7/24/12

Time Out


"To sit in the shade on a fine day, and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment."
-Jane Austen

Taking a break, Veggies.  Back blogging soon!  

-♥ J :)

P.S.  In the meantime…


7/19/12

Brusha Brusha Brusha



Have you ever heard of Dry Brushing??  Basically, you take one of those stiff bristle brushes that are usually used in the shower and brush your skin in long sweeping movements from ankle to neck.  It's right about now that you may be thinking, "Why…why…would I ever do that?!?!"  Well, not only does this practice detoxify the lymphatic system and promote circulation, but it also improves cellulite and make your skin smooth and lovely.  Ah, now you're listening.  For a more detailed description of Dry Brushing and it's benefits, check out this article on The Well Daily or the instructional video above.  In a perfect world Dry Brushing would be one of those things I do everyday (along with this, this and this).  However, as my mom always says, "life and fruit aren't perfect." ;)

-♥ J :)

P.S. In case you were wondering about the title of this post...

7/16/12

Meatless Monday Inspiration



photos via Clean

Braised Artichokes and Mushrooms courtesy of the Clean blog??  Done and done. (Would probably sub in Trader Joe's frozen artichoke hearts, though.)

-♥ J :)

P.S. You had me at artichoke.
P.P.S.  More Clean.

7/13/12

Summer: A Love Story




photos via Food: A Love Story

In my google travels this morning, I stumbled upon the delightful blog Food: A Love Story.  Based in the principles of Ayurveda, the blog has a whole section explaining how to maximize seasonal energy for optimal health.  About summer, Laura writes:

Because Pitta, or excess heat, burns, causing depletion and deterioration, Ayurveda intelligently suggests that we calm and cool ourselves in the summer.  The best way we can do this is to decelerate.  This is certainly the time, as age-old tradition has it, for holidays and shorter work weeks.  It is the season, too, to really stop and smell the roses.

I have been feeling this way big time.  For me the urge to slow down manifests itself as a desire to simplify everything: meals, workouts, commitments.  (Remember last summer we did the Simple Summer Strip Down???)  How do you slow down for summer??  Do you take longer vacations??  Weekend beach trips??  Do you relax in the evening with a glass of Pinot Grigio while watching the sunset??  Hop on over to the Happy Healthy Belly Facebook page and share your summer rituals!  

-♥ J :)

P.S.  Don't you wish we had the whole month of August off the way they do in Italy??
P.P.S.  Will definitely be trying Laura's Avocado Dressing.
P.P.P.S.  Speaking of simplification...

7/12/12

The Right Stuff



This article about a couple living in a 240 square foot apartment got me thinking about stuff.  When explaining how she and her husband maintain a clutter-free existence in such a small space, writer photographer Erin Boyle said, "..the rule of thumb is to only accumulate things that you really love."

I think that is why I am drawn to small living spaces.  (Remember this tiny home??)  Nothing like a lack of storage to force a person to choose what is important.  There is literally no room for the extraneous.  Also, paring down possessions leaves more room in life for life.  The time, money and energy spent cleaning, repairing, protecting, packing, storing, hauling, selling and maintaining stuff now is freed up for loftier pursuits like...you know…living.

-♥ J :)

P.S.  My favorite minimalist loft.
P.P.S.  My favorite minimalist cartoon.

7/11/12

Vegan Spinach "Risotto" and Butternut Squash Mash

Hmmm…risotto might be overstating it a bit.  However, that's what I think it tastes like so that's what I'm going with.  This recipe is great to make at the beginning of the week, because it yields tons of leftovers.  It also works cold as a salad topper.  

-♥ J :)

Vegan Spinach "Risotto" 
(serves 4)
Ingredients:
Optional:
  • halved cherry tomatoes
  • garlic
  • lemon pepper
Directions:
  1. In a pot with a lid, combine frozen spinach, brown rice and vegetable broth.  
  2. Being sure to stir occasionally, cover and cook on med-high heat until spinach and rice are thoroughly cooked (5-10 minutes).
  3. Reduce to a simmer and fold in "butter."
  4. Add Rawmesan cheese.
  5. Add any optional ingredients like garlic, cherry tomatoes and lemon pepper if so desired.
  6. Plate and garnish with a squeeze of lemon.
  7. Eat and Enjoy!
 
Butternut Squash Mash
(serves 2)
Ingredients:

Directions:
  1. Cook butternut squash the same way we cooked the broccoli, but instead of water use vegetable broth.
  2. When cooked fold in "butter" and mash squash.
  3. Plate over mixed greens.
  4. Garnish with a dash of cinnamon and a drizzle of Trader Joe's balsamic glaze.**
  5. Eat and Enjoy!

**This balsamic glaze is my new favorite thing.  Not only does it give every dish a delicious tangy sweetness, but it really makes you feel like a fancy pants chef. ;)

7/4/12

Happy Fourth, Veggies!!!

photo via Engine 2 Diet

How cute is this fruit kabob flag from Engine 2 Diet??  When you make it, be sure to squeeze a little bit of lemon over the bananas to keep them from browning.  Have a great holiday!!

