Monday Already?

Hey everyone! Sorry I didn’t post this weekend. I decided to take the weekend off… from everything. It was very relaxing, I got to spend time with Delilah and it went WAY too fast! I am back now though and I have some fun meals to share with you.

Like I said, I took the weekend off from blogging, mostly because I didn’t want to worry about photographing everything and so I could just relax. There was one meal that I did photograph though because I thought it was kind of awesome and I couldn’t NOT show you!

I took some of my Vegg Frittata breakfast burrito! I took a wedge of the frittata and mashed it up and put it in a gf tortilla along with some avocado. You can’t see the avocado really in the above photo, which is why I took the next one…

The other end of the burrito is way prettier and you can see the avocado :) It was really good! The avocado was the perfect addition!
Now onto today’s eats.

Breakfast was a blueberry mango smoothie: 1/2 cup each of frozen blueberries and mango, almond milk, Vega Shake & Go Vanilla Almondilla and a ton of spinach.

Snack was a big ass orange.

Lunch was the last piece of Vegg Frittata and a big side of salad.
Pre workout snack was a Lemon Coconut Hemp Seed Bite.
I’m off to the gym in a few minutes for a nice long workout including a training session. Hopefully my shoulder will be ok. I woke up and did some yoga this morning because I thought that part of the problem may be the way I sleep… it helped a little I suppose? I got approval for the MRI so I’m about to make the appointment and hopefully we can get this show on the road sooner rather than later!
Not sure what dinner will be, probably nothing special. Just working on going through the pantry stuff which is mostly grains so it’ll probably be quinoa and veggies!
Have a great night everyone!

Happy Friday!!

Hey everyone! Happy Friday! I hope that you all had a good week and I’m sure all of you are excited about the weekend like I am :) Sorry I didn’t post yesterday, I was running around in the morning getting ready for my appointment with the spine Dr. and just didn’t get to take photos. After work I had the gym so it was just a busy day all around!

Obviously I don’t have answers just yet about what is happening with my shoulder, back and neck but it seems like this Dr. is actually interested in trying to figure it out, which is incredibly refreshing. A snippet of  what he told me: “Whatever it is, it’s strange. It was strange in the beginning and it is still strange. But we will figure out what it is (I had actually seen him once two years ago for the same problem but went to a neurologist after…who did nothing).” This was so refreshing to hear since I’ve been trying to get answers for three years and it seems like I finally have someone on board with me. Oh and the icing on the vegan cake was that they took me in to the room 5 minutes early and the appointment started exactly on time. I don’t know about you but I’m usually waiting at least a half hour past my appointment time at a Dr’s office. So that was awesome. I felt really good when I walked out of there. I am going to have an MRI done on my neck and we’ll take it from there. Just waiting for authorization :)

So today was business as usual. Started off at work then I ran some errands then I went to the gym and did 45 minutes of cardio. I also ate some pretty awesome food. Check it out!

Breakfast was a “green” smoothie. Not green but had lots of greens. It had frozen banana, frozen blueberries, almond milk, Vegan Shake & Go Vanilla Almondilla and lots of spinach. Very delicious.

Late morning snack was an AMAZING mango! I’ve never had fresh mango before (just frozen) and OMG it is so delicious. I’m glad I decided to pick one up to try.
I thought I would take a picture of the carnage because it looked hilarious. These were the results of the Friday Mango Massacre. I know there are more civilized ways to eat it but I don’t care. It was fun being all messy :) Thank goodness no one was around!

For lunch I ate this amazing snacky plate. It had carrots, celery, tomato, home made gluten free tortilla chips and lots of hummus. Delicious!
Post workout I had a protein shake. Then after my shower I ate seaweed snacks to hold me over until dinner.
Dinner was a big, beautiful chopped salad. Yum!
Forgetting Sarah Marshall just came on FX and will lead right into The Ultimate Fighter Live which is pretty much my perfect night :) I’m cuddling up into bed and I see some air popped popcorn in my future.
Hope you all had a great day! Cheers to the weekend! Hope it’s a great one for you :)

WTF Wednesday

Hey everyone! Today is my long day which is usually made a lot longer due to the amount of meal prep I have to do in the morning. I eat breakfast at home but the other snacks and meals are eaten at work so it just takes a bit longer to get ready but it’s worth it to eat a healthy, home cooked (or prepped) meal. The effort was well worth it today because my meals are going to be so good!

