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Juice Cleanse Day 2

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Day 2 – started out a success then ended in me wanting to eat my entire kitchen…. FAIL! Lol  This is now becoming a fascinating experiment to me.    I find myself beyond curious as to which combination of vegetables will satisfy my palate and hunger so that I can successfully detox my body, give it a good cleanse and not be famished and wanting to eat everything in my kitchen right down to the linoleum floor.

Yesterday seemed to work much better then today. I think a key factor in yesterday was that I had a kombucha drink that I drank throughout the day.  I’ll have to wait until Friday (pay day) until I can buy myself some more Kombucha (aka miracle drink).

Today I had my green juice, then an apple and almond butter for a snack, then my green smoothie (which tasted like grass, that was hard to take down) and some almonds and cranberry mix for an afternoon snack.

This whole thing is definitely taking some navigating, but I assure you I WILL get this down!! And once I do I’ll be sure to sum it all up into one solid info on what worked and what didn’t along with recipes.

Now again, I want to put out there that I am in no way prescribing a detox diet.  I am only sharing what my experience is and people can feel free to take what I am learning as I go and try it out themselves.

Juice Cleanse Day 1

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Well Day 1 was not as bad as I had anticipated.  Granted today was crazy busy at work so that helped a ton in terms of keeping me moving and not thinking about the fact that my stomach was growling.

Today I did the “Juice till dinner” plan to help ease my way into it.  I had 12 ounces of Green Guru Juice (recipe from Crazy Sexy Diet) followed a half hour later by a green apple.  For lunch I had another 12 ounces of Green Guru Juice,  then for a snack I had an apple with 2 heaping tablespoons of almond Butter.   Then around 5:00 I had a vegan harmonized vanilla protein drink with coconut milk, which was totally disgusting, and will NOT  be doing that again tomorrow, I couldn’t even finish the whole thing it was so gross.

For dinner I had a heafty bowl of quinoa pasta (which is gluten free) with steamed broccoli and a cilantro cashew cream sauce.  Ok yes yes I went a bit decadent on the dinner, but I was quite hungry by that point…. note to self “must make more juice for later in the afternoon”.  Noted.

So today I felt very light, lots of energy and tonight I am brainstorming all kinds of new blends and mixes with foods which have amazing nutrient properties and can do amazing things to the body…. hmm is juicing the possible miracle brain food?! Lol Can’t wait to try them all out and share them with you all!!   Tomorrow I may do a smoothie blend instead of juicing, or make a smoothie blend for lunch… hmmmm

In any case, it’s only day 1 so I don’t want to get ahead of myself here.  It’s late so I should hit the hay so I don’t flub on tomorrow!!

#2 of 100% Guilt Free Desserts

A little while back I promised to post some delicious guilt free desserts.  Well as usual things got a bit busy and didn’t get a chance to post any more.

So here it is, as promised #2 of my set of delicious desserts!   Oh and I apologize in advance to my photos.  When I went to get my camera it was dead :-(  so I had to use my phone to take the photos.

The thing I love about Banana soft serve is that you can have soooo many awesome variations!! It’s like the raw version of vanilla ice cream.    I always have some frozen bananas in my freezer so that when I get a craving for some ice cream I can grab them and whip up whatever flavor I’m craving :-)

Banana Soft Serve (Coconut Strawberry)

- 1 peeled and frozen banana

- 1 tsp vanilla extract

- Dried sliced strawberries

- 1-2 Tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes

- 1 piece pure dark chocolate for topping

* Slice banana and put in food processor, process (stopping to scrape down sides) until chopped.

* Add vanilla and coconut, process until smooth soft serve consistency

* Put into nice ice cream dish, top with dried strawberries and chocolate

Enjoy!!


Variations you could do:

- Peanut Butter Soft Serve

1 Frozen banana chopped

1 Tbsp nut butter of choice

1 tsp vanilla extract (or almond would be good too if using Almond butter)

1 Tbsp non dairy milk  (ration it out though until desired consistency is reached.  You may not need it all, or you may even need a bit more)

Top with chocolate chips, or chocolate sauce or berries!

