Monthly Archives: May 2012

What I Ate Yesterday and We’ve Moved!

Happy delayed “What I Ate Wednesday”! Things have been absolutely crazy over here- Britney and I have just gotten our first official place together in Seattle! I’ll still be working in Bellingham a few days a week but I’m very excited to be calling Seattle home with my lady 🙂

Moving Day Eats:

a cup of spring water during an hour of yoga

a cup of homemade kombucha (these are my go-to directions and this is my favorite tea to use)

4 cups of carrot/kale/romaine/zucchini/lemon/ginger juice with stevia

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For lunch I was aiming for a sweet/salty fix and wrapped a mixture of avocado and zucchini chunks topped with carob, cacao nibs, and stevia with nori sheets. It was…interesting.

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Pre-dinner I had a bunch of cherry tomatoes while I baked Trader Joe’s organic pizzas for the lovely people helping us move. Then I rather hurriedly satisfied my own pizza-ish craving with chunks of raw sheep cheese and sun dried tomatoes wrapped in romaine leaves. I’m also loving this yellow mustard made with apple cider vinegar.

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Dessert was more sheep cheese and dark chocolate for an impromptu Chocolate Cheesecake Crack.

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Tonight we officially moved in and celebrated with a raw meal at Thrive which is, to my delight, right down the street!

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Ginger Chocolate Milk Juice

This is a bit of a twist on the Mexican Chocolate Milk Juice. I recently tried some dark chocolate covered crystalized ginger and when I was making my juice yesterday that was what popped into my head and here is what came of it!

Ingredients:

1 cucumber
2 pounds carrots
1 head romaine
1 knob ginger
1 Tbsp. raw cacao powder
2 droppers NuNaturals Vanilla Stevia

Run veggies through your juicer, add to blender with cacao and stevia and blend until frothy.

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Mouse-a-touille

We had a mini dinner party the other night where Britney requested that I attempt ratatouille. Ratatouille was attempted, we deemed it a success and I re-named it Mouse-a-touille because…well…I guess I was just feeling a bit silly.

Ingredients:

4 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp organic butter
vegetable broth
1 eggplant, chopped
half cup fresh basil, chopped
1 white onion, peeled and chopped
2 zucchinis or yellow squash, chopped
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 pound fresh tomatoes, cored and chopped
sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper
1/2 to 1 cup raw pecorino romano (sheep cheese), shredded

Preheat oven to 350. Warm 1 Tbsp. of butter and a splash of broth in a large pan and saute garlic, basil, and eggplant until eggplant is soft. Combine with remaining vegetables and pour into a baking dish. Melt and drizzle another Tbsp. of butter and a little more broth on top of the veggies and bake for an hour. Turn oven off and remove dish. Add shredded cheese and place in the oven for just a minute or two more to melt.

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Dark Chocolate Coconut Truffles and What I Ate Wednesday

The deliciousness was over the top today:

32 ounces of Vanilla Limeade: 4 cups spring water, juice of 4 limes, 4 droppers of NuNaturals Vanilla Stevia.

32 ounces Sugar-Free “Apple” Juice: cucumber, carrot, kale, romaine, lime, ginger juice with apple pie spice and stevia. Measurements to come as I perfect it.

Lunch salad of cherry tomato, fresh basil, dulse, onion, and carrot pulp with nutritional yeast and a blended avocado/homemade sauerkraut dressing.

Dinner salad of shredded cabbage and romaine, cherry tomatoes, homemade sauerkraut, with coconut aminos, freshly baked parsnip chips, and a Bean-Free Cilantro-Jalapeno-Lime Hummus (recipe to come).

Today at Whole Foods I saw a delicious looking item in the bulk bin called “Chocolate Coconut Haystack” and this was my attempt to re-create it.

Ingredients:

2 oz dark chocolate bar (I used Dagoba 88% Dark)
a splash of almond milk
1/2 cup shredded coconut

Heat a small pot or pan on medium-low. Break the chocolate into chunks and slowly melt with a splash of almond milk. Once entirely melted, remove from heat and add coconut. Stir completely, roll into 4 balls and place in refrigerator or freezer until chilled.

Hope your Wednesday was just as delicious!

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Adventures in Healthy Eating Transitions- An Interview with Britney

As you may recall, over the last few weeks I’ve been helping Britney transition to a healthier diet and have been so impressed with her willingness to experiment and try new things, even if they are challenging. I was thrilled when she offered to answer some questions here, if you have any tips for her or any stories to share from changing diets in your home, we’d love to hear them!

Q1: So you’ve lived with a health-nut for a girlfriend for several years now-did she ever come close to scaring you off?

A1: LOL! Early on when we were dating, I used to eat out A LOT and quickly realized that Rande wasn’t as interested in that and that the way she ate made eating out more challenging. So at first I think I was really nervous about not being able to share that activity with her, but then I realized how amazing of a chef she is and what a treat it was to stay at home with her. I also recall thinking it was so strange to drink veggie juice for lunch and to often not eat solid foods until dinner, I was sure she would starve! But clearly she is alive and well 😉

Q2: What made you decide you wanted to start changing your diet?

