Thursday, April 15, 2010
Again, I am slow at putting these photos online. I have been very lazy lately at getting online at all - you will notice from my MIA. Sorry. It's been sunny and I've wanted to increase my exercise time so that leaves out some of the time online at S.P. If only there were a few more hours in a day. haha I'm still on my plateau (grrr) but still counting calories daily. I go by the plan: 300 bkfast; 100 snack; 300 lunch; 100 snack; 300 dinner; 100 snack. Easy to count and makes for lots of snacking - healthy of course. One of my favorite things right now is fruit - yes it has a good amount of natural sugar but I'm hypoglycemic so if I'm not taking in sugar - I could have some major problems. Plus, fruit has so many more mineral and nutrients that so many people do not know about. Plus, whom could pass up a lovely bowl of strawberries for a pastry? Seriously, vibrant red, juicy strawberries to a colorless pastry... yum!
I've been in a little rut lately so I have not made too many new recipes items. Here are the new ones.
Granola Cereal: Bear Naked has some wonderful selections. This one was Mango and agave!!! This was my husbands' so I threw in some extra wild blueberries and raisins...
Homemade Falafel with a low-calorie tahini sauce!! Amazing! It smells so good as you are grilling too! (recipe from www.chezbettay.com)
BBQ sauce marinated tempeh sticks. Basically just get a low calorie BBQ sauce (all natural ingredients in possible) and then marinate for one hour and throw on the grill for about five minutes. They cook faster than you think! We placed a few slices on a piece of vegan naan bread. Side dish was something I threw together with leftover frozen (no added sodium) and fresh veggies: corn, peas, diced cucumber, carrots, some garlic, a little red onion and a few capers - nothing else.
Vegan Polenta Ranchers from Vegan Brunch Cookbook:
I've become addicted to making the perfect Vegan sausages from vital wheat gluten. I like a sausage-less brand from Trader Joes' but I don't like processed foods so I've become to love my own homemade ones with low-sodium and fat! Also seen my favorite grilled asparagus (just thrown on the grill with no oil or seasoning) and the homemade sausages. Also, homemade Colorful Dilled Pasta salad.. Also, there is one photo with a mini sausage (tiny food humors me) and some homemade vegan mac-n-cheese (I make mine with vegetable "pasta" instead of flour ones.)
Lazy Vegan Breakfast: Seriously looks like a lot however it is less than 300 calories! Sprouted Whole Wheat Bread, grapefruit, strawberries, Numi Chinese Breakfast tea and an apple. I also use soy butter and vegemite but less than 1/2 tsp total! A little soy butter goes really far - you don't even have to spread all over...
Vegan BBQ - Homemade Black Bean Burgers (amazing!!!!), asparagus and some toppings. We used Bok Choy instead of lettuce for more nutrients. Whole Wheat Bun used (again I was lazy and didn't make my own)
Ever get some of those weekend nights where you just really don't want to follow a recipe and spend time in the kitchen? Here is my lazy night - mashed potatoes, bok choy, red onion, carrots, and a little nutritional yeast. Yum! Night time I'm going to throw in some peas and chow down... delish and makes you full of energy for a good long run!
Friday, April 09, 2010
Breakfast Burrito I whipped together: Missing egg salad, black beans, pinto beans, vegan cheese, cabbage, salsa, and some avocado (in DH's only).
Smoothie on a hot Day: Coconut juice from freshly cracked Thai Coconut, some fresh coconut meat, 1 cup of strawberries and some ice cubes. This photo was from the DH, mine was much smaller serving...
My latest addictive Restaurant: Aladdin's Eatery. This is a freshly made pita (as thin as a tortilla), a bunch of green salad, about 1 tbsp alfalfa sprouts (which there were more), and some yummy hummus. Very good and filling - ate this for about three meals!
From the same restaurant: This is the DH selection - such a good guy he actually chose vegan too. We took his parents out to this restaurant and they actually ate some healthy food too! This photo is a falafel burrito with salad in it. Very tasty!
