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Day in Photos 2/1/2011

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

January has come and gone, whew! The first month of the year is always the hardest for me since it right after the long holiday season. With the start of February, Groundhog Phil will look for his famous shadow on February 2nd and then Chinese New Years will be here! So much fun!

My husband and I are looking forward to Chinese New Years! We love celebrating different cultures, especially Asian ones. I have two university degrees based on Asia, so it’s close to home for me to celebrate Asian holidays. So, this week is all Asian inspired foods that I love. You will notice this week’s food is not only Asian but also vegan!

I’ve been reading The Thrive written by Brendan Brazier, a professional Ironman triathlete. Even though I’m not sure about following his meal plan entirely, my breakfast this morning was inspired by his book. I took oatmeal, chia seeds, flax seeds and a little organic blue agave nectar. Additionally I had half a grapefruit and some Michigan Cherry coffee. Perfect until lunchtime! (259 cals)

Snack: Rather full so I just ate a kiwi.

Lunch: Leftover Chickenless stir-fry on a bed of organic mixed greens. On the side I had a Clementine. (253 cals)

Snack: I needed a carbohydrate before going to the gym. I had a gluten-free “rice krispie” by called EnviroKidz Organic Peanut Rice Treat. Ours states that it is vegan- the link here states that it contains honey so I’m not sure which is correct. I’m a vegan that doesn’t mind having honey though so I’m good to go. Caution though, check your ingredients list before buying. At the gym I love to drink Zico coconut water to increase my electrolytes after sweating. I drink half a container each time I go. Additionally, I snacked on a few waffle pretzels while cooking. (329 cals)

Dinner: Prepared before I left for the gym, I just had to come home and throw everything together for dinner. I find that if I just take a little time to make my “mise en place” before going to the gym, it is much faster when I get home. (I feel so professional don’t I? Don’t let me trick you, I just watch too many cooking shows.) On the menu: Chinese Chinese Cabbage With Red Chili from the book Why the Chinese Don’t Count Calories. I found that I should use less oil though than the recipe suggests. I usually make a side dish I learned while living in Japan that was used without oil – I prefer that recipe I think. Next side dish was Japanese styled burdock root (Gobo) with carrots. Third side dish was sliced organic English cucumbers with baby organic heirloom tomatoes. The main course was Vegan Mabo Tofu inspired by the recipe from Soy Chick. We have been making this recipe for a few years and amazingly it tastes different each time. Wonderful! (373 cals)

Snack: Blood Orange and a Clementine shared with my husband. The hungry man also had a serving of Organic Premium Soy Delicious Cookies and Creme Ice Cream. We have tried many different types of ice cream but prefer to have coconut ice cream. Unfortunately, this one has very little flavor and the cookies are soggy. Have you tried it? What are you thoughts?

Walked to the gym in 9 degrees. Ran for about 3.5 miles and then I decided that I had a good workout and decided I would walk with an incline for the last .68 or so. I burnt off around 350 calories in total according to my NikePlus and 407 on the treadmill.

Total Calories Eaten: 1,214
All nutrients perfect except 19 carbs too low
Total Burned 1,897
Differential -683 calories

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SUGIRL06 2/3/2011 8:20AM

    Love the Nike chart! And cherry coffee? Hm...

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ELISA322 2/1/2011 8:28PM

    Wow how far is the gym from your house for you to walk in 9 degree weather?! I got gas yesterday and I thought my legs were going to get frostbite, it was so cold.

Funny, I know what mise en place means too since I am a big fan of Top Chef! Love when they have the mise en place challenges.

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TITALADY 2/1/2011 1:51PM

    Do you eat enough to support your exercise? You seem to burn so much! I love burdock root. I've taken to eating raw Kimchi (bought at the Farmer's market around the corner, organic and local and RAW!) and it makes me feel delightful! I should make my own, when the weather gets warmer. :) emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 2/1/2011 11:08AM

    As always, it looks super tasty. OOOOohh, I love mapo tofu!!! I have made it vegan for me, but my husband likes to have a little pork or turkey in it.
We've had to SoDelicious ice cream sandwiches and like those ones, especially the coconut. Yes, it is light on the coconut flavor but still tasty.

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HEIDIB2935 2/1/2011 10:10AM

    Fun post!

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Weekend in Photos 1/28-1/30

Monday, January 31, 2011

Weekend has come and gone, but the memories are still here forever. I’m so blessed to have a wonderful husband that keeps me positive and going throughout the week. On the weekend, I am thankful to be able to spoil my husband with proper food and love. When I first started my adventure here on SP, I only thought that I would regain my confidence and lose the weight that was needed to be healthy. What I didn’t know was that I would regain not only my confidence but increase my level of love for the things around me. When you change your life drastically, such as we have done, you learn to love everything that you do have already and in the future. If you have been here for a while, I’m sure you are seeing the same effect in your life too. If you are a newbie, it is something to look forward to in the future.

