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Gumi BentoSooo … this is the video I just uploaded, and as promised, I’ll include a recipe here.  One of the tags I used in the video was カレライス, which is not technically true because there’s no rice but … I mean, you can definitely use rice if you want instead of spaghetti squash – I just wanted to give you more options for your vegan bento box!

We’ll start with my recipe for curry spice, which is:

Curry Spice

2tsp Tumeric
1tsp Corriander
1tsp Cumin
1/2tsp Cardamon
1/2tsp Cayenne Pepper
1/4tsp Black Pepper
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1/4 tsp Cloves
1/4tsp Cinnamon
1/4tsp Cocoa Powder

Ok; now I made this powder using the formula on this blog post – the ingredients above the line are the most essential ones, while the ones below the line, as you’ll see on that blog post, can be substituted out for other ingredients.  Try switching out the cloves for coffee or the cocoa powder for sage in the same proportions or something for a fun flavor experiment!  Either way, do be sure to keep the proportions relatively the same – the percentage breakdowns for the recipe above are roughly:

30% Tumeric
19% Corriander
19% Cumin
8% Cardamon
8% Cayenne Pepper
4% Black Pepper
4% Cloves
4% Cinnamon
4% Cocoa Powder

Which fits in with the proportion ranges detailed on that post, except the cayenne pepper which is a little higher in my recipe because I like a little spice in my curry; it took a bit of finessing to come up with proportions that equaled 2-3Tbsp of actual powder, but after some math I got the numbers to work out fine.  Substitute in whatever you want to though – if you want it less spicy take out or lessen the cayenne pepper and add another spice to make the amount of powder the same – for example, only use 1/4tsp of cayenne pepper and use a 1/4tsp of nutmeg as well.  Making quick little substitutions like that can really customize the flavor of your curry to your liking!

Alright, now for the actual recipe for the curry:

Fried Tofu: (Recipe taken from this blog post.)

1-2lbs Extra Firm Tofu, cubed
1-2Tbsp Safflower Oil (or other high heat oil)
1/2c Salt
3c Water

Curry Roux:

4Tbsp Vegan Margerine
5Tbsp Flour or Corn Starch
2-3Tbsp Spices (see above for my recipe)
1-2Tbsp Ketchup
1Tbsp Sweet Chilli Sauce
3Tbsp Ponzu sauce (or Worcestershire sauce)

Curry:

2 Medium Onions
2-3 Potatoes
1/2 bulb FEnnel
2 Bell Peppers (one orange, one yellow)
2 apples, peeled and cored
1-2Tbsp olive oil
2c Miso or other broth
1c Water
Salt to Taste

And, in case you missed it, here’s the video instructions on how to put it all together!

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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

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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Vegetable-Juice

So … Juice day 3.  Spoiler Alert: Hasn’t gone well so far.

Not for lack of trying just for … well, lack of sleeping, actually ^^;;

I was out late last night, (and, confession – I ate pasta and sauce, but a friend invited me over for dinner and her father is a chef, so I wasn’t turning that down for any reason … ^^; ) and I didn’t get home until late, so I didn’t go to bed until stupidly late … And suffice to say that my cell phone, that was right next to my head, didn’t wake me up.  I didn’t wake up at the 4:30 alarm, 4:45, 5:00, 5:15, or 5:30 … The alarm that did wake me up is the alarm clock I set for 7:00 as a warning to get out of the shower and get dressed  so I can make breakfast and go to work.

Yeah.

2841188803Needless to say that TapouT, a Shower, and Breakfast?  Ain’t nobody got time for that.

I didn’t do any of those things – I didn’t eat breakfast until I got to work and ate the soup that I was supposed to eat for lunch 2 days ago.  (Don’t freak out – it was still packaged and everything.  It’s just in a waxed cardboard-type box package that you buy at the store; look to the right and you’ll see what’s been sitting on my desk).  And, word to the wise, though this one wasn’t my fault, even though the soup on the package looks like complete liquid, there actually were discernible chunks of red pepper in it.  At least I’m pretty sure it was red pepper; it didn’t seem like the same consistency as cooked tomatoes.

