All posts by cherryvegan

Vegan since 2008, vegetarian since 1997. I love food, study nutrition, and like a good workout. Certified TRX instructor, certified KT technician. Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.

Chocolate Chia Protein Pudding and post-workout treats

I have been taking advantage of the TRX classes that fall either right before or right after my shift starts at work. I’ve always tried to get one or two in a week, but this week I went to one each weekday. It’s been great, I’ve been getting great workouts and it’s been great for helping with general life stress. It also means that I have to be a bit more mindful about meals. It can be very easy for me to get up, go to work before the sun is up, and just have my greens, coffee, and water until I get home. I do it more often than I would like, regardless of the importance of breakfast. I know, I know…I need to not do that. It just happens sometimes. I am very good about not allowing it to happen on days that I’ll be staying after my shift for a workout though.

A recent favorite breakfast that I can throw together quickly in the morning (can be made the night before, but easy enough that it doesn’t mess up my morning) is a chia pudding. I’ll pour half of a bottle of Rebbl Maca Mocha (reishi chocolate would be amazing too) into a small container with a lid, a scoop of chocolate protein powder, and 2-3 tbsp chia seeds, shake it up and go. By the time I get to work, get classes going, and get a moment, the chia seeds have plumped up nicely and it’s ready to be eaten. So delicious! Wednesday I added pomegranate seeds to top it off, today I added a tbsp of chunky peanut butter. It’s not the prettiest meal I’ve posted, but trust me, so delicious and great fuel for my workout.

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After my workout, shower, and dog walk, I made a delicious smoothie made with 2 packs of Four Sigmatic cordyceps coffee (mixed with a bit of hot water then added to a little more cold water), a frozen banana, and a scoop of Vega Sport vanilla protein powder.

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I also had a Silk vanilla yogurt alternative mixed with almond butter and pomegranate seeds along side the smoothie. These two complemented each other nicely, it was a great post-workout meal.

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What’s your favorite grab-and-go healthy breakfast? Do you have a post-workout treat that gets you extra motivated towards the end of your workout, your little reward once it’s over? I’d love to hear about them!

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Simplicity

A lot of my meals are healthy, colorful, veggie-filled meals, but not all. Last night Sal and I got home from a TRX class and we made vegan chili cheese dogs. They were messy and delicious, quick and easy, but probably not the healthiest option we could have made. Balance though, right?

My friend Amany told me that cotton candy grapes are not only back at Whole Foods, but are on sale, so I had to go and pick some up. Van’s power grain waffles were on sale too, I love them, protein plus waffles and vegan? Yes, please. When I got home I snacked on a few grapes. I was going back to work for a workout so I wanted to have something substantial too. I threw a couple of waffles in the oven, when they were done I added some almond butter, and then topped that with pomegranate seeds. A slightly dressed up lazy meal, but it was good and gave me fuel for my workout.

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After my workout, I tried a Koyah freeze-dried smoothie that I had gotten in the Goddess Provisions Superfoods box (a box that I really enjoyed, so many great finds!). It was a quick and easy way for me to refuel after my workout, and I was really grateful for it because my shift started immediately after the class! Convenient, nutritious goodness on the go. I just threw it in my purse and after class mixed it up in my water bottle.

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When I got home, I took inventory of the refrigerator, saw the little bit of chili we had left over and made quesadillas. I sauteed garlic, onion, and green bell pepper with some coconut oil and pepper, added the chili, added cumin and nutritional yeast. I toasted two small whole wheat tortillas, added a slice of Diaya cheddar to one tortilla and slathered the other tortilla with Tofutti sour cream and guacamole, and added the chili mix and baby spinach. Those little tortillas were filled with a ton of flavor and it was delicious.

 

Veggie Guacadilla

I’m interested to go to Whole Foods and see if there really is much of a difference on prices. Before I can do that, I’ve got veggies in the fridge that need to be eaten so I don’t let stuff just go to waste. Luckily I’m a big fan of veggies thrown together. For lunch today, I made a veggie quesadilla. No cheese though, guacamole in its place…a guacadilla?

I heated a pan coated in coconut oil and sauteed minced garlic, chopped onions, green bell peppers, mushrooms, and sliced carrots. I glazed the pan with some soy sauce (normally I would use Bragg’s liquid aminos, but low sodium soy sauce is a good swap), cooked a bit more, and added black pepper. I heated two whole wheat tortillas in the oven and slathered some spicy guacamole on them. The meal was filling and the guac was a great cheese alternative as it often can be. My only regret is that I forgot to add baby arugula before I devoured it, but I can make up for that later with a second attempt! As is often the case, this delicious meal was super easy to make and took little time.

