Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Vegan and Pregnant: Week 25


Wow these weeks have flown by.


It's all finally hitting me there's a little person coming soon..and he's all mine and Craig's. Forever. I'm starting to imagine his little face, nose, ears and mouth. Will he look like me? Will he look like his daddy?


So exciting but also scary. Scary in a way that I hope to be a great mom and protect my son, and continue to be a great wife, friend and daughter. Can I do it? Will he be proud of me when he's older? I sure hope so.

Baby's perfect as of his 23 week checkup. His heartbeat is a healthy 153 and he's now a full 2 pounds! The size of an eggplant according to What to Expect. I recently took a glucose test as well that came back with no results...meaning I'm not at risk for gestational diabetes. How it works is that you don't eat for 10 hours, then drink a really sugary drink (kind of like a melted Popsicle) and your blood is tested every hour to ensure your body is breaking down the sugar effectively. I'm so thankful the test had positive results.

I'm also thankful for this man...my rock, my bestie, my baby daddy.



My husband is my world and he's going to be an amazing dad. Love this picture above of him praying before I walked down the aisle...can you even deal? Anddd tears. It's the little things that mean the most right now...cooking dinner, doing the dishes, making me tea, rubbing my feet. I love you Craiggy. How did I get so lucky?



-Joanna

Monday, January 28, 2013

Green Smoothie Challenge Week 1: Strawberry Banana & Blueberry


Starting the week off right! Here's the latest smoothie recipe.

Keep in mind I add protein powder and flax to my smoothies but feel free to leave it out.

Enjoy!

-Joanna

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Vegan Breakfast: Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting


I did good on this one...really good. It does take some time but the recipe makes 8 servings so you can enjoy some immediately and save some for later.


First I made the dough from scratch and used King Arthur's Oatmeal Sandwich Bread recipe.

Dough:

-3 cups King Arthur Unbleached Bread Flour

-1 cup rolled oats

-2 tbsp Earth Balance Vegan Butter

-1 1/2 tsp salt

-3 tbsp agave syrup

-1 packet active dry yeast

-1 1/4 cups of almond milk

Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover and allow it to rest for 1 hour

(If the dough is too dry, add a little more water...If the dough is sticky, add more flour)

Cinnamon Rolls:

-8 tbsp vegan butter

-1 cup evaporated cane sugar

-2 tsp cinnamon

-1/2 tsp nutmeg

-1 portion of the dough recipe above

Cream Cheese Frosting:

-4 oz. vegan cream cheese

-1 cup confectioner's sugar

-1/2 tsp vanilla

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2. Melt 4 tbsp butter then combine with sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg

3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough, spread evenly with butter/sugar mixture

4. Roll the dough into a log, then cut 2 inch thick pieces


5. Add pieces to a greased baking pan, then cook 35 minutes until bread is slightly brown

(Note: I have a TERRIBLE oven so you may need to cook the buns a little longer)

6. Allow to cool before serving, then begin the frosting

7. Combine cream cheese, sugar and vanilla to a bowl and whisk with remaining 4 tbsp of butter

YUM!!


 Enjoy!

-Joanna

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Smoothie


Have I mentioned before my pregnancy sweet tooth is out of control? Well I'm doing my best to control it and this smoothie was satisfying, healthy and delicious.


 Peanut Butter Oatmeal Smoothie

-2 scoops Chocolate Protein Powder (try Arbonne Vegan Protein Powder)


-2 tbsp peanut butter (try Earth Balance Coconut & Peanut Spread)

-1 banana

-1 cup almond milk

-1/4 cup rolled oats

-Ice (about 4 cubes)

Blend and enjoy!

(If a little too thick to your liking, add a 1/4 cup of water)





-Joanna


Friday, January 25, 2013

Green Smoothie Challenge Week 1: My Heart Romaines


Week 1 of the Smoothie Challenge continues and I have another great drink for you thanks to Simple Green Smoothies! I did make a small change to the original recipe by adding vegan protein powder and a little raw agave to sweeten it up a bit.

View my previous post for the complete Week 1 grocery list.

