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Mondito!

Morning Folks!

This one’s been kind of a strange morning for me.  I woke up wide awake out of a vivid nightmare around 10:30. (Keenan and I stayed up until 2am watching Let Me In last night after he got home.  My nightmare was totally unrelated.)  I almost immediately jumped out of bed and pulled on some running clothes.  I was able to convince Keenan to go with me, and we went for a quick two laps around the park.  We were planning on three or four, but Keenan has some nasty blisters at the moment from new work shoes that decided to act up while we were running. 

We got home and Keenan took a quick shower and headed out of the house for an appointment.  Mid-way through getting ready for work it dawned on me that Keenan wasn’t there to prepare my food for me!  Luckily, I remembered that I had a meal voucher from Employee Appreciation at work.  There’s one meal down.  After that it was simple.  Just pour some soup in a container, and make myself a quick smoothie.

This tropical smoothie is delish.  Into the Vita-Mix went:

1 cup coconut water

1 shake of dulse powder

1 scoop chia seeds

1.5 T plain protein powder

2 handfuls spinach

1 banana

4 fresh strawberries, including green tops

1 handful frozen tropical fruit (pineapple, papaya, mango)

Mix it all together and you have this beauty.

I used plain protein powder instead of my vanilla Sun Warrior so as to keep the tropical flavor the most prominent.  I felt that Sun Warrior might make it too vanilla-y.  I definitely think that it was a good choice, although the dulse powder is still a bit strong.  I don’t think I could ever put more than a teaspooon or two into a smoothie without it being way too overpowering.  However, algae is beneficial enough that I’m willing to make the effort to consume at least a small amount on a regular basis.

After walking to the ferry I realized just how hungry I was from my run, so I used the extra time before the boat left to stop by Taco Del Mar and grab a mondito burrito. (It’s mondito because it’s not quite as mondo and the mondo burrito.)

Honestly, I tore it open as soon as I got on the ferry and devoured it in less than 10 minutes.  I’m lucky I could wait long enough to snap a photo!  In the mix were guacamole, rice, black beans, pico de gallo, and medium salsa.  I would have ordered the whole wheat tortilla, but I didn’t notice that it was available until the guy had already started to make mine.  Next time!

Well, I am off to enjoy a nice afternoon of serving food to hospital patients.  I hope you all enjoy your Wednesday as well!

What’s your favorite protein powder for smoothies?

For me it’s gotta be vanilla Sun Warrior all the way.  I’ve still never tried chocolate protein powder though, so who knows where that would rank!

❤ Lindsay

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Water is Your Friend

Happy Friday!

I am headed into work, on what should have been my day off, because I picked up a few hours this afternoon.  Luckily, I’ll be home by 6:30, so I’ll have a chance to enjoy some of this beautiful, warm day we’re having today.  Today is officially the first day that it’s been warm enough that I didn’t bring a jacket to work with me!

I woke up this morning with a headache, and immediately knew that I was dehydrated.  I haven’t been carrying my trusty water bottle with me as much recently, and I think that it has actually made an impact on my hydration.  Besides that, I have also been drinking quite a bit more soda, energy drinks, and chai/coffee lately.  All of those can cause your body to lose water.  No bueno.

So,  now I’m on the boat, guzzling water out of my Kleen Kanteen, and I figured I’d give you a few facts on hydration for your everyday life!

  • Your body is made up of 75% water.  Your brain is 80%.  Your blood is 92%.
  • Water helps to regulate your body temperature.
  • Water carries oxygen and nutrients to every cell in your body.
  • Dehydration can reduce concentration, and cause irritability and headaches.
  • Drinking water can help you lose weight.
  • Water helps convert food to energy.
  • You should drink about half your body weight in lbs, in ozs of water.
  • Caffeinated drinks and alcohol will actually pull water out of your body, rather than hydrate you.
  • Hangovers are mostly caused by severe dehydration.
  • Drink water before bed, and when you wake up, since you still lose water in your sleep.
  • Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink water, by then you’re already dehydrated.
  • Drink more water if you are exercising, or spending time in the heat.
  • If you are sweating quite a bit, consider hydrating with coconut water or Gatorade-type drinks, to keep your electrolytes up.  Electrolytes are minerals, like sodium, potassium, calcium, and magnesium, which are located in your cells.  Some are inside your cells, and some are outside.  If the balance is off, water is sucked out of your cells, and can cause problems like low blood pressure and fainting.
  • You should drink extra water when traveling, especially by airplane.
  • It is usually recommended to drink small amounts of water throughout the day, rather than a large amount all at once, to give the body adequate time to absorb it.
  • Eating fresh fruits and vegetables provides you with some amount of water, which can be counted toward your daily total.  Fluid-like foods, such as soups and smoothies, also count.
  • If you don’t like water, add lemon, mint, cucumber, berries, or other fruit to it.  Or drink decaffeinated tea.

