Wednesday, June 29, 2011

WIAW #5

I feel like I have to give a little bit of an explanation for the last picture. It's a pie. Tuesday was Tau day. Tau is equal to 2 Pi. Pi = 3.14..., so Tau = 6.28... thus Tau day would be on the 28th of June. It's a blueberry pie with a recipe from Christina Pirello. You can see the video here or see the recipe here. Below is a video, made on Pi day, explaining why Pi is wrong.



Now, on to what the post is really about... :)




Brekky: Steel cut oats cooked in soy milk, topped with a peach compote I made (OM NOM NOM so good) with a side of lightly steamed spinach


Snack: A peach and two plums


Lunch: Veggie spring rolls. I have to credit Morgan of Little House of Veggies for her recipe on how to make these or else I'd be clueless. They're amazing and soooo easy to make. I didn't make any of her sauces this time because I don't have any nut/seed butters ATM or any mint, but I bet that they'd be amazing as well. Seriously, go check out her blog. All the recipes of hers I've tried have been amazing. Apparently I really like the word amazing. Whatevsies :)


Dinner: Green smoothie! In this I had half a honeydew melon, a piece of cuke, a handful of grapes, a few handfuls of spinach, some soy milk and two drops of french vanilla stevia. YUM. It was really cooling, too, and it was one of the first green smoothies I've had that was actually GREEN. They're usually brown/purple thanks to the frozen berries I use. Not this time.


Dessert: PIE! I didn't have the whole thing (obviously) and the crust kind of sucked (I had a feeling it would suck when I was making it because it kept falling apart) but you don't eat pie for the crust, right? I should point out that I didn't use the crust or topping she suggested, because I used my own spelt flour instead of WW pastry flour, and for the topping I used brown rice flour instead of almond meal and quick oats. I should have used brown rice flour and some xantham gum for the crust, because my flour wasn't finely ground enough. Oh well. The inside is AMAZING. Again with the amazing... sheesh.


Also, for everyone following me via Google Reader, I'm sorry for all the posts I've published by accident and then unpublished. My computer won't charge so I'm using my mom's, and it's a total pain in the you-know-what. I don't know which key it is that I'm pressing when it publishes by accident, but when I find out I'll be sure to set up an alarm system that will go off whenever my fingers get close.

What looks the best? Did you do anything to celebrate Tau day? Did you even know it was a thing? Are you as much of a math/science nerd as me? Probably not. Calculus and physics were my favourite classes, and math always came easy for me. What kind of post do you want to see next? About me, honey/bees, a recipe...

Monday, June 27, 2011

I herd u liek dolphinz

I really hope at least one of you got that reference.

Have you seen The Cove? I've heard from a lot of my omni friends that once they see it, they're totally disgusted by the brutal slaughter of those innocent animals, and that they just want to hug and/or save all the dolphins. However, none of them ever make the connection with other animals. I'm pretty sure I've told everyone I know that they need to see Earthlings, but from what I've heard (or rather, from what I haven't heard) none of them have seen the whole thing. Really, all they're interested in doing is saving the dolphins.

Except they're not saving them at all. When you go to zoos, circuses and places like Sea World, you're supporting - nay, FUNDING - the exploitation of animals. Animals that were meant to be in the wild. Animals that were taken from their homes in the wild. Animals that really really don't want to be living in a bathtub.

But Steph, you say, I don't go to the zoo or the circus and after seeing what goes on with the dolphins, I'd never even think about going to Sea World. I'm doing all I can for my finned friends, right? Wrong.

If you're buying any animal products, whether it's factory farmed or organic, free-range, grass-fed, humane, walked-itself-to-the-slaughter-house-cause-it-was-so-damn-happy-to-die-for-you, you're contributing to the greatest contributor for global warming. Thought biking to work made you green? Not if you're still eating animals. A vegan in a hummer has a smaller carbon footprint than a meat-eater on a bike, because the meat industry puts out more greenhouse gas emissions than all of transportation combined. That's not from some crazy vegan organization, that's from the UN, and they advocate transitioning to a vegan, plant-strong diet to help slow down climate change. How does that affect the dolphins? Well, if you're putting out more emissions with your cheeseburger than with your car, then you're responsible for more greenhouse gases being put out into the atmosphere, like CO2 and methane. Greenhouse gases trap some of the heat from sunlight instead of having it come down and go out through the atmosphere back into space. Of course, our atmosphere would trap some heat anyways, but the greenhouse gases exemplify this effect, hence the name greenhouse gases.