But either way, this wasn’t TOTALLY liquid … So you basically have to pick around the lumps, which there weren’t many, if you really want to … I didn’t, I just ate them mostly because I was nearly falling asleep in said soup, and I didn’t have the motivation to do much about it.

Ozeri ScaleAnyway; so now, I haven’t had any juice, and I haven’t done TapouT … So what now?  Pretty short blog post, huh?  Well, I did get another awesome thing today, which is exciting.  You will see it to the left.  It is an Ozeri Touch 440 lb Digital Bath Scale.  Which I am definitely stoked about, because previous to this, I did in fact not have a scale … And, this one is all fancy and calculates BMI and Hydration and … Well, whatever, it was on sale when I bought it and it does all sorts of fun things that I can play with.

So right;  I’ll keep you posted about that, because I’m sure it’ll at least be fun to play with, and the video for all of this is still up and coming due to my late night yesterday … But it’ll be here soon!  I promise! ^^;;  Probably tonight – keep an eye on my channel, http://www.YouTube.com/TwiceBoiledCabbage

In the meantime, remember: There’s no use boiling your cabbage twice.

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. :]

010608-full-metroThis post is going to be about subways, and I know it’s not about nutrition or even really excericse or health or wellness or anything in a traditional sense, but I think it’s essential to the health and wellness of anyone living in a big city using public transport, so I feel like it’s appropriate xD

Ok, so we don’t have official Subway Pushers in NYC like they do in Japan like the image to the left, but subways can get waaaaay too crowded.  And, if you are forced to stand, (or give up your seat by choice because you are a lovely human being), then you may have been subject to having to ride without holding onto a bar or pole.  Yeah; it happens – especially if you have short arms like me, and you don’t want to smack anyone in the face.  Then you’ll end up standing like an island in a sea of bodies, with nothing but your own buoyancy to keep you floating.  Or rather, standing, as the case may be.

And, whenever you are on a subway this full, you can usually watch people fall over; sometimes it’s actually pretty entertaining (as long as no one is hurt, and usually no one is), but you probably don’t want to be the that is stuck doing the tumbling if you can help it … Enter Subway Surfing.  It’s a term used for getting and keeping your balance no matter what the train you’re riding on does, without holding on to anything.  Sorry I don’t have a more technical definition, but that’s what it means as I understand it … ^^;; That being said, it’s actually … super easy.  As long as you know how to do it.

I had surfing pretty much down in a week, and I’ve never done it before moving – I sort of had to adapt because I don’t really like ramming my face into people and getting lipstick all over other people (which actually happened the first time I had to stand on a subway without holding on – I felt really bad!) So, I started trying not to fall and eventually I got it down.  Had no idea what I was doing except that I was staying super tense and it was making my legs ache, but I wasn’t instigating a mosh pit, so I was happy with it.

For the first week.

Then I was like screw this noise when I got a charlie horse in the middle of the next week xD

17-4So, I devised a plan to figure out how to do it without wrecking my legs … Though I still had no idea what I was doing – in fact, I didn’t until I stopped and thought about what I was doing this morning on my commute to work, and if it was explainable.  And, my friends, I am here to tell you that it is!  And it’s actually pretty simple too.  The first thing to remember is to put your feet hip width apart and stagger them a little if you have room.  Even on a crowded train, you should have enough space to spread your feet apart a little – this will give you way better balance.

You also want to make sure your feet are lined up so that you and your feet are facing one side of the train, (though it doesn’t matter which side) and that they are lined up with one foot towards the front of the train, and one foot towards the back.  Looking at the picture to the right, the front of the train would be in the foreground, and the back in the background, or visa-versa.  Your feet and heels should be facing either side of the train where the doors are.  Hopefully the picture will help, because this explanation is long winded and kind of sounds confusing … But yeah.