Obviously water is pretty darn important.  Drink it for your health and vitality.  🙂

Have a great day, folks!

What are your best tips for keeping hydrated?

❤ Lindsay

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Pike IPA

What’s up?  Did you have a good day?  Cause I did. 🙂

Actually, the beginning of my work day wasn’t so awesome.  I got on the bus to go to work, and the bus driver seriously missed the turn to go up the hill to the hospital.  He couldn’t figure out how to turn around so we ended up driving down through Pioneer Square and down 1st Street all the way back to Belltown, on the other side of town, before he finally got back up to 3rd Street and drove back across town to get back to the original bus route.  I was late for work, but luckily I was able to call ahead and let them know what was going on, so I didn’t get in any trouble.  Still, kind of a crazy start to the day!

On my first break I chowed down a kale salad that I made this morning.

It included kale, a few grape tomatoes, red bell peppers, Vegenaise (I would normally use avocado, but we were out), cayenne pepper, lemon juice, and sunflower seeds.  It was actually really good.  Would have been better with avocado though.

On that same break, I discovered that I had a voice mail about a job that I had applied for a couple months ago at a different hospital, wanting to ask me a few questions, and possibly set up an interview.  Unfortunately, by the time I received the message, she was already gone for the evening, but I should be getting a call back on Friday.  I’m pretty stoked.  It’s a full-time position (currently, I’m only working 26 hours a week), and the hospital is quite a bit closer to home than where I’m at now.  I’m definitely keeping my fingers crossed on this one! 🙂

My second break, I finished the rest of the Subway sandwich that I bought earlier in the day.

Again, yummy!

I also discovered that the Heat beat the Bulls, and that my boyfriend had decided to come meet me in Seattle after I got off work!  I got off at work at 9, but the ferry wasn’t until 10:30, so he wanted to hang out.

When I was off, I met him down by Pike Place Market, we grabbed a six pack, and we went to his friend Kristina’s apartment to chill for a moment.

It was our first time trying the Pike IPA, and I must say it was really good.  Nice and smooth.  Even cooler because we were drinking it just a few blocks away from where it was brewed. 🙂

Anyhoo, I’m gonna say goodnight, and enjoy the rest of my ferry ride with my wonderful boyfriend.  You have a fabulous night and I will see you on the flip side.

What’s your favorite micro brew?

Mine would have to be the Ridgetop Red from Silver City Brewery in my hometown of Silverdale, Washington.

❤ Lindsay

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Too Busy to Cook?

Hello!

The sun is back today and it actually feels like May, finally!!!  I’m heading to work, but I definitely won’t let that deter me from enjoying this beautiful day while I’m on my way there!

This week has started off well for me.  Monday I mostly just hung out with Keenan and Arlo, and went to go shoot pool with a couple friends in the evening (which, of course, included a basket of fries with ketchup).  We also got No Strings Attached from the Red Box.  Keenan loves Natalie, so he enjoyed it.  It was a bit too much of a RomCom for our taste though.  I definitely prefer my movies to be a bit more comedy and less romance.  You definitely know it’s a girly movie when they start making period jokes. Ew.

We also managed to teach Arlo to play fetch with a ping pong ball.  He is sooo darn proud of himself for being able to actually fit the ball in his mouth.  He can keep me entertained for hours.  I tried to grab some pics, but he won’t stay still long enough for me to get a good angle.

Yesterday was my grandma’s 80th birthday party at my aunt and uncles.  I’m lucky (in a way) that a few members of my extended family are lactose intolerant, so almost all of the food at the party was dairy-free.  The rest of the party had NY steaks, but I brought some Dr. Praegers veggie burgers with me for an entree, that my cousin, Rochelle, enjoyed as well.  I had a veggie burger, a huge serving of my mom’s Asian-style coleslaw, fruit salad, some sauteed onions, and a breadstick.  I actually had my plate full.  Definitely not something I was expecting to be able to do as a vegan at a non-vegan gathering.  🙂  It was a lovely time for all involved, and also gave Keenan a chance to meet some of my family members that I don’t see too often.