My Heart Romaines
(Makes 2 servings)

-2 cups of romaine lettuce
-1 cup frozen strawberries
-1 cup frozen blueberries
-1 clementine
-1 banana
-2 scoops raw vegan protein powder (or rice protein powder)
-3 tbsp raw agave syrup
-2 cups water

Blend the romaine and water first to help break up the greens, then add the remaining ingredients.

Enjoy!

-Joanna

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Top Ten Vegetable Proteins


Take it all in folks! I found this photo extremely interesting thanks to The Give Project.

So next time someone asks, "you're vegetarian? But how do you get your protein?" Show them this. The best part? These veggies don't have any of the sodium or fat like with meat protein.

Enjoy!

-Joanna

Green Smoothie Challenge Week 1: Peachy Kale Smoothie


Exciting news! I've been getting bored with creating my own smoothies every morning so I've started to follow Simple Green Smoothies and decided I am up for The Challenge!

Here's how it works...you subscribe to their emails and every week you receive a grocery list and 4 new, 2 serving recipes. Ever go grocery shopping and half of your produce is wasted because you don't use it? You won't have this problem.

Below is my first grocery list for Week 1:

2 fresh mangos (I used frozen)
3 bananas
1 apple
1 peach
1 clementine
1 lime
frozen raspberries (8 oz)
frozen blueberries (16 oz)
frozen strawberries (16 oz)

Kale

Arugula
Romaine Lettuce
Fresh Spinach (10-16 oz)

Coconut Water
Orange Juice (no sugar added)

Here's the first recipe I used this morning:

Peachy Kale (By Simple Green Smoothies)

2 cups kale (to help break up the kale, blend with water and orange juice first)
1 fresh mango (1 cup)
1 apple
1 peach
1 cup water
1/2 cup orange juice
*For an extra protein boost I added 2 scoops of rice protein to the mix


Blend and enjoy! (Looks weird...tastes amazing!)



-Joanna



Thursday, January 10, 2013

Organic vs. Non-Organic


As I was reading the latest Everman's Newsletter I came across a little gem. This very important article mentions 12 foods that MUST be organic and another list is given of produce that is safe to buy non-organic.


Organic food can be expensive so I thought this would be helpful for some of you. Just remember...if we buy more organic produce, the demand for more organic produce will go up, awareness will increase, crappy produce won't sell, we'll get more good stuff in our stores and it will become cheaper. Well that's what I'm hoping for at least...fingers crossed!

(The legit Environmental Working Group states these 12 will lower your pesticide exposure by 90%..90!)

1. Celery
2. Peaches
3. Strawberries
4. Apples
5. Domestic Blueberries
6. Nectarines
7. Sweet Bell peppers
8. Spinach, kale and collard greens
9. Cherries
10. Potatoes
11. Imported grapes
12. Lettuce

Save some money and don't believe the hype...some produce is safe to eat non-organic...like these below. Why are they safe? Because they don't absorb pesticides as easily.

1. Onions
2. Avocados
3. Sweet corn
4. Pineapples
5. Mango
6. Sweet peas
7. Asparagus
8. Kiwi fruit
9. Cabbage
10. Eggplant
11. Cantaloupe
12. Watermelon
13. Grapefruit
14. Sweet potatoes
15. Sweet onions

Thank you to Evermans Natural Foods for this great info!

P.S. I was originally viewing the newsletter to peak at my upcoming cooking class post. Pretty neat right? If you're in the Pensacola area check out all the store's upcoming events.



Enjoy!

-Joanna

Monday, January 7, 2013

Protein Drink

Sambazon Protein (Chocolate, Almond, and Coconut Milk) Superfood Smoothie

No time in the morning to make a smoothie? Try this organic option. Vegan, gluten free and 8 grams of protein!

Enjoy!

-Joanna

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Non Dairy Coffee Creamer


Being pregnant I definitely try to cut back on the caffeine.

My doctor and dietician gave me the ok to drink a little coffee each morning and Silk French Vanilla Creamer is my go to creamer. It's benefits include no dairy, lactose, casein, fat nor cholesterol. Best of all it's Non GMO! Meaning the soy in the product is not genetically modified so it's healthy and delicious.

So drink up and enjoy!

-Joanna