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Establish good rapport with those guys selling you produce because…

then they give you free mangos! I think they like the vegan glutton 🙂

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For breakfast– a smoothie from strawberries, blueberries, mango (!!!), spinach, mint, lemon, almonds, and flaxseed. The color turned out unexpectedly chocolatey; the mint added a fresh kick. An alphabet of vitamins, plus fiber, carbs, and essential amino acids. Go Vegan 🙂

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Restoring simplicity

Back after about a year of distancing myself from “distractions,” although I have probably simply replaced some distractions with others. As always, I return to writing with a reason, and, also as always, the reason is to regain clarity and focus, to become once again introspective through articulating what is emotionally confusing but linguistically accessible, with the hope to shed the clutter of stress, vanity, hastiness, that have made their way into my life again after months of no time to think. I expect that this time this blog may take on a richer, yet somewhat narrower perspective. Of course, it will remain true to the objective of preserving and advancing health–mental, or physical (to me they are largely the same thing) through simple, basic, whole nutrition, mostly raw and always vegan. But it will do more than that; it will at times focus on the many aspects of my life in which I find and invest value; the reasons for my work and aspirations, a summary of motives that drive me to continue to become my best self and live my best life. I will perhaps at times do things I have never done– discover and define wants and needs, the reasons to act and the reasons for beliefs.

I start this new way of writing within a broader frame of returning to a simpler lifestyle. I feel a strong need to be minimalist, too see without complication, although not without complexity. I impose this on my diet as well, and begin the day with a liquidy mix of fresh, raw, nutritiously rich ingredients my body can readily absorb and utilize. A vegan smoothie from carrots, kale, blackberries, lime, and spinach for vitamins, iron, antioxidants, fiber, and carbohydrates. The texture is foamy and multi-colored, beautiful and pinkish-orange. Lovely.

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Squash and carrots cream soup with basil and croutons

Crazy fun and exhausting Sunday: I ran intervals during the peak of the heat today, and followed interval training with an unplanned and thoroughly enjoyable river swim. I am still recovering from yesterday’s weight lifting work out which went on for about 2 1/2 hours! I need to end all this with some yoga. But before I do–I wanted to share some of the yumminess that fueled this weekend’s endeavor: my delicious, very simple, and even more affordable squash and carrots cream soup. 

The squash was freshly picked from my neighbor’s wonderful little organic garden; 

you need:

1 extra large squash

4-5 large carrots

2 cups of almond milk

salt and black pepper

1 tbsp of olive oil

fresh basil to taste.

Boil the squash and carrots until soft, and put them  in a blender with the milk, spices, basil and olive oil. Blend until creamy. Enjoy with some croutons or even purple corn chips. It’s DELICIOUS! And easily a sixpence recipe 😀

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Post work out snack

Well now that you’ve completed a work out, don’t you deserve a sweet treat to refuel, speed up recovery, and give an electrolyte kick?

I made some blueberry sauce from 2 cups of blueberries, flaxseed, and a tiny bit of almond milk, and covered with it one banana,then sprinkled coconut on top. Very satisfactory!

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Fruit Popsicles

I love Manhattan. No matter how many times I visit, it never gets boring, it’s never the same.
During this weekend’s trip to he Big Apple, I was given the idea to make my own frozen, raw, vegan desserts from a raw chef at a small vegan cafe near Central park.

I took 2 mangoes and 1/4 papaya and blended them with 1 1/2 cup of almond milk and 1 cup of water. You need the sugary, thick consistency of the juice to use as the “glue” for your Popsicles. I chopped up pears, strawberries, kiwi, and pineapple, and added blueberries, then placed the bits of fruit in a muffin pan and poured the mango papaya juice in each. You can anchor the Popsicle sticks in the chunks of fruit, then put in the freezer for about 1 hour.

Aren’t they beautiful? Not only are you enjoying the perfect summer dessert, but also getting great nutrients out of it!

Enjoy!

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For the endurance athletes: mangoes

Whether you are a long distance endurance runner of a frequent, steady 5K jogger, you are well aware that the energy sustaining your efforts comes mainly from carbohydrates. And while fruit high in fructose and total carbohydrate are to be avoided for those with high level of blood sugar, endurance training requires healthy loads of yummy carbs. Mangoes, among the sweetest, richest fruit out there, are perfect candidates for inclusion in a pre-training meal: in addition to the 28g of carbohydrates, they are a fantastic source of vitamins A, C, and B6, alpha and beta-carotene, and omega 6 polyunsaturated fatty acids. So don’t forget to include half a mango in a smoothie, add some light leafy greens–spinach or kale, some ground nuts and seeds, and enjoy a peak in energy and stamina.

