I Can’t Believe I Like Eating This Now!

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I LOVED reading everyone’s “I Can’t Believe I Used to Eat That!” foods. I think I was guilty of most of the same. lol

Here are some examples:

  • Diet Sodas
  • Chicken fingers (with a soup terrine of honey mustard!)
  • Fast Food
  • Hot Dogs
  • Ramen
  • Spagettios
  • Livermush
  • Snickers Ice cream
  • Fake parmesan

We’re much better off nowadays, right?! *high five*

I was thinking today, the opposite of “I Can’t Believe I Used to Eat That!” foods would be “I Can’t Believe I LIKE Eating This Now!” foods. Sure you used to love your diet Dr. Pepper, but did you ever think you’d LOVE brussels sprouts?! If you had told me 10 years ago that today I’d really look forward to eating a big plate of brussels sprouts, or kale chips, or tempeh, I probably would have laughed in your face. But here I am, and I’m eating healthy foods and finding them delicious!

I’m surprised I now like:

  • vegetables in general (I really do love them now but could care less for them when I was a kiddo)
  • tofu
  • tempeh (didn’t even know what this was until a couple years ago)
  • kale chips
  • spelt flour
  • quinoa
  • vegan and vegetarian entrees (I used to think I had to have meat in a meal for it to be complete – now I just want a protein)
  • non-dairy milks (almond, soy, hemp)
  • chia seeds
  • goji berries
  • veggie juices

What are your “I Can’t Believe I Like Eating This Now!” foods?

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I started today with a big bowl of banana oats in my gorgey light turquoise handmade bowl.

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The bowl also contained chia seeds, almond milk, coconut flakes, flaxseed meal and White Chocolate Dreams.

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I used my last 2 farm-fresh eggs (from my first carton – I have a new one already!) to make lunch today.

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On the menu: Toasted Wraps with Sloppy Scrambled (aka Hubby Scrambled) Eggs.

Where might the name come from? Well, one of the first things hubby ever cooked for me was scrambled eggs. They were easy and safe. I like scrambled eggs. I have fond memories of making scrambled eggs with my family. My parents would carefully crack eggs into a large bowl, add salt and pepper, and a dab of milk, then whisk everything together till the yolks and whites were well-mixed. Imagine my surprise when I saw hubby cracking the eggs directly into the pan! The horror! How would the yolks and whites incorporate properly? Turns out they wouldn’t…but I kind of liked it that way. There was something to that mix of yellow and white in separate, distinguishable colors and textures. I really enjoyed it.

These days, I switch between scrambling my eggs in a bowl or directly in the pan. I think each style has its own pros and cons, but the Hubby Scramble definitely means easier clean-up with one less dish to wash. (probably why I lean towards his method when I’m feeling lazy…heehee).

Sloppy Scramble How-To:

Step 1. Crack the eggs into a prepped pan (I spray non-stick in the pan) – don’t worry if the yolks break.

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Step 2. Lightly stir the eggs so the whites and yolks are evenly distributed but not well-mixed.

Step 3. Continue cooking as you would regular scrambled eggs, flipping etc to ensure the eggs are cooked through.

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Today I also used the same pan to saute some baby spinach.

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I spread the egg onto two small WW tortillas, then added spinach, feta, and a wee bit of tomato juice. I think sun-dried tomato pesto or tomato paste would have been better, but I had the juice leftover from Sunday’s brisket so it seemed like a good idea. It turned out to be a bit watery…oops!

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I wiped out the saute pan and used it to toast my wraps. I love that lightly crispy outside.

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Beautiful colors inside! Tasty too! I loved the tender/crispy tortilla/wrap outside with the warm eggs and spinach. I think a cheese that melted better may have been more up my alley, but it’s nice to change up my flavors…I almost always do a more cheddar-type cheese with my eggs.

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Nice and crispy and tasty dipped in ketchup.

