Sunday, May 1, 2016

Trader Joe's Haul!

Hey you guys! I hope that you are all doing well. I got my ass out of bed early today to get to Trader Joe's when they opened because any other time is pretty unbearable. I got some good looking produce as I'm embarking on my own version of a high carb low fat vegan lifestyle which basically means a lot of produce and starches, no oil and smaller quantities of fats. I guess it is a combination of Raw Til 4 and Starch Solution but I'm not really following the rules of either super closely. Basically I just want to exponentially increase the amount of produce that I eat :)

Check out the haul:

So here I got a large bunch of bananas to ripen and freeze for smoothies and banana ice cream, an avocado, strawberries, Persian cucumbers, mangoes, mini San Marzano tomatoes, green onions and 4 huge Russet Potatoes.

I also got some frozen mango, two cans of fat free refried beans, a can of chiles and organic coconut sugar.

I also wanted to show my planner layout for this week because it is gorgeous and I love it. I chose this Succulents sticker kit because for whatever reason it reminded me of Mother's Day (I guess because people typically give flowers and plants for Mother's Day?). I LOVE it!!

So this is all I've got for today but I do have some pretty great meals planned for the week and definitely plan on photographing them so I'll make sure to share! Hope you are all enjoying your weekend <3

Friday, April 22, 2016

A Fresh Start

Hey you guys! I can't believe that I finally remembered to take some pictures of some stuff I've been eating. You'll notice most of them are work pictures and that is probably why I haven't taken too many but I really tried to make an effort to get some of the meals.

Before I get into that I'm really excited about starting a new journey for health and fitness. Because I've been loving my planner so much and because there are great sales on them now (since it's almost May and all) I decided to get another one on deep discount to start a purely fitness/nutrition/health journal. When I first started blogging I was eating super clean and exercising like crazy and as time has gone on I've been in a vicious cycle of eating crappy processed food, feeling like crap, and not doing the workouts that I want to do. I am tired of feeling like crap, miss feeling healthy and strong and I'm just ready to get back on the right track. I think tracking everything will help… particularly with the laziness! Planning ahead will make a huge difference.

The big motivator for me is the potential to take a bucket list trip next year. My friend and I discussed traveling to Arizona and road tripping to the national parks and doing some pretty amazing hikes. I want to be in amazing shape so I can actually enjoy this (assuming we end up going) and not feel like I'm going to die after a short while. This trip depends on health and finances but I am making it a goal to improve both over the next year!

So, with all of that out of the way lets get into some food!

I tried the Kevita Probiotic Drink and I really like it! It was a bit more fizzy and sharp tasting than I was expecting but I like it! Especially because it isn't chunky like regular kombucha. I only drank half of it because it is strong and because it saves money haha but I am looking forward to trying other flavors.

I had this delicious bowl of Nature's Path Organic Blueberry Cinnamon Flax cereal and it was so good. I used unsweetened almond milk, my milk of choice for pretty much everything!

I also tried the So Delicious Coconut Milk yogurt in the chocolate flavor. It was ok but I think I just don't like vegan yogurt. I didn't even like the Kite Hill kind and everyone is freaking out about it. Anyway, I had that with a giant Pink Lady apple.

Here is the piece de resistance! By far the best meal I've had in a long time. I had the deli next door make me a burrito like wrap and it was AMAZING. There is rice, beans, lettuce, tomato and avocado and it was so good. I don't know why I don't eat burritos more often, they are really good, inexpensive to make and super filling.

So there you have it! This post is packed full of goals, plans and yummy food and drink. I hope you all liked it and I'm really excited to start posting more about my journey back to good health because I miss feeling amazing. I know it'll take time but I'm really looking forward to it.

I hope you all have a great weekend! I'm planning on going to the Asian Market on Monday say I'll try and pop in with a haul if I get anything good.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

All The Hauls

Hey everyone! I'm just popping in today with a few hauls to show you. I feel like the title makes it seem like there are tons and tons of hauls when in reality it's just two... but they are two good ones! At least I think so ;) I was able to get my hands on some things I've been looking for and haven't been able to find and I'm quite excited about it. The first haul is from Whole Foods and the second small haul is from Food Fight Grocery!

First up, the Whole Foods haul:

I just got a little bit of produce while I was there. I got some baby bok choy, butter lettuce, a head of kale for juice (because we all know I'm not really into the kale) and some tiny little honeycrisp apples. Normally they are giant but these were quite small.

This is the rest of the Whole Foods Haul. I got a few Luna Bars, two So Delicious Greek Yogurts to try (chocolate and plain), toasted sesame seeds, the So Delicious Cashew Ice Cream in Chocolate Cookies n Cream (!!!!!), Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk (for some reason the Whole Foods brand is my favorite), low sodium tamari, Kevita Strawberry Coconut probiotic drink (they barely had any flavors there... boo!! I'm trying this on a recommendation from Vegan Peace and I'm excited!!) and some Slow Roasted Chick'n from Tofurkey because why not.

