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Not to brag or anything, but I totally think this isn’t too bad a job considering I am not trained in the culinary arts … Though that also means I don’t have a super developed pallet, so there could be subtle nuances I’m missing – also I haven’t had real cake in a while, so this might taste nothing like real cake … But it has that nice fluffy consistency that I remember cake having, and it can be any flavor a cake can be, so I count that as a win! :3  Anyway, here is the ingredient list:

1 Mug (all of the ingredients go into this mug :3)
3Tbsp + 1tsp Flour
1/4tsp Baking Powder
1/16tsp Salt***
2Tbsp Sugar
2tsp Vegan Margarine
1 Egg worth of prepared Egg Replacer
2tsp Water
1Tbsp + 1tsp Milk Substitute (Rice, Soy, Almond, etc.)
Flavoring as desired

***Really this is just a pinch of salt, but I hate it when recipes say stuff like that and don’t actually give a measurement of some kind, so basically this is just a VERY SMALL AMOUNT of salt … xD  I just wanted to give you SOME idea of how much I was putting in.

As for the flavoring, I added a 1/4tsp of extract to each of my trial cakes and they were certainly vanilla-y enough for me.  So I would suggest a 1/4tsp of any extract, and between 1/2 and 1 full tsp of any powder (like cocoa powder, matcha green tea powder, spices, etc.)  In the video example, I ended up using 1tsp Matcha Powder and 1/2tsp of Raspberry Extract for a Raspberry Green Tea cake (which I definitely suggest!)  Just sort of use your best judgement; but don’t add too much powder or it will make the cake to dry after you microwave it!

Likewise, if you add alcohol or juice to flavor it, if you add too much liquid you might need to adjust the cook time of the cake to account for it.  If you add a Tbsp of coconut extract and a Tbsp of pineapple juice for a pina coolada cake, you might have to add 15-30s on to the 2min cooktime I suggest in my video.

Speaking of cook time, I mentioned I would tell you what the wattage of my microwave was just so you know exactly what I’m doing in the video and how my cake was cooked.  My microwave is a Sharp .8 Cubic Foot unit with 800Watts of power.  So, if yours is more or less than mine, you also may need to adjust the cook time accordingly to keep your cake from burning or coming out gooey.

Aaaaand … if you happened to just find this post and have no idea what I’m talking about, why here; I have a video for you to peruse!  Just scroll down 🙂

To the rest of you, sorry for the wait on this post – and until next time, remember, There’s no use Boiling your Cabbage Twice!

❤ TwiceBoiledCabbage

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Juice Day 4: The Bitters

0109140717So … It’s day 4, and as you can see, this is what went into my juicer this morning.  A bag of carrots, a cucumber, 2 apples (one Fuji and one Red Delicious, though the second option was an accident – I must have picked it up when I was picking out apples at Whole Foods accidentally), 3 stalks of celery, about 2″ of peeled ginger root, about a 1/3 of that bunch of Dandelion Greens, and 1 grapefruit.

0109140728And I’m going to tell you right now – do not just peel your grapefruit, remove most of the pith, and putting it in your juicer, like unsuspecting, little old me did.  Because you will have the most bitter, stomach churning liquid you have ever tasted.  And the sad part was that it smelled so good … I love grapefruit, and it tastes fine … Until you get to that horribly bitter aftertaste D:  At first I thought maybe it was the dandelion greens, since I have never had them before … But then I was thinking about it while I was riding the train, and even if they were bitter – it’s like Kale; Kale doesn’t taste good raw – but if I juice it, it’s really not that bad a all, and most other flavors will override it … So I thought some more and remembered that pith is very bitter; it’s the white stuff on an orange or grapefruit or other citrus fruit.

Don’t.  Eat.  It.

Seriously – the only way I could drink this juice was to stop breathing through my nose so I couldn’t taste it.  And I could still feel the bitter on my pallet as I was drinking … … ^^;; It was pretty bad.  It’s noon and I’ve only finished half of my juice.  But I’m going to finish it – only because it’s not making me feel sick.  If this was upsetting my stomach or something, I wouldn’t be finishing it.  But it just tastes bad after a sip; otherwise it’s fine.