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This must have been a longer week than I thought. I ended up falling asleep on the couch for about an hour. I usually don’t nap unless I’m really stressed or sick/getting sick. I hope it’s not the latter!

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My impromptu nap + an impromptu thunderstorm outside got me craving comfort food. I turned to some of mom’s soup stashed away in the freezer – Beef + Bean. I freshened up my bowl with some parsley from my herb garden. The soup was hot and cozy and hit the spot with brothy bites of tender beef and beans. So delish!

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Plus a piece of buttered WW toast on the side. I love great bread with my soup. It’s so superior to crackers!

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I decided dessert would be a good idea, too. Keeping with my comfort food theme, I thought a lovely berry crisp would be perfection.

I chopped up the last of my organic strawberries for tonight’s dessert. They were not as ripe as the others I’ve already eaten and weren’t looking their freshest. I figured baking them would help make them taste their best.

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I busted out some Organic Tapioca starch to try out in place of corn starch.

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Ingredients.

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Fresh out of the oven. Gosh it smelled like heaven!

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I enjoyed a big piece whilst catching the end of Part 1 of the Real Housewives of NY reunion. I can’t believe they have 3 parts! It must be juicy!

Mixed Berry Crisp/Crumble

Note: I like a lot of crumbly topping so I went a little heavy on the toppings. Serves 2. (vegan) (can be gluten free too if you ensure the oats and spelt are GF)

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups mixed berries (I used fresh strawberries and frozen blueberries)
  • 1/2 tsp tapioca starch (or cornstarch)
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 cup oats (I used rolled oats)
  • 1/4 cup spelt flour (or use whatever flour you have)
  • heaping 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup EarthBalance (or butter)
  • dash cinnamon (or 1/4 tsp)
  • pinch salt

Directions:

  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F and prep a small baking dish (mine was 4 1/2″ x 7″) with non-stick spray.
  • In a medium bowl, mix berries, tapioca starch, and sugar. Pour into baking dish.
  • In another medium bowl, mix oats, flour, brown sugar, salt and cinnamon. Use fingers to mix EarthBalance into the dry ingredients. Pour the topping over the fruit and use fingers to spread evenly.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the top is just browning and the sides are starting to bubble.
  • Let cool for 10-15 minutes before serving.
  • Enjoy!

Remember to tell me your “I Can’t Believe I Like Eating This Now!” foods.

Can’t wait to see what you guys have to say about this one! :)

Italian Rice Bites (aka Mini Vegan Rice Burgers)

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I was really excited about making oatmeal today since I finally re-stocked on my dates, but I forgot I got a muffin yesterday for hubby and I to split at breakfast. Doh!

The solution…two breakfasts, of course!

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Coffee was only needed once, though.

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Breakfast #1

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Fried cage-free egg with a sprinkle of turmeric. Wow that stuff gets bright when it gets hot! So pretty!

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Boy was the muffin good!

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Loved the streusel topping.

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My green bean plants are really growing up!

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I went ahead and planted another box of green beans. They’re really springing up!

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And I put beets in the last two boxes! I hope I get lots of the stripey ones! The seeds were a mix so I wont know what I have till I harvest the beets.

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Something is eating my red pepper! Grr!

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Half an organic orange plus a candle for some omm and good smelly stuff.

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Someone was sleepy today!

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Breakfast #2 – oatmeal! Duh! :lol:

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Chocolate-Coconut-Date Oatmeal with almonds and flaxseed meal.

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I did a little experiment for lunch today. I quickly whipped up some Italian rice bites aka mini vegan rice burgers, made from the leftover rice pilaf from last night.

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I hate wasting leftover food and I was really hoping to find a good use for that leftover rice pilaf. Enter veggie burgers!

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I had a big salad while my cooking experiment baked away: organic romaine, organic baby carrots, organic celery, pepitas, hemp seeds, Italian dressing.

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Ok, so they were vegan before I added cheese, but you could add any topping you wanted – sauce, vegan cheese…anything!

