Day 8: Feeling Great!

I woke up and Danielle had made a mystery concoction.  We still do not exactly remember what was in it.  Thats the beauty of having a vitamix.  You can just get up half asleep and throw some fruits and veggies in the blender and hit a button.  I know it had watermelon, clementines, spinach, and orange juice concentrate in it.  Since Im not very sure what the recipe is I am not going to post it.  But it was very good!

For lunch however, we were fully a wake and do remember the recipe.  We took yesterdays Tortilla soup and added some lentils and fresh corn. We heated it up and it was fantastic.  We also ate leftover hummus.  It was a fantastic meal.

ImageWe were doing some laundry and selling some stuff on craigslist for most of the day.  During which Danielle snuck off to the vitamix and created the most potent drink I have ever tasted.  Think of how much veggies you would put into a juicer for a full cup of juice. She put that much of Kale, spinach, carrots, celery, and just a little bit of Pineapple.   I think this was the recipe.

3 celery stalks

3 cups of spinach

1 cup of kale

2 carrots

1 chunk of pineapple!

Yes just one chunk of pineapple!  If you have been an avid smoothie maker, or juicer, you know that you should put in even amounts of fruits and veggies if you want to get a good taste.  If you put in all vegetables, it usually taste very leafy and earthy.  The more fruit you put in the better the resulting taste.  This thing was mean, green, and not lean at all, it was heavy! It was gnarly! It was more fiber than anyone should drink in one sitting!  After drinking a gulp we both let out a screech and made a very bitter face.  We pushed each other to finish our glasses in about a couple of minutes.  It was the toughest two minutes during this whole challenge.

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However we both felt amazing afterwards.  There were so many micronutrients in those glasses, that we probably did not have to eat any more vegetables for the rest of the day.

Even though we did not need to eat anymore vegetables, we got hungry again.  This dish Danielle got really creative with.

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Danielle’s Nutri Garlic bowl

Bowl Ingredients:

1 pack of firm tofu

3 cups of spinach

2 sweet potatoes

1/4 cup of olive oil

1/2 cup of frozen corn

1 ripe avocado

teaspoon of paprika

teaspoon of cinnamon

Dressing Ingredients:

1/2 cup of organic olive oil

6 medium garlic cloves

1 cup of nutritional yeast

1 cup of purified water

1 tablespoon of raw soy sauce

Directions:

1. Cut up sweet potato into chunks, sprinkle on paprika and cinnamon.  Bake for 20 min on 350.

2. Peel and chop avocado.

3. Place all ingredients for dressing into vitamix blender in order listed.  Select variable 1.  Press start and slowly increase speed to high.  Blend for 30 seconds or until creamy.

4. Saute tofu in olive oil until it is brown on both sides.

5. Very lightly saute spinach on low temp in the rest of the olive oil just to shrink it.

6. cook corn in microwave for 1 minute.

7. Put everything in a bowl, or multiple bowls and add dressing.

This was an amazing dish indeed.  Very flavorful.  The dressing almost tasted like cheese. I praised my wife over and over again.  It was one of the best veggie dishes I have ever had hands down.  Quite an improvement from the Green Drink that she forced me to drink earlier.  Just kidding of course.

Day 7: Nutritarian has a nice ring to it!

Travis and I have gotten through 7 days of this VEGAN  CHALLENGE! We are feeling really good and very optimistic about it! I was sent the following and I wanted to share: It’s from Dr. Fuhrman’s website (he is an amazing nutritionalist that was in the movie Fat, Sick , and nearly dead: we watched it tonight!)

What is a Nutritarian?

Simply put, a nutritarian is a person who strives for more micronutrients per calorie in their diet-style. A nutritarian understands that food has powerful disease-protecting and therapeutic effects and seeks to consume a broad array of micronutrients via their food choices. It is not sufficient to merely avoid fats, consume foods with a low glycemic index, lower the intake of animal products, or eat a diet of mostly raw foods. A truly healthy diet must be micronutrient rich and the micronutrient richness must be adjusted to meet individual needs. The foods with the highest micronutrient per calorie scores are green vegetables, colorful vegetables, and fresh fruits. For optimal health and to combat disease, it is necessary to consume enough of these foods that deliver the highest concentration of nutrients.

