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Vegan Pumpkin Pancakes (6-7 small pancakes) 
approximate calories: Serving size: 1 pancake Calories: 127 Fat: 2 g Saturated fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 24 g Sugar: 7 g Sodium: 173 mg Fiber: 1 g Protein: 2.4 g Cholesterol: 0 mg
Just made some of these tasty pancakes Saturday morning after a warm-up and 5 mile pace run. The smell of pumpkin spice filled Ben’s kitchen and living room making it feel like the holidays. It’s hard to get vegetables in for breakfast, especially if you prefer sweet over savory, but pumpkin puree is a delicious and nutritious way to get a serving. 
This recipe is great because you can pour everything into one big bowl and just mix! Get your large skillet and plate for serving ready. 
NEED: 
1 cup almond milk
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp melted coconut oil 
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3 Tbsp brown sugar
1 Tbsp maple syrup 
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon 
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice (if you don’t have some, mix cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove spices together) 
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour.
DO: 
Mix almond milk and apple cider vinegar in a large bowl. Let rest for 5 minutes to curdle. 
Then add coconut oil, maple syrup, pumpkin puree, brown sugar, vanilla extract and whisk. 
Add flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and spices to the wet ingredients. Mix together! (add milk or flour to get a consistency that isn’t too runny or thick). 
Lightly coat skillet with oil or cooking spray. Pour 1/4 cups of batter onto the skillet for each pancake.
Flip pancakes when bubbles form. Cook for 1-3 minutes on the other side.
Top with maple syrup, bananas, or peanut butter. 
This would make a great Thanksgiving breakfast! 
Best,
Geraldine 

Vegan Pumpkin Pancakes (6-7 small pancakes) 

approximate calories: Serving size: 1 pancake Calories: 127 Fat: 2 g Saturated fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 24 g Sugar: 7 g Sodium: 173 mg Fiber: 1 g Protein: 2.4 g Cholesterol: 0 mg

Just made some of these tasty pancakes Saturday morning after a warm-up and 5 mile pace run. The smell of pumpkin spice filled Ben’s kitchen and living room making it feel like the holidays. It’s hard to get vegetables in for breakfast, especially if you prefer sweet over savory, but pumpkin puree is a delicious and nutritious way to get a serving. 

This recipe is great because you can pour everything into one big bowl and just mix! Get your large skillet and plate for serving ready. 

NEED: 

  1. 1 cup almond milk
  2. 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  3. 1 Tbsp melted coconut oil 
  4. 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  5. 3 Tbsp brown sugar
  6. 1 Tbsp maple syrup 
  7. 1 tsp baking powder
  8. 1/2 tsp baking soda
  9. pinch of salt
  10. 1/4 tsp cinnamon 
  11. 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice (if you don’t have some, mix cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove spices together) 
  12. 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour.

DO: 

  1. Mix almond milk and apple cider vinegar in a large bowl. Let rest for 5 minutes to curdle. 
  2. Then add coconut oil, maple syrup, pumpkin puree, brown sugar, vanilla extract and whisk. 
  3. Add flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and spices to the wet ingredients. Mix together! (add milk or flour to get a consistency that isn’t too runny or thick). 
  4. Lightly coat skillet with oil or cooking spray. Pour 1/4 cups of batter onto the skillet for each pancake.
  5. Flip pancakes when bubbles form. Cook for 1-3 minutes on the other side.
  6. Top with maple syrup, bananas, or peanut butter. 

This would make a great Thanksgiving breakfast! 

Best,

Geraldine 

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95% Vegan Camping (becausewe had Think Thin bars…they are the best protein bars!!! and isolated whey doesn’t make me as sick as whole dairy products) 

Here’s a list of the food items we brought: 

Breakfast

  • Cereal (Kashi Go Lean, Cascadian Farms, this chocolate granola brand that Ben likes) 
  • Bananas  
  • Soy Milk

Lunch

  • PB&J (whole wheat bread, real PB…not the powdered type this time, strawberry jelly) 
  • Orange 

Snacks

  • Apples
  • Trail Mix (coconut, peanuts, cashews, raisins, cherries, apricots) 
  • ThinkThin bars 
  • Baby carrots 
  • Chips
  • Salsa

Dinner

  • Zucchini
  • Sweet potatoes 
  • Bell peppers
  • Vegan patties 
  • pita bread
  • Corn

Condiments, etc.

  • Olive oil
  • Spices and Herbs (salt, pepper, parsley, basil) 
  • Chocolate bar (which was yucky so I didn’t eat it)
  • Whethers Original and Red Licorice (car snacks for us to stay awake) 

Cooking method

Foil Packets are awesome!! We just chopped up our vegetables, seasoned them with spices and olive oil, and folded them into heavy duty foil. Then, we just threw the packets into the fire! The sweet potatoes took the longest to cook so we started with those. For the patties and pita bread, we just placed them on a sheet of foil and heated them up on the grill. Everything cooked between 10-25 minutes. The corn cooked the fasted.

