Apr 18

(Mostly) Raw Vegan Taco Salad

Have you ever met a raw foodist?

 

I don’t get it… 

I do get that it can be fun sometimes though!  Like veganism.  It forces creativity, which I love.  Also, I love bacon.

A raw vegan taco seems strange, but this was so good it even surprised me.  You could go all raw if you took the time to marinate the mushrooms and omitted the lentils.  I’m not that patient.

Raw Vegan Taco Salad

 

While it didn’t include bacon, I barely missed the meat in this vegan taco salad creation.  Sautéing the mushrooms with aminos gave it a delicious saltiness the was reminiscent of meat.  Plus, anything you top with guac is a win.

I also love having a texture contrast with the crunchy raw bell peppers.  A bite of that with the creamy guacamole and juicy tomatoes was a fiesta in my mouth.  #twss

Vegan Taco Salad

On the side I had some dehydrated kale chips, courtesy of Whole foods.  Gotta have chips with my guac!

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(Mostly) Raw Vegan Taco Salad

(Mostly) Raw Vegan Taco Salad

Taco “Meat”

  • 1 portobello mushroom, diced
  • 1/4 C cooked lentils
  • Juice of 1/2 orange
  • 1 garlic clove, minded
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • 2-3 sprays Bragg’s Liquid Aminos (~1/8 tsp)
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon

 

Guacamole

  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 jalapeño, diced
  • 1 T onion, diced

 

Toppers

  • Bell pepper
  • Tomato
  • Mango
  • Cilantro
  • Freshly ground pepper

 

Cauliflower “Rice”

  • 1 C cauliflower florets, plused in food processor to a rice-like state

 

Sauté taco “meat” ingredients until tender.

Meanwhile, mash together guacamole ingredients.  Prep desired toppings and cauliflower rice.

Plate rice and stack remaining components on top.

Take a picture (because it’s pretty) and enjoy!

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How have you enjoyed making co-workers, friends, or family stare with strange but good creations this week? The link up rules can be found here or by clicking on “Strange But Good” in the menu bar above. In short, I want to see what concoctions have earned you weird looks from co-workers, family and friends! Post your Strange But Good creations, grab the logo below for your blog, and link up here.

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I just realize I should have saved this recipe for Cino de Drinko Mayo! 

Do you like raw food?

Will you celebrate Cinco de Mayo?

 

Apr 16

Life is a Jungle Gym + WIAW

Life is a jungle gym.

 

Did anyone else read Lean In?

In Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg refers to your career being a jungle gym rather than a ladder.  The same goes for life.  The secret, in my opinion, is to be flexible and not to let things get too under your skin.

success

 

A couple of weeks ago, I began a cleanse.  I’d been developing some bad habits and was feeling bloated and “meh.”  I also decided to have a food intolerance test done.  It turns out I had a lot of intolerances!  (Click here for more on that.)  Given that I was going to have to cut a lot of things from my diet, I ditched the cleanse.  Wheeeee…. monkey swing to the next bar!

The cleanse wasn’t so hard to give up – I was to the point of having protein back and my every levels are off the charts again.  (Side note: I’m still amazed by how that lack of protein wiped me out – and I was still getting as much as most of America eats!)  The harder part was figuring out how to avoid staple foods that I’d developed intolerances to.  No drugs, bro.

No drugs

 

My diet/nutrition a jungle gym.  Flexibility is key.  I have a choice to stay where I was and continue to feel uncomfortable, or to make some changes.  The food elimination is only 3-6 months (depending on the degree of sensitivity).  That’s not that long – a small price for me to pay for a solution.  So.  Here I go…

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This WIAW is second day with my food intolerances eliminated from my diet.  I’m sure I’ve slipped up (especially with cow’s milk), but I’m getting the hang of it.  Now that I’ve started, it’s not quite as bad as I made it out to be in my head. *knock on wood*

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Read on for my eats, and then check out Jenn’s blog for everyone else’s delicious creations! Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 14

Food Intolerance and Healing My Gut

Food is one of the few things I tolerate well.

 

I’ll patiently wait for good food even if I’m hangry.

My food tolerance is only mental.  It turns out that I have a shit load many food intolerances.  I’ve never had any allergies to foods.  I don’t experience pain from eating certain things.  What I do get is bloating and gas.  That bloat is something I either attributed to genetics (“I just wasn’t meant to have abs”) or to eating in volume (have I mentioned I love to eat?).