I’m thankful for weekends and being able to spend those special moments with my husband. So what did we do that was so special? Well, to tell you the truth, nothing at all. Haha Sounds funny, I know. But it’s the truth! It was well below the temperature that would even want to tempt us to go outside. Our solution is to just stay inside and get comfy. It may sound like a lazy plan but it is the best since it really revives the mind and body. After this weekend, we both were happier than before and ready to get to the gym this next week.

Weekend in photos:
Saturday Breakfast: Homemade Banana Bread that was 100% vegan… It contains 5 bananas, so it just reaped benefits for the body and mind. My recipe was from:
5 I changed the recipe though to mirror our tastebuds.

Sunday Breakfast: I woke up early so that I could make the handsome sweet man snoozing in bed a plate of gooey pumpkin cinnamon rolls. Again, I changed the recipe quiet a lot. The original recipe was from
798. They were full of sugar (which we usually don’t have in our household) but they were so amazing! It is a once every few months sweet breakfast. We ate a healthy lunch and dinner to balance the sweet cinnamon rolls. The cuddly man was more than thankful to be served in the entertainment room as he was reading and drinking crème brulee coffee.

Saturday Dinner: While celebrating Vegan Pizza Day, we made vegan pizzas. Yum! We made a fougasse-style pizza. Unlike normal, we used a Yves Vegan pepperoni and also Vegan Cheddar Cheese from Love Your Heart (Casein free).

Sunday Dinner: So full from our breakfast still, we decided to go along with a smaller dinner. I took some ‘chickenless’ strips and made a nice, healthy stir-fry. I’ll have my recipe on my website it you would like it. It was more bland than what we generally prefer but it was the first time we tried these ‘chickenless’ strips from Trader Joe’s.

Exercise: Not really that much exercise happened this weekend besides taking a small walk outside when it was warm on Sunday, along with Wii Fit Plus exercise routines. It was a relaxing time to regenerate our muscles and bodies for the next week. Mission Accomplished.

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NEELIXNKES 1/31/2011 11:37AM

    Sounds like a relaxing and healthy weekend. I may just have to make those cinnamon rolls for my DH, they look so yummy.

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SUGIRL06 1/31/2011 11:17AM

    I had such a crazy weekend! I am looking forward to a similar weekend in this week! As always, love the food pics!
PS. My coworker does "Meat Free Mondays" so in honor, I have mung beans with quinoa, peppers, and celery today. A little bland but no big deal! I'm not the amazing vegan chef like you ;) I just grabbed what was available in the fridge!

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CONTENTANDFIT 1/31/2011 10:32AM

    Just dropping in via the Eco-Friendly Sparker member blog reading challenge.

I thought I'd pass along a creative commons eBook link (Creative Commons means the writer allows people to download it free) for Tasty Vegan Holiday Recipes from

The link leads to a creative commons page that has a link to the ePub file which you can download and to read or convert to another sort of file depending on your eReader.


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NATPLUMMER 1/31/2011 10:30AM

    As always, it looks super tasty. I do love banana bread. I've even got a few bananas saved in the freezer so I'm ready anytime I want some.
Wii Fit Plus is exercise. Just not as intense as you'd get a the gym. Sometimes that's the perfect amount.
Have a great week!!!

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JLEMUS1 1/31/2011 9:24AM

    That all looks sooooo good!!! Congrats!!! I never thought of vegan food as exciting, I will have to try some of those recipe's especially the pizza weakness!! Thanks so much and keep on being STRONG!!

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Healthy CocoPops!!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Most amazing machine ever! We went shopping last night at a local Whole Foods Market and they had this machine setup to entertain and bring in customers. It is a new machine that is done by a company called Coco Pops. It is a machine that uses only natural ingredients such as corn, rice and wheat to make this amazing tasting rice cracker. The crackers are not only vegan but taste amazing. They had warm samples right off the press and boy was it a big thrill!

The rice crackers are about as big as my head and only have 20 calories each! The company states that you can make sandwiches out of it and use as a "chip" to dip. So cool! We bought a whole package of the whole wheat.

Here's a video on youtube.

Company website: (photo above from main site)

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BREW99 2/6/2011 2:55PM

    I've gone to the main site and apparently it states that the machine is for rent. I'm thinking maybe our Whole Foods only has the machine because they rented it out? Anyone else seen it in theirs?

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NURSEA32 2/2/2011 9:54AM

    My mom brought them for my kids..they love them! I didn'tthink about making sandwiches outof them though..great idea!

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CASJ57 1/31/2011 12:20AM

    I must investigate these - thanks for the heads up!


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CONTENTANDFIT 1/30/2011 1:02PM

    How interesting. I wonder if they are at all Whole Foods locations.