More greenhouse gases -> more solar radiation being trapped in our atmosphere -> more heating of our planet -> rise in temperature of the oceans -> change in salinity and acidity of the ocean

Did you know that when you combine water with carbon dioxide with water you create an acid? Did you know that happens in the atmosphere? Did you know that falls down to the earth as acid rain, and can cause damage to soil, forests, aquatic life and even buildings. Some of this would happen even if we all went veg and stopped driving and grew our own food and lived as nudists in trees or whatever, because of natural processes like when lightening strikes and volcanic eruptions and, you know, breathing or "respiration," but Mother Nature sure didn't plan on us adding to it, or else all this stuff wouldn't be happening.

Before (source)

After (source)

Even the tiniest change in the pH of water in our oceans (and streams, rivers, lakes and whatnot, because everything is connected. Remember that) can throw off the whole ecosystem. Because of global warming, the oceans are getting hotter and the pH is changing. This is doing some major damage to coral reefs. Coral reefs are like the rain forests of the sea, thanks to their high biodiversity (though they are unlike rain forests as rain forests are carbon sinks, as in they absorb a great deal of carbon dioxide, but coral reefs are not). Remember when I said everything is connected? (You better! It was in this paragraph, for crying out loud) Well, when you kill off one species, you end up throwing off the whole ecosystem. It's a delicate balance, and if you eliminate (or add in) something, it throws everything off.


We've all seen that chart, or at least something similar to it, right? If a portion of the cycle is taken out, then the group below it may grow out of control, and the population of the one above it may start to decline. If it's gradual and natural, then the ecosystems can adapt to find balance. However, if it, it being climate change, is happening as quickly as it is now, the ecosystems don't have the opportunity to fix themselves and are on the path to total destruction. Add overfishing to that and we've really got a problem.

How does this relate to our dear dolphins? Well, if they don't have food because their food doesn't have food (and their food doesn't have food, and so on and so forth), then they'll, you know, die too. They might also get caught in fishing nets, especially tuna nets. Doesn't it seem sick and cruel to kill animals for food, and then kill innocent animals that most people wouldn't dream of eating in the process? Or maybe that's just me.


It's not just about the animals, though. Even if you eat plants and only plants, you still might be contributing to environmental destruction. Since this post is getting pretty long winded (did you expect anything less from me? ;) ) I'll save that for another post, more specifically the post I told you about on honey and bees, if I remember correctly.

Can you guess what the next post is going to be about? I don't mean bees and honey or dolphins, I mean what connects the two.
Have you seen The Cove or Earthlings? I want to do a post on all the documentaries I've seen, because I love them all so much. Have you seen any you think I should see?
What have you done to save the dolphins? Are you for saving the environment, or do you have bigger fish to fry?*


*Pun intended ;) IMO, saving the environment is the single most important thing we can do. Going vegan (not junk-food eat-Oreos-and-tofu-all-day vegan, but the kind I'll talk about in the bee post) is the best thing you can do for the health of the environment, the animals, and people. It's okay if you don't agree with me. Just know that there are a number of people who do, and whose opinions are backed up by science and stuff. But that's just me.

Fun things to check out, some of which are kind of unrelated but not really, because like I said, everything is connected. Every single decision you make has an effect on everything else in the whole world. Don't for a second think you're insignificant:
The Cove

Earthlings <- You can watch the whole thing online! I've seen the whole movie and the trailer a few times and I still cry every time. Open yourself to change. Don't be afraid. Change is inevitable, so resisting it is only going to make it harder. You'll only wish you had made the change sooner. It takes nothing away from a human to be kind to an animal.

