Some Winter Re-boot recipes

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If you happened to read Winter Re-boot   then you are aware I am doing a two week winter “cleanse” so to speak, getting back to the basics of eating and nourishing my body. Which means, introducing new, healthier food options. Since I will be working the next four days (ugh, 4 12hr shifts in a row….), I decided to make my meals today and will make breakfasts the day of. I must say, I used to think quinoa was a bland food. What I have come to realize, it is so versatile, and if you are unfamiliar with it, SUPER healthy. For vegetarians/vegans, it is high in protein and gluten free (win win food, if you’d ask me).

For the next four days, here are the meals I plan on making (well, I already made the dinners and lunches).

Instead of coffee, I will have hot water with juice of one lemon, some raw apple cider vinegar, and honey (or stevia). I’ve already tried this, and it may taste strong at first, but it is addicting (in a good way!)

Breakfast

(For the smoothies, just blend everything together)

Super Green smoothie a la Molly:

  • 1 c. almond milk
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 tsp of each of the following: chia seeds, supergreens (spirulina) and ground flax seeds
  • 1 T cacao powder
  • 1 T hemp seeds
  • 1 c. kale or spinach
  • a couple ice cubes

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Chocolate Berry Protein shake (from Superfood Kitchen)

  • 2 T raw cashews
  • 1.5 T hemp seeds
  • 3/4 c. blueberries (Frozen is fine)
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 2 Medjool dates, pits removed
  • 2 T cacao powder
  • 1 T hemp protein powder (optional_
  • 1.25c cold water
  • ice
  • stevia or desired sweetener to taste

Spinach & Pumpkin Seed power smoothie (from The Nourishing Seed)

  • 1c water, almond, hemp or coconut milk
  • 3 T pumpkin seeds
  • 1small banana frozen
  • 1c. frozen blueberries
  • 1c spinach
  • 1 T of each: ground flax and chia seeds
  • 1tsp cinnamon
  • stevia to taste
  • 3-4 ice cubes

Fig Power smoothie (from Nourishing Seed)

  • 1.5c milk of your choice
  • 3-4 fresh figs, stems removed (i could not find these, so opted for dried instead)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1c. spinach
  • 1tsp cinnamon
  • 1 T chia seeds
  • 3-4 ice cubes (optional)

Lunch/ Dinner

Homemade Miso Soup a la Molly

Full of healthy ingredients!

Full of healthy ingredients!

Parsnip Cream Soup (to die for!)

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 large celery ribs,
  • chopped 1 small onion,
  • chopped 4 large parsnips, peeled and chopped
  • 2 vegetable seasoning
  • 2 cups broth (vegetable) or water
  • 1/2teaspoon sea salt,  1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 c. cup rice milk (or dairy-free option)

Assemble the soup base. In a large pot, add extra virgin olive oil on medium flame. When the pan is hot, add the celery and onion. Sauté for about 2 to 3 minutes. Add parsnips, poultry or vegetable seasoning, and broth (or water) along with sea salt and black pepper. Allow the mixture to come to a boil. Then lower the flame and simmer for 30 to 45 minutes. When the parsnips are tender, remove from heat.

Make it creamy. You can use an immersion blender to make the soup smooth. You can also blend the soup in batches using a standup blender. When the soup is blended, pour it back to the pot and add the dairy-free milk. Reheat the soup. Taste and adjust seasonings.

Quinoa with Secret Pesto and Sun Dried Tomatoes(From Superfood Kitchen)

Making the pesto

Making the pesto

Just a FYI, this is delicious! Crazy that it is vegan and nut free. With the quinoa and hemp seeds, it has almost 17g of protein!

  • 2 c. (packed) basil, fresh
  • 1/2 c. hemp seeds
  • 1/3 c. olive oil
  • 1/2 c. EFA oil
  • 1 tsp freeze-dried wheatgrass powder (I omitted this as i didn’t have it on hand)
  • 1 tsp. nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 T. minced garlic
  • 4c. cooked quinoa
  • 2c. packed baby spinach, cut extra thin
  • 1/2 c. packed sun-dried tomatoes, sliced

To prepare: place the basil, seeds, oils, garlic, nutritional yeast and salt in a food processor and process into a pesto sauce. Then, add the sauce to the quinoa and then add the tomatoes and spinach.

Massaged Kale Salad (Adapted form The Nourishing Seed)

  • 4 cups of kale, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup parsley, chopped
  • 1 large lemon, juiced
  • 1 avocado, chopped (I omitted this)
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt  and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 large apple, chopped
  • 1/4 cup carrots, shredded
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • pomegranate seeds (top top), sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds

Prepare the kale. Add kale, parsley, lemon juice, avocado, extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, and black pepper to a large bowl. Massage the kale and other ingredients with clean hands. The kale should turn a bright green and become softer. Massage until well incorporated. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.

Add remaining ingredients. Add your chopped apple and shredded carrots to the kale mixture. Toss.

