Snow Day

Well hello! I know. I know. I have neglected Vegetarian Lifestyle. Shame on me.

I’m here now so…

It has been a snowy night and day in Baltimore. Thankfully I have the day off so I don’t have to brave the messiness. Normally I’d go to yoga, but decided to hangout around the condo. After being shocked out of my sleep by a text message from a friend at 8:30 this morning, I stayed in bed for about an hour mildly conscious just being a bum. I finally grabbed my iPad to check Youtube for some detox yoga videos.

I came across a jewel!

Yoga with Adriene is a really cool, down to earth YT channel. Adriene is easy going, but she challenges her yogis to push a little to get the full yoga experience. I quickly added three sessions to my YT playlist, rolled out of bed, grabbed my yoga mat, and turned my living room into a studio. And what an experience! So glad I did it.

I started with a 20min Morning Yoga session

Then I went onto a 20 min Flow Yoga Vinyasa Sequence

I planned to to complete the Detox session, but I decided to stop and give my body a rest. That Vinyasa sequence was a refreshing challenge. I may do the detox later today.

After yoga I settled down with a cozy cup of coffee and a delicious everything bagel egg sandwich.

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Eat well! Be well!

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What’s in My Kitchen?

I had yesterday off. So I did my favorite pastime, grocery shopping! For reals, I love going grocery shopping. I’d do it for people if I could.

So what did I get?

First stop Whole Foods.

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I got a package of organic power greens, walnuts and raisins, and organic strawberries. I could have gotten these items from Trader Joe’s where I did this weeks shopping, but I like these specific items that are sold at Whole Foods. Picky much? Yes. Yes I am. Besides I had to go to Whole Foods to pick up a vitamin supplement. I have been slacking in this area. Shame, shame. So I decided to get on a good foot. These vitamins by Mega Food are vegan friendly made to supplement a vegan diet. I’m not vegan, but I need all of the nutrients that are packed into this tablet. Specifically iron and B12.

They are a little expensive. Even the sale price for $38.99, marked down from the original $48.99, is steep. But this is my health. I’d rather pay this much now than face major hospital fees later.

Then I headed to Trader Joe’s. Well, I got a cup of Starbucks decaf first, then I went to Trader Joe’s.

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I got the bulk of my groceries from Trader Joe’s this week. I alternate between Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s depending on what of my favorite products that I need most.

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This week’s grocery list:

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Frozen edamame, frozen pineapples, frozen Very Cherry blend, frozen Blueberries, frozen sliced leeks, a red onion, shredded carrots, zucchini, squash, cucumbers

(Second photo)

Multigrain bread, a bag of gala apples, almond butter, super fruits jelly, tempeh, baby bella mushrooms, cauliflower, coconut milk, bran flakes, kale, grapes

And of course I could not help but creating fabulous meals. For lunch I had a fresh green salad.

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and for dinner I found a fabulous recipe for beet burgers from my favorite site Sweet Potato Soul. I did a few things different, but the meal was just as tasty.

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Stay tuned for my recipe and a complete breakdown of this meal including the honey glazed heirloom carrots.

Eat well! Be well!

Street Food

Street food for veggies is hard to come by.

So I was surprised to learn that a local hot dog stand called Haute Dog serves veggie dogs. I just had to try it. They had about three topping choices: the basic relish, onion, ketchup, and mustard; tomato jam with Dijon, and some sort of an onion topping (I foget what exactly). The “hot dog” brand that they use is Tofurky. I ordered my veggie pup with the tomato jam and Dijon topping.

I’ve never had the Tofurky brand before, so I was a little unsure about how it would taste.

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(Sorry I couldn’t wait to take a bit. LOL!)

Well is was wonderful!

The veggie dog itself had a nice herby spicy flavor and the topping was spicy and sweet, my favorite combo.

I will be back for another visit to try the other toppings.

Eat well! Be well!

Chocolate Banana Berry Smoothie

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This recipe is so easy you are going to wonder why I’m posting it. Anyway. I just had to share because its so GOOD! And maybe you never thought to combine these ingredients.

Enjoy! And let me know if you try it!

1 cup chocolate almond milk
Frozen mixed berries
Frozen bananas

Combine ingredients in blender. Blend until smooth.

Makes one serving.

Eat well! Be well!

Healthy on the Run

Yesterday was my late day at work. One these days I get up early for a workout, breakfast, and a little reading or TV. I’m ready to leave the house about 12:15 to be to work by 1:00pm. This is an awkward time because I am not quite hungry for a full lunch because I had breakfast 2 hours before. By the time I get to work and moving around I’m ready to eat by 2pm, but my dinner break isn’t scheduled until 4pm. There have been times where I would go to the vending machine and snack on something to curve my appetite. Of course this is not the most healthy, or financially responsible, thing to do. All those wasted calories and money!

So yesterday I stop off to get a fresh fruit medley of kiwi, pineapple, cantaloupe, melon, grapes, strawberries, and blueberries. I also got bag of hearty trail mix with raw pumpkin seeds, raw sunflower seeds, chocolate chips, pistachios, dried blueberries, cranrasins, raw soy nuts, raw cashews, and raw almonds.

I snacked on this and it kept me satisfied and energized until dinner.

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I was quite proud of myself. I didn’t do the usual vending machine trip. But I’m most proud because I really wanted a croissant and a soy latte from Starbucks! Now I did stop for a tall decaf because I was really craving the bitterness of coffee. Weird. I know.

Eat well! Be Well!