So in order to make this whole Thrive thing more long-term I have decided to admit to the fact that Brendan Brazier's idea of an entree is not very tasty. I mean, this diet is more catered to hardcore athletes (Ironman triathletes) than healthy vegans who like to workout (me). Soooo I have decided to follow Thrive for 5 out of 7 breakfasts a week, snack on Thrive-y smoothies and energy bars (great pre-workout fuel), and have a Thrive-y salad for either lunch or dinner each day. My other meal will just consist of regular vegan fare. I will try to limit dessert to 3 times a week.
Since I've gotten a bit more comfortable with the Thrive recipes, I have experimented a bit with similar energy bar and smoothie recipes so I can share them with all of you! I must say they both turned out very tasty!
I knowwww, I KNOW. I haven't posted anything in what seems like forever. I am sorry for that. I won't make any promises that you will be getting oodles of recipes in the coming months, but I will most certainly make an effort to post more often :)
Today, I have decided to share quite the treat. I will most likely be focusing on the vegan athlete's diet in the next couple weeks. I have decided to try and stick to Thrive to the best of my ability for the next two weeks in an attempt to enhance my training ability for a 5K I'll be doing. I know 3.1 miles isn't much to some of you...and I did run my first 10K in May...but I am out of shape people!! I have yet to lose any of the weight from this summer. No excuses, it's just time to clean up my act!
Once the 5K is over, I intend to alternate between Thrive and regular vegan foods and see where that takes me. My roomate is going to try to do the Whole 30 around that time so hopefully we can support each other by not tempting each other with unhealthy, over-indulgent fare. Has anyone tried the Whole 30 or Thrive diet? Anyone have any opinions? Some of you could probably guess my opinion of the Whole 30....but I'll keep it to myself ;)
So before we get to this divine recipe...want to know what else is going on in my life?! Okay, so you probably don't, but I'm going to type it out anyways for those of you that care. I recently moved back to my college town to gain some independence and hopefully have a little fun before I go back to school. I am applying to the master's programs at University of Wisconsin - La Crosse and Wake Forest University. I am currently working as a server in a senior living community and also as a tutor for Anatomy & Physiology and Nutrition. I may be a flat-broke college graduate working in something not even close to my field of study...but from where I stand, life is good :)
Fair warning: this will be a long post...but I promise to incorporate oodles of pictures and only share good recipes ;) ...five and a half to be exact.
How was your Christmas? Did you get any good pressies? Here are the most amusing of my gifts ;)
Onto the food. I know that's all you people care about anyways ;)
Breakfast was the Pumpkin Pie Cinnamon Rolls you previewed yesterday.
They were fantastic and required little adaptation. Hands down one of the best vegan recipes I have ever had the pleasure of making. I made a half batch but did not halve the pumpkin pie filling because last time I made these no one could not they had pumpkin in them. It made a difference. The recipe can be found here and I will post the chocolate icing recipe below.
Christmas dinner started with salad topped with red grapes, toasted walnuts, dried figs, and a balsamic reduction.
Then we dug into the real feast...for me, it was mashed potatoes and gravy, wild rice pilaf, green beans, and rolls. The family had prime rib (and creme brulee for dessert).
Now, I am not a rice person, especially when it comes to pilaf. It has never been a palate pleasing dish for me but I would have to say as far a pilaf's go, this one is the best I've had. The dried fruits and wild rice are wonderful together and extremely filling. You can find this recipe on Oh She Glows. I omitted the onion and celery but otherwise followed the recipe exactly. Enjoy :)
The Tahini-Garlic Mashed Potatoes recipe came from Whole Foods. The vegan gravy was also from Oh She Glows. These two complimented each other well and the potatoes were wonderful but I look forward to trying the high-protein mashed potatoes recipe on OSG next year.
As long as people are still silently looking at my website and not giving me any feedback...I will continue to post whatever the heck I want! No one spoke up for or against some of my previous offers...so here's the torte you previewed wayyy back when...
This torte may not be for the diehard chocolate fanatic. If you only eat treats with "triple chocolate" in the title...you have some work to do if you want to make this. However, for people like myself who get sick at even the thought of too much chocolate, this torte is fantastic! Aaaannd despite it's elegant presentation, it is super easy to make! Even people with minimal cooking skills can handle this recipe and impress guests : )
I know I've put a lot of breakfast foods up lately, especially with oats and parfait qualities, but guess what? This is my blog! And I'll post my breakfast if I want to. And the past couple days I have had THE most phenomenal overnight oat parfaits. Ohmygoshyouguys.
This recipe didn't seem appeal to anyone in my poll last week, however I wont be able to deliver on the baked donuts for a while so I hope you enjoy this! It is definitely going to be one of my go-to desserts this summer.
A small Dairy Queen Cookie Dough Blizzard has 720 calories and 28 grams of fat (14 g saturated). My version has 235 calories and only 7 grams of fat (2 g saturated).
The texture of the "soft serve" is almost identical to the real thing, but for way less calories and much more nutritional value! And these raw cookie dough balls are eerily similar to regular cookie dough... without all the guilt and nasty raw eggs.
Sooo seriously, I hope you try this and enjoy it as much as I did.
I have at least one a day but at the end of the week, I tend to realize I bought too many. So I'm left with overripe bananas that I don't want to eat plain, but go perfectly in baked goods!
The logical next step was to search around Oh She Glows for a good recipe and I found one that sounded pretty tasty. I had actually never made banana bread before this! I wanted to spruce up the original recipe a little, so I decided to add praline chunks in place of walnuts.
Little did I know (thanks to my inability to read through a recipe before starting), as I started to make the bread batter, I noticed the recipe wasn't vegan! OSG didn't start as a vegan blog, but I was caught off guard because I didn't have any more eggs and I wanted to make the recipe vegan. I am happy to say this recipe worked out wonderfully in the end! The sweetness is perfect, the praline sugar swirls into the bread, and the texture is juuust right.
Tip of the day: Read through your recipe before you start on it! I often forget to do this. Why? I think I just get too excited. Your dish may or may not turn out tasting fine, but it certainly won't look as pretty! This was a case of a dish that didn't look nearly as good as it tasted. So word to the wise: you can have a delicious AND beautiful meal; just do as I say, not as I do.
I really love this, but if you know me, I am obsessed with many asian things...asian food, asian home decorations...asian cars...asian dogs...ASIA. haha But seriously, here's some legit vegan "takeout" for you!
Please don't cringe and change pages simply because this contains brussels sprouts. Let's be honest here; when's the last time you actually tried them?! Were they cooked to a mushy state? I would hate them too. Give them a try, OR if you just can't stomach it, try one of the variations.
And fun fact: I always thought it was spelled "brussel" sprouts, however it is actually "Brussels" sprouts. Capital "b" and all! Crazy stuff. Apparently they originated in Brussels...who woulda thunk?! Obviously I need sleep...
This nut butter is pure decadence. And I am a HUGE fan of "Vegan Nutella", i.e. Justin's Chocolate Hazelnut Butter. However, I think this butter is equally perfect, if not more so. This is another OSG recipe, of course! This recipe is extra rich, buttery, and addictive...you've been warned.