So the next little haul is from the Food Fight Grocery website!! Food Fight Grocery is an all vegan grocery store in Portland and I would love to visit someday!

On the far left you'll see the Follow Your Heart Vegan Egg!!! I have been trying to get my hands on this forever and it has always been sold out everywhere! After checking the website a few days earlier (and naturally it was sold out) I decided to check back again and saw they were available and I wasted no time! In order to make the shipping cost worth it (the one downside to ordering is that the shipping is quite hefty... it cost me about $12 to ship these three items) I added Upton's Naturals Bar-B-Que Jackfruit (I'm not even a fan of BBQ flavored anything but I've heard so many good reviews about it!) and some Vegan Pecan Toffee because it's Pecan Toffee.

I have not tried any of these products yet but will definitely let you know what I think of everything! I have lots of dishes planned for the vegan egg and I will probably do a full review post on it where I show you the different ways I used it and my overall thoughts on it. It will probably be in a few weeks because I don't particularly want to eat it every day for a week but hopefully it'll be sooner rather than later.

And just because I just planned for next week here is my spread! I am in love with this sticker kit and I saved it for this week because it is my mom's birthday week and I wanted to use a special kit for a special week :)

So just as a little side note I finally watched Blackfish last night...  and I basically cried for an hour and a half. I knew it was going to be upsetting but it was just heartbreaking. It is very difficult to watch but I definitely recommend it. It really pulls the curtains back on how terrible these places are for the animals. I know that Seaworld has definitely gotten some backlash because of it but I don't really understand how people don't connect the dots and see that this is how the animals are treated in zoos, aquariums and circuses as well. I know Seaworld announced that they are going to make some changes and stop breeding the whales and phasing out the shows but I guess I'll just believe it when I see it. Rant over I guess. 

Sorry to end on a bummer but that's all I've got for you today. If I can get my act together I will try very hard to get some food posts up soon. I am definitely looking forward to trying all of the new products too and definitely looking forward to reviewing the vegan egg for you guys! I feel like I'm the last one to try it and review it but it has been so hard to get my hands on it!

I hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend <3

Monday, April 11, 2016

This & That

Hey you guys. I'm here with a quick post, a little update and some odds and ends. Trust me when I say it was my sincere intention to start posting more regularly but to be totally honest, I've been in a bit of a rut since I've gotten back from Florida. Weeks seem to be longer, the weather has gotten colder again and I'm just feeling blah and lazy. My meals have suffered from laziness which means that I eat crap and feel like crap as a result. I decided to just deal with it and stop being such a lazy ass and just start making the good, healthy meals that I love. I'm hoping that I'll be more conscious of photographing and sharing these meals with you. I make no promises but it is definitely a goal! I have also been making a list of fun summer recipes (summer produce!!!) that will be fun to share if they come out well so hopefully there will be some more of that in upcoming months as well.

I don't have much to show you today but I do have a grocery haul and I thought it would be fun to show you what my planner layout looks like for this week. I LOVE it and I've definitely found my planning style over the past few weeks.

First up, here is the Trader Joe's grocery haul:

A few of these items came from reading a recent post from Vegan Peace at My Cat Loves Daiya! I saw the Chocolate Crisps and tahini sauce in the haul and immediately added them to my list! Also already on my list was tomatoes, cucumber, baby carrots, black bean pasta (I've heard it's amazing!), fresh unpasteurized orange juice, Strawberry Chia smoothie drink and shredded cabbage. I grabbed a Luna bar because I thought it was the Caramel Nut Brownie flavor but it turned out to be the S'mores flavor. I guess it is still vegan judging from the ingredients? I forgot to add the pineapple juice to my list like a dummy but hopefully I'll remember next time!

Here is my spread for this week! I've started tracking my hydration, my spending and my steps on a daily basis. I typically have more white space than this because I feel like no white space can feel cluttered and chaotic but I love how this looks. I also love the color blocking. I've been including inspirational quotes each week to help me feel inspired to climb out of this rut.

So this is what I have for you today. I'm hoping that I'll get back into the swing of things. I do have some nice meals planned for this week but hopefully I won't be too lazy to make them. I will try to take some pictures for you and I'll do a roundup post for you if I can gather enough photos.

I hope you have all been well <3

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Orlando Vacation: Tampa Day Trip

Hey you guys! As promised I'm back with a bonus post for my trip to visit my friend in Orlando.  We packed a lot into Friday and we had such an amazing time. We decided to take a mini road trip to Tampa on Friday to check it out and I was able to see some really beautiful animals!

So where did we go that I've been hinting at? It's the Manatee Viewing Center by the Tampa Electric Company! I'm always weary of any type of "Viewing Center" for animals as I'm sure all of us are because contributing to animal exploitation is definitely not something I'm interested in. This "Viewing Center" is basically a platform for people to view a naturally occurring event. During the winter months when the weather is cold, the manatees seek warmer waters which they find in the canal by the Electric Company. The viewing center is essentially a platform so you can see these amazing animals in person. What I did appreciate was a clear effort made by the volunteers there to educate people to NOT interact with these animals which means no feeding, no touching or petting or anything else that would disrupt their lives. I felt comfortable with what it was and a little known fact is that manatees are my absolute favorite animals!! They are so freaking adorable, gentle and sweet and I was so excited to see them! Oh and another thing is if they are there you see them, if they aren't, you don't. This is a clear sign that to me that there is no captivity situation so it also helped ease my fears.

