diet

Slowly converting the world to Veganism, one friend at a time;)

It’s no surprise that Friends + Food = A Great Time. 

I love to talk about, love to make, LOVE to eat plant- based whole foods.(Vegan always; gluten- free and sugar- free preferably). I get so excited when friends share my excitement and want me to share recipes and tips and get together for a little healthified (yep, that is a word..)- dessert girl’s night. So fun. 

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Here’s what was on the menu the other evening, with links/ references to the recipes because they are all soon- to- be regulars in your kitchen! Like most of my recipes on here, these are ridiculously tasty for how nutritious they are, and ridiculously easy to whip up at that.

*mock “mint chocolate- chip ice- cream milkshakes” or, as blogger Katie, whose recipe this is, calls them, “shamrock shakes”. (your St. Patrick’s day celebrations will never be the same!)

http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2011/02/24/raw-mint-chocolate-chip-milkshake/

Appetizing, no? 😉

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mmhm, my compliments to the chef 😉

 

 

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Action shot!

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(this was at my friend’s house so this isn’t my ninja but lemme just say that this is a fabulous blender and I highly recommend! I do use a ninja food processor, the “mini chopper”.)

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This little cutie approved! Told her mom she was giving up junk food from then on. So cute, love it 🙂

the other 2 menu items are:

*BEST COOKIES OF MY LIFE (the grain- free, chickpea- inclusive peanut- butter/ chocolate- chip ones I posted about the other day)

*Best Hummus of My Life. Which gets a blog post of it’s own because I snapped some quality shots of this delicious little bean dip on a bed of fresh spinach, garnished with cherry tomato, rosemary, and (pink!) Himalayan salt. (… Just call me Chef Madi.) So, more to come on that one. 🙂 

Sneak preview: (Cute right!)

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RAW BROWNIES

This recipe will change your life. Haha. But really.. soo simple and NUTRITIOUS and DELICIOUS.. what more could you ask for!? 

Here’s how ya make em:

In a food processor, blend up 1 Cup pecans. Add 1 1/2 Cups dates (pitted if you care about your food processor) + 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder + 3 Tablespoons Agave nectar.

Press “dough” into a brownie pan and either refrigerate for 3 hours of freeze for one. Then cut em up in squares, and voila! You got yourself some raw, vegan, gluten- free, sugar- free, but definitely not FLAVOR/indulgence/dessert- free brownies. 🙂 

Guilt- free pleasure, what’s not to love!? 😉 

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Cleanse Recap

Cleanse Recap

Having been vegetarian for 8 years and strictly vegan for a year and a half, it’s no surprise that I like to know that the food I eat to fuel my body is nothing but the best. But it wasn’t until this past summer; the summer after graduating high school, that I delved into the world of Raw veganism & gluten- free.
With a basic knowledge that sugar (as in common refined white sugar) and refined white flour are in fact detrimental to one’s health, I avoided the two, and for the month of August decided to officially go gluten- and sugar- free. Facebook status about it and errthing!;) lol faceboook
I wanted to see if I noticed a difference in my energy/ activity levels, and just if I felt better in general.
It honestly was not hard for me.. I never once felt like I was missing out. In fact, I filled up on fruits and nuts probably 90% of the time, so I basically got to munch on treats everyday! I was able to fill up on the good stuff and have enough energy to make it through long days working two jobs. Starting my busy days off with a big bowl of oatmeal (**there’s a lot of controversy about oats concerning gluten… I don’t suffer from celiac disease so I’m not worried about cross- contamination, so they’re perfectly fine for me and my purposes!), I never felt like I was missing out, and filling up on bananas with peanut butter (bananaS: lol plural)? Sweet, I got to eat my favorite food everyday. Not to mention the delicious salads, homemade falafels, hummus, & black bean burgers to add some variety, or simple nature’s candy: fresh fruit.
Choosing to eat this way, I have felt better than ever. Not only am I energized& renewed from all the nutrients my body needs, but it makes me so happy to know that everything I am putting in my body is so incredibly good for me. I don’t feel sick/ sluggish/ plain nasty after eating anything (let’s be honest, oreos and chips’ll do that to ya!), and I genuinely enjoy preparing (and of course eating!) my meals. Not to mention, I’ve had noticeably clearer, brighter, “fresher- looking” skin, and my already- thick hair has become softer and shinier.
Haha, I am such a plant- based, whole-foods Foodie, gotta love it. This lifestyle is incredible, and I am so blessed to have discovered it so early on in my life!
Something I wanted to add.. yes, I have felt great as I’ve been trying out a gluten- free diet, but I can’t accredit it all to a lack of wheat… I think it’s the increase in fruits, nuts, and vegetables that are making all the difference! I don’t think I’ll become officially gluten- free; at least now… I think barley, whole wheat, etc. are great, especially in moderation and never instead of greens!;) Bleached, refined, “enriched” flour/ products though Yupp, I’ll still be stayin’ away from those! As well as refined white sugar.. that’s a permanent no- go. I won’t be ridiculously strict about it though (i.e. it’s in marinara sauce), but I will by all means continue to stay away from candy, sweetened drinks, etc.!
I know this post consists of a lot of rambling. Some of my posts are more journal- entry- type than others, so bear with me 🙂