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What I Ate Wednesday #5

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I haven’t done a WIAW in awhile; please comment or send me a message if you like these food posts so I can keep bringing them to you! This is all vegetarian:

WIAW Honolulu cereal

I LOVE this breakfast I came up with: Annie’s chocolate cereal, with almond milk, topped with cacao nibs and a sliced banana. It’s basically [healthy-ish] dessert for breakfast; you’re welcome.

WIAW Honolulu la tour cafe

In between work and errands, I picked up lunch from La Tour Cafe in Aina Haina: avocado toast! It came with a side salad and a very tasty, creamy dressing.

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I stopped home in the afternoon before my evening job and had some coffee and half of a Bouchon Bakery cookie (made by me, from a box mix). It’s kind of like a homemade oreo. I have to say, I wasn’t really a fan (but I still ate the second half later, after dinner, because in any battle against sugar, I am the loser).

WIAW Honolulu healthy bowl dinner

My homemade dinner was healthy and delectable: quinoa mixed with red onion, kale, parmesan cheese and capers, topped with roasted acorn squash and a soft-boiled egg. So good!

What did you eat today?


The Beet Box Cafe {Haleiwa}

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The Beet Box Cafe used to be a small counter where you could order food in the back of a health-food store, on the North Shore of Oahu (in the small, touristy town there called Haleiwa).

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I ordered an iced tea for while we waited for our food (you order at the counter, but they bring the food to you at the table. You then have to bring your dishes to a bin, but sometimes they come get the dirty dishes for you. It’s pretty confusing). I love that they added frozen blueberries in with the ice; by the time I finished the beverage, the plump blueberries had absorbed some of the tea, and tasted even better than regular blueberries.

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I hold a special place in my heart for restaurants that serve breakfast all day. The breakfast options here are so good that even Kiyo ordered off the breakfast menu (and he never does!). He got the Mexicali Blues: eggs scrambled with a crunchy, toasted, sprouted-corn tortilla and jalapeño jack cheese topped with homemade salsa, avocado, and sunflower sprouts, and served with brown rice and Brazilian black beans. He opted to add soyrizo (vegetarian chorizo).

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On the recommendation of a friend, I ordered the Zen, a scramble (choice of tofu or egg) of broccoli, onion, carrots and zucchini “seasoned with curry and love,” served with a scoop of brown rice and black beans and topped with avocado and sunflower sprouts. I LOVED this; it’s the kind of plate of food that I will think about and start to crave. I would definitely brave the traffic of Haleiwa to get to this again.

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Although it was a little pricey (more than $12 per plate) we were both very impressed and satisfied with our meal. We each finished our plate of goodness, and felt very full, but managed to avoid the food coma that comes from overeating food that isn’t nutritious.

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We had to save our cinnamon sugar [vegan] donut for later, since we were so full. I wouldn’t choose to eat this again; it was much too moist to be a donut. There wasn’t anything terrible or disgusting about it, but if I’m going to treat myself to dessert, I want something that’s worth the sugar and calories.

The Beet Box Cafe

66-437 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI 96712

(808) 637-3000

Summer Orange Salad {Recipe}

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This vegan, gluten-free recipe is so simple and easy, it can barely even be called one. My best friend Zan’s mom made this for Kiyo and me when we visited St. Thomas, and we were both blown away by how such a simple dish could be so lovely.

Summer Orange Salad

Serves 2-4

  • 3 oranges
  • .25 cup kalamata olives, pitted and halved
  • 1 tbsp. capers
  • fresh basil, sliced or chopped
  1. Cut the skin from the oranges, then slice each orange into desired thickness (about half an inch worked well for me)
  2. Top with olives, capers and basil
  3. Enjoy!


#FollowFriday: @eyechow

Today I am reserving #FollowFriday for some shameless self-promotion: are you following @eyechow on Instagram yet? Recently I have decided to commit to being vegetarian, so on my food account you can find healthy, vegetarian and vegan food; restaurant dishes and reviews from at home in Hawaii and on my travels; recipes; food ideas and inspiration; etc.