After your feet are lined up, you want to make sure that you plant your feet.  This involves tensing your calves up a bit in order to make sure your legs aren’t going to move.  Follow those quick guidelines, and for the most part actually, you’ll be fine.  However, you still may fall down because if you are tense, if the train jolts or stops quickly, all of that tension with no give will lock you up  …

Which is why we will now enter the next thing you have to remember.  Bend one knee, and lean slightly away from it. Not both.  Don’t bend both knees.  I’ve tried bending both and it never works for me – it makes me wobble into people.  It’s all about weight distribution – which I actually learned about when I used to take martial arts.  You want your weight distribution to be about 70/30.  Around 30% of your weight should be on the leg with the bent knee, and about 70% should be on the leg that is straight.

Now, the trick is knowing which knee to bend.  And don’t worry; I’m going to tell you.

Bent KneeWhen the train starts to move, you want to bend whichever knee is toward the front of the train.  In the picture to the left, if this person was standing on the subway (first I’d tell her not to lift her heel off of the ground, but it was the best example picture I could find on Google ^^;;) then the back of the train would be to the right of the image, and the front would be towards where her pointed toe is.

The reason for this as far as I can surmise is because of the forward momentum of the train; your stiff back leg will support you, while your bent front knee will give you room to sort of move with the train in order to keep you upright.  However, don’t stop reading here – you aren’t done yet!  That’s only half the battle – you do the opposite when the train comes to a stop or slows down suddenly during transit.

When the train starts to stop or slow down suddenly, bend whatever knee is toward the back of the train.  So, when you are pulling into a station or there’s a quick stop suddenly, you want to shift your weight so that the back knee bent with about 30% of your weight on it, your front leg straight with about 70% of your weight on it, and you are leaning more towards that front leg.  In this case, if we’re referring to the image to the left, the front of the train would be towards the right of the image, and the back would be to the left.

This seems simple, but the subways sometimes start and stop pretty quickly and with little warning.  You might get a partial second warning about slowing down because it feels like the train’s sticking to the tracks, but you might have to ride a few times before you really have a good grasp of being able to tell when a train is going to stop/start.  But at the very least you can be prepared for station stops if you follow this little guide!

Also, the change in your weight distribution doesn’t have to be a grand production!  Just changing which knee is bent and which is straight is enough to almost switch how your weight is distributed.  I’ve definitely been playing temple run on my Kindle while standing and not holding onto anything and been fine to stay upright; once you do it enough it will be almost automatic (and I’ve only lived here for a month!)

… … Bet you thought that was all, huh? ^^;; Not quite.  There is one more thing we need to talk about – and that’s the fact that trains do not always stay completely perpendicular, straight up and down.  Especially when they are going around corners, they tend to lean forward and backward, and depending on the train operator and how fast you’re going around a curved track, it can be a slight lean or you could feel like you have whiplash after you pick yourself up off the ground xD

Unfortunately, I haven’t perfected how to stay upright when this happens, mostly because usually we whip around corners so hard and so fast that I topple before I can compensate for it.  The ideal thing to do would be to apply the same principals I’ve already explained in this post – which means that you’d have to turn 90 degrees and lean slightly away from whatever direction the train is tipping.  But, no one has time for that, especially at train speeds.

Pretty sure even Superman would say “Ain’t nobody got time for that.”

Press-your-knees-and-thighs-together-against-each-other.-Hold-to-five-then-relaxSo, in lieu of that, this is the best I’ve come up with so far, and it’s in no way fool-proof.  To be fair, I’ve only been in the city for 4 weeks, and normally I can manage to score a seat on most trains I catch in the morning and on the weekends.  ^^;; But, I’ll share my method for now, and if I find a better way to stay upright on the turns, I will update you (and this post).

