Archive for September, 2008

Kermit-Colored

September 29, 2008

I beg to differ with Mr. Kermit the Frog- it is VERY easy to be green! Especially with this bright smoothie 🙂 I’ve heard about green smoothies and the even more healthful process of jucicing and drinking your greens, and now that I’ve finally tried it I can’t believe I waited so long.

For this smoothie I started with roughly a cup of frozen mango chunks. Then I added a good handful of spinach (washed and stems removed), some ice cubes, and a little unsweetened soymilk (or you could use water, to make it Raw). I gave it an extra-long run in the blender just to make sure I wouldn’t wind up with spinachy bits. What I finally got to taste was a rich, thick, refreshing smoothie. The spinach gave a great texture and provided a balance to the sweet mango. I loved it this way, but if you’re a little wary of spinach in your smoothies or want a sweeter taste, adding in half a banana would most likely add that extra creamy sweetness.

Greens in general have been on my mind a lot lately since I started reading Kristen’s Raw, both her blog and her raw lifestyle pages. While I don’t think a 100% raw vegan lifestyle is the one for me, I really like her philosophy and her energy. I do feel “better”, more alive, when I eat pure, unprocessed foods in their natural states. I’m going to try to do a raw day- just to see how it makes me feel. And if that’s the only 100% raw day I ever do, that’s fine by me, because no matter what else I’m eating I know my new love for green smoothies will ensure I’m getting in *some* raw all the time 🙂

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A Better Banana Bread

September 23, 2008

I’ve quickly come to the realization that I am not an everyday blogger. Or even an every two day blogger. Posting my meals is boring for me and I hate feeling like my entries are uninspired and lacking in creativity! Therefore, I’m going back to why I created this blog in the first place- to share my love for good food and the pleasure involved with it in the form of recipes and other musings 🙂 And I think I’m going to be a lot happier doing it 🙂 I’ll also update a little along the way about how my recasting is going (French Women Don’t Get Fat– for those who missed me mentioning it before).

The recipe that awakened me from my blog slumber and brought about the utter need to post was, fittingly, a breakfast one. I love muffins and quick breads for breakfast but I don’t love their sugar content, so I came up with a banana bread-like pancake recipe that uses only one tablespoon of sweetener (I used agave but I bet honey would be great too!). The recipe is based on my favourite pancake template, from vegan baking queen Hannah Kaminsky.

Banana Bread Pancakes

1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
pinch of salt
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup vanilla soymilk
1 tbsp agave nectar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp pureed banana

Mix first 4 (dry) ingredients. Mix wet separately. Slice remaining part of banana very thinly and gently fold into dry ingredients at the same time you mix in the wet. Don’t overmix! Let sit for up to 10 minutes. Pour batter onto a greased pan and cook until edges are dry and bubbles start to pop in the middle of your pancake. Then flip and cook until underside is lightly browned. Serve with maple syrup, peanut butter, or both 🙂 The banana slices melt into the batter and give a rich banana bread flavour- definitely worth waking up for!


I did a nutritional facts analysis using calorie-count.com’s recipe feature and came up with this: each serving (one recipe) provides apprx. 430 calories, 1.5g fat, 9.5g fiber, 11.4g protein. Obviously, any substitutions will alter these approximations.

Cheers For Fuses And Working Stoves!

September 10, 2008

SO I’m gonna try out this posting every two days thing but the result may just be one long post that is no fun to read, but anyway I’ll try it out and see how I like it 🙂 I also think I might post a rough calorie estimate for my days as well- my aim is always on eating for pleasure but when it comes to dropping a few pounds it doesn’t hurt to keep an eye on the numbers. If there’s anything you guys don’t like about these changes please let me know 🙂

TUESDAY

It was all about the stove-top oats this morning!!!! It’s been months since my last bowl of real oats, and I thoroughly enjoyed every last bite of this breakfast. In the mix was the standard 40g of oats with 1/3 cup skim milk, 1/3 cup water, a pinch of salt, one whole and very ripe banana, cinnamon, brown sugar, and of course a spoonful of crunchy peanut butter. Coffee with skim milk also made an unphotographed appearance.