The corn was SO good. Something about camping and corn-on-the-cob (and PB&J sandwiches) feels so satisfying and makes me a happy camper! Ben and I were both happy campers this night with our fire-pit feast. Building a fire for the first time was really fun too! The first night, all the main campgrounds were full so we had to go deep in the woods, pretty much in the backcountry, in Cedar’s Grove to pitch our tent. No fires are allowed there so we were elated when we got a central campsite that allowed fire! 

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Good deals from Whole Foods!

  • 1 lb hummus for $4.00
  • Baked Veggie chips $4.99 
  • Think Thin bars 3/$4 (These are Whey protein bars aka NOT vegan but they are the best protein bars out there! They taste pretty good, 20g of protein, 0g sugar. I don’t mind purified whey protein since it doesn’t give me any stomach and digestive problems). 

I also got a free vegan doughnut. It’s deep fried sugary flour…but I plan to eat it slowly over the next few days…it’s pretty good! But if I wanted something similar and healthier, I’d make some banana bread.  (recipe I want to make for next week’s breakfast!) 

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Ben said he needed some “healthy” in his life…So we picked a soba noodle recipe with the most vegetables we could find! I adapted this recipe from cookieandkate.com who adapted it from aggieskitchen.com. But it was originally from eatingwell.com

Ingredients
  • 8 ounces soba noodles*
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped
  • 3/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced thin
  • 1/4 head of red cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • 2 cups shelled edamame
  • 1/2 cup toasted sesame seeds
  •  3 tablspoons peanut butter (optional)
Directions
  1. Cook soba noodles according to directions.
  2. Chop up all your vegetables, and toss into a bowl with the soba noodles.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce , sesame oil, canola oil, peanut butter, and rice wine vinegar.
  4. Optional step: Sautee veggies for 5-6 minutes. We did this to make it warmer and tastier. 
  5. Pour the dressing into the pasta and veggies and toss well to combine.

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Most satisfying packed-lunch ever: Broiled pesto tomatoes and the healthiest quinoa-veggie recipe ever (seriously, check out the ingredients below)

Broiled Pesto Tomatoes 

Ingredients

  • 8 medium sized tomatoes (or 4 large ones)
  • 3 cups of parsley 
  • 2 garlic cloves 
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts 
  • 1/4 nutritional yeast 
  • 1/2 cup olive oil salt and pepper
  • bread crumbs, croutons, or ripped pieces of whole wheat bread for topping 

Directions 

  1. Pre-heat oven to broil. 
  2. Cut tomatoes crosswise and core them. 
  3. Place basil, parsley, garlic cloves, pine nuts, nutritional yeast, olive oil in a food processor and let ‘er rip. 
  4. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 
  5. Place tomatoes cut-side up on a bake sheet. 
  6. Spoon pesto into tomato halves. 
  7. Top with bread crumbs. 
  8. Broil for 5 minutes (so fast!) or until the pesto bubbles and the bread crumbs are browned.

Gingery-Carrot Quinoa Salad 

Ingredients: 

  • ½ cup chopped onion 
  • 2 Tbs. minced fresh ginger
  • 1 cup dry  (red) quinoa
  • 1 ½ cups carrot juice
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 medium apple, diced
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened shredded coconuts
  • Crushed almonds or peanuts 
  • canola, sunflower, coconut, or safflower oil (basically oil to sautee with) 

Directions: 

  1. Thinly coat the bottom of a pot or deep saucepan with oil and saute onion for 2 to 3 minutes.
  2. Stir in ginger, quinoa, and carrot juice.
  3. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.
  4. Bring to a boil.
  5. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 15 to 20 minutes, or until all liquid is absorbed.
  6. Remove from heat, and scatter peas over cooked quinoa.
  7. Stir apple, coconut, and nuts into salad.

Overall: Okay, I don’t have enough free time to blog and edit my photos like I used to. I find that worrying about having the prettiest post slows me down too much and I end up never posting! 

Now back to the food…These were both awesome dishes! Ben and I made them for dinner and I took the leftovers for lunch. I love carrot juice and was ecstatic to find a quinoa recipe that uses it! It infuses the grain with Vitamin A and other antioxidants. It’s very filling so you can mix it with spring salad for a lighter lunch packed with vegetables.

Oh and the tomatoes…so good. And they broil so fast! Homemade pesto smells and tastes fresher. With a little bit of salt, they make a beautiful and delicious side dish. Tomatoes are high in Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and potassium. Parsley is packed with Vitamin K. 

Definitely give both these recipes a try soon! You can make a batch of quinoa and buy salad for a week’s worth of lunches.

See you!

