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Snack interlude.

  1. Toasted piece of whole grain bread (preferably not a national supermarket brand where they add sugar, extra gluten, modified this and that…)
  2. Herbed goat cheese (chevre) spread on toast.
  3. Fresh basil leaves laid over the goat cheese.
  4. Sliced cherry tomatoes and kalamata olives (if you like them)
  5. optional grind or two of fresh black pepper.

Enjoy your simple and delicious snack.

(as you can see, I couldn’t wait to enjoy mine before snapping a pic)

 
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Posted by on July 10, 2012 in Food, Lifestyle

 

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Accidental Dessert For Breakfast

Quick post before my full fledged 5 week update.

As you may or may not know, I make my green smoothies with frozen bananas.  One of my many endearing idiosyncrasies consists of only eating fresh bananas within a two to three day window of proper ripeness before they gross me out and I will not eat them.  At this point, they are best suited for baking or smoothies, so I freeze them since I don’t bake.  Although I have recently been browsing online info about vegan baking, for the record.  That aside, I used all my kale and collards for my salad greens, so I was looking around for a suitable breakfast in my relatively bare cupboards and came up with the most awesome accidental dessert for breakfast!  I suppose some might call it a smoothie, but I put it in a bowl and ate it with a spoon, so I suppose it’s sorbet.  I realize I did not invent this, but I am still impressed with myself.

I put the following in a blender:
1.5 frozen bananas
1-2 c. of frozen raspberries (any mixture of berries would be great)
1/2 c. of water - enough to allow it to blend but not get too liquidy
optional - 1 Tb. of that heavily processed So Delicious brand french vanilla coconut milk creamer that I reserve for special occasions 
optional - vanilla extract ( do not use too much or it's gross)
optional - 1 tsp chia seeds

 

Top with a few raw almonds or fresh berries, yum!

 

blend and WHAAA???  The most amazing, thick, vegan ice “cream” ever!

Along with that I had a small Ezekiel sprouted tortilla (I know it has soy in it, but I realized this after I bought it and my fridge is pretty bare right now, and I was hungry) with some ground peanuts and honey from the farmer’s market (I don’t call it peanut butter because it is not pre-made; does not have added oils, salt, or sugar and is ground to order into the container from straight peanuts – wish they had raw!)

What a heavenly dessert.

I am going to post about salads as well.  Mine have been intensely flavorful lately without drenching them in dressings.  But for now, I have to get ready for work.

Vegan Ice “Cream”

 
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Posted by on May 12, 2012 in Food, Lifestyle

 

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Master Cleanse… ended.

I broke the Master Cleanse on day 3 for a few reasons.  First, I had an undeniable desire to eat actual food.  Second, it felt like SO MUCH sugar!  I know warm lemon water is a great liver tonic, but adding Maple Syrup to the mix was starting to mess with my biology, to say it politely.  I felt like I was on an energy roller coaster.  Just like if you eat refined foods that give you instant energy and then you crash so that you have to have more, this is the roller coaster I was on and it didn’t feel like a good idea to mess with sugar, both in the glass and in the blood, this way.

I also did some deeper research and found a few key things about this cleanse.  First, when you fast this way, you’re bound to lose muscle tissue.  That’s not terribly desirable considering I’ve lost a lot of muscle over the years during periods of hyperthyroidism.  The problem is twofold.  The body is indiscriminate and will take muscle not only from those you lift weights with, but also from the heart.  According to Paul Pitchford:

“In the case no food
is eaten, then I suggest folks add the appropriate
micro-algae to balance blood sugar and protect
the organs from damage [during fasting and
cleansing protein can be taken from the heart and
other organs to maintain bodily functions].”

I have intermittent arrhythmia due to Graves’ Disease, and the couple of nights I was on the cleanse, my heart was beating quite fast and I was experiencing more frequent arrhythmia.  It can also cause an electrolyte imbalance which is especially dangerous for those with heart or kidney ailments.  On top of that, the reason I was looking to do a cleanse, was to give my digestive system a break as well as cleanse my kidneys.  Normally the kidneys filter your blood and release the toxins while keeping protein.  Leaching protein from my muscles just didn’t seem like a good idea on top of everything else.

During the fast, you’re meant to take a laxative tea morning and night to aid in elimination.  What I found was that (unrelated to the tea), I was dehydrated.  I was taking in plenty of water, but the cleanse itself was a heavy diuretic. Fortunately I tried this while off from work.  This is the first time I’ve ever tried a laxative and it doesn’t stop working.  I couldn’t even go to sleep because I was up every ten minutes.  I did not want to risk sharting at work!  Seriously.  That may have been my most compelling reason to end the fast.

So, I’m off the Cleanse and am doing my best to eat a clean diet.  Starting the day with warm lemon water and eating mostly fruits, vegetables, and beans.  I’m glad I experimented with it, as I had been curious and I like to speak about these things through personal experience.

 

 
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Posted by on September 15, 2011 in Lifestyle

 

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