0109140730However, another  fun thing I tried today was straining my juice a bit, which you can see to the right just above this paragraph.  I actually ended up losing about 1/3 of the juice, but I also got a much smoother drink today – which makes a lot of sense if you could see primordial ooze that I  took out of my juice bottle ^^;; I mean, it was a good deal of the fiber I should be getting going down the drain but … it made for a better drinking experience (taste of the juice aside) so I am willing to lose it.  And, to combat this fiber loss, I just added some Flax Seed oil.  Adds the fiber back that I can’t stomach by swallowing a weird textured liquid sludge.

I am all for it xD

Btw, a picture of some of the sludge is to the left.  in the strainer, and in the glass bowl that is behind it – the orange bottle on the left of the picture is the juice that is already strained and clean.

0109140734Unfortunately, this process took a long time, and honestly I probably lost more juice than I needed to.  This is because I am impatient, and I filled the strainer with the raw juice every time I went to use it … Problem was, after about half of it drained, it got gunked up, and so the rest of juice that wasn’t fibrous and gross didn’t make it through – however, instead of straining this separately, since I was in a hurry, I just dumped it into the bowl, rinsed the strainer, and started again.  But, if you had a lot more time, you could strain it a second time, or if you had two strainers, you could strain the liquid left in the strainer before dumping it, or even go more slowly and strain a smaller amount at a time.

But yeah; so I ended up with about 900mL of juice, which you can see to the right – and I dunno if you can tell but there’s a lot less pond-scum looking foam on the top, and it is clearer, even though I started with enough liquid that it wouldn’t all fit in my bottle today. I knew I would lose some volume, so I purposely made a little more than I would need.  To the right you can see what I ended up with when I was done straining 5 minutes later.  Aaaaaaand … Because I was not juicing any more vegetables, I added about a cup, maybe a little less, of my Strawberry Guava juice both to sweeten it up a little and meet my 32oz quota.  You can see it below.

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Now it’s time to … you guessed it; Count Calories!

Produce Amount Caloric Value
1 Fuji Apple 80 Calories
1 Red Delicious Apple 72 Calories
2″ Ginger Root 30 Calories
1 Cucumber 46 Calories
1 Grapefruit 82 Calories
Dandelion Greens 65 Calories
3 Stalks Celery 18 Calories
Baby Carrots 175 Calories
Strawberry Guava Nectar 150 Calories
Chlorophyll 15 Calories
Total: 733 Calories

Again, without those added calories of the red grapes, still about 100 calories short of Monday’s juice.  And like I say, this juice would have been MUCH better if I had taken the time to fully remove the pith of the grapefruit … Or at least I think it would.  I will try again on Saturday when I have more time to clean my produce before I juice it, since I don’t have to work – and I’ll let you know the results :3

And finally, at the bottom you’ll see …  You guessed it, more Chlorphyll (which I’m still pretty sure adds like, no taste or anything to these concoctions) but this is in today’s strained juice.  It looks a bit different from the last time I showed you, doesn’t it?  … In case you couldn’t tell, I added the earlier picture as well ^^;; The picture on the left is the original, and the picture on the right is today’s.  Besides being less full, you can see it’s missing that trademark pond scum it normally has …

Yaaaay.

Anyway; until next time remember: There’s no use boiling your cabbage twice.

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The leftovers from my juicing were striped today. xD

The leftovers from my juicing were striped today. xD

So … I didn’t get around to TapouT yesterday night (Monday), so I actually did the first day this morning.  And funny story; I haven’t done TapouT in almost a full year, but when I was working out … strangely – I needed the next resistance band up from the standard one that came with the original TapouT.  If you saw my video on TapouT (and if you didn’t you should definitely check it out here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcIpBzrfm68) then you know that I bought some resistance bands for $5 from Five Below when I first started doing TapouT.  They were a lot cheaper than the official ones, and if they served their purpose great, and if they didn’t, well it was less than $20 into a wasted experiment.

Mmm ... 36 Drops of Chlorophyll ...

Mmm … 36 Drops of Chlorophyll …

Well, interestingly, because they were cheaper, they are shorter than the TapOut band – and they are made of stiffer, less bendable rubber.  Which means they are not as good quality – but it also means that as an accidental effect, they actually give more resistance … Like, a lot more resistance than the TapouT band I have.  Which is awesome for my purposes … So, in short, I started off with the red band that I purchased from Five Below because with the red TapouT band I literally felt like I was using nothing.

So, for that I felt cool.

Now; for things that are less cool.

