Vacation and Re-Entry to Normal Life

FOOD

Okay, I’ve been blissfully on vacation for the past 8 days, so many meals were out with some simple ones in. Still had daily smoothies (have Vitamix, will travel), so things were always off to a healthy start regardless!

The first pic is a quick meal I made at home with roasted cherry tomatoes from our garden, fresh herbs from the garden, and some balsamic vinegar tossed with pasta.

On our trip there was plenty of pasta, vegan sausages, salads, veggies, edamame, tofu, and smoothies. Didn’t snap pics of everything, but none of us starved, that’s for sure.

Oh, and fun drinks too.

FITNESS

Well, lots of walking really. Didn’t pack workout clothes since I knew I wouldn’t use them.

LIFE

Well, I’m not going to bore you all with details of my vacation. But…IT WAS AWESOME. Filled with people I love, so there’s no downside anyway! Spent a long time traveling, but it was all so worth it. Only one missing was A – because she has nursing school and couldn’t get away. I’m so incredibly proud of her and her priorities – but we certainly missed her.

One of the best parts was seeing this face after 15 months! N and his family from Nairobi are really amazing and I miss him all the time.

I certainly missed this little one. Just lookit that face! A and M’s girlfriend S took amazing care of Kuma while we were away.

We got back home this afternoon. Good timing as my ex-husband arrives overnight to spend 2 days visiting before taking our youngest to CA with him for a couple weeks. It’d be lying if I said I’m not going to miss the crap out of her 😦

And now it’s time to wallow in post-awesome-vacation-depression.

On another note, a friend of mine turned me on to this book called The Year of Less. I read half of it in a little over an hour! It’s basically about a woman who goes on a one-year shopping ban. My friend is starting a little challenge group that I’m going to do. More deets to come, but it’s really about being a more mindful consumer and focusing on purchasing what you need over satisfying whims. I’ve always loved to shop, but as a single mom with pretty much the same expenses I had as a dual income house, I could use some overhaul in how I approach my finances. The challenge will start Sept 1, so I’ll add a new category to the blog about it as I go.

AND – I have a new cookbook from a publisher to review (and give away) so stay tuned for that! Now that I’m back, I can cook my way through it to give you the low down on what’s what.

I know this is short and sweet (just like me!), but I’m exhausted and ready to curl up in bed and finish The Year of Less!

Main Street Vegan Academy – Cookbook Review and Giveaway!

<<<<UPDATE>>>>. The giveaway has ended – huge congrats to Karen for winning!!

Yes – you read that right.  Free stuff.  Right at Christmas no less!  So you know what, read on, enter, and get yourself something you know you want anyway 😉

Book Layout

I’m the owner of dozens of vegan cookbooks (easily), and have reviewed quite a few in the past few years as well.  I like to start by checking out the layout.  Some go right to business – the recipes and only the recipes.  Some start with tips on how to veganize your kitchen – great for newbies or people looking to increase plant-powered meals in their lives.  Some still go into the explanations of why a vegan diet is great – health, environment, animal ethics, etc.  Everyone starts at a different point – or have different reasons for wanting a book of all plant based yumminess.  You may be a long time vegan looking for something fresh and new.  Or an athlete looking to get leaner and stronger.  In a new relationship with a non meat-eater.  Or an animal activist who just can’t be a part of animal husbandry and cruelty.  Or an omnivore who just knows they want to increase their intake of wholesome plant-based eats.

Whatever your reason, a glance at the book layout can help you decide if this is the book for you.

Since this book is coming from Victoria Moran – the founder of Main Street Vegan Academy, and JL Fields – my fav down to earth vegan recipe creator – you know it’s full of no-nonsense advice, and they did so in their “Coaching Corner” comments sprinkled throughout the book.  These consist of additional research materials or advice from academy grads.

The first two chapters are informational, and go into things like debunking typical vegan myths, and how it’s okay to be on whatever journey you are to being more plant-based.  For many of us who choose to eat this way (or explore what it may mean), it’s common to be confronted by our meat eating family and friends with questions like “where did you get your protein”, and “how can you be healthy”, and “plants have feelings too”.  And just as frustratingly, there’s nothing worse than the “vegan police” who like to tell you that you aren’t “vegan enough”.  These chapters are loaded with information in a non-confrontational way (which is extremely important to me in a mixed-dietary and non-judgemental household), and are a great read.  For those that don’t care and/or are well educated, it’s easy enough to skip past it.  I wouldn’t though.  As a vegan for 14 years, I still found great resources and well articulated perspectives.