Geraldine 

P.S. I got new glasses

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Gingerbread and Pear Pancakes…vegan and fluffy  
Ben and I have been making breakfasts together lately. Variations of pancakes are easy vegan recipes! So far, we’ve made banana walnut, gingerbread with pear compote, and chocolate chip pancakes. 
What inspired this creation: Zazie’s gingerbread pancakes…pretty magnificent right? 
Ingredients: 
1 cup Wholesome Chow pancake mix
1 cup almond milk
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 tablespoon powdered ginger
1 teaspoon nutmeg 
1 pear
2 cups apple sauce and water, or apple juice/cider (I didn’t have apple juice or cider who I diluted apple sauce with water ha!) 
Directions
Compote: 
Chop up pear into 1/4 in slices. 
Bring 2 cups of apple juice/cider/sauce to a boil.
Add pears and simmer until most of the juice is boiled off. 
Pancakes: 
Mix vinegar and almond milk together and set aside for 5 minutes. 
Mix dry ingredients together (pancake mix, spices).
Mix wet and dry together. 
If you want  thinner pancakes, add more almond milk to your liking.
The amount of spices is variable too…I err on the side of too much cinnamon! 
Coat a pan or griddle with high-heat oil (like safflower or canola oil) and heat it up.
Spoon 1/4 cup of pancake mix on pan.
Flip once you see air bubbles forming through the pancake! (It’s a lot of wrist movement) 
The Experience: 
Ben made “compote” from microwaving frozen fruit…so classy. Overall, these pancakes are excellent!  Wholesome Chow is a convenient, low sugar mix. They are filling, made from whole grains, and warms your morning tummy with cinnamon spice. The cooked pears make the disk more delectable and special =). Basically, add cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, or pumpkin pie spice generously to your usual pancake mix. 
Do you have any other vegan breakfast ideas that omnivores like too?
Best,
Geraldine
P.S. I’m going camping in Sequoia National Park & Kings Canyon tomorrow!  

Gingerbread and Pear Pancakes…vegan and fluffy  

Ben and I have been making breakfasts together lately. Variations of pancakes are easy vegan recipes! So far, we’ve made banana walnut, gingerbread with pear compote, and chocolate chip pancakes. 

What inspired this creation: Zazie’s gingerbread pancakes…pretty magnificent right? 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup Wholesome Chow pancake mix
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 tablespoon powdered ginger
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg 
  • 1 pear
  • 2 cups apple sauce and water, or apple juice/cider (I didn’t have apple juice or cider who I diluted apple sauce with water ha!) 

Directions

Compote:

  1. Chop up pear into 1/4 in slices.
  2. Bring 2 cups of apple juice/cider/sauce to a boil.
  3. Add pears and simmer until most of the juice is boiled off. 

Pancakes: 

  1. Mix vinegar and almond milk together and set aside for 5 minutes. 
  2. Mix dry ingredients together (pancake mix, spices).
  3. Mix wet and dry together. 
  4. If you want  thinner pancakes, add more almond milk to your liking.
  5. The amount of spices is variable too…I err on the side of too much cinnamon! 
  6. Coat a pan or griddle with high-heat oil (like safflower or canola oil) and heat it up.
  7. Spoon 1/4 cup of pancake mix on pan.
  8. Flip once you see air bubbles forming through the pancake! (It’s a lot of wrist movement) 

The Experience: 

Ben made “compote” from microwaving frozen fruit…so classy. Overall, these pancakes are excellent!  Wholesome Chow is a convenient, low sugar mix. They are filling, made from whole grains, and warms your morning tummy with cinnamon spice. The cooked pears make the disk more delectable and special =). Basically, add cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, or pumpkin pie spice generously to your usual pancake mix. 

Do you have any other vegan breakfast ideas that omnivores like too?

Best,

Geraldine

P.S. I’m going camping in Sequoia National Park & Kings Canyon tomorrow!  

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I drink carrot juice every morning! It’s especially refreshing after a hot session of Bikram yoga. Carrot juice is great for your skin (but not too much like 3 glasses a day will make your skin orange). After indulging in Jamba Juice’s fresh pressed orange-carrot juice for a couple months, I decided to be more frugal. I buy big cartons of Odwalla’s carrot juice and orange juice. I mix 8 ounces of carrot juice with 4 ounces of orange juice. I like Odwalla because both juices are fresh squeezed and not from concentrate. For some ideas, I’ve tasted Odwalla’s organic blends of carrot and fruit. All are really good and the beet-carrot-ginger is especially healthy and hardcore veggie.

I drink carrot juice every morning! It’s especially refreshing after a hot session of Bikram yoga. Carrot juice is great for your skin (but not too much like 3 glasses a day will make your skin orange). After indulging in Jamba Juice’s fresh pressed orange-carrot juice for a couple months, I decided to be more frugal. I buy big cartons of Odwalla’s carrot juice and orange juice. I mix 8 ounces of carrot juice with 4 ounces of orange juice. I like Odwalla because both juices are fresh squeezed and not from concentrate. For some ideas, I’ve tasted Odwalla’s organic blends of carrot and fruit. All are really good and the beet-carrot-ginger is especially healthy and hardcore veggie.

