Monday, August 29, 2011

Like a thief in the night... literally...

This is where my most loyal MacBook sat for months on end before someone made off with it this weekend...

It saw me through my MA degree, countless hours if blogging, was a faithful travel companion, photo logger, and bearer of my 20,000+ songs music collection... I miss you.

Blogging will be inherently more challenging being computer-less... I'm both crushed and pissed, but fully intending on finding out how realistic it is to blog from an IPhone until I can figure out my next move. Thanks for bearing with me!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Fall Meets Summer: Pumpkin FroYo

Once again, three cheers to the power of positive groupthink. I've been falling on more and more blogs over the past couple weeks talking about the advent of Fall, otherwise known as the return of pumpkin season. 'Lo and behold, I get an email from VegNews that has both the words "pumpkin" and "frozen yogurt" in the same sentence. Heck yeah! THEN, I accompany Andrew to his shift at our food co-op and I find organic soy yogurt there for the taking AND one remaining can of organic pumpkin puree. Well if that isn't a sign that the Universe wants me to make frozen pumpkin treats, I don't know what is.

I highly recommend this recipe! The first step in the original Veg News recipe is to strain the yogurt through cheesecloth overnight to get rid of excess water. My soygurt was so thick that it barely let off any water at all... so I didn't get much out of that step. Also, I'm not particularly a fan of agave (this is a good article about some of my reasoning, aka. highly processed, fractured sugars, etc.). Here's my take on the original with only a few tweaks:

(with an Eat Dance Live twist)
Yield: Makes 1 Pint

3 C plain soy yogurt
scant 1/2 C maple syrup
1/2 vanilla bean pod (or 1 tsp vanilla)
1 C pumpkin puree
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp allspice
1 small chunk of fresh ginger
dehydrate/roasted spiced nuts, for topping*

*chopped pecans and walnuts, mixed with maple syrup, salt, cinnamon and clove, then dehydrated/baked

1. In blender (or bowl), mix all the ingredients.
2. Freeze mixture as per your ice cream maker's directions.
3. Top with spiced nuts and enjoy!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

What I Ate Wednesdays

So half way through my morning, I was hit with a "It's Wednesday already! #*%*#@!!!!" mostly because once again, I really wanted to participate in my first What I Ate Wednesday. Even though I'd already had two meals, I didn't let that put me down, and made the best of what I had... So finally, here I am!
WiaW is more than just about posting the random things you eat during your day. Started by Peas & Crayons, the goal is for the blogging community to ultimately share in the one thing we obviously all have in common despite dietary choices, lifestyles, blog topics, etc: FOOD! It's fun, it's an easy to connect with each other, inspire others, embrace our food, and have yet another excuse to look at some food porn...

After my morning cardio, I was RAVENOUS, and tried my best to slowly sip (and chew!) my breakfast and while I managed, I didn't get a photo. Instead, this was breakfast, except imagine that blended with added spinach and spirulina (the stuff in the cup is hemp protein):
My mid-morning snack was half of one of these:

Lunch was a giant salad beast, with broken pieces of a homemade sprouted adzuki bean burger.
Of course, by the time I left the house to study, the whole WiaW thing slipped my mind again and came back to me just as I was eating this (it's not nuclear nor is it levitating, I promise, iPhones take very over-exposed photos with flash):
Of course, I also forgot to take a pic of my mid-afternoon sprouted hummus with veggies, so here's a cheat pic of a version that I made a while back:
And lastly, another salad beast for dinner! This particular beast was a kale one, massaged in lemon and avocado, with dulse, a crumble of tempeh, and some of our foodgasmic tomatoes:
Yay food goodness! Join me tomorrow for what will hopefully be some successful vegan FroYo shenanigans!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Harvest!

I think a small part of me has crying been crying inside for a few days now. The weather is getting cooler and cooler and the advent of winter is upon us here in Ontario. Fall, I know, not winter. It's sad, I realized how much I love fall, but farther up North, I just can't appreciate it in the same way because I know it just means soon winter shall come, the snow will pile up and the cold will set in... brrr...