Sweet and Spicy Collard Slaw (From The Nourishing Seed)

  • 1 large carrot, shredded
  • 1bunch collard greens, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 small red cabbage thinly sliced
  • t/1 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)

Dressing

  • 2 naval oranges, juiced
  • 1/4c. braggs raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2c olive oil
  • 2 tsp powdered cumin
  • 1 date, pitted
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Prepare the dressing. Preparing the dressing first allows the flavors to intermingle before using it on your salad. Add the orange juice, Bragg’s raw apple cider vinegar, olive oil, cumin, the pitted date, garlic clove, sea salt, and black pepper to a blender. Blend until smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings to your preference. Allow the dressing to sit for at least 15 minutes before dressing your salad.

Toss the salad. Add your thinly sliced collards, red cabbage, and carrot to a large salad bowl. Add enough dressing to coat the salad, but not drown it. Add red pepper flakes if desired. Mix thoroughly. Enjoy!

Lemon Basil Quinoa with Lentils(Adapted form The Nourishing Seed)

  • 2 cups lentils, soaked overnight
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa  cup raisins
  • 1 cup basil leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 large lemon, juiced
  • Sea salt to taste

Cook your lentils. Drain your lentils and add them to a pot. Cover the lentils with water and cook over medium heat for 20 to 30 minutes.

Add remaining ingredients. When lentils are cooked, drain and let them cool and pour olive oil on top. Add cooked quinoa, raisins, chopped basil leaves, and sea salt to taste. Stir all the ingredients in a large bowl and add olive oil.

I rolled the quinoa up in a collard green for a wrap

I rolled the quinoa up in a collard green for a wrap

Pre-bed (or any time of day) snack options

(I am one of those people who has to have a little snack before bed.)

Homemade cashew milk mmmm

Homemade cashew milk mmmm

  • 1 c. warm homemade cashew milk (I can now scratch it off my 30 before 30 list!)
  • Chia seed pudding
  • Apple with sunflower seed butter
  • One roasted sweet potato with 3 tablespoons hemp seeds, garlic & sea salt, or opt for a sweet treat and drizzle your sweet potato with 2 tablespoons maple syrup, cinnamon & nutmeg.
  • Raw protein seed balls

On a separate, non food note, my house is officially ready for Valentine’s Day! I am pretty sure Martha Stewart would be my best friend if we ever met.

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She Lives!

Nowadays, it is rare when I find myself wide awake in the early hours of the morning. Late night midnight or early two am runs have not occurred in over a year now.After tossing and turning, I decided to get up and do something productive since I could not sleep. And what better way to beat insomnia than write a blog post? Yes, I do realize it has been for-e-ver since I have written.

Mother nature has been acting rather odd as of late.  From digit-freezing weather to giving us a glimpse of springtime, only to take that glimmer of reminiscing how amazing spring is away from us. I did go out on a couple road rides bundled up as a riding ninja, but not as much as I have been riding in the past due to the fact I lost one of my beloved lobster gloves. Bad circulation + riding in freezing temperatures = me unable to use my hands for a couple hours post-ride until they thaw…Which is an incredibly painful process. Spring, please come soon.

I was able to, however, capture a couple awesome shots of the frozen land.

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Trail run

Trail run

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Frozen ride

…So was Kevin on weekend days when I had to work.

A little too close to the ridge for my comfort.

A little too close to the ridge for my comfort.

Due to the lost glove, I’ve been spending more time on the trainer (ugh), and Kevin actually purchased rollers so he could ride indoors.* Note: He once told me that he would never ride indoors. I’m pretty sure he was jealous of my indoor riding and wanted in on the fun. I even captured a moment of him trying out my set-up before he realized what he was missing.

Caught!

Caught!

In between working way too much ( it IS possible for this girl to turn into a workaholic), my baking adventures continue, as evidenced by the photo below. If colleagues decide I should quit nursing and bake all the time, I guess the baked goods are noteworthy.  That, or I’m just a lousy nurse–I prefer to think the former.

Chocolate chip cookie dough cupcakes

Chocolate chip cookie dough cupcakes

Since I do not like cupcakes/cake, Kevin has been an eager guinea pig to test my creations before they head to work. In the meantime, I’ve become a fan of making smoothies (which is a post in itself) in an attempt to consume healthy things. Below is one with almond milk, peanut butter, banana, blueberries, chia seeds, and ground flax seeds. Vegan/vegetarian friendly and ohh-so-delicious, especially post workout.* I’m looking for protein powders to perhaps add, if anyone has suggestions of a good type/brand?

Mmmmm

Mmmmm

On the subject of nursing, nursing outside of the workplace has actually come in handy numerous times. For example, having your bag with scissors and tape allows for improptu Valentines Day gift wrapping in your car. I can also just lounge in–clean– scrub bottoms when I am too lazy to even put on sweat pants on a day off. Now that, there, is just plain LAZY lazy.

Well, I suppose I should try to get some zzz’s in before Kevin and I head to Europe later today. Yup, going back to my homeland! When I return, photos from the trip will be shared, and training for races will resume.

Happy February everyone!

Post script: Since writing this, I found my second Lobster glove!

 

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