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Slow start and a sweet treat

It’s a dreary Monday morning. I was going to get up early and go to a cycling class, but the dog was extra cuddly, the rain was soothing, and that full 8 hours was calling my name. I’ll go to TRX tonight.

During a past fitness challenge at my studio an awesome group of bad asses was created to hold each other accountable and encourage workout regularity. The challenge ended, but the group stays connected, and the motivation has returned with the suggestion that we record ourselves doing workouts through the week again, with this week being pushups. We do at least 10 at a time, video tape them, and post them in the group. Such a simple thing but it keeps us all accountable, it motivates us, and it makes it fun. You can do pushups on your knees, you can do them on your toes, you can add shoulder taps, whatever, but it’s a simple thing that you can drop and do throughout the day that really adds up. I definitely recommend doing something like this with a buddy. You can challenge the other with whoever does the most gets to be treated to lunch by the other or something, or just enjoy the process of cheering each other on and trying to see how much more you can really do. 10 at a time can add up really easily. So between my random little things of the day, I’ll stop here and there and do 10 pushups and share them with the group.

Aside from my random pushups here and there, the pup and I are being lazy today. I’m doing some tidying up here and there, playing with her between, and watching a little TV. I put some frankincense and some lavender in the diffuser. And, of course, I’ve made breakfast. A grey Monday calls for a cheery breakfast, so why not ice cream? Not really, but a healthy alternative. I have a large tupperware in the fridge that I keep full of chunks of frozen banana. It’s perfect for dreamy creamy smoothies, or even better, for nice cream.

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Look at that. Who doesn’t want that for breakfast? I threw about 2 bananas worth of frozen banana chunks in the vitamix with a dash of vanilla extract, a packet of Four Sigmatic mushroom coffee with cordyceps,  a scoop of No Udder chocolate protein powder, some Cool Brew vanilla coffee concentrate, and about a teaspoon of Health Force Maca Force Lucuma Spice, then I topped it off with some lovely Sweetapolita sprinkles! As usual, a super easy treat! It’s so good, it tastes like an indulgence, but the most indulgent thing in it is a few sprinkles.

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Whatever it is, it’s the weekend

I work Saturday mornings, making Sundays feel more like my Saturday. Luckily though, I get off of work early enough on Saturdays that I still get to enjoy whatever festivities are going on. Yesterday was my nephew’s birthday party, a bit of a drive away, but worth it.

To start off my Saturday I grabbed a bottle of water and added a scoop of It Works Chocolate Greens. I tend to keep snacks in my car. I’ve been caught in too many situations where there wasn’t really anything to eat, so I like to make sure I have something with me. Health Warrior chia bars are absolutely a favorite to keep stashed away. They’re delicious and filling, compact so they’re incredibly portable. I grabbed a Mexican chocolate chia bar from the car before heading into work. With my greens, my chia bar, and a coffee that a lovely friend brought me, I had some good morning fuel. After work, I treated myself to a favorite drink, a lavender matcha iced latte. So delicious. I didn’t have much time, so I sliced up an apple and threw it in a mason jar with some roasted coconut butter and headed to the party. At the party there was plenty of fruit to snack on, but I filled up mostly with chips and guac. They had Wholly Guacamole minis which are nice and convenient little packets of guacamole. When I got home, I had a nice and simple avocado pasta with angel hair, put some rose oil in the diffuser, and relaxed.

Today has been a nice lazy day, no obligations and sleeping in until after the sun had risen. I got up and had my chocolate greens, and then made a delicious combination of Four Sigmatic goodies: lion’s mane and chaga coffee mixed with mushroom hot cacao with reishi. I’m a huge fan of Four Sigmatic products, to the point that people think I sell it (I don’t) because of how I talk about it. I’ll do a post about them soon.

The entire reason I started writing today was that I made another veggie-filled delicious and super easy bowl. To try to prevent the inactivity that has plagued me with this blog, I want to attempt to post my meals more frequently. I’m going to stop waiting until I have a new recipe to share, because essentially my goal with this is to provide some insight into my vegan life and help others find that it is totally doable. If you were to look at my instagram, you’d basically know my daily dietary habits. I want to do that a bit with this blog, just share my meals. I’ll share meals, products I love, whatever.

The bowl today was great. I threw some wild rice in the rice cooker, put some frozen broccoli and edamame in the microwave, and then chopped up a carrot, a green bell pepper, some red onion, a cucumber, mixed it all up with some baby arugula, baby spinach, currants, sunflower seeds, and hemp seeds. Once everything was cooked and mixed, I added some ginger sesame dressing. Super simple, a good variety of flavors, and delicious.

