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Back to basics

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.

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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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Drinks, anyone? :)

One aspect of raw veganism that I especially like is the beauty of just about anything you can prepare. And it’s not enough that blending all the gorgeous natural colors and flavors of fruits, vegetables, seeds, and nuts gives you delicious medley of aroma and texture; in those colors live unaltered nutrients ready to fuel a healthy, fit, happy lifestyle.

And on this Friday night, I thought what better thing to do than share some of this beauty in the festive mood of the upcoming weekend.

Just to boost the joyous spirit a bit, I offer you a shot. Greenish, sweet, very aromatic, rich in vitamins C, A, K, as well as iron, water, fiber, and some carbohydrates. For this beauty, take about 3 cups of kale, 1 large kiwi, and a large slice of water melon. Add some mint for even more flavor and…enjoy!

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If, however, you are in the mood for a more girly kind of drink, I think a pinkish, sweet, rich cocktail just might do the trick.

This cocktail is bursting with vitamin A, amino acids, and antioxidants, is quite fruity, with a hint of fresh lime.

Blend together a mixture of cherries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries and blueberries.

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Add a cup of chopped up mango, a cup of almond milk, a little bit of kale, and the juice from one fresh lime.

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The perfect refreshing deliciousness in PINK!

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Finally, one of my favorites–quite the filling, potassium and fiber – rich, creamy treat. Add one banana to 4-5 cups of kale, 1/2 cup of ground almonds, a pinch of flaxseed, 1 cup of almond milk, and 1 cup of spinach. I would have this nutritious smoothie before, as well as after a strength work out any day.

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I hope you are enjoying a lovely Friday night and looking forward to a great weekend. Cheers!

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The Vegan Glutton is back in green

Hi Everyone! After a long yet much needed break from social media–a break I’m sure we all need at times, The Vegan Glutton is back! And with some exciting news.

The past month has brought about many changes, good changes, but the most exciting part  is living in a house full of wonderful friends who share my love of animals. We now have a saint bernard, a jack russel, a lab mix, a snake, a chinchilla, and 3 cats! It’s actually quite peaceful despite the sound of it, but also extremely fun. Understandably, I have been pretty busy meeting all of my new buddies-human and non-human, and this has only made me an even more passionate vegan.

Of course, plenty of cooking went on while I was taking my little vacation from blogging, and I will be sharing some easy and affordable recipes in the days to come. But for starters, I thought I’d reveal a recent favorite, which I have been enjoying almost every morning. It is very green, very yummy, very fiber, vitamin A and C, and iron-rich.

5 cups of kale;

2 cups of spinach

1 large green apple, chopped

1 1/2  cups of almond milk.

Tadaaa! Filling, yet light, super yummy, and pretty quick to make. Be sure to puree it well for a smoother texture. Gorgeous green!

Cheers!

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What’s for dinner?

Tonight I feast on iron, beta-carotene, Niacin, Vitamins A, B5, B6, B9, C, E, K, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, lycopene–a phytochemical (and a carotenoid pigment), and essential nutrient, and an antioxidant (just like the also available through peppers to me tonight p-coumaric acid), plant fats, and of course fiber and carbohydrates. Fantastic anti-carcinogenic properties, and a perfect recovery meal after running, weight lifting, and a morning hike.

I used:

1 green bell pepper

1/3 cup red onion, chopped

1 1/5 tbsp of garlic, minced

3 cups of kale

3 cups of spinach

1 large tomato

1/2 squash

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

sea salt

Once again: nothing to it–chop up the veggies, place them in a pan with a tiny bit of olive oil, and let them simmer for 15-20 minutes. Such a flavorful and wholesomely nutritious dinner. Enjoy!

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Eat fluids, drink veggies

This green frostie is full of fiber, vitamins C, K, and E, potassium, a bit of protein, and copper, and is also hydrating, refreshingly sour, and light. The color comes from blending 3 kiwis with 1/2 a cucumber. Instead of water ice, I used ice made from mango and papaya juice. The juices from the fruits and the cucumber are more than sufficient to create a frosty, delicious drink. Enjoy!

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A wonderful day

Hello, everyone! I hope you woke up to a lovely Sunday morning. Here in Pilly, it’s a day to enjoy the cooling breeze, the final stage of The Tour de France and the magical award ceremony at dawn, to look forward to a run and some weight work outs later.

The best part is the kick start to this gorgeous day–a green, light, iron and vitamins-rich smoothie cherished on a sunny rooftop next to a very friendly and quite handsome saint bernard.

Just mix 1/2 cup of almonds, 1 banana, 2 plums, 4 strawberries, tons of spinach, 1 large carrot, 1 cup of almond milk, and 1/2 lemon and blend!

Perfect.

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