 

What else would you like to see on my food account?

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Mango Lassi {Recipe}

Summer in Hawaii means that everyone is currently overloaded with mangos. Sadly, I don’t have my own mango tree, but luckily I know so many people who do (my mom, my yoga students, etc.) that I also have an overabundance of the fruit. I regularly use Pinterest to find great recipes to try, and recently, I realized it was finally time to make this mango lassi I’d pinned months ago.

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This ridiculously easy recipe called for 2 tbsp. of sugar, but I only used 2 tsp. Still, that was a little too much for me. I recommend using only 1 tsp. of sugar, at most; but of course, feel free to add more or less according to your personal taste.

MANGO LASSI RECIPE GLUTEN FREE VEGETARIAN

Mango Lassi

Serves two

  • 1 cup fresh mango
  • 1 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
  • .5 cup milk of choice (I used almond milk)
  • 1 tsp. sugar

Blend and enjoy immediately!

#FollowFriday: @AnnieTarasova

I stumbled across Annie Tarasova’s Instagram account, and immediately fell in love. I discovered on her Etsy page (which will be active again next week!) that she is from Australia, but currently traveling in Thailand. Her Instagram’s mood, composition and content are all on point. This is vegan, travel, fashion, and vacation goals all in one place. Although I believe Instagram (and all social media) project unrealistic fantasy lives, which can sometimes be harmful, it can’t hurt to daydream once in awhile. And this account is my perfect, swoon-worthy daydream inspiration.

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Mango Margaritas {Recipe}

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Here’s an immensely easy, fast and marvelous recipe for summer: Mango Margaritas! I’m lucky because my mom has a prolific mango tree. These are absolutely delicious and bonus: this drink is healthy compared to other cocktails. You can always use a salt or sugar rim and garnish with lime or mango.

Mango Margaritas

Serves two

  • 1 large mango
  • 1/2 cup silver tequila
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 6-10 ice cubes

Blend and enjoy!


Jugo Life’s 1-Day Juice Cleanse

Disclaimer: Always check with your Physician or family doctor before doing any type of cleanse or diet!

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I’ve been a little lucky lately on Instagram; a couple months after winning $1,000, I won a 1-day juice cleanse for me plus two friends, from Hawaiian company Jugo Life!  If you’re interested in trying this out, it’s $45 for the 1-day cleanse.

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The 1-day cleanse includes 6 juices. The employee who was working when I picked these up told me to start with “Greatness,” but that the order didn’t really matter after that.

Jugo Life says of its cleanses:

Cleansing your body with freshly pressed, raw fruit, vegetable, and nut juice is the perfect way to slowly rework your innate nutrition needs, ingrained eating habits and jumpstart your metabolism.  The juices are designed to support the body’s daily functions by providing an abundance of water, carbohydrates, amino acids, essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, phytochemicals, and antioxidants, while allowing the digestive system to rest and rejuvenate.  The juices easily assimilate into the bloodstream, decreasing the strain put on the digestive system during normal eating.  And unlike many other cleanses, you aren’t starving yourself!  Rather, you are decreasing your caloric consumption but still providing your body the basics to rev up toxic elimination.

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This first juice was probably the most forgettable of all 6 juices, so I am glad I started with it, since from then it just got better! There’s nothing at all wrong with this green juice, but there was just nothing that exciting about it either. It was pretty savory.

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I could drink this detoxifying drink daily! It tasted like watered-down lemonade (which is how I like it). I couldn’t even taste the cayenne, which is ok by me.

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All the green juices tasted similar, but I was surprised to enjoy even the juices with fennel, since I really dislike that flavor, usually.

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If you can’t tell from the ingredients, Happiness tastes amazing. I think it was the sweetest juice, but still not syrupy or too sweet. I think the fructose gave me energy, because I felt pretty normal all day, even without coffee (I did lay down for an hour in the afternoon between teaching yoga classes, but that was it).

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Love is also a favorite. Again, it’s sweet, but not overly so.  And again, the fennel didn’t bother me at all.