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ELISA322 1/30/2011 10:15AM

    LOL Cheryl, I have to admit that I thought it was Coco Puffs too.

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CHERWHOAH 1/30/2011 12:20AM

    i got excited to read this but then saw the picture and thought, "darn it, she wasn't talking about the delicious chocolate puff cereal" coco puffs, coco pops, too close LOL ;P

That would be an interesting sandwich if they're crispy. but 20 cals is amazing!

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ELISA322 1/29/2011 11:33PM

    I want to try that! Can't wait to see your next blog to see what you do with them.

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NATPLUMMER 1/29/2011 5:10PM

    Cool. I'll have to check them out next time I go to Whole Foods!

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1/28/11 Day in Photos

Friday, January 28, 2011

Another cold morning here, so it was really hard to get out of bed. Haha Not that I’m tired, I just really don’t want to engage in a cold household so early in the morning. The bed feels so nice in the morning, plus the warm, cuddling husband doesn’t make it any better of a chance for a “want” to get out. But at last I did manage to drag myself out of bed and get ready for the day.

Pretty boring day if I might say so… It was grocery list making day which I generally enjoy however it always makes me hungry. I tend to make the list out after I have had a full meal, to reduce temptations but today I fell under a bad attack of binging. So, I made myself a bowl of popcorn – oops! Yes, it’s a healthy alternative to anything else that I might have eaten as a snack but it was still snacking. Life goes on though.

Exercise: Day off since rather too cold to go outside to walk to the gym. Additionally, the husband had a meeting to go to tonight so I had less time for getting to the gym. Sounds weird, yes, but it was a dinner meeting with a presentation so I had to make him a full meal before he left for it since we are vegan. Why is it that these catering companies can’t serve anything healthy or without animal flesh? Guess all we can do is try to make the best of it and make sure that he has something good to eat before he leaves so it reduces the amount of bad foods that he eats there. Does anyone else do this too? Or other suggestions?

Day in Photos:
Wii Age: 27

Brekkie: Feeling cold and annoyed a little so I wasn’t in the mood to make anything special for my own breakfast. Yes, it sounds weird but I make two different breakfast meals for my husband and me because he has to have high calorie and me low. Makes it fun to experiment with both sides of the spectrum though. His breakfast: 3-grain hot cereal that I mix together myself with amaranth, millet, and quinoa. Add tons of mixed nuts, dried fruit, and some organic unsweetened soymilk and it is a nice breakfast. Me, Bear Naked cold Cereal (why do I crave cold cereal on a cold morning, am I weird?) with unsweetened organic almond milk. If you have a Trader Joes’ near you, try their almond milk in the cold section – it is 40 calories per 1 cup! Amazing! (333 cals)

Snack: Air-popped Popcorn – yummy! I ate a few lentil chips too while I was waiting – see, very much into snacking today. Oops!

Lunch: I was feeling back about eating the popcorn and snacking on a few lentil chips so I went ahead and had a smaller lunch than I had planned. I ate half a serving of leftovers – Tofurky Roast. (290 cals)

Snack: small mug of hot cocoa – vegan style and a small chocolate piece from Australia

Dinner: Since the husband was going to be gone for dinner – I really didn’t make anything special for myself. It was one of my “night’s off”, I guess you could call it that. I made the husband homemade spaghetti with brown rice pasta. For me, I don’t really care for spaghetti so I just had a little bit of a few things. I had two vegan hot dogs. Again, I am strange because I never liked real hot dogs (or rather called mystery meat dogs) but I love the vegan ones. Go figure! It’s okay though, my mother is a psychologist so I’m well treated for my strange habits. ^_^ I had some organic ketchup from Whole Foods (I’m trying to finish this off since we don’t like it – too sweet!) and a little organic whole grain mustard. We really don’t use condiments though, so I think that the mustard had gone bad – so I didn’t eat it. Then I had four tiny organic heirloom tomatoes. (180 cals)

haha, that photo looks very gross - sorry guys...

Snack: Bored out of my mind – I’m a people person so being home alone the whole day for work and then the husband was gone during the night really triggered my boredom. This of course meant that I ate… boo! I had half a serving of bear naked cereal (seriously the stuff is so tasty!!), along with a few dark chocolate chips. Then I had a nice relaxing amount of Disarronno as a nightcap. Do people still call it a nightcap? Just goes to show how much I am not a drinker… haha

So, after the entire day, I’m not that thrilled with what I ate but at least it was all healthy ingredients. I didn’t have any chemical preservatives nor did I go over my calorie count.

Total Calories: 1246
Total Calories Burned 1,557
Calorie Differential -311

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MUSHROOMSTEW 1/28/2011 11:40AM

    Mmmmmmm I love leftover Tofurky!!! Sounds like a yummy day!

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SUGIRL06 1/28/2011 11:29AM

    You still did great!

