why not thrive? + socca to me!

Good morning rays of sunshine:) How are you?

Okay so this morning I have a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT. The Padre is going on the Brendan Brazier Thrive Diet for 30 days!!

GUYS I AM SO EXCITED this means the Padre will be eating just. like. me. I have never been so excited in my entire life.

Aren’t you proud of him?!

This is going to SKYROCKET his running performance and recovery, plus it will help him when he goes back to work (April 1st!). Padre will soon be eating a Cookie Dough Bowl and a Quinoa-Hummus-Raisin-Balsamic Bowl. Oh yes. Just you wait.

Here is a rough meal plan I made for him:

Thrive Meal Plan


In a bowl:

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 tbsp. almond butter
  • 1 tbsp. chia or ground flax seeds
  • Fruit
  • Almond/hemp/coconut milk, etc.


In a bowl:

  • 1 scoop Vega protein powder (black canister in snack cabinet)
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp. flax seeds
  • ½ cup – 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 tbsp. carob powder (optional)
  • Non-dairy milk


In a bowl:

  • 2 tbsp. almonds
  • 1 tbsp. chia or ground flax seeds
  • 1 tbsp. hemp protein
  • Fruit
  • Non-dairy milk
  • Carob powder (optional)


Smoothie (blender)

  • Recipes in Thrive Diet Recipe section
    • Generally, include lots of fruit, a few tablespoons of seeds and nut butter, and some hemp protein powder.


  • Big salad (romaine/spinach/mixed greens) or veggies
  • 1 cup cooked pseudograins (quinoa, buckwheat, amaranth)
  • 1 cup lentils/beans/hummus
  • Handful of seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, chia, flax, sesame, hemp) or almonds
  • Top all with balsamic vinegar, apple cider vinegar, or lemon juice, and hempseed oil or EFA oil blend
  • For other ideas, there are fantastic recipes in the Thrive Diet book.


  • Energy Bars
  • Vegetables with hummus
  • Fruit with a handful of almonds
  • Smoothie (see Thrive Diet recipes)
  • ½ cup quinoa mixed with ½ cup lentils and your choice of dressing (marinara tastes great!), with veggies
  • Banana with almond butter or handful of almonds

Pre-Workout Nutrition:

  • About an hour before working out, Energy Pudding is best. In mini-chop, combine:
    • 1 banana
    • ¼ cup dates (about 6-8)
    • 2 tbsp. ground flaxseed
    • ½ tbsp. coconut oil (cereal cabinet)
    • 1 tbsp. carob (optional)
    • Splash of water
  • Immediately before working out, if necessary, eat carbohydrates. This includes all fruits, mainly bananas, dates, and other dried fruits.

Post-Workout Nutrition:

  • After a workout, a smoothie is best. Within 45 minutes, ingest a high-carbohydrate drink with small amounts of protein and fat. The general smoothie recipe is:
    • 1 banana
    • ¼ cup dates
    • 1 tbsp. hemp protein
    • 1 tsp. EFA oil blend
    • 1 tsp. dulse flakes
    • Water
    • Grated ginger (optional)
  • One to two hours after your smoothie, eat a high-protein meal, such as the lunch and dinner suggestions above.

SO this means he will also be eating some of the food I cook. Sharing is caring🙂

Last week during a day when I got to come home for lunch, I (successfully) made socca! My first attempt was rather um burnt, but it’s fine this one turned out amaze and tasted even better.


And since I can’t eat things just plain (um hello, Quinoa-Hummus-Raisin-Balsamic Bowl), I had to make it socca pizza. And let me tell you, it was so good I ate it for lunch AND dinner.


So make this tonight, or you will be kicking yourself in the pants when you actually do try it and realize you should have made it sooner.


You have been warned.


Socca Pizza

Makes 4 servings


  • 1 cup garbanzo bean flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • Pinch of stevia
  • Marinara sauce
  • Nooch (nutritional yeast)


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and grease a round 9-inch cake pan with EVOO.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine garbanzo bean flour, salt, stevia, and some hefty shakes of Italian seasoning.
  3. Add water and oil, and mix thoroughly until all clumps are gone.
  4. Pour into your cake pan and sprinkle with more Italian Seasoning.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes, or until top is firm.
  6. Let cool in the pan for a few minutes, and then invert and let it cool on a cooling rack, or upside down on a plate.
  7. Cut and top with marinara, nooch, and spinach lettuce or other veggies if desired.
  8. Enjoy!


This was absolutely perfect.

I was expecting a funny flavor (pre-baking, the batter tastes horrendous), but it was so. good. Subtly sweet, yet savory at the same time.


I topped mine with Amy’s Low Sodium Marinara and nooch.


On my Pooh plate, obvs.

Can I just eat this every day for the rest of my life?


Sooo dense. My fave. Don’t give me fluff, give me substance.



So as I said, make this tonight. Don’t be kicking yourself in the pants later on;)

See you tomorrow loves!

Have you ever tried socca?

YESSS thank goodness I finally made it!

Have you ever helped a parent or family member to eat differently?

My sister went vegan thanks to my influence, and now I’m helping the Padre maximize his marathon training!

