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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: Day 1& 2

Last spring, I took about 8 weeks off from drinking alcohol.  I realized that in about a decade, I hadn’t gone more than a week without a drink.  I decided to do it partially to see if I could, but also to give my body the rest and to reset my relationship with alcohol.  After working in bars for so many years, it got so easy to have a drink or two after work, and if you work 4 or 5 nights a week, that’s a lot of drinks, especially when you include wine with dinner or a few pints with friends on a night off.  It became too habitual to have a drink after work, so I wanted to eliminate the habit and adjust my relationship with alcohol.  It was just what I needed, and it did just what I wanted it to.  It’s something I feel I should do at least once a year.

Recently, I started a new job at a restaurant that includes a bakery.  Without going into too much detail, the bakery is where most of my on the job “nutrition” comes from.  The last few weeks, I’ve been eating in a very out of control fashion.  I love food, sometimes I wonder if I don’t go through periods of food addiction.  When I’m eating well, it’s relatively easy to avoid the refined stuff, but once I start on it, it spirals out of control.  I’ve been able to mitigate my exposure to sweets and super refined calories by not keeping it at home, but it’s in my face constantly at work, and I’ve succumbed.  I feel like in the last few weeks, I’ve had a very dysfunctional relationship with what I choose to put on my plate.  I’ve been making poor food choices, eating too much, eating when I’m not hungry, and quite voraciously regardless of the status of my hunger.  I’ve often read of food addiction being compared to drug or alcohol addiction and heard it said to be a trickier thing to control because you can not cut food out of your life, you have to eat it.  The thing is, you can cut it out temporarily.  That is partially why I am trying out the Master Cleanse for ten days, it’s my food rehab.  Much like the sabbatical I took from alcohol, I am taking one from food.

I started the cleanse yesterday and most of the times I craved food were when I drove by a place that I’d normally stop if hungry and nearby.  I noticed how many times I’d have the impulse to reach for food out of habit over hunger.  I’d get excited like eating something “bad” was a fun thing to do on my day off and have to remind myself that I’m off food for the moment.  When I sit down at the computer, I habitually have food.  I know that’s an awful habit and that’s why I want to break these.  I want my impulses to eat food to stem from hunger; to feed my body, not overload it.

Yesterday I felt mildly headache-y most of the day, but my mood and energy were pretty good.  I had a haircut and there were a few hours where I got rumbles in my stomach, but nothing too bad.  Today I haven’t really had any rumbles, though I can definitely feel it when the lemonade wears off and it’s time for another.  I was under the impression that today was supposed to be the day where I felt bad physically due to toxins being released, but actually I feel pretty good.  As for the saltwater flush, I couldn’t get the whole quart down this morning, the taste was just dreadful.  I think I got enough down for it to do the trick, though, as elimination is a very important part of this cleanse.

In general, I’ve eaten real food, most of the time in the last couple of years, as my diet and learning about food evolves.  However, in the last few weeks I’ve chosen way too much refined flour & sugar.  In the last ten years I used to smoke and work in a smoke-filled environment, I used to drink diet energy drinks, I used to microwave plastic wrapped veggie burgers, I used to drink Slim-Fast as a meal replacement at work…  aaaaand I’ve been on medication for almost 5 of the last 6 years.  I’m sure there are plenty of toxins built up in my fatty tissue that are keeping me from feeling my best.  I’m looking forward to releasing it as well as my toxic relationship to food.

 

 
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Posted by on September 12, 2011 in Lifestyle

 

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