So in today's post I will be showing you some pictures that I got! I had to narrow down so not to post a million of the same thing but I hope you enjoy! I was so happy while I was there :)

This was the platform entrance! How cute are they?! I can't. And how beautiful was that day? We were so lucky.

There were a lot of these cuties in the area that day. We were lucky because it has been quite warm but we were catching the end of the season. I heard that as you head into April you don't get to see them much. You can see a ton of them under the water. There was a mama and her baby there too. I couldn't get a great shot but trust me when I say they were freaking adorable.

Here you seen one coming up for a breath. I just can't with the cuteness. I was really happy that we were able to get there and that they were around that day! We really lucked out!

Do you guys have painted animal statues around your town? I've seen horses around where I live and they had a cute painted manatee there. Too cute!

You could walk down the pier along the canal and I grabbed this picture of the view of where you get out more into the open water. Such a beautiful day.

Here we have the end of the pier. They had another trail that you could walk but we didn't get a chance to check it out.

So there you have it, our trip to see the manatees! I was so happy to see them and we had such a great time! 

Have a great weekend :)

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Orlando Vacation: Part 1

Hey everyone! I'm back from my long weekend in Orlando and have a bunch of fun stuff to share with you! I typically wrap up in one post but I do have a bonus post for you which will most likely go up this weekend! I'll cover my food and some of my activities here but you'll get to see some really special stuff in the next post :)

I guess we'll just get started! Get a drink and a snack, this is going to be a long one ;)

My very first picture comes from my plane ride out there. I happened to catch the most beautiful sunset out of the window. I tend to end up right near the wing almost every time I fly but I managed to catch this shot and I love the way it looks.

I'm skipping pretty much all of Friday right now because that will be covered in my next post ;)

Saturday morning we went to Ethos Vegan Kitchen for brunch! I didn't stray and had my favorite breakfast burrito. It has tofu scramble, potatoes and faux sausage in it and it is covered in a creamy white gravy. I wish I could have these delivered to my house every day!

My friend got the tofu scramble with a side of fruit and toast (unpictured). I decided to photograph his because I get the same thing every time and thought you may want to see what else they have ;)

After brunch we walked over a few blocks to the Winter Park Farmer's Market. It was a great market (I've been there before but it's even better!) but it was so crowded I didn't take any pictures while we were there. I did photograph the mini haul when we got back. We got a watermelon (it was good but not summer good), a few honeycrisp apples for what I was planning for brunch on Sunday, asparagus to have with pasta that night (no picture but the asparagus was amazing!) and some cherries. They had a great selection of produce. I could do some major damage if I lived there.

On Sunday I made brunch for us and decided to make Apple Pie Baked Oatmeal! I didn't forget to photograph this meal!

This was my plate. We had it with watermelon and it was delicious!

On Sunday we went on a walk around Lake Baldwin. The weather the whole weekend was absolutely perfect: blue skies, mid 70s, nice breeze. I couldn't have asked for a better weekend! Here are the pics from Lake Baldwin:

Check out how blue it is!

Monday was my last day and I couldn't leave without visiting Loving Hut! I wanted to branch out from my usual Combo 1 so I went with the Combo 4 which is slightly different. It was good but not as good as my usual. 

And there you have it! My general recap for my spring trip. I had a great time and as always it went way too fast! I will be back later in the week or this weekend with a post about what we did on Friday. It was an amazing day and I can't wait to share it with you! 

Have a great week!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Snow Day Baking

Hey you guys! I know, long time no see. Things got crazy and I'm not really into all of this snow. I am not going to guarantee three posts a week or specific posts on specific days, especially while things are crazy but I did want to pop in to show you some baking I did this weekend! The weather has been a little nutty and like a dummy I went out this morning to run some errands but once I got home and put on some warm comfy clothes I decided to get some baking done :)

So these beauties are the Skinny Figgy Bars  from Fat Free Vegan Kitchen. I have wanted to try these for so long and I finally got around to making them.

Here they are all cut open! I haven't tried it yet but they look and smell incredible. I have frozen most of them so I can just pull one out when I feel like having one :) I'll let you know how they taste when I try them!

I also baked another loaf of Chocolate Covered Katie's Fat Free Banana Bread. Naturally I added in some chocolate chips again because why wouldn't I?!

Here it is showing off all that chocolate goodness. I love this stuff! I also wrapped each piece separately and froze them so I can pull a piece out as I want it.

I just wanted to include this last picture from the other night because it's just an absolutely gorgeous winter sunset. Winter sunsets are the most beautiful and look at these colors. So pretty.

That's all I've got today! I will promise a food post this week because I've been taking pictures but I don't know when :) It'll be a fun surprise haha.

Hope you all have a great week!