As of right now, what I do is, again, in the second you have to realize the turn is happening, push your hips in the direction the train is tipping.  However, that’s not all.   You also have to put your shoulders back – it acts as a sort of counter balance.  The example picture to the right is sort of over exaggerated (again, the best I could find on Google), but you want your hips out, your knees bent, and your shoulders back.  And, if you have enough warning, you also might want to stagger your feet more.  It will give you better side to side balance, but you don’t always have room to do that on a crowded train without crushing toes, so do this at your own discretion.

Follow these steps, and they really are pretty easy once you get them in your head, and you too can avoid looking too much like a tourist this holiday season, or whenever you are traveling to the big apple!

With that, here are some entertaining images.

And remember, there’s no use boiling your cabbage twice.

❤ RaeynnBeau

You could just eliminate planting your feet entirely ...

You could just eliminate planting your feet entirely …

These guys are Doing it Wrong...

These guys are Doing it Wrong…

... And these guys are REALLY doing it wrong ...

… And these guys are REALLY doing it wrong …

groceriesAlright; so I’m getting accustomed to things in my new apartment (I just moved into my own place in the Big Apple, yay!) and I realize … I’m running out of food and paper supplies.  Something that I’ve never had to worry about before.  Which means of course, that I will have to purchase these goods myself.  Now, I’ve been grocery shopping before – ever since becoming a (casual) Vegan, I’ve had to buy my own stuff, mostly because a lot of the time, if someone were going to buy food for me, they’d have no idea where to get what I was talking about if I wrote “Carob Chips” or “SO Delicious Dairy Free Vanilla Yogurt” on the list.  Which is fine by me; this weird food is expensive besides – I’ve totally been living on toast for breakfast for the past like, 3 weeks or so ^^;;  I digress; I am going to have to go to the store and buy things that I have never had to buy before.  Toilet paper, napkins, paper toweling … These are all mysterious items of mystery to me – and not only that, but I am definitely afraid that I am going to forget everything when I go.  And it is a bit of a trek to go shopping where I live, so I don’t really want to have to make multiple trips on the weekend when I am supposed to be recuperating from the work week.

grocerylistEx2So, rather than be worried about all of that happening, I decided to find one of those magnetic pads that you stick to your fridge to make lists; sounds like a good plan, right?  Just jot down what you need when you run out of it or getting low, and at the end of the week just go buy what you need.  Notice I said NEED, not WANT – big difference there, I’m finding out.  ^^;; Anyway, on my quest to find a pad, I discovered a tutorial on how to make your own pad – which I thought was great, because that meant I could save money and just print out lists, glue the pages together, and slap a magnet on the back.  Problem solved.  Which would have been perfect if I hadn’t found this template … It is lik, the cutest thing I have ever seen!

You should totally check out the blog and download it here because it is super awesome and totally free :3  But anyway, this page is a full sheet – which means no sticking it to the front of my fridge because I have plenty of other stuff stuck to it.  I can’t add a whole 8.5″x11″ sheet to it too and reasonably expect my fridge to remain upright … ^^;; But this is the shopping list I’m using from now on – is that not the cutest little grocery store you’ve ever seen up there?  And the rainbow coloring of the categories; I love rainbows!  However, not only is it aesthetically pleasing, but it breaks down things to be sure that you take them with you too, which I desperately need …

In the upper right hand corner, under the date line, it gives you check boxes to grocery-shopping1make sure you remember to bring your coupons, reusable bags, and your shopper’s cards to make sure you save all the money you can.  And, speaking of money, there’s a slot to put your budget at the bottom, as well as what you actually spend, so you can make sure you stay on track.  Add that to large lines with plenty of space to write in, and organized categories, and I’m pretty sure this was made specifically with me in mind.