Chapters 3-8 are tons of yummy recipes.  Everything from breakfasts to salads, soups, main dishes, one-pot dishes (my FAV in a busy family), and desserts.

The final chapter is called Vegan Outside the Kitchen, and is personally my favorite.  It focuses on things like dining out and how to talk to kitchen staff without being a condescending asshat, to taking veganism off your plate and into your fashion and beauty habits.  This is the Gandhi chapter of “be the change you wish to see in the world”.

Recipes

So – as you can see from this picture – the sticky notes represent the dishes I want to make.  Some I choose because I have everything I need to make it.  Some because they’re flavor profiles I know I love, and some because they offer new ideas, techniques, and flavors.

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I made Cheesy Broccoli Rice (because – who doesn’t love that?!?!) and Nutmeg Chocolate Chip Bars (always on the lookout for a dessert for school lunches for my youngest).  The rice was SO easy – all in the rice cooker (and those who know me know I’m an appliance cooking junkie – and JL is the queen of appliance recipes – serious – check out her other books Vegan Pressure Cooking and The Vegan Air Fryer – I have both and you won’t be disappointed).

I also made Veggie Mac, because it provided exactly what I was looking for – a new way to make a classic comfort food. And that, my friends, is the recipe I want to share with you.  Nothing like a cheezy, noodley, pot of goodness with all kinds of sneaky veggies in it.

Veggie Mac – by Brill LoSacco, VLCE from New York

Ingredients

  • 2 cups peeled and diced potatoes – Russet or Yukon Gold
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup diced carrot
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup cashews (or 2/3 cup soaked raw sunflower seeds for a nut free option – which I did)
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • juice of 1 lemon (or 2 tbsp lemon juice)
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 lb elbow macaroni (regular vegan or gluten-free, depending on your dietary needs)

Directions

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat for the pasta
  • In a small pan, combine potatoes, onion, carrots, and water.  Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, cover, and simmer over low heat for 15 minutes.
  • Once the large pot of water comes to a roiling boil, throw in the tablespoon of walt and the pasta.  Cook according to package directions until al dente.  Drain.
  • Combine cashews or soaked and drained sunflower seeds, garlic, tahini, mustard, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, salt, and garlic powder into a high-speed blender or food processor.  When veggie mixture is finished cooking, add it (water included) to the blender.  Blend until completely smooth.
  • Toss the sauce with the pasta back in the large pot.
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final dish!  Just look at that creamy lusciousness!

My (and my kids) thoughts:

I love a good creamy pasta dish – which is the main reason I picked this one.  I loved it sprinkled with tons of pepper.  I think I’d love it with peas added next time (though I’m a pea junkie and try to find ways to add them to pretty much everything!).  I can see adding crumbled tempeh for a more chili-mac type dish for a full meal, or as a side dish to some yummy BBQ tofu.

We are a nut-free home due to allergies, so I was happy this recipe came with a nut-free option.

My youngest – R – the pickiest eater of the bunch (mainly because she has life threatening peanut and tree-nut allergies, so new food spooks her), thought is was “ok”.

M loved it – even took a break from his video games to try it – he was only taste testing – and then proceeded to keep the bowl, telling me he loved it.  Big praise from the biggest meat eater in the house.

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with his “um, this is mine” face

And then there was A – my eldest and most likely to eat like me – her exact words for this (and the other dishes) was “dude, this is lit”.  High praise indeed.

And – awesome leftovers for the week’s lunches!  Not to mention all the other sticky notes to make meals for the week (Friday is already scheduled the One Pot Rice and Beans dish!).

Last Notes

Many of the recipes in this book call for nuts in some fashion.  Cashews for creamy dishes and peanut butter for some, just off the top of my head.  Most don’t have a nut-free option for the recipes.  For someone like me, that can be pretty limiting.  With a child with a life threatening allergy and a no tolerance nut rule in the house, if they can’t easily be converted and I see that many recipes with nuts, I may not splurge on it.  I’ve been cooking since I was 8, so it’s pretty easy to know how to modify a recipe, but for others, it may not be so.

