What I Eat In A Day | February 27, 2018

Lately, I’ve been starting off most mornings with this combination: greens powder & supplements. The supplements that I take every day vary depending on how I’m feeling, or what I think I need more of. Most mornings I stick with these three supplements: astragalus (immune support), Vitamin D (winter months can often result in depleted vitamin D stores), and a vegan probiotic (for a happy tummy).

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I’ll be honest, I’ve yet to find a greens powder that doesn’t taste gnarly. This one by Barlean’s is packed with lots of goodness but the taste is definitely strong. I’ve found mixing a scoop of greens powder with some orange juice helps the “medicine” go down much better. I add about 1/3 cup of orange juice into a small jar, a scoop of greens powder and then shake until combined. It takes about three gulps and I’ve already gotten in a bunch of greens, antioxidants, fiber, and nutrients for the day.

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I prefer doing this rather than making a smoothie, because sometimes making a smoothie is too time consuming, and so mixing it with some juice is alot easier for me. Continue reading “What I Eat In A Day | February 27, 2018”

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Chicken & Dumplings | Veganized

This recipe is a play on one of my favorite veganized recipes: Chicken Noodle Soup | Veganized. In my opinion, chicken and dumplings are the definition of comfort food, and so delicious you’ll be surprised by how easy it is to make!

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Growing up, I remember my grandma making chicken and dumplings. It was far from a healthy meal, but it was a favorite comfort food of mine throughout my childhood.

Over the years, I’ve developed a love for integrating nutrition into some of my favorite recipes from my childhood and trying my best to create the same comfort and warmth but veganizing it without compromising on deliciousness.

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Most recipes I veganize I try to replicate exactly how I remember them, but for this one I wanted to boost the nutrition and add in lots of comforting colorful vegetables. I flipped my grandma’s chicken and dumpling recipe upside down and incorporated veggies, vegetable broth, and dairy-free milk and butter; and left out the Crisco, cow’s milk, *real* chicken, and dairy butter. It’s a lot different than her original recipe, but it still provides the same comfort, warmth, and satisfaction.

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What I’ve Been Eating Lately | November 2017

I’ve been eating (and cooking) a bunch of delicious stuff lately, and thought I’d share it with you all in a blog post!

I recently found an awesome vegan waffle recipe on the Food Network and have been making them when I want something on the sweeter side for breakfast.  It’s the perfect vegan waffle recipe, and I use unsweetened applesauce instead of the oil in the recipe for a lower fat version. I love topping the waffles with peanut butter, bananas, and syrup.

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Another one of my go-to breakfasts is a tofu scramble, hash browns, veggies, and toast. It is so hearty and perfect for mornings I wake up starving. I love altering this breakfast based on veggies I have on hand, and topping it with different sauces and herbs.

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There have been several mornings this month that I wanted something not even close to being healthy… that usually results in vegan biscuits and gravy. This is a dish I thought I’d never be able to have after going vegan, but to my surprise it’s incredibly easy to veganize. I’ve been using The Southern Vegan’s recipe and using LightLife sausage throughout the gravy.

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This recipe is seriously so delicious and even though it’s not the healthiest way to start your day it’s MUCH better for you than non-vegan biscuits and gravy.

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Chicken Noodle Soup | Veganized

 

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Up in the High Country fall starts early, so the chilly weather has begun to set in and I’ve been wanting all of my favorite cozy foods like soups, chilis, and casseroles. I’ve especially been loving the process of making (and eating) homemade chicken noodle soup. Soups are so comforting for me to make because they are almost always simple, leave my house smelling delicious, and just puts me in an overall good mood. I’ve put together an incredibly simple homemade chicken noodle soup recipe that will leave you wondering… “how is this vegan??”.

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  • 1 cup carrots
  • 1 cup celery
  • 1 cup white onion
  • 1 1/2 cup yukon potatoes
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 4 – 6 cups water
  • 2 1/2 cups dry noodles of choice
  • 1 package of frozen vegan chicken
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • Salt & pepper (to taste)
  • Parsley & rosemary (optional)

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Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric & Ginger Smoothie

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Turmeric and ginger are two incredible roots that are helpful in reducing inflammation. Turmeric has extremely powerful anti-inflammatory effects in addition to it being an antioxidant. It is bright orange in color and will stain just about anything it touches (so beware). I always tell people to eat foods that stain your hands, and turmeric (along with beets, berries, tomatoes, etc.) is a great example of that. The color in fresh fruits and vegetables are powerful antioxidants, so the richer the color the richer the antioxidants! Ginger is known for not only it’s anti-inflammatory properties, but also it’s ability to aid in digestion.

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Both roots have a bittery spiced earth flavor and hearty stringy texture, so eating them raw (or ground) can be a little difficult if you’re not a huge spice lover. I find it difficult to incorporate these medicinal roots into my own diet, so I came up with an awesome smoothie recipe to help myself benefit from their anti-inflammatory effects.

You may intimidated by something that looks like it could be inedible, but have no fear; fresh turmeric and ginger root are super simple to prepare! They can be found in almost all grocery stores in the produce section. They’re usually by the garlic, potatoes, and other non-refrigerated/dry produce. Most all grocery stores sell them both by the pound, so you just can buy as much as you want to have at a time.

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