Blend until creamy. For the “original” version omit the cocoa powder and use vanilla or plain stevia.
Blend until creamy. For the “original” version omit the cocoa powder and use vanilla or plain stevia.
Today is my love’s birthday 🙂 These are the treats we celebrated with:
We were impatient to dig in so it’s not the prettiest food-shot but let me tell you, this was delicious. What you see here is the Detoxinista’s Sweet Potato Noodles with Red Pepper Cream Sauce. I told Britney it was so yummy I could eat it every day! We will definitely be having this again.
I’ve been curious about this Organic Chocolate Lava Cake Mix so I used today as a perfect excuse to check it out! Britney gave it two thumbs up but said it definitely tasted “organic” ;). I had a little nibble from the gooey middle and finished dessert with some melty dark chocolate of my own.
Happy birthday baby!!
Farmers markets and “pinteresting” dinners. That was my weekend. Oh, and rehearsing for this 😉
Saturday morning I broke my Winter-long Farmers Market fast with my first trip of the season. We stocked up on veggies…
…and farm fresh turkey eggs.
National Pecan Day was celebrated…
…and I finally got around to making some dishes from my massive Pinterest collection! Saturday night was all about the Detoxinista starting with this delicious Red Pepper Cheese Sauce over zucchini noodles and ending with the un-pictured (but extraordinary) Almond Flour Sugar Cookies. I was unfortunately reminded of how difficult nuts can be to digest however, maybe one (not three…) would have been kinder to my system.
Tonight I attempted a version of these roasted sweet potatoes that were slightly disappointing. They were still tasty (can you really mess up a sweet potato) but not as crispy-on-the-outside-soft-on-the-inside as promised. I made mine with coconut oil, organic butter, and sugar-free maple syrup.
And now, after a weekend of beautiful sunshine, I’m already missing the rain because I can’t stop listening to this…
Hello, veggie-centric readers! My name is Megan, over from Detoxinista.com, and I am honored to be guest posting here today. Rande actually had perfect timing when requesting this post, because I happened to be traveling for work at the time, myself!
While I don’t have to travel too often for my job, when I do, I am usually gone for a week or more, making it necessary to maintain my healthy habits, if I want to feel any sense of normalcy. Sticking to a detox-friendly lifestyle may sound daunting at first, but it definitely gets easier with practice, and keeps me feeling great while I’m on the road.
Here are some of my favorite tips to keep your trip detox-friendly:
1. Bring whatever essentials you can. My carry-on bag is always a treat for the TSA security agents. I typically bring a stash of shelf-stable produce, including cucumbers, lemons, and not-too-soft avocados. In my experience, avocados are a bit of a gamble on flights— usually one or two of them will be affected by the altitude, and will turn to total mush! But, most of them will survive just fine. Also in my bag? A bottle of liquid stevia, raw almonds, herbal teas, plenty of dark chocolate, and my trusty enema kit.
2. Avoid eating anything dense during your flight, if possible. I try to book early morning flights, to avoid eating before flying altogether, but if I find myself in a situation where I must eat something, I’ll stick to hydrating fruits and veggies. Baby carrots are my favorite travel snack! Otherwise, I stick to sipping pure water and try to get as much rest as I can on the plane.
3. Hit the ground running… to a local grocery store. Before I even settle down, I always make a grocery store run to pick up my perishable essentials, like boxed salad greens (instant bowl!), cherry tomatoes, baby carrots, Dijon mustard and a few blocks of raw, or soft, goat cheese. Already, you have everything you need to make a delicious dinner! Simply dress your greens with fresh lemon juice, Dijon mustard and a few drops of stevia, then toss with your favorite toppings!
4. Take advantage of the opportunities in your new area. Being in a new place means there are fun and different things to be enjoyed! When I’m in Kansas, the local Whole Foods carries a smoked raw goat cheese that I can’t find when I’m back in Los Angeles, so I really savor it while I’m there! And New York offers some of the best colonics around, so I make sure to book an appointment when I know I’ll be in that area. If you have time to do some online-research, I highly recommend checking out the local resources before you go. This is especially helpful for finding good juice bars!
5. Enjoy dining out. If you find yourself dining out often while traveling, don’t stress! When I meet up with friends or family, I happily bring along my own salad toppings and dressing, so I can enjoy my very favorite goat cheese salad at whatever restaurant we happen to be dining at. I’ve never come across a restaurant that isn’t happy to serve me a simple green salad and a glass of wine! If I’m meeting with co-workers or clients, I’ll usually try to stick to something on the menu, like a salad topped with grilled salmon, or a green salad with an extra side of roasted vegetables. As long as you look comfortable and happy with your choice, I’ve noticed that no one really cares what you eat, anyway. Make sure you bring plenty of dark chocolate to share for dessert, too!
