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Healthy Dessert

I have to admit…I am a Haagen Dazs lover. I can sit and eat a whole tub of vanilla chocolate almond. I just can’t stop at one bowl!

This obsession started with my first pregnancy and got worse with my second. It is one of the reasons I gained 84 and 75lbs while pregnant! Third pregnancy and I was able to cut back. Mainly because I hadn’t had dairy in over a year and could no longer stomach it. With two months to go (summer), I started to crave Pralines and Cream ice cream…and guess what…Hagen Dazs makes it! So I started bribing hubby to run to the store for the tubs of Pralines and Cream. I would eat the whole tub after the kids went to bed…but pay for it the next day.

Well now I’ve found a replacement! The other day, my son asked for ice cream. My kids only eat sugar free vanilla ice cream (I know, still not the healthiest) or an extra thick smoothie. This time he asked for banana ice cream. My kids are always asking for bananas but never eat them so I was a little hesitant. I don’t like bananas either but figured they’re cheap enough to experiment.

So I sliced up 6 bananas…spread them out on a cookie sheet and froze them. After a couple hours I took them out and tried blending them in my Blendtec. I had to keep adding water to not burn out the motor…this made it a little more runny then I wanted. But the consistency turned out perfect for my kids. I added 1 tsp of pure vanilla extract.

Such a simple thing but what a surprise! My kids and I devoured all of it! I made more today and poured it into little freezable containers. This simple banana ice cream is now my new addiction…and oh so healthy 🙂

Starting Fresh!

So, it’s Tuesday after our bad food long weekend.

Both my hubby and I felt rather sick after what we ate. My heartburn came back in full force too! We’re starting fresh today…and trying to simplify things a little.

Breakfast was a Tropical Green Smoothie for hubby. I used romaine lettuce instead of spinach. It was okay…but not great. I had usual Q’ia cereal with granola and coconut milk. Hubby had a carrot and a handful of peanuts for a snack. Lunch for hubby was leftover Warm Black Bean Potato Salad with Arugula Pesto and carrots. I had a toasted Ezekiel english muffin with Cashew Almond Butter.

For dinner, we had Pastore Brown Rice Pasta. Hubby had a homemade pasta (with meat and veggies). I went for an organic Arabiatta sauce that was super spicy! I attempted to make cauliflower garlic breadsticks. I did not include the eggs but did add cheddar cheese. It was delicious but didn’t stick together like it would have with eggs!!!  (This is the recipe I used ) I’ll need to try out some vegan variations!

Weekend Away

So far our weekend has been great…our diet…not so great! Tropical Green smoothies for breakfast. We met up with friends at Tim Hortons and the kids wanted Timbits. Hubby got a double double coffee and I had 4 chocolate Timbits 🙁
We took the kids to Centreville Amusement Park after having a nice picnic. Arbonne protein shake for me with cucumbers, strawberries, raspberries and blueberries. Hubby had some veggie sticks, cucumbers, berries and cheese. Not the most filling but easy!
Centreville was amazing! The kids loved all the rides. It’s a great park for the little ones.

After Centreville, we had a 3 hour drive up to a friends cottage. We were all starving and I was craving a poutine. This made for some terrible food choices! We ended up at Burger King…a large fries and a cheeseburger for hubby and a bacon Whopper and poutine for me. We both felt sick after!

Once we reached the cottage, dinner was waiting for us…chicken, asparagus, stuffed mushrooms (lots of cream cheese). Then we had a campfire…the rest of the weekend went completely downhill 🙁

I’m going to just skip the details…

Day 4

Today was a great day! Hubby and I both had our Tropical Green Smoothies for breakfast (with lime juice this time instead of a tangerine). Lunch for me was an Arbonne protein shake with water and a bowl of blueberries, raspberries and strawberries. Hubby had vegetarian sushi! He’s not a seafood eater and this is one of his favourite meals. Dinner was Warm Black Bean Potato Salad with Arugula Pesto (page 76 Forks Over KnivesThe Cookbook: Over 300 Recipes for Plant-Based Eating All Through the Year) and steamed green beans.

I have found this week that I am going to have to add more dishes to my dinners. Just making the one salad, like tonight, was not enough. My kids didn’t want to try it so we ended up cooking them some chicken and rinsing off the potatoes for them. I bought a new book, Deliciously Ella: 100+ Easy, Healthy, and Delicious Plant-Based, Gluten-Free Recipes, and cannot wait to try some of her recipes! I think I’ll be adding a salad and maybe a dessert of hers to my dinners.

