I love granola bars and especially ones with chocolate chips in them. This Truebar, by Bakery on Main, has a more “homemade” taste and really hits the spot. I loved that it has only whole ingredients and is Gluten Free to boot. Plus it comes in a really cute pink wrapper. Check them out at http://www.bakeronmain.com or find them in your local natural grocer.
Let’s face it, I’m not meant to starve. Not only do I love food but I am also still nursing my young toddler and need all the calories I can get just to make it through the day. My mom is here for a while and she jumped on board with me when I said I wanted to try the Dr. Oz diet!
The diet itself is free online and can be found here: http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/dr-ozs-rapid-weight-loss-plan-one-sheet. It is easy to stick to as it’s basically mapped out for you. There are some missing details that I’ve found though it might be more clear if you read through his blog and watch the videos he posted.
We took the liberty of adding “raw vegan” foods to our diet because we figured clean eating would be fine. As long as we didn’t stray outside the boundaries he created (such as eating high GI foods). We are also having decaf almond milk coffee sweetened with dates. Dates are such a fantastic way of sweetening things, I might just keep it up. I would love to find a really good date paste so I don’t have to emulsify dates every time I want to eat something.
Also, I hesitate to call this a diet because you could probably continue on like this (with some tweaks) on a regular basis.
Here are some tweaks that have probably slowed the “diet” process for us but have still produced weight loss while keeping us satiated:
1. Dates for sweetners
2. We have been eating the whole cleansing soup and not throwing away the veggies- waste not, want not
3. We have been having the “Mary’s Gone Crackers” with our Hummus to make it more tasty
4. We have had decaf coffee with almond milk but it is the only way I can keep myself from being tempted to go for my cafe con leche in the morning
5. Lots of nuts (he says a few handfuls and you should probably stick to this but we’re still learning) because we’re making desserts and dressings with nuts
6. We went to a raw vegan cafe (Greenwave Cafe, Plantation) and ate whatever we wanted on the menu as long as it was not High Glycemic veggie or had agave
7. We have been using some recipes from Ani Phyo’s raw cook book such as the raw flax pancakes that are delicious
8. Dr. Oz doesn’t really give too many vegetarian examples for protein for dinner but I have been using sprouted tofu “organic”
9. We have been using coconut oil instead of butter
It seems we have strayed a lot but really we haven’t and it’s only so we can make this long term and not just a short term fix. I believe in life changes and I hope that I can change my eating habits. This diet allows for protein and because I am not vegan, I will probably add in eggs after the 2 weeks is up. Take of it what you will, I used the Dr. Oz diet as a launching point because I’ve been trying to change my eating since my son was born and just didn’t have the willpower. This was easy enough while not being too depriving.
The good thing is that my cravings are finally going away, I am not craving my tostada as much today! Victory.
I think I’ve been eating way too many sweets this week. I figured I might as well put it out there and let you know what I think about them, maybe something good will come of an expanding waist size!
This amazing little moon pie was found at a the SW Ranches Farmers Market on 5150 S Flamingo Road (a really cute little organic market in West Broward). It was DEEEELICIOUS! It’s huge, don’t let the packaging fool you because it’s like an inch thick. I’m sure it’s tons of calories but I didn’t feel a bit guilty.
Unfortunately, the only thing I could find online was located in Wyoming so it may be that the farm itself produces these.
Either way, they are worth the drive for this wholesome treat and Sheila, who runs the store, is so friendly and offered us a taste of her sweet blood oranges. My first time trying them and they were so good and fresh but I have to admit I felt a little carnivorous.
I also took a picture of my Sweet and Sarah Brown Rice Crispy treat and another little chocolate and almond butter treat from a company I have not previously heard of but the file has gotten lost in space. I will tell you that the S&S treat tasted exactly like the original-super sweet and sticky goodness! The other one was tasty but more like something I could make at home and not have to pay almost $5 for.
For more info on S&S go to http://sweetandsara.com/products.php
And finally…..I’ve been wanting to post this review for a week because I had the most exciting, delicious Gelato the other day at the Food Truck rally in Plantation Woods Park! OMG spicy! It was Mexican chipotle gelato dipped in dark chocolate and rolled in pistachios (my own concoction). I love that this food truck allows you to choose the dip and the crumples for your gelato and it’s the first time I’ve had gelato in bar form. So much fun to eat and it tastes amazing! HipPops is the name of the truck so please follow them wherever they may lead you! http://www.hippops.com/
Have your cake and eat it too! Just make sure you work out afterwards.
This beautiful concoction is Pei Wei’s new Lime and Chile with Tofu option- see all that amazing green? It’s lightly sauced, fresh and full of nutrients. This is two weeks ago’s portion.
Below is last week’s portion:
What happened Pei Wei? Seriously? How could it differ so greatly? Not only that but their website has been funky for two weeks now. I’m still a fan but these little kinks definitely need to be worked on. Pei Wei responded to our requests for change and we hope that they get implemented soon!
We’ve been doing reviews in our hearts, we promise! I have about a hundred posts I could write but we’ll start one by one. Stay tuned!
The hubs and I trekked down to Sunny Isles for his 30-something birthday (he’s getting up there). We had the kid in tow and these days it’s touch and go whether or not he’ll sit for more than five minutes at a table. Thankfully Kitchen 305 has some really nice waiters as well as a very large “private” dining area that was mostly empty so my 14 month old could run around in circles for 30 minutes while we traded off eating.