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End-of-the-year feast! 
I am completely back-logged on blogging. I’ve underestimated the time my hospital administration internship takes, the time having fun takes, and the time settling into a new place takes! I have 4 more weeks of summer! 
Anyhow, back on June 20-something, my friends and I hosted a dinner. It served as away to celebrate being done with first year and to say “bye” to Dylan, who went to Tanzania for summer research. 
Our menu consisted of: 
Kale, avocado, citrus salad
Guacamole 
Vegan and omnivorous empanadas 
Tacos
Vegan chocolate-orange cake
All home-made and prepared by me, Ben, Dylan, and Avery! 
Some of the best bonding moments I’ve had with friends this year has been around cooking food! Every dish was a hit…you just can’t beat homemade guacamole. The kale salad was well-loved for the second time in a row! 
What have you cooked lately? Do you think making dinner is a good date idea or hang-out with friends? 
Best,
Geraldine 

End-of-the-year feast! 

I am completely back-logged on blogging. I’ve underestimated the time my hospital administration internship takes, the time having fun takes, and the time settling into a new place takes! I have 4 more weeks of summer! 

Anyhow, back on June 20-something, my friends and I hosted a dinner. It served as away to celebrate being done with first year and to say “bye” to Dylan, who went to Tanzania for summer research. 

Our menu consisted of: 

  1. Kale, avocado, citrus salad
  2. Guacamole 
  3. Vegan and omnivorous empanadas 
  4. Tacos
  5. Vegan chocolate-orange cake

All home-made and prepared by me, Ben, Dylan, and Avery! 

Some of the best bonding moments I’ve had with friends this year has been around cooking food! Every dish was a hit…you just can’t beat homemade guacamole. The kale salad was well-loved for the second time in a row! 

What have you cooked lately? Do you think making dinner is a good date idea or hang-out with friends? 

Best,

Geraldine 

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Just trying Jamba Juice’s new kale, beet, carrot, apple, ginger fresh-squeezed juice! It’s a nasty color, but tastes pretty good. It definitely is more of a vegetable juice than a fruity one. Worth a try or make a similar one at home! (if I get another one, I’ll watch to see how much of each ingredient they use!) 
Theory: skin is decent even by the end of med school year 1 because of daily carrot juice =) loveee it. 

Just trying Jamba Juice’s new kale, beet, carrot, apple, ginger fresh-squeezed juice! It’s a nasty color, but tastes pretty good. It definitely is more of a vegetable juice than a fruity one. Worth a try or make a similar one at home! (if I get another one, I’ll watch to see how much of each ingredient they use!) 

Theory: skin is decent even by the end of med school year 1 because of daily carrot juice =) loveee it. 

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Jamba Juice has new fresh-pressed juices! I’ve tried #4: beets, carrots, kale, apple, ginger which is the healthiest option. it has the most vegetables and the least sugar. I enjoyed the slightly sweet taste with a spicy tinge. The beets, carrots and apple balance out the bitter kale, and the ginger adds the kick! 
However, I’m still a devote fan of their fresh-squeezed orange-carrot juice which is cheaper and still a super healthy option.
Price: 12 ounce = 4.59, 16 ounce = 6.09! >.< 
P.S. Jamba juice employees love the apple ginger lemon. 
Have you tried any? What did you think?!

Jamba Juice has new fresh-pressed juices! I’ve tried #4: beets, carrots, kale, apple, ginger which is the healthiest option. it has the most vegetables and the least sugar. I enjoyed the slightly sweet taste with a spicy tinge. The beets, carrots and apple balance out the bitter kale, and the ginger adds the kick! 

However, I’m still a devote fan of their fresh-squeezed orange-carrot juice which is cheaper and still a super healthy option.

Price: 12 ounce = 4.59, 16 ounce = 6.09! >.< 

P.S. Jamba juice employees love the apple ginger lemon. 

Have you tried any? What did you think?!