But, what else can you do to make sure you stay on task and buy what you need, not what you want?  I was really nervous about this, so I’ve been doing some research, because I have a tendency to go overboard when I buy things.  I found this site with the Top Ten Shopping Tips listed on it, and it was super helpful.  A quick summary of what it says:

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1. Shop with a list.  Ok; check that one off, since I now have the cutest list in creation at my disposal.
2. Set a budget.  Yeah, I always do that, but sticking to it is the problem …
3. Pay with Cash.  Right now since I’m waiting for my first paycheck that’s not happening…
4. Set a Timeframe. … o.o I have never thought about this before … But it totally makes sense.
5. Pick the best time for You. Well yeah; that means the only time I can go, right? xD
6. Shop alone. Ah, one of the times I don’t envy mothers that have to drag their children everywhere.
7.  Don’t shop when you are tired, hungry, lonely, bored or upset. … All of these things!? o.o;
8. Ask “do I really need this?”… I hate this question.  Which probably means I should ask more.
9. Remember that the sales person is there to sell to you! And they do such a good job too …
10. Don’t buy just because it’s on sale. But, if you’re already buying it, make sure you get the sale!

So, in short, I’ve got … one of these things down.  ^^;; Maybe I’ll write these on the back of my shopping list so that I can remember them when I’m at the store …?  Yeah.  That might work. Hopefully.  Maybe.

We’ll see what my bank account says afterwards.

In the meantime … I hope these tips help you, and I hope you too can have a super cute shopping list to help organize your life!

Remember, there’s no use boiling your cabbage twice!kalyn-grocery-cart

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Alright; today I’m here to talk to you as a sort of public service announcement.  I thought of this topic because the family that I’m staying with right now knows that I am eating vegan, and is constantly hassling me about my protein intake, as well as my other nutritional needs.  They are big on medical issues, and are constantly telling me how I need to take vitamin supplements to make sure I’m getting the nutrition I need every day.  And it is really starting to bug me; so I started thinking, are there other people like them out there?  People that think that vegans need to work hard to get the protein and other vitamins and nutrients they need in a day in order to survive?  Because that just isn’t true, and I’m here to prove it to you.

The fact of the matter is, most Americans and people all over the world for that matter eat too much protein in a day.  Between cheeseburgers, fast food, and what we eat every day, people consume way more than the amount they really need, which is around 1/3 of your body weight in grams per day.  I weigh 180lbs, so that means that I need about 60g of protein every day.  And I really don’t have to try hard to get myself there; in fact, I don’t even really think about it or monitor it at all – I did when I first became a vegan because I was nervous that I was going to make myself sick, but after going on two years of eating this way, I think I have a pretty good routine going on.

Let me tell you what I’m eating today, and we’ll see how many vitamins, nutrients, calories, and protein I am getting.

best-smoothie-recipesWe’ll start with breakfast, which for me just about every day is a smoothie.  And, in this smoothie goes all sorts of delicious things (though because of the contrasting colors, it usually ends up looking like mud …)  I always start with kale and/or spinach, depending on what I have, and mixed frozen vegetables.  I’m partial to frozen bananas and peaches, which is what I had today, but if I don’t have those I also make ice cubes using soy or almond milk for the cold part of the smoothie.  I also use a cup of nondairy yogurt, and as you may have guessed from my earlier post about So Delicious Greek yogurt, which you can see here, that is what I use, which has live cultures in it for probiotics.  Then goes the fruit juice, which is a combination of acai juice and peach mango silk juice at the moment, along with some coconut oil.

Let’s look at this objectively now, and consider the numbers.  Half a cup of kale is about a gram of protein, 103% of my daily vitamin A, 70% of my daily vitamin C, 5% of my calcium, and 3% iron.  In ONE ingredient.  Frozen fruits, assuming bananas and peaches, though I believe there is something else in the mix I get, have 1g protein, 3% vitamin A, 15% of my vitamin C, and 1% iron.  In the So Delicious Greek yogurt, (and I’m using the almond milk variety) there is another 7g of protein, as well as 35% of my daily vitamin B12, 35% of my daily Calcium, 30% of my daily vitamin D, and 30% of my daily Magnesium intake.  The coconut oil is sort of like fish oil, since it is good for my hair and nails, and that’s why I add it, so there really isn’t much actual nutritional value in it … After that, as for the juices, we’ll start with the mango peach juice.  That has 5g of protein, 100% of my daily vitamin C intake, 20% of my daily calcium intake, and 4% of my daily iron intake.  And finally, the acai juice has 1g of protein, 81% of my daily vitamin C, 8% of my daily calcium, and 7% of my daily iron, as well as being loaded with antioxidants.

