“Like the bar” Veggie Wrap (Vegan, easy, delicious!)

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Happy Sunday, everyone! In Northern Virginia we experienced a high of 78 degrees last week. No joke I put on a bathing suit and was outside in FEBRUARY! Totally enjoying it and soaking it up of course, but then my mind is like…GLOBAL WARMING AHHHH!!! Now it is back to feeling like a crisp winter day.

So as a Vegetarian, eating out can be a bit challenging. One of my favorite meals to order out is a Grilled Veggie Wrap. But, in most cases, the ingredients aren’t organic and yet the price is pretty steep. We have owned a George Foreman grill for like, 5 years and have barely used it. But we just discovered using it as a panini press and it has been life changing!!! baha.

I made this vegan veggie wrap with veggies we had grilled the previous night and some fresh kale, cucumber and onion. I dipped it in Annie’s Balsamic Vinaigrette. IT WAS SO GOOD. The vegan shredded cheese is “Daiya” but you can make it non-vegan with regular cheese.

This is so easy to do, it does require knowing how to roll a burrito [just google it and you will figure it out pretty quickly 😉 ]

What you need:

  • Whole Wheat tortilla, option to use gluten free tortilla
  • Hummus (I used roasted garlic!)
  • Veggies of your choice-I chose:
    • Fresh Kale (I massaged)
    • Cucumber
    • Fresh Red Onion
    • Grilled Veggies (zucchini, yellow squash, onion)
  • Daiya Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • Jalapeños (I like the kick!) optional of course
  • Dressing of choice for dipping

Directions:

  1. Assemble the ingredients on tortilla
  2. Heat your panini press, George Foreman or pan
  3. Spray (pan/press/foreman) with olive oil or coconut oil
  4. Wrap tortilla with contents into a burrito
  5. Place wrap on heated surface and press down
  6. Wait a few minutes until outside is a little crispy and everything is heated on the inside
  7. Serve with dressing for dipping
  8. Enjoy!

In my attempt to focus more of a vegan, plant based diet this is something I can definitely incorporate. It was tasty and filling!

Here’s to a healthy and happy you! xoxo

Protein Pancakes (simple, gluten free, healthy)

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Happy Wednesday, everybody! I hope you all enjoyed your long weekend. I love having my birthday fall on a long weekend every year but it’s usually freezing in Virginia. Luckily we were blessed with 70 degree weather and had a blast at Stone Tower Winery in Leesburg, VA.

After indulging in cake and wine, I am making it a point to eat healthier this week! Sofia and I love making these easy protein pancakes. The great thing about them is that you can change up the flavor whenever you want. We top them with real organic Maple Syrup, nut butters or just enjoy plain!

What you need:

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 organic egg
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 cup of vanilla unsweetened almond milk
  • optional: 1 tsp ground flax seed
  • optional: 1 tsp cinnamon
  • optional: ground oats or protein pancake mix
  • optional: fruit

Directions:

  1. Take all ingredients and blend in a blender until combined.
  2. Allow the mixture to sit for 5 minutes or so.
  3. Heat a griddle or pan on medium heat.
  4. Pour batter onto griddle, option to add blueberries here.
  5. These cook extra quick so to do it evenly I recommend covering the pan with a glass lid.
  6. Flip when air bubbles show up throughout.
  7. Top with your favorite toppings and enjoy!! This will leave you feeling full and satisfied.

Enjoy! Here’s to a healthy and happy you! xoxo

 

“You are what you eat!” How I supplement my diet.

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Happy Monday, Everyone!! It has been the warmest winter in Virginia since I can remember…tomorrow we are supposed to have a high close to 70…what the heck?? I mean  I am totally soaking it up but inside my mind is like “this isn’t right…”

Anyways, I wanted to share a quick post about some of the healthy lifestyle changes I have done that have truly impacted my health in a positive way. I have posted before about how I aim to lead an anti inflammatory lifestyle based on Ayurvedic principles. You may remember me talking about the Turmeric Supplements I take as well as Vitamin D, and a Probiotic…but I haven’t really discussed the other “Vitamins” I take. I started taking JuicePlus regularly about 6+ months ago.

Ok, what is Juice Plus+?

  • Juice Plus+ is not really a vitamin. Multivitamins contain a number of certain vitamins and minerals often derived from unnatural and sometimes harmful sources.
  • Juice Plus+ is juice powders from 17 fruits, vegetables, and grains. These foods contain naturally occurring vitamins, antioxidants and other phytonutrients (even some of the fiber) found in the fruits and vegetables themselves. It’s the next best thing to eating all 17 of these every single day.
  • Yes, you still have to eat your fruits and veggies! Juice Plus+ does not replace what you should be eating nutritionally but allows you to stay committed to hitting your goal of consuming high amounts of fruits and veggies which we all know leads to a healthier lifestyle. The key is prevention!

To be honest, I was really really hesitant at first. I am not a fan of pyramid structure products and sales and felt that might have an impact on the product and the person selling it to me. You can’t find JP in stores, you order from a dealer. So this was the biggest thing for me to overcome. But then I did some research. And the research is RIDICULOUS and so validating to see how beneficial this little supplement is to my lifestyle. So I was in.

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Why I choose to take Juice Plus+:

  1. They are certified non-GMO (genetically modified organisms) and are free of pesticides and other gross chemicals.
  2. NSF International is an independent, not-for-profit organization that helps protect consumers by certifying products and writing standards for food, water, dietary supplements and consumer goods. They have certified the Juice Plus+ products per NSF/ANSI Standard 173, the only accredited American National Standard for dietary supplements and functional foods.
  3. OMG THE BEST POOPS OF YOUR LIFE. (this is important, people…) One of my first posts mentioned the importance of your digestion and how Ayurvedic theory suggests that disease/illness actually begins in your bowels and digestive system. The more you release toxins from your body, the better!
  4. They give me ENERGY! As a mom of a 2 year old, this is one of the best effects ever.
  5. I’ve lost weight. I wasn’t really meaning to but since taking JP I have lost weight and I have fewer cravings.

So there you have it! If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me. I am going to host a Juice Plus+ party on Facebook next week starting this weekend so if you are interested in learning more just by being a part of the group let me know.

Remember you are what you eat! Let’s reduce the amount of artificial and processed foods we consume and start focusing on feeling good body and mind. Juice Plus+ is a way to help get us there.

Here’s to a healthy and happy you! xoxo