High carb, low fat, vegan grocery haul

I’ve recently discovered a YouTube channel called Ninaandranda, run by two girls who were raised vegan! I was really intrigued by their lifestyle, especially their eating habits. They make it look simple to eat this way, and they said that eating more fiber and less fat cleared their acne, so I’ve decided to tryout this way of living for a while! Here are some foods that I will eat in order to successfully follow a HCLF vegan diet:
Organic sweet potatoes (baked at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 70 minutes)

Bananas
Organic apples

Mangoes

Watermelon

Canteloupe 

(Any fruit, basically)

Ezekiel bread

All-fruit strawberry jam

Brown/wild rice

Quinoa

Organic mixed vegetables (frozen)

Frozen mangoes, pineapple,blueberries, cherries, bananas, etc.

Seasoning: salt occasionally and onion flakes 

I’m still learning new recipes from the book that the girls recommend, The Starch Solution by: Dr. Mcdougall, but here are a few of the recipes I eat in a day:

Breakfast, any amount of slices of Ezekiel bread topped with fruit spread, any amount of fruit on the side

Lunch: A bowl or more of rice topped with mixed vegetables, sweet potatoes or frozen mango

Snacks: Fruit or veggies. I like blending together frozen fruit and a bit of almond milk to make a sorbet

Dinner would be similar to lunch.

I love this way of eating because it doesn’t limit the amount of food you eat, as long as it is high in fiber and/or starch. I recommend reading a sample of The Starch Solution and eventually buying it! 

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Summer Recipes!

imageLunch sandwich!

Toasted Ezekiel English muffin

Organic yellow mustard

Cheddar goat cheese

1/4 avocado

Organic romaine lettuce

Organic tomato slices

imageMango-banana protein sorbet. Great for breakfast or dessert!

Blend together:

~1/2 cup frozen mango

~1/2 cup frozen banana slices

2 tbsp whey protein powder

2 tbsp cacao nibs

1 tbsp almond butter

A couple splashes of unsweetened almond milk

I also add in goji berries and flax seed meal 🙂

imageChocolate berry nice-cream!

Blend together:

~1/2 cup frozen banana slices

~ 1/2 cup frozen cherries, raspberries or strawberries

2 tbsp cacao nibs

A couple splashes of unsweetened almond milk

A scoop of chocolate protein powder ( I like Nature’s Bounty, Vega One, and Quest protein powder) or a few tsp of cocoa powder.

Topped with cacao nibs and goji berries 🙂

imageSummer Caesar salad! Featuring a cup of Tiny Tea.

Mix together

As much Romaine lettuce as you want!

Organic cherry tomatoes

Organic sliced cucumbers

Organic chopped yellow bell pepper

1/4 Avocado

Caesar dressing:

1 tbsp lemon juice

1 minced garlic clove

1/2 cup organic mayonnaise

1/4 cup grated goat cheddar cheese

1 tbsp white wine vinegar

1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

1 tbsp Dijon mustard

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

The dressing makes 6 servings!

*note: feel free to be generous with the amount of vegetables and fruits for each recipe!

More summer inspired recipes to come!

Deceiving Garden

A garden. Pocketed with strawberries. Overshadowed by monstrous magnolias. A mindless walk can lead one to the sudden drop, the ragged edge of a cliff. Rock is sedimented in layer after layer, into the rushing ocean water, wave after wave smacks the rock, just as Samuel had smacked the surface of the ocean. His twinkling aquamarine eyes could bring me into a different state of mind. That garden, with its promising relaxation, never ending breeze, could make me cry. My tears never made it down my cheeks- always blown away. Perpetual motion. Grass always leaning to one side or the other. I felt like being lifted off of the ground and falling slowly off the edge. This place could no longer be what it used to be. What did it used to be? My tears won’t let me find out. Remembering isn’t enough.

(side note: I wrote this two years ago in December. I found it while flipping through my old journal. It surprised me because I didn’t remember writing it.)

Worrying About Nothing

It seems silly to worry about wasting a day and living life to the fullest, but I do this every day. Am I volunteering enough? Loving enough? Forgiving enough? Praying enough? Doing enough? Enough worrying! Nothing good comes from it. Nothing. I want to relax and enjoy the moment, take a deep breath, and smile. Letting my guard down scares me. I’m afraid I’m going to look back at my life and see nothing. No risks taken, no good friendships, no adventures. No creativity no positivity no meaningful memories. No contribution, most of all. No accomplishments. I don’t know how to get out of this state of mind but I’m going to take it one day at a time. I just want to relax and enjoy the ride.

Thoughts

There are some things that annoy me about our society. I’ve learned to focus on positivity while keeping in mind the negative aspects of the world that I want to change, but lately the tension regarding race, sexuality and political views in general has really disturbed my inner peace. So, here’s what has been on my mind:

The fact that psychology as a college major is constantly looked down upon because it has “the least job opportunities” says a lot about our society. We are centered around making money and becoming less focused on our mental health. Because we can’t see the injury, we don’t believe it’s there. Depression, anxiety and even eating disorders can all be psychological and are often not treated seriously.

