daily smoothie

candy bar smoothie

veganmofo

It’s my third cookbook review of Mofo, and again, I am giving away a copy to a lucky reader!

I am also sharing with you a recipe from the book – for one of the best smoothies I have ever had. Really, Jason keeps asking for it, I keep making it. I mean, a candy bar smoothie?

Yes, it really tastes like a candy bar. Adding the protein is what we generally do, and [click to continue…]

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spiced kabocha smoothie

veganmofo

This weekend I wanted to be in at least three places at once. IFBC was happening in Seattle, Feast was feeding Portland extremely well, and one of my favorite weekends in Portland was here – Portland Veg Fest.

Veg Fest won.

and that means I won.

I was able to represent Attune this weekend, and spend it with one of my favorite people, JL. We always have such fun, and keep finding things we have in common. I’ve known JL for a few years now, and I just feel such joy when I see her.

Veg Fest was fantastic as always. I met Dr McDougall, I was lucky enough to [click to continue…]

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flu-fighting red grape cooler

Zowie.

I had some kind of flu bug for two whole weeks. I still have the cough, and while it did not turn into pneumonia like several people thought, my face was insomuchpain from [click to continue…]

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raspberry-chia cream smoothie

The “you catch more bees with honey…” sentiment really is true – I have [click to continue…]

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tropical mango orange smoothie

So many of you are asking after Dad and how he is doing (and again, we are eternally grateful for all of the support) – I know I have not really updated lately. Dad went back into the hospital after [click to continue…]

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juice defense

The news tells us this year the flu is the worst ever.

My schedule is jam packed right now – not complaining at all, I am having FUN – and I am tired.

I am afraid to breathe when someone sneezes or coughs in public.

I am using antibac gel like body lotion.

I’m not a doctor, and I am not going to list immune defense properties of the veggies I am currently inhaling in raw and juiced forms. I will tell you that the first six ingredients of this recipe were picked for their vitamins, minerals, antioxidants – feel good energy for me!

The cherries, mango and pineapple were added for sweet flavor. When I finished taking photos, I blended a banana in as well, taking this well over the 24 ounce mark. One huge jar of deliciousness will hopefully help me fight all the bugs out there.

juice defense - wellness wednesday

healthy defense juice

1 lemon, peeled
1 golden beet
1 handful broccoli
4 large carrots
1 clove garlic, peeled
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
handful cherries, pitted
1/2 cup frozen mango
1/2 cup pineapple

Juice lemon, beet, broccoli, carrots and garlic. Pour into blender with apple cider vinegar, cherries, mango and pineapple – blend until smooth. Enjoy immediately.

juicing for wellness

*holds jar of juice in the air* Cheers!

 

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…because wine is a staple, right? I can think of a few girls who will agree with me.

Yesterday Jason took the day off, and we toured the Street of Dreams. We love going each year, and this year was especially fun because we had our new house in mind.

We are planning to remodel our kitchen and I have drawn plans for what we want, but I was looking for things I may not know about that I may just have to have! We were both looking for furniture and decor inspiration as well, and we came home with a stack of magazines, brochures and ideas.

I will share more soon, but right now this is a What I Ate Street of Dreams Day, instagram and phone photo style.

Complete with wine staples. Like juice!

Breakfast was a juiced smoothie – carrot, beet, apple, ginger juice – blended with spinach and banana. Tasty, energizing and filling!

I also had a piece of tahini avocado toast before we left the house.

Our tickets to the tour included two drinks – beer or wine.

Summer staple, right there. We stopped after house number five, sat and enjoyed a crisp and cool chardonnay.

After two more houses, the tour was complete and we were hungry! Off we went to Native Foods Café

Jason had tacos. I didn’t taste them, because sheesh do you see all the cilantro on them?! They were filled with quinoa, beans, guacamole, all kinds of love. He said they were fantastic.

The side he chose was Lemon Dill Potato Salad – which I did try, and it was fantastic. Fresh and bright.

My choice was the daily special – the Classic Deli Reuben:

I chose sweet potato fries as my side, and dipped them in The Most Glorious Ranch I have ever tasted. (Let the record show, I have tasted a lot of ranch).

The reuben? Amazing.

Jason had a gluten free beer, of which he said “yeah, it was good. those gluten free beers don’t have much body, you know?” and I loved my lavender lemonade. Lots of body…?

Dessert:

A cardamom rose cupcake.

I was excited about this one, because I love rosewater flavored desserts, but honestly, this rose frosting was way too strong. I loved the cardamom cake, though, and the ratio of frosting to cake? Perfect.

All in all, a great day. I always love the Street of Dreams tour, and this one has motivated me to finish unpacking and hanging artwork, start on the painting and decor projects I have in mind, and get contractors in here to bid on the kitchen!

…and Native Foods Café? You will be seeing me again very soon. I have a plan to enjoy each and every item on your menu…

 

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with pureed raspberries.

Today is my last day of class. I have mixed emotions – I do not want it to end, our group is so fun and I could spend many more days cooking and learning. I am also excited for it to end, so I can get in my own kitchen and start creating! I have so many new ideas my mind is reeling.

I will miss these new friends I have made (many traveled to be here), and I am giddy happy to have been taught by Mark Reinfeld, a supremely talented and accomplished chef who makes plant based and raw diets exciting, fun and accessible.

The past few days have been focused on raw foods, no cooking. In the mornings before class I have been eating raw at home, and enjoying my daily juice. This morning I poured the fresh juice into the blender with some fresh raspberries, making a smoothie. Bright, sweet and tart.

bright breakfast blend

serves two

8-9 large carrots
1 golden beet
2 apples
1 inch piece ginger
1/2 pint raspberries

Juice carrots, beet, apples and ginger, transfer to blender. Add raspberries and blend on high power until smooth, about 1 minute.

Cheers, happy Friday!

 

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