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This last juice was just a basic green juice. I have to say that after this 1-day cleanse, it seems so much more doable than I expected! I feel like this would be a great thing to do every once in awhile, especially after big eating occasions like holidays or vacation/trips. I had just come back from the East Coast with a stretched-out stomach from so much eating, and this got me back down to my regular eating. I didn’t even feel hungry during the cleanse until bedtime, which for me, is unheard of. The next morning I had another juice and finally ate solid food for lunch. I don’t own a scale, but one of the people who did the cleanse with me said she’d lost a pound when she weighed herself the next day.

 

Thank you Jugo Life!

Book Review: Sugar Knockout

Cherie Calbom, aka “The Juice Lady,” holds a Master of Science degree in whole foods nutrition, and is the author of 32 books. Her latest, Sugar Knockout, came to me at the perfect time. Everyone seems to be talking about the evils of sugar, although many of us do not seem to know why sugar (and its nebulous cousins the “sugar alternatives”) are actually bad for us. Luckily, this book is enlightening. While I’m not an authority on the topic, I have noticed in my own body, that I break out, have mood swings, experience fatigue, and feel just generally awful when I eat a lot of sugar. Unfortunately, it’s often. When I started reading this book, I was very interested to find it contained a quiz to measure whether or not you have a sugar addiction (I had a suspicion for a few months now that my need for sweets was becoming out of control). I answered each question, turned to the interpretation page, and read “If you answered yes to four or more of these questions, then you most likely have an addiction to sweets.” Well, guess how many of the 26 questions I had answered yes to? SEVENTEEN. Clearly, I desperately needed the help this book offers. (You can take the quiz online here).

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What I like most about this book is the flow from introduction, to presenting the problem, and finally providing a practical solution for individuals. While it is slightly dramatic at times, the book does acknowledge areas where more research is required (for instance, when it discusses sugar’s impact on ADHD and autism, it includes “studies about how sugar affects the behavior of children are contradictory…” etc.) but if you think about it, this book has to be written in this urgent tone, to get us to pay attention. We already know that sugar is not good for us, yet “we’re a nation gone wild on a sugar binge.” If you don’t think you eat a lot of sugar, I encourage you to go take a look in your kitchen and check all the labels for sugar content; remember that 1 serving size is probably smaller than the amount you eat at once. And hey, no judgement here, I definitely eat a ton and eat more sugar than I think, too. Why wouldn’t food manufacturers pump our food (even savory food) full of sugar? Not only are our brains hardwired to crave sugar, but it’s actually an addictive substance that mirrors dangerous drugs in how it affects our brains. Unfortunately, despite its appealing taste and pleasant affect on our nervous system, there are myriad reasons why our overall sugar intake must decrease. The book outlines eleven compelling reasons in detail, but the one that most caught my attention was this: your body produces more free radicals when your blood sugar is high. Free radicals can “inflame the brain, thyroid gland, pancreas, and just about any place in your body.” Ever wondered why we are supposed to eat so many anti-oxidants? It’s to combat free radicals, which age us. Not that you would stop aging completely if you could simply eliminate free radicals, but the less sugar you consume, the less inflammation you will experience, the stronger your immune system will be. If this isn’t reason enough for you, there are many other compelling reasons to quit sugar (or at least decrease your intake) outlined in the book. If it’s weight-loss that you’re after, there’s a whole chapter on that. There is also a shopping list, a discussion of sugar substitutes and alternatives (your best options, according to the Juice Lady, are stevia, barley malt syrup and luo han guo).