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Anywho, these little rice bites were awesome! I added some cayenne, which gave them a nice little kick! So glad I found a good use for those leftovers…I think I see many more veggie burgers in my future! ;)

These would be fabulous as vegan rice burger sliders on mini rolls…eaten plain, eaten toast or formed into larger patties and eaten as full-size veggie burgers. Yum!

Italian Rice Bites (aka Mini Vegan Rice Burgers)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup leftover rice pilaf (mine was already an Italian-flavored pilaf, but go with the flavor you have or use plain leftover rice and add your own seasoning)
  • 1 half cup cooked veggies (I used TJ’s soycuttash for extra protein from the soybeans)
  • 1/4 cup flaxseed meal
  • 1/4 cup nuts/seeds (I used sunflower seeds and a couple walnuts)
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • dash of dried basil
  • dash of cayenne (add more or less to taste)
  • spelt flour (or other flour) for rolling bites

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. Prep a baking sheet – I put a piece of parchment paper over a baking sheet.
  2. Add ingredients to a food processor. Pulse until ingredients come together – go longer or shorter depending on texture preference.
  3. Form mixture into small balls (grab about 1-2 heaping tbsp worth). Flatten into discs, roll in flour, dust off excess, place on baking sheet. Repeat with remaining mixture.
  4. Bake 12-15 minutes. Flip. Bake another 10 minutes, until rice bites/mini burgers are lightly browned.
  5. Serve as you like. I melted cheese over mine and put them on pieces of WW toast with a piece of parsley from my garden for garnish.

Nice and light…and spicy!

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I grazed the rest of the afternoon.

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Organic gala apple.

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WW toast with Barney Butter and chia seeds.

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I know you guys love OIAJ, but…

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…look at that face!

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This is my fave way to use the last AB of a jar. I put the jar in a shoe to keep it in place for Mr. Bails.

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I went to ZUMBA class tonight because I won’t make it tomorrow. That’s 3 classes in 4 days…phew! Here’s to getting ready for bikini weather! lol The funny thing is that I’m not working out extra for bikini weather…I’m doing it to train (click)! Being extra-ready for bikini weather will be an added bonus! ;)

Class was fabulous. I got to help assist leading Break Your Heart. I think I’m going to try to lead that one solo next week…eek!

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I got a giant sprig of parsley from the pot my mom gave me. Look at this thing!

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Hubby cooked most of dinner: spaghetti with hormone-free beef, WW pasta, and organic broccoli. I was really proud of him for his grocery selections!

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Mini piece of foccacia.

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Bailey got really excited about getting a treat after dinner. LOOK at that drool! Ewwwwwwwwwww. So funny though! :lol:

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I picked up dessert for me and hubby on my way home from working out: froyo!

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I got the plain tart yogurt and loaded up on fruits. Please help me recover fruits! In the bowl: strawberries, kiwi, mango, pineapple, and coconut. I’m obsessed with this place’s coconut – it’s tender and not all dried out! It’s amazing!

Reader Question: Does your pet do anything funny when it comes to food?

DIY Zumba Top + Goji Berry Banana Smoothie

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Nothing like dancing in the morning to put you in a happy mood for the rest of the day, right?

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I have some new songs I’d like to learn how to lead, so I try to practice them every once in awhile when I have a free moment. I thought going over one this morning to wake up and get my blood flowing was a good idea. I think it was! I’m doing Break Your Heart by Taio Cruz. ;)

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We need to do some serious grocery shopping, produce-wise. With a shortage of fruits in the house, I decided to make some energy bite oatmeal using an Energy Bite I had stowed away in the freezer.

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Coffee + oatmeal

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Other ingredients: 1/2 milk, 1/2 water, chia seeds, sliced almonds, flaxseed meal and Galaxy Granola (*).

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So cozy, so perfect in the morning!

I got to WFH today, which means better than normal eats.

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I made me and hubby Goji Berry Banana smoothies (2 frozen bananas, small handful dried goji berries, milk till consistency was to liking).