My breakfast was so good! I had breakfast quinoa! I basically made it the exact same way as oatmeal. I took some cooked quinoa, added it to a pot with some almond milk, a little stevia and some cinnamon. I cooked it down until the milk was mostly absorbed then I added some raisins. After the rest of the liquid absorbed I added some sliced almonds and a half of a banana. It was so delicious!

For late morning snack I’m going to have the other half of the banana and a half of an orange.

Check out this beautiful stir fry for lunch! Tofu, broccoli, spinach, zucchini, onion and carrot. This is going to be so good!

For my afternoon snack I’m going to have some roasted seaweed from Trader Joe’s. Mmm.
My dinner is actually already at work but it is just some raw celery, carrots and tomato with some hummus. Simple but delicious.
I’d say today is going to be an awesome food day. I think that will help me get through the 10 hour work day. I have an appointment with the spine dr. tomorrow so hopefully he’ll put me on track to finding some relief for my neck, back, shoulder issues. 
Hope you all have a great day! See you tomorrow!

Giveaway Winners!

Hey everyone! Today I woke up and the sun was shining again which is such a nice feeling :) This is going to be a quick post but I wanted to announce my giveaway winners!

Using the random number generator (and excluding Ingrid’s post because she opted out very graciously), congrats to numbers 8 and 1! Sophie and Sage please e-mail me (xvavaveganx@yahoo.com) to claim your prize, a bag of the Beanfields Nacho Bean and Rice chips! Congrats ladies!

As promised, I finally tried the Nacho flavor of these chips:

Let me tell you, these chips are amazing! They are savory and cheesy which is surprising with the notable absence of nooch in the ingredients! Another reason that these are far superior to Doritos (minus the whole lack of yucky dairy and chemical products)? Notice the lack of radioactive orange glow to the chips and eventually your fingers after you eat them. That stuff is a reminder for the rest of the day that you filled your belly with something that just doesn’t occur in nature. I’m so glad that Beanfields chose me to try these products and that I could pay it forward! I hope you ladies like them as much as I do!
Have a great day everyone!

Monday Grub

Hey everyone. It’s been a yucky, dreary day here in NY and that always makes me exhausted. I could barely keep my eyes open all day! I tried to take a nap before the gym but that didn’t happen. Luckily I made it through my session with no problems :) My mood was reflected through my incredibly boring  meals. Tasty, but boring. Hopefully they will be more exciting tomorrow!

Check it:

Breakfast was a cherry chocolate smoothie. For some reason since I got sick with my stomach bug a month or two ago, these smoothies haven’t tasted the same. They used to taste like a chocolate shake, now they taste like crap. I don’t understand why.
For a late morning snack I had some watermelon with some grapes.
For lunch I just had a half of an avocado mashed with salt and pepper served with one tortilla’s worth of homemade gf tortilla chips.

Pre workout I had a homemade Orange Coconut Larabar (though I love Miss Rachel’s term “Vavabar!”). This was probably the best thing I ate all day!
For dinner I was kind of hungry but really lazy from being tired from the crap ass weather and then exhausted after the gym so I decided that a big ol’ bowl of cereal would be the perfect dinner. This is legit a big bowl… a cup and a half of cereal with a sliced banana and some unsweetened vanilla almond milk. And I am enjoying every bit of it. Sometime a bowl of cereal is just what you need :)
Hope you all had a great day. Hopefully the rain will clear up soon, it has been so dreary lately.  You still have a few hours to enter the GIVEAWAY, winners will be drawn tomorrow morning!
Time to curl up under the covers and get ready for The Voice :) Got a big ol’ bottle of water here so I should be set for the night. Have a great night everyone!

Pantry Challenge Kick Off!

Hey everyone! I’m writing this post feeling very accomplished. I woke up this morning and headed over to Whole Foods (the close one, yay saving on gas!) and picked up produce. My grocery bill for the week? $30!!! That is less than half of what I normally spend. That’s awesome :) I got lots of stuff including broccoli, oranges, apples, carrots, zucchini, avocados, spinach and a mango!! Yum!

After I got home I tore it up in the kitchen and now I’m sitting here with a good base for my meals for the week in the fridge and a full belly. So lets check out what I made.

A big ass batch of quinoa! And may I state for the record this is the first successful batch of quinoa I’ve ever made. I don’t know why but I seem to mess it up every time and it is always undercooked. This batch is perfectly fluffy and lovely. I am planning on using it in a few different ways so stay tuned this week to check that out.
The second thing I did was make a big batch of brown rice, most of which I used in…

The Vegg frittata that I saw Bianca make over at Vegan Crunk! I’m glad I checked out the recipe on The Vegg website when I did because it’s gone now! I had to make the frittata from memory and I think I did a pretty good job!