Despite the colder temperatures, our little (or rather ginormous) tomato plants are still growing strong and wild. We've had quite a couple harvests by now and WOW are they delicious. I think my favourite tomato has officially become the heirloom variety called Cherokee Purple. It takes like a deep rich sunbeam. It's amazing. Here was today's pick:
In other news, my sis and I are in the serious planning phases of our awesome trip to Disney World for our sisters (aka. partners in crime) bachelorette party/Disney Princess 1/2 Marathon run! I'm actually getting more and more crazy excited as the days go on.

Only two more days til my last comps exam and I'll be free from this madness and will be able to get more creative here once again! Soon it this blog shall abound with yummy food once more!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

The Foods that say I love You

A little while back, I read the Gastronomy of Marriage and wondered what it is like for Andrew and all other significant other's of foodies to cope with us. Earlier today, we went to the handfasting ceremony of two of our friends. Apparently, I just bawl at all weddings (or even wedding receptions I've helped cater, heh), but this time, there were a bunch of us, so I didn't feel so alone.

I was reminded today (and sometimes it was difficult to listen to, I admit) of everything that needs to be done on a daily basis to make a happy marriage and a healthy relationship work. I was so filled with gratitude for everything we have, that I just wanted to say I love you. Of course, all things must relate back to food around here, so this post I'm writing about food and love. I'm dedicating this post to all the foods that remind me of our relationship and that make me swoon a little every time I smell or see them even to this day:

Dill: Dill is #1 on my list for sure... It reminds me of when you first invited me over. Because you had just moved into your (what would so quickly be our) new apartment, your fridge was pretty empty. It was one of the only things in your vegetable drawers, and the anise-kissed smell of dill would waft through the entire kitchen every time we'd open the door. It reminds me of your "bachelor" days, when we were just beginning to know one another, when everything was still new and there was so much possibility in everything that surrounded us. I never ever wanted to throw out that dill because that's what it represented to me... I think it stayed in our fridge for at least a month or so.

Boiled (or Boiling) Tomatoes: It might seem silly to say for someone who loves to cook, but I had never really boiled tomatoes before until you showed me how. Whether it was or not, it's what I remember as one of the first things we cooked together. You stood behind me at the store with your arms wrapped around my waist, and showed me how to put them in the water while I'd take such glee in watching the skin burst just right. In those early weeks, you always made me whole wheat pasta with your homemade tomato sauce, and as simple as that might seem, it was always so perfect.

Caramelized Sweet Potato Salad: The first thing I ever saw you eat, and I'm pretty sure that's when you first talked to me about your veganism and food choices. You told me how you preferred to eat small meals throughout the day rather than 3 squares meals, and I knew you shopped at health food stores (bonus!). I told you about how interested I had always been in veganism... and really, those sweet potatoes just smelled really damn good. More than that, I'll always remember the plastic tupperware they came in, because now that our lives are completely intertwined, we use those containers all the time to get bulk nut butters and things at our favourite health food stores. It's still funny to see an object so foreign or that belonged to you now be such an integral part of my every day life, even years later.

My First Dinner for You + My Chocolate Cookies of Doom: I've thought very often as to whether or not I should post the recipe for those cookies on my blog, but I think I'm still saving it for a special occasion... I know that you know the story. The first month we were together, you went out one evening and I stayed at "your" place because I wanted to surprise you by making you dinner. I was so nervous to cook for you, because I'd never prepared food to impress a boy before. I decided I'd stick with my staples, because they're delicious and 100% no-fail. I made my notorious veggie couscous, which I panicked while making and made too watery for the first and only time. Paired with that was my very labour intensive roasted peppers with baked onions... I later found you were not that big a fan of roasted peppers nor onions, but you lovingly ate them anyway. And as the piece de resistance, I had planned for a chocolate raspberry cake, because I knew you loved raspberries. I was going out on a limb here because I decided to try my hand at vegan baking for the first time. I can't remember what recipe book I used, but I was so nervous I blended the two recipes on the page (one for cookies and one for cake), and by the time I noticed, it was kind of too late to start again and I was running out of time... The result was actually delicious. They have been called "cookies of doom," "round brownies," or the cookies my boss would beg me to make when I'd run home for my 30 minute lunch break. See... the best things grow out of love.

