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!

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:

(Starting from the top photo)

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!

Ikea Dreaming

Well I am back from vacation.

I had a wonderful time in Nashville. Check out The Dope Librarian for a post about my trip.

Now I am just enjoying the last few weeks of summer and the last few weeks of freedom before my grad classes start at the end of the month.

I’m almost done. Staying focused!

Monday I went shopping at Ikea. I love this place. I often go to get design inspiration and dream about the fabulous kitchen that I want.

I can see it now…

Glass upper cabinets…

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…and dark lower cabinets.

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With a beautiful creamy countertop.

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Preferably a sustainable material.

And a fabulous apron sink and beautiful facet fixtures.

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One a day a reno will happen. One day.

Until than I dream and collect pieces.

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I got two stem glasses to add to the two that I already have. They were $1.99 a piece. The spice jars were $3.00 for the pack of 4. The green trays are ice trays they were $1.99 each. I got two glass plates for $.99 each. I now have a total of 8. I will continue to collect these because they are simple and go well with my dishes that have designs. The salad utensils were $1.99 for the pair. The most “expensive” purchase was the tray costing $9.99. A deal nonetheless.

Shopping for little pieces like these is my favorite thing to do. Because I didn’t have dishes when I first moved, I have no problem taking opportunities to get new things. I have a ton of things that I want. Like a large wok, a dutch oven, a juicer, and a Vitamix. But I am perfectly content with getting what I want one purchase at a time. I mean I do have a 30 year mortgage. LOL! My kitchen isn’t going anywhere.

Eat well! Be well!

Farm to Table

Last week I visited the Whitelock Community Farm. This may not be so abnormal, a health conscious person visiting a farm. But there is something unique about this farm; it’s in the city. Yes the actual farm is in an urban inner city community. I’ve been following this trend for some time. I’ve read about city farms in Chicago, but I was most pleased to learn that there is a farm in my city. This is such a dope concept! Not only is Whitelock an urban farm, but they are 100% organic. I have plans to volunteer for them. I can’t wait to get my hands dirty in some organic dirt! LOL!

This veggie was in heaven selecting produce. I got turnips (first time eating turnips. They have a great flavor!), garlic chives, a bunch of arugula, chocolate basil, mint (grown wild from the community garden), and Thyme. Just like a creative cook, I was flooded with recipe ideas. I made an arugula pesto with mint, basil, olive oil, juice of one lemon, and seasoned with sea salt and pepper. Blend and done! I served it cool atop sobo noodles, and sliced cucumbers and peppers with toasted sunflower seeds.

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!

Easy Breezy Saturday

Today was an easy going no frills day.

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After a morning appointment was cancelled I allowed my day to take its course. First stop, thrifting! I met my sister at Uptown Cheapskate, a super duper cute fashion exchange shop. My sister had to modeling for an event. She had a personal stylist and everything.

This place has set the bar for what a thrift shop should be like. Everyone there is fashionable and the clothes are well priced and in great condition. Have you ever been to a thrift shop and it has a nasty musty smell that makes you feel like your skin is scrolling with germs. Gross! Probably why I don’t go thrifting for clothes much more often. So of course I could not resist the pull to spend. As soon as I walked into that place I knew it was a wrap. Walked away with a pair of flats (I never thrift for shoes! That tells you how clean this place is.), a maxi skirt, a cute sheer floral shirt, and a beautiful lace dress. Spent a pleasant $40 dollars.

Can’t beat that!

After shopping we stopped for smoothies from Smoothie King. Ok I have to share my experience here. I’ve never had Smoothie King before. I don’t like having smoothies from places like this because it’s mostly sugar and I hate how they advertise to appear healthy. Such a lie! Anyway, apparently they do not add sugar. So I was happy. I scrutinized the ingredients for the drink and was pleased with the Original Protein Smoothie, without whey protein, but soy. I originally ordered the Mocha Almond. I was a little foggy about what all was in the drink so I asked the girl behind the counter. Caffeine! Unfortunately, I can no longer have caffeine. Sheesh! when I think I’m free and clear there is always something that I miss. I ended up with a very delicious banana almond protein smoothie instead. Yum!

As if she knew that I was having a random day, my best friend wanted to hang out. I was delighted! I’ve been wanting to check out  Liquid Earth, a Raw, Vegan,Vegetarian restaurant in Downtown Baltimore, for some time. So we met up there. This place is so unpretentious with an eclectic design aesthetic.

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I had the Earthburger.

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This burger is packed with organic brown rice, textured soy, and fresh herbs seasonings. All served on a whole wheat kaiser roll. This burger was close your eyes to savor the flavor delicious.

I also had an amazing freshly made organic pomegranate, pear, carrot, and apple juice.

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Simply lovely!

Eat well! Be well!