-♥ J :)

P.S.  This Tangy Raw Broccoli Salad looks good, too.  I would make it with unsweetened coconut yogurt.

7/3/12

Smoothie Obsession: Kimberly Snyder's Glowing Green Smoothie


photo via Kimberly Snyder

Ever since I got my NutriBullet, I have been obsessed with making smoothies…good and bad.  Between you and me, I put my juicer in the closet because it's just been sitting on the counter collecting dust.  My latest smoothie of choice is Kimberly Snyder's Glowing Green Smoothie:


Trademarked and everything, Kimberly claims that this smoothie is the perfect daily detox and should be consumed every morning.  She even makes a really compelling argument about why her smoothie might be more beneficial than juice.  To make the GGS, Kimberly uses a Vitamix because of how well it pulverizes the vegetables.  However…and this is a $350 dollar difference "however"….I think my NutriBullet does the same exact thing.  And it takes up less space.  And it is easier to clean.  And it only cost $99 dollars at Target versus $450 dollars for the Vitamix.  Just sayin'.

-♥ J :)

P.S.  I should mention that I'm totally not being paid in any way by the NutriBullet people to say those nice things.  I'm just a nerd who loves her blender.

Kimberly Snyder's Official Glowing Green Smoothie
Ingredients:
(Makes 64 ounces/ 2-4 servings)
  • 11/2-2 cups very cold, filtered water
  • 6 cups organic spinach, chopped
  • 5 cups organic romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 2 stalks of organic celery
  • 1 organic apple, cored and chopped
  • 1 organic pear, cored and chopped
  • 1 organic banana
  • 1-2 Tbs. fresh organic lemon juice

Optional Ingredients:

  • Ice cubes
  • 1/2 cilantro
  • 1/2 cup organic parsley

Directions:

  1. Add water, spinach and chopped romaine to the blender. 
  2. Starting the blender on a low speed; mix until smooth.

  3. Gradually move to higher speeds and add the herbs, celery, pear, and apple. 
  4. Add the banana and lemon juice last.
  5. For 1 serving, cut out one of the fruits and the celery.

7/2/12

Zero Waste Fashion




photos via Zero Waste Home

Determined to prove that chic and eco-chic are not mutually exclusive, Bea Johnson is doing a summer long Mini-wardrobe Fave Challenge. (Remember previous challenges: the striped shirt and the red dress??) Inspired by this YouTube video, the Zero Waste Home mastermind has challenged herself to find 50 different ways to wear the same men's dress shirt.  Gotta love a lady who loves fashion as much as she loves the Earth.

-♥ J

P.S. For more fashion pics and earth friendly tips follow Bea on Twitter.
P.P.S  For more Zero Waste Tips click HERE.

6/27/12

Play with your vegetables.





Check out these awesome temporary vegetable tattoos by Tattly.  Mom friends, don't you think these would be a great way to get kids interested in vegetables?  I think they are just the cutest.  It's not weird for a grown woman to wear fake vegetable tattoos, right??  Right???

-♥ J

(Via Swiss Miss)

P.S. Speaking of cute....look what Shelley brought me back from her latest comedy gig:


I'm pretty sure they are meant to be Christmas ornaments, but you better believe they will be hanging in my house all year long.  Thanks again, Shelley!!  So sweet of you!!!

6/22/12

"How to" have a good weekend


 DIY wine charm and cupcake tower from Charli's wedding.

One of my favorite summers was the summer before Charli's wedding.  Since Char is a arsty, craft goddess, her wedding was super DIY and I got to help craft everything from wine charms, to cupcake towers and white decorative orbs.  (Orbs got nixed in the end due to time constraints…each one took an hour to make!)  Something about summer makes me want to get my craft on.  Maybe it was all those years at summer camp trolling the art room for lanyard and beads.  In honor of your summer craft god or goddess, here are some "How to's " to get you started.  Have a fun weekend!!

-♥ J :)


6/21/12

Brain Freeze


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Remember last summer when I wanted to make popsicles out of this recipe??  Well, I've got popsicles on the brain once again.  Check out some of these fantastically creative popsicle ideas.  Not all of these recipes are vegan…but they will be when I get done with them. ;)

-♥ J :)

P.S.  Might have to get THIS popsicle recipe book.  Or maybe THIS ONE.

6/20/12

Tone it Up! on the Beach

Happy first day of summer!!  I would love to celebrate this most glorious of seasons by heading to the beach for a workout followed by a swim and a few of these.  However, that plan might be totally slightly unrealistic for a Wednesday afternoon.  At least with this COWABUNGA! Total Body Toning workout from the Tone it Up! girls I can pretend I'm at the beach.


The girls perform this workout on surfboards, but my living room floor will have to do for today.  Only ten minutes long, this is a great video when you are pressed for time.  You can also repeat it three times for a full body workout.  Sadly, a follow up swim and cocktails are not included. (sigh)

-♥ J

P.S. If on the off chance you are headed surf side this afternoon (lucky you!), here is a printable version of the workout for you to take with you.  