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Ways I&#8217;m staying happy after breaking-up with my boyfriend&#8230;
I&#8217;m just finishing up my first year of medical school! Recently, we studied Depression and how exercise and diet are natural treatments. 
When you&#8217;re feeling sad, depressed, stressed-out, unmotivated or lonely, it&#8217;s so easy to not care about your health. You don&#8217;t want to work-out. You don&#8217;t care about what you eat. Thinking about whatever is pulling you down takes up so much of energy and time that you&#8217;re constantly getting busier and more overwhelmed. I&#8217;m speaking from my own recent experience. 
My boyfriend and I broke up 2 weeks ago, and doing most of the things from this picture helped me stay happy, calm, and productive. I just had an exam in med school, and I couldn&#8217;t have studied well for it if I didn&#8217;t keep exercising, eating well, and making time for reflection. I also couldn&#8217;t have been a good team member, pleasant friend, or an attentive listener. 
It&#8217;s tempting consume comfort food, but it&#8217;s so counterproductive too. When I feel tempted to eat something unhealthy like ice cream, cookies, or pastries, I just ask myself, &#8220;Is this going to make me feel better afterwards?.&#8221; If you already feel worse, is eating that loaf cake going to make you feel better or worse about your decisions? Most of those tempting snacks only taste good for a moment on the tongue. Then it&#8217;s gone, and you&#8217;re left feeling like you did something else wrong. So, eat and cook something that will make you feel proud and confident. For the past two weeks, I&#8217;ve been regularly snacking on oatmeal, carrot juice, oranges, salads, and dark chocolate pieces.
Exercise is so key to keeping your mood up. It&#8217;s okay to not have specific fitness goals when you&#8217;re sad. Just get out there and run as slow as you want. It&#8217;ll give you time to relax and release some feel-good hormones. Also, one of my mentors in med school  suggested that I do high-impact cardiovascular exercise and practice meditation to relieve some anxiety because it&#8217;s been proven to reduce feelings of stress. I also found that when I felt overwhelmed, I just wanted to focus on simple and quiet exercises like Pilates and yoga. However, when I spent most of the day studying and not interacting with many people, I really enjoy going to cardio-kick boxing classes (BodyCombat) for a boost of excitement! 
Reflection. I&#8217;ve made a few really good friends this year. Talking to them and making an effort to be social has really helped me during these last two weeks. Studying with friends around has been very motivating, spending memorial day weekend with friends has been wonderful. Even going to see Star Trek with Kent and Aaron was a great time and helped get my mind off our break-up. 
You can do it! Just get yourself out there and start the ball rolling by choosing something healthy. 
I could use some tips right now. What has helped you pull through a break-up? 

Ways I’m staying happy after breaking-up with my boyfriend…

I’m just finishing up my first year of medical school! Recently, we studied Depression and how exercise and diet are natural treatments. 

When you’re feeling sad, depressed, stressed-out, unmotivated or lonely, it’s so easy to not care about your health. You don’t want to work-out. You don’t care about what you eat. Thinking about whatever is pulling you down takes up so much of energy and time that you’re constantly getting busier and more overwhelmed. I’m speaking from my own recent experience. 

My boyfriend and I broke up 2 weeks ago, and doing most of the things from this picture helped me stay happy, calm, and productive. I just had an exam in med school, and I couldn’t have studied well for it if I didn’t keep exercising, eating well, and making time for reflection. I also couldn’t have been a good team member, pleasant friend, or an attentive listener. 

It’s tempting consume comfort food, but it’s so counterproductive too. When I feel tempted to eat something unhealthy like ice cream, cookies, or pastries, I just ask myself, “Is this going to make me feel better afterwards?.” If you already feel worse, is eating that loaf cake going to make you feel better or worse about your decisions? Most of those tempting snacks only taste good for a moment on the tongue. Then it’s gone, and you’re left feeling like you did something else wrong. So, eat and cook something that will make you feel proud and confident. For the past two weeks, I’ve been regularly snacking on oatmeal, carrot juice, oranges, salads, and dark chocolate pieces.

Exercise is so key to keeping your mood up. It’s okay to not have specific fitness goals when you’re sad. Just get out there and run as slow as you want. It’ll give you time to relax and release some feel-good hormones. Also, one of my mentors in med school  suggested that I do high-impact cardiovascular exercise and practice meditation to relieve some anxiety because it’s been proven to reduce feelings of stress. I also found that when I felt overwhelmed, I just wanted to focus on simple and quiet exercises like Pilates and yoga. However, when I spent most of the day studying and not interacting with many people, I really enjoy going to cardio-kick boxing classes (BodyCombat) for a boost of excitement! 

Reflection. I’ve made a few really good friends this year. Talking to them and making an effort to be social has really helped me during these last two weeks. Studying with friends around has been very motivating, spending memorial day weekend with friends has been wonderful. Even going to see Star Trek with Kent and Aaron was a great time and helped get my mind off our break-up. 

You can do it! Just get yourself out there and start the ball rolling by choosing something healthy. 

I could use some tips right now. What has helped you pull through a break-up? 

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I did a juice cleanse! 
Running a fitness blog has its perks like getting samples of healthy foods!  Recently, I’ve tried a one-day raw, organic juice cleanse from Urban Remedy, a small business from San Rafael, CA.  Although I love making green smoothies (my favorite combines avocado, grapes, pears, broccoli, and spinach), I’ve never thought about undertaking a liquid cleanse.  But, hey, if a trendy brand wants to give me a full-day’s supply of meals and snacks, I may as well try it. If worse comes to worst, I’ll just supplement with solid food. I decided on Urban Remedy’s Signature Cleanse for a single day. This consisted of six individually packaged juices which are suggested to be spaced two hours apart. Urban Remedy prefers cleansing with just their juices, but suggests eating raw vegetables and drinking water if you feel hungry. How did it go? Would I do it again? Keep on reading to find out!
Why did I do it? 
I was curious. It sounded like a challenge. Also, I wanted to form an opinion about the popular trend backed by personal experience. A lot of my readers ask about cleanses and I’d feel more empowered to talk about the subject if I had some experience. Also, the juices sounded delicious!  
Did I have any doubts? 
Yes! I was scared that I’d get hungry and have trouble focusing. I oftentimes get “hangry,” meaning hungry and angry. I thought I might lose my patience, fail to exercise, or binge on solid food after the cleanse.  I also didn’t want to haul around jars of perishable juice all day.
What did I drink?  
All six drinks were tasty and fresh.
Brainiac: Celery, cucumber, parsley, spinach, and lemon
Time Machine: Acai, lemon juice, cayenne, water and stevia
Flush: Cucumber, ginger, lemon and mint juice apple
After Party: Beet root, carrot, ginger, apple and lemon
 Warrior: Chia seeds, raspberries, and stevia
Relax: Cashew milk with vanilla and cinnamon