A nutritarian is a person whose food choices are influenced by nutritional quality.

Now this sounds like something we really like! Why not evaluate what types of foods you are putting into your body?! I want to live a long and healthy life and eating healthy is a HUGE step towards that goal.

So, we woke up really early for an appointment we had. Travis threw together a fast Acai Bowl that was ASTONISHING! I sure love my husband so much and I’m super impressed with his skills in the kitchen! Here is his Acai Bowl Recipe:

Travis’ Acai Bowl Recipe:

2 Packets of Organic Sambazon Acai Berry and Guarana Smoothie Packets(run them under warm water for a couple minutes, if frozen, to loosen)

1 ripe banana

1/2 cup of organic apple juice

1/2 cup of frozen strawberries (blueberries are the best, but we were out of them)

1 tablespoon of honey

Organic Granola.

He threw it all in the Vitamix and hit the frozen smoothie setting… then we put the granola on top. Words can’t even describe how delicious this was! Acai berry is so high in antioxidants and the taste is wonderful.

We knew we would be gone for awhile, so I grabbed some of my homemade trail mix (see recipe below) and an apple for the road.

Danielle’s Homemade Trail Mix:

3 cups of roasted almonds

1 cup of dried organic cranberries

1 cup of semi-sweet vegan chocolates

1/2-1 cup of organic sunflower seeds

Toss together. SO GOOD!

After our errands, we came home and I was super hungry. I threw together a pasta, spinach, garlic, and tomato sauce dish. It was very simple, but very tasty!

Travis and I decided to make dinner together, so I worked on the butternut squash and he worked on the Jalapeno and Cilantro Hummus.

Since we made hummus the other day and it turned out so amazing, I suggested he use the Tahini paste that we have so much of. So he did, and it turned out horrible. I guess the Tahini paste wasn’t called for in this recipe. I felt a bit guilty for suggesting it, but Travis is always so sweet and just kept trying to make it better. Needless to say, I won’t post that recipe until we perfect it! It’s all about working towards the same goal: eating healthy and tasty food, right? I decided to make a butternut squash bake and it turned out great!

Danielle’s Butternut Squash Bake:

3 cups of chopped butternut squash (large chunks)

4 tablespoons of water

2-3 tablespoons of honey

1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Put the squash in a 8×8 dish and add the water.

Once the oven is preheated, put the dish in for 20 minutes (uncovered)

Remove and add the honey, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Put back in the oven for 20 more minutes.

*Make sure to check every 10 minutes throughout cooking and stir the squash to ensure they are getting fully cooked.

THIS WAS WONDERFUL! Sweet, but hearty and healthy!

Travis and I were pretty bummed out about the turnout of the hummus, but he still ate some with corn chips. I tried, but couldn’t stomach it… so we threw together a quick green smoothie with Basil! The basil was Travis’ idea and it turned out DELISH! Here is the recipe:

Travis and Danielle’s Basil and Spinach Smoothie Treat:

1/2 cup organic basil

2 cups of organic spinach

4 clementines

1 orange

1 tablespoon of organic orange juice concentrate

We just put the Frozen Smoothie setting on the VITAMIX and let that bad boy do the job! It was VERY basil-ish, but after the first few sips, it was so good. Travis loved it!

Since we have been so into documentaries lately, we wanted to watch the one many people have been talking about: Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. If you haven’t seen it, DO IT! It is truly an amazing story and some really good points and statistics. Travis and Bella looked so cute cuddling on the couch, I had to take a picture…

 

After the movie, we ended up falling to sleep pretty early because this is the first Friday night that we didn’t have to run our hot dog cart company, since we sold it on Weds.  I have noticed that we have been sleeping a lot better and I don’t feel nearly as bloated as I use to, while eating meats and dairy. I know for a fact this has to do with our new challenge of eating Vegan. I can’t wait to see what the days ahead bring. We are leaving for our up the coast and cross country trip in 2 weeks! I think it will be very interesting to see how well we do with traveling and trying to eat this healthy. We are always up for new challenges and look forward to it!

Thank you for reading.

Day 6: We are really enjoying this!