We went home and watched The Green Hornet, with Seth Rogan.  Definitely more our type of movie.  I’m pretty sure I’ve seen every (non-cartoon) movie that Seth Rogan is in.  And yes, I looked it up on IMDB to make sure. 😉 It was definitely comedy mixed with a superhero movie, and written by the same guys that did Superbad, so you know you’re gonna be laughing your booty off.

Today, Keenan is staying at home getting paid to pressure wash the parking lot at our apartment complex.  He definitely picked the right day to do it!  I am so jealous that he gets to hang out in the sunshine all day and make money off of it!

This morning, we ran around trying to get the pressure washing equipment from Keenan’s dad, and dropped Arlo off with his mom so she could puppy-sit for the afternoon.

While we were out I indulged in one of my very infrequent (formerly VERY frequent) loves, a sugar-free Red Bull.

I swear, with the small amount of caffeine that I typically consume, a Red Bull makes me feel like the Energizer bunny!  I definitely prefer the feeling that tea gives me, but I still enjoy energy drinks on occasion, despite the fact that I know how bad they are for me.

When we got back home, I didn’t have much of a chance to get a legit work dinner put together. I threw together a quick kale salad, but realized that there wasn’t much else in the house to pack.

I grabbed a Fuji apple on my way out the door to go to the ferry, but after finishing it, decided that I needed something a bit more substantial before work, so I stopped at Subway.

I figure I can eat half now, and half for my dinner at work.  $5 footlongs are awesome.  My standard Subway order is a footlong veggie delight on 9-grain wheat, with spinach, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, banana peppers, avocado, mustard, salt, oil and vinegar.  Fresh veggies, quick and easy.

Yummy!  Being too busy to cook never tasted so good!

What’s your favorite quick and easy healthy food option?

Now, get off your computer, quit reading blogs, and get out and enjoy that sunshine!!! 🙂

❤ Lindsay

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Rain, Rain, Go Away!

Hello Ladies and Germs!

What happened to that gorgeous weather we were having this morning???  Dang it, Seattle!  How can you do this to me?

I planned for clear skies and sunshine!

Not cool!  Needless to say, my feet, pants and jacket are soaked.

I just need to remind myself that if it weren’t for the rain, we wouldn’t have all that gorgeous green that Washington is known for.

Plus lucky for me, little did I know, but I was preparing my body ahead of time with some warm soupy good-ness.

I started out with a cup of Yukon Gold potato soup from the hospital cafeteria.

Apparently this soup is special, because along with a sticker that says “vegan” on the label, it also says “wellness”.  I don’t know what I’m getting well from, but I’ll take it!

I had this along with the last of the Not-Chicken Salad in a pita with spinach.  Figured I wouldn’t bother showing it to you for the third time.

I also had my usual giant salad for lunch, but forgot to take a picture. No big.  Not like it looks that different from the salads that I eat every other day.  It contained spring mix, cucumber, sprouts, grape tomatoes, pumpkin seeds and Annie’s Goddess dressing.

My dinner was another soup.  This one was some Amy’s lentil soup with nutritional yeast.

Told you it was a soupy sort of day.

Okay, so this is totally weird, but after eating this soup, I kept having these little burps that tasted like lentil soup.  It was special.  And kind of gross.  I did get an adorable text from Keenan though, “I miss you. I wish you could have lentil burps here.”  Now that is love. 🙂

Just to prove how slow it was at work tonight, this is how dead the cafeteria at the hospital was.

I see one person.  The emptiness of the cafeteria is basically a direct correlation to the emptiness of the rest of the hospital, so obviously I was bored.  I guess I shouldn’t complain, though, since that means that I get paid to sit and read blogs all day. 😉

Well, kids, a little birdy just told me that there should be the beginnings of a new vegan mac and cheese recipe waiting for me when I get home.  Check in tomorrow to see how it turned out!

Have a lovely Saturday night!

❤ Lindsay

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A Chai Story

Morning sunshine!

It’s another beautiful sunny day here!  All you people who don’t have to go to work on this gorgeous Saturday are some lucky ducks!