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His was prettier because I added some green-colored Vega Health Optimizer in vanilla chai to mine.

Mine tasted darn good, though! I thought it tasted like frosting!!!!

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I cooked up some tofu for lunch. Nasoya cubed – so you don’t have to press it.

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I chopped up my marinated kale from yesterday (still too much marinade!) and set it on a paper towel to soak up some of that extra marinade.

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I topped it with some steamed broccoli.

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And I hoped the bland broccoli would help balance the overly flavored kale. It worked out pretty good, but I still prefer my broccoli with just some melted butter.

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Lunch was pretty fab, though it was on the light side.

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I carbed up with a couple handfuls of pretzels…

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…a piece of orange marmalade toast…

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…and a piece of Barney Butter toast with chia seeds. Yea…I like toast. A lot! :) It helps when you’re short on time and need groceries. :lol:

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I also got to finish my Honest Tea today – this stuff is yum-o!

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I got a cool sample in the mail today: Lighter Living Probiotic Bars (*). Neat-o! I like how these seem to be a non-dairy source of probiotics. I mean, Id need to look at the ingredient list again (I think they have a yogurt topping), because they might contain some dairy, but it’s not like you have to eat a cup of yogurt for the beneficial probiotics. The ingredient list is almost (if not) all organic and looks to have some good stuff, including dates as the first ingredient. I love dates!

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I got 3 different flavors: Chocolate, Lemon Poppyseed, Apricot Coconut. They all sound amazing – I can’t wait to dig in!

DIY De-Constructed Zumba Top

I took a cue from my Z Life Magazine and decided to go a la Tanya and cut up a tank top. Since this would be my first cutting experiment, I decided to test out something on the cheaper side. Unfortunately, the cheapest thing I could find was an $8 tank top from Target…too much money to throw away in the event my cutting experiment failed, but it turned out okay. Woohoo!

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I gathered my materials – tank top, scissors, rotary cutter, chalk pencil, mat, guide.

I actually put on my tank top so I could see how far up the side to start making cuts and where in the front to do the diagonal cuts. I eyeballed some marks with my chalk and figured I’d clean them up once I could use a straight line.

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First, I cut some slits down the side. I made 5 cuts, each measured 1 inch apart.

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I decided to convert the tank top to a halter top. You can check out this tutorial (click) to see how I did this. I basically went straight along the top of the back.

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I did the diagonal cuts – drawing the lines, then making the cuts. I spaced these by an inch also. It seemed to be good spacing for the cut lines.

I did 2 rows of the diagonal cuts – a lower section of 3 and an upper section of 3.

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Guess I should have gotten some photos in class, eh? Oh well, these will have to do.

Vega Sport Pre-Workout Drink Mix

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I tested out my other Vega Sport Natural Plant-Based Performance Optimizer today. This one was the same as the other, but a different flavor – Acai Berry.

I actually have a really fun experiment/case study/test planned with this stuff…details soon!

Here are some photos of the packaging for the curious:

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I swear this stuff really works! I think I need to buy a jug! Can’t wait to see how my experiment with this product works out.

Oh and I definitely prefer the Acai Berry flavor to the Lemon Lime. The Acai was less grassy and more berry-licious!

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Hubby and I went out after my workout to see my friend Dana. I wore too-tall heels when I should have worn flip flops or something. I have more fun when I can walk easier. :lol: Though we didn’t stay out long, it was good to get out and see our friends!

Hmm…now…what to eat for tomorrow morning? Is it sad that I’m already thinking about what yummy things I can eat for breakfast? I think not! ;)

Reader Question: Are you more concerned with how you look or how comfortable you are when you go out (with friends, for dinner, etc)? Which is more important – fashion or comfort?

Bonus reader question: Do you have any de-constructed DIY tops like my cut-up zumba top? Send me your photos! thechiclife at gmail dot com. The cutting bug has caught me and I’m itching to snip up another top soon…I need inspiration!