These are pressed drinks with no added sugar. Stevia is a natural calorie-free sweetener. All six totaled to about 1100 calories, which is under the lowest calorie recommendation for people aiming to lose weight (1200 for women, 1400 for a man). Honestly, a single day cleanse will not hurt you. Heck, it may even help some of us de-bloat after a week of eating salty Panda Express and Carmelina’s. However, it’s not enough nutrition for a healthy, sustainable diet. I would think twice about committing to a cleanse for longer than 3 days.
As for the juices themselves, they were all good, but my favorites were the “After Party” and the “Relax.” The root vegetable and ginger combination created a spicy-sweet taste. The “Relax” was a smooth cashew milk similar to a richer and nuttier Horchata. It’s also the only drink with a significant amount of protein.
How did I feel?
Because I drank the juices every 2 hours, I rarely felt hungry. Sometimes, I didn’t even finish my current drink before it was time to have my next one. Each drink is 12 oz so you’re drinking a lot of liquid which stretches your stomach and makes you feel full. 
The only time I felt uncomfortable was after my first juice of the day. I drank the “Brainiac” during lecture and there couldn’t be a worse name for it. This is a 90 calorie vegetable juice with only some vitamins and natural sugars. I was pretty hungry, missed my hearty bowl of oatmeal, and had a hard time concentrating. I suggest that Urban Remedy pack their breakfast drink with more protein and fiber.
However, by the time I was at juice #6, I was full and satisfied! My 1-day cleanse was rather fun because I had something new to try every couple hours.
What were the effects? 
The next day, I lost 2 lbs (of water weight) which I gained back after a day of normal eating. My jaw was more relaxed because I hadn’t chewed anything for a day. I have jaw pain from TMJ.  I actually woke up the next day pretty energized and motivated to eat healthy, simple, and fresh foods. My initial worries did not become reality. I felt satiated for the most part, so I didn’t gorge on solid food or turn “hangry”. Overall, I went through a typical day in medical school fine, and even had energy to do a short run.
Would I do it again? 
Well, Urban Remedy is expensive. A one day supply of juices is $60.00 plus shipping. So I definitely will not buy this for myself. However, I would consider doing something similar if I ever get into an unhealthy eating rut or need to quickly get rid of bloating after days of consuming salty foods. Also, I think eating more soups and liquid foods would help me manage my TMJ better. I’m glad I did it and survived to tell the tale.
Have you ever done a juice cleanse? Did it change you in any way (effects, mindset, habits)? Let me know!
Best,
Geraldine 

I did a juice cleanse! 

Running a fitness blog has its perks like getting samples of healthy foods!  Recently, I’ve tried a one-day raw, organic juice cleanse from Urban Remedy, a small business from San Rafael, CA.  Although I love making green smoothies (my favorite combines avocado, grapes, pears, broccoli, and spinach), I’ve never thought about undertaking a liquid cleanse.  But, hey, if a trendy brand wants to give me a full-day’s supply of meals and snacks, I may as well try it. If worse comes to worst, I’ll just supplement with solid food. I decided on Urban Remedy’s Signature Cleanse for a single day. This consisted of six individually packaged juices which are suggested to be spaced two hours apart. Urban Remedy prefers cleansing with just their juices, but suggests eating raw vegetables and drinking water if you feel hungry. How did it go? Would I do it again? Keep on reading to find out!

Why did I do it?

I was curious. It sounded like a challenge. Also, I wanted to form an opinion about the popular trend backed by personal experience. A lot of my readers ask about cleanses and I’d feel more empowered to talk about the subject if I had some experience. Also, the juices sounded delicious!  

Did I have any doubts?

Yes! I was scared that I’d get hungry and have trouble focusing. I oftentimes get “hangry,” meaning hungry and angry. I thought I might lose my patience, fail to exercise, or binge on solid food after the cleanse.  I also didn’t want to haul around jars of perishable juice all day.

What did I drink?  

All six drinks were tasty and fresh.