FLOW: For The Love of Water <- What got me into documentaries and, you know, caring about stuff. Actually that's only partially true. I saw Meet Your Meat, which got me caring about animals. FLOW got me thinking about things other than the animals that used to be on my plate.

Confessions of an Eco-Terrorist <- I still have yet to see this, but the trailer really gets me going. It may or may not have something to do with my choice in what I want to do with my life. Again, more on that later.

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society <- If I could choose my dream job, it would be volunteering for them. Seriously. Possibly more on that at some point, like if I do an "About Me" post. Would you guys be interested in that?

Warming oceans cause largest movement of marine species in two million years

The ocean is totally screwed <- In brackets there should be "As long as we keep doing what we're doing"

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

WIAW #4

It's that time again (I feel like I've used that "opening line" before, but I'll go with it)...




Brekky: Green juice with a head of lettuce, three stalks of celery, a third of a bunch of dandelion greens (the ONLY bunch I could find this week in the two stores I go to), half a cuke, a piece of daikon, half a lemon, two little gold beets and a Hugh Jass piece of ginger. I also had a glass of water with a teaspoon of psyllium husk powder and a tablespoon of liquid bentonite clay. I'm hoping it will clear my skin, because I've tried everything else and nothing else has worked. Beautiful insides mean beautiful outsides. On a somewhat related note, if you wouldn't drink your moisturizer (or toner, or cleanser, or body wash, or soap, or self tanner), then don't put it on your face. Just sayin'.



Chem class: I'm making my own sauerkraut!


I made like, a quarter of this recipe because I don't have enough glass containers into which I can put plates/tiny ice cream bowls.


WMBAW, aka What My Brother Ate Wednesday: I made him a strawberry bloob raspberry nanner hemp smoothie and had a few sips. Cool story, bro.


I also made him guac and chips, but apparently he doesn't like guac. He took the chips, though, which is weird because those chips don't taste like anything. I grabbed a handful of chips and devoured the guac. So good, and so simple. Just mash up a ripe avocado with a fork, squeeze in the juice of a lime (you can use a lemon if you don't have/don't like limes, or ACV... or nothing), and add a pinch of celtic sea salt, some pepper, and a tiny bit of cayenne. Guac in five three. It takes longer to locate the ingredients than it takes to actually make it. Eating it up is only a little bit longer.


Lunch: Half a can of Amy's refried beans (I'm not a fan of canned things since most brands, even the organic ones, use BPA in the packaging, but I had to use it up. You know how it is. Also, yes, half a can. I ate the rest of the can with a spoon. SO GOOD), some local spinach and a few tomato slices on spelt sourdough bread (yeast free and local and super clean! Yay!) grilled with some EVOO on the bread. I would have totes used coconut oil (I love me some coconut oil), but it was upstairs and I didn't want to run and get it. #DefinitionOfLazy
I also had a dinky little salad with spinach, cabbage, carrots and EVOO.


Dinner: A bowl of berries with brown rice syrup (I could live on that stuff. Nay, I want to live on that stuff) and cinnamon x2, not because I was hungry or needed more calories, but because it tasted so damn good. Again, you know how it is.


Again with the bread... I think I'm gonna do a real WIAW tomorrow. I feel like this one was kind of boring, and again not very representative of what I eat most of the time. I was thinking as I was doing yoga today (is that the point or is it against the purpose of doing yoga? I'm not sure) that maybe the reason why I gravitate towards bread on Tuesdays is because I get stressed out about WIAW and feel like I need to please people. That probably definitely doesn't make any sense, but whatever. I feel like I leave out a lot of stuff about my life/my thoughts and stuff because people would judge me. IRL I don't care what people think about me so I don't have a CLUE as to why I would care what people online thought about me. I'm done with being safe or caring about what other people think. This is my blog. If I wanna bitch, I'm gonna bitch. If I want to share some kooky "extreme" shit I'm doing and not worry that people are going to say I'm eating a restrictive diet because I don't regularly consume large amounts of fats (want cramps at that time of month? Eat a high fat diet) or indulge in cupcakes and cookies often (and if I do, I always make it "healthy". I feel like crap if I don't. No, not guilty, but like crap. Headaches, stomach aches, unmotivated for a few days. Not worth it) and live off of salads, then I will share it. If I wanna drink clay, then I will. I've been kind of down on blogging recently, so I think it's time I start doing what I really want to do, not what I think other people would be happy to see.