And I love cereal, so much so that I cant keep it around because I want to eat the whole box in one sitting. I buy it for my hubby's breakfast and tell myself that its his and I can't have any. Works ok unless I buy my favorites which also happen to be his favorites!

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NATPLUMMER 1/28/2011 11:13AM

    I do know that feeling of not wanting to get out of a nice bed and start your day. I've been feeling that a lot lately. It's not even that cold.
Popcorn is a great snack.
Yes, it is weird to crave cold cereal on a cold morning but that's okay.
Lunch looks super yummy.
Really, you don't like spaghetti. It's one of my favorite things. I love the SmartDogs. Prefer them to real hot dogs. And you know I'm not even vegetarian.
Dinner doesn't look gross to me. Maybe because I'm starting to get hungry for a snack.
I'll have to get some of that Bear Naked cereal. My problem is that I'm a bad cereal snacker. I really have to remember to measure it out and not eat it straight from the box or I can easily eat half the box at a time.
I have no idea if people still call it a nightcap. That's what I'd call it, but I'm not much of a drinker.
Calorie differential = great day!!!

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1/27/11 Day in Photos

Thursday, January 27, 2011

emoticon emoticonHappy Australia Day!!! emoticon emoticon
Today was even better than yesterday. I felt better and had less cramps. Yay!!! Not delightful to talk about but is definitely very nice for me. I was again busy the whole day. I didn't get as much exercise in as I had hoped, but I was thrilled that I got dressed and walked down to the gym once again. Yay! It's a great feat just doing that since it is half a mile in snow and cold breezes. Before leaving for the gym, I managed to prepare a vegan Australia roast (tofurky) with tons of veggies. I left it in the oven covered with foil. Then, when we got in from sweating, I turned on the oven and went ahead with taking showers and getting prepped for dinner. It was a great turnout! Hurray!!!

Australia Day kicked off with breakfast in our household. I got out of bed especially to make this large Vegan-styled Aussie Breakfast. True it may not be totally Dinkum, but at least it is a vegan breakfast to celebrate this special day. Breakfast included vegan “eggs” made from tofu, homemade sprouted seed bread, a vegan sausage for my husband and a vegan hot dog for myself. The hubster who needs to gain weight had his toast with vegemite and sliced avocado; mine minus the avocado. We also had some coffee to go along with it. Photos of my husband's calorie filled meal and mine with less. (326 cals)

Snack: Herbal Tea with two drops of almond milk in it.

Lunch: Trader Joe’s Baked Lentil Chips with a couple of organic heirloom tomatoes. Main dish was a large sprouted tortilla from a store called Whole Foods in America with red pepper hummus and organic mixed greens. I made a leftover bento (lunchbox) for my darling husband; unfortunately, it meant there were no leftovers for me. So, I was still hungry after this and had some Bear Naked Banana/Walnut Cereal with ½ cup of Almond Milk (Unsweetened). (418 cals)

Snack: Organic Pink Lady Apple, sliced.

Dinner: We decided we wouldn’t go crazy with making vegan “meat” pasties so we went along and make a vegan Tofurky Roast with veggies. If you have seen these in the stores but snickered (such as we used to do), I highly suggest trying one. One roast serves 5 people and is totally worth the 1 hour and 25 minute wait for it to bake. Mmmm!!! As the roast was baking away, I whipped up a Orange and Coconut Water Cocktail. See my website for recipe. Yum!!!

Snack: I was born with low-sugar levels, so I always try to assure that I have some sugar in the evening after a good workout. So, I had a miniature Cadbury Chocolate from Australia. Yum! It was something that was leftover from my GF in Australia that sent a box at Christmas. Thanks Sarah! Love ya!

Total Calories = 1276
Total Calories Burnt According to SP: 222
Total Calories Burnt According to my electronic Devices: 347

Total Burned 1,779 Differential -503

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SUGIRL06 1/28/2011 11:24AM

    Your food is always so yummy looking. Happy Australia Day!

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BREW99 1/28/2011 9:31AM

    Trying out the whole blogging thing. Since I work from home, I do have a little extra time during the week to blog - so I thought if I could reach more people to teach about dieting and exercise - the better, right? so, this is the link:

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ELISA322 1/27/2011 7:17PM

    Orange and coconut cocktails look refreshing. What is your website?

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BREW99 1/27/2011 6:43PM

    Australia Day is like America's Independence Day.

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NATPLUMMER 1/27/2011 11:59AM

    It all looks terrific! I do love a tofu scramble for breakfast. No Vegemite for me, thank you.

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 1/27/2011 9:37AM

    Looks YUMMY!!!!

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  Happy Australia Day! You live where I would LOVE to next visit. And your food looks so delicious! emoticon

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TERRI40 1/27/2011 9:25AM

    First off, way to go on keeping it healthy! Second, what is Australia Day?

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