- Almond Berry Soft Serve

1 Frozen banana chopped

1 tsp Almond extract

1 Tbsp chopped almonds

Fresh mixed berries of choice for topping

** Drizzle with lemon glaze for a slightly more decadent dessert!! (put fresh lemon juice and organic powdered sugar in a sauce pan and heat on low until sugar has melted and it becomes a thick syrupy consistency)

Citrus Coconut Soft Serve

- 1 frozen banana chopped

- 1/2 tsp lemon extract + 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

- Finely shredded coconut (however much you desire, I’d probably use about 1/4 cup)

- 1-2 tsp zest of an orange and lemon

- 1 tsp Agave

I am so on a citrus kick right now to hopefully knock out this darn sinus cold I’ve developed.  It seems to be a tradition for me at exactly this time of year, every year.

I’ll be sure to share some of my juicing recipes with you in the next day or two.   I am going out to a comedy show tomorrow night, so I may not have time to post anything.  If not, then I’ll be sure to maybe do a double post on Friday! We’ll see just how daring I am feeling hahah

Vegan Eats around the DC Metro Area

About a month ago I got my very first fan mail!!! It was so exciting! and it totally made my day.  The person was saying how they had just had their 1 year anniversary of being vegan, and how they stumbled across my blog and noticed how I had not posted anything in a long while (this was of course during my lack of a computer period :-(  so very sad)  and was hoping that I would start up again soon.  They then asked if at some point I could post a blog about my favorite vegan restaurants in the area.  So here it is!!! My review of what I feel are the best places to get some fine vegan grub in and around the DC metro area.

1) Sticky Fingers Bakery (they are finally updating their website!!)

Ahhh I remember when they were just a tiny little hole in the wall back on 18th street near Adams Morgan.  *sigh*

This place will always hold a special place in my heart, as it was the very first place I discovered when I first became a vegan.  It brought me such great joy to find a place that served delicious vegan sweets!  And they have totally and completely expanded!  They serve sandwiches, brunch on weekends, cakes, cupcakes, cookies, brownies… they even have a cupcake happy hour on the first wednesday of every month!! They have adult flavored cupcakes which rotate (can we say fuzzy navel cupcake?? yummmm or chocolate stout cupcake anyone?? anyone? Bueller? Bueller? anyone?)

2) Cafe Green/Java Green

Java Green was the first place to open and it’s more of a work day place to go for lunch, in terms of their hours (though I haven’t checked their hours recently, they may have extended them) because of their location, in the heart of DC work area.

Cafe Green is by the same people who opened Java Green and they recently opened in 2010.  These two places are awesome as they serve a blend of Vegan and Raw foods.  They are a bit pricey but oh so delicious.

3) Elizabeth’s Gone Raw

I recently discovered this place when I went to go see Kris Carr speak at her book signing.  When you walk in it feels as though you have stepped into Marie Antoinette land!! So very chiq and vintage and cozy.  It is not yet opened on a daily basis.  So far it is only open for events that they hold on a fairly regular basis and if you would like to host events.  It is an all raw restaurant and the food is amazing!!  This place would be perfect for graduation parties, wedding receptions, anniversary parties etc…

4) Bus Boys and Poets

This place is perfect for going to with your friends who are not vegan.  They serve both vegan and non vegan food.  It also is a very hip and cool place to hang out, sip coffee, have cocktails hear live music, poetry readings, watching documentary’s and shopping at a fair trade books store!! It is quite the boho chiq poetry slam dive kinda place to be.  And they’re vegan desserts are from my faaaaaaaaaaavorite place ever Vegan Treats I guarantee if you give your non vegan friends a bite of your vegan cheesecake, they won’t be able to tell the difference, in fact they may even think it’s better then the real thing!