Just letting you guys know :)

Also I'm making a blueberry pie sometime next week. Vegan (duh), cane sugar-free, wheat-free and DELICIOUS, or so the recipe looks to be. I think I might also do a post on honey. I <3 the bees and unfortunately they have even less of a voice than farm animals. Maybe I'll do a food philosophy post too. Who knows? (Not me)

What did you eat today? Have you juiced before? If so, have you juiced daikon and/or dandelion greens? Do you like ginger? What's the weirdest, most out there thing you've done for your health? Drinking clay is up there ;)

Bloggy Love

I've been meaning to do one of these for quite a while now but haven't gotten around to doing one for some reason (which may or may not have something to do with laziness and procrastination, but SHHH, don't tell).

There are only two entries in this edition of bloggy love, though there are many more that I would have liked to share with you but have forgotten about.

Detox Time! - A Healthy Passion
I've been interested in food combining for a while but haven't really looked into it much (does that even make sense? HAH) other than don't eat concentrated proteins with concentrated carbs (meat and potatoes diet = no-no for food combining), eat fruit alone on an empty stomach, and don't drink liquids with meals ("I need something to wash this down"), and I kind of follow it sometimes but now, with the help of some handy dandy charts I can commit to it for a period of time to see if it works for me.

All "Restriction" is Not Created Equal - Choosing Raw
Uh, yeah, LOVE IT. Duh. Gena (I totally always mispronounce her name in my head and then correct myself. I'm terrified that if I met her I'd mess up and look like a total dork) is totes brillo. I like that she says it's "selective" rather than "restrictive." I've noticed that a lot of people I've met have seen my veganism as being restrictive. On my Italy trip last Spring break, this guy told me he thought I had an ED because I was only eating salads, and dinky little iceberg lettuce + tomatoes + canned corn salads at that. Totally not my fault, because that's all the restaurants would give me. If only he knew what kind of food I ate at the time (lots of baked goods - hence the title of my blog, grains, beans, nut butters, fruits and veggies). Also there's a picture of my fave ice cream of all time. Just saying.

Is there anything you've found recently that you think I should read?

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

WIAW #3

Let's just get into it, shall we?



Brekky: half a honeydew melon, filled with one banana mushed up with a fork, topped with strawbs, bloobs, coconut and raisins, aka BEST BREKKY EVER.


Lunchie: four nanners frozen and blended with french vanilla stevia, strawberries, cinnamon and nutmeg for some banana soft serve, topped with coconut and raisins (see a pattern? ;) )


Dinnie: half a head of red leaf lettuce, some carrots, some celery, TONS of ginger and an apple. It didn't need the apple. It was freakishly sweet. I'm so used to having dandelion greens (not a beginner green) in my green juice that it threw me off quite a bit.


Sandwich on sprouted bread with sun-dried tomato basil pinto bean hummus, avocado, sliced tomatoes and cracked pepper, grilled with coconut oil in my panini pan. Best sandwich ever, but it would have been even better if I didn't run out of sprouts the day before.


Some detox tea with burdock root and some other stuff, though I wish it was Kukicha tea, some grapes, some raisins, a nectarine and some peas.


Snackie: Popcorn with the most amaaazing sauce ever. I melted some coconut oil and mixed it with cinnamon, brown rice syrup and barley malt, and then mixed in some raisins and poured it on top. Ooooh my peas.


Yup, more fruit. I luuurve strawberries.