We’ll start with my apartment.  And the fact that there really is no good open space to do this workout.  I was constantly rolling back and forth and kicking my plant and my coffee table, as well as hitting my face and shins on various desk legs and TV trays … So there was that.  I have to figure out better placement of thing, which is going to mean moving my desk around I think and getting rid of said TV tray and maybe … ick I dunno, but it’ll take some thought.  Another problem I realized?  Well, my heat is included in my rent.  Which is just dandy because my landlord keeps the temperature at a hellish level (literally there are times I feel like I am boiling in oil while sitting on my couch).  And that’s awesome in the winter when it’s 3 degrees outside, which it currently is some such ludicrous temperature, but … When you’re working out, not so awesome.  Went through 2 bottles of water this morning while working out and that was just taking breaks and stuff.  I chugged like, a lot of my juice when I first made it too.

Which brings me to another not so cool thing.  My juice concoction for today.  Because I learned a valuable lesson today – either have a SUPER high powered juicer than can handle broccoli, or strain it after you make it, because there are little tiny broccoli bud pieces all over this juice … To the point that I couldn’t finish it for today; I had to pour out the last few ounces or so. : /  If you look to the right, you will see what I put in today – and this is all of it xD  No last minute additions here.

0107140735Today we have:

– Half a head of Kale
– 1 Fuji Apple
– 1 Bosc Pear
– 1-1/2″ Ginger Root
– 1/2 Lemon
– 1 Cucumber
– 1 Broccoli Crown
– 1 bag of baby carrots
– 36 drops Chlorophyl
– 1/2c or so of water

And it actually tasted pretty good … But the texture was so frothy and bumpy that I couldn’t do it.  I’m not usually all about texture – I can stomach a lot of things, but … this was asking a little too much today.  I drank most of it – probably like 28-30 of the 32oz I had to drink, but … Ick.  So, lesson learned – if you are juicing broccoli, make sure you have a high powered juicer that will grind it up really fine, or else head over to your utensils drawer, get a strainer and go to town.  Maybe some cheesecloth if you are really fancy or well prepared in the kitchen area.  I’m not, but maybe you are. ^^;;

0107140745And again, there were pretty colors; this time they layered when I juiced them which was kind of cool.  Yesterday they just sort of mixed up together, and that was that.  This was just the fruit and carrots at this point, the kale and cucumber and stuff was afterwards but .. yeah – weird stripe-age.  Anyways.  So, what have I learned so far for juicing for a day?

Well, the stories were true; SO MUCH CRAVING FOR SOLID FOOD.  I was heating up the tomato soup I had to make for dinner last night, and I was like, OMG I WANT CRACKERS.  OR BREAD.  OR SOMETHING WITH THIS. GAAAHHH.  It was terrible. ^^;; But, I did manage to persevere after much persevering, and managed to sit down in front of my computer and just do my WoW dailies quietly without solid food.  I also indulged in a Bolthouse Farms Vanilla Chai tea with soy, which while not hot and delicious like the version I get from Starbucks (which I refuse to purchase when in the city because holy crap that price), still delicious and gave me a little extra protein and a few more calories to cram in my gullet so that I at least made my 1200 calorie intake.  Actually I hit 1300 but who’s counting? xD  Speaking of which, let’s figure out the calories for today so far, shall we?  There will probably be less because I forewent the grapes, but you never know …

Produce Amount Caloric Value
1 Fuji Apple 80 Calories
1 Bosc Pear 100 Calories
1-1/2″ Ginger Root 20 Calories
1 Cucumber 46 Calories
1/2 Lemon 15 calories
Kale 70 Calories
Broccoli Crown 75 Calories
Baby Carrots 175 Calories
Chlorophyll 15 Calories
Total: 596 Calories

Aand … well, not too bad, but missing that punch that the red grapes gave it yesterday for sure xD It’s almost 300 calories less, but that’s ok – still in an acceptable range, especially because I had another one of those delicious Vanilla Chai tea drinks, and they’re like, 300 calories a pop or something so … We’re good for the moment. I’ve still got at least one meal to eat and 5 hours before bed, so I’m sure I’ll manage another 300 calories or so by then.

That’s all for this update.  I’ll be back tomorrow after more TapouT with a new juice experiment.  Without broccoli.  Or, if with broccoli, then I’ll let you know how straining the juice goes.

Until next time, remember: There’s no use boiling your cabbage twice. :]

GRRRR MUSCLES!

GRRRR MUSCLES!