That said – there’s a wide variety of recipes in this book, and I know it’ll be a mainstay in my home for many years.

Giveaway

Now it’s the part you’re waiting for, right?  HOW DO I GET ONE??  Well, you can do a few things.  You can buy it here.  You can beg someone who loves you to buy it for you.  Or – you can win one from me!

You may be wondering how!  Super simple.  Comment below that you’d like a copy.  Honestly, that simple.  I’ll use a random number generator to pick a winner on the day after Christmas.  That way – if you didn’t get what you wanted, you still can get something totally groovy JUST FOR YOU.  Yep.  That’s how much I love you.

So – leave a comment below letting me know you’d really like a copy of this book, and on 12/26/17 I’ll draw a winner.  You’ll promptly get a book send directly from the publisher.

Peace friends!  And happy eating!

~Crissie

When I Get Rough on a Cookbook, You Know It’s Good! (hint…giveaway time!)

Cookbook Review

The wonderful folks over at Ben Bella Books have gifted me with three books to review for you this summer!  Each one will involve a chance to win your very own copy too!  For now, though, I need to tell you about Plant Pure Nation.  The movie, the book, and that I loved it so much, I’ve pretty much destroyed it…..

I made all the recipes with the sticky notes, and what you possibly can't tell, is that I've spilled on it so many times, that it's a bit warped!
I made all the recipes with the sticky notes, and what you possibly can’t tell, is that I’ve spilled on it so many times, that it’s a bit warped!  The best cookbooks are always the ones that look like they’ve gone through battle though – dripped on, stained, dog-eared, and sticky 🙂

Much in the same vein as one of my favorite veggie movies – Vegucated (seriously….watch it if you can.  Funny, poignant, and available online too!) – Plant Pure Nation is a documentary that is being screened all over the US.  It’s not yet available for sale, and I am hoping that it hits my area of the East Coast soon!  What’s even more fun, is they have published a companion book and that’s what I’m here to tell you about!

Over the past month, I’ve made about 20 of the recipes in here, and have yet to be disappointed.  True, I had a mini-explosion with the Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread, but we can talk about that later!

Written by Kim Campbell, with a forward by her famous father-in-law and co-author of one of my favorite books, The China Study, I found Plant Pure Nation to be one of my favorites from this family so far.  The recipes are very flavorful, but also incredibly healthy.  I for one, love to eat healthy, but don’t like to sacrifice flavor.  Life is too short to eat boring food!

Food Porn and Recipe!

Here are some of the few dishes I’ve made, as well as a recipe to share!

Who doesn’t love a good blueberry muffin?  The kids had friends over when these came out of the oven, so they didn’t last long at all!

who doesn't love a great blueberry muffin?  These are Colin's Blueberry muffins, and didn't last long in my house!
perfect breakfast!

Another breakfast dish were the pancakes, which were wonderful.  It’s nice to find a fluffy pancake recipe, and served with a little marmalade, they were fantastic.

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the whole breakfast spread that morning - pancakes being the centerpiece!
the whole breakfast spread that morning – pancakes being the centerpiece!

One of my favorites, by far, is the Southwestern Bean Salad.  Plain, on tacos, or on salad, I ate this for days.

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The Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread is the only recipe that gave me any trouble.  It blew up slightly, and was a little under cooked in the end.  Easy enough to fix by either using a bigger pan or not letting it raise the entire time.  Cleaning my oven after baking wasn’t too much run, so while a delicious bread, I’ll have to play with it a bit to perfect it.

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And finally, a recipe I get to share!  It was delicious both warm and cold, and I used the leftovers as a spread for wraps.

I give to you…

Warm Spinach – Artichoke Dip!

Ingredients

  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup tofu cashew mayonnaise (only sub here for me, since we’re a Nut Free family is I used Just Mayo instead)
  • 1 cup canned cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1/4 tsp mustard powder
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • large pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 6 ounces baby spinach, washed and dried
  • 14 ounce can/jar of artichoke hearts, drained
  • 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 tsp paprika

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a skillet over medium-high heat, saute the onion and garlic in a small amount of water until tender.  Set aside.
  • In a food processor, blend together the mayo, cannellini beans, lemon juice, water, mustard, nutritional yeast, red pepper flakes, nutmeg, salt, and pepper until smooth and creamy.
  • Add spinach and artichokes and pulse 8-10 times; do not puree them.
  • Fold the onion and garlic into the tofu mixture.
  • Place the mixture into a baking dish and sprinkle with the panko bread crumbs and paprika.
  • Bake for 20-30 minutes, or until bread crumbs are browned.