As you can probably tell, I had some fun making my pictures pretty. Instagram is my new bff ;)

Do you grow your own sprouts? I do! Have you ever had banana soft-serve (or some other kind of ice cream) for a meal? Do you eat weird food for WIAW too? Seriously, I get cravings for bread on Tuesdays, and Tuesdays only. I don't think my WIAW posts are really representative of what I eat most of the time. Oh well :)

Friday, June 10, 2011

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

WIAW #2

It's that time again...



Please excuse the horrible pictures. I gobbled up all my food before I stopped to make sure they looked nice. Whoops.

Brekky: Mochi waffle with brown rice syrup, half an apple chopped up on top and cinnamon; green monster (except it totes wasn't green, but whatever) with berries, a frozen nanner, some vanilla extract, almond milk, and all the greens I could stuff in there; the rest of the apple on the side + an unpictured klean kanteen full of water. I drink like four a day every day, btw. Stay hydrated, kiddies.


Lunchie: I thought the bread was spelt bread, but it had whole wheat flour as the first ingredient. I do not do well with wheat, but whatever. Two slices of bread, one with PB and the other with brown rice syrup and shredded coconut, kind of like a vegan PB and honey; another apple; green grapes.


Snacky snack while making dinner: The rest of my Kombucha gingerade from the day before; grapes; a date.


Dinns: Vegan home-made ravioli made with spelt flour, with brown mushrooms, spinach, sundried tomatoes, garlic, lemon juice and sunflower seeds on the inside; stuffed eggplant made by my nonna with rice, mushrooms, and the eggplant she scooped out inside; watermelon; swiss chard and asparagus pan-seared in water and tamari.


Here's the filling. First I put some water and tamari in a pan to heat it up, and then added the mushrooms and sundried tomatoes, then the garlic, and then wilted the spinach a bit. Then I threw in some sake for good measure. Holy man did my house ever smell good! I blended up the sunflower seeds, lemon juice, some pepper, some garlic, and some tamari, and then added that to the rest after I took it off the heat. I used this filling as a sub for Mama Pea's ravioli, and for the sauce I just blended up a locally-grown tomato and heated it up, again with some sake, salt and pepper, and threw in some dried basil. Also, for the pasta outside, I just used 1 1/2 cups spelt flour, some olive oil, water, and 1 1/2 tsp xanthan gum.


Not enough greens and not enough raw food, but it's no biggie :)

Did you do WIAW? What looks the best?

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Raw Carrot Ginger Soup

I'd like to thank you all for your wonderful comments on my last post. I <3 all the vegan love :)

Yesterday I was really craving some soup, but I didn't have a lot of veggies in my fridge and remembered I saw this video, from which I got inspiration for this recipe. I know it's not the prettiest soup (read: it's the ugliest soup known to mankind. Mmm, brown soup) but seriously, it's sooo delicious. If you like carrots and ginger half as much as I do, I'd bet that you'd love this soup.

Carrot Ginger Soup


Serves 2

5-6 medium to large carrots
1 inch piece of ginger
1/2 of an avocado
cumin, to taste
pepper, to taste
sea salt, to taste
toppings: I used raw corn, home-grown sprouts and tomatoes which was deeeelish, but I bet bell peppers, red onion and some paprika would be really good on this too. Have fun with it!

Juice your carrots and ginger.* I also juiced a few pieces of kale but I doubt it would change the flavour if you didn't use it. In a blender or food processor (I used my Magic Bullet and it worked well for once!) blend together the juice, avocado, and seasonings. Pour into bowls and top with your toppings of choice.

*If you don't have a juicer, you could try blending the carrots and ginger with some water and straining it through a cheese cloth or nut milk bag. If you don't care about it being raw, then you could steam the carrots and blend them with some veggie broth instead of juicing.

What's your favourite raw food recipe? Have you ever tried raw soup?

Friday, June 3, 2011

Why I'm a Vegan

There are a lot of things I don't get. One of them is people who say they're going against veganism, and they're okay with it because they didn't do it for the animals, and that it was purely for health purposes. Now they feel something missing, and they feel the need to consume animals and their products to fill that void. Maybe the answer isn't going to be in using your body as a graveyard. You might find some fulfillment in adding other things to your life, like compassion for all beings no matter the species.