Last night was officially our last night selling hot dogs! We sold our hot dog cart company to a great couple who we believe will do well with the business.  And it was an absolute burden lifter.  It was so difficult cooking bacon, hot dogs, and sausages, with cream cheese and shredded cheese for hours and selling something that we really no longer believed in.  What we were doing was supporting the problem.  Now it will be a lot easier to concentrate on this very enjoyable and challenging adventure we have set out on.  Ok lets get to the food… Before preparing breakfast (not cooking) I looked at our meal planner and realized that the peaches and cream recipe was not going to be the one. The bananas were ripe and I had to use at least one.  So now, with all of my experience with the vitamix, I felt comfortable throwing my own recipe together.  This is what I came up with.

Travis’ all fruit Smoothie

1 perfectly ripe banana peeled

1 orange peeled

1 clementine peeled

1 1/2 cups of organic mixed berries (frozen)

Directions:  Put a half cup of water in blender, add all ingedients, no ice because of frozen berries, and then hit the smoothie setting, which is probably about a 4 on the variable speed setting if you do not have the new machine.

It was nothing short of magical.  And believe it or not, we are still eating almond butter and honey on organic whole wheat flax seed bread, and it still tastes amazing!  We have more left still! We made a lot the first day!

After breakfast we showered and went to run some errands.  After shopping for a while we were hungry again.  We stumbled on a restaurant called true foods.  We figured we would give it a try.  We ordered a teriyaki tofu and asian vegetable bowl with organic whole wheat rice.  It was extremely yummy!  It even showed up my tofu bowl!  However I assured myself and Danielle that if I had the organic whole wheat rice that my bowl would have been as good or better.  Regardless, this restaurant gets two thumbs up from us!  They had a herb garden on wheels at the door!

We went home and worked on getting rid of some things and selling others to prepare us for our move and trip across country.  We are both getting really excited! I also ate some left overs from last night to hold me over.   After a couple hours, wouldn’t ya know- we were hungry again.  So we decided to try a different variation on the tortilla soup.  It is and was as follows.

Vegan Tortilla Soup1 yellow or zucchini squash, cut in large chunks
1 carrot, scrubbed and cut in large chunks
1 stalk celery, cut in large chunks
1 fresh tomato, or 1/2 can diced tomatoes
1/4 fresh onion
1/2 bell pepper or 3 small bell peppers
1 garlic clove or 1 T fresh minced garlic
1 wedge cabbage
1 handful fresh cilantro
1 vegetable boullion cube or 1 T vegetable boullion powder
3 cups boiling water (I did this in a teapot)
1 T taco seasoning1/2 can corn
1/2 can black beans (drained)
1 cup tortilla chips

Place all ingredients except last three in Vita-Mix. Secure lid and turn machine on Low, then increase to High. Run for 3-4 minutes until steam escapes through lid opening. Reduce speed to Low. Remove lid and drop in corn, black beans, and chips. Run for an additional 10 seconds. Serve immediately. Makes about 8 servings.

It turned out a bit frothy, but tasted good!  We have yet to perfect this dish.  We have decided that we will go back and find the vitamix salesperson and watch them make it again.  The frothiness might have been the result of using broth instead of bullion.  Next time we will use bullion.  Nevertheless we both slurped up every drop from our bowl, and we have a lot left over.
Danielle had a headache this morning and had to take some Ibruprofen.  Rene, our health counselor and Danielle’s step mom, advised us that this is a normal withdraw symptom.  Her and Skip, Danielle’s dad told us we need to drink plenty of water.  We have always done this, but I think that with the current state of detoxification of our bodies we need to drink even more!  After all nobody has ever overdosed on water.
We watched a throw back surf flick- called SHELTER. Highly recommended. We watched another great documentary tonight on Netflix called FOOD MATTERS.  It was excellent.  We gave it five stars.  Netflix is so much better that T.V.
Thanks for following us on our journey!  Tomorrow  morning I am going to make an acai bowl!
Good night!

Day 5: Bring on the challenge!!

Wow! Day 5 of this Vegan Fast is a lot more intense than expected. Well, I say that, but we did expect it somewhat. Travis has had a HORRIBLE headache today and we have both been quite moody. We can still power through this though! Drinking a lot of water and staying as positive as possible has been helping us through. For breakfast Travis made a “Tropic Tango Smoothie” and some toast with almond butter. The Smoothie can be found on Vitamix’s website. Very delish!!

We have a lot going on, workwise, recently. So we ran a lot of errands and did a lot of things today, then Travis got super hungry and came home to eat with a headache and very frustrated. Trader Joe’s Veggie Chili and rice was the answer to our hunger and a quick thing to heat up over the stove for a fast lunch. It was very yummy, but I missed sour cream and cheese SO BAD!!!! Then I made the same smoothie I came up with yesterday for a taste after the Chili. I feel like the feelings of missing cheese and sour cream goes away quick when we are gulping down a fresh green smoothie. Mmm!

Travis had a little bit of a breakdown this evening. He said that he needs to eat a burrito and some steak. Now, if you know my husband, you would know that he does not love steak. He never has really… he enjoys it, but never craves it. Well today, he craved a CARNE ASADA Burrito, cheese, quesadilla’s, nacho cheese, goat cheese, gouda cheese, etc. I told him he sounded like Bubba from Forrest Gump, except not with shrimp… with cheese! “Cheese cocktail, nacho cheese, burrito cheese, mexican cheese…” haha. Anyways, I told him to calm down and I would make him a yummy dinner, while he relaxed in bed to get rid of his headache. I also read online that fresh grape juice helps with migraines, so I made some for him and brought it to him in bed. For dinner I was feeling very creative! So I made a Black Bean, Olive, Temph, Mushroom, Onion, Rice, and Cilantro dish. It turned out very good! I sauteed all of it together and just kind of through stuff in as it felt right! Wow… it was tasty and I think Travis’ headache is gone! I also added some nutritional yeast into the dish, to help with vitamin B12 ( thanks Rene!!:) )

I don’t have any pictures to post this evening because we are in a huge rush to get out the door, but I wanted to make sure I did the blog and put down our symptoms. It has been a challenging day, but what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger, right?

Tomorrow is a new day : )

Day 4: We are getting good at this!

Today was such a beautiful day!  I woke up and to the magical sound of a 2 horsepower Vitamix blender Roaring.  They are quite clamorous in a small apartment compared to the giant warehouse where we first observed one in action.  Nevertheless I was extremely excited because I knew instantly what this machine was capable of.  As has been said oh so many times- a picture is worth a thousand words.

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Going Green Smoothie

Submitted by:  Vitamix

Dietary Interest:  vegetariangluten-freelow cholesterollow fatlow sodiumno added sugarraw foodsvegan

Yield:

3 1/2 c (840 ml)

Difficulty:

Easy

Total Time:

11 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (160 g) green grapes
  • 1/2 cup (78 g) pineapple chunks
  • 2 cups (60 g) fresh spinach, packed
  • 1/2 ripe banana, peeled
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) water
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) ice cubes

Directions

  1. Place all ingredients into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.
  2. Select Variable 1.
  3. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High.
  4. Blend for 1 minute or until desired consistency is reached. Serve immediately.

Toast with almond butter and honey was the perfect compliment to the smoothie for a complete breakfast.  Thank you to my beautiful wife for making me a meal fit for a king!  Today was not as eventful as yesterday, but the food was the best we have made yet!  We ran some errands and did some laundry.  We sliced some organic carrots up put them in a cup and grabbed the Roasted Red Pepper Hummus.  This was a perfect mid day snack and very scrumptous! After we got back from running errands, we decided that we were hungry again.  While doing laundry Danielle whipped up the most palatable soup I have ever tasted.

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Carrot Ginger Tofu Soup

Submitted by:  Vitamix

Dietary Interest:  vegetarianlow cholesterolno added sugarvegan

Yield:

4 1/2 c (1 l)

Difficulty:

Intermediate

Total Time:

25 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 (244 g) medium carrots, peeled, halved or 2 cups chopped
  • 1/4 (18 g) small onion, peeled or 2 tablespoons chopped
  • 4 small garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • pinch of white pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh ginger root or Ginger Paste
  • 1/3 cup (70 g) light silken tofu
  • 2 cups (480 ml) low sodium vegetable or chicken broth

Directions

  1. Place carrots, onion and garlic into the Vitamix container and secure lid.
  2. Select Variable 1.
  3. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 4 or 5.
  4. Blend for 10 seconds or until chopped.
  5. Heat oil in a small pan and sauté chopped ingredients until onion is clear and carrots are tender. Add a little broth, if needed.
  6. Place remaining ingredients into the Vitamix container, add sautéed ingredients and secure lid.
  7. Select Variable 1.
  8. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High.
  9. Blend for 3-4 minutes or until heavy steam escapes from the vented lid.