So, in my last post, Scales Still Suck, I mentioned a protein shake that I’ve been using post-workout to try and combat the intense hunger I feel.  I wanted to expand on that, and explain why I bought the protein mix that I did, how I figured out how much I want/need to take after a work out, how much protein you’re supposed to have in a day to lose weight (which is not the same as how much you’re supposed to have if you’re not losing weight), how to absorb more protein more efficiently … Just a lot of things about protein in general.

Ready, set, go!

So, first off, I wanted to figure out how many grams of protein I was supposed to have in a day – and after a bit of research, I discovered that the recommended amount of protein is about .45g/lb you weigh.  And I was getting around that much every day just by eating what I normally eat, so I wasn’t sure if I should start drinking protein shakes or not, because I didn’t want to have some kind of protein OD.  However, I decided to look into maybe a higher protein shake recipe for afterwards at least, and stumbled across several informative sites that basically said that, while in your normal diet you want about .45g-.5g of protein per pound you weigh, if you are working out or exercising regularly and you are trying to cut (re: lose) weight, you should actually have about .9g of protein per pound you weigh.

Interesting.

Not only should you have about twice the protein, but as I mentioned before, if you’re feeling peckish after a workout, it’s probably because you burned all of your muscle’s stored sugar – which is good, because that means you definitely started burning at least some fat!  But is bad because now your muscles have nothing in reserve, and your body will basically demand they be fed in preparation for the next time you decide to go crazy and exercise for an  hour straight (which presumably will be the next day, but your muscles don’t need to know that!)  However, this the best time to stimulate the growth and production of new muscle tissue, and that would be through consumption of protein – in fact, you apparently should have .33g of protein per pound you weigh directly after a strenuous work out.

You should also have carbohydrates with your shake in order to maximize your protein intake – which, if you’re on a low carb diet probably won’t sit well with you, but I’m not so I was ok with this.  Most places suggested mixing dextrose with the protein shake.  And, once place I found also suggested mixing in a little cinnamon and honey, because there are studies that have suggested that those two things increase your body’s receptiveness to taking in protein.  Also they’re tasty.  xD

So, doing a little math, I figured out that, if I weigh 197lbs (which I did at the time I was doing this research project) I need:

197lbs x .45g protein = 89g protein/day to maintain weight while working out
197lbs x .9g of protein = 177g protein/day to cut weight while working out
197lbs x .33g protein = 65g protein directly after workout

Which is a lot different, and a lot more protein than I was getting.  I adjusted my diet somewhat, though I still don’t get 177g of protein every day – I get somewhere closer to between 100-120g.  But anyway, what about all this protein I’m supposed to get directly after my workout?  The answer was of course a protein shake!

Now, most places suggested this stuff here:

Arbonne Essentials

Arbonne Essentials

The Arbonne Essentials vanilla protein powder.  It’s got whey protein in it, which is the protein that stimulates muscle growth the most – you find it in most non-vegan protein powders.  And it is expensive, as most protein powders are, I came to find out.  That giant jug thing is $60 and has like, 25 servings in it … However, the big question is, how much protein is in a serving of that?  Answer: there are 20g of protein in 2 scoops according to the nutrition facts provided on the official website for the Arbonne product line.  Meaning there are about 10g/scoop or so, and if you recall, I need 65g of protein or so after each workout.

Which means I would need roughly three servings every time I work out.

Which means that that giant vat would literally last me about 8 days.

$60/week for protein powder?  Um – no thank you, I’ll pass.

However, I didn’t just quit looking at that point; I figure maybe I’ll splurge on that when I weigh less so I need less protein after my workouts.  In the meantime, I went to my local organic hippie store, since Whole Foods and places of that nature don’t exist where I live for the most part, and I found their protein/supplement section.  And I proceeded to read ALL of the labels, looking for one thing – which powder supplied the most protein for the least amount of product?

The one I eventually settled on is called Vegan Sport: Performance Protein

Vegan Sport Performance Protein

Vegan Sport Performance Protein

And it is for one simple reason that I chose this powder, even though a giant vat of it also cost me $60, so it doesn’t really seem like I’m ahead, does it?  xD Well, this protein powder, though it is not whey protein, which I really tried to find but they just did not have, has a serving size of one scoop.  Which I really appreciated because I don’t want to have to mix however many scoops I need with a gallon of water so that it’s not like trying to eat sand when I put it in my mouth.  However, even better than that … Well here – I’ll let you see for yourself.

Omg look at the amount of protein in 1 SCOOP!

Omg look at the amount of protein in 1 SCOOP!