That was a wall of text, I know, but let me show you what those numbers mean.  For breakfast alone, I am consuming:

Nutrient Amount
Protein  15g
Calcium  88%
Vitamin A  106%
Vitamin B12  35%
Vitamin C  266%
Vitamin D  30%
Iron  15%
Magnesium  30%

This is all just the first thing I eat in the morning, and I already have most of the vitamins and nutrients I need for the whole fricking day.  I’ve had a quarter of my protein, all the Vitamin A and C I could ever need, and I’m well on my way to having all of my calcium.  Next, let’s talk about my snacks during the day.  I’ve discovered that the Duane Reade I work above sells Karma Wellness Water in the cooler, so I’ve been getting that for lunch every day.  But, since it is supposed to be like a vitamin supplement, I’m not going to count it – I love the stuff, don’t get me wrong, but if we are only talking about the food I consume in a day, then I will simply have to dedicate a separate post to Karma Wellness Water all by itself.

The first thing I had to eat today when I got hungry at about 10am was a serving of dried dates, which was about a cup of them or so.  A cup of dates has 4g of protein, 1% of my Vitamin C, 6% of my calcium, and 8% of my iron.  About an hour or two later, I had basically ants on a log, except instead of peanut butter I had Sunbutter on the celery, which is basically peanut butter with sunflower kernels instead of the peanuts.  A great alternative for people who have allergies to nuts/tree nuts, btw, and it’s gluten free.  I had 3 large stalks of celery, which means about 2g of protein, 15% Vitamin A, 9% Vitamin C, 6% Calcium, and 2% Iron with about 2-3Tbsp of almond butter.  which is about 9g protein, 8% Calcium, 8% iron, 25% Vitamin E, and 20% Magnesium.  I had about a half cup of seedless raisins, which were about 3g of protein, 6% Vitamin C, 8% Calcium, and 17% Iron.  Next, about a cup of seedless red grapes, which is 1g protein, 2% Vitamin A, 27% Vitamin C, 2% Calcium, and 3% Iron.

Let’s add those numbers to the tally and see where I’m at now.

Nutrient Amount
Protein 34g
Calcium 110%
Vitamin A 121%
Vitamin B12 35%
Vitamin C 309%
Vitamin D 30%
Vitamin E 25%
Iron 53%
Magnesium 50%

It just keeps looking better and better, doesn’t it?  And we haven’t even hit lunch yet.  Lunch consists of about a half cup of hummus, (today I have the Tuscan Garden version, yum!) which is 8g of protein, 2% Calcium, 2% Vitamin A, and 4% Iron.  I’m going to eat that with a bag full of baby bell peppers in varying colors, which means 1g of protein, 1% Calcium, 11% Vitamin A, 200% Vitamin C, and 3% Iron.  After that, for afternoon snacks I have a package of Annie’s Grapes Galore bunny fruit snacks, which has pretty much nothing but 100% Vitamin C, but I love them so whatever xD  I also have a DeLish black bean and corn salsa for this afternoon as well, which I ate half of yesterday.  That has 10g protein, 4% Calcium, 80% Vitamin A, 40% Vitamin C, and 15% Iron.  And finally, I have a bag of sunflower kernels, which I just wrote a blog post about actually, if you want to take a look at it here.  There are 9g of protein in those, and 4% calcium.

