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Pizza Wraps and Bookworm Bloggers

As delicious as this was, it would have been much better warm. But alas, resources on an airplane are limited. I ate these cold but I’ll be posting directions for a warm version below. I was pleased with my attempt at a simple, oil-free, marinara using a plain tomato sauce with dried herbs.

Ingredients:

raw goat cheddar
plain tomato sauce (I used Pomi)
Simply Organic spaghetti seasoning
fresh or frozen spinach
cabbage leaves
sea salt

Heat the sauce and spinach in a saucepan. Add seasoning and sea salt to taste. Shred the raw goat cheddar. Layer into cabbage leaves. Eat with lots of napkins.

I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy a few days “off” (I’ve been on call)- we’ve gotten a new batch of Flight Attendants so things haven’t been quite so crazy. So here I am. In my hotel room for the last few days…feeling slightly guilty.

Martha Beck. Always a win.

Since I do have to be ready to leave at a moments notice and I am car-less it’s not like I can go far…but my brain is telling me I need to “be more productive!”. I should be writing life-changing blog posts and discovering every inch of the 5 mile radius that the hotel shuttle will deliver me to. Instead I’ve been indulging in my bookworm side by the pool. For days. I break it up with little yoga sessions, sunny walks, Pinterest, and long distance movie dates with my lady. It’s really been lovely.

Reminder** This week is your LAST CHANCE to enter the Vegus Juice Giveaway. Thank you so much to everybody who has entered, it’s been so fun reading your comments and getting packages sent out to the winners! This Friday I’ll announce a winner for the final time.

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Transparency and Travel Salads

I admit it: I chose to work in Arizona this month because…well…I didn’t think I’d be doing a whole lot of working. I anticipated a massive dose of sunshine, plowing through my stack of library books, and brainstorming brilliant recipes from my hotel room. Instead, I’m literally working twice the hours I normally work and grasping for my sanity.

On today’s agenda:

1. A blog post I wrote a couple days ago but refrained from posting- I always hesitate on the really personal stuff but I’ve gotten some really wonderful comments from people who could relate to things I’ve posted in the past so I’m attempting to censor a little less.

2. Another day in the life: what happens when your flight gets diverted and you’re sent overnight to a hotel…without your wallet…or your juicer…

3. Travel salad recipe number 2!

From 03/03/12:

“How much transparency is too much? Apparently, in the blogging world, there is no such thing. *sighs* here we go. How does a blogger *ahem* go on and on one day about the importance of meditation, self-love, and properly feeding the body only to “fail” the very next day? And how does this blogger, who very much wants to be a good example to her readers, admit that she isn’t perfect without appearing overly dramatic/whiny/attention-seeking etc?

I share, on occasion, my struggles with emotional and binge-eating. While I don’t want that to be the focus of my blog I believe authenticity is important. I shared every day of the Rose Cleanse with you, told you when I was feeling awesome and the days I wasn’t. I’ve been in such a good flow, and although I knew that abusing myself through food was still possible, I thought I was doing everything I could to prevent that from happening. And then I spent three days working more flights than I usually work in two weeks. And I crumbled to bits in the middle of a loud, vibrating metal tube (AKA an airplane) while aching for sunshine, fresh air, and a creative outlet. I binged. I had brief waves of self-loathing, disappointment, and a body that did NOT appreciate the sudden interruption of non-food items in the midst of all that juice and veggie-loving-living.

And then I moved on.

I’ve learned that no good comes from punishing myself. If anything, I need EXTRA self-love and care after a day like this. Bingeing means I’ve found myself in a situation that I wanted to escape from and I turned to unhealthy methods of distraction and soothing. So why would I punish myself for that?? I journaled. I wrote down the things I was feeling pre-and post-binge and what I could have done differently. I rested. I had green juice the next day. I looked at myself in the mirror: naked, bloated stomach, under-eye circles, and puffy face: and told my reflection she was beautiful. I apologized to my body and thanked it for putting up with a really tough day. I gave myself a literal hug.”

It has been a long week. Just the other day I was working a flight, we were making our descent…and then we weren’t. Our landing was aborted last minute due to weather and we ended up spending the night in a completely different city. Sans juicer with only enough time between flights to sleep, I felt completely unprepared for the next day! I dug into my work bag and found some wheatgrass powder, grabbed some fruit from the hotel, and (yes, I must admit it) drank some really bad coffee to carry me through to green juice time. Having carried the Rose Cleanse through February, I’m feeling pretty “off” after this week. After a couple of teary, discouraged, and exhausted phone calls to Britney (my poor lady) I sent myself on an online mission for some positivity and found some of the most beautiful, encouraging spots on the web. For some serious feel-good, definitely hop over to Cynosure and Divine Winks (thanks, Sam!).

If you scrolled all the way down for the recipe I don’t blame you (I do it all the time!).

Rande’s Other Favorite Travel Salad

Because it's awesome...and because I ate the salad before taking a picture...


1 5 oz box baby greens
1 jar organic salsa
1 ripe avocado

Chop avocado and add to greens. Pour salsa over the top. You may only use half the jar, I like to use the whole thing and sometimes even an extra avocado to make it really creamy.

P.S. You still have until Friday the 9th to enter the Vegus Juice Giveaway!