As usual, I’m enjoying a liquid breakfast of H2O, green smoothie and Starbucks grande soy chai.

Have I told you how much I love chai??

It’s not just Starbucks chai, either.  I’ll take one anywhere, anytime.

I had my first chai when I was 16 years old.  I was attending the local community college via the Running Start program, and one of my classmates asked me to try his one day.  I had heard of it… they served it at the coffee stand at the student center at the college… but it kind of intimidated me a bit, since it was nothing like I had ever tried before.  After all, I was a die hard fan of caramel macchiatos, and don’t you dare try to take them from me.  However, I went along with my classmate and tried a sip of this strange chai tea stuff.  It was amazing.  It tasted like Christmas.  And so, a love was born.

Three years later, on summer vacation from university, I was hired at a chai stand at our local mall.  A chai stand?  Yeah, a chai stand.  It’s like a coffee stand, but instead, specializes in chai tea.  We had vanilla chai, chocolate chai, traditional spice chai, and tons of flavors to mix in to make a wild array of chai flavors.  My favorite was always a traditional spice chai with half the standard amount of sugar free caramel with soy.  It was so creamy and amazing, I can even imagine it sitting here now. 

Even before I was a vegan I have always enjoyed chai with soy milk, rather than cow’s milk.  Maybe it’s just the vanilla flavor, but I think that the sweetness of the soy milk adds to the flavor of the chai.  Even if you drink cow’s milk on a regular basis, I highly recommend trying a chai with soy.

So what’s so awesome about chai tea, you might ask?

  • It’s a black tea, which means that it is high in antioxidants.
  • The spices (cinnamon, ginger, cloves, black pepper, and fennel) in chai can help aid and support digestion.
  • Chai can be anti-inflammatory, mostly because of the ginger.  Can help relieve arthritis.
  • Contains less caffeine than coffee.
  • Chai is often used in Traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, although in these cases the specific blend would be tailored to the individual.

I almost exclusively drink tea, instead of coffee, because coffee has such an acidic effect on your body.  Acidity in your body makes it a toxic environment, that is more inviting for disease and ailments.  To learn more about acid/base balance in the body, I highly recommend reading Crazy Sexy Diet by Kris Carr.  This book changed my life, and is actually what really convinced me, ultimately, to become vegan. 

Anywho… get outside and enjoy this amazing Saturday for me, maybe even with an iced chai!  I’m gonna get my booty to the office now, so I’ll ttyl!

What’s your favorite kind of tea?

When did you try chai for the first time?

❤ Lindsay

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Fajita Burritos

If you haven’t noticed by now, we have a bit of a thing for Mexican food in our house.  I think it’s a combination of the spice, the versatility, and the ease of veggie-fication that most Mexican recipes allow.

Every time that Keenan gets in the mood for Mexican food, I get more than a little excited.  Thanks to his Mexican grandmothers who either used to, or still do, cook all their traditional meals from the amazing-ness of scratch, Keenan has really picked up some mad Mexican cooking skills.

So what is it that can make me look like this?

That would be Keenan’s Fajita Burritos, of course.  (Please excuse the scrubby bedroom attire.)

My favorite part of the recipe, and probably the easiest, is the spicy bean spread that we use as a base on the tortillas.

First, combine a can each of black beans and kidney beans in a colander and rinse.

Once, well rinsed, transfer them to the blender, and begin preparing other ingredients.

Chop some tomatoes.

Add to the mix.

Add salsa to taste.

Keenan included about a 1/2 cup.

Add cayenne pepper to taste.

And, just because spicy isn’t spicy enough, add some hot sauce, such as Cholula.

Then, proceed to blend.

I was even given permission to taste test.

Once the bean spread was complete, the fajita veggies had to be prepared.

Keenan chopped up a bunch of red bell peppers, onion, jalapeno pepper, and tomato.

Some un-pictured Swiss chard also made it into the batch.

These were all sauteed in olive oil and cayenne pepper until cooked.

At some point during the cooking process we also decided to add some sun-dried tomatoes.  Cause, why not, right?

Then the burrito building began!

Tortilla + Bean Spread

+ Romaine Lettuce

+ Fajita Veggies + Extra Salsa

+ Daiya Cheddar

= An Awesome Fajita Burrito

You must try this now.  Your taste buds will thank you.

Have a good night!

❤ Lindsay

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