Sweet Potato Tempeh Recipe + Vega Berry Health Optimizer

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Organic Garden

So, sorry for the delay posting those garden project photos, but it got so dark so quickly last night!

I’m hell-bent on keeping my garden organic, so I’ve been reading a lot about companion planting. The concept is that you want to work with nature to maintain your garden by:

  • attracting good pests
  • deterring bad pests

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I’m planning to place some pots of good companion plants around the garden, rather than adding a border, so I can move the pots in case I need to get to the inner boxes. My plan was to place a bunch of pots so there would be about 4 on each corner and 1 in between the corner pots along each side.

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Plants and all the other stuff you need for them are expensive! So we’re just starting with two.

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I caved and got plastic pots. Maybe I’ll upgrade them next year, but these will do for now. I think they’re pretty attractive, especially for plastic.

In the pots: geraniums, parsley, and creeping Jenny.

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I like the parsley because it seems to attract these guys – baby lady bugs. They are kind of scary looking, but apparently they eat aphids, which are common garden pests.

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The green beans are really popping up! Look at em go!

Eats

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I really, really wanted to get Flying Biscuit pancakes this morning, but especially since I already went there last night, I decided to stay in.

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I made oats with 1/2 milk, 1/2 water, blueberries, goji berries, and coconut (plus flaxseed meal and chia seeds).

Since I had a big workout planned for after work, I decided to try a meat-free lunch in an attempt to sort-of follow the Thrive diet. I decided to whip up something using ingredients I already had on hand since I didn’t really have time to go to the grocery store, even though I was WFH today.

Sweet Potato + Tempeh

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Sweet potatoes + tempeh were my bases.

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Sweet Potato Tempeh Stir-Fry

Vegetarian / Vegan

Ingredients:

  • 1 package tempeh, cut into small pieces, about 1/2″ cubes
  • 1 small sweet potato, peeled, chopped into small pieces, about 1/2″ cubes
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup frozen peas
  • 1 cup green beans, frozen
  • 1/2 small onion, chopped (I used some I had stowed away in my freezer)
  • 1/3 cup OJ
  • 2 tbsp tamari
  • 1 tbsp roasted thai chili sauce
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • dash pepper
  • dash garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp EVOO

Directions:

  • Steam tempeh 8 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, boil sweet potato about 4-6 minutes, or until fork-tender, remove from water with a strainer (leave water in pot) and set aside. Add beans to pot and cook 4-5 minutes until cooked and just tender. Remove from heat, chop into bite-size pieces.
  • Heat a large saute pan over medium heat. Add EVOO, add onions, saute till onions translucent, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Add tempeh and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, mix OJ, tamari, chili sauce, salt, pepper, and garlic powder in a bowl. Add sauce to pan. Cook to combine flavors, stirring, for about 1-2 minutes.
  • Add green beans, peas, cook till flavors combined and sauce evenly distributed, about 1-2 minutes.
  • Serve and enjoy!

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Not too shabby – tempeh experiment WIN!! :)

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Seconds

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Tea = Mate vana + Rooibos Caramel

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Bailey was a sleepy puppy all afternoon. Cute little sleeper!

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I had a mini bag of Food Should Taste Good chips (*) in Multigrain for an afternoon snack.

Vega Complete Whole Food Health Optimizer – Berry – Review

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I broke into one of the Vega samples I recently received – the Complete Whole Food Health Optimizer in Berry (*). I’ve reviewed this product before in the Vanilla Chai flavor (click) and this one has all the awesome properties, features, and benefits, just in a different flavor.

I made up a smoothie with this berry health optimizer, strawberries, and almond milk. While I thought the flavor of berry-on-berry tasted really good, I actually prefer the Vanilla Chai for some reason. I think the berry flavor would be a nice addition to the Vanilla Chai in case you wanted to have more than one flavor. Especially for the times when you mix the health optimizer with just water…the berry would be a nice flavor to have on hand. But, if I had to pick one, I’d stick with the Vanilla Chai – it seems more versatile to me. :)

I think I drank the smoothie too close to my workout because I was a little more tired during the workout then I expected. I had a BURST of energy right after, though! :lol: Guess I should have had the smoothie more than 1 hour beforehand.

