VEGAN IN THE CITY

Twenty-something. F. Toronto. Vegan exploring fitness, healthy eating & raw foods, on a busy schedule in a busy city ♥

Here and There

The past few days have been really rough for me. I’ve been feeling really awful, and have been getting headaches, been lightheaded and dizzy, and my digestion has been out of whack – all of which has totally KO’d my yoga routine. Today I am going to try to go back on Metamucil, and see what happens. The year that I was on Metamucil was the best year of my life digestively, so maybe going back on it (while still experimenting with raw vegan foods) will be good for me. Who knows!

I’ve been a bit dejected after making a bunch of recipes that I really did not like. I am sure there was nothing wrong with the recipe, but I’m the pickiest eater ever, so who knows. I got a dehydrator (feeling a bit depressed about this & not sure if it was a good decision, and I refuse to take pictures of it until it helps me make something nice) and made some onion carrot bread, which turned out awful and made me sick for two days. It didn’t taste too bad, just a little strong on the onion for me, but after I ate it I almost died, it was awful, I felt like a lump! Then yesterday I tried to make my first nut pate, made from hemp seeds and walnuts, and it was disgusting. I tried to eat some of it with a spinach salad, and managed to eat a bit of it, but it made me feel like gagging so I gave it a rest. And then I overate on spinach and had a stomach ache and just felt heavy overall. Bummer.

So, this week despite feeling like total shit I have learned some things about myself.

1. Do not eat too big of a salad.

2. Eat salad at the END of the day, not for lunch.

3. I need grains in my diet! They make my belly happy!

4. Raw onions do not agree with me.

5. Raw tomatoes do not agree with me.

6. There is a such thing as a too sweet smoothie

7. Smoothies are a good way to start the day, as is fruit

The smoothie pictured above is my second green smoothie – and for me I think it is a bit too sweet, which I guess is bound to happen because it’s a recipe I just made up. I’ve popped it in the fridge and am going to try watering it down to enjoy at a later date, but right now it’s just not what I want. TOO SWEET. But here’s the recipe for all you out there with a big green sweet tooth:

1. 1 banana

2. 1 1/2 cups of almond milk

3. 1 avocado

4. 3 dates (mine were soaked overnight)

5. 2 handfuls of spinach

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Newbie Pancakes + Fridge/Pantry Makeover!

So, I didn’t end up buying the dehydrator today – I’m going to try to find some time to go tomorrow. Instead, I went on a serious grocery trip and overhauled my fridge & shelves! No more processed food, hello fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, pseudograins, nuts, seeds, herbs, and spices (and tea)!

I looked so confused at the grocery store, squinting at all the racks of nuts, seeds, spices, and herbs, trying to figure out what was what. It is amazing that my whole life I have never known what a walnut actually looks like, until today when I bought them! It’s a really amazing feeling to start learning about real food rather than just accept whatever comes from a package. No top-secret ingredients with ten syllables!

Before I went grocery shopping, I made a list of the ingredients of 3 of the recipes in Brendan Brazier’s The Thrive Diet book. I decided to pick one smoothie, one pancake, and one burger! It took me like 2 hours to find everything, shopping for real food can be confusing when you don’t know what anything looks like.

Anywho, the recipe I decided to make tonight was for his Buckwheat pancakes! However, when I got home I realized I totally wasn’t able to find 2 of the things on the ingredient list: hemp flour, and barley flakes. So, I took those out and readjusted the amount of buckwheat flour, and they turned out amazingly anyway! I am still full and the sweet taste is still in my mouth. Yum!

Here are the ingredients:

1 1/2 cup buckwheat flour

1/4 cup ground flaxseed

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1 banana

2 cups water

Begin by mixing the banana and the water in a blender. Then mix the remainder of the ingredients in a bowl.

Once you have done this, slowly add it to the banana and water smoothie, bit by bit, and blending as you go.

Put a bit of coconut oil on a frying pan and put the heat on one of the lowest settings. Begin to drip the batter onto the frying pan. Wait until the pancake starts to bubble, and then flip. This should be about 3-5 minutes per side. My first attempt turned out super super ugly, as you can see below!

It looked so ugly I wanted to be sure it tasted good, so I put it on a plate and drizzled some raw agave nectar over it (my first time having this). OH MY GOD, SO DELICIOUS!

It was sooooo good! I felt really guilty eating it since it was sooo sweet with the agave nectar, I felt like I was eating some sort of candy bar or something. I can’t believe it’s 100% natural ingredients – real, whole foods! Yummy! I was a bit unsure since it isn’t raw, but it’s in Brendan’s book and I trust that guy. If it’s good enough for him to eat, it’s good enough for me to eat! Definitely not every day, though, and I think next time I’ll cut back on the agave nectar. But overall, a huge success! (PS: This makes 6 medium-sized pancakes!)

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