Lunch (and still no snow day)

It has stopped snowing for the moment, but promises to get more slushy and disgusting later. I’d really rather be home. Also, lots of pain makes it hard to work. I took a bit of a walk around my building but I really wasn’t feeling well, and that sucked. And I hate feeling how out of shape I am. I used to run up the 3 flights of stairs to the top, and back down and around (it’s a very fun and winding old building) View from my building:

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Snack this morning was strawberry kiwi fruit leather (i love my dehydrator!), lunch was leftover GF vegan mac & cheese and a salad with black beans, avocado, and chipotle ranch dressing. Chocolate coconut date balls for a snack. I packed a lot of food today in case I got hungry – as long as I’m eating clean, I don’t want to let myself be hungry/tempted to eat something I shouldn’t . I feel like I’m doing really well, and this diet switch has been much easier on me than I thought it would be. I haven’t weighed myself (I probably should, just for progress’ sake – or maybe just wait til the doctor next week and see if there’s a change?) but I do feel like I have lost some weight, and I’ve certainly gained some energy and am feeling better, even with the pain that never ends.

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I love cooking and making food from scratch, I love eating clean, healthy food, and most importantly, i love WANTING to eat that way. I love health foods and recipes and trying new food – if only I weren’t so broke, I have an entire amazon wish list of gluten free ingredients and new health foods to try! But, even being broke, I’m doing really well and I’m really happy – I can stick with this. It will always be harder with the boyfriend or eating out, but I think I’ll have a lot of support from him now because I’m doing this for my health.

Also, I finished The China Study – if you haven’t read it, please do! It’s such an important book, and I think everyone should be privy to every last bit of information in it.

Making the best of it

Somehow sick days always turn into “productive at home” days. I feel like crap and I’m sneezing and tired and achy, but I cooked!

I wanted some warm, garlicky pasta for lunch, so I made this recipe for Creamy Avocado pasta, and used a gluten-free quinoa/corn pasta (disclosure: this pasta is not the best, so it’s good in dishes that have a lot going on like this one.)

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I also made some snack bars for the week that I’ve been wanting to make for a while – and they are SO GOOD. I followed this recipe for 5 Minute No-bake granola bars. I used crunchy almond butter that i’d been trying to use up, and added a tb of coconut butter to the wet ingredients. I also microwaved them till they were really liquid, which made it easier to mix, and then spread them on parchment paper in a pan. They are not going to last long. Next time i will make them even more coconutty!

Making sure I get lots of good, healthy food in me today in hopes that this cold/flu/whatever will go away soon!

Quick Delicious Dessert – Chocolate Avocado Mousse

20130312-195808.jpg Wanted to use the other half of that avocado and I wanted chocolate. So avocado mousse it was! Half an avocado, 2 spoonfuls of cream from a can of coconut milk, a handful of dark chocolate chips, splash of vanilla, pinch of salt. Melt the chocolate in the coconut cream, then blend/mix well and refrigerate for about 20-30 min (or longer). Enjoy!