  1. Brainiac: Celery, cucumber, parsley, spinach, and lemon
  2. Time Machine: Acai, lemon juice, cayenne, water and stevia
  3. Flush: Cucumber, ginger, lemon and mint juice apple
  4. After Party: Beet root, carrot, ginger, apple and lemon
  5.  Warrior: Chia seeds, raspberries, and stevia
  6. Relax: Cashew milk with vanilla and cinnamon

These are pressed drinks with no added sugar. Stevia is a natural calorie-free sweetener. All six totaled to about 1100 calories, which is under the lowest calorie recommendation for people aiming to lose weight (1200 for women, 1400 for a man). Honestly, a single day cleanse will not hurt you. Heck, it may even help some of us de-bloat after a week of eating salty Panda Express and Carmelina’s. However, it’s not enough nutrition for a healthy, sustainable diet. I would think twice about committing to a cleanse for longer than 3 days.

As for the juices themselves, they were all good, but my favorites were the “After Party” and the “Relax.” The root vegetable and ginger combination created a spicy-sweet taste. The “Relax” was a smooth cashew milk similar to a richer and nuttier Horchata. It’s also the only drink with a significant amount of protein.

How did I feel?

Because I drank the juices every 2 hours, I rarely felt hungry. Sometimes, I didn’t even finish my current drink before it was time to have my next one. Each drink is 12 oz so you’re drinking a lot of liquid which stretches your stomach and makes you feel full. 

The only time I felt uncomfortable was after my first juice of the day. I drank the “Brainiac” during lecture and there couldn’t be a worse name for it. This is a 90 calorie vegetable juice with only some vitamins and natural sugars. I was pretty hungry, missed my hearty bowl of oatmeal, and had a hard time concentrating. I suggest that Urban Remedy pack their breakfast drink with more protein and fiber.

However, by the time I was at juice #6, I was full and satisfied! My 1-day cleanse was rather fun because I had something new to try every couple hours.

What were the effects?

The next day, I lost 2 lbs (of water weight) which I gained back after a day of normal eating. My jaw was more relaxed because I hadn’t chewed anything for a day. I have jaw pain from TMJ.  I actually woke up the next day pretty energized and motivated to eat healthy, simple, and fresh foods. My initial worries did not become reality. I felt satiated for the most part, so I didn’t gorge on solid food or turn “hangry”. Overall, I went through a typical day in medical school fine, and even had energy to do a short run.

Would I do it again?

Well, Urban Remedy is expensive. A one day supply of juices is $60.00 plus shipping. So I definitely will not buy this for myself. However, I would consider doing something similar if I ever get into an unhealthy eating rut or need to quickly get rid of bloating after days of consuming salty foods. Also, I think eating more soups and liquid foods would help me manage my TMJ better. I’m glad I did it and survived to tell the tale.

Have you ever done a juice cleanse? Did it change you in any way (effects, mindset, habits)? Let me know!

Best,

Geraldine 

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Green Roots Pizza! 
Highlights: Vegan, veggie-filled, whole-wheat, delicate flavors, mix of fresh and baked goodness
Kai and I finally made a vegan pizza together! We&#8217;ve been wanting to make one for a couple months now and got to it once his oven was fixed and I had a free-ish weekend. We just thought of vegetables that sounded delicious and a base that  could work to hold the ingredients together. This is what we used: 
Ingredients
Whole wheat pizza dough 
2-3 beets 
1-2 parsnips 
1-2 avocados
3 vine-ripened tomatoes (pretty small ones) 
yellow onion
balsamic vinegar
olive oil
arugula
salt &amp; pepper 
Directions
Wash all vegetables. Cut the stems off of beets and parsnips. Slice half a yellow onion. 
Place parsnips in a microwave safe bowl. Add 1/4 cup of water. Microwave for 5 minutes.
Place beets in a microwave safe bowl. Add 1/4 cup of water. Microwave for 15 minutes. 
Meanwhile&#8230;stretch the pizza dough to cover a large baking pan.
Rub olive oil over the pizza dough. 
Sautee onions in olive oil and balsamic vinegar for 5-6 minutes.
Peel the skin off of parsnips and beets. Slice parsnips, beets, and tomatoes into thin pieces. 
Layer parsnips, beets, tomatoes, onions onto the pizza. Make sure to layer ingredients on top of each other. 
Season with salt and pepper. 
Bake pizza at your oven&#8217;s highest temperature (400+ F) for 20 minutes. 
Add arugula and avocados on top! 
Overall, I loved this pizza. It had such a good array of vegetables with flavors that did not overwhelm the subtle tastes of the beets, parsnips, avocado, and arugula. The onions added savory flavor. Also, the parsnips and olive oil made a good base to hold the ingredients to the dough. It kept the dough soft in the middle as well. This pizza is easy and fun to do with someone else! I was stretching the pizza dough (first time ever!) and Kai was working on the vegetables. Although he did question whether I make the process more efficient or if I should help out more&#8230;Anyhow! We&#8217;re think of ways to add plant-based protein to our pizza. Any ideas? Would garbanzo beans go well? We made a little date out of cooking dinner. We went to Whole Foods and I tried not to get too distracted by all the new food trends (like Kombucha and chia drinks!). Then, we worked on making the pizza. While waiting, he watched Star Trek while I was sketching his profile on my iPad. We ate together and I was just so satisfied with the healthy meal we made! Just wished we had more protein&#8230;
Try making a vegan pizza this weekend and tell me how it goes! 
Best,
Geraldine 
P.S. Vegan pizza sold at hipster bakeries like Arizmendi Bakery near my school, is so actually really unhealthy. They use refined white flour on the dough, bake the pizza until all the vegetables are wilted, and use a TON of oil. The slice literally drips of olive oil which is how they get it to taste good. You also won&#8217;t find a rich and colorful array of vegetables by eating out! 