A2: I would say it was a combination of wanting to cure some digestive issues I had been dealing with for a long time and wanting to be more conscientious about what I was putting into my body. And certainly being inspired by seeing how Rande positively glows with energy and life when she is immersed in her healthy living habits.

Q3: What symptoms have you been experiencing that you’re hoping a diet and lifestyle change will benefit?

A3: Digestion and heartburn issues, as well as a general sense of sluggishness and lack of motivation. In addition to the changes in my diet, I am making an effort to be more physically active and spend time outside in nature in hopes that it improves my general well-being and mental health. This summer I plan on doing more yoga, lots of hiking, and trying-out stand-up paddle boarding in Puget Sound!

Q4: What have been the hardest and easiest parts of the transition?

A4:The hardest adjustments have been (1) the realization of how much planning and prep goes into eating a healthier diet (especially since I was a major consumer of Trader Joe’s quick and easy pre-made foods), and (2) my attempts at learning and implementing food combining. Being a scientist, I tend to approach life with a very inquisitive nature and have grown comfortable discussing Rande’s diet with her and having great discussions about how and why she lives/eats the way she does. I think my inquisitiveness has only increased since starting to make changes to my own diet (poor Rande is fielding questions left and right!!) and I tend to think of it as a big “experiment” testing different variables in my diet and trying to control for different confounding factors…sorry for the geek moment 😉 All that to say, there are some difficult parts of this transition but I am making an effort to understand and test the reasoning behind these changes and am hoping to find something that works well for my own body.

The easiest part of the transition is having Rande there at every step of the process to encourage and guide me, and to make me tons of delicious things to eat. This transition would have been a million times more difficult without her! Thank you, sweetie 🙂

Q5: Do you have any favorite new dishes or things that you really miss?

A5: I’ve become a big fan of wraps, something I really did not used to enjoy! My new favorite lunch is a sprouted grain tortilla with avocado and arugula, enhanced with a little spicy salsa or mustard and paired with some raw veggies for munching or some crispy veggie chips. The thing I miss most: a grilled cheese! It was a staple item in my diet and I was always in search of the best new grilled cheese recipes. I will probably still indulge occasionally (especially since Rande concocts some of the best home-made grilled cheese sandwiches I have ever eaten!), but I am working my way towards proper food combining (good-bye bread with cheese…) in hopes that it improves my digestive and energy issues.

Q6: Do you have any tips or questions for the readers?

A6: One thing that has helped me lately is to forgive myself if I don’t get my combos just right or indulge in something a bit more processed than I would like to eat (especially when going out to eat with friends), but at the same time to make sure I don’t gorge even though I fell off the wagon. I think this is really helping me transition more smoothly, but I welcome any and all other suggestions and ideas from Rande’s wonderful readers!!

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St. Louis Weekend and Red Wine Floats with Vanilla Goat Milk Ice Cream

Hello from St. Louis! I apologize for the lack of posting, we’ve had a very full weekend! Delicious eats have included the best Greek salad I’ve ever eaten (with outrageously delicious goat cheese, roasted red peppers, and hearts of palm. My own dressing was made up of lemon, sea salt, and stevia):

Chocolate Martinis:

Pea shoots sauteed with asparagus from our favorite restaurant, Local Harvest:

And red wine floats made by me 🙂

Ingredients:

LaLoo’s Goat Milk Ice Cream in Vanilla Snowflake

your favorite red wine

Scoop one or two big spoonfuls of ice cream into a wine glass and pour red wine over the top. It get’s even more delicious as it melts!

We’ve kept ourselves busy with friends, outdoor yoga, the farmers market, sunny walks and visiting our favorite old spots and I’m currently stuck waiting to see if I can get out on ANY flight in the next few days. Oh the joys of flying standby…

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What I Ate Wednesday

Well hello! This is actually What I Ate Tuesday, delivered to you on a Wednesday. Britney and I are leaving tomorrow for a weekend in St. Louis, I don’t have anything interesting planned but I may try and post a recipe or two that I have stashed away for such an occasion.

Eats:

16 oz carrot/romaine juice with 16 oz spring water plus vanilla stevia and pumpkin pie spice (with a probiotic)

16 oz carrot juice with 16 oz spring water plus a wheatgrass cube, vanilla stevia, and pumpkin pie spice

Nori wraps with carrot pulp, 1/2 an avocado, baby spinach, lemon, cayenne, and coconut aminos.

A dish of this:

And a couple ounces of this stevia-sweetened dark chocolate which I LOVED the taste of but was not thrilled with all of the ingredients so I probably won’t buy it often. After trying it though, I would like to sample some other stevia-sweetened bars.

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