This is where it all began:


There are so many other foods and so many other memories. I never know how personal I can get here, because otherwise there would be a lot more... but these are definitely the ones that stand out. I love you.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Raw ABCs

First off, here's your daily dose of beautiful:


Secondly, I was all excited about doing my first "What I Ate Wednesday" post since I love seeing other bloggers doing those. However, after taking pictures of breakfast, I kind of completely forgot about it for the rest of the day... bad blogger, bad.

So thirdly, yay filler post! Back in March, I succumbed to my first internet meme by filling out the ABCs survey that was going around blog world. I then remembered how much I used to love those little chain letter survey things when I was a tween. When I saw that Bitt had created her own raw version of that survey, I knew she had me wrapped around her little finger! I can also use these as an excuse to say that I'm being more superficially "personal" with all of you. Please feel free to fill it out if you're a closet survey filler too!
A - Preferred Way of Eating Avocados: I used to love them most in smoothies and things, but now probably as the "creamy" in a "creamy kale salad" ooo ooo or in nori rolls.
B - Daily Banana Intake: Nowadays, I can average anywhere from 4 to 14.
C - Cacao or Carob: Oh, tough one. I'd probably have to go with carob though... The taste of a particular carob cookie of mine was once described as "tasting likes leaves" or humus (not to be confused with hummus). It was meant as a compliment. I actually totally understood what my friend meant, and actually agreed. That's why I love carob, it's kind of like sweet fallen autumn leaves...
D - Durian: Haven't had it since I was little. Growing up in a Chinese culinary household, we used to leave milk, cookies, and durian candies out for Santa... My dad, not necessarily having that palate, would only eat the milk and cookies. My sister and I figured Santa didn't like durian...
E - Essential Way to Start the Day: Water and lots of it, and a kiss from Andrew. Then I know all is right in the world.
F - Favourite Fruit: Mangos by a landslide!
G - Guru You Like: Hmm, don't really do the whole guru thing, I guess.
H - Healthy Meal: Either my banana-spinach-spirulina smoothies or my giant beast salads.
I - Ice Cream Base: Bananas, Coconuts, Nuts, or Other: Definitely bananas, though as a not-as-raw vegan, I tried hemp milk-based ice cream in NY and it was fantastic!
J - Juice or Smoothies: Smoothies all the way! As much as I occasional like juice, I don't particularly believe in the whole separate the different parts of a fruit/veggie. That and I don't digest it as well at all.
K - Favourite Way to Eat Kale: A close call between kale chips and creamy kale salad.
L - Number of Lemons in your House Right Now: 1 1/2 since I just put 1/2 in my favourite lemon banana smoothie! I always like to have some on hand, whether for savoury recipes (most recently for cauliflower couscous) or with bananas in a smoothie (I'm telling you, throw in a few poppy seeds and you have poppy seed cake batter!)
M - Muscle Testing: I don't know how, but it does work! It's amazing and defies science! Don't knock it 'til you try it.
N - Nut Butter: Meh... So, sue me. If I had to pick, I'd have to side with good ol' PB.
O - Organic or Conventional: Organic, seriously, conventional is just not an option in this household.
P - Pickled Veggies, Have You Made Them: I'm part Chinese and part Polish, I think my blood is probably pickled. Sauerkraut, pickled cabbage, cucumbers, beets, anything... ANYTHING!!!
Q - Questions You Most Get Asked About your Diet: "What are you going to do with all those bananas?" Unfortunately, most cashiers don't get my sarcasm and I'm pretty sure a bunch of them actually think I own a pet monkey... maybe I should just start suggestively wiggling my eyebrows at them and let them draw their own conclusions...
R - Recipe you Love: What? I have to pick one? I would be pretty lame if I just picked a banana or mango smoothie, so I'll "splurge" and say Shannon's Samoraws (her raw version of the Samoa Girl Scout Cookie). Actually, all her raw versions of those are divine.
S - Skin Brushing: Yes! And I know I should totally do it more often.
T - Types of Water you Drink: Too much crap in city tap water, so the best we can do here it go with Culligan (something like an 8 stage process/reverse osmosis or something to that effect)!
U - Unbelievable Thing that's Related to Eating Raw: I have terrible eyesight, and my eyesight actually improved when I went vegan and raw. My eye doctor couldn't believe it, since she'd been up-ing my prescription since I was about 10.
V- Vegetable you Love: Honestly, probably just romaine lettuce. I'm not super complex that way.
W - Why did you Start Eating Raw? Just cuz... honestly, I don't have a fancy backstory to this decision. I just wanted to.
X - X-rated Vegetable or Fruit: Ooooh, definitely this delicious monster. I mean, come on:
Y - Yummy Food you Make: I just asked Andrew and he said that it would be hard to pick but that he would go with one of my ice creams (which he is now wanting me to make...), perhaps my raw banana split then!
Z - Favourite use of Zucchinis: Mmm, raw lasagna... I could have sworn I posted a recipe for that... I guess I'll have to change that soon!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

