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
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
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.