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This is a great dish and I’ve already made it several times, both for my family, and for parties.  One hint for parties, is to keep it on low in a small crock pot – works perfectly.

Did Someone Say FREE?

Yes!  As a matter of fact, someone did!  So, if you’d like a chance to win your very own freebie copy of Plant Pure Nation, please just leave a comment below with your name and perhaps some information on why this book sounds appealing to you!

I will leave the contest open until Midnight on August 15th!

Good Luck!

Moving and Not Moving

FOOD

Despite going from living at one house and trying to empty it of all food, and moving to the new house and the realization that I have no staples anymore, it’s still been a great food week.

My breakfasts have been green smoothies and then Irish oatmeal in the latter part of the morning.

my standard smoothie - water, banana, mixed frozen fruit, and greens.
my standard smoothie – water, banana, mixed frozen fruit, and greens.
I had this every morning on my way to work
I had this every morning on my way to work

Once I get to work, it’s been heating up and eating the Irish oats with blueberries.

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This morning, I used my new Instant Pot (click here to learn more!) to make Irish oats with blueberries, banana, vanilla and cinnamon.  Ate some today, and have enough leftovers for half the work week!

I love the Instant Pot.  This took me 10 minutes total.
I love the Instant Pot. This took me 10 minutes total.

Lunches have been soups and salads mostly.  Quick and easy and can keep them in my fridge at work.

a BAS topped with a black bean chipotle veggie burger
a BAS topped with a black bean chipotle veggie burger
Lentil soup from Whole Foods
Lentil soup from Whole Foods
a HH soup of white beans, kale, and quino
a HH soup of white beans, kale, and quino
chickpeas, carrots, onions, garlic, and kale in a red Thai curry broth over quinoa
chickpeas, carrots, onions, garlic, and kale in a red Thai curry broth over quinoa

Dinners have been simple too.  Dishes with tofu, beans, rice, and various veggie and salad portions as well.

mostly BAS's like this one with veggies, quinoa, and cubed tofu
mostly BAS’s like this one with veggies, quinoa, and cubed tofu

Last night was our vegan drinks meet up and I did have a slice of vegan pizza and some garlic knots.  It was tasty, but I didn’t go overboard, which was nice.

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FITNESS

This has definitely been lacking.  I think I posted about the flu going around, well that turned into my youngest getting pneumonia too.  I did yoga at home, but that was pretty much it.  Well, unless you count packing and hauling boxes all over.  Otherwise I wasn’t really moving while I was moving!

Yesterday was my first outdoor run in a few weeks.  It was ridiculously cold, but still felt good.  My hope today is to finally go for a run in my new neighborhood!  D has been scouting out some routes for me, which is incredibly cute.

LIFE

Well, it’s been busy, but very rewarding too.  The contractors finished the walls last Friday, and the movers brought our stuff on Sunday.  So, it’s officially been one week since we started staying in the new house!  There are still things to do – like curtains, lamps, and the electronic hook ups (D has some monstrous project being installed on Wednesday with a new TV, speakers (which will include recesessed ones in the ceiling), which will more or less complete things.  We also want to pick up bar stools and collect and hang art work, but all the big things are done.

a couple new paintings!  Yes, we're cat people.
a couple new paintings! Yes, we’re cat people.

Many of our neighbors have stopped by to welcome us to the neighborhood, which has been incredibly nice.  I’ve never experienced this before, so I’m definitely digging on it.

Last night was Vegan Drinks at the new Cogan’s location in Norfolk.  We had a big crowd and it was a ton of fun.  Of course, had to snap a pic with NS and KP!

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In other news, my son won first place in a theater competition this past weekend!  It was for a 30 minute 2-person show, where it was mostly M performing a monologue to the audience.  It’s the first time his school has ever placed, much less won!  He goes to a regional competition to perform again in two weeks.  So proud of him!

M and his teacher (and the trophy!)
M and his teacher (and the trophy!)

R was finally well enough to go back to school this past week.  What a crazy time for her to be so sick and moving (no, we didn’t let her actually move anything).  I do have a collection of morning pictures to share though!