I worked the 7-3 shift this morning (so the above oats were eaten at 5:30, sooo earlyyy) and I brought a lunch that I made the night before: two ounces of whole wheat linguine with tomato basil sauce, plain yogurt, and a banana.

I got home around 4 and then had to switch gears since class started at 6, so I snacked on a plate of carrots and hummus while I figured out what to make for dinner.

I went with a mixed greens salad with rotisserie chicken, olives, jalapenos (which I wound up taking off since the flavours just did not compliment each other), rosemary and garlic croutons, rice vinegar, and olive oil. For dessert I had the most decadent banana yogurt with a small handful of Kashi Go-Lean Crunch. It’s a grocery store brand yogurt and it’s flavoured but the sugar content isn’t that crazy and it’s so thick and delicious, I think I’ll have to buy this one again.

After class I baked up a batch of Kath’s VeggieGirl Inspired Pumpkin Bread (in muffin form) for the boyfriend since he is so good to me 🙂 He’s already devoured 3, I had half of one. So doughy, so good, and a perfect treat to celebrate the coming of fall!

Today’s (rough) total: 1355

MONDAY

Breakfast this morning was 40g of oats that I soaked overnight in 1/2 cup water, then in the morning added in a few big spoonfuls of plain yogurt, cinnamon, and a banana.


I packed a lunch but wound up getting to eat it at home because I was left off work early 🙂 I had carrots and cucumber slices with 2 tablespoons of roasted garlic hummus, rotisserie chicken with honey mustard on a whole wheat English muffin, and a plain yogurt that I jazzed up with a little fresh cut mango. I definitely gnawed on the pit after cutting up that mango…. Can’t waste any of that deliciousness!! 🙂


Dinner was kind of in stages- I had class from 6-9 so I started eating around 4 and just kind of ate constantly until it was time to leave. I started with a bowl of whole wheat linguine with tomato basil sauce (about 2 ounces of pasta). This was the first meal I cooked on my (now working) stove in my new apartment!!! I think it was extra tasty just because I was so happy to have cooked food lol.

Next up I had about 1/2 cup of microwaved egg whites with salt and pepper and a generous pile of ketchup. On the side was half of a whole wheat English muffin and some mango slices.

Today’s (rough) total: 1200

Lately I’ve been absolutely hooked on The Biggest Loser Australia (full seasons on YouTube!!!!) And I’m a little embarassed to admit that I’m nearly done season one. It’s kind of where all my free time is going.

Heart to Heart

September 8, 2008

Hi guys 🙂 I’ve missed blogging, I know I’ve been away for a really long time, but I have been super busy and as I’ve yet to fall into a routine, I’m still feeling a little crazy and unsettled. My laptop is ok now and I finally have internet, school (two night classes every week for me) has started, I’m working a full time job and I’ve moved into a fantastic apartment with my even more fantastic boyfriend 🙂 Needless to say, I am much happier now than I was during the lonely summertime! I’m still working out a few kinks with the apartment (a couple fuses are out, including the one that powers the stove- what a tease! I can look at my lovely new oven but can’t use it yet!!) but hopefully everything will get sorted out within this week and I can settle down into something more normal.

I also (still) have a little bit of weight to lose, and some areas to tone. I’m away from the restaurant now so I really have no excuses for eating too much dessert. I haven’t yet decided if I should go back to what I was doing before, blogging my meals every day, because first off it would probably get a little boring (I’m really not that exciting lol) and secondly I don’t know if I have the time for it. But, I also did enjoy doing it and it would be fun to share my recasting and reshaping. The accountability that blogging holds you to, at least until new things become habit, is also a plus. I kind of like how Broccoli Hut posts every two days, so there’s another idea..

Anyway it’s been far too long since I shared any pictures around here, so I simply must show off what my boyfriend (Steve, for future reference) brought me from Boston: 4 jars of PB and Co peanut butter (white chocolate and dark, the best obviously) a WHOLE BOX of peanut butter Larabars (BEST EVER) and a nice big bottle of Moet et Chandon champagne, which we toasted our new apartment with 🙂 Let me tell you, this girl here loves her champagne 🙂

Rest assured, I have been reading, if not commenting on what all of you lovely ladies have been up to 🙂 xox