P.P.S. I’m late in the game but Pinterest and I are now friends 🙂

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Adventures and Travel-Juicing


Yesterday I embarked on a mini-adventure. I’ve been a Flight Attendant for about 4 years and have traveled quite a bit in that time. I’d been feeling a little (ok, a lot) over the airplane thing and put a ban on all unnecessary flight time for about 6 months and I’m happy to say my wanderlust has returned. Something I’ve wanted to do for awhile was to show up at the airport…with no destination in mind…and take the next flight out. So at about 9 A.M. I found myself in Sacramento for the day 🙂

Traveling unplanned made for quite a day- I got to the airport and sat down with my first of many herbal teas. While walking about, I discovered that the only way to have access to bathrooms or WIFI was to make a purchase. I was well hydrated 😉

Much wandering occurred, I’d never been to Sacramento so exploring the downtown and old town areas was all new and exciting. Unfortunately I was rained on for almost the entire day- apparently even Seattle saw more sunshine than I did!

My go-to’s when I’m in a new city tend to be: the local health food store, thrift shops (I’m a sucker for The Buffalo Exchange!), and hiking trails. Though I didn’t make it to all of these in the short time I was there, I did manage to scout out the Sacramento Co-op to buy veggie deliciousness for dinner 🙂 I aimed to try local, new-to-me items that would keep it fun and indulgent but still clean and detox-friendly. As it turns out, Sacramento has the most amazing local salsa that I poured into a bag of chopped kale salad with chunks of Mt. Sterling Raw Goat Cheddar (which I’ve had before but can’t find in Seattle). It was also the first time I’d seen this Dark Cacao Love Cup, which was actually made in Sedona and probably the best raw chocolate I’ve ever had (I’m usually not crazy about the raw brands.)!

As the day was ending I considered hopping on a plane to another destination (I almost had to after I got lost and thought I’d miss the last flight back to Seattle!) but ultimately decided I’d rather spend the rest of the night at home with my lady. I flew home and we spent the evening catching up on Glee. Britney also enjoyed a Peanut Butter Creamie from Sacramento’s Sugar Plum Vegan Bakery. I hear it was delicious 😉

Traveling as much as I do, I can pretty easily integrate my daily healthy-living habits no matter what my schedule looks like or where I’m at in the world. I never compromise daily vegetable juicing (I honestly can’t recall the last day I went without one). It’s incredibly important to stay alkaline and hydrated when you travel, especially by plane. If you juice until lunch or dinner- it’s pretty much impossible to go without it and there are so many ways to make it happen:

1. Juice at home ahead of time and store your juices in the freezer until it’s go-time. They store well in a cooler or a hotel fridge. No, they aren’t as fresh (juice should really be drunk immediately after being prepared) but it’s infinitely better than just forgoing it entirely. I’ve been known to have 4-5 frozen juices in my suitcase at a time!

2. Google the area and see if there are any juice bars near where you’ll be. Even Jamba Juice has fresh carrot and wheatgrass juice and they are all over the place these days.

3. Bring your juicer with you. A hassle? Yes. Obsessive? It might appear to be but it feels incredibly normal to me at this point. I’ve spent weeks at a time in a hotel room, mini-fridge stuffed to the gills with produce, cleaning my juicer out in the bathroom sink and flushing the pulp down the toilet 😉

If juicing is a part of your lifestyle, do you bother with it when you’re traveling? What do you find to be easiest way to make it a part of your day?

In uniform and exhausted at the Sacramento airport. Adventure complete.

P.S. Sarah, the amazing blogger over at Queer Vegan Food invited me to do a guest post this week, you can see it (along with my recipe for vegan “Bacon” wrapped Sweet Potatoes) here!

P.S.S. You may have noticed the header above- I’m considering changing blog names! For the Love of Veggies is at the top of my list at the moment and I’m feeling it out. Other ideas welcome 🙂

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Sushi-Ritos and Rose Cleanse Day 6

Today I was back to work after several days off and got to meet the challenges of Rose Cleansing on the airplane. I can’t say it was the easiest day but my energy was good and with practice I’m learning to breathe through uncomfortable situations instead of eat through them. I find the airplane to be a very difficult environment, trapped in a loud, vibrating, metal tube with stressed out travelers, and breathing recycled air. It’s not exactly the most harmonious or healthy environment. I love it for it’s flexibility and the time it allows me to do the things I really love. While this is the space that I’m working in I’m choosing to look at as my little life classroom. I’m learning patience and kindness. I am not always the most patient or kind flight attendant but I’m growing into one. Juicing during the day leaves me feeling clear and more able to step back and look at a situation before just reacting. OK. That’s enough chatter. On to the food 🙂

I was quite hungry by dinner time (I made a note to myself to bring more juice to work) and the feast I prepared was absolutely perfect! Please forgive the terrible cell phone picture, I hope you get at least a small idea of what it looked like.

I present to you: The Sushi Burrito. Also known as, The Sushi-Rito. The Sushi-Rito was an attempt at an Asian-Mexican fusion, wrapping a Mexican spiced kale salad into delicious, crispy nori sheets. I brought along some homemade Creamy Vanilla “Pumpkin” Soup from Diary of a Nutritionist and ended up using half of it as a Sushi-Rito dip!

Ingredients:

nori sheets
1 head kale, removed from stems and chopped
1 tsp cumin
2 avocados
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
2 cloves raw garlic, minced
1 Tbsp Trader Joes Chili Sauce

Place kale leaves in a bowl and scoop out the flesh from one avocado. Massage into kale leaves with cumin until wilted. Chop the other avocado and leave in chunks. Add remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly. Wrap in nori sheets. Warning: This is messy and I have no good tricks for keeping the wraps shut 😉

Dessert was dark chocolate (nothing new to see here) and a large Ginseng Peppermint tea from the LAX airport.
Hope all the cleansers out there are doing well, have a great night!

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