I have been on many “diets” before but they mainly consisted of meal prepping large amounts of chicken, eggs and a vegetable. This new lifestyle is more involved and takes some planning. But the meals so far have been delicious and full of flavor! Now to get my kids on board!

I am heading off to a friend’s cottage for the weekend. It was a last minute decision and I didn’t have any time to meal prep some whole-food plant-based snacks. I have a feeling our new way of eating will be put on hold this weekend.

Going Green : Our whole-food Plant-based Journey

Today marks the third day of my husband and my journey to living a whole-food, plant-based lifestyle. We decided to start this journey after reading an article about the many chemicals that are found in the foods we love. Antibiotics in our chicken, hormones in our milk, etc. And then watching the documentary Forks Over Knives.

I am a stay-at-home mom of 2 (soon to be 3) and have always tried to be “green”. I have been recycling and composting for as long as I can remember. My family doesn’t use things like paper towels and napkins. And we use Norwex instead of chemical cleaners. Cleaning up our food seemed like the most natural next step.

I decided to blog our journey to keep us more accountable and in the future, maybe help others go green. This is my first attempt at blogging so I will apologize now if my posts aren’t the prettiest in the beginning 🙂 I will try to post every day what we’re eating and how our progress is going…enjoy!

Day 1, 2 and 3

So…I’m already a little behind posting. I’m 34 weeks pregnant and it has been a tiring week! Our meals have been going great though! All recipes for these 3 days have been taken from the Forks Over KnivesThe Cookbook: Over 300 Recipes for Plant-Based Eating All Through the Year. If I can find the links for the recipes, I will post them.

Day 1 my husband and I started with a Strawberry Peach Smoothie (page 39). My husband had his with hemp milk and I had mine with water. I also ate a bowl of my favourite cereal, Nature’s Path Q’ia Superfood Cranberry Vanilla. I know it’s not vegan but it’s oh so good…and once I finish the bag, I’ll attempt making my own! I eat this with coconut milk and 1/4 granola. Hubby snacked on unsalted peanuts and pistachios.

Lunch was a serving of FOK’s Mango Black Bean Salad (delicious! page 67) and dinner was Mujadara (page 211). The Mujadara is basically cartelized onion (without the use of oil), green lentils and brown basmati rice, with a few spices. I thought it was delicious as is, my husband added hummus but ate 2 servings! My kids (2 and 4) took one look and asked for chicken 🙁  I was so full, I didn’t even crave my usual bedtime snack.

Day 2 Hubby started off with the Mean Green Smoothie (page 37) and snacked on a granny smith apple, unsalted peanuts and pistachios. I choose to have my cereal for breakfast and saved my smoothie for lunch. I was a little hungry at snack time so had a protein smoothie with Arbonne’s Vanilla Protein mix (vegan-made with pea protein) and water…and leftover apple…from both kids. Hubby had leftover Mujadara with hummus and leftover Mango and Black Bean Salad. Dinner was FOK’s Black Bean and Rice Wraps (page 133). I forgot the rice but these were still delicious! I made my own guacamole instead of using the recipe in the book. Of course…the only thing my kids liked was the wrap!

Day 3 Hubby started with a Tropical Green Smoothie (page 38), which I had  for a late morning snack…this was by far my favourite smoothie ever! Neither of us added the cayenne pepper though. For breakfast I had a toasted Ezekiel english muffin with almond-cashew butter. The kids and I were at a friend’s for a playdate and before I realized, it was 230! Our friend served sesame bagels and was able to tempt me with a toasted bagel and margarine! It wasn’t the worst cheat in the world but it did make my heartburn come back! I hadn’t suffered at all since starting our new “lifestyle” on Tuesday. Hubby took the leftover black bean mix from last night and ate it with a toasted ezekiel english muffin. Dinner was super quick tonight, Gardein’s Mandarin Orange Crispy Chick’n and a cucumber!

We both upped our water intake. I’ve always drank a lot anyways but have increased it a little. Hubby is now drinking 90-100 ounces per day. He commented tonight on how great he feels. We’ll see if he can avoid the bar food after playing hockey tonight…lol.