Obviously I couldn’t wait to tear into it for breakfast so I cut a hearty wedge and enjoyed it with grapes and the other half of my orange that I used making…

Homemade Larabars! I decided to make Orange Coconut flavor.  So good! I’m pretty set on snacks now so that is a huge help and will save a ton of $$ at the store. 
Orange Coconut Larabars
2 cups dates
1 cup raw almonds
1 cup dried shredded coconut
1 tsp vanilla extract (I used alcohol free)
zest from 1 orange
juice from 1/2 orange
Directions:
1. Add almonds to food processor and chop into small pieces.
2. Add the rest of the ingredients to the food processor and process until well combined and forms a sticky dough. Texture is up to your discretion, I like mine a little smooth but you can leave yours chunky!
3. Take dough from food processor and transfer into a loaf pan lined with plastic wrap.
4. Press dough down until packed very tight. Cover top with plastic wrap overhang.
5. Refrigerate for an hour until it firms up a bit.
6. Remove from loaf pan, uncover and cut into bars. Wrap each bar and store in fridge or freezer.
7. Enjoy!
 I’m going to take some time to plan my meals for the next few days. I’m trying to get more organized because I think that’ll also help eliminate food waste.  Then I’m going to relax! I’m exhausted, I haven’t stopped at all this weekend so it’ll be nice to just be mellow for a bit.
Hope you all had a great weekend! Don’t forget to enter my GIVEAWAY by midnight on Monday, April 23!

Bucket List

Hey everyone! I know I said I probably wouldn’t be posting but I just can’t stay away! No food today but I remember a while ago I posted my Fitness Bucket List and mentioned that I have a regular Bucket List. I remember some of you expressing some interest in it and as I’ve been working on my boards on Pinterest I dug out my bucket list so I figured I’d share it with you. I think Bucket Lists are a very good way to get an idea of who someone is so here’s mine! I only have 75 items right now but I’m sure I’ll add more :) The ones in red are what I’ve done. Looks like I have to get cracking!

  1. Open a vegan bakery.
  2. Go on a road trip along the California Coast.
  3. Learn how to surf.
  4. Learn a new language.
  5. Visit Easter Island.
  6. Cliff jump in Santorini.
  7. Participate in a ghost hunt.
  8. Feel comfortable in my body and be a confident woman.
  9. Improve my photography skills and take pictures everywhere I go.
  10. Take a trip by myself.
  11. Adopt pets.
  12. Participate in a large scale scavenger hunt.
  13. Get a half sleeve tattoo.
  14. Learn how to make jewelry. 
  15. Become more adventurous and take more risks.
  16. Mindfully celebrate the autumnal equinox.
  17. Get in top physical shape and maintain it.
  18. Spar with a partner.
  19. Participate in a sanctioned boxing bout.
  20. Build a fort and have a slumber party.
  21. Grow my own fruits, veggies and herbs.
  22. Travel Scandinavia by bike.
  23. Become a more optimistic person.
  24. Start celebrating my birthday.
  25. Support small local businesses.
  26. Become the woman I was meant to be.
  27. Buy myself a new wardrobe.
  28. Learn the bagpipes.
  29. Go to New Orleans.
  30. Host dinner parties.
  31. Learn how to properly do hair and makeup.
  32. Stop being so hard on myself.
  33. Foster my creativity through art.
  34. Reconnect with old friends.
  35. Make new friends.
  36. Do a photo shoot at Eastern State penitentiary
  37. Go on an archaeological dig.
  38. Become a roller derby girl.
  39. Live a “greener” life.
  40. See the Northern Lights
  41. Create my dream home
  42. Visit a volcano
  43. Ride a Vespa
  44. Learn more about Eastern religions.
  45. Go to a taping of a TV show.
  46. Zipline through the rainforest
  47. Experience Oktoberfest.
  48. Have a cup of coffee in each of the 50 states.
  49. Fill up my passport with stamps.
  50. Have a nice picture on my driver’s license.
  51. Dye my hair blonde just to see what it would look like.
  52. Experience 24 hours of daylight in Alaska.
  53. Inspire someone.
  54. Have a big ass food fight.
  55. Go to a drive in movie theater.
  56. Shop for a bed in my Pjs.
  57. Listen to my iPod all the way through on shuffle.
  58. Put up some videos on Youtube.
  59. Learn how to nunchuck.
  60. Visit an animal sanctuary.
  61. Go one week without spending any money.
  62. Make someone’s wedding cake.
  63. Learn more about astrology.
  64. Walk around in a gown all day.
  65. Maintain a blog.
  66. Make a large donation to charity.
  67. Own a beach cruiser.
  68. Make someone’s day.
  69. Get more organized.
  70. Pull an amazing April Fools joke.
  71. Donate hair to locks of love.     
  72. Participate in the Run For Your Lives 5k.
  73. Complete a duathlon sprint.
  74. Join an MMA gym.
  75. Eat more raw food.
Here are some cool images I found and pinned :)

