Monday, August 30, 2010


What we know as the most vital source of Vitamin C.

Though. There are definatly other benefits that come from it.
For example. It contains Beta Carotene. Which is usually in all foods that are orange (natural foods that is. not cheetos).
What is that good for? Memory. Best for people who are in for a good study sesh and will need a great memory for tests.

When you eat a whole Orange, you are also taking in some dietary fiber.
Having some albedo (the white substance from the peel), you are also taking in a good high amount of bioflavonoids and other anti-cancer agents. This is also good for lower-ing cholesterol.

Oranges are also a good source of: vitamin A, B vitamins, amino acids, pectin, potassium, folic acid, calcium, iodine, phosphorus, sodium, zinc, manganese, chlorine and iron.

As well as all this, Oranges also have been shown to have anti-inflammatory, anti-tumour and blood clot inhibiting properties!

This fruit has showb to be one of the best fruits in helping to promote optimal health!

The folic acid in oranges protects against birth defects and supports in the detoxification of homocysteine, a protein that is toxic to the arterial wall. This fruit is definatly packed with much strong antioxidant effects as you can see.

Oranges contains more glucose than other fruits and is most superior to have than other fruits when you need to raise blood glucose levels quickly!

I suggest to always make your own orange juice. That way, its fresher, enzymes are most able to react, and you are going to feel great! This is good also on a budget.

No me gusta processed orange juice. No matter if they advertised as "fresh." They are also filled with more added sugar and chemical preservatives for "freshness."

For more information! Check out this link!

Other added info:
Daniella Chace and Maureen B. Keane:" Smoothies For LIfe!" Prima, 2002. Print

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Booty Shakin' Bagel!

This is pretty much my survival kit, i mean, you know, I'm a college kid. I'm on a budget. I do eat regular foods (just nothing with meat and dairy, of course!)
But I do like to take a recipe out of this book every month and try it.
For the past month I have been having this for breakfast:

a Booty Shakin' Bagel!

What you do is this:
get a bagel.
toast them in a toaster.
after toasted,
slap one side with Tofutti Cream Cheese
and then the other with Jelly/Jam/mashed up fruit.

In my case, I like to make Jam from scratch!
you can use any sort of berry/fruit really.
In this picture, I used Cherries.
What I did was put a cup of cherries in blender with a tbsp of agave syrup.
and blend for 3 seconds (if anymore it turns into a juice...which is actually quite tasty! but not useful as jam)

So there you go! A delicious breakfast with bagels!

Here is a list of vegan bagels to choose from!
-French Meadow
-Thomas Toaster Bagels
-Thomas' New York Style Bagels

if anyone knows of any Vegan Gluten-free bagels,
please let me know!
I definatly am looking into Gluten-free foods,
I know that Udi's are a best seller and Gluten-free, but they contain egg whites (ew...)
so. yeah.
But my favorite is the Hemp bagels from French Meadow!
I just wish they were Gluten-free! haha!

Plus! Here is a link on Tofutti Cream Cheese!

Hemp Bagel! Yeah!

Always look for the Vegan symbol!
And hemp is seriously the best plant protein ever. Nothing to mess up your body. Its an all natural resource. Nothing to get you high (its not from marijuana dude. thats a different type of hemp. this one is good the type you eat and is good for you!)
it contains all your essential omega's! (3,6,9)
you're essential fatty acids. linoleic acid. calcium. and iron.
if you want to check it out, heres a good link:

Hope you enjoy this if you try it!
With Love,

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Instant Grapefruit Sorbet snack.

If you like bitter. Awesome.
If you like sweet, add some Stevia as much as you like!

So, say you have grapefruit in your home.
Or, you want an instant dessert snack.
Cut half of a Grapefruit.
Pour some Stevia on top,
Mash it up a little with your spoon,
Add more Stevia
Add as much more as you like in the process
and instant dessert snack!
And its super good for you too!

a great source of Vitamin C, folate, magnesium, potassium, and inositol (a vitamin B complex)
The perfect fruit for those with heart disease.
It contains potassium, so it lowers high blood pressure!
Its also a great fruit that prevents against cancer
And great for a liver detox!
It also prevents against birth defects as well!

Can I say Sweet Deal?
With Love,

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Strawberry Orange Soup!

picture is garnished with blackberry :)

Something that both kids and adults enjoy while getting your intake of fruit
which will contain a great source of Vitamin C, B12, Magnesium, Dietary Fiber, Potassium, Thiamin, and Beta Carotene!

Strawberry Orange Recipe:
1 pint of Strawberries, hulled
1/2 cup non-dairy heavy cream (used MimicCreme)
1 cup plain Coconut Milk Yogurt (Turtle Mountain- So Delicious)
1 Orange
1/3 cup water
1/3 cup Stevia Sugar (or 3 Stevia packets)
1/4 tsp ground Ginger

Blend Ingredients together until smooth in a blender
Chill for and 1 hr (or freeze for 1/2 hr) before serving!