What are your favorite pre- and post-exercise snacks?

See above:)




Filed under Gluten-Free, Recipes, Vegan

28 responses to “why not thrive? + socca to me!

  1. Happy Monday! Good for your dad! He is going to feel so rejuvenated after this little diet! I have tried socca…SO GOOD. A great alternative to bread 🙂 My favorite pre workout meal is a bite of a banana and some raisins and then after I dig in. Usually a protein smoother or a big whomping bowlie of oties 🙂

  2. The Pooh plate! HA! Your dad is adorable and I can’t wait for him to fully recover.

    My parents eat a little healthier since I started too and we eat a lot less meat in the house.

  3. Thats so awesome your dad is going vegan for a month! I wish I could convince my daddy to, soo good for his health!

  4. movesnmunchies

    omgomgom that socca looks SO GOOD!! ah i jsut got the thrive fitness book!! should i get the regular thrive book too??

  5. Socca pizza is genius! I keep thinking I’ll make it, but haven’t yet—yum 🙂

    You’ll have so much fun doing the food thing with your Dad—I’m always trying to get people to “buy in” …so far, no family members, just clients (which is pretty fun too!).

    Can’t wait to hear updates…

  6. I’ve NEVER tried socca! but where do you get all these crazy ingredients from? I have been seriously struggling to even find chia seeds. 😦 help a girl out, sista!

    And I LOVE chocolate milk post-workout. gotta have it!

  7. Hahaha “black canister in cabinet”… so excited for your dad to give this a try! You are so sweet for helping him like that and whipping up that meal plan 🙂

  8. Yes! I love socca:) Especially chocolate socca, haha. I’ve slowly started to get my mom to look at what ingredients are in her food. When I go home for spring break though I’m planning on getting her to eat all vegan the whole time I’m there.

  9. I’m love socca these days! I couldn’t believe how easy it was to make! And topped with nooch it’s even MORE delicious. This just might make it on to my dinner plate tonight 😉

  10. I’ve never tried socca but I’m seen someone else make it on their blog, too. I think they made it on the stovetop which looked a bit complicated…if I’m doing it it’ll be oven all the way! I guess you could say I help my boyfriend’s eat habits a little since I’m vegetarian and when he eats at my house…it’s vegetarian! Not sure if that counts though?

  11. Good luck to your poppa, that’s AWESOME!! I love the Thrive Diet book. My parents haven’t ever drastically changed their eating habits at once, but since I’ve gone mostly vegan they eat SO much less meat. And they’re always open to trying the stuff I make!!

  12. runyogarepeat

    That’s awesome! My mom’s tried green monsters before and loves them, but my sisters are weirded out by the color. Smoothies are my favorite post-workout food because I’m never in the mood for real food (just water or other liquids) after running.

  13. yay Dad!!! That is so awesome that he wants to do that. Good thing he has you to help him…great meal plan, love!

    Socca is definitely delicious. I want to make a pizza out of it now asap!!

  14. Look deliCCCious!! 🙂 I’ve still never tried socca (crazy right!) but this recipe may have just converted me…I need to get some chickpeas though!

  15. Oh yeah, and congrats to tu daddio! I’ve been trying to get mine to eat like me for years..hahaha still not happenin’!

  16. Omg looks delicious!! I have yet to try socca

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  18. Awww how sweet of you to help him out like that! doesn’t it truly feel awesome when your loved ones, especially family members give in and try or even end up liking your healthy food? 🙂

  19. Great meal plan idea! I would use that even if not in training.
    Never had socca before, looks interesting.
    & my post meal snack is a banana berry smoothie 🙂

  20. Be fit and be fabulous

    I’ve heard lots and lots of good things about socca! Thanks to your post, Ima get me some of that! I’m definitely going to check out the Thrive diet. Best of luck to your padre.

  21. Jen

    I’ve never tried socca but with this recipe and the delicious pics, I have no excuse to try it 🙂

  22. I’ve been noticing my dad doesn’t eat all his stuff now when we go out to eat or get take out 🙂 I think hes realized that he doesn’t NEED to clean his plate! AND I’ve gotten them to eat more veggies woohoo!

    Ps. I made pumpkin quinoa raisin muffins this morning 🙂 quinoa = greatness def going to make more with this!

  23. How exciting I would LOVE it if I could get W to eat like me!!!! My rents are fairly close-when I “make” them….
    Loooooove socca pizza!!!!

  24. Kaila @healthyhelperblog!

    that is so great about your dad! tell him good luck for me!
    okay, now i really have to try socca! your pics have me drooling….i love dense textures for food, so that looks amazing!

  25. I love socca pizza!

    My family will never admit it, but they eat a lot healthier since I started doing so two years ago 🙂

  26. Ahh girlfran I’m taking a much needed break from blogging (and everything else) but I’ve missed reading your blog! Still haven’t made a socca… I’ll have to. 🙂

  27. I have socca on my list of things to make, and this post just pushed me to go ahead and make it! Looks so delicious. Perhaps a Friday night dinner!

  28. Your socca sounds delicous! 😀 LOVE IT! 😀


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