I gobbled down my bowl faster than a fat kid chasing an ice cream truck! Once I was done I looked over and noticed that Danielle had only eaten about half of hers. I tried to convince her to eat the rest. I was somewhat flabbergasted.  That soup was a divine miracle sent down from god to redeem us from our feeble eating habits!  I even licked the bowl! P.S. Ginger is one of the best things you can put in your body.

After probing her, and trying to get her to eat the soup, the truth came out.  It looked too much like mustard! If you know Danielle at all, you will know that she is not very fond of condiments.  Especially mustard, relish, and the dreaded m word 😦 which I am not at liberty to mention.  After I poked fun at her for a little she said it was really because it was too rich.  I love my wife, but she is silly sometimes.  An hour later she was hungry again so we had some Hot chocolate (refer back to day 2 for recipe).  Ok so fast forward to dinner  and the most revered meal of all time! Now, I know I have built up every meal we have eaten so far, but this one…

This one was special!

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Stir-fried Eggplant and Tofu
From Sunset

Time: 25 minutes.

 
Yield:
Serves 4
 
Ingredients:
3 tablespoons vegtable oil
1 package (18 oz.) firm tofu, drained, cut into 1 1/2- by 2-in. chunks
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 pound eggplant, cut into 1- by 3-in. strips
1 small red or green bell pepper, cut into 1-in. pieces
1/3 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons oyster sauce
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
 
Preparation:

1. Heat oil in a large nonstick frying pan over high heat, add tofu, and gently cook, turning tofu occasionally, until browned slightly, about 5 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer tofu to a plate.

2. Cook garlic, eggplant, and bell pepper in pan until softened, stirring occasionally, 8 to 10 minutes. Add soy sauce, sugar, and oyster sauce and cook until heated through, another 2 minutes. Return tofu to pan and gently stir to coat. Remove from heat and stir in basil leaves. Serve over rice.

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

 
Nutrition Information:
CALORIES: 263 (55 % from fat)
FAT: 16 g (sat: 2.4 g, mono: , poly: )
CARBOHYDRATE: 21 g
FIBER: 3.3 g
CALCIUM:
CHOLESTEROL: 0.0 mg
IRON:
PROTEIN: 14 g
SODIUM: 1170 mg
 
We substituted olive oil for the vegetable oil and probably used a little more than three tablespoons.  Also we added some chopped white mushrooms and used roasted red pepper instead of fresh bell.  This time we both devoured everything in our bowls.  What little was left on the stove disappeared instantaneously.  After dinner we agreed that we were getting pretty good at this! Toot Toot!

Day 3: “Don’t live to eat, eat to live”

Good Evening Everyone! Hope you are having a wonderful day! Our day was FABULOUS! We are now at day 3 and feeling just great!  Woke up feeling good and Travis made homemade Oatmeal Cranberry Pancakes! UNBELIEVABLE! I couldn’t believe how tasty these things were! The best thing is.. they are 100% VEGAN. Travis is the pancake maker in the family, so I am happy he took charge of this recipe. He had a hard time finding the baking soda and baking powder in the fridge, but I assured him it was in there and he finally found it. Haha. Anyways… they were amazing! I couldn’t believe they turned out green in the middle though? I have no idea why, there was not anything green in the ingredients. Maybe someone can answer that for me? Strange. Anyways! Here is the recipe… I HIGHLY SUGGEST IT! Oh and instead of syrup… we used organic honey on top! WAY BETTER and WAY HEALTHIER!