OK hope you liked this post and found my bucket list at least a little interesting ;) Time to get ready for my mom’s birthday dinner! Hope you all have a great Saturday!

    Fun Friday – Things That Rock My Socks

    Hey everyone, happy Friday! Hope you all had a great week and that you are enjoying the start of your weekend. I’m very happy that it is the weekend and tomorrow is a special day: my mom’s birthday! We will be celebrating so I probably won’t have a post up tomorrow but you never know!

    Anyway, keeping up the same Friday tradition I’ve had for the past few weeks, here are some things I’m into this week.

    I just joined Pinterest! I literally just joined a few hours ago so I’m working on it but definitely feel free to follow me! I can’t figure out how to get the button on the side of my blog because for some reason Blogger will only add a URL and I have HTML code for it? Oh well, for now please just click HERE to follow! ;) If anyone has any pinterest advice I’d love to hear it!
    Another song that will be played out in a week but I’m loving anyway is Gotye ft. Kimbra “Somebody That I Used To Know.” It’s a great song and Kimbra’s (the girl) part is pretty much the story of my life, Ha!

    The minute I saw Gabby’s Raw Lemon Coconut Hemp Seed Bites I knew I had to make them… soon! I figured it was a perfect way to start my pantry challenge so after I got home from work today I made a batch for myself :) They are SOOOOO good and super easy to make. Thanks for the great recipe Gabby, I’m so glad I found your blog! 
    BUBBLE TEA!! I have loved this stuff ever since I was a grad student in Seattle (5-6 years ago) and there were 3 bubble tea places within 3 blocks of my apartment. It is tea with some sort of fruit flavor and tapioca pearls. It’s so good and I hadn’t had one in so long! I found out that a new place opened close to my house and they had bubble tea so I naturally made my way over there. This one is peach tea with tapioca pearls. Sorry the picture is so ridiculous, I was practically hanging out of the car taking it. The place was very small but cute, had a lot of different flavor options and even had a few vegan food options! None were gluten free but the bubble tea was enough for me. Before this place opened up you’d have to go to Flushing or Manhattan to get it and I’m never really in either place. It was incredibly sweet so I’ll ask them to only put half the usual amount of fruit puree in there next time. Best. Discovery. Ever.
    And finally, the start of my pantry challenge this weekend is rocking my socks off! I already wrote up a list of dishes I want to make and I can’t wait to start varying up my meals a bit. Hopefully the blog will perk up with some creativity this week :)
    Hope you have a great Friday and Saturday! I’ll see you on Sunday, and don’t forget to enter my GIVEAWAY by midnight on Monday!

    Product Review and a Giveaway!

    Hey everyone! Hope you are all well. I’m very excited that tomorrow is Friday.

    Last night I got home from my long day at work and was greeted by another very happy surprise!! Let me show you ;)