When people ask me why I'm a vegan, I don't have just one answer. My decisions I am more complex than that. I'm a vegan because I don't believe in exploitation. I'm a vegan because I want to limit the pain and suffering I'm responsible for in this world. I'm a vegan because I don't think killing, especially for selfish desires like taste, is ever the right thing to do. I'm a vegan because I'm thankful for all that I have, and I don't want to ruin all that the planet has been given to me. I'm a vegan because I don't want to fill my body with crap that I know has the potential to ruin, and sometimes even take away, countless lives from diseases that need never exist. I'm a vegan because it's the only "diet" on which it is possible to thrive, because I don't want to get out of life just surviving. I'm a vegan because I love life in all its forms, and I want to do all that I can to preserve that. I'm a vegan because I want to be the eternal peace everyone's talking about, and I don't see how all the other BS fits into that.


"Any society, any nation, is judged on the basis of how it treats its weakest members; the last, the least, the littlest."
- Cardinal Roger Mahony (1998)

Limiting yourself to just one facet for your decisions can be dangerous, and leaves room for you to fall back on them. Expand your consciousness and let yourself grow in ways you didn't think possible.

This post was sparked by Chef Katelyn's most recent post. I left a comment should anyone want to read it. Kind of similarly (okay, not really, but if you squint hard mould it a bit then you can see the resemblance) is this post by Gena at Choosing Raw that I absolutely adore, though I love pretty much everything about Gena. Gena also did a post at JL Goes Vegan a while ago on the ethics of veganism, which, as expected, I love.

I'm not asking any questions today. If you feel compelled to comment, then comment away. If not, then don't. I'm a vegan, but I don't judge.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

My First WIAW

Hey guys :)
As you can tell by the title, this is my first What I Ate Wednesday, and it's actually what I ate on Wednesday, which is why I'm posting this on Thursday.


Brekky: kamut cereal cooked in water, topped with an oddly liquid-y banana strawberry vanilla soft serve, some bloobs, some strawbs, a frozen banana slice and some cinnamon.


Morning Snack: grapes!


Lunch: Hugh Jass salad with mixed baby greens, bok choy, local carrots, local-ish tofu (btw, I had the last bit in this lunch. Sad times), roasted gold beets, roasted potatoes from Planet Organic, raisins and balsamic vinegar, as well as a panini on a 9 grain triangle bun with a creamy sunflower seed tomato pasta sauce (SO GOOD), spinach and arugula, and some more local-ish tofu. I had some warm water with lemon, too, because I don't have my fave tea in my house atm and I wanted a hot drink.


Afternoon/pre-workout snack: a pear, some bloobs and some more grapes

Dinner: delicious salad with baby greens, strawbs, bloobs, corn, avocado, soaked sunflower seeds, raisins and balsamic vinegar.


Dessert/Snacky snack while watching the Boston game: Air-popped popcorn with a drizzle of olive oil and some pepper.


Not pictured: the handfuls of bloobs and grapes eaten in front of the fridge/while preparing meals. You know how it is ;)

So that's what I ate on Wednesday.
What looks the best to you? What was the best thing you ate on Wednesday? Which team do you want to win the Stanley Cup? I'm going for Boston!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

ABC's of Food

I've been seeing this ABC's of food thing pop up on lots of blogs lately, namely Chelsey's, Gabriela's, and Emily's, and after seeing it on Katelyn's blog, I decided I just had to do it.

A is for Apple: What’s your favorite variety?

Fuji, Ambrosia or Pink Lady, in that order.

B is for Bread: Regardless of nutrition, what is your favourite type?
I'm not a huge fan of bread, but when I do get bread, I get the stuff from Planet Organic that doesn't have very many ingredients, and I'm pretty sure there's a local one with spelt flour, carrots and raisin syrup. Or I make my own.


C is for Cereal: What is your favourite kind currently? (just one!)
Eh, I'm not a fan of cereal because it doesn't fill me up AT ALL, but when I do eat cereal, I like Kamut Puffs with a whole ton of raisins, sliced banana and some non-dairy milk.

