wiaw # 14- recent happenings, 2 more walnut recipes and a london fog!

Hello again!  Hope you are all having a wonderful Wednesday! Mine has been pretty good! I worked which was average but I came home to a kombucha starter kit! I’m so excited to start brewing some of my own kombucha! The tea I’m using for it is cooling as I type. I’ve always wanted to have more kombucha around (good for digestions, delicious) but it’s so darn expensive! Making my own is going to be wayyy more economical. Anyway, today is Wednesday which means of course, it’s What I Ate Wednesday time! Thank you Jenn @ Peas and Crayons for hosting! You all should head on over there and check out some more delicious eats. Today;s WIAW is going to be a collection of things I’ve been eating and experimenting with over the last few days so I hope you all enjoy! This month’s theme is sensible snacks- I let you guys judge for yourselves how I did ;). You’ll see I’m featuring a couple recipes that use walnuts again! Clearly I’m a little nuts about this nut, but as I discussed in this post, that’s not a problem!

A Recent Breakfast

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Brain and Beauty-Boosting Blueberry Walnut Green Smoothie- this smoothie is packed with healthy fats and antioxidants. Not only that, it’s a green smoothie, that is actually a pretty colour! I topped it with some sprouted and dehydrated buckwheat groats, fresh strawberries and a sprinkle of cinnamon which was an awesome addition. I’ve made this 3 times in as many days so you know it’s good. Recipe below!

A Recent Dinner

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A quinoa salad with tomato vinaigrette my mom made for dinner. Delicious, especially the dressing!

Recent Snacks

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Yes those are cookies and candy….and no nothing is healthy! It was Partner Appreciation Day at work yesterday so everyone brought in treats/did something nice for all our coworkers. I made those cookies and wrote letters to everyone! Another girl made us all our own bags of candy and there were chips and other delicious treats to be had. I had to indulge a bit!

I wasn’t planning on sharing the recipe (I felt like making something unhealthy for once and decided to use the opportunity to clear the pantry of some unhealthy items) but it is a really simple no-bake chocolate, peanut butter and oatmeal cookie. It’s definitely proof though that vegan does not automatically mean healthy!

Do you guys ever get urges to make something that is completely bad for you?

A Recent Purchase

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An organic micro greens growing kit! I went Chapters on the weekend- it was a rainy day so perfect for meandering around with some tea flipping through books and looking through knick knacks. I found this kit for 30% off! Decided to try my hand at growing micro greens. In this kit are broccoli, mustard and radish micro greens. They are supposed to sprout up in a week!

Recent Drink

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Blended up some earl grey tea with coconut oil- success! Recipe below for my very simple and super healthful spin on a London Fog (or Earl Grey Tea Latte for all you Starbucks fans!)

Recent Lunch

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Raw taco! This was seriously so easy and delicious, I will be making this again and again! Recipe below!

Recent Score

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Yes that is a massive box full of bananas! A customer at work had boxes and boxes leftover from the Special Olympics that were held here over the weekend so he let me have a box for free! I spend 3 hours cutting these up and freezing them. Can you say smoothies and banana bread?? I got 76 good bananas out of this, and they are the perfect ripeness for freezing :)

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Another recent snack! Some homemade coconut yogurt with fresh berries, raw granola and a drizzle of tahini. Significantly more sensible than the last snacks I shared ;) A good balance of carbs, healthy fats and protein and low in sugar! If you’ve never drizzled tahini on yogurt before- try it! It’s awesome.

Peas and Crayons

So that concludes this WIAW, but before I go, I have those 3 recipes to share with you!

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Brain and Beauty-Boosting Blueberry Walnut Green Smoothie (Vegan, Gluten-free, Sugar-free, Soy-free, Raw)

This smoothie is beautiful, delicious and oh so healthful! Included in this smoothie are the lovely super nuts, walnuts, which deliver loads of antioxidants which I talked about here. They boost brain power and are full of healthy fats to help you get your glow on! There’s also some blueberries for added antioxidant punch and some maca which I discussed here which is great for regulating hormones! Toss in some greens and spirulina for a serious phytonutrient punch and you’ve got yourself one super-power smoothie!

Makes 1 smoothie.

  • 1/2 a fresh, ripe banana
  • 3/4 cup frozen blueberries (I used wild blueberries)
  • 1/4 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 7 walnuts (soak them beforehand if your blender isn’t too powerful. My Magic Bullet didn’t need them soaked)
  • 1 huge handful baby spinach
  • Optional additions (but highly recommended):
    • 1/2 scoop favourite protein powder (I used the Sunwarrior Warrior Blend in Natural flavour)
    • 1/2 tsp maca powder
    • 1/4 tsp spirulina or more

Put all ingredients into your blender and blend away! I do this in stages in the Magic Bullet. It’s a little small to get everything in there at once but once you blend all the fruit and water up, there’s room for the spinach and powders! I served mine with some sprouted and dehydrated buckwheat groats, fresh strawberries and a sprinkle of cinnamon which was an awesome addition.

I am submitting this recipe to Wellness Weekends, Raw Food Thursdays and Allergy-Free Wednesday!