If we add all of my lunch and afternoon numbers to the table, now we get this:

Nutrient Amount
Protein 62g
Calcium 121%
Vitamin A 214%
Vitamin B12 35%
Vitamin C 646%
Vitamin D 30%
Vitamin E 25%
Iron 75%
Magnesium 50%

Now, as you can see, I easily hit my protein mark, and I haven’t even added dinner in yet.  Since I’m writing this during the day, I haven’t figured out what I’m having for dinner, but it will probably be something like a seitan cutlet or a veggie burger, some wilted spinach, and some fruit, which will increase my Iron to 100%, as well as increase my vitamins A and C most likely.  Depending on the cutlet or burger could also increase my protein, magnesium and vitamin E and D as well.

But, my point is, people are always getting angry and me and telling me that I’m not going to be healthy because I don’t eat meat and I don’t drink milk, so I must have low protein and calcium.  You can see here quite clearly that I easily hit my protein needs of 60g as well as my calcium needs at more than 100%, and this isn’t even all the food I will be eating today.

Just because I eat different foods doesn’t mean I’m not healthy; in fact, I am probably much more healthy than a lot of people in the world.  If I ate a bowl of cereal and milk, do you think I’d hit the numbers I did today?  Even if I had bacon, eggs, and toast, I still wouldn’t be as well off.  All protein doesn’t come from animals, and all calcium doesn’t come from milk.  All vitamins don’t come from pills.  Just because I don’t to take a supplement every day doesn’t mean that I’m not perfectly healthy.  Yes, my B12 is low, so is my Magnesium and my Vitamin D.  But you know, what?  I go outside a lot, which increases my Vitamin D because your epidermis produces vitamin D when exposed to sunlight.  Magnesium and B12 are not required to be healthy, they are basically an added bonus and can make some medical conditions easier.  Medical conditions that I do not have.

So, before people start telling me that I’m unhealthy because I don’t eat meat or dairy, I want them to do the same thing I’ve done here – map out exactly what you eat for the majority of the day.  Then, compare your numbers to mine, and tell me which ones look like they are more healthy.

Until next time, this is RaeynnBeau, signing out.

Vegan Protein and an Iron Chef

Walking from Grand Central to 6th up 45th, I happened to notice this sign on my mad dash to work, and I was really excited, so I ended up taking a picture on my lunch break:

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Now, to be fair I didn’t see her on Iron Chef, but I actually really dislike Alex when she’s a judge on Chopped, which is definitely one of my favorite shows on the Food Network.  She always seems needlessly dramatic in a snotty sort of way, and iis unncessarily harsh a lot of the time, even compared to the other judges … Even when she’s giving a compliment it always seems like she’s annoyed or looking down her nose at the contestant she’s addressing.

But then, that’s just my oppinion; she could be a total sweetheart irl, and how would I know? xD

I mean, it’s not like I would probably ever eat at this restaurant anyway because of my dietary restrictions (judging by the name I’d guess it’s not a vegan friendly establishment xD) and it’s probably super $$$, but I thought it was cool that an Iron Chef was opening a restaurant basically next to where I work.  I used to watch the old Ryori no Tetstujin seasons when they aired, mostly because the chairman was awesome xD

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I mean, come on – how can you not love that face? xD He always totally cracked me up.  To be fair however, I hear that the Iron Chef America chairman is also pretty entertaining, though I haven’t seen him in action either.  But, since this was the first inage result on Google when I searched for Iron Chef Chairman, I’m thinking what I’ve heard is true.

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Look at his eyes; he looks like a cracked out Batman villan that just set his evil plan in motion. xD Or the sidekick from the Green Hornet if he ever went crazy and became evil or something.  Yeah.  ^^;;

Anyway, I promised you a quick Vegan protein tip in this post, and I won’t disappoint! 