I know this isn’t the audience for it but they have all you can eat stone crabs on Friday night and stone crabs are one of the hubs’ favorite so I selflessly booked a reservation for him. However, they do have some great vegetarian items on the menu including some delicious salads (one they let me customize by changing out the spinach for mixed greens) and some tasty flatbreads. I didn’t even finish my meal because I was running around with the kiddo but it was good- what I was able to eat of it.
Check them out if you’re looking for a nice romantic night out or if you’re in the mood for some healthy grub (or if you have a significant other than loves seafood).
Pictured is their “spinach salad” that I made into a mixed greens; it was delicious:
Baby spinach, cranberries, gorgonzola cheese and toasted walnuts with warm caramelized onion vinaigrette
My sister-in-law and I were downtown on Saturday and stopped by “Mandolin” with the cookie (my son, for those of you who are new) to have some lunch. The place is very non-descript except for a valet sign out front. I would have never noticed it driving by. It’s definitely a treasure in the heart of Miami with it’s gorgeous waiters, outdoor covered dining and healthy selections.
We both decided to get the samplers for lunch- she got the Turkish and I chose the Greek but switched out the Tarama (fish rowe) for the tomato walnut dip. I have to be honest and say that it wasn’t the most delicious meal I’ve had but it was simple and I had a choice of adding cucumbers or the endless “complimentary” bread- I chose both and was happy with it.
I’m guessing that the mushroom sandwich is probably quite tasty, I will definitely be going back if just for the cool atmosphere! For more information on them, please check out their website: http://www.mandolinmiami.com/
With the holidays approaching, we have been super busy but we’re still here! New stories and reviews are coming…….
Update 11 Feb 2014: We have had many users point out that this has honey, which most vegans do not eat honey as it is an animal product. I have written a note to Lyfe Kitchen to inform them. Thank you very much to all of our readers who pointed this out! Sorry that it slipped past me!
I had so much energy after eating Lyfe Kitchen’s Whole Grain Pilaf, I had trouble calming down to write a post about it. What drew my eye to this in the freezer section was that it had kale. I’ve never seen a frozen meal with kale, which I love adding to as many of my dishes as possible, so I knew I had to try it. Pilaf of any kind rarely sounds interesting to me, but with the addition of kale, quinoa, red wheat berries, artichokes, zucchini, toasted almonds and many other wholesome ingredients, this is one pilaf I could get excited about. The fact that it has no animal products, making it completely vegan, is another great selling point.
Heating this dish up is not as easy as other frozen meals, but it is worth the effort. I believe they did this to preserve the flavor, as well as ensuring their packaging is as eco-friendly as possible. I have taken step-by-step photos of the process, but the instructions are also clearly marked on the package. You will need a microwave safe plate in order to make this.
Remove the package from the box, place on a microwave safe plate with the seam facing up (so it can release steam while cooking). Cook for 4 ½ minutes. Let stand for 1 minute.
It will look like this once it’s finished cooking.
Use scissors to cut along the dotted line. I thought my mini hula girl scissors would make the photo a bit more festive.
Carefully slide the entrée onto your plate and enjoy!
The lime juice concentrate was slightly overpowering at first, but the more I ate, the more I liked the dish. There are A LOT of ingredients in this dish and it definitely has a lot of flavor, but almost all ingredients are unprocessed foods, with “natural flavor”, potassium chloride and calcium chloride popping out as the only “processed” ingredients that I could see.
I haven’t seen any other Lyfe Kitchen entrées in my grocery store, but I will keep an eye out for more. I was most impressed by the huge jolt of energy I got after eating this. Perhaps it was coincidence or maybe the whole grains? Let me know what you think of the dish!
I have a love affair with mac & cheese – it’s embarrassing sometimes. I love all types, but truffle mac & cheese actually was never that enticing to me. I’ve found the cheaper truffle oils to be overpowering and just masking the natural saltiness of a good cheese. Therefore I was even more hesitant to try a frozen meal of truffle mac & cheese. I have been a fan of Evol for a while, so I thought I would at least give it a try. While it is made with wholesome ingredients, this is in no way a light meal. Of course, anyone expecting mac & cheese to be a light meal is a bit crazy. With 480 calories and 25 grams of fat, this is a hefty meal that still needs a salad on the side to be fully satisfying for me. This pairs amazingly with a spinach salad, at least.
If you are unfamiliar with Evol, they are a relatively new brand focusing on wholesome ingredients, compostable bowls and recyclable packaging. They use foods with no rBST hormones and even have gluten free options, although most of those do include meat. They have several vegetarian options that do include gluten, including many different lunch and breakfast burritos, a few different pastas and bean enchiladas. You can check out the full listing here: http://evolfoods.com/products/
The truffle mac & cheese is one of the newer offerings, and I’m quite excited about it. As soon as I opened the microwave, I knew it was going to taste good. A strong aroma of sharp parmesan cheese first wafted out, then the savory smell of black truffles. Cracking the panko breadcrumb crust makes a satisfying crunch, with the creaminess of the cheese and pasta underneath. There are so many flavor layers, it’s amazing they were able to preserve the dish so well in frozen form.
I am truly impressed with this meal – it bodes well for the future of the Evol brand. Here’s hoping for even more delicious vegetarian options!