Green Roots Pizza! 

Highlights: Vegan, veggie-filled, whole-wheat, delicate flavors, mix of fresh and baked goodness

Kai and I finally made a vegan pizza together! We’ve been wanting to make one for a couple months now and got to it once his oven was fixed and I had a free-ish weekend. We just thought of vegetables that sounded delicious and a base that  could work to hold the ingredients together. This is what we used: 

Ingredients

  • Whole wheat pizza dough 
  • 2-3 beets 
  • 1-2 parsnips 
  • 1-2 avocados
  • 3 vine-ripened tomatoes (pretty small ones) 
  • yellow onion
  • balsamic vinegar
  • olive oil
  • arugula
  • salt & pepper 

Directions

  1. Wash all vegetables. Cut the stems off of beets and parsnips. Slice half a yellow onion. 
  2. Place parsnips in a microwave safe bowl. Add 1/4 cup of water. Microwave for 5 minutes.
  3. Place beets in a microwave safe bowl. Add 1/4 cup of water. Microwave for 15 minutes. 
  4. Meanwhile…stretch the pizza dough to cover a large baking pan.
  5. Rub olive oil over the pizza dough. 
  6. Sautee onions in olive oil and balsamic vinegar for 5-6 minutes.
  7. Peel the skin off of parsnips and beets. Slice parsnips, beets, and tomatoes into thin pieces. 
  8. Layer parsnips, beets, tomatoes, onions onto the pizza. Make sure to layer ingredients on top of each other. 
  9. Season with salt and pepper. 
  10. Bake pizza at your oven’s highest temperature (400+ F) for 20 minutes. 
  11. Add arugula and avocados on top! 

Overall, I loved this pizza. It had such a good array of vegetables with flavors that did not overwhelm the subtle tastes of the beets, parsnips, avocado, and arugula. The onions added savory flavor. Also, the parsnips and olive oil made a good base to hold the ingredients to the dough. It kept the dough soft in the middle as well. This pizza is easy and fun to do with someone else! I was stretching the pizza dough (first time ever!) and Kai was working on the vegetables. Although he did question whether I make the process more efficient or if I should help out more…Anyhow! We’re think of ways to add plant-based protein to our pizza. Any ideas? Would garbanzo beans go well? We made a little date out of cooking dinner. We went to Whole Foods and I tried not to get too distracted by all the new food trends (like Kombucha and chia drinks!). Then, we worked on making the pizza. While waiting, he watched Star Trek while I was sketching his profile on my iPad. We ate together and I was just so satisfied with the healthy meal we made! Just wished we had more protein…

Try making a vegan pizza this weekend and tell me how it goes! 

Best,

Geraldine 

P.S. Vegan pizza sold at hipster bakeries like Arizmendi Bakery near my school, is so actually really unhealthy. They use refined white flour on the dough, bake the pizza until all the vegetables are wilted, and use a TON of oil. The slice literally drips of olive oil which is how they get it to taste good. You also won’t find a rich and colorful array of vegetables by eating out! 

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Beans and Berries have the highest amounts of antioxidants per serving! 
What are antioxidants? They are vitamins and minerals that protect cells from harmful molecules called radicals. There&#8217;s evidence that antioxidants fight against aging, and cancer when consumed in moderate amounts.
This is the reason I eat beans every day! After learning about these foods, I&#8217;m going to eat more red kidney beans instead of garbanzo beans which are both provided at my medical school&#8217;s cafeteria. I also have so many dried azuki beans in my pantry. They make a delicious and healthy red bean  pudding! Also, when going out for Mexican food, we can choose pinto beans over refried beans and black beans. Prunes are a better choice than raisins and add just the right amount of sweetness to breakfast grains. 
Source: USDA, Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry June 9, 2004

Beans and Berries have the highest amounts of antioxidants per serving!

What are antioxidants? They are vitamins and minerals that protect cells from harmful molecules called radicals. There’s evidence that antioxidants fight against aging, and cancer when consumed in moderate amounts.

This is the reason I eat beans every day! After learning about these foods, I’m going to eat more red kidney beans instead of garbanzo beans which are both provided at my medical school’s cafeteria. I also have so many dried azuki beans in my pantry. They make a delicious and healthy red bean  pudding! Also, when going out for Mexican food, we can choose pinto beans over refried beans and black beans. Prunes are a better choice than raisins and add just the right amount of sweetness to breakfast grains.

Source: USDA, Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry June 9, 2004

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