D is for Donuts: You might not currently eat them, but what kind do you fancy?
OH that's easy. Boston cream donuts. I need to make some that are sugar free. Actually now that I think about it, I think the Babycakes NYC cookbook has a recipe for Boston cream cupcakes. They would probably use agave, but I could easily sub in brown rice syrup and maple syrup. Speaking of delish things, who else is absolutely in love with maple butter? I COULD LIVE ON THIS STUFF. I can't have it in the house anymore because like, every twenty minutes I'll go for a spoonful because it's sooo addictive, but so expensive.

E is for Eggs: How would you like yours prepared?
Gross. I haaaate eggs. Always have, always will. It came from a chicken's vajay. Grody.

F is for Fat Free: What is your favorite fat free product?
I like whole foods. Whole foods contain a mix of fat, carbs and protein. No whole food is truly fat free, so I don't like "fat free" products. If we're talking naturally low fat, then I'd say fruits and veggies, especially greens. And sweet potatoes. Oooh my peas, yesterday I had the best sweet potato ever, and I didn't even put anything on it. It was that good by itself :)'''

G is for Groceries: Where do you purchase yours?
Planet Organic and Amaranth. When I was in Vancouver, I got everything at Whole Foods.

H: is for Hot Beverages: What is your favorite hot drink?
Kukicha tea! It's sooo good. It's made from the same plant as green tea, but instead of using the leaves, kukicha tea uses the, uh, twigs/stems/other parts. It has way less caffeine, and it's alkalizing. Oh, and it's super delish. I could drink this stuff all day. Second fave would be warm water with lemon slices. Is that weird? I think it tastes good :D

I is for Ice Cream: Pick a favorite flavor and add a fun topping.
Anything by Luna and Larry's Coconut Bliss. Seriously. Anything and everything. It's too good to choose! It's really really really good when topped with Morgan's raw spiced chocolate truffles, or maybe some organic raspberries. :)
J is for Jams or Jellies: Do you eat them? If so, what kind and flavor?
I like Crofter's Just Fruit Jam. I like all their flavours, but I'm totally in love with anything strawberry, so if I had to choose, I'd say strawberry.

K is for Kashi: Name your favorite Kashi product?
None? All of the stuff that I've seen either has sugar or honey. I don't eat either of those, so I don't do Kashi. Even if it didn't have sugar or honey I still wouldn't eat Kashi products, because like I said above, I like whole foods, not processed foods.

L is for Lunch: What was yours today?
Hugh Jass salad, panini, and lemons in warm water. Om nom nom :)

M is for microwave: What is your favorite microwave meal/snack?
I'm not a fan of the microwave, but when I use it, it's usually to heat up some non-dairy milk in a pretty glass topped with cinnamon and nutmeg. It's sooo good :)'''

N is for nutrients: Do you like carbs, fats, or proteins best?
Carbs! Every cell in your body runs on glucose, and we have sugar sensors on the tip of our tongue (cats have amino sensors on the tip of their tongue, and they run more efficiently on proteins. They should eat meat, not us). If you wanna thrive, eat a high carb diet!

O is for oil: What kind do you like to use?
I kind of see oil as a processed food (I'm probably sounding totally restricting and picky so far with this survey, but trust me, I eat a whooole ton of yummy foods and I don't starve myself to stay "perfect") so I don't use it often, but sometimes as a fun treat (weirdo... ;) ) I'll use some olive oil on my salad. Other than that, the only oil I use is unrefined coconut oil. Though it's high in saturated fat, it's a cleaner oil than olive oil, and it goes through your system and doesn't store as fat. I use it instead of butter/Earth Balance, and I use it on my skin as a moisturizer/lotion. OH and I do oil pulling in the morning.

