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Dining Out is Easy with My 3 Top Tips for Eating Out and Traveling on a Vegan or Plant Based Diet.

Before you leave, load up your body with nutrients – enjoy my fresh, sweet and creamy pre-travel smoothie.


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Pre-Travel Smoothie

Pre-Travel Smoothie ~ Tips for eating out and traveling on vegan or plant based diet.

Dining out while attempting to eat a healthy diet is hard. Eating out and traveling on vegan or plant based diet can be even more challenging.

You just want to know how to seamlessly eat out with your friends and family, and how to survive travel. I’ve got you covered.

My first tip will save you some eye rolls and comments from carnivore friends and family about being on that diet. With the second two tips you might need a bit thicker skin, but I promise, they will help you stick to your healthy eating habits.

Who knows, when you lead by example, others may follow. Have confidence that you’ve made the right decision to live this lifestyle, for your health, for animals, and for the environment. And remember, it’s not about being perfect. If you slip up, it’s ok!

Tip 1: Pre-plan.

Doing a little pre-planning is the best way to enjoy a carefree meal when eating a vegan diet – especially if you are new to plant based eating.

Check the restaurant’s on-line menu. Think about what your options are, and even write down what you want to order, so when you get there it is seamless and you can order with confidence. The next time you dine at this restaurant, you won’t have to do as much thinking. The work will be done and you can enjoy yourself.

Second plan of attack. Call them ahead of time and see if they have a vegan menu, discuss options and inquire whether they can make you something special or suggest something delicious.

Here is an example. My family likes to go to a Tex-Mex restaurant called Tijuana Flats. I checked out the on-line menu and noticed they have a salad with guacamole, a variety of toppings, and a choice of salsa or dressings. When I got there, I already knew what I wanted, and it made ordering so much easier. I went with the wheat bowl – not so I could eat it, but so that I could forgo the plastic container – stuffed with lettuce, guacamole, salsa, jalapenos, black beans, a little rice, no cheese and no sour cream. It was DELICIOUS, and now I have somewhere my family can go and enjoy our time together. Because the guacamole is so creamy and feels like a “cheat” food, I don’t miss the sour cream or cheese.

 Tip 2: Wing it-armed with some common substitution possibilities.

(A little riskier if you are new to plant based eating and don’t mind the back and forth from the waiter on whether they can substitute.)

When you arrive, scan the menu for dishes with the most plant based options. Sometimes I’ll order a salad and add grilled vegetables or beans and rice off the sides to create a new meal. Sub foods you enjoy for the cheese and meat, like sundried tomatoes, avocado, walnuts or pine nuts.

I’ll give you an example. We love going to a restaurant where before the meal they bring out a basket of fresh bread and butter. I really wanted a piece of bread that day so I asked her for balsamic vinegar, balsamic vinaigrette or a balsamic reduction instead. She brought out a balsamic reduction that was even more delicious than butter. As I scanned the menu I happened to find the only thing that wasn’t 100% animal based was a Mediterranean salad with feta. I asked if she had sundried tomatoes instead – something I like just as much as feta. They happened to have them and since I was able to sub with something I love I didn’t feel deprived.

Tip 3: Bring your own supplement foods.

Order off the menu, but add something you brought from home. You will feel a little weird at first, but so far I haven’t had any problems from various venues, and though I endured a few family eye rolls at first, now they’re used to it.

Sometimes I bring my own walnuts, pine nuts or even oil free homemade dressing if I know the choices are buttermilk or ranch. If I want coffee at breakfast, I bring some coconut milk in a little container.  As long as I’m buying the main portion of the food from the venue, they have been completely fine.

Try making your own non-dairy creamer. Here are two simple ones.
Raw Almond Milk Coffee Creamer from Kitchen Treaty
Or
this fast Vanilla Coffee Creamer from Peanut Butter and Peppers.

Traveling

Pre-planning in this case is also essential. Look up the location you are going to before you pack your bags. Seek out restaurants that source fresh, local and plant based options.
Check http://www.happycow.net/
And look for Slow Food supported options.

On your way there it will be difficult, if not impossible, to find anything to eat that you’ll enjoy in airports or at fast food restaurants along the highway.

Pack a cooler before you go.

Here’s what I like pack in my cooler.
Carrots, celery and hummus
Sugar snap peas
Fresh fruit
Almonds or nut butter
Gluten free or dehydrated crackers
Pickles (I know, a little unconventional, but I love snacking on them.)
Grilled tofu
Trail mix
Granola bars, homemade or purchased, such as Larabar.

Before leaving on a trip, I always front load some nutrient dense foods by enjoying a fresh smoothie each morning.

This is my FAVORITE pre-travel smoothie. It is so refreshing, a tad bit sweet and creamy.

