby just for me. Such a good guy :) The restaurant was called Dogwood. If you live in Maryland this is definitely a place to check out. Everything was so fresh, the service was great and the atmosphere was comfy-cozy yet funky. I will 100% be a repeat offender.


    FYI – I only had my iPhone for pictures so they didn’t come out that great…

    Appetizer: Beet & Carrot Soup w/ a slice of Fresh Bread

    Dinner: Forbidden Rice & Roasted Butternut Squash Curry with zucchini and yellow squash, organic black rice, mild curried coconut sauce with Vann’s spices, golden currants and toasted almonds

    I am literally speechless over a veggie dish! These flavors were spicy, nutty and flavorful. I would love to make this one night…and eat it for days and days.

    Unfortunately they didn’t offer any Vegan desserts :( But my trusty iPhone found a place right around the corner that did!

    Thank you, Sweet Sin for fulfilling my craving. I ordered a chocolate ganache raspberry cupcake.

    I die.

    On our way out there was something else staring me in the eye.

    I couldn’t eat a cupcake and not a cookie. That’s prejudiced and I wont stand for that. So i ordered one for the car ride home. Hey, it was 40 minutes you never know when a craving will strike! I ate it 5 minutes into the drive. This cookie was so fluffy. I had only planned to eat half…Half turned into 3/4′s which turned into the whole thing. Oh well, life goes on. The cupcake was also lovely. Extremely decadent is how I would describe it.

    Are you hungry after reading all of that? Because I am!

    Friday night my boyfriend arrived and I FINALLY got to give him his birthday present… 5 days in Key West in less than a month!!! I better get serious about my workouts!

    Can.Not.Wait. Sun.Beach.Drinks w/ Umbrellas. Need I say more?

    On Saturday he got me tickets to the Disney Princess on Ice show in Baltimore. I LOVE princesses and claim to be am one so I was overly excited. There was a couple in the elevator with us who were probably in their 80′s going to see the show too and that made me think “That will absolutely be us one day”. Once a princess, always a princess.

    I was like a little kid in a candy shop…or a little girl at a Disney Princess show. After the show was over we waited in line with the 6 year olds other girls and he bought me a light up tiara.

    Really, does it get any better than this? Pancakes for breakfast, Disney on Ice, a Princess tiara, amazing vegan dinner, even better 2 vegan desserts? I think not. If you think of something please, feel free to let me know.

    I highly doubt Adam had as much fun as I did but he was a great sport.

    Thanks babe :) Love you lots!

    We also watched The Social Network & Easy A. Neither were academy award winners but they were both entertaining and I liked learning the background story about how Facebook begun.

    On Friday night we also discovered Tasti D-lite was FINALLY open. I have been waiting for this for about a year…No joke. Please tell me you have one of these near you? If not maybe I should do a giveaway with some because I know they ship them ( I may or may not have had some shipped to me from Florida once). I discovered this ice cream with one of my best friends last May. 50 calories, 2 grams of fat, 2 grams of sugar, over 100 flavors and 50 toppings.  You can guarantee I will be there at least 3x next week.

    They switch flavors out daily so I have already programmed their number to my speed dial. Even though I couldn’t order anything because of Vegan week I went in and told the owner he’d be seeing a lot more of me and expressed my excitement. I’m not sure if he was flattered or wanted to request a restraining order.

    Ah, okay. I’m done obsessing.

    Also some other great news is I won the shoes from Shanna’s giveaway!! Charles David wedges are on their way to my house and I am so thankful and happy :) Thanks so much again. I’ll post a picture of me in them when I get them but here is a sneak peek in the meantime.

    Sorry I didn’t have time to post on Favorite Friday… I’ll make up for it next week! I hope everyone is having a great weekend. This post was really long so hopefully you didn’t get too bored!

    QUESTIONS: Have you ever had a vegan dessert? What are you doing for Valentines Day?

    Day 16: Dream house

    I dream big… I want a lot of children, a huge kitchen where I have so much room I could ice skate if I wanted to, and someone to clean up after me because I am sort of messy when I cook. I’d also like an amazing view of the water and pottery barn-esque designed rooms. It will be colorful yet classy. Is that too much to ask?


    Day 17: Something you’re looking forward to

    Key West vacation… I’m so done with the snow, ice and numbing winds. Goodbye winter coat. Hello bikini.

    ANOTHER great giveaway by Angie! Go enter :) All of these giveaways are making me want to have another….

     

    February 9, 2011

    Ab-alicious – Day 2 Vegan

    Happy Wednesday! Only two more days until I finally get to see my boyfriend after a long 38 days and of course the 2 days everyone loves so much, the weekend :) I’m happy to say that yesterday was A LOT easier than Day 1! Planning is definitely key!!