6. Keep moving! Whether you’re stuck on a plane, or sitting in a meeting, it’s easy to end up sitting in a chair all day long while traveling. Make sure to squeeze some movement into your day when you can! I actually bring along my favorite Physique 57 DVDs, so I can get my heart pumping in the most efficient amount of time. The 30-minute Total Body Workout doesn’t require the use of hand weights, so the only equipment you need is an (optional) inflatable playground ball—which easily fits into a suitcase, too!
After a challenging workout like this, you’ll sleep like a baby. Bonus!
I find that sticking to a detox-friendly lifestyle makes traveling more enjoyable than ever, so I hope these tips prove to be helpful the next time you find yourself on the road, too!
Thanks so much to Megan for all the inspiring tips- go check her out at The Detoxinista and fall in love with her detox-friendly treats and always-enjoyable blog posts!
I’ve been “tagged”. Last week, Megan @ The Detoxinista passed along this little game to me. I usually ignore these sorts of things but I had so much fun reading hers I thought, why not? So first, a yummy hot tea recipe, and then a moment of self-indulgence that you can choose to ignore if you have better things to do with your weekend 😉
Ginger Chocolate Tea:
1- 1 1/2 cups water
1 thumb-sized knob ginger
2 Tbsp cacao nibs
NuNaturals stevia, to taste
Chop ginger into chunks and place into mug with cacao nibs. Bring water to a boil and pour over ginger-cacao mixture. Let sit for 5-10 minutes. Strain through a nut milk bag and sweeten the remaining liquid.
11 Random Things About Myself
1. I always thought that people who dressed their pets were completely obnoxious…and then I got a hairless cat…
3. Last year, my New Years resolution was to quite reading celebrity gossip on the airplane. This year it was not to make any resolutions.
4. Once a year I eat an entire watermelon in one sitting. The massive kind.
5. I have been to all 50 states.
6. At some point I want to start growing a food forest. And then have goats, and chickens, and bees.
7. My mom taught me to read when I was three and I’ve been an obsessive little bookworm ever since.
8. I grew up on an island in Alaska.
9. My tattoo collection is ever growing. I thought my last piece would tide me over for awhile…but I’m already scheduled again for April 😉
10. My lady and I were long-distance for 2 1/2 years until she (finally!) moved to Seattle this Fall ❤
11. I am extraordinarily introverted, I'm happy to spend more time by myself than anyone I know.
11 Questions I had to answer:
What’s the meal you eat most often?
A massive salad with goat cheese!
What’s your favorite movie of all time?
That’s such a hard question but my longest loved movie is probably Anne of Green Gables
What made you want to start a blog?
I was making such delicious food every day I felt bad that the world was missing out 😉
Do you have any pets?
Just the above-mentioned hairless feline
What’s your favorite workout?
Yoga or jumping on my rebounder
Name one thing on your “bucket list.”
Take Natalia Rose’s Advanced Detox Certification Training
Name one “weird” thing that you do.
I wear footie pajamas!
Your favorite city/place to visit?
Probably San Francisco
Anywhere you still dream of visiting?
Best purchase you’ve ever made?
My home colonic unit
What’s the one thing you would change in the world, if you could?
We would all grow food forests!
11 People I Tag (you know… if you want ;))
Megan and Whitney @ What Wegan Did Next
Sarah @ Queer Vegan Food
Katie @ Chocolate Covered Katie
Lola @ Ooh Lola!
Courtney @ Spirulina Junkie
Diana @ Eat to Evolve
Britanie @ Bella Mode
Jess @ Cupcakes and Kale
Emily @ Emily Eats
Jennifer and Jaclyn @ Sketch-Free Vegan
Heather @ Universal Eater
Rules For Play:
1. Post 11 Random Things About Yourself
2. Answer these 11 Random Questions:
1. What is your favorite reason for blogging?
2. What is one food that you wish were healthy?
3. If you could live anywhere else, where would it be?
4. What is the most life-changing book you’ve ever read?
5. Who is one person you would love to meet?
6. What would be your dream job?
7. Are you a coffee or tea drinker?
8. Do you consider yourself to be religious or spiritual at all?
9. Does your diet have a label: vegan, vegetarian, flexitarian, etc?
10. What did you dress up as the last time you dressed up for Halloween?
11. What is the cause you feel most passionately about?
3. Tag 11 people to play, and post 11 new questions for them to answer!
P.S. I was featured on Ooh Lola! today answering my Questions for a Cleanser! Go check it out and you’ll also find a great recipe for Sweet Potato Sushi!!
Hope you had a lovely week, I’m looking forward to a few days off coming up and an exciting new project to share!