Are We “Glowing” Yet?!

I’ve been introducing more vegan styled meals into our diet not because I want to necessarily go full-blown vegan (I’m too in love with ice cream!) but because we just don’t eat enough veggies, grains and/or fruits. I figure that having some solid, all natural recipes up my sleeve will help solve this problems and so far it’s been super easy to do because of the cookbook Oh She Glows by Angela Liddon. What’s great about vegan meals is that many of the snacks, dessert, breakfast recipes use the same products but in different ways. You have to build up a supply of the more random items, for me they were: brown rice flour, agave nectar, chia seeds, ground flax seeds and things along those lines. Once you have those ingredients it’s very simple to whip up something like, Chia Seed Doughnuts that were really good – even Geo thought so, and he can be a tough audience!

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Chia seeds, oat flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, vanilla extract, maple syrup and soy milk. It literally takes 5 minutes to prepare and then you stick them in the oven.

Or a Green Monster Smoothie, which is how we’ve been starting our mornings the past couple days.

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One frozen banana, kale, peanut butter, soy milk, 2 ice cubes, vanilla extract and flax seeds. DELISH.

I’ve also made a number of her dinner meals and desserts, the avocado cream pasta is one of my faves! Off to make a batch of doughnuts for my MIL 🙂

Grocery Shopping: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly!

After having dinner with some girlfriends last week I was reminded that what we put in our bodies is important and learning about food matters. I mean, will I ever get my fiancee to eat organic, natural popcorn with nothing but a little bit of pepper on it? Or grow an abundance of vegetables, cook dozens of meals, and freeze them to eat throughout the winter?  Probably not (Aly, you and Pete are the type of people we aspire to be!) but there’s no reason why I shouldn’t be aware that packaged shredded cheese has saw dust in it. YES. Saw dust. Gross. Apparently the saw dust acts as a preservative (FYI it’s a very small amount, but still!). Needless to say, we’ll be shredding our own cheese from here on out, hence the Cabot cheddar cheese block visible center of cart.

Okay, so I think a good starting point is to take a look and see what I like and don’t like about this past grocery shopping trip…

Do Like:
– Starbucks coffee 😀 That has nothing to do with my selected groceries but I just love a good Starbucks coffee, especially when it has a pump or two of pumpkin syrup!
– I like the Fiber One bread. A slice is 50 calories, it’s multigrain and it’s the perfect size for a lunch time sandwich.
– Hard to see but there’s a bag of ginger snaps in there (left hand side, next to popcorn). I like my sweets and ginger snappers seem to be a semi healthy way to get a quick fix.
– Everything in the back of the cart: Bananas, Seltzer, eggs, Yogi Tea, lettuce, etc.

Don’t Like:
– I take that back. The back of the cart items would be perfect if it weren’t for those two Celeste frozen pizzas… $1.50 each, it was a bargain! Can you blame me for grabbing them?
– Ice cream. Coconut ice cream for that matter – who buys that crap? Oh, we do. And then add jimmies.

I could stop there but I should confess there’s one other item in this cart that is a big no-no. You can’t see it in this pic but it’s there and it’s UGLY. Any guesses?

FLUFF. And not the small size of fluff, the big one. I mean, what’s the point of getting healthy bread if you’re going to spread FLUFF on top?! On the flip-side, who doesn’t love a good fluff’nutter every once and a while… 😀

Eat clean food. This is going to be our new family mantra. Wish us luck!