    Eats on Vegan Week: Day 2

    Breakfast: Oatmeal Cinnamon Raisin Crepe Pancakes w/ Vegan Berry “Yogurt” (recipes below for both :) ) FYI – I had 7 of these… not 1! I just forgot to picture them together until the last bite :)


    Lunch: Mixed Veggies w/ Brown Rice (Yellow pepper, Squash, Green beans and avocado)


    Snacks: Apple, Better n Peanut Butter & clementines

    Dinner: Salad from Whole Foods w/ Asian Tofu


    Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal Crepe Pancakes (adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie)


    Ingredients

    • 1/6 cup Whole Wheat Flour
    • 1/6 cup Rolled Oats
    • 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
    • 1 pkg of Stevia
    • 1 tsp cinnamon
    • 1/2 tbsp ground flax + 2 tbsp of warm water to make a flax egg
    • 1/4 tsp baking powder
    • 1/4 cup almond milk

    Directions

    • Make your flax egg – set to side
    • Heat skillet to Medium – Low heat
    • Mix all dry ingredients
    • Mix all wet ingredients
    • Mix together. Lots of mixing going on.
    • Drop batter onto skillet with teaspoon
    • Cook on Medium – Low flipping 1/2 way through (3-4 minutes on each side)
    • Top with whatever you wish! I used the vegan “yogurt”

    Vegan Berry “Yogurt”


    Ingredients

    • 1/3 cup silken tofu
    • 1/3 cup frozen berries
    • 2 Tablespoons water
    • 1 packet of stevia
    • 1/8 tsp xanthan gum

    Directions:

    Blend everything together in food processor. WHAT would I do without this food processor? Seriously, I use it for everything. Thanks Santa ;)

    Both of these were SO good… I would consider going Vegan for the rest of my life if I could eat these for every meal. It made my rough Day One no longer exist. Thanks Katie :)

    Workout

    I met up with 2 of my girlfriends for a Bootcamp class… That class is no joke. I told the instructor I wanted to vomit afterwards and she said that’s what I aim for! 30 minutes of intense cardio, 15 of weights and 15 of abs. So sore today!

    Question for you girls (and guys) – What is your trouble area? For me I would say it’s my abs… The exercises are a yawn and just doing crunches and sit ups isn’t going to give me that flat belly I dream of so I usually skip it (whoops!). In the latest issue of Self Magazine they offer up some tips of what foods to eat and things to avoid. Here are some of my favorites.

    Sneaky Stomach Slimmers – Have you ever googled “exercises to do while in the car?” Everyone has right? If not, umm…me either. Here are some ways to Slim that belly while doing your normal day-to-day routine.

    1. Working Out: On the elliptical or treadmill keep your back straight, head forward and abs tight.
    2. In the car: Tighten and release abs repeatedly at red lights
    3. At your desk: Gently suck in your gut as if you were buttoning a tight pair of jeans. Then breather without allowing your abs to relax. Do this for 30 seconds. Repeat 5 times.
    4. Walking your dog: Brace against leash tugging and banish your belly: keeping torso upright with shoulders back, engage abs for five strides then relax for five strides. Repeat until you’re back at your front door.
    5. Bed: Place palms right below belly button. Exhale and allow stomach to expand. Then inhale, pulling belly button toward spine, drawing abdomen toward the box spring. Hold for 10 seconds. Repeat 4 times.

    Flat Ab Food List:

    Avocados: Half of one avocado contains 10 grams of healthy mono fat which stops the blood sugar spikes that tell your body to store fat around your midsection.

    Bananas: The fruit packs 422 milligrams of potassium, a mineral that can help limit the amount of belly swelling sodium in your body.

    Berries: Antioxidants can improve blood flow, delivering more oxygen to muscles, so ab-revealing cardio is easier

    Chocolate Skim-Milk: A glass teams carbohydrates with protein to promote muscle-building. Drink post workout to speed recovery.

    Green Tea: 3 cups daily may rev your metabolism and burn 30 calories.

    Oranges: Vitamin C in colorful produce like oranges and red peppers can help you zap up to 30 percent more fat during exercise.

    Whole Grains: The filling fiber in foods like oatmeal, brown rice and bulgur aids in keeping your body’s insulin levels low. Researchers speculate this may shrink fat cells.

    Yogurt: A cup encourages the growth of good bacteria in your gut, crowding out other bugs that can cause bloating

    AB SABOTEURS

    Booze – 1 glass of alcohol a day or less is fine… Women who drink two or more have larger bellies.

    TV time - DVR-athons are great but people who tune in for two or more houses daily have weaker and ab muscles by 10 percent!

    Stress - To de-stress and weigh much less, learn to breathe. Slowly inhale through your nose, counting to four. Then exhale from your mouth for a count of eight. Repeat until refreshed

    Bread Basket - Fluffy white rolls are flat ab foes! If you see whole grains in the basket go for it! Dieters who did lost so much more stomach fat than those who merely cut calories and ate refined grains

    Late night munchies - Hate to be a Debbie Downer but when you eat PM snacks your body does not burn those nibbles as efficiently as it does to those during the day. Declare “last call” two hours before bed. If you’re really hungry have a 150 calorie snack. If not, sip tea, cut the lights and bid farewell to the fridge until morning.

    So if we follow these rules we should have abs like this in no time!



    Day 14: A picture of you last year – how have you changed?

    Last year this day I was at an Open Bar in NJ with one of my best friends getting wasted… I was semi-single so it only seemed right to celebrate Valentines Day that way.

    Ways I have changed:

    • I rarely go out to bars and drink – Last year I did that once a week.
    • I am in a serious relationship – Last year I was semi-single.
    • I now blog.
    • I worked for an event planning company… Now, I nanny.
    • I eat a lot less processed foods and cook a lot more than I used to!

    Check out these awesome giveaways by some of my favorite bloggers

    Shanna is giving away a pair of wedges… Yes, ladies…SHOES!

    Kristina is playing Oprah and giving away her favorite things… Some yummy eats :)