Now for the delicious tea beverage…

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London Fog with Coconut Oil (Vegan, Gluten-free, Sugar-free, Soy-Free, Raw)

This was so similar to the coffee shop version! It uses not milk, dairy or nondairy, but instead uses coconut oil to achieve the creamy taste and texture. Blended up to get some foam on top and sweetened with a little vanilla, stevia or agave, this is a very tasty way to get in some healthy fats and your morning caffeine!

  • 1 cup of your favourite Early Grey tea, prepared hot (I really like the Starbucks brand- lots of lavender!)
  • 3/4 tbsp coconut oil
  • splash vanilla extract
  • 2-3 drops of stevia or 1 tsp agave, to taste

Blend all of this up and sip! Adjust the sweetness to your liking.

Now onto those tacos!

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Super Speedy Raw Taco for 1 (Vegan, Gluten-free*, Sugar-free, Soy-free*, Raw)

This has so much flavour packed in, I could hardly believe how close to meat-based tacos it was! Lots of spice makes it the perfect vehicle for all your favourite raw/vegan taco toppings! It whips up super fast and the recipe can be doubled or quadrupled depending on how many you’re feeding!

*use a gluten-free soy sauce, Bragg’s or coconut aminos for gluten-free, use coconut aminos for this soy-free

  • 1/4 cup raw walnuts
  • 1/2 tbsp coconut aminos (or your favourite form of soy sauce)
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 large cabbage leaf. Romaine or collards would work too, I like cabbage because it’s bigger and easier to roll up and load with toppings
  • toppings:
    • avocado slices
    • diced tomato
    • raw salsa (or your favourite brand)
    • raw cashew sour cream- I never make or buy sour cream since I tend to use it so infrequently so to make this I just mix a little raw cashew cream (made with the savoury variation) with lemon juice, apple cider vinegar and salt to taste

Pulse the first 5 ingredients in your food processor until the walnuts are in small pieces. Assemble your taco, roll it up and enjoy! I know tacos aren’t usually rolled, but this was so much easier. Plus these are raw tacos people, don’t worry about being totally authentic!

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all rolled up and ready to eat!

I am submitting this recipe to Allergy-Free Wednesday and Wellness Weekends!

There was a lot going on in this post, thanks for bearing with me everyone. Have a lovely rest of your day!

55 thoughts on “wiaw # 14- recent happenings, 2 more walnut recipes and a london fog!

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    • That’s so good to hear! It’s freaking delicious isn’t it?

      Ya it was a ton of bananas. I cut them all up and laid them in ziploc bags flat in the freezer mostly so I could squeeze a bunch into a small space. Luckily my parents have a huuuuge freezer ;)

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  4. between the last post and this one there is a walnut explosion! i love the walnut meaty tacos and the smoothie. i go through this nut mania too. i’ll eat a load of cashews for weeks, then loads of almonds, then walnuts, but will never mix them up. like i wont like walnuts in my cashew has and such. unexplainable taste issues:)
    i like my beans sprouted and lightly cooked, with added asafoetida(hing) and carom seeds. They seem to help with the digestion.

    • Haha I do the same thing- I go through phases with nuts. In February and March I was all about cashews, then April and June was almond city. Clearly these next 2 months are destined to be walnut-crazed!

      Thanks for the tip on sprouting then cooking the beans! I will try that next because I really love beans even if my tummy doesn’t.

  5. Wow, even more amazing recipes here. How do you find the time to do so much? I made your potatoes again today from your last recipe. I think they will become a staple in my kitchen! That box of bananas reminded me of my raw food days when I used to buy boxes like these every week from a wholesaler as bananas were my staple for my green smoothies.
    I’ve just moved into a house with a garden for the first time in my life so I’m excited to get growing vegetables too and have recently started sprouting too. I tried growing micro greens in soil but I probably didn’t plant enough as I only got 3 tiny sprouts per pot. My sprouts worked a lot better and I got loads although I had real digestive trouble when I ate the last batch. I just have a new batch ready to eat so I’ll see if the same thing happens again. I had too many different types including sprouted beans and lentils so maybe I just need to avoid those. I’ve also just planted a few things in the garden but we have such a short growing season up here I’m not expecting to be able to eat that much from it.

    • So glad you are liking those potatoes! And yes, while these bananas should last me a long time, I have a feeling they will go a lot faster than I want them to!

      I’ve read that sprouting lentils can make them harder for people digest when eaten raw (as opposed to cooking) so maybe that’s what was causing the trouble! I’ve tried sprouting mung beans and I noticed a little discomfort as well, but I tend to get that with cooked beans too. My digestive system just doesn’t like them as much as my taste buds do! I’m really excited about my microgreens :)

      So jealous of your garden! I would love to be able to grow my own vegetables and some fruits. So economical and would probably be really satisfying to be able to pick my kale straight from the garden before I blend it up!

      Oh, I tried one of your smoothies today! I posted on your blog, but in case you didn’t see, it was fantastic!

  6. ooh, I’m intrigued by the London Fog – will have to give it a go! Also, keep us posted on Kombucha brewing – that’s something that I’ve been wanting to try (but not sure I have the space?! I have a tiny little flat with very little storage space)
    p.s. way to go with the bananas!