But, how do you get you [enter vitamin/mineral here]?

This is a post for skeptics, because I was once one of them as well. I'm also going to go all scientifical on you, which doesn't happen very often, haha. As much I believe in the power of the raw diet, its capacity to provide me with everything I need to achieve and maintain optimal health, it still sometimes seems unlikely to me that I can get my daily dose of ALL my vitamins and minerals by just eating fruits and veggies. I was feeling this particularly strongly when I was on my banana island, pretty much just eating bananas and greens.
Call me the Saint Thomas of the raw food diet but I need to be "shown" that this works... I finally took the suggestion of lots of seasoned LFRVers and downloaded Cron-o-meter. Cron-o-meter is the best nutrition tracker I have used to date. More so than just giving you the usual boring caloric breakdown, you can program it to your own specific dietary needs. In short, you can set how many calories you want to eat, how much of those should be carbs/fat/protein (perfect for 811), and it'll tell you exactly how much of each essential vitamin and mineral you are getting. It uses up-to-date USDA nutritional data and you can add whatever foods you want to your list if they're not there (think spirulina or maca or something...)

The results? This is what I got on a day of eating 1/4 watermelon for breakfast, and then splitting 15 bananas, 3 C spinach, 1/2 a head of romaine lettuce, 2 dates, and just 1 brazil nut for lunch and dinner, plus a B12 supplement. Please take into account that this was my food intake on a day when I was choosing to eat just 2 kinds of fruit and greens for 10 days, so it isn't necessarily typical of the diversity of my usual high raw diet:
  • Calories: 1998 (89% carbs, 6% protein, 5% fat)
  • Vitamin A: 1855% of my DRI
  • Vitamin C: 367%
  • Vitamin E: 31%
  • Vitamin K: 851%
  • Folate: 264%
  • B1: 110%
  • B2: 163%
  • B3: 106%
  • B5: 173%
  • B6: 522%
  • B12: 41667%
  • Calcium: 50%
  • Copper: 248%
  • Iron: 74%
  • Magnesium: 225%
  • Manganese: 342%
  • Phosphorus: 96%
  • Potassium: 181%
  • Selenium: 215%
  • Sodium: 8%
  • Zinc: 64%
Gotta say, that's probably worlds better than anyone on a SAD diet, and again, I was pretty much just eating bananas! On just those foods, I was a little low in iron, and lower in calcium, zinc, and vitamin E, but playing around with numbers a bit, this could have been easily corrected just by adding:
  • For Vitamin E: Tomatoes, broccoli and mangos... or if I was going the healthy fat route, could have added just a miniscule amount of nuts (especially almonds), sunflower seeds, flax seeds, or avocado to hit that 100%.
  • For Calcium: dark leafy greens, almonds, flax, chia or hemp seeds, or carob powder
  • For Zinc: very minor amounts of pumpkin seeds, flax, chia seeds, or nuts
  • For Iron: more spinach or other leafy greens
So, on any old day in the life of me, when I'm eating all my fruit for breakfast and lunch, and finishing off the day with a big salad with a pittance of nuts and seeds every once in a while, I'm pretty much getting everything I need. 100% vegan. 100% raw. 100% delicious. Yes, I love this lifestyle, and it's been confirmed to me in cold hard cynical numbers that it works!

Monday, August 15, 2011

2 Week Raw Challenge

One PhD comps exam down, one to go! That's kind of what took up the latter half of my week, but it's such a relief! Yay me.

So, a week or so ago, I was invited via Facebook to Danny David's (aka. rawfitnessguy) "Awesome Raw and Crazy Sexy Ripped Body" Challenge. I'm always a supporter of any fitness challenge, so a raw fitness challenge? Sign me up!

Conveniently, this challenge is just in time for another time of the year when I try to reboot my workout routine. I'm currently almost kind of as high raw as it can get, but curse you, yummy vegan restaurant job for feeding me your deliciousness once a week. I have to say that has been having it's ill effects... once again, I'm not whining (okay, maybe just a little, though I know it's totally self-inflicted), the difficulty with digesting non-raw foods is something you quickly come to understand/experience once you eat high raw too! So I decided to stick to a few things:
  • Grains in whatever form, sprouted or not = not my friend, why do I keep forgetting this?
  • Dried fruits are my gateway drug
  • Minor amounts of nuts & seeds every once in a while are probably good for my healthy fat intake, but my desire for them is really minimal...
  • To me, lightly steamed veggies are better than mis-combined raw "gourmet" meals (for example: one of those nut and sweetener pies, covered in nut and in sweetener icing, decorated with nuts... with coconut butter thrown in for good measure...)
  • 100% Fresh & Raw Days = happy and energetic days
Workout-wise? I'm pretty happy with what I'm doing now but now that the pool is open at our gym again:
  • Go back to swimming my 1.5-2K about 2 or 3 times a week
  • Keep at the HIIT because it makes me really happy
  • Add at least 20 minutes of pilates (I just discovered Cassey's awesome blog recently to help me with that) or yoga every day (this is probably my least respected new year's resolution)
This challenge is lasting from today until the end of August. I'm so pumped! What would you do if you were up for the challenge?

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Just like a Fairy Tale: Pie of Day & Pie of Night

One of my favourite fairy tales as a kid was Peau D'Ane. Sure it was kind of a weird tale, but it's evening so let's sit down for a quick story time:

A king grieving his dead wife decides that he can only marry the most beautiful girl the kingdom, which he concludes is his own daughter. Trying to stall the wedding, the Princess demands all sorts of crazy gifts to try to dissuade her father, like a dress the colour of the moon, then a dress more brilliant than the sun. When he give those to her, and in a final act of desperation, she asks him for the skin of his magic donkey (who comes up with this stuff, seriously?) which poos gold, which she thought he would never do becomes that's how he gets his wealth. However, he does kill the donkey, but the Princess uses the skin as a cloak and flees the kingdom and potential incest by posing as a pig keeper's help.

While she's working as a pig keeper, a neighbouring kingdom's Prince espies her, sees her beauty despite her dirty pig-ness and falls in love with her. When the Prince is told she's just a pig keeper and they call her Peau D'Ane (translates as "Donkey Skin"), he becomes lovesick and his mother the Queen figures that only a galette made by Peau d'Ane can cure him. For some reason, unbeknownst to him, Peau d'Ane makes him this pie, and lets her ring fall into the dough. When he finds the ring in the pie, he must know how it belongs to and says he'll marry its owner. So à la Cinderella, all the girls of the kingdom come and try to claim the ring as theirs, but they don't fit. Until Donkey Skin shows up in her dirty garb and puts the ring on. Upon that, the Prince of course recognizes her as the girl he fell in love with, realizes she's a Princess and they all live happily ever after.

Why did I just share this story with you, especially now that I realize how weird it is? Well, because I always loved it as it has two of my favourite things: 1) baking involving Princesses (hello, scene where the fairies in the Sleeping Beauty Disney movie make her birthday cake!!) AND 2) pretty dresses involving Princesses (really, a dress made out of the sun and out of the moon, how much cooler does that get?).

When I went over to my friend K's place for a very belated pie-making date, we thought and thought about what to make and decided that we couldn't settle on just one pie, so we made two. When we were done playing in the kitchen and I put the pies side by side, the first thing I thought of was my favourite fairy tale. The contrast of colours and tastes, reminded me exactly of those two dresses from Peau d'Ane: the dress made from sun and the dress made out of moon... or in this case a cake made out of sun, and a cake made out of night. I present to you:
Raw Sun Pie
Almond, Apricot & Anise Crust
Fig & Apricot Spread Filling
Raw Night Pie
Bittersweet Cacao Nib and Almond Chocolate Shell
Cherry & Black Currant Filling

We even had our own fairy tale ending: Both of our Prince Charmings came over after work to eat our pies, and I guess the delicious charm of our recipes won them over. Just like finding a ring in a galette, these pies won them over and we all lived happily ever after.

(P.S. Yes.... this is the weird stuff I publish when I wait 'til 10pm at night to post.)

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

My 7 Links

Thank you, Laury for tagging me to write up my own 7 Links. As I've commented on a few other blogs, the whole 7 links thing has definitely been the best blog survey to date. I've learned so much about the girls whose blogs I read in one simple post. I feel that 7 simple entries really allows readers to get to know who you are. And now it's my turn, so here goes:

1. Most Beautiful Post

"Hope" was just a really cute little story about ducks crossing the street that I wanted to share with all of you about something I witnessed while going on with my day to day life. Yet I love it because it was one of those moments that gave me such love for our species (and knowing that I'm kind of an environmental hippie grump, that doesn't happen too often).

Though it was "just" a post about a dance workshop I attended, I really feel like I bared a very raw and honest part of myself in my "Why I'm Thankful" entry. It was a very defining memory to me that I'm glad I shared.

2. Most Popular Post

Surprisingly, my Review of Luna Pads has by far been my most popular post. In fact, every time I post about menstrual things, I tend to get lots of hits... I guess it is a topic that 51% of the population can relate to, but I'm always curious as to how people find their way to my blog to deal with it. It's an honour!

Unsurprisingly, my Chocolate Orange Creamsicles post is a close second. That one I can understand though... it's raw chocolaty goodness. Can't go wrong with that!

3. Most Controversial Post

Being a fairly controversial/opinionated person, I'm actually surprised by how few controversial posts I have. My top pick would probably be my honest rant about the Birth Control Pill, I was actually surprised that it was so well received, and that in fact, a lot of women shared my opinion and took the time to share their own stories and experiences. So thank you!

4. Most Helpful Post

A tough one. I like to think I write an information blog more so than a blog about my day to day rantings, so I'm kind of hoping that all my posts are helpful for one reason or another...

Anyway, anyone who really knows me, knows I'm a stretching fanatic. By now, with all the fitness instructor and doctor's recommendations about it, everyone should know that it's very beneficial to ones long-term health and wellness to take the time to stretch before and especially after a workout. I decided to post a quick Stretching 101 routine for anyone who wanted to commit the 5-10 minutes to actually end a workout correctly!