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And one where she kicked my butt at Yahtzee.  Twice.  Brat child.

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GOAL CHECK-IN

  • my goals for eating habits are going well.  Less processed foods and eating out, and more of eating balanced whole foods.  I can definitely feel a difference, though I haven’t weighed myself yet.
  • gluten – I haven’t been gluten-free, but I have been gluten-lite.  It’s harder than I thought while moving, but I’ve been able to stick to having gluten containing foods only 2-3 per week total.
  • meal planning – even though I haven’t done much grocery shopping, this is still going very well.  I plan everything for the next day based on what I have at home, and it’s been quite the key to eating well for me.
  • workouts – fail.  I mean really fail.  I’ve only run twice in two weeks and no hot yoga at all.
  • blog consistently – fail.  I haven’t blogged in two weeks!  It’s easy for me to say I’ve just been too busy with move and life and work, but still.  I could’ve found some time at least.  Same with the workouts.
  • wine habit – going great.  I recognized a couple weeks ago that it was a habit, and I needed to replace it with a healthy one.  So instead of grabbing a glass or two of wine every night, I’m drinking herbal tea.  I have a groovy new tea kettle, stocked up on lots of different teas, and every time I think I want a glass of wine, I drink tea.  I thought about just not having anything, but after reading the Power of Habit, realized it would be easier to just swap the habit.  So I still have a glass with me in the evenings, but it’s filled with something good for me.
  • reaching out when I need help.  I have also been doing this.  I have two other friends who happen to be working on ditching their nightly alcohol habits, and I wouldn’t have even known that if I hadn’t started talking to them about mine.

GIVEAWAY WINNER

A big congratulations to Andrea!  She’s the winner of the Best Green Smoothies on the Planet!  giveaway!!!

Would You Like a New House With That Flu?

FOOD

So my goal in the next week and a half is to buy no groceries if at all possible and eat what I have in the house.  I have a tendency to over-shop and then forget I have six bags of lentils, eight bags of rice, etc.  You get the point.  So it should be no problem whipping up some awesome healthy eats without spending a dime on groceries.

Why, do you ask, am I doing this?  Two reasons.  I have too much food lying around – more than my family will ever eat if I don’t stop grocery shopping.

Also – I don’t want to move it all to the new house.  Oh wait, what did I say there?  WE BOUGHT A NEW HOUSE.  More on that below 😉

So my eats this week have been oatmeal for breakfast (out of the old fashioned oats, and this week I’ll tackle the Irish oats!  Saving the best for last!).  Smoothies of course.  Lentils soups (I wasn’t kidding when I said I had 6 bags).

blueberry and banana oats.
blueberry and banana oats
lentil soup for days!  Been nice though because I can put almost anything in it, and it's been so cold, that soup is perfect.
lentil soup for days! Been nice though because I can put almost anything in it, and it’s been so cold, that soup is perfect.

FITNESS

Since my last real post, I’ve gone on a few runs and did yoga at home.

However, I’ve been doing a lot of moving – packing boxes, loading them into my minivan, and taking them to the new house or the storage unit and unloading them from the van.  So in essence…I’m doing weight lifting!  I can feel it in my arms to be sure 🙂

LIFE

D and I closed on a new house this past Monday.  I am a highly superstitious person, and don’t like to talk about some things until it’s a “done deal”, which is why I haven’t posted about it before now.  D and I actually decided last spring that we wanted to buy a new house.  We’ve decided to stay in VA for at least another 7-10 years (so R can finish school) before we even think of leaving, so we decided now was a good time to buy that dream home with a pool.

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We wanted to wait until after summer to start looking because we had too much going on (I was in go-live hell, my parent’s came to visit, lots of work travel), so we looked a bit online, but started working with a relator in late September.  And we found our dream home in late October, made an offer, and there ya go.  We all agreed (sellers and us) to put off closing until after the holidays were over, but now it’s done, and it’s our house!  Oh, and it’s only a mile and a half from where we live now.  Same school district, which was important.

vegan foodie packing....
vegan foodie packing….
left the room for a minute to get the packing tape and found Ginny up here.  She's been having way too much fun in this...
left the room for a minute to get the packing tape and found Ginny up here. She’s been having way too much fun in this…
new house = new dishes!  HF helped me pick out the perfect ones.  Here's the first batch running through my new dishwasher!
new house = new dishes! HF helped me pick out the perfect ones. Here’s the first batch running through my new dishwasher!