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Papaya-berry-kiwi-grapefruit smoothie

This is a definite favorite–perfectly balancing sweet and sour, it is best served chilled, ideal in the summer heat.

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You need:

1/4 of a large papaya;

1 kiwi

1 cup of raspberries

1 cup of blueberries

3-4 strawberries

1/3 large red grapefruit

2 cups of spinach

1 cup of almond milk.

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Beautiful.

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Why a RAW vegan?

In this blog, I have put strong emphasis on the consumption not simple of vegan foods, but, with small exceptions–of a raw vegan diet. Of course, this has its exceptions, be it for diversity or nutritional advantage (i.e., better absorption of micronutrients in steamed or boiled carrots and asparagus). So why the insistence on eating raw? Isn’t this restrictive and is it a fad?

Well. Let me start wit the first of the aforementioned concerns: eating raw is restrictive. But is it? The primary arguments to advance this view are most commonly related to cravings or satiety. And since the average diet consists at least somewhat of cooked or processed foods, be it vegan or not, our taste and notion of food has long been associated with this sort of modifying food ingredients. What we forget, however, is that processing, weather through exposure to heat, chemicals, what have you, alters the texture, flavor, or color of foods by altering their structure. Of course, this does not happen without alteration and frequent loss of nutrients, changes in digestability (hence nutritious value), among others. Wat this means is that, in 9 out of 10 cases, you lose nutrients by processing foods. And although feeding your body cooked meals will leave you feeling full, it will also frequently leave you feeling malnourished–you will be lacking some of the necessary nutrients that you did not consume with modified foods. This, among other factors, gives birth to cravings. Craving particular flavors or foods can be indicative of the underlying causes of cravings (and there are plenty). One way to avoid perpetuating the cycle of introducing impoverished nutrition sources only to create cravings which are in turn temporarily satisfied (but in the long term–exacerbated) by similarly inadequate foods is to consume intact, raw, unaltered, and diverse ingredients.

Of course, this might just be a whim of mine, a preference. Or not? See this comprehensive review and summary of multiple studies (check out the list of references, too!)of the advantages of eating raw (and vegan ;)).

http://cebp.aacrjournals.org/content/13/9/1422.full

Food for thought!

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Have I convinced you? After reading this wonderful article, mix 2 cups of spinach with 2 cups of mixed berries, add one fresh cucumber, a tiny bit of almond milk, and enjoy a soury, very refreshing end of the day drink :).

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Berry-spinach-banana smoothie

Carrying 20 pounds of fresh, beautiful fruit in the summer heat has never been more worth the trouble. A bounty of ripe, fresh, glowing raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, mangos, kiwis, bananas, plums, and papaya. Reward yourself with a delicious, frosty fruity drink, rich in iron, vitamins A, B, C, and K, potassium, antioxidants, and protein.

Mix a cup of blueberries

2 cups of raspberries

4 large strawberries

1 banana

2 cups of spinach

1/2 cup of flaxseed

juice from 1/2 lime

1 cup of almond milk

ice.

Well worth the summer walk!

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Roasted red pepper and tomato salad with hearts of palm and capers

I hope you are enjoying the end of a busy day with some vegan gluttony! My end of the day snack is a juicy, savory, crunchy and very fresh summer salad made with hearts of palm, capers, olives, roasted red peppers, fresh yellow peppers, and the mandatory tomatoes, all tossed in aged balsamic vinegar. Vitamins C, A, B, fiber, healthy fats, and numerous minerals, tasting fantastic. Have a wonderful night, and thank you for stopping by.
Photo: I hope you are enjoying the end of a busy day with some vegan gluttony! My end of the day snack is a juicy, savory, crunchy and very fresh summer salad made with hearts of palm, capers, olives, roasted red peppers, fresh yellow peppers, and the mandatory tomatoes, all tossed in aged balsamic vinegar. Vitamins C, A, B, fiber, healthy fats, and numerous minerals, tasting fantastic. Have a wonderful night, and thank you for stopping by.
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