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Luckily, the book sets us up to first strengthen our immune systems, then detox (break from sugar completely) and finally, learn to live with healthy sweeteners, such as fruit and dried fruit, coconut sugar, etc. I think that is something we all sort of want to do, but either can’t find the time, don’t know where to start, think it’s too hard, etc. This is a great guide. If you’re too reluctant to give up beloved desserts, know that the sugar-free dessert recipes at the end include Raw Vegan “Cheesecake,” Coconut Pineapple Sorbet and Chocolate Macadamia Nut Mousse. Not bad at all for being sugar-free, eh? Of course, since it’s the Juice Lady, there are also a few great juice recipes included, mostly for when you’re working on building immunity and detoxing from sugar. While I haven’t yet attempted any of the dessert recipes (I haven’t yet tried to apply the book to my life, but I plan to shortly) I did make a couple of the low-sugar juice recipes that are included (these recipes are helpful even though I already make juice at home, because don’t forget, fruit is sugar in the form of fructose).

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The first recipe I tried from the book was delicious.

You Are Loved Cocktail

From The Juice Lady’s Anti-Inflammation Diet

  • 3 carrots, scrubbed well, tops removed, ends trimmed
  • 2 ribs of celery with leaves
  • 1 apple
  • 1 cucumber, peeled if not organic
  • 1 handful of spinach
  • 1 lemon, peeled if not organic
  • 1/2 beet, scrubbed well, with stems and leaves

Cut produce to fit your juicer’s feed tube. Juice all ingredient and stir. Pour into a glass and drink as soon as possible. Serves 1-2.

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I have to admit that I messed up this second recipe; I thought that I had memorized it, but I had confused it with another. So, the original recipe is as follows:

Pancreas Helper Cocktail

  • 1 large vine ripened tomato
  • 8 organic string beans
  • 1/2 small or medium lemon, peeled

Cut your produce to fit your juicer’s tube. Juice ingredients and stir. Drink as soon as possible. Serves 1.

Note: green beans are known to be good for the pancreas.

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I accidentally added a beet with its greens, but the juice still tasted really good! My boyfriend and I split it. It was very thick and dense, so I don’t think I would have wanted to drink all of it by myself. It really filled me up and even with the beet, it was still very savory.

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I am excited to try out the 10 Tips to Enhance Your Immune System (full descriptions for each are included in the book):

  1. Avoid sugar
  2. Clean up your diet
  3. Take fish oil
  4. Include a good probiotic
  5. Get plenty of sleep
  6. Ditch unhealthy fats
  7. Lose weight
  8. Drink eight glasses of purified water each day
  9. Exercise
  10. De-stress, meditate, pray, and relax

I LOVE how the author is not afraid to include the spiritual aspect of wellbeing. Even though her book is a food-science manual for the average person, it is by no means a one-size-fits all diet or plan, and it clearly acknowledges multiple times that eating right is just one, albeit extremely important, aspect of a healthy and fulfilling life. Yes, it provides lists of foods to avoid and supplements to stock up on, but overall, this book is telling you to get yourself healthy first (in all ways), then try to reduce your sugar intake (if you can, completely) and then learn to live in a healthier mindset where sugar is an actual treat, not just another ingredient to be used with abandon.

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Have you read this book? Have you struggled with sugar addiction? Have you attempted a sugar detox or have you given up sugar completely? Please comment, I would love to hear your stories! 


What I Ate Wednesday #4

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First WIAW in a long time!

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Breakfast: yummy Kashi cereal with extra cinnamon on top. I eat my cereal and drink my coffee with almond milk. To me, cereal is kind of a treat for breakfast.

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Snack: fresh passion fruit, yum! I love that this fruit is both tangy and sweet.

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Lunch: so, disclosure: this day was awhile ago. To be honest, I can’t remember what this was. It looks like a salad with cheese, peas, avocado… salami? I’m not sure, but it looks yummy!

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Snack: chocolate-covered macadamia nuts, since, as you know by now, I need chocolate almost every day.

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Dinner: For some reason, I ate a snack for dinner this night. Does anyone else enjoy apples with cheddar cheese?

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Dessert: white wine + dark chocolate M&Ms = instant dessert perfection.

I’ve definitely noticed a pattern in my diet: too much sugar (don’t forget, fruit is sugar too). Luckily, I’m currently reading a book called “The Juice Lady’s Sugar Knockout” (review to come) so hopefully I can kick the habit, or at least reduce it, soon.

What did you eat today?