Reading this post by Megan opened my eyes to a whole new possibility.  One can have intolerances to foods without necessarily being allergic.  Who knew?!  In fact, many of the foods people are allergic to (gluten, nuts, whey) I don’t have intolerance issues with.  It’s all the other stuff that troubles me!

Food Intolerance 101

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Apr 11

Strange But Good: Coconut Jicama Porridge

There’s more than one way to make a bowl of oats.

 

Breakfast without carbs is just wrong!

Going without oatmeal or bread is not an easy task.  I refused to believe I had to do it for the cleanse.  Oats don’t have to be made with oatmeal!  I’ve made a paleo version before.  However, making oat-less oats without eggs made it a little harder… but it can be done with the help of a strange, but good ingredient: Jicama!

Coconut Jicama Porridge

 

Jicama can do anything.  Nachos, edamame salads… and oat-less oatmeal.  However, I prefer to call this porridge because a) I left it a little more moist that I would my oats and b) I think using words like porridge makes me sound sophisticated and British.

You can use protein powder or leave it out.  Simply increase the liquid if you add protein.  I really liked the additional creaminess it adds, making it even more oatmeal-like.  Toppings are the best part – I used strawberries and kabocha.  I’ve also done it with blood oranges (awesome with the coconut, btw).

Jicama Coconut Porridge

Trust me on this one.  Really.

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Coconut Jicama Porridge

Coconut Jicama Breakfast Porridge

The Base:

  • 1 C raw jicama rice
  • 1/2 C unsweetened almond (or coconut) milk
  • 1/2 tsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ginger

 

My Adds:

  • 1/2 scoop pea protein powder (mixed with ~1/4 C water to thin)
  • Strawberries
  • Kabocha squash (pre-roasted)
  • Ground flax

 

Peel jicama and chop into chunks.  Place jicama in a food processor or blender and pulse until a rice-like crumble forms.

Place all ingredients in the porridge “base” in a pan over medium high heat.  Cook until mixture starts to bubble.  If using protein, add it here.

Continue to cook until most of the liquid is absorbed and mixture becomes creamy (~5 mins).  Taste and adjust spices or add sweetener as desired (I didn’t need any).

Transfer to bowl and enjoy!

Makes 1 serving.

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How have you enjoyed making co-workers, friends, or family stare with strange but good creations this week? The link up rules can be found here or by clicking on “Strange But Good” in the menu bar above. In short, I want to see what concoctions have earned you weird looks from co-workers, family and friends! Post your Strange But Good creations, grab the logo below for your blog, and link up here.

Sprint 2 the Table

 

 

Remember to use #strangebutgood in any Tweets and Instagrams of your creations. :)



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It looks like I’ll be going without some food stuffs a little beyond than this cleanse… more on that later…

Have you ever had jicama?  How did you eat it?

What’s your favorite non-conventional breakfast?

 

Apr 09

Protein Lessons + WIAW

Learning lessons is a theme in my life lately.

 

Some I’d rather not learn, but that’s another story.

Despite having done this cleanse 3 times before, I’m learning a whole new lesson with this one.  It’s about protein.  I had NO idea how much energy and strength I was getting from all the protein I took in!  The first 10 days of the cleanse are meat-free.  It also eliminates common allergens, so I can’t even replace that protein with soy, dairy or eggs.

I have a delicious, clean pea protein powder from Growing Naturals that accounts for most of my intake.  I also have some from quinoa, lentils, and seeds… but that’s really not much.  With the “rules” of the cleanse, I end up eating about half my normal amount of protein and twice the carbs.  Carbs give energy, right?  Notsomuch.  I’m tired.  I’m sleeping more and having to lift lighter.  Apparently carbs give energy when you have enough protein.

back/tri workout

I did get through my back and tri workout.  Fueled by dates and tahini, I took a moment to twerk in the empty squat rack for Arman and Lucie.  Refueled with a protein smoothie made with strawberries, raspberries, basil, coconut, and spinach.

 

Lesson two is hunger.  I’m a bottomless veggie pit.  I eat stacks of vegetables (and fruit), but they don’t have the same staying power that protein does.  Kudos to the vegan body builders out there… I have no idea how they do it!

Curious about protein?  Click here for a piece I wrote for Growing Naturals on the importance of protein before and after a workout.  And then check out these 30 High Protein Breakfasts from many of my FitFluential friends!

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This WIAW is the end of my first week on the 21 day cleanse.  I’m definitely in a good groove, but anxious to add some lean protein in on Friday!

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