Yeah … this stuff has more protein in one scoop than the Arbonne provides in 2 scoops … That is definitely a positive.  So, instead of having to use six scoops of protein powder, I only need to use two, and this vat says that there are roughly 24 servings inside.  Which means this vat should last me two weeks since I don’t exercise on Sundays.  EXCELLENT.  $30/week, while still a steep price, is a far cry from $60/week, tyvm.

Along with two scoops of powder into my water bottle, I also add a half a tsp of cinnamon and two tablespoons of honey, roughly.  And can I just tell you, with the vanilla shake mix, which is the one I bought, this combination is DELICIOUS.  I actually sort of look forward to the shake, even if it does have the consistency of roughly ground up chalk unless you constantly mix it.  Oh, and word to the wise?  Add a splash of water to your shake if you use this stuff before you take the last few sips – for some reason no matter how much you shake, it has these gritty particulates at the bottom and they are very hard to get down, I find … ^^;;

Now, as far as adding dextrose I didn’t get into all of that yet – I’m waiting until I can cut down a little on how much powder I use, because right now I have a 16oz water bottle, and for every scoop you’re supposed to add 8-12oz of water and mix.  So right now, I have a perfect bottle for making up my shake – I don’t want to add more powder to it because then I’ll have to add more liquid.  But if I can get down a little weight wise, I’ll get some of that dextrose stuff and see how it goes.

But until then, I am happy with my little shake mixture, and I’ll continue using it the way I am, because hey – it’s more protein directly after a workout than I was getting before! xD

Hopefully this was informative, and I’ll see you next time :]

❤ RaeynnBeau

Alright, so recently I have been on an oatmeal and orange juice kick for breakfast – I stop at McDonald’s on my way to work and get a fruit and maple oatmeal and a small oj every morning. Ever since I was really sick actually,  because hey, a little extra vitamin C never hurt anyone. Especially not someone who was sick. Or had scurvy.  Not that I had scurvy. Because I didn’t.

Anyway.

So, I realized Friday that I’m spending $5 every single day on a half cup of oatmeal with some raisins, apples, and maple syrup and 12oz of orange juice.  Which is $35/week. Could I be saving money here somewhere, and maybe even be a little healthier?

Well, I decided to find out.

So, I went to Wegman’s last Saturday morning and purchased oatmeal, raisins, craisins, maple syrup, and orange juice. No apples because I can’t be arsed to chop them up every morning, and I don’t really miss them. I also bought some bread so I can also have a slice of toast along with my oatmeal in the morning.  But anyway, all of this cost me a little under $30 – so I figure that if it can last me 6 days I break even; more than that and I’m saving money, and at the same time eating a little more and a little better. :]

So, here was breakfast today:

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Honey and peppermint tea (which I always drink anyway), Mango orange juice, flax seed oatmeal with raisins and craisins, maple syrup to taste, and a slice of multigrain toast with sunbutter and baobab jelly, which is amazing and will get it’s own blog post eventually. xD

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So, here’s what I use for the oatmeal – I got a variety pack of organic oatmeal because I couldn’t decide what flavor I wanted. Then I got some (again organic) raisins and dried cranberries or “craisins”, some organic pure maple syrup  and the honey I already had (for my tea). Which I actually didn’t add to the oatmeal today because I didn’t think I needed it. As for the toast …

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This is what’s on top of it – sunbutter, which is basically peanut butter made of sunflower seeds instead of peanuts, and safe for anyone who has allergies to peanuts/tree nuts, and baobab jelly. Which as previously noted is amazing, and well get it’s own blog post. Probably soon.

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Lastly, this is the orange juice – as I said it’s mango orange juice, because I just die for mangoes, but of course it comes in plain oj, and other flavors as well I believe. As you can see though, it’s pretty far gone already, and I’ve only had 2 glasses. It says there’s 7 servings in one bottle, but it looks like just eyeballing it every day I’m only going to get 5 or so. And I noticed that I keep having trouble finishing all if the juice I pour, so I think I’m going to have to measure out 8oz from now on. We’ll have to see if I’m that invested. ^^;;

So far so good – I don’t know what the calorie difference is yet, but there are 8 packages of oatmeal in the variety box, there are supposed to be 7 servings of oj, lots of raisins/craisins/syrup, lots of bread/jelly/sunbutter … I’ll be back with the results of this little experiment after a week or so, with cost/calorie/nutrition comparisons. :]

In the meantime, you could vote on my poll – it’s open until 12/31/12!