They also have several locations in DC and one in VA

5) Great Sage

Another fantastic place to go for parties or celebrations.   I went  here to celebrate my finally graduating from college.  It is a bit far, but oh so very worth it.  The ambiance is also quite breathtaking.  I’d recommend going when the weather is nice so you can sit out on the gorgeous patio and take in the nice green scenery.  The inside decor is very modern and Asian styled.  The food not only is incredible but they also plate each dish very stylishly it almost makes you not want to eat it because its so beautiful!! **I’d recommend taking a picture of it so you can continue to salivate over it all the way home**

6) Toscana Green

Another great place to go with friends who may not be vegan.  They serve vegan, raw and non vegan food.  They also hold monthly events for vegan singles with music and dancing.

7) La Pain Quotidien

This place isn’t vegan per-se, however they do have vegan options.  It is a wonderful place to go and grab some coffee with a friend or go for a nice light lunch or dinner.  It is an all organic french bakery/restaurant.  It is a green run restaurant and their meals are all proportioned correctly!  They don’t use any processed stuff and you never leave feeling stuffed or weighed down.  I love going there for brunches with friends.  And another plus, they have them all over the world! So when traveling you can scout out if there is one near where you are going to be!

8.) Pizza Paradiso

Pizza!!! I got two places on here for this.  This place is a bit more upscale the Z-Pizza.  It’s more of the “go out with friends for pizza” type of place.  They have vegan options for cheese! And there are several locations around the DC metro area.

9) Z Pizza

Consider this your “Dominos” or “Pizza Hut” of ordering out for pizza options.  They use all organic ingredients and have vegan cheese and “meat”.  They do have tables where you can dine in as well.  They also serve salad, sandwiches and pasta.  My fav sandwich is the veggie sandwich on whole wheat baguette and of course I tweak it to my liking…. as I tend to do with most things Lol

10) Asylum

Punk dive bar!!! woohoo!!!  I got two of these on here also!

Located in Adams Morgan, this place is so awesome.  They serve vegan brunch (as well as non vegan) on weekends.  They also offer vegan bar food.  They have live music on occasion, and downstairs they have all kinds of regular bar games like pool, darts etc…  It’s your typical grunge bar where you can chill, relax and enjoy non popped collars and boat shoes Lol aka you can be yourself!!

11) Galaxy Hut

A place where you can go and “everybody knows your name…” no seriously… it’s that tiny.  I love this place, it’s right in my neighborhood, they have a rather large assortment of beers and ciders, its about as big as a living room and every friday (or just about) they host local small bands (which makes the audience space even smaller, but somehow they make it work).  They offer a few vegan options like their “pulled pork” sandwich and a few other options.  But more than that, the atmosphere is awesome, total dive bar where you can just relax and enjoy a nice cold beer with friends.

I hope you enjoyed my reviews! and I hope it helps you to spread your vegan wings and check out some sweet ass places to go with friends and eat some kick ass vegan grub!!

Have a great weekend :-)

100% Delicious and 0% Guilt

Oh yeaaaaaaaaaaa we’re talkin DESSERTS!!! and yes, they are totally and completely guiltless, totally good for you and absolutely DELCIOUS!!! This should almost be illegal!!!

Before you say “hah! yea right this lady is cookoo” just hear me out…. er…. read me out.  I have a few yummy recipes here for you which will blow your socks off!! and they are ohhh so very easy to make and very few ingredients.

I have an insatiable sweet tooth and so believe you me I have been on an endless hunt for delicious desserts that are actually good for you!!  Sure some of them are a bit more decadent then others but in comparison to regular desserts which are filled with processed animal products they actually have nutrients and you can indulge a bit more without feeling gross and weighed down.

Here are a few recipes which I will be posting throughout the next couple weeks, so look out!!

- Banana soft serve (the variations on this one are endless!!)

- Chia pudding

- Chocolate Pudding

- Coconut fudge

- Chocolate Chip “Truffles”

………. and I could go on, but for right now I am going to leave you with what I created yesterday.