Seriously, fresh fruits and veggies don't need "heart-healthy" labels- they say it for themselves! This is homemade vegan sausages and Pasta Salad from the BBQ:
Since the weather did get nice, we have been drawn outdoors. This is my attempt at making vegan seitan fajitas. I kind of threw things together and it ended up amazing! It was so freh and tasty that we will definitely make again! Before and After BBQ photos:
So I was looking up vegan recipes or recipes that I could convert to vegan on my favorite cooking website: cookpad.com. It is entirely in Japanese but worth the translation. This was my attempt at making a jam drink. Basically I took homemade vegan strawberry jam (made it with agar agar), Mitsuya Cider (store only had all zero - definitely not as good as the original), and some vegan soy creamery "ice cream" from Trader Joes.
Polenta Rancheros for a special breakfast:
I really need to kick my booty into action again and start doing daily photos instead of mass publishing. Sorry, I have so many photos that I am only posting a few for now.
Friday, April 09, 2010
Yes, I admit, I have been lazy. I have been counting calories lately but only mentally and I have to admit that I haven't really been getting on SP for the last couple of weeks. I am losing steam about losing weight since I haven't seen any changes in about maybe 1.5-2 months. It's very frustrating when I know that I am doing everything according to my diet and exercise but not seeing any results. I know that all this work is to get me healthy and it doesn't matter what the weight scale states but yes, I am a weight scale reader and I let it control me in ways. Don't get me wrong though, I read it and think about what I need to do the entire day and then I double check it at night. According to the readings, I do not allow the number to change my food habits for the day. It's more like a motivational thing - especially if I see the number go down. haha Right now though, I am frustrated because it seems like my body is fighting me. I have 6-7 pounds to lose before I am in a healthy weight range, ironically a range that I haven't seen in about 6-7 years.
At last, I am trying to keep positive which is getting the best of me at times. Yes, I ate some chocolate every day for the last few days. I feel extremely guilty because I know that I have cheated myself and no one else. It would be nice to blame someone else but I know that the only person I can point my finger at is myself...
Has anyone read or posted some wonderful motivational pieces or videos? I would love to get motivated!!
Tuesday, April 06, 2010
Each year my family tries to plan something out that is new and exciting. Since we live out of state from the rest of my extended family, my husband and I stay home and make our own celebration. This year we tried something new, a 100% vegan Easter! This may sound strange but seriously do we all really need to have all those eggs and lamb legs? We found out, nope, you don't have to have any of those to have some fun.
We started out the day with a lovely Vegan Breakfast of Tempeh Hash, freshly cut pineapple and Vegan Easter Biscuits. Loved every part of it!
Then we decided that one of the main reasons of Easter is to celebrate Jesus and his rising and saving us all. What better way to do this by celebrating with a nice walk (with the pooch) to a park while sipping on some cinnamon sprinkled coffee and listening to the birds chirp. When we got back it was time to make a lunch for our picnic at another park. One great thing about Cleveland, OH is that there are amazing parks all around!
Picnic backpack, kite and blanket ready to go and we were off. DH took a lovely "detour" so we ended up taking a one hour drive instead of 12 minutes. Oh well... it was relaxing. So we got to the park and set everything out: fruit of freshly cut pineapple and coconut, and mandarin oranges. Had to add in some cransins for the DH - and for color. Then we had leftover pineapple Fried Rice, cucumbers, carrot sticks, cashews, and some walnuts.
Then we took about three or more hours to hike about 9 miles in the mountainous area. It was amazing and very challenging! We were exhausted and could not go anymore on the trail that we had planned. We never knew how slow it would be to hike. But our minds were refreshed and ready for a new start to the week.
Finally we got home took our showers, drank lots of water and were ready to start our Easter dinner. Similar to each time we cook, we were amazed at how easy it is to make vegan meals. Seriously, it takes much less time than it does to cook meat meals. We were excited to make Spicy Tofu Duck (tofu that looks like duck breasts from Chinese store), Eggless Deviled Eggs, and a lovely mixture of rehydrated 7 seaweed salad from Japan. We loved the salad and the mock duck however the deviled "eggs" were not as tasty as what we had expected. But you win some you lose some.
Leftover Bento for the next day for the DH:
Easter this year was one of our best yet! Yes, it was rather simple but we were living a healthier lifestyle. We burnt off around 1200 calories and ate extremely healthy the entire day! We were able to feel good about ourselves mentally and physically.
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