Oatmeal Cranberry Pancakes

Dietary Interest:  no added sugarlow cholesterolvegetarian

Yield:

10 medium pancakes

Difficulty:

Intermediate

Total Time:

25 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups (360 ml) soy milk
  • 3/4 cup (90 g) whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup (40 g) flaxseed meal
  • 3/4 cup (115 g) uncooked rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup (30 g) dried cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons (20 g) sunflower seeds

Directions

  1. Place first six ingredients into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.
  2. Select Variable 1.
  3. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High.
  4. Blend for 20 seconds. Turn machine off and remove the lid.
  5. Add oats, cranberries and sunflower seeds and replace the lid.
  6. Select Variable 1.
  7. Turn machine on and blend for 15 seconds, using the tamper if necessary to press the ingredients into the blades.
  8. Let batter sit for 5–10 minutes before cooking to yield best texture and flavor.

After a delicious breakfast, we decided to go for a hike at our favorite spot in San Diego, CA…Blacks Beach. Now Blacks Beach is known for its nude beach, but we don’t go there for that reason. Haha. We go for the amazing views… Bella came along for the day, which she is not allowed to, but we figured since she is a 6 pound yorkiepoo-WHO CARES! (We can hide her if need be) Here are some of the gorgeous pictures from our hiking adventure…

Bella loves hiking! She did good and really enjoys the sand and dirt!


Travis says there use to be a waterfall here, but it dries up a lot. I still thought it would be a great place for a picture! So gorgeous!

This is such a great place! We made it down to the beach and walked around for awhile and then made our way back up, which is MUCH harder than going down. The weather was 72 degrees and just beautiful. We feel so blessed to have an opportunity to live out here.

Now on to lunch! Since we worked out pretty hard, while hiking, I decided to make a yummy green smoothie for an “after workout treat”. I was feeling very creative, so I decided to make my own recipe! It turned out FANTASTIC! The taste of leafs are sure appeasing now a days! We also had the leftover roasted red pepper hummus from yesterday. I chopped up some carrots and it was super yummy. Here is the recipe for the Green drink I created…

Danielle’s “after workout green treat”:

2 cups of organic spinach

1/2 cup of organic kale

2 slices of organic pineapple (about 1 cup)

4-5 organic green grapes

4-5 ice cubes

SUPER TASTY!

We had a meeting for work from 3-6:30 and met at a local restaurant, 976. I got super dizzy all of a sudden so we decided to order something. So we ordered one of the wonderful ALL ORGANIC VEGAN COOKIES! Travis and I split one… it was a Devil’s Food Chocolate cookie…. PHENOMENAL! We can’t resist sweets and especially if its part of our fast!

For dinner we decided to make organic whole wheat pasta and some marinara sauce. I also sauteed some organic squash to throw in there. Figured it would help with the taste and also substitute the heartiness of meat… IT WAS WONDERFUL! Now I am finishing the evening off with some Chamomile Tea and enjoying it very much.

Today I realized a saying that is really starting to sink in more and more as we experience this fast… “Don’t live to eat… eat to live.” I thank God so much for putting this passion in us to really eat to live. It means so much when you really sit back and think about it. What we put into our bodies literally BECOMES part of us.

I hope you had a wonderful day and I am so happy you took the time to read this blog. Thank you.

Day 2- seems like day 6

Hi everyone! This is Travis, Danielle and I are going to alternate who writes the post so its my turn! So today was our second day eating as vegans. Im not sure if Im supposed to use that word but, oh well. We are so excited about our month long Vegan fast! However I must note that we did have a couple minor headaches over the last couple of days, we had some urges and a little moodiness. Overall though, Danielle and I feel splendid! We do not feel bogged down after we eat. We do not need that thirty minutes to “digest” on the couch.

Danielle loves structure, so we mapped out our week and what we were going to eat. I woke up this morning and realized that the bananas we needed for this mornings smoothie were not ripe yet. However I had already poured the blueberries in the Vitamix. So we had to change the plan a bit. I walked our beautiful Dog Bella while Danielle made this amazing smoothie she found on Incrediblesmoothies.com…

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Blueberry-Mango Smoothie
1 cup blueberries
1 mango
2 cups fresh baby spinach (or other leafy green)
1 whole carrot
1/2 – 1 cup water

Calories: 258 | Fat: 1.3g (grams) | Protein: 4.9g | Carbs: 66.1g | Calcium: 13% | Vitamin A: 287% | Vitamin C: 166%

It a little leafy at first. But with each sip my appreciation for the leafiness of this concoction my wonderful wife had made for us soared! By the end of the smoothie I was in love! I ended up finishing off what was left in the blender! We chased that down with a couple of pieces of 100% whole wheat flax seed organic bread that we get from Costco with some of almond butter we had made yesterday and a little honey on top. After breakfast we both had a remarkable increase in the amount of energy we had. “Real men eat plants,” I thought to my self. This was a quote from the movie we watched last night FORKS OVER KNIVES.

