I am not an impulsive person, especially when it comes to household items. I shopped for a TV stand for three years before I found one I really liked. It took me roughly 2 years to choose my couch and bedroom set/mattress.What can I say? Furniture and appliances probably last longer than the average marriage. It’s a big commitment, so you need to choose wisely. Since I abhor clutter, I am also super picky about which small appliances merit a place in my kitchen. I love to cook but only want items that I will actually use and that will […]
Follow my blog with Bloglovin This dessert tastes like it took hours to prepare and required Cordon Bleu-like levels of culinary pedigrees. Shhhhh. It’s no-brainer ease will be our little secret. Your guests will never know what a snap this is to whip up. One of the reason this vegan Chocolate Mousse recipe remains so popular is that it is simple and uses just a few simple ingredients. To get the superior effect, use the best quality dark chocolate you can find. I think a quick sprinkle of fresh orange zest makes the most elegant topper. I made this on Christmas […]
The other day, an unmistakable winter-sneak-preview chill tinged the air, and I craved a huge bowl of noodle soup – the comforting, flavorful kind that I usually get from my friendly neighborhood Malaysian, Japanese or Vietnamese restaurant. So what’s a nice Polish girl to do, besides order take out? Do a pantry raid and DIY, of course. Since this recipe is modular, you can take it in any direction you want. You can go Southeast Asian by adding coconut milk, bruised lemongrass and Thai curry paste to the broth. Or you can remain austere, as I did, and stick to […]
If I had to choose coffee or tea, without a doubt it would be coffee for life. A strong espresso drink is basically my reward for getting up. But best-quality matcha is one tea that gives coffee a run for its money in my kitchen. Matcha is a fine premium green tea powder. The better-quality varieties come from Japan. Younger leaves have a grassier, daintier bouquet while older leaves taste earthier. You don’t need fancy varieties for baking. But the quality makes a difference when you are drinking the tea The nice folks at Zen Spirit sent me some organic […]
Recipe: Overachievers’ Rainbow Smoothie (vegan, gluten-free) They say you eat with your eyes first, and pampering myself by making this colorful, nutrient-dense smoothie is better than any spa treatment (recipe follows). It’s huge. I nurse it over a few hours with a spoon, but it’s probably more like 2 or even 3 servings. Warning: This is not low-calorie. As a rule, I try to avoid low-cal foods because they are usually “empty” calories and then if I eat them, I’m hungry again an hour later. This drink is loaded with nutrients. The whole concoction has about 540 calories, 98 g carbs (a lot, but […]
Kombucha. It’s the not-so-new-new thing, an expensive, fermented tea that includes healthy bacteria to keep your microbiome in tip-top shape. It’s trendy now, but many of us old-school veg-heads and crunched out types have been making our own ‘booch (as we call it) for years. I guess that makes me a boochie mama?
Because of the fermentation, kombucha is lightly fizzy, like champagne. I like to think of kombucha as a good-for-you soda. After a long or hard run, I love nothing more than a glass of it, over ice. It’s not very high in sugars, or therefore, calories.
Storebought kombucha is tasty. But at between $3-5 a bottle, it is pricey. You can make your own for far less. After the initial investment and after getting your SCOBY going (read on), you can make 4 8-oz bottles of kombucha for under $1– that’s pennies a bottle. Can you say cha-ching?
It’s very easy, once you get the hang of it…
After returning from Paris, I felt a bit of reverse culture shock when resuming the fast pace and daily grind of East Coast American life. Of course, I was thrilled to see my 3 little furballs. Plus, it’s always nice to get back to your own familiar space, things – and running routes. But still, I miss the ease and presentness of Paris. Eating French food helps me feel a little more connected to the sense of stillness and gratitide that I experienced during my stay there.
Last week, I posted a photo of some vegan, gluten-free crêpes I made out of longing for Paris. Several of you asked for the recipe, so here it is, along with some filling ideas.
I believe the 80/20 rule applies to most things in life. Eg, if you eat healthily 80% of the time, then it’s okay to “sin” 20% of the time. Although I eat pretty cleanly, my hedonistic love of acidic foodstuffs – sugar, coffee, wine and white sugar – had my daily diet teetering uncomfortably past 79%. Plus I was feeling stressed – like there wasn’t enough time in the day to accomplish everything that needed to be done. It was time to cleanse.
About once a year, I do a 21-day cleanse, loosely based on the cleanse in Kris Carr’s Crazy, Sexy, Diet. The cleanse does not involve deprivation: you eat all you want. Your daily diet consists of vegan (aka plant-based), gluten-free, mainly alkaline foods (60-80%) and some healthy acidic foods (20-40%). The cleanse is not just about nutrition; it also involves self care, like daily mediation, dry brushing, news fasting, exercising, etc.
This cleanse is a ritualistic return to clean eating and radical self care. It counters the manner in which we are socialized to attend to everything and everyone but ourselves. Fact is, taking care of yourself is not selfish. It’s necessary.
Luckily, 70 of you decided to join me in our closed group on Facebook. Cleansing is more fun – and much easier – when done in the company of like-minded people. We shared recipes, tips, successes, funny stories – and even transgressions. (Yes, we are human. Perfection is a dangerous myth.) On April 22, I officially finished my 21-Day Badass Adventure Cleanse. Hello, morning soy latte! Here’s the recap.
Almost time for spring cleaning – that seasonal ritual when we give everything a good scrub, clear out the dust bunnies, and discard items that are worn out or broken. Similarly, I like to spring clean my health habits and take inventory of my diet. To accomplish this, I do a version of Kris Carr’s 21-day cleanse to get back on track with clean eating and self-care. Since I had been feeling a bit fatigued and have been having some trouble sleeping lately, I figured the universe was telling me it was time to course correct.
Come cleanse with me starting April 1. It’s free!
Long runs are more fun with company, and so are cleanses. Instead of going this one alone, I decided to invite some friends. If you would like to cleanse with us, please just request access on Facebook to the Group “21-Day, Badass Adventure Cleanse” and I will grant you the keys to the lean, green castle. It’s completely FREE. Just a group of like-minded people supporting each other and sharing recipes, tips, photos, and encouragement.
A protein. A grain. A veggie. A sauce. A tablespoon or two culinary bling. This is the humble Buddha Bowl. Buddha Bowls, or Dragon Bowls, are the ultimate, delicious no-brainer meal, and they’re perfect for busy, health-conscious runners. I make them at least 3 or 4 times per week. I think most people love this combination because of the interesting array of textures and flavors: comforting carbs, chewy protein, creamy sauce, crunchy toppings. Buddha Bowls first became a crunched-out vegetarian restaurant menu mainstay in the 1970s and 1980s. The rest of the world has finally caught on. Now, they’re “of-the-moment” and multifarious recipes […]