    • I will for sure update you! The jug itself is actually pretty compact and you could use one that’s even smaller! Definitely give it a try if you find a jug that’s a good size because that’s really all the space you need!

      And thanks, that was really cool of him to give me all those bananas :)

  7. I totally thought I commented on this yesterday, but I see that I did not! I think I just never hit the post button. Oh well.

    Thank you for the gossip on the walnuts- totally my kind of gossip, by the way! Also, my post today, I passed an award on to you. Thank you for your inspiration, your friendship, your great comments, and your shared love of Arrested Development!

    • Hmmm that’s really strange because you totally did and I replied to it and it’s gone now! I can see the 2 comments in the “manage comments” section in my dashboard, but when I go to the post it’s not there…weird…

      But I am glad you like the look of the recipe :) I’m sorry to hear about your husband’s allergy to walnuts! More for you then ;)

      Thank you so much for the award and those wonderful things you just said! I look up to you so much! I’m very glad I have found someone who loves that show as much as I do…whenever I hear the song the Final Countdown, I immediately picture Gob dancing around ridiculously. I’m sure you do the same ;)

  8. We are totally on the same wavelength its scary – I just made raw taco “meat” for the first time this week with walnuts to make stuffed tomatoes with baby spinach – I agree it was amazing!!!

    I LOVE the grow your own micro greens kit – I went on the website and will be ordering one this week, i just have to decide which one :)

    • Woah that’s crazy! It’s so cool how closely walnuts can mimic ground beef. I like the sound of your take on it- tomatoes and spinach are 2 of my favourites :)

      Awesome! There weren’t any choices at the store I was at so I landed with those ones, but I’m pretty happy with what I got! Can’t wait to hear about yours, so you make sure to update me!

  9. Ok, Gabby! Blown away by so many amazing things in your post, but the first thing that caught my eye (being the first photo of course) was that smoothie bowl! I thought you were eating chocolate for breakfast!!! Not that there is anything wrong with that ;) I would kill for that awesome box of bananas!

    • Aww thanks! I love when smoothies taste/look like dessert! It makes a normal breakfast feel so special!

      I really lucked out with those bananas. I love the customers at my store so much :) I will be so sad to leave them!

      • I’m out of the loop! I either haven’t been reading properly or missed previous posts. Whats your plan for the future my friend?

  10. Banana-rama for sure! How do you make your coconut yoghurt (I LOVE tahini drizzled on yoghurt… particularly with bananas, dried figs and WALNUTS) I think me + you may be long lost twins or something? :)

  11. OK lets talk about your AMAZING BANANA SCORE!! OMG I’m so jealous! That’s a lot of smoothies and banana soft serve right there. So awesome!

    OK I’ve calmed down ;) That blueberry walnut smoothie sounds so good! I love that you are growing your own greens and brewing your own kombucha! I really want to have a garden one day, it’s another dream of mine :) Those raw tacos look so great, thanks for the recipe!

    I’m definitely down for an unhealthy snack every once in a while! You have to give in once in a while, I think it helps you stay on track! Those cookies look so good!

    Glad you had a good day!

    • Haha that was my reaction exactly to the bananas! I only wish I had room for more! I will probably go through them so fast though, I use them allll the time!

      I can’t wait to have space for my own garden. I want to grow kale and herbs the most. It would be so rewarding to harvest your own food, not to mention cheaper :)

      Glad you like the look of the taco! It’s ther perfect size for lunch. Have a lovely day :)

      • I want to grow berries and tomatoes and cucumbers! And zucchini! Straight from the garden to my salad bowl. And fresh zucchini pasta. OMG I can’t wait! I’m discovering through this self reflection I’ve been doing lately that I’m a giant beach bum hippie just waiting to be freed! Soon hopefully ;)

        • Totally, I would grow all my own food if I could! I hope I turn out to be a good gardener! Hahah I’m finding that more and more often too. I make some of my own personal care products and cleaning stuff, making kombucha, eating raw…if I could have seen myself even a few years ago I wouldn’t have recognized this person! It’s awesome :)

          By the way have you tried that hair spray rfom your post yet? I haven’t had a chance to make it yet, but I’m hoping to soon!

  12. We were just talking about possibly starting to make our own kombucha last night… and here I go on your blog today and you have provided me with some more inspiration on which to do so! I also like that you are sprouting your own micro greens… awesome!

  13. How awesome you scored on the bananas!!! I will try the coconut oil & tea, don’t have Earl Grey, which is weird because that was my favorite tea with cheesecake. :) Raw taco sounds great, too!

  14. Hey Gabby! Kibby here. What an awesome deal on the bananas! I would SO be doing a “happy dance” if I found that. I usually get my bananas marked down – a huge bag for .99 (love getting those). come home and starting peeling and breaking up into chunks for freezing – yes, awesome for smoothies! Great meals, too! Will try some of them! Have a great week! :)

    • Thanks Kibby! You can’t imagine how excited I was! He offered to bring me more, but I really don’t know where I would put them! I think these should do me for now ;)

      Hope you like my recipes! Let me know what you think!

      Have a lovely week as well!

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