So I am a little late for my annual birthday/veganniversary post. February was a busy month and the last year has been full of trials and tribulations, but in the end, things just work out OK…
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The plan for 2018 is to keep on truckin’ and keep on with the whole food plant-based health info. Go back to basics, and ask yourself the following questions before you put it into your body:
Is this the closest to nature that I can get this product?
Does it have an ingredient list?
Does it have less than 5 ingredients?
Is it free of sweeteners in the first 5 ingredients, including “natural” sweeteners?
Will this help me hit my 9-11 servings of fruits and vegetables?
Will this increase my intake of fiber?
Is this a fat with fiber?
Can I challenge myself to try something different every week?
If the answer is no then put the item back on the shelf, it’s not worth the money. I’ve decided this is going to be the year of the antioxidant, in celebration of that here is my recipe for a super antioxidant smoothie – I have personally been having this for breakfast and it really is a great way to start your day.
Super Antioxidant Smoothie
1 cup plant-based milk
1 cup frozen mixed berries
3 tbsp hemp seeds
2 tbsp whole flax seeds ground in a grinder
1 tbsp cacao powder
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp clove (or less if too strong)
Fill rest of blender with watercress and mixed greens
Blend until smooth, the beauty of smoothies is that you can switch out the ingredients, I love dandelion greens in addition to kale and spinach.
Posted in Recipe, Vegan
Today I am feeling giddy thinking about the seeds I purchased on Sunday. I also picked up seed starter soil, cell flats and some vermiculite. I decided I wanted to buy seeds this year to diversify my garden. I still have plenty of seeds that I have saved that I will use this spring, however I could not resist the seed catalog!
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A list of the newbies:
Blue Hubbard Winter Squash
Andover OG Parsnips
DeLuxe Lettuce Mix OG
Roodnerf Brussels Sprouts
Cosmonaut Volkov OG Tomatoes
Black Prince OG Tomatoes
Gardeners Sweetheart OG Cherry Tomatoes
Elecampane OG Elecampane
Winter Savory Winter Savory
White Yarrow Achillea
Autumn Beauty Mix OG Sunflowers
Mammoth Grey Stripe Sunflowers
State Fair Mix Zinnias
Beneficials Flower Mix
And of course I have the usual standbys:
Looks like I will need to fill my calendar with seed starting dates. I also plan to start expanding the beds into the back of yard as I would like to have more of a botanical garden in the yard than just a lot of grass. That’s where a lot of those herbs and flowers will go.
What seeds are you lusting after this season?
Posted in Garden, Indoor Garden, Saving Seeds, seed starter, seeds, Spring, Urban Agriculture, Vegan
Tagged Borage, Butternut Squash, Calabasa, Calendula, Collards, Flowers, Garden, Indoor Garden, Kabocha, Kale, Peas, Saving Seeds, seed starter, Seed Starting, Seeds, Spring, Squash, Urban Agriculture, Vegan, Vegetables
Yeah Yeah Yeah… Who hasn’t heard that before? This New Year I decided to take a different approach to “New Year, New You.”
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This time of year you get so many tips on how to make your life better, maybe instead you can make someone else’s life better, stand up for what you believe in or look into a cause that resonates with you.
The last few weeks of 2014 saw a lot of heartache (Ferguson & Staten Island), a bit of “it’s about time!” (Cuba) and some backing down only to give in (The Interview). If you put all of these stories together you get the central theme of doing the right thing.
The protests over injustices in Ferguson and Staten Island, recognizing the plight of the Cuban people and Sony deciding to stand up to bullies and show The Interview all exemplify the beauty of standing up for values.
So in this year’s version of New Year, New You go out and do something you believe in, no matter how big or how small. Your heart will smile, I promise.
Summer’s almost over and another BBQ season has gone by. We had our own last week which was a great success. We had lots of people, lots of great food and lots of good talk.
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I’ve been pretty lucky this summer in terms of events and having food to enjoy. Most, if not all, of the hosts had some sort of vegetarian/vegan option to eat. It’s also important to be a gracious guest and bring something, and for anyone with any kind of specific dietary requests it’s a bit of a no-brainer to bring a dish you like to eat. It’s also a great way to turn people on to new ways to see how yummy plant-based foods can be.
