Thursday, November 24, 2011
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Hi friends! What's shakin'? This chocolate milk is AMAZING!
Maybe my favorite thing I have ever made in the Vita mix? Not to mention it is great for quelling that preggo chocolate craving!
Vegan, Gluten-Free Thick Chocolate Milk
1 c unsweetened almond milk (I used the Silk brand - I love how creamy it is!)
1 1/2 heaping Tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 - 1 tsp stevia, or more to taste (can substitute sugar or agave if desired)
1/2 tsp guar gum (can substitue xantham gum) - this makes the milk super thick!
3 ice cubes
1 tsp vanilla
pinch sea salt
Blend until smooth and creamy. Serve with chocolate chip cookies if desired (these were the Betty Crocker GF mix, made with Earth Balance and a flax egg).
This french toast rocked my world:
I topped it with a drizzle of agave - so delicious! Powdered sugar would be great too. Check out Peas & Thank You! Best cookbook ever :)
What are you up to this weekend? I am running the Disney Wine and Dine 1/2 marathon Saturday (tomorrow) night! It's my first night race - so stoked!
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Hi friends! How’s it going? I meant to do weekly updates all along, but… better late than never right? I am officially 21 (1/2) weeks along. My energy is generally pretty good (I’m usually up by 5am to hit the gym or run), but by about 9pm, I am done! I cannot seem to keep my eyes open any later than that. But I guess a growing bambino needs me to rest right? My sweet tooth has been out-of-control, which still seems weird to me because prior to becoming pregnant, it was non-existent. I also eat a lot of pickles
I started a new workout plan (by Jamie Eason) with my running buddy (who incidentally developed a potential slipped disk in her back with excruciating hip pain not long after I got pregnant), and we are now weight-lifting buddies. This workout may not seem tough while you’re doing, but you definitely will feel the burn! I am loving it so far. Even though my pregnant body is definitely a little slower and less strong than before, I still enjoy a good workout. Especially now with out-of-control hormones, I find daily exercise (anything from weights to yoga to running, or even a walk with the dog) imperative to staying balanced.
The bump definitely grows in the evening and is flatter in the morning . I feel like I’m finally getting to that “I look pregnant” stage and passed the “I have a beer gut” stage. Very exciting. This has led to buying more clothes (hey, there’s a limited time to show off the bump – I must take advantage and dress it up!).
(sorry for no bump picture... they all came out blurry :/ I will try again later!)
How Far Along: 21 weeks
Size of baby: Baby Spice is the size of a banana
Total Weight Gain: 13ish lbs (I hate to admit it, but this totally freaks me out!)
Gender: We find out the sex next Friday (the 30th). We both still think it’s a girl, but I am so freaking excited to find out! And start buying clothes!!!
Movement: a little wiggling and fluttering – Rich actually felt the baby move last night! This was an awesome moment
Sleep: generally pretty good. I am loving my Snoogle body pillow (even though it takes up the whole bed). Sleeping on my back is still comfortable even though I know I’m not supposed to! I used to be a stomach (not possible) or back sleeper, and my side always makes me wake up with weird cricks in my neck and shoulders :/ and I wake up every hour to pee. This is annoying!
What I miss: Not much. Feeling pretty good with everything :)
Cravings: anything with carbs or sugar. Gluten-free toast with earth balance? Sooo delicious right now! And I still eat a lot of pickles
Symptoms: sleep interrupted frequently. Headaches almost daily (thank God there have been no migraines!) back starting to hurt a bit…
Maternity Clothes: Just ordered some tops from Seraphine (http://www.seraphine.com/) and this dress from Asos. They both have amazing sales! I have this awesome bamboo nursing sweater from Serpahine, and I have to tell you, their customer service is amazing (I had to return it for a smaller size), you get your clothes super fast, and the quality is great.
Best Moment this week: Baby Spice has finally started moving a little! I hope this increases. Like now
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Hey there bloggies! It’s been awhile – life has been crazy busy, between being pregnant (and requiring way more sleep than normal), studying for an exam and work – but all is good. I have noticed (as I’m sure we all have!) the massive pumpkin explosion which has occurred in the last few weeks – between the blogworld, the grocery store (bring on the gourds!), and, of course, Starbucks, fall has definitely arrived… except in Florida, where we are still enduring days of temperatures in the 90-degree range and ridiculous humidity (hell-o frizz!).
Recipe: Pumpkin Caramel Frappaccino
1 c strong brewed coffee (I did a blend of Caramel Pecan Bark and Pumpkin, made in my french press), chilled
1 c almond milk, preferably chilled in an ice cube tray until frozen
¼ c canned pumpkin
2 Medjool dates (amazing for adding a caramel flavor!)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp powdered stevia
Optional: 1 – 2 tsp maple syrup, if you like your beverage a little sweeter
Optional: add pumpkin pie spice, cloves, allspice, and ground ginger to taste
If your almond milk is not frozen into cubes, add 4-5 ice cubes to blender (this may dilute the taste).
Directions: add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. You can also freeze the coffee in an ice cube trays if you need to add any extra caffeine to your drink! This recipe is fast, easy and screams of fall – but it is also cool and refreshing for those summer-like days.
What's your favorite way to enjoy fall?
Saturday, August 6, 2011
I basically followed the recipe from Raw Food Real World. Here’s what it looks like after dehydrating for awhile:
Friday, August 5, 2011
The Daiya pepperjack cheese was awesome in this - melty, ooey, gooey with a great kick of flavor. I cooked my quesadillas on a cast iron skillet and it was perfect.
I love to pack up my lunch for work while I'm cooking dinner. It saves so much time and I don't have to rush around in the morning. Tomorrow's lunch - spring mix, romaine, kalamata olives, 1/2 avocado and vinaigrette: (I bring salad 99% of the time)
What a perfect meal for the end of a long day! This morning, Baby Spice (my bloggie nickname for the baby in my tummy!) and I ran / walked 6 miles. It wasn't very fast, but it. felt. amazing! I spent my first trimester being so tired, and the heat and humidity are ridiculous right now (even at 5am!), but to me, nothing beats the feeling of a good run. I signed up for the Disney Wine & Dine half marathon months before I was pregnant (did I mention this pregnancy was, um, not planned? at all? We wanted kids some day, but I thought it'd be in a few years! Surprise!), and because I'm cheap and stubborn, I want to run it anyway. I'll be 22 weeks at that point, but hopefully still high on the second semester energy. I figure I can always back out if I'm just not feeling it.
something to think about: I read this article today, and for some reason, it really hit home with me. Maybe it's because of the baby on the way, but lately I've really been re-evaluating my life - my job, my time, what I'm spending money on. It really is so true that you already have enough and are enough - it's only a matter of seeing it that way. Perspective is everything :)
Have you learned anything new by adjusting your perspective? Have you tried Mmmm sauce yet? Go do it. Now!
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Of course, I added fat to the fat-free recipe and used Earth Balance (sooo buttery and yummy!) and a splash of extra virgin olive oil. Cooking the onion, garlic, mushrooms, tomatoes and carrots:
In not-so-favorable cooking, I tried these new veggie burgers (bought with my own money, or more accurately, my hubby's since he picked them up for me):
Any awesome food finds or major fails for you? Tell me about it!
Sunday, July 31, 2011
Anyway, the onion bread on the sandwich got me thinking - it's been forever since I used my dehydrator, so it was time to whip up a batch. Only downside? It makes the house smell... like a bloomin' onion :) not necessarily a bad thing! I didn't measure anything (per usual), but I used a recipe loosely based on this one (I use less oil). Here's the batter: