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My Healthy Dose of Awkward

Okay so before I get to my recap of the SCRUMDIDDLYUMPTIOUS raw brunch, I must let this out.

Three awkward things I did today:

  1. In the shower, I accidentally put conditioner on my face, thinking it was face wash. No bueno. I mean, how does that even happen? Maybe it was because I was singing Raise Your Glass at the top of my lungs and hair was the last thing on my mind? Oh, and I was singing it just like this:


    I love Pink, she is a MONSTA

  2. After said musical distraction, I proceeded to blast that very song as well as Hey Baby and Like a G6 (somehow I never get sick of either of those songs). And I danced. My hair is now dry, THANK YOU awesome dancing skills of mine. I wish I had a picture of this but no one on the internet needs to see me pop lock and droppin’ it!
  3. I licked my plate clean. Which caused some of my lovely new friends to laugh hysterically and announce they need to take a picture IMMEDIATELY!

    IMG_3417Me and all of my friends. Actually, they were all crowded around the photographer and laughing. I am toomuch:)

    Wait, I like this picture better.

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    Yurp, HOTTAY

    Why am I so pale? Summer, please come back!! I don’t believe in paying for skin cancer so I refuse to use tanning beds. Bronzer is no longer sufficient. Anyone want to go someplace obnoxiously sunny and warm? It is cold in New York and I would like some sun.

  4. Okay, I lied. Number four is that I am typing this while still in my bathrobe because I absolutely had to write this post right now. Face it people, rambling just can’t wait!

Okay, now onto WHY I was licking my plate!

Firstly, I have to thank Christine, the owner of Wellness Within, for hosting this awesome event! She is a sweetheart, I can’t wait to work with her more!

IMG_3400Sorry, Color Pop on LiveWriter makes us look orange. At least I look less pale:)

She has such a great business going, and is expanding soon! If you are in the area, definitely take the snowy drive out to her store on the beautiful (and hoppin’) Park Avenue. I wish I could get out there more! (p.s. if you’re in the area and want an awesome restaurant, GO TO PARK AVENUE!)

Onto the FOOD.

Despite my full belly from breakfast, I was more than happy to stuff my face with raw goodness.

Crepe #1.

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Amazeballs.

Above is the apple crepe with peaches, blueberries, and a vanilla crème. And a cinnamon roll🙂

Both were delicious, I scarfed this down in about 0.2 seconds, along with a small bowl of fruit, resulting in this:

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Devoured and licked clean with a big smile on my face:)

I LOVE FOOD.

And green juice. This was absolutely amazing, I wish I wasn’t so cheap and would buy a juicer but hey at least my birthday is coming up soon! (aka this summer, not soon, but EVERY DAY is my birthday in my mind since every day is awesome)

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I might be wrong, but I believe this was romaine, celery, cucumber, and parsley. SO good, I love veggies, this was sweet enough it didn’t even need anything else:)

Next up was the banana crepe con a chocolate hazelnut crème sauce, banana slices, cacao nibs, and chocolate hazelnut milk.

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I praise the chocolate gods for this one. And the lovely and amazing Damaris! She is an incredibly talented chef.

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Chocolate banana crepe also enjoyed by Dakota! I am so glad I met this girl, she is a sweetheart and is gorgeous, she should model! (and I heard she makes a mean raw lasagna…cook make food for me please?)

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And the adorable Autumn Ray! (I think that’s how you spell it? Sorry if I butchered it!!).

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I got her mid-bite! Sorry girl;)

Next up were more cinnamon buns and a blueberry pancake! Ahhhhh holy yumsky.

IMG_3397Plus a crème sauce that I wish I knew what was in it but it was so good I could care less. Another plate LICKED clean.

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If I could eat pancakes every single day of my life I SO would. In math class two years ago on Pi Day (yes it’s an actual day), we had pie WEEK and every single day someone brought a pie or some amazingly delicious dessert that somehow turned into my lunch every day that week.

In honor of Pie Week and my love for pancakes, we should have a national blogger pancake week with crazy creative pancake recipes for ALL meals! Who’s in?

Behind the scenes:

IMG_3406Damaris and Sasha (or Sacha?) making pure MAGIC. Magicians, I tell you.

IMG_3408Dehydrator action.

Group shot!

IMG_3419Such beautiful ladies! I can’t wait for the next event, apparently they have them twice a month! I can’t wait for my fill of yummy raw food to devour:)

Again, sorry about looking like carrots… I hated the pale version so deal;)

Damaris, Sasha, Dakota, Autumn, or any of yous that attended, if you want the original picture (aka not carrot-y), shoot me a comment and I’ll e-mail it to you:)

p.s. Damaris, if you’re looking into being a personal chef PLEASE COME BE MINE. I’ll pay you in smiles and lots of licked plates. Deal?

Okay now I am going to go curl up in my turtleneck and granny sweater by my space heater and study my brains out, making this face:

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Please say a prayer for me, I might not make it through the sea of heavy textbooks, notebooks, and flashcards that I am currently drowning in. I HATE midterms week. Did you know that teachers hate it as much as we do? Yeah, let’s abolish it.

What awkward thing did you do today?

I licked my plate clean. Shoo, I do that every day! Except it’s usually a bowl because I hate plates, bowls are awesome and can be filled high with lots of delicious goodness.

Do you pledge to make a [crazy awesome] pancake recipe? (please say yes) If you do it, post the recipe in a comment or on your blog and link back!

YES now I have to post a crazy awesome pancake recipe, good thing breakfast is my favorite meal of the day!

What’s your favorite way to eat pancakes?

With almond butter, fruit, apple spread, and some sort of chocolate. Cacao nibs, please:)

What’s your take on raw food?

I’m in love. Raw food has made me feel even more energetic than usual and everything tastes better than it used to!

Slash I may have eaten a king’s sized meal (read: this brunch plus snackage) and then attempted to bust out an awesome work out but totally failed with an achey tummy. Too much fat and protein all at once, my stomach is not happy with me. But it was so good that I don’t even curr, I’d take food over exercise any day:)

p.s. I have eaten 100% raw so far today, I am super pleased with myself.

See you later boos!

xoxox,

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My Life in Food

Good morning lovlies! Sorry for the lack of posting lately – busy busy! I’ve been catching up with friends, work, and getting ready for school starting next week. Oh boy.

I’ve had a yummy past few days of meals. Let’s have a look  🙂

A snacky snack. Isn't hummus the greatest?

Lunch a few days ago! Tons of raw veggies (I had a tummyache) and leftover Spaghetti Squash Primavera 🙂 Oh, and VegNews for dessert.

Like my big girl lunchbox? Me too 🙂

My other favorite tea mug 🙂

Possibly the greatest heirloom tomater I've ever seen.

A friend of mine was coming for din din a couple of nights ago, so of course I had to make my famous Spinach Pie! I paired it with some Black Jimaca Rice from Lundberg Farms and Brussels Sprouts – my killer combo.

Mmmm 🙂

And of course, there was a little left for lunch! I saved some for today, too. I know, I’m a sneakster.

Then for din din, I whipped up some Great Northern Beans with Mushrooms, some Parsnip Fries, sauteed daikon and carrots, and leftover black jimaca rice. It was a sweet night 🙂 The poor parsnips got a little overdone (thank you, 3 things on the stove at once!), but they were delicious despite their charred appearance. Next time I’ll be paying more attention to the fries, and less to the stove!

Parsnip Fries

Ingredients:

  • Parsnips, amount depending on how many fries you want (I used about 3)
  • EVOO
  • Sea salt
  • Pepper to taste (I don’t like peppa, so I didn’t use any)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425F.
  2. Slice parsnips in half lengthwise, then slice into fry-like sticks about 1/4-1/2 inch wide.
  3. Place on a baking sheet and toss and coat with about 2 tbsp. EVOO and sprinkled with sea salt.
  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown, tossing halfway through and checking every 5 minutes or so for the last 15.

The fries were so good, and perfectly sweet. I may have snuck a few a few handfuls after dinner…

I will definitely be trying squash, sweet potato, and carrot fries in the near future (yes, carrot fries!). Ahh vegetables, so versatile 🙂

Great Northern Beans with Mushrooms

Ingredients:

  • EVOO
  • 1/2 of a small red onion, diced
  • about 6 baby bella mushrooms, washed and sliced
  • 2 handfuls TVP
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1.5 cups great northern beans
  • a pinch of sea salt

Directions:

  1. In a medium saucepan, heat about 2 tbsp. EVOO over medium heat and then add diced onion. Sauté until transparent, and then add mushrooms and sauté until reduced.
  2. Add water and TVP and allow to cook for about 2 minutes, then add beans and a pinch of sea salt. Cook until thoroughly heated and flavors have been absorbed.
  3. Serve and enjoy! 🙂

This dish was perfect for the cool night we were having, and filled me right up. This was my first time trying and cooking with TVP (textured vegetable protein), and I liked it – slightly meaty texture but without the meat! Vegans and non-vegans alike would enjoy this good source of protein. Plus, beans are unrivaled in the protein ring, and ‘shrooms are my favorite 🙂

KATEBARS:

I also had some time to make some more Katebars…but this time, Apple Pie!

Apple Pie Katebars

Makes 5

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 + half of 1/3 cup almonds
  • half of 1/3 cup walnuts
  • 1 cup dates
  • 1/4 cup dried apple
  • 1/8 cup raisins
  • cinnamon

Directions:

  1. In a food processor, pulse nuts until no whole nuts are left.
  2. Add dates, dried apple, raisins, and a generous sprinkling of cinnamon (don’t be shy!). Pulse until no whole dates are left and it is beginning to form a ball.
  3. Place in a bowl and knead it with your hands (the fun part 🙂 ) until it’s all totally combined. Place on a wax sheet of paper and flatten, then divide into 5 bars.
  4. Using your hands, make the bars look very bar-like and then wrap in saran wrap or wax paper.
  5. Refrigerate until ready to eat, and then eat alone, in your hot cereal, or crumbled on anything else. Enjoy! 🙂

As usual, this morning the Katebar went straight into my favorite brekkie:

Mmmm, gooey cinnamon morning bliss 🙂 With a new friend – a fresh papaya on the side! I’ve never had non-dried papaya before, so this was a treat. I love my tropical fruits!

That’s all for now, lovlies! I’m off to work. Today’s a rest day, so I’ll be reading some VegNews and indulging in some vegan desserts 🙂

What’s your favorite part of rest days? Do you believe in “active” rest or just relaxing?

xoxox,

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