While I don’t have a photo of what I made for this summer’s BBQ I will share the recipe:
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3 Cups Sprouted Wheatberries
4 Cloves Garlic, Pressed
1 Tsp Salt
1 Red Onion, Chopped
1/2 Cup Walnuts, Chopped
3-4 Stalks Celery, Small Dice
2 Large Carrots, Shredded
1/4 Cup Cilantro, Chopped
3 Ripe Tomatoes, Chopped
1 1/2 Cups Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 Cup Balsamic Vinegar
1 Tsp Oregano
Salt to Taste
Pepper to Taste
Soak wheatberries overnight. Rinse the wheatberries and cover in about 2 inches of water, add the garlic and the salt. Bring to a boil and then cover and simmer for 30 min. (If you cook without soaking it will take longer so keep an eye on them.) Drain the water with a sieve to keep the garlic in, let the wheatberries cool and combine with the veggies.
In a blender or large jar (if you are using an immersion blender) combine vinaigrette ingredients and blend until well homogenized. Pour over salad and let marinade overnight.
You can play around with spices for the dressing, add chickpeas or navy beans and include a diced apple for even more crunch.
What was your favorite recipe for summer BBQs?
Do you ever get that little voice inside your head telling you to do something? Sure you do, we all do – but do you listen to it? I mean actually pay attention and listen to what it has to say?
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Sometimes we find it easy to ignore those inner voices, however, we know that what they have to say can have an impact on our day – heck even on our life. How often do we find ourselves ignoring that little voice to find out later on that if we had listened to it we could have avoided <insert crappy scenario here>?
So the next time you have a nagging little voice telling you what to do, stop and listen for a minute. It might actually make your day a little easier.
Posted in Health Coaching, Healthy Lifestyle, Help, Self-Help, Self-Improvement, Vegan
Tagged Abundance, Compassion, Health Coach, Health Coaching, Healthy Lifestyle, healthy-living, Self-Help, Self-Improvement, Vegan
We all need a vacation, period, full-stop and whatever else you use to illustrate a point.
Maybe not all of us need to forget someone, in two weeks… but we certainly need the time to rest, regroup and regenerate.
Vacation is like sleep, when you sleep your body works it’s magic replenishing and doing all those things it can’t focus on while you are awake. Well when you are in vacation mode you (should) have less stress and anxiety, you know, no alarm clocks or crazy commute to deal with. It can also help your body take a break from the germy world of keyboards, airless offices, subways, trains, and in my case, hospitals.
Can’t afford to go anywhere, no biggie, staycations work just as well. Day trips to local parks or historic sites and cozy dinners at home sound pretty awesome too.
Posted in Health Coaching, Healthy Lifestyle, Help, Self-Help, Self-Improvement, Vacation, Vegan
Tagged Abundance, Compassion, Health Coach, Health Coaching, Healthy Lifestyle, healthy-living, Passion, Self-Help, Self-Improvement, Vacation, Vegan
I can’t really take credit for starting our compost heaps, that was all Jared’s doing. Also his doing putting it in one of the garden beds, figure if we rotate that each year to a different bed we will have excellent results in that bed, and maybe a little extra gifts too.
Main Compost Heap w/ Kabocha Squash
I have come to support it for a few reasons:
- We have less food waste going into landfills
- It adds rich nutrients to the soil
- It recovers lost soil in the garden due to erosion
- Best of all – seeds get spread around the garden so we have extra veggies growing
My very first year of planting I planted a ton of tomato seeds, very few if any germinated – that’s what I get for buying “survival seeds” on eBay… anyway the compost came to the rescue! We had several rogue tomatoes thanks to the compost. Right now we have a giant kabocha squash growing in our main heap that has about 4 – 5 squashes on it – most we have ever had!
We also have another squash growing in the garden proper, I don’t what variety yet but I have a feeling it’s another kabocha Yippee!!
One cool project would be to spread the compost and see what comes up!
Posted in Garden, Health Coaching, Healthy Lifestyle, Help, Kabocha, Self-Help, Self-Improvement, Squash, Vegan
Tagged Abundance, Compassion, Garden, Health Coach, Health Coaching, Healthy Lifestyle, healthy-living, Kabocha, Passion, Self-Help, Self-Improvement, Vegan
You hear a lot about mindfulness but that can mean anything really.
