Posts tagged healthy
Posts tagged healthy
Okay, it’s not perfect…it uses a lot of soy sauce and has lots of sodium.
1) Start off with mixed vegetables. Look how awesome! I got snap peas, broccoli, carrots, bell peppers, mushrooms, and even watercress!
Actually…these are frozen vegetables from Costco.
2) Then you boil your noodles! I used udon noodles, but my kayak instructor friend uses pasta noodles and says it’s tasty.
3) THEN YOU MAKE THE PEANUT SAUCEEEEE. It’s so simple. All you need is peanut butter, garlic or garlic powder, soy sauce, and brown sugar. Go to this recipe for the amounts: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/frozen-vegetable-stir-fry/
Oh god that’s a crappy picture.
4) Then you happily eat because you’ve successful made frozen vegetables less sad and unpalatable.
Wow, another terrible picture. This is what happens when you take pictures in 2 seconds with your iphone, no flash, and while you’re walking.
USMLE Step 1 study month recipe #1: Vegan Lasagne
Cooking goal accomplished. I made lasagne for the first time. This recipe uses homemade sauce, spinach, and tofu. This is the recipe I used: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/vegan-lasagna-i/ (I doubled the recipe)
But this one might be even better because it uses more vegetables (eggplant)! http://www.chow.com/recipes/29439-vegan-lasagna
My boyfriend and I made this during our day off. It was so much fun even when neither of us has ever made lasagne. We had no idea how soft the noodles had to be prior to baking. Anyhow, it was really delicious, healthy, and filling! So much Vitamin C from the tomatoes and protein from the tofu. I couldn’t find any whole wheat noodles…but let me know if you know of any!
Talk to you soon,
Went home for the weekend and my grandma made me dried persimmons! So yummy; they are nature’s gummy snacks and completely unprocessed. Oh and p.s I just got my eyebrows threaded for the first time!! I feel like a new woman.
Yellow Curry Recipe: Vegan, Delicious, and Filling
Ben and I just made a bunch last night for dinner and for the rest of this week’s lunches. It’s really easy to make, and instantly gratifying because it smells sooo good as you’re cooking. I adapted this recipe found on allrecipes.com. We also made some roasted cauliflower . This curry recipe is for 1 batch…we made two so we doubled everything I listed in the photo.
I’m so excited to have this for lunch today! Curry tastes better the next day after all the sauce soaks in. Yumm.
Okay, time to start studying! Goal for the day: just do whatever makes me happy. If blogging right now makes me happy…I’m going to do it. If focusing on my studies, being away from disturbances, or taking a walk makes me happy…then I’m going to go for it. Here’s to a productive day, people!
This was my post-race breakfast! (The ham and eggs on the side was for my boyfriend).
A tartine is an open faced, usually warm, sandwich popularized by the French. Toast up some fancy bread. I used walnut levain bread from San Francisco’s classic Acme Bakery. Mash up 1 whole avocado with the juice of 1/4 lemon. Season with salt & pepper and spread thickly over your bread. This is all part of my vegan diet focused on healthy fats and satiety!
Alrighty, lunch break over. Talk to you soon.
Pumpkin Pie, the quick and vegan version
from: http://food52.com/recipes/19560-you-won-t-believe-it-s-vegan-pumpkin-pie (such a great website!)
Pumpkin is amazing. Not that I need any more Vitamin A (I drink lots of carrot juice), but everyone can benefit from squeezing a lil bit of veggies in their dessert! Ben and I have made 3 of these pies an they are delicious! Not too sweet, simple ingredients, and fills your kitchen with warmth, cinnamon and nutmeg scents, and all the goodness of fall. No eggs, milk, or butter in this pie. It features raw cashews and coconut oil. We made one as part of a “night-in” date, one for a potluck, and another for Thanksgiving.
Crust (make first!) makes 1 crust
Ingredients: 2 1/4 cups wheat pastry flour, 1/2 cup cocout OIL (coco butter does not work as well) that’s cool/solid, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 tablespoon brown sugar, 1/2 cup cold water.