Zumba was fabulous, though! I had a great workout and we even got a special guest appearance from one of old instructors, Sara, who moved away a couple months ago. It was so good seeing her. :)

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Post-workout, a few of us went out to Big Daddy’s for dinner. Three of us split the adult cookies and cream milk shake, made with Kahlua.

Or so we thought…turns out the first shake was ordered Virgin. We thought they only had one cookies and cream on the menu, but it turns out there is a normal one and a spiked one. Oops!

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Smoothie take #2. Much better! ;)

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My friends let me sample their fried pickles with ranch sauce. They are so tasty!

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For my dinner, I split a patty melt burger and the black bean burger and got sweet potato fries. I almost managed to eat all the burgers, but I only managed roughly half of the sweet potato fries.

Anywho, I lucked out splitting my food with Alex who let me give him larger portions than mine. I mean, guys eat more, right? I probably served myself roughly 1/3 of each burger and him 2/3. Much better portions for me.

Now if I could only order off the kid’s menu everywhere! :lol:

Breakup Recovery Tips

Our last break-up recovery tips! If I left your comment/tweet/email off, please let me know! I’m sorry if I missed it, but it’s midnight and I was ready for bed about an hour ago! haha

  • Rachel – I throw myself back in the fray headfirst with fun things that I couldn’t do while dating such as speed dating or other ways to meet someone. I find the best way to get over someone is to meet that next someone!
  • Ashley – I always allowed myself one day to stay home, cry my eyes out, stay in my pjs, watch sappy movies and eat whatever I wanted. I found it therapeutic to get it all out. However, the next day the pity party was over. I had to pick myself up and resume my life. It was easier said then done sometimes. I found one of the really helpful things to do was reconnect with activities I once loved, but I might not have done so much with my ex around. Bubble baths with a good book, marathon Starbucks sessions with friends. They were little things that helped me feel more, well, me. I can remember once curling up in bed with a stack of new magazines and just reading until I feel asleep. I was so relaxed the next morning. I remember thinking how I had not done something that I loved for so long. Friends are key and family got me through a lot. It helps to be able to pick up the phone and pour your heart out when needed.

Thanks everyone for your tips! I know my friend has been reading each one!

Do you have a garden? Do you use pesticides?

Goji Berry Oatmeal + Fran’s Encore

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Don’t you hate when you stay up late to write a lengthy blog post and your stupid software EATS it?! Yea, that’s what happened last night…so irritated!

But let’s move on.

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Check out my latest bulk bin purchase – goji berries, dried cranberries and coconut flakes. There was a better looking bin of coconut flakes but it had like 10 ingredients in it. The one I got had one – organic coconut flakes. :lol:

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I had a fabulous breakfast of goji-berry oatmeal, “sausage” and coffee.

Check out these fabulous samples Food Should Taste Good sent me:

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Bailey was very curious about the new delivery.

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Inside: Chocolate, Jalapeno, Cheddar, Sweet Potato

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Blue Corn, Olive, The Works Multigrain, Lime

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Mini bags of the flavored chips.

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A bag of mini multigrain chips. I think Bailey wants them for himself.

Thank you Food Should Taste Good!! I can’t wait to try all of these!

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Since I had avocados on hand, I decided to make a guacamole to test out some chips. I only had avocados and not other guacamole ingredients, so I made a semi-homemade guac with 1/2 avocado, salsa, garlic powder, salt and pepper.

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I let hubby pick out our chip flavor to try – The Works.

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Nice ingredient list.

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I love the suggested accompaniments.

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Nutrition.

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Gauc, chips, open-face turkey melt.