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The only thing that isn’t perfect about the house is the wallpaper.  Kitchen, dining room, eat-in kitchen, and all 3 bathrooms are wall paper.  We have a contractor starting on Monday to get rid of it all and paint most of the house.  Then, it’ll be really perfect.  Death to wallpaper!  Oh, we’ll have before and after pics to share because I don’t think anyone will believe me about how crazy it is until it’s gone….

I’m also having a custom wall mountable wine rack made out of a wine barrel!  So excited.  Spice snobbery can be proudly displayed on my kitchen wall!  And it’s an up cycled Napa valley wine barrel.  See.  Dream home 🙂

Anyway, the hope is we’ll start living in the home around the very end of this month.  So I do apologize for the lack of posts this week, it’s been a bit hectic around here!

In other news, I’ve been sick and so has the young one, so that’s put some damper on the week.  We both appear to be on the upswing though, so that’s good news.

Monday's morning picture where R still felt good (though I was home sick).
Monday’s morning picture where R still felt good (though I was home sick).
Wednesday's morning picture where R and I were pathetically snuggled in bed as D was getting ready for work.
Wednesday’s morning picture where R and I were pathetically snuggled in bed as D was getting ready for work.
Wednesday afternoon, R decided to work on her Python coding.  Proud IT mama right here!
Wednesday afternoon, R decided to work on her Python coding. Proud IT mama right here!
just because she's ridiculously cute
just because she’s ridiculously cute
they're starting to finally get along!  Sleep on the same bed - just not too close.  Even playing somewhat together.  They've graduated to frenemies.  Only took a year and a half...
they’re starting to finally get along! Sleep on the same bed – just not too close. Even playing somewhat together. They’ve graduated to frenemies. Only took a year and a half…
poor sicko hasn't slept well most this week.  Face mask kept the sun out of her eyes so she could nap.  Worked wonders.  And this is today's morning picture :(
poor sicko hasn’t slept well most this week. Face mask kept the sun out of her eyes so she could nap. Worked wonders. And this is today’s morning picture 😦

So thanks for your patience, and more to come.  Also, if you haven’t already, please enter my giveaway – you have nothing to lose and perhaps a new smoothie book to gain!  Here’s the link, and thanks for playing 😉

 

A Chance To Drink Your Greens…For Free!

I am so excited to host my first giveaway of the year!

If you’re a regular RunCrissieRun reader, you know how much I love my green smoothies, so I’m really excited to review and host a giveaway for The Best Green Smoothies on the Planet! by Tracy Russell.

So here’s a breakdown of the book, because it’s not just recipes, ya know.

The first part of the book is broken into an intro and an entire chapters about why you should want green smoothies in your life!  For many of us veteran green smoothie drinkers out there, the why may seem obvious, but if you’re new to the idea or have a family member you’d like to convert to the goodness of green drinks, then this is a good chapter for that!

There’s a whole chapter on how to make the perfect green smoothie also.  From tools (not everyone has a $500 blender) to proportions of liquid/fruit/greens/fun flavors and even a section of fixing a smoothie mishap, and freezing them.

The best part is the ingredients chapter – it really leads you to “build your own smoothie with confidence”.  And finally, the recipes!  This section is broken into chapters as well, based on what you want to get out of your smoothie – for example, post or pre-workout drinks, immune-boosting, weight loss or detox (a quick note, this is NOT a diet book and the author does not promote that green smoothies are the panacea of weight loss…but are a healthy addition to your diet, which generally means weight loss if you’re drinking smoothies as an addition to healthy lifestyle choices).

I have had the pleasure of making many of the recipes in this book, and certainly have a favorite to share!

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Banana Pineapple Green Smoothie
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract (or the seeds of 1/2 a vanilla bean)
  • 4 ounces coconut water

Seriously, I’m not giving you directions 😉

Another thing I like about this book is that the nutrition information is listed with each smoothie, so if you’re tracking (like I am on MyFitnessPal), it makes life MUCH easier.

Okay, now for the fun part!  I mean, other than actually making the above awesome recipe…..

Please comment below if you’d like a chance to win a copy of this book.  The drawing will take place on January 30th!