Makes 2-3 servings

Can put more or or less Stevia, depending on taste

Link for MimicCreme Non-Dairy Heavy Creme:

Link for So Delicious Coconut Milk Yogurt:

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


these are some good songs from them.
Last.Fm link:

Discovered these beautiful talented people in the beginning years of college. Still have loved them since :)

They're classified as indie, experimental, folk

here are some videos samplings of their music!
Some songs I also recommend listen to are
-Noah's Arc
-Good Friday
(these songs are actually the first I had listened to)

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

you can get vegan items on the road?? at fast food places?!?

When you're on the road and you're hungry, which place can you go to? There are food chains everywhere and only the fast food places look familiar. But what is something safe that you could eat? These fast food chains don't use farmer's market freshness, but its at least something next to healthy!

I have found some foods that could work if you are on the road and need something that may be best to have, but also note, that these are not fresh nor organic whatsoever. I realized, while researching what is in the ingredients, how unaware of what we know that is contained in our food. Some of the most simplest things can be marked with chemical preservatives to keep the freshness of the food or color additives to make up a certain expected coloring. Then there is the fact that all the bread provided, including the buns of hamburgers, for customers are all entirely wheat, no fair for people with celiac disease. Even the meats are breaded in wheat. But not just that, also hydrogenated oils. Pretty much the majority of everything had all allergens. But that is why fast food is cheap, right?

Be aware of what is in the foods you order. And also, don't be afraid to ask without certain ingredients, they are working for their customers and have to do what you ask!

Here are a few suggestions when you decided to grab a meal through the drive-thru!

-Premium Southwest Salad
Premium greens topped with a snappy mix of fire-roasted corn, savory black beans, poblano peppers, chili lime tortilla strips, and squeeze-it-yourself lime wedge on the side.
Ask for without Cheese shreds

Jack in the Box
- Teriyaki Bowl
steamed rice, carrots, broccoli and Teriyaki sauce.
Ask to have it without meat!

First off, I am very much disapointed that Wendy's does not have any other alternatives to Milk. And second of all, how much sugar and chemical substances are in the Frosty's. I used to love these as a kid! And now to know that they are all terrible for your body, its crazy how these fast food restaurants hide in disguised substances into the Shakes when its a kids favorite!
But what I have found that is a good alternative for the road is the
-Apple Pecan Salad
A mix of red and green apple slices,sweet cranberries, roasted pecans
Ask for no cheese crumbles. And Ask for with out Chicken also.
These roasted pecans also have chemical preservatives, soybean oil, lactose milk, soy lecithin, and wheat.
If allergic. I recommend to ask without the nuts as well.
Also, ask to skip the dressing! There could possibly be more chemical preservatives!

Taco Bell
-Fresco Bean Burrito
Beans, Fiesta Salsa, Red Sauce, Tortilla.
-For the tacos, gorditas, salads, chalupas, burritos in general, can ask to exclude the meats, cheese and sour cream and substitute it with beans and rice!

-Apple Walnut Salad
some green salad, sliced apples, and candied walnuts all tossed in tangy balsamic vinegar.
Ask for no crumbled bleu cheese and no chicken!
May have dairy or soybean in the dressing and in the candied walnuts.
If allergic. Go without the candied nuts!

Red Robin
-Apple Harvest Salad
Salad mix, candied walnuts, apple slices, dijon vinagrette dressing
Ask to exclude the grilled chicken slices, bleu cheese crumbles.

PF Chang
-Buddha's Feast
Mixed vegetables served steamed or stir-fried
-Chang's Vegitarian Lettuce Wraps
The vegetarian version of the signature appetizer with tofu instead of chicken
-Crispy Green Beans
A healthier version than potato chips

Panda Express
- Mixed Veggies Entree
Stir-fry veggies: broccoli, zucchini, carrots, green beans, and cabbage
-Eggplant Tofu
Prepared with lightly brown tofu, eggplant and diced bell peppers tossed in sweet and spicy sauce
Chow Mein
Whole grain noodles, tossed in the works of cabbage, shredded onions, celery and bean sprouts
-Veggie Spring Rolls
Prepared in a mix of cabbage, celery, carrots, green onions, chinese noodles all wrapped in a thin wonton skin and cooked to golden brown

Bottom line, we want to focus on getting the fruits and veggies in your diet. If you like something on the menu but it has meat and cheese, always ask for without meat and cheese! They would totally do it for you!
And if you find that they still added in some cheese, definatly complain about it because you really don't want any of that in your food!

Travel well, travel safe, or just enjoy a good meal at the nearest spot with your friends.
Being a vegan dosn't mean you shouldn't miss out on eating meals with your friends or starve on a roadtrip!

some online resources
Jack in the Box:
Apple Bee's:
Olive Garden:
Panda Express:

With Love