So after a dip in the hot tub and a shower, Danielle and I were ready for Lunch. I think we were more excited about using our new Vitamix than we were hungry. Especially since the next item on our menu was already one of our favorites even before we decided to change our eating habits. Roasted Red Pepper Hummus. No Exclamation need. We took the recipe from the Vitamix website and It turned out absolutely phenomenal.

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Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Submitted by: Steve Schimoler

Dietary Interest: vegetarian, gluten-free, low cholesterol, no added sugar, vegan

Yield:

3 1/2 c (840 g)

Difficulty:

Easy

Total Time:

11 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces (170 g) roasted red pepper
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) water
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) olive oil
  • ½ cup (120 g) tahini paste
  • 2 ½ tablespoon (38 ml) lemon juice
  • 2 (6 g) garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 3 cups (720 g) canned garbanzo beans, drained
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

Directions

  1. Place all ingredients into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.
  2. Select Variable 1.
  3. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High.
  4. Blend for 1 minute until smooth. Add water if necessary to keep mixture flowing freely through blades.

The recipe made more than enough for our meal and Im sure we will be indulging in this heavenly hummus over the next few days. After we were done eating it, Danielle grabbed a pyrex container to put the remainder of the hummus in. “I don’t think it will all fit in there,” I warned her. Her eye brows dropped as she replied, ” yes it will.” She poured the hummus into the container and it was more than filled. “There you see” she smiled.” “The lid won’t fit on there,” I asserted. She put the top on anyway in disregard for what I said and Hummus spewed out of the sides of the lid all over the table, the floor, and the counter, as she carried it over the sink. I love my wife, and our relationship is quite hilarious at times.

We rode our bikes along the stream to the dog park this afternoon. Bella loves the dog park! However she pays more attention to her small green tennis ball than she does the other dogs.

After riding back home and relaxing for a bit we were ready to eat again. Next on our list was a recipe we have been salivating over for a while now. Tortilla soup. One word to describe this dish- delectable! Here is the Recipe…

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Tortilla Soup

Submitted by: Vitamix

Dietary Interest: vegetarian, low cholesterol, low fat, low sodium, no added sugar

Yield:

5 c (1.2 l)

Difficulty:

Intermediate

Total Time:

21 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 cups (720 ml) chicken, beef, or vegetable stock
  • 1 roma tomato, halved or about 1/2 cup chopped
  • 1 carrot, halved or about 1/2 cup chopped
  • 1 rib celery, halved or about 1/3 cup chopped
  • 1 thin slice of onion, peeled or approximately 1 tablespoon chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • 1 thin slice of yellow squash
  • 1 thin slice of red bell pepper
  • 1 thin slice of cabbage
  • 1 mushroom
  • 1 teaspoon taco seasoning
  • dash ground cumin
  • salt and ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 fresh jalapeño
  • 1/4 cup olives, pitted
  • 1/4 cup (50 g) canned corn, unsalted
  • 2 ounces (60 g) tortilla chips

Directions

  1. Place stock, tomato, carrot, celery, onion, garlic, squash, bell pepper, cabbage, mushroom and seasonings into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.
  2. Select Variable 1.
  3. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High.
  4. Blend for 5-6 minutes or until steam escapes from the vented lid.
  5. If adding optional ingredients, reduce speed to Variable 2.
  6. Remove the lid plug.
  7. Drop in jalapeños, olives, corn, and chips.
  8. Blend for an additional 10 seconds.

We initially forgot to put in the celery, and the soup was quite spicy. So I chopped a half of stock with our chef knife and sprinkled it into our bowls. The celery helps neutralize and at the same time compliment the taste of the Jalapeno. Unfortunately it was still a little spicy for Danielle and she could only eat half of the soup. Of course I was happy to help with the emptying of her bowl (into my mouth). After cleaning up we were out the door and on our way to church. When we got back from church we were in for another treat.