    A box full of Beanfields Bean & Rice Chips!  I was contacted by the company and asked to sample their chips. I was pretty stoked and said that I would be happy to and they sent me this huge box with bags and bags of chips! Right before my pantry challenge, ha!
    Beanfields products boast some pretty cool nutrition facts! First, they are made entirely of rice and beans, therefore the are gluten free (and also corn free). Also, if you recall I’ve mentioned a few times that rice and beans combine to form a complete protein (one of the reasons it is one of my favorite foods!) and one serving of these chips provide 4 grams of complete protein as well as 4 grams of fiber.  If all of that wasn’t a good enough reason to try these chips, VegNews named them Best in Show for Best New Vegan Snack Product. Sold!
    I believe the Nacho flavor is the most popular and the one that was mentioned to me when I was asked to sample and review this product but they were kind enough to send me a variety of flavors. I received large bags of the Nacho, Sea Salt and Pico de Gallo flavors, and snack sized bags of the Nacho and Pico de Gallo flavor. I was pretty amped about the nacho flavor (think vegan doritos!) but I really wanted to tear into the Pico de Gallo chips so that’s what I did.
    Isn’t it purdy? I needed a small snack anyway so I ate the snack sized bag of Pico de Gallo chips. Let me tell you, these chips pack a ton of flavor! If you like Bar B Que chips you will LOVE these! You get a smoky flavor right off the bat and sure enough there is natural smoke flavor in the ingredients. These chips were really tasty and indeed filling. I’m really looking forward to trying the other flavors!
    This is where YOU come in! I requested some extra bags so I could do a giveaway and they were nice enough to oblige! Not pictured are two large bags of nacho flavored chips! Two of you will get a bag of these chips to try, which I thought was pretty cool of them. If you want to try them please just comment below with what your favorite snack food is! I’ll take entries through Monday, April 23 and will select the two winners Tuesday morning. I will also post my review of the Nacho flavor on Tuesday so the lucky winners know what is coming to them :)
    Thanks again Beanfields for your generous snack delivery! Can’t wait to taste the rest of the flavors and share what I think with all of you!
    Oh, before I go I’ve been meaning to ask if anyone watches the show Impractical Jokers on TruTV? I’ve been watching it for a while it is one of my favorite shows! It is so hilarious!! If you can check it out I definitely recommend it, and that is what I’ll be watching tonight.
    Hope you all have a great night! Yay for Friday!
    *GIVEAWAY CLOSED*

    Two Meals and a “Cleanse”

    Hey everyone! This is going to be a quickish post because I have to finish getting ready for my long day. To be honest I wasn’t going to post today but I made two awesome meals and I kind of wanted to share them. I also wanted to talk about a decision I just made. I find that when I talk about it here I become more accountable. And I also get tons of awesome support because you guys are awesome!

    Here are the meals first:

    This first meal is the most recent and most successful use of The Vegg vegan egg yolk. This time I used 1/2 cup of water with 2 tsp of the powder. This worked better because it was enough for my personal blender to combine it completely (1/4 cup of water doesn’t even come up to the blades and barely mixes at all!) so it was thicker and cooked up way better! I used it in a breakfast burrito and made it with a GF brown rice tortilla, fat free spicy refried beans, and tofu scramble with spinach with the vegg mixture. It was a little messy but so good! And super filling which is great for my long day because we have to eat between clients and sometimes it doesn’t happen until late.

    I made a huge plate of veggies with hummus and stuffed grape leaves to bring with me. Carrots, celery (going to give it a try!), my fave Mediterranean hummus from Trader Joe’s and some stuffed grape leaves. I also still have my seaweed snacks there because I didn’t get a chance to eat them yesterday.
    So, I was thinking about another cleanse recently and this morning I realized that there isn’t too much to clean up. I eat a lot of fresh foods and while I partake in just a few processed foods (mostly the refried beans I think) it really doesn’t come close to the amount of fresh I eat. 
    I’ve decided that for the next few weeks until wedding season starts to pick up again and I hopefully start assisting again, I’m going on a spending strike. A major part of this means that I will be doing a pantry challenge! Looking through my pantry I’ve realized that I have so much good stuff that I haven’t used yet. Quinoa, hemp seeds, beans, brown rice, dates, canned stuffed grape leaves (these were always back up because I find them greasy but I will drain them thoroughly!), etc. I spend too much money on bars and convenience foods when I have all of the ingredients to make my own. The only food I will buy from the store for a few weeks (until I dwindle down the pantry) is fresh produce. In addition to saving money on convenience foods AND prepared foods, I’ll be saving money on gas. I travel an extra 15-20 minutes to the “good” Whole Foods because they have a bigger selection of prepared and packaged foods. I just need produce so I will go to the one that is only 10 minutes from my house. This will be great given the gas prices and how often I go to Whole Foods!
    Finally, this will help me bring more variety into my diet. I have fallen into a bit of a rut, just buying the same things every week and preparing the same meals. Now I’ll be more creative in preparing different meals using different ingredients. I’m really excited about all of this and I think now is a perfect time to do this. I’m also thinking that it will help me stay busy and help my anxiety by focusing my attention elsewhere. I see only good things coming out of this :)
    Anyway, time to finish getting ready. I hope that you are all well and having a great day!