P is for protein: How do you get yours?
I like beans, lentils, greens, and sometimes seeds, but everything has protein and we really don't need to worry about protein. As long as you're getting a variety of whole foods every day and are eating enough to satisfy your hunger, your protein needs will be met. Most people actually get too much protein, and yet people are so worried about not getting enough. When was the last time you heard about someone with protein deficiency? Never? It doesn't exist!

Q is for Quaker: How do you like your oats?
Thick, creamy, warm, and cooked in lots of water, maybe with a few bananas cooked in too.

R is for roasting: What is your favourite thing to roast?
Gold beets. They're in my salad today and they are the bomb.com

S is for sandwich: What’s your favourite kind?
The one I'm having right now. My mom got these 9 grain triangle buns and so for lunch, along with my Hugh Jass salad, I'm having a panini with some local-ish marinated tofu, spinach and arugula mix, and a creamy tomato pasta sauce that I made with soaked sunflower seeds, water, tomato, dried basil, garlic, sea salt and pepper, kind of inspired by Angela's recipe. It's sooo freaking good, guys.

T is for travel: How do you handle eating while traveling?
I just realized that I haven't really gone anywhere (other than Vancouver, but when my mom and I first got there we only went to vegan restaurants, so it wasn't hard finding good food for me to eat) since I've gone veg, and before I went veg I wasn't a terribly healthy eater when I went out. I mean, I thought I was healthy, but it turns out that meat and cheese and all that fun stuff isn't really good for you. Anyway, I like to use Happy Cow to find vegan, vegetarian, and veg-friendly restaurants around where I'm at. Below is one of the meals my mom and I shared when we went to Gorilla Food in Vancouver. I got the Creamy Dream Avocado Carrot and Basil soup, which came with raw hummus and raw bread, my mom got the Nice Bowl, and we shared the Mix-up salad with Avocado Ginger dressing. Three words: Best. Salad. Ever. I also got the Strawberry Zing smoothie, and we tried a whole bunch of their desserts, including the carrot cake (my fave carrot cake of all time, and that's saying a lot), the chocolate hempseed pie, the dark raw chocolate fudge (enjoyed in our hotel room, where we wished we had gotten enough to fill a swimming pool) and some other little treats. The day before (yes, we went twice in two days. It was toooo good!) I got the pesto pizza, and it was really good too. I think my mom got one of the sandwiches. I don't have any pictures from the first day because my phone died, though. Also isn't it kind of amazing that I remembered all that? If you're in Van, you HAVE to go there.


U is for unique: What is one of your weirdest food combos?
Uh, I put raisins in my salad. Oh and sometimes, when I have romaine lettuce and wonderfully ripe bananas, I slice some bananas on top of the romaine. It's delish. Or I'll put some raw almond butter on the banana and put that in a romaine lettuce leaf wrap. Again, so delish, but not really weird.

V is for vitamins: What kind do you take?
Other than the occasional B12, I don't take vitamins. I used to be really good at taking B12, and I used to take a multivitamin, but you really don't need vitamins to be healthy if you're eating a variety of whole foods.

W is for wasabi: Yay or nay?
Yay! I loove wasabi. Sushi isn't sushi for me without wasabi.

X is XRAY: If we xrayed your belly right now, what food would we see?
Hugh Jass salad and a deeeelish panini. :D

Y is for youth: What food reminds you of your childhood?
Grilled cheese sandwiches, grapes, warm chocolate chip cookies, gnocchi, and shell pasta with ricotta. Below are some veganized versions. The one on top is a vegan grilled chreeze sandwich with steamed red chard from my Nonna's garden, and the one below that shows the stuffed manicotti pasta with tofu ricotta and organic tomato sauce on top, which was then baked and eaten with teary eyes (I made it the day before I went to Italy, and it was the day I found out whether or not I was accepted to my dream schools. Nope, even though EVERYONE told me I was gonna get in. Ugh). At least it tasted good. Also, I totally thought I found the recipe on Little House of Veggies, but I just looked and couldn't find it, so I have no idea where I found it. Who knows, maybe I made it up :D


Z is for zucchini: How do you prepare it?
Raw and chopped on salads, roasted, on the grill, or as raw zucchini noodles.