2.04.2016

Example Day #3

Ever wonder what a Nutritarian eats day to day?  Join me in this weekly series while I show you an example day of what I typically eat.

Today's breakfast was a large fruit bowl with cantaloupe, apple, banana, pomegranate seeds, and strawberries.  My parents visiting over the last weekend gave me a bit more variety in fruit than I have been having since we had a frugal grocery budget last month.

Lunch was a bowl of brown rice with Chickpea Curry from Vegan Richa's Indian Kitchen cookbook, along with a side of celery sticks.

Dinner was a bowl of creamy broccoli potato soup with baked cashew BBQ sauce tofu.

Summary:

  • 1 lb raw vegetables - I think I feel a bit short on this today with only having celery sticks.
  • 1 lb cooked vegetables - I got my cooked vegetables primarily in my tomato and onion curry for lunch and broccoli soup
  • 4 servings fruit - This was covered with my fruit for breakfast.
  • 1 cup or more beans - I had chickpeas with lunch as well as tofu for dinner.
  • 1 cup or less whole grains/starchy veggies - I went a bit over on this today with rice for lunch and a potato based soup for dinner.
  • 1 oz or less of nuts - My homemade BBQ sauce had a bit of cashews in it to thicken it up.


Health and Happiness,

Amy



2.02.2016

Vegan Under Pressure Giveaway Winner Announced!

I loved all of the responses I got from you guys on the giveaway of Jill Nussinow's new cookbook, Vegan Under Pressure last week when I prompted what everyone's favorite thing about their pressure cooker is!  I've been reading them over several times, and all I can think is: DITTO!


Here were some of your response topics:
  • the "set it and forget it" nature of electric pressure cookers
  • how quickly dried beans cook
  • how quickly potatoes and mashed potatoes cook
  • cooking large batches for weekday meals
And the winner of the random drawing is.....

Angie R!  Angie, I have sent you an email, and if you have not done so already please email me your name and address so I can get Vegan Under Pressure for you to start cookin'!

For those of you who would still like the cookbook, here is a link to purchase it on Amazon.  It is quickly becoming one of my favorites, with regular recipes already in rotation at our house including Sassy Tofu, Bean Sausages, Shane's Lentil Soup, Steel Cut Oats, and Creamy Broccoli Soup.


Health and Happiness,

Amy


1.28.2016

Example Day #2

January is always a weird month.  All of the holidays are over and it is still just the start of winter.  Generally December comes with more expenses from gifts, traveling, and taking time off of work, meaning January is always a frugal (what-can-I-scrape-off-the-bottom-of-the-freezer) month.  This month is even more so because we just paid off another big chunk of student loans (yay us!).

Because of this, I've been using up the last of my fresh produce and digging into my freezer storage.  Fresh berries are just too expensive right now, so we have been having frozen berries.  I've make some soups and stews out of the dried beans and grains I have on hand.  The goal was to not spend money on groceries for the rest of the month (my last real shopping trip was 1/11).  We have only three things we can buy throughout the month: bananas, broccoli,  and spinach.

This week, my meals have been not very glamorous, but thankfully pretty nutritious.  If we were eating the SAD (Standard American Diet), there is no way we could make it through a month of eating as cheaply as we do.

I started off my day with a big bottle of water, and then had my smoothie on the way in to work.  This smoothie had a banana, frozen mixed berries, romaine lettuce, ground flaxseed, and soy milk.
During the morning, I had three cups of tea (green, earl grey, and then chai with a bit of soy milk).
Lunch was a big bowl of freezer chili, a sliced orange bell pepper (second to last that we have in the fridge :(...), and a banana.

When I got home, I took the pup for a 2 mile walk/jog around the neighborhood.  Isn't she adorable!?  I'll be sad for my parents to pick her up and take her back home this weekend.
After showering and getting dinner ready, I had a nice glass of Shiraz. 
Dinner was Shane's Lentil Soup (from Vegan Under Pressure - for a chance to enter to win this new cookbook, you can enter here!), along with some chopped up celery.
Dessert was some leftover frozen berry nice cream. 
To summarize according to Dr. Fuhrman's 6-week Nutritarian Plan, I had:
  • 1 lb of raw vegetables with romaine in my smoothie, bell pepper with lunch, and celery with dinner
  • 1 lb cooked vegetables with the veggies in my chili and lentil soup (I was probably a little short on this today)
  • 4 fresh fruits with a banana and berries in my smoothie, a banana for lunch, and berry nice cream after dinner
  • 1+ cup beans/legumes with the beans in my chili and lentils in my soup (I had well over 1 cup of beans this day)
  • 1 cup or under of grains/starches - I didn't have any grains and had just a bit of potato in my lentil soup
  • 1 oz raw nuts/seeds - I had 1 Tbsp ground flaxseed in my smoothie, other than that I had no nuts or seeds

Health and Happiness,

Amy