From our Hong Kong Honeymoon in 2007
Yes for some it can include a meditation practice, however mindfulness can come from other places as well. I think of mindfulness as an awareness, and having an awareness of what happens around you, what others feel around and what you project to the world.
I prefer to think of mindfulness as a sort of awareness. It makes understanding the basics a bit easier in my opinion. And the beauty of awareness boils down to the fact that we can have an awareness of so many things. Things happening around the world, injustices to people (and animals) and injustices we see right in our own backyards.
But before you have expanded your awareness to the rest of the world, I ask you to focus the awareness on yourself.
Posted in Awareness, Compassion, Health Coaching, Healthy Lifestyle, Help, Meditation, Mindfulness, Self-Help, Self-Improvement, Vegan
Tagged Abundance, Awareness, Compassion, Health Coach, Health Coaching, Healthy Lifestyle, healthy-living, Mindfulness, Passion, Self-Help, Self-Improvement, Vegan
I figured it was about time I gave you guys a garden update.
This spring I didn’t have a chance to get my seeds started early so I pretty much planted as late as I ever have. As I was telling my friend Nelson, who does an awesome job running the Metuchen Farmer’s Market, my gardening philosophy is to take whatever I have and throw it in the ground…
So here’s what has come up
Kale and Mystery Squash
I also have these wild flower looking weeds that have really come in, thanks to my lack of weeding and making it more of a “permaculture” type plot. If anyone knows what these are please let me know!
What do you have growing in your garden??
I want to thank my friend Charanya from Yes I’m Vegan 🙂 for nominating me. Below are the rules and questions to answer:
Rules for this award:
- Thank and link back the person who presented the award to you.
- Have the award on your post.
- Answer the questions that has been asked.
- Award the same to other upcoming blogs.
- What’s your favorite cuisine? Too many! Middle Eastern Maybe
- What would be the last meal you will love to eat? Something Indian or Falafel
- What is your favorite vege? Changes every day!
- Do you watch Game of Thrones? Yes, though I am behind but have read through book 5
- If you are vegan, why? If not, do you think you could be one for few days? at first it was fr health reasons but as I did more research my reasons became more ethical and environmental
- Is there anything your life wont be the same without? Nope not really
- What’s your favorite movie? Too many to name! I love bad movies!!
- Is there any color you loved as a kid? Green, now my fave is red
- Is there anything you would change in your life if life had a rewind button?
- Do you own an iphone or an android? iPhone
- 3 words that could describe you: Passion, Loyal, Independent
My nominees are:
1. Vegan Flavorista
3. A Lazy Girl Goes Green
5. The Novice Gardener
6. Vegan Muffin Woman
7. Epicurean Vegan
My questions are:
1. What is your favorite book?
2. What gets you up in the morning?
3. What color best describes you?
4. What do you do for fun?
5. If you could make one thing in the world right, what would that be?
Posted in Echinacea, Farmer's Market, Garden, Health Coaching, Healthy Lifestyle, Help, Kabucha, seed starter, seeds, Self-Help, Self-Improvement, Sunflowers, Tomatoes, Uncategorized, Urban Agriculture, Vegan, Vegetables
Tagged Compassion, Echinacea, Garden, health, Health Coach, Health Coaching, healthy-living, Passion, Self-Help, Self-Improvement, Squash, Tomatoes, Vegan
Here’s a yummy breakfast too quick, easy and yummy not to share.
1/2 Cup Strawberries
1/2 Cup Blueberries
2 Tbsp Walnuts
2 Tbsp Dried Coconut Chips or Flakes
Chop the kiwis, strawberries and the walnuts and combine in a bowl, add coconut. Mix well and enjoy!
Variations: You can use any nuts or seeds and fruit, including frozen fruit.
Posted in Blueberries, Breakfast, Kiwis, Recipe, Strawberries, Vegan
Tagged Abundance, Breakfast, Compassion, Health Coach, Health Coaching, Healthy Lifestyle, healthy-living, Passion, Recipe, Self-Help, Self-Improvement, Vegan