Filling for one pie
Do (super ease):
Cool before serving (with vegan ice cream, banana ice cream, or serve it with whipped cream for your non-vegan friends).
Happy Thanksgiving friends!
Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Parsnips
If you don’t have enough time to make a crazy Thanksgiving dish, roast up some vegetables! We had a roommate dinner a couple weeks ago and this is what I made. It was the first time all 5 of us did something together/were in the same place at the same time since I joined in July. Other dishes included eggplant casserole, potato casserole, asparagus, and pumpkin pie from FRESH pumpkin. This was also the first time 3 of my roommates had parsnips! Introducing people to healthy new foods brings me such great joy…hence my blog.
P.S. Ben and I are going to get Vietnamese food and see Catching fire tonight! Tomorrow we’re having a Thanksgiving feast with his friends, and Saturday, my family’s having a dinner!
Monday: Run-45 minutes flat road and long, steep hills
Tuesday: Run- 4x1mile intervals. 7:52, 7:29, 7:35, 7:26 minutes.
Wednesday: 1 hr swim technique clinic…lots of laps and speedwork today
Thursday: 45 minutes elliptical, NTC: 15 minutes arms, 15 minutes abs
Friday: Rest (flight to San Diego for a weekend of catching up with friends, family, Vietnamese food, and the beach!)
Saturday: 7 mile run to the beach with long & steady inclines and declines
Sunday: 4 mile run (2 miles downhill, 2 miles up hill) around the a beautiful posh neighborhood in Rancho Santa Fe, CA
I’ve been sick since Thursday. Exercise is a stress on the body so it’s good for the body and mind to rest. You don’t want to make yourself suffer so much when your body aches, you can’t breathe as well, and you get headaches easier than usual. I think I’m going to rest today too and take a 40 minute walk or something. What’s great about rest days is that you can take the time to focus just on your diet.
Good deals from Whole Foods!
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!)
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!
Most satisfying packed-lunch ever: Broiled pesto tomatoes and the healthiest quinoa-veggie recipe ever (seriously, check out the ingredients below)
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.
P.S. I got new glasses!
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?
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?
P.S. I’m going camping in Sequoia National Park & Kings Canyon tomorrow!
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 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:
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?
My professor asked, “What do we want more of, but never get?…It’s not sex, it’s SLEEP!”
We had a lecture on Circadian Rhythms, Sleep, and Sleep Disorders from which I pulled all this information!
I didn’t sleep enough from April-June. I was sleeping 6-6.5 hours a night which made concentrating in class (when I had to go to class) and studying in the mid-afternoon difficult. With this amount of sleep, I’m still able to be pretty productive and exercise vigorously for 45-1 hr a day. How do I feel when I’m sleep deprived? I feel more jittery, socially awkward, and more stressed. This makes sense because lack of sleep makes normal people more disinhibited. For example, you’re more likely to binge eating and lose control of your appetite when you’re sleep-deprived. You have less control of your emotions and reactions when you’re sleep deprived. I learned that lack of sleep causes normal people to become a little hypomanic (a little crazy), but our professor emphasized that it’s more “disinhibited” behavior. And lack of sleep isn’t good for your brain either!
The amount of sleep is different for everyone. About 2% of the population functions optimally with less than 6 hours of sleep…but for the majority of us…(including successful, smart, talented people) need around 7-8 hours per night.
Lack of sleep builds up as “sleep debt.” If you naturally need 8 hours of sleep, and you only sleep 7 hours tonight, you’ll have 1 hour of sleep debt. This adds up overtime making you more tired. However, you can get back on track by sleeping more the next couple nights!
A good way to tell if you’ve had enough sleep is to take a morning yoga class and see how coordinated and balanced you are. The other day I went to Bikram after only 5 hours of sleep and I was falling out of tree stand. That’s more affirmation that I’m not only of the 2%.
Getting enough sleep is so important! Adequate rest is good for your body and mind. It keeps you on your A-game and is part of self-care and love.
Here’s to a start of a fun, restful, and healthy-habit forming summer!
P.S. Do you like my graphic? Any feedback about my blog and posts would be much appreciated! Thanks everyone =)