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
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
A quinoa salad with tomato vinaigrette my mom made for dinner. Delicious, especially the dressing!
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
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!
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!)
Raw taco! This was seriously so easy and delicious, I will be making this again and again! Recipe below!
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 :)
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.
So that concludes this WIAW, but before I go, I have those 3 recipes to share with you!
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):
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…
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!
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
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!
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!