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I made sure to sample a chip without any guacamole so I could really taste the flavor. The chip was very flavorful and I loved how it wasn’t all heavy and oily. These were so better than restaurant chips!

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Cherry tomatoes.

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Strawberry banana smoothie with Vega vanilla chai health optimizer.

My mom made an impromptu visit so we hit up a local nursery (photos of the goods later) and then decided to eat out. I knew the perfect place! A repeat of the night before – Fran’s Filling Station.

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My mom got the special – coconut rice, ginger rum shrimp, pineapple salsa.

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I got the slow-roasted beef with braised greens and roasted cauliflower.

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I thought my mom needed to try one of my faves – a local doughtnut.

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After saying “later” to my mom, I headed out to a ladies night out at a local bar where we were doing a demo with my dance fitness group.

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Apple-tini

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Chauna + moi

SO much fun dancing with my girls! We took over the stage at the bar and demoed some of our fave songs. Loved it!

Busy weekend ahead. Gotta run! :) Have a great weekend everyone!

Quick + Easy Hot Quinoa Breakfast Bowl Recipe

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I made something cool this morning…

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Berry Breakfast quinoa! Nomalicious and so nutritious, too! Not to mention this is vegan and gluten-free!

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I was excited about both trying my quinoa in a sweet dish and trying my new Tempt vanilla hemp milk that I got on my massive grocery shopping trip last Sunday . I’ve heard such good things about hemp milk but have hesitated to try it because it sounds weird and it’s expensive.

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Whenever I try something new, I like to make sure to taste it solo so I can really taste the flavor of the ingredient. I poured a mini cup of the hemp milk this morning while I was making breakfast so I could sample this new (to me) non-dairy milk. Turns out it’s not weird at all! If you like other non-dairy milks, you’ll probably like hemp milk.

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All you need to make Breakfast Quinoa is cooked quinoa. While quinoa is generally considered quick and easy, 20 minutes to cook quinoa is not “quick” for me in the morning. That’s why I reserved some cooked quinoa from my food prep last night. Makes life easy. :)

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I like to mixin fruits to my breakfast cereals whenever possible. Tonight I used mixed berries (blueberries, strawberries) leftover from those yummy mini vegan/GF tarts I made on Sunday. Breakfast is such a good way to use up leftovers, no?!

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Cook quinoa in a water and milk mixture. Add berries. Add sweetener. Easy-peesy!

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Mixed berry breakfast quinoa – yum! Perfect with hot Fresh Market Spring Blend coffee.

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As it turns out, quinoa is not nearly as sweet as rolled oats, so even though I used vanilla milk (already sweet) and even though I normally try to get my sweeteners from fruit instead of adding sugar, etc., I did need to add extra sweetener to todays breakfast. I made the cereal without any added sweeteners, but ended up stirring some organic cane sugar in after sampling the first couple bites.

I still prefer my oatmeal since oats seem to be creamier and have a nice chewy texture, but for the powerhouse of nutrition that is quinoa, this is worth adding to the rotation now and again.

Quick + Easy Hot Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

Makes 2 small servings or 1 large

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 2/3 cup sweetened vanilla hemp milk (you can sub other milks, but if it’s not sweetened, you may need to add extra sweetener to taste)
  • 1/3 cup blueberries, rinsed
  • 2-4 strawberries, rinsed, tops cut off, sliced
  • ground flaxseed or flaxseed meal

Directions:

  1. Combine quinoa and milk in a small pot over medium low heat. Simmer till thickened up to your liking. Try to not let the mixture boil, at least not much.
  2. Add berries to pot and cook to heat through (you can add them earlier, but I prefer to add them closer to the end of cooking).
  3. Serve in a bowl and top with ground flaxseed or flaxseed meal.

NOTE: You can get creative with your mixins and sub almost anything for the fruit – dates, bananas, apples, etc. Add nuts and seeds as you like…just like you’d do with oatmeal!

Have you tried quinoa for breakfast? What did you think?

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