P.P.S. For more fun (and free) Tone it Up! workouts, check out their YouTube channel.

6/15/12

Have a colorful weekend!!!



In college, I had a dance teacher who when asked if she followed any particular diet replied: "Colors.  I eat colors.  Colors are key."  This advice was lost on my 18 year old self.  "What a weirdo," I joked with my friends.  "Next she is going to tell us to eat unicorn fur!!  Ha Ha!!  She doesn't know what she is talking abou….hey is that fat-free pound cake??  Pass that over here!!"  Turns out, in a time before juice cleanses and raw-vegan-gluten-free everything, my teacher was doling out some pretty sage advice.  If I could go back in time, I would tell young, clueless me to put down the bagel (and the frozen yogurt and the NoDoz) and listen to Regina.  I would also tell myself to stop cutting bangs.

-♥ J :)

P.S. A little weekend reading…

6/14/12

Restaurant Spotlight: Mendocino Farms


Early in the week, John and I stopped by Mendocino Farms for quick bite before some grocery shopping. 


The new restaurant on Fairfax and Third calls itself a "sandwich market" but they have some pretty awesome salads, too.


I got the Market Roasted Vegetable Salad: no cheese sub avocado.


 John got the Save Drake Farm Salad: no beets.


Not only does Mendocino Farms promote eating seasonally and locally, but they have so many fun vegan options to choose from; things like Vegan Shawarma and Vegan BBQ Torta.  The staff is also super nice: friendly, helpful and very generous with samples of the daily specials.  I heart you Mendocino Farms.

-♥ J

P.S. Mendocino Farms is right next store to a brand new Trader Joe's (perfect for all you multitaskers out there).

6/13/12

How to Taco a Problem...


photo via Oh She Glows

Yesterday, my friend Sara posted this on Facebook:

"Recipes please: healthy main courses that are heavy on the vegetables, preferably vegetarian and easy. I'm getting bored of basic stir-fry with soy sauce."

At first I suggested Cara's Vegan Gluten-Free Mac and Cheese, but Sara wanted something  that "has more veggies and doesn't require a trip to Whole Foods."  After a bit of detective work, I stumbled upon this recipe for Layered Raw Taco Salad from Oh She Glows.  However, since Angela's salad recipe (printable version HERE) still requires some specialty items, I tweaked it so that it would only include foods that are available in any supermarket.

-♥ J :)

P.S. If you are ever looking for fun, innovative vegan recipes, Oh She Glows is where it's at.  Angela has recipes for everything under sun!


Easy-Peasy Taco Salad
Ingredients:
  • mixed greens
  • guacamole (Trader Joe's sells a ready made version.  You could also substitute avocado slices if you prefer.)
  • salsa
  • 1 can black beans
  • 2 cups quinoa
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomato
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup green onion
  • lemon

  • Directions:
    1. Cook quinoa according to package instructions.
    2. Mix black beans, chopped tomato, red and green onion in with quinoa.
    3. Fold in the juice of one lemon and set aside.
    4. In a separate bowl, layer guacamole over mixed greens.
    5. Add scoop of quinoa mixture on top of guacamole.
    6. Drizzle w/ salsa and garnish w/ organic tortilla chips.

    6/12/12

    Pobody's Nerfect


    When I first saw the photo above, I thought it was a "before and after" for a new 90 day fitness program or some fad diet.  Imagine my surprise when I realized this "transformation" was actually the handiwork of makeup artist Gina Brooks.  In the article Beautiful Illusions, Gina explains how she was asked by a photographer to create the illusion of a "very fit and muscular body." Gina accomplished this task entirely with the use of makeup.  "We strive for beauty and to be beautiful often using the models in magazines as our ideal vision of beauty," Gina writes.  "It's good to take a 'behind the scenes' look at how that perfect beauty is often created."  In a world inundated with images of physical perfection, it is important to remember that more often than not these images are simply the work of smoke and mirrors.  Or in this case, makeup and a sharp razor.

    -♥ J :)


    P.S. Remember this ad???

    6/8/12

    It's funny 'cause it's true...



    Have a great weekend, Veggies!!!

    -♥ J :)

    P.S. A little weekend reading...

    6/7/12

    The Sweet Fry


    Inspired by this video from Weelicious, I decided to make sweet potato fries last night.  I guess technically they would be called  "sweet potato bakes" since I didn't actually fry them.  Not only are these faux-fries surprisingly easy to make, but they are also way healthier than their fast food counterparts.  I think they taste better, too.  Gotta love it when that happens.

    -♥ J :)

    Sweet and Easy Un-fried Potatoes
    Ingredients:
    • 2-3 organic sweet potatoes
    • olive oil
    • cinnamon
    • salt
    Directions:
    1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
    2. Wash and peel potatoes.
    3. Chop potatoes into desired shape. ( I prefer skinny fries or cubes.)
    4. Lay on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil.
    5. Toss potatoes until they are lightly coated with oil.
    6. Sprinkle with cinnamon and salt. (optional)
    7. Bake in oven for 45 minutes to 1hour (depending on potato thickness and desired crispness).
    8. Eat and enjoy!!



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