So simple, yet intensely rich and flavorful. Sultry sensations danced on our tongues, yet what we were eating was still vegan. It was the best I have ever had anywhere, and it was made at home. Hot Chocolate. So Smooth, so Creamy, so decadent, the perfect temperature- I could go for days about this beverage!

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Danielle’s Hot Chocolate.

2 cups of almond milk

1/4 cup of semi-sweet vegan chocolate chips.

Blended in the vitamix 6300 on the soup setting.

I will dream of this Hot Chocolate tonight, and for many nights to come. Our vitamix is now a part of the family!

 

It’s only just begun…

     

Hi there! Hope you are having a fabulous day… we have had quite an interesting one. First of all, this is our first EVER blog, so please bare with me on getting to know how to work it. Travis and I own and operate a hot dog cart company in San Diego, CA. We work 25 hours a week and enjoy the rest of our time off with each other in sunny California! It has been such an amazing summer and we feel super blessed! Last night we didn’t work because they were calling for lightening (in San Diego? Haha thats what I thought too) so we stayed home and decided to watch a few documentaries on Net Flix. If you have any extra time on your hands and are ready to be extremely freaked out…. watch the following…

1. The Gerson Miracle

2. Forks Over Knives

3. Food, INC.

Needless to say, we are ready to start eating 100% healthy! My stepmom is a health counselor and I have known for awhile now all of the issues with meats, cheese, and all other GMO’s, etc… I guess I have just tried to dodge it! Well, we are ready now! (if you watch the 3 movies above, you will understand…)

We are members of Costco and we have been wanting to get the VITAMIX for a long time now, so we went and splurged today. It is an expensive machine, but worth it in the long run. We plan on going on a 30 day VEGAN fast…starting today!

The first thing we decided to make was apple and carrot juice. Instead of waiting and finding a recipe, we anxiously just threw them into the VITAMIX. Not exactly the best idea, but we have time to learn. Then I decided to go out on a whim and make a spicy carrot soup! Ehh… not the best either, but getting there. I then got the urge to throw almonds in the VITAMIX and make almond butter! BEST IDEA YET! It is absolutely AMAZING! So easy to make and so fresh and smooth. Mmmm. I highly suggest making this homemade. Oh! I didn’t mention that we decided to throw out all of our foods that were on the GMO list and all of our meat and dairy. Luckily, we were in dire need of going grocery shopping, so it wasn’t as bad as it could have been. We gave our 22 year old neighbors the food and they were excited, so at least it went to good use! Okay, back to the Vitamix… so yeah… we are now currently making “Not-So-Cheese” Pasta. It is like a macaroni and cheese dish, but with roasted red peppers, almonds, and some other non-dairy ingredients. I will post it below so you can check it out!

We made a meal plan for the week, wish us the best! I will make sure to keep blogging and keeping everyone up to date with how we are feeling and doing along the way… 🙂

Dietary Interest:  low fatgluten-freelow cholesterolno added sugarvegan,vegetarian

Difficulty:

Intermediate

Total Time:

20 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (240 ml) water
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup (50 g) canned pimento, drained OR roasted red pepper
  • 2/3 cup (70 g) whole raw almonds
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1/4 cup (30 g) nutritional yeast
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt

Directions

  1. Place all ingredients into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.
  2. Select Variable 1.
  3. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High.
  4. Blend for 3 minutes or until heavy steam escapes from the vented lid.

This vegan “cheese” sauce is perfect as a nacho dip or served over macaroni.

Here is the strawberry-lime sorbet recipe Travis made for dessert! SO TASTY!!! I highly suggest it! He cut the recipe in half, so here is the version for 2 people.

Recipe for Strawberry-Lime Sorbet

1/2 cup filtered water

1/8 cup of natural sugar

1/4 of a lime peeled

1 pound frozen organic strawberries

Add all ingredients.  Blend until smooth. Eat immediately.

Hello world!

Hi Everyone! We are so excited to start our blog about our journey through life! I am super new to all of this blog stuff, so please follow me and help me along the way!

 

Have a great day : )