Why can’t we accept love into our lives? Why are we so bitter? Why are we so selfish?

Why are we still slut shaming? A woman should be able to be comfortable in her own skin just as a man can be.

If we are putting conditions on love, then we need to re-evaluate our lives.

We make life way too complicated by labeling people.

Hate comes from not being comfortable with ourselves. If we truly love and accept ourselves for who we are, we will be willing to understand others, no matter how different they are from us.

My Approach to Eating

What I eat is very important to me! I listen to my body and how it reacts to different foods. Recently I’ve been following the rule of thumb, “the simpler, the better”. I like eating simple, minimally processed ingredients. Organic fruit and vegetables are must-haves! Fruit are great for snacking, and vegetables can be used for salads and green drinks. Other food items I always have at home is cheddar goat cheese, almond butter, almond milk, protein powder, super foods like cacao nibs and goji berries, and Ezekiel bread and English muffins. The condiments I use include coconut aminos, and organic mayonnaise and mustard.

I personally prefer snacking throughout the day because it’s like having little energy boosts instead of relying on a few huge meals. If I won’t be home all day, I bring snacks like gala apples, Quest protein bars and nuts.

I DON’T deprive myself of any food I’m craving. I always have a cheat day where I’ll eat pizza or a sugary snack. If I really want ice cream but I know that dairy will make me sick, I buy coconut or almond milk ice cream. I love finding recipes for clean desserts on Pinterest!

So basically, I invest in my health by the food I choose to eat. Healthy eating becomes a habit after a while, so that your body begins to crave what will really nourish it. My tips for anyone trying to be healthy would be:

– Don’t get in the habit of buying packaged foods such as trail mix, protein bars and other healthy food brands when you can make it yourself. Usually it’s a lot cheaper to buy all of the ingredients and make it weekly or daily.

– Don’t force yourself to eat healthy foods that you dislike eating. There are yummy options out there for everyone!

– Transition to healthy options slowly! Look for alternative options for bread, cereal, ice cream, etc that contain less or no sugar and ingredients that you recognize.

– Invest in your health now instead of buying expensive medication later!

– Don’t stress! It’s easy to feel guilty about anything “unhealthy” you’re eating once you’re more aware of it. Give yourself grace and move forward.

– Slowly eliminate processed foods and replace them with simple ones! Healthy meals don’t always have to be elaborate ones.

Goodluck! 💫

Hope

Today gives me hope that the world is moving in the right direction. Today gives me hope that love will always win. If we stand up for love nothing can knock us down. They can critisize us, mock us, and say hateful things to and about us, but love is stronger than hate. Love wins. 🌈💖

Begin Again

You know when you read a quote about getting a new chance, starting over again, forgetting about the past, etc. and it inspires you but you just can’t find the momentum to begin again? I personally have always loved the idea of beginning again, the idea that your mistakes don’t define you and that every day is a new opportunity. But it’s a lot easier said than done. Why is it so hard for us? I think that it’s all in our minds. We hinder our ability to be happy again or to try a different and new approach to something. We have a negative view of ourselves because we think that’s how everyone else sees us. It’s hard for us to grow from our failures instead of wallow in them. We have to allow ourselves grace in order to move forward again, and we can’t base our self-worth on our worldly accomplishments.

There are so many things I want to do to change the world. I want every homeless person to have the opportunity to be self sufficient with food by gardening. I want every homeless dog to have a family. I want the world to have access to fruits and vegetables year round with community gardens. I want the amount of waste that the world produces with plastic bags and bottles to reduce by simply using reusable ones. I want to help people all over the world with their mental and physical disabilities. All of these things make my heart ache. I’m scared to start because every dream feels so massive because I am just one person, but devoting my life to these causes is how I want to live. And if I fail I will simply begin again.

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Roy G. Biv.”

Indigo wore her red dress that night. She reclined with our friends on the deep green lawn, pointing in silent awe at the sunset. I followed her finger to the yellow sun, dripping orange on the blue sky, spreading like beams in all directions. I was all too distracted by her. Her eyes, reflecting the tye dyed masterpiece, her lips, painted violet, faintly printed on her glass of wine.

Buying for a Cause

I love buying from companies that donate a percentage of their profits to charity. Here are a few companies I’ve purchased from:

Buddhi Box is a company that sells mainly yogi products. You can order their Buddhi boxes, either a single box each time, or a 6 or 12 month subscription. A box will arrive each month for the subscriptions, filled with organic products such as nail polish, hand sanitizer, food bars or protein packets, healthy recipes, bracelets and tea. Your purchase will benefit a different charity each month.

Kristina&co. is an Etsy shop that donates 10% of its profits to help end human trafficking. It sells beautiful stone and pearl rings, bracelets, earrings and necklaces.

PuraVida is a company that benefits artisans in Costa Rica as well as an array of other charities, such as saving the orcas, conservation, keeping the ocean clean and breast cancer. It mainly sells colorful bracelets with or without charms, and other accessories.

I really like these companies because you can wear and/or use something tangible that helps make the world better.⭐️