Chocolate Chip Truffles

Adapted from Pure 2 Raw
- 1/2 Cup Coconut Flakes

- 1/4 Cup Pumpkin Seeds (raw)

- 1/4 Cup Unsweetened Banana Chips

- 2 Medjool Dates (pitted)

- 4-5 Slices of Dried Yacon Strips

- 1 tsp Almond Extract (or Vanilla)

- 1 tsp Coconut Oil (liquid)

- 1-3 Tbsp Water (added 1 at a time, checking for consistency)

- 1 Tbsp Cacao Nibs

- 1 Tbsp Vegan Chocolate Chips

Chocolate Coating:

- 1/3 Cup Coconut Oil (liquid)

- 5 Tbsp Cacao Powder

- 1-2 Tbsp Agave

- 1 tsp Almond Extract (or Vanilla)

Directions:

1) Place coconut flakes, pumpkin seeds and banana chips in food processor and blend until blended until the consistency is fine but not too fine.  You still want some chunks.

2) Chop dates roughly and add into processor, along with coconut liquid, almond extract, and yacon strips and blend again

3) While blending add in water, one tablespoon at a time until you reach consistency of a moist “dough”

4) Pour “dough” into a bowl and stir in the Cacao Nibs and Chocolate Chips

5)  Using a cookie scoop (or tablespoon) scoop one or two scoops of dough and shape into a ball.  It will seem a bit crumbly so don’t try and roll it into a ball.  Use the palms of one hand and fingers of the other hand to form into a ball.  Place them on a plate with parchment paper on it.

6) Place in fridge while preparing the chocolate coating

Directions for Chocolate Coating:

1) Scoop out 1/3 cup of coconut oil  and place in a saucer, then fill a bowl with hot water and then place the coconut oil in the saucer into the bowl.  **Make sure the water line is below the saucer, you don’t want water getting into the coconut oil.  Stir every so often until it turns to liquid.  You may have to replace the water if it starts getting cold.

** you could also pop it in the microwave for like 10-15 seconds at a time until melted.

2)  Add Cacao powder, agave and almond (or vanilla) extract into a bowl with the coconut oil and whisk until blended

3) Take the Chocolate chip balls out of the fridge and dip individually in the chocolate sauce and roll until fully covered.  Place back on parchment paper.

4) Once all are covered in chocolate, place back in fridge until the chocolate has hardened, and enjoy!!!!

Ingredients

Blend together until it looks a bit like this
Add in the Chips
And Stir…. mmm lookin gooooood!
Taa-daa!! They should be about truffle size
Place on parchment paper and pop in the fridge
The end product ……….. yummmm *drool*

What I love about these is that they are not too too sweet, but just right to satisfy your sweet tooth and know that you aren’t ruining your body with processed sugars!!

 

A little info on the awesome-ness of whats inside these delicious treats:

- Coconut Oil/Coconut Flakes: High in amino acids and a low-calorie fat that the body easily converts to energy.  Improves absorption of the right kinds of calcium and magnesium ions.  Also improves digestion and absorption of fat-soluble vitamins and amino acids.

(**Note: When buying coconut oil, look for it in dark glass jars.  Oils are light sensitive.  Plastic is generally not best since the oils can seep into the plastic and toxins could possibly get leached into the oil.)

- Cacao: Contains a naturally rich supply of antioxidants.  It also is the number one source of magnesium.  Contains 314% of the U.S. RDA of iron per 1 ounce serving.  Also contains chromium (helps to balance blood sugar), Manganese, zinc, copper, vitamin C, omega-6 fatty acids, phenylethylamine, anandamide, tryptophan, serotonin, fiber, and methylxandthines.  (I mean wow!!! no wonder there are whole entire books written on the powers of Cacao!!)

- Yacon: Contains inulin, a complex sugar that breaks down slowly and that promotes healthy probiotics in the digestive system.

- Pumpkin Seeds (or Pepitas): Great anti-inflammatory for arthritis, aids in lowering cholesterol, good source of protein and monounsaturated fats.

- Banana: High in Potassium (great for leg cramps and replenishing electrolytes).  It’s a prebiotic and is great for building strong bones!

 

Now I definitely don’t think you could get all of those benefits from a real truffle or slice of chocolate cheesecake….

 

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