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I’ll probably blend up some frozen bananas later for a sweet ice cream like treat and will definitely be trying a new Four Sigmatic product: Sleep Stick with reishi!

Hopefully this begins a return to blogging regularly, hopefully you enjoy my food ramblings, and feel free to reach out if you have any questions!

Too long gone…

It’s been way too long since I’ve updated this blog. I’m back in school, I work, I need to get my workouts in, and other excuses. There’s always some excuse not to do something, but they’re not that great. I’m back, I’ll try to be a bit more regular with this!

Lately I’ve been doing a lot of really simple meals, bowls of deliciousness thrown together. I’ve always enjoyed bowls, they’re easy delicious ways to make a nice little mix of things. Sweet potatoes with almond butter or peanut butter and granola and some sort of fruit or hemp seeds, frozen bananas blended with some sort of superfood powder with chia seeds and cinnamon and things, just easy delicious meals. The Daily Beet here in New Orleans has some magical bowls that inspired me to add different things that I hadn’t been using before. Beet noodles have become a big favorite. I like to keep a several frozen veggies on hand that can be used. Broccoli, cauliflower, and edamame are freezer staples. I’ll use fresh of course, love fresh, but if I’m running low on produce these are lifesavers. I can just throw the frozen veggies in the microwave, prepare whatever else is going in, and toss them all together with some tahini or sesame ginger dressing and I’ve got a great meal.

Yesterday for lunch I used a Pranayums spice shot, garlic powder, turmeric (always! even though the spice shot has some I like more), black pepper and some coconut oil on a can of chickpeas and threw them in the stove to roast while I took my post-workout shower. Then in a big bowl I tossed in some beet noodles, chopped carrots, mushrooms, red onion, cucumber, avocado, hemp seeds, currants, baby arugula, and baby spinach in a big bowl with the chickpeas and some tahini. It sounds like a lot of ingredients, but it’s so easy to put together and so delicious.

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There’s a challenge going on in the studio I work at and it suggests that people make fruits and vegetables comprise 50% of their meals, and I’ve heard a lot of people say that it’s been difficult. It really isn’t hard, produce is delicious and so easy to make significant parts of your meals. Some may think that because I’m vegan it’s easy for me to say that, what else could I possibly eat? Psh. When I was a vegetarian teenager pasta and cheese fries were my go to. Vegan pasta dishes are delicious and a favorite. I could make vegan cheese fries all the time. There are so many vegan meat alternatives and so many carb dishes I could be eating. It’s easy to go that route too. I just feel better eating more produce. Sure, I’ll eat meals that don’t have a lot of veggies. Just last night we had vegan hot dogs for dinner. That’s only one meal though, how easy is it to have something like that and still eat a bunch of fruits and veggies!? I had an apple with almond butter earlier in the day. A dessert treat was frozen bananas blended up with a little cinnamon and then topped with Eating Evolved sweet and salty roasted coconut butter. It may take a little thought at first, it definitely takes better decision making when shopping, but it becomes easy, it’s delicious, and you feel so much better because of it.

Strawberries and Cream Pancakes

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I’ve been having a lot of fun with cashews the other day, and had found a recipe that required heavy cream. Soaked, blended cashews and water of course made a lovely substitute. Afterwards, I still had some of this cashew cream left over and had just picked up a bunch of gorgeous strawberries. Variations of pancakes or waffles are such a lovely day off treat, and strawberries and cream are such a beautiful combination, it was a pretty easy decision! I hope you like these, I definitely did! I topped mine with Earth Balance, Sal used Earth Balance and raw, local honey. I personally don’t use honey, but if you eat it, I recommend going for local all the way!

3/4 cup unbleached all purpose flour
1/4 cup rolled oats
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp sugar
A few dashes pink Himalayan salt
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup cashew cream *see note*
1/4 cup vanilla almond milk
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 c strawberries – chopped

*note!
To make the cashew cream soak 1 cup cashews overnight or 8 hours. Drain and blend thoroughly with 1 1/2 cup water.

Preheat a lightly greased skillet over medium heat.
In a medium bowl combine all dry ingredients and mix well. Mix in wet ingredients. If your batter seems too thick add a little extra almond milk,  a tbsp at a time. Fold in the chopped strawberries. Pour batter in pan, wait until the top bubbles and the edges look a bit cooked and flip. Let cook for a couple minutes and then flip to ensure they’re cooked on both sides. Top with strawberry jam and coconut whipped cream, with earth balance, or with powdered sugar and syrup!