Also, because of their job and/or current situation, a lot of people give seemingly valid excuses reasons about how they don't have time to be fit. I tried to debunk that with my "Staying Fit with Any Lifestyle" post, and definitely hope people can take something away from it that they can adapt to their own life!

5. A Post Whose Success Surprised Me

That would definitely be "Transgenic Goats, Obese Pigs and Stolen Bikes, Oh My!" which was about Andrew and my trip to the Canadian Agricultural Museum when we just moved into town. What I initially thought would just be a silly filler post ended up being one of my most successful entries. I had a few people comment directly on the post, but also got lots of facebook and email feedback about GMOS, transgenetic mutation, cloning and what not... and I thought I was just taking a trip out to the farm!

6. A Post I Feel Didn't Get Enough Attention

I'm super proud of my Ginger Three Ways Cookies (and their name is always subject to interesting conversation) but never got much feedback on them. I think that they're kick a** and that more people should make them.

I also do tend to go on and on about the lessons my mom taught me about taking care of my skin, wearing sunscreen, etc. At 60, she has the softest and most resilient skin I've ever seen. So I listen. To give an idea of what I do, I posted a rough guide to daily skin care, that I wish more people would start listening to as early as they can! There is no shame in the vanity of nice skin!

7. A Post I'm Most Proud Of

I don't quite know why, but I was really proud of my first Review of Zen Kitchen. It's probably because I got a lot of really positive feedback from it, especially people who personally emailed me to tell me how well written it was, that I should be a food writer/critic/etc. Having always wanted to write, that was extremely flattering to me. And hey, I also had a really yummy meal I later got to share with the whole world. Double win if you ask me!

And I'l have to pick my "Why I'm Thankful" for this category too, because of all the reasons stated above.

I think that by now most people have filled these out, but if not, I'm tagging:

Monday, August 8, 2011

Making Florida Proud: Just Like Key Lime Pie Smoothie

Over a year ago, I off-handedly mentioned that I made a raw key lime pie that never ended up getting featured on the blog. Why it didn't is beyond me because I remember loving every bite of it. That and I made it fairly frequently at the time. I can't quite remember what went into it aside from avocado, agave, and lime... for all I know that was actually it.

So why the comeback? In short, that pie came back to me because I made lots of "key lime pie" smoothies at work over the weekend, and I really wanted to give it another go. While I know that limes are really good for you (they're very alkalinizing), they've never held a prominent place in my kitchen. Yet, every time I use them, I can't remember why they don't. I continue to falsely believe that whatever you can do with limes, you can just do with lemons instead. I know that I'm wrong. They're not the same thing at all. They have a totally different tastes, limes are definitely sweeter, and they just have something more going on that I just can't put my figure on. Limes are like lemons with that je ne sais quoi.

I'm sorry limes, for having consistently under-appreciated you... Hopefully, this smoothie version of my pie will make up for it:
Key Lime Smoothie
1 frozen nana, loosely chopped
1/2 avocado
1/2-1 lime, quartered*
1 teaspoon of liquid sweetener (I used raw honey)
1/2 C water
1-2 ice cubes if it's a hot summer day
*I used the whole thing because my lime was a little mild tasting

Blend everything in your high speed blender.
You can tweak the water depending on your desired consistency.
Had I made it for myself, I would have probably lessened the sweetener...

Enjoy!

Friday, August 5, 2011

TGIF Love

Things that were awesome about today:

1. Seeing this on my way home from the post office
















2. Receiving goodies from Nativas Naturals for having won this contest















3. Really getting off on buying organic bananas by the case















4. Choosing to take a deep breath, and not stress out too much about this (T-7!!!!)















5. Discovering, Courtney's awesomely crazy sweaty beast incline workout
(don't let the "walking" fool you)















6. And of course, the cuteness that is my kitten















Have a great weekend!