I was hungry at lunch today and hummus and baby bell peppers, though delicious, just weren’t turning me on today.  So, I wandered down to the Duane Reade that is basically the first floor of my office building and started looking for something new and exciting to snack on… And while this isn’t a new product by any stretch of the imagination, it was very exciting when I saw the protein content:

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What is this magical snack with 9g of protein per serving that is vegan friendly, you ask?  Well, it’s surprisingly not a soy based product, which is normally the reason most vegan food has protein, and it’s not a bagel, though those are high in protein too … Believe it or not, this is actually a bag of sunflower kernels!  (A word to the wise though – these things are defintely NOT braces friendly.  Carry toothpicks or something if you’re going to munch on them with braces, because they’re small enough to get stuck in everything >>;; )

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This is just the little snack sized bag I got for a few dollars at Duane Reade, but I’m sure any of them will have within one gram of protein or so of these.  I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, since the sunbutter I eat has a high protein content and it’s made of sunflower kernels as well (sunflower kernels being the delicious inside parts of sunflower seeds), I just didn’t really make the connection I guess.

This whole bag (and it’s a good sized bag – I still haven’t finished them all and I’ve been eating them for the past four hours) is only 250 calories, and with all that protein it’s definitely worth it.  However, I think these ones are salted and toasted, though the bag doesn’t indicate that at all … But it definitely tastes like they’ve been salted three or four times … ^^;; So you’ll definitely want a drink if you decide to indulge in this delicious little snack.

But yeah; those were my two discoveries for today – check back in over the weekend sometime for a recipe on a vegan version of my absolute favorite candy of all time! :3

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So, I still haven’t posted my next video yet because yesterday was a fiasco and my computer is full of hatred … But hopefully it will calm the eff down and I’ll get it posted today. In the meantime, you get another post written on my phone. So sorry for any typos – autocorrect is a cruel mistress….

But I digress. This week … I gained 2 lbs. Which doesn’t make any sense to me, because I’m still working out, still eating 1200ish calories, still being “good”, as it were. And yet, last week I weighed in at 195.5, and this week, I’m 197.5 – I gained exactly 2lbs.

However, I have a hypothesis as to why this may have happened, and while it’s still discouraging, at least it means I’m not gaining fat.

So, if you read my regularly sporadic posts, you will know that after I exercise hard, I tend to get super hungry. Like, stomach growling, in pain hungry. Not the kind of hungry you can ignore, and not the “hungry” you think you get when you’re actually just bored.

Well, it got to the point that I wanted to know if that was healthy – or if I was doing something wrong. Because if it was a sign of like, overworking my muscles and I was going to pull something or worse, i decided I wanted to know.

Turns out that it’s actually perfectly normal. Apparently when you exercise, you burn the sugars your muscles have in storage, which makes sense. But, if you work really hard and burn all of the sugar, or most of it, of course your body will want to replace it as soon as possible, which is why I feel like I could eat an elephant after I finish working out. xD The other fun fact I found out was that you should have 1/3 of your daily protein intake directly after working out – protein of course promotes muscle growth.

But, more than that, the more muscle you have, the more fat you can actually burn, since it’s your muscles that, after they burn their stored sugar, start turning fat into fuel. So, the more muscles you have, the more fat you can get rid of. So, bearing this in mind, I got some mix for a vanilla protein shake that tastes like ground up chalk you mix with water … But I can stomach it and when I’m done drinking it, I’m not hungry anymore. So it seems as though all is well – I’m not hungry after working out, and I’m building more fat burning muscle.

Excellent deal, right?

Well, nothing comes without a price. Even the best deal.

And there’s no exception here – because muscle weighs more than fat. So, if I remove a pound of fat and replace it with muscle, it’s going to actually make me gain weight, since the same quantity of muscle is heavier than the fat I got rid of.

However, if that really is the reason I gained weight, then I’m actually ok with that. Because, even though the muscle is heavier, it also will make my body look slimmer and more toned, so it will look like I’m losing weight either way. So that’s that.

But, if my pictures next Sunday don’t look like there’s been improvement, I don’t know what I’m going to do … Die maybe D: No , I’m probably just start biking more often and stop eating into the calories I’ve burned for the dayas best I can … Even though I’ve been doing that for 3 weeks and I still lost weight for the first couple …

Anyway, I’ll keep you updated on this conundrum … And hopefully have the week 3 update ready tonight :3

Until next time!
~Raeynn