Pre-Travel Smoothie

Pre-Travel Smoothie for Traveling on a Vegan or Plant Based Diet

Pre-Travel Smoothie

Serves1
Vegan, Gluten Free
Printable Recipe

Ingredients

1 tsp chopped fresh ginger
1 cup chopped kale
1/3 cup fresh parsley
2 beet greens
1/3 cup plain, unsweet non-dairy yogurt (I used a homemade coconut yogurt)
1/2 frozen banana , cut into chunks
2 Tbsp chia (I use Mila)
Filtered water

Directions

1. Blend all ingredients.

Estimated Nutrition Facts
1 Serving
Amount Per Serving

Calories 215.8
Total Fat 6.2 g
Saturated Fat 0.4 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3.3 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.1 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 76.8 mg
Potassium 678.8 mg
Total Carbohydrate 33.0 g
Dietary Fiber 9.7 g
Sugars 12.5 g
Protein 8.7 g

Vitamin A 319.1 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 20.2 %
Vitamin C 129.2 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 7.6 %
Calcium 109.8 %
Copper 12.7 %
Folate 14.2 %
Iron 20.1 %
Magnesium 54.4 %
Manganese 27.7 %
Niacin 5.3 %
Pantothenic Acid 2.8 %
Phosphorus 115.4 %
Riboflavin 9.3 %
Selenium 2.1 %
Thiamin 6.7 %
Zinc 4.0 %

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Go After What you Want

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Get ready NOW for spring and summer. Only four days left until signups open for the Cleansing Life Detox Program to cleanse your way to a lighter, more balanced you through natural detoxification.
Cleansing Life Detox Program

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NO deprivation, NO supplements, NO products. Say yes to healthy, healing, REAL food.

I’ll never forget the struggles I had with losing weight, depression and fatigue. There were days I wanted to sit in my closet and cry. I was on the highest dosages of antidepressants and was overweight. I had tried everything – Weight Watchers, My Fitness Pal, the Zone Diet, even prescriptions from the doctor. Nothing worked until I learned how to Eat. Healthy. Food.

Hey, I know you’re busy. That’s why I designed the program the way I did.

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Cleansing Life Detox Program REAL Food Detox

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And I’ve never felt better. Who would have thought I could feel better than I did in my 20’s? Little did I know how things could change quickly when toxins build up and unhealthy eating habits take hold.

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Long Term Weight Loss with Cleansing Life Detox Program

Long Term Weight Loss with Cleansing Life Detox Program

We will focus on more than just food.

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Heal and Balance with Cleansing Life Detox Program

Heal and Balance with Cleansing Life Detox Program

My goal is to arm you with the information and tools to make it easy to stick to healthy eating.

I’ll share tips on food storage, traveling and saving money and infographics to make meal planning a breeze, and group support will help you stick to your goals and succeed!

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Plant Protein Power is my newly launched vegan cookbook based off a compilation of my delicious recipes with a focus on protein.
Vegan Cookbook ~ Plant Protein Power

Vegan Cookbook ~ Plant Protein Power

We all know a whole foods, plant based diet is the gold standard of health; the healing power of plants cannot be denied. The difficulties come with the pressure of perfection, dealing with labels such as “vegetarian” and “vegan”, and deciphering what that means.

Everyone who has attempted to eat a cleaner, plant based diet inevitably gets the question, “Where do you get your protein and/or calcium?”

This vegan cookbook is my way of helping you answer those questions.

Though not all the recipes contain over 20 grams of protein—you will notice that they ALL do contain protein; dispelling the myth that you must eat animal foods to obtain this macronutrient.

Plant Protein Power Cookbook

Plant Protein Guide ~ Plant Protein Power

Too much emphasis is put on this single aspect of nutrition—there are many theories as to why; however, the recommended allowance is minimal when compared to suggestions from many dieticians, fitness experts and medical practitioners. The best thing about plant protein is that it also comes with healing antioxidants, enzymes, fiber and tons of vitamins and nutrients that animal foods just can’t compete with.

Contents Plant Protein Power

Contents ~ Plant Protein Power Cookbook

PURCHASE YOUR COPY HERE

 


 

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This all natural banana pancake bread is warm banana bread and comforting pancakes all rolled into one.

And just so happens to be gluten free, vegan, and no one will ever know there’s not an ounce of butter or a gram of refined sugar.

Banana Pancake Bread

Banana Pancake Bread

My dad used to carefully craft his pancakes.

He would mix the batter, measuring out the flour in exact proportion, stir in the remaining ingredients and gently fold in fat, sweet, juicy blueberries. They grew BIG up in the Northeast.

One particular camping trip in Stow Vermont at the Mountain View Campground he had created a particularly fine batch.

Everyone was sitting at the wood camp table, adults on one side, kids on the other, napkins tucked into their shirt collars, forks and knives in hand banging them on the table. “We WANT pancakes. We WANT pancakes!”, we shouted. Ok maybe that’s an exaggeration, but we were hungry.

In the center of the table sat real Vermont maple syrup – our mouths salivating like Pavlov’s dogs at the thought of fluffy pancakes dripping with rich syrup.

He had finally finished his masterpieces – perfectly round and equally sized, fluffy blueberry pancakes. As he carefully walked to the table, he placed them in the center of the table and walked around to the side next to my mother.

BAM! The table fell backwards, catapulting the perfect, drool worthy pancakes directly into the faces of my parents, all over their clothes  and onto the ground as they lay there, with their new purple-y delicious ensembles.

(To clarify for my mom’s sake, I’m not saying my parents were big people – it was just a weight distribution thing.)

To this day I don’t remember if we were laughing or if we all turned to my dad with wide eyes waiting to see what his reaction would be. All I know is that we’ve gotten lots of mileage out of that story as we repeated it over the years. Every time I think of pancakes, I think of the story of the flying blueberry pancakes.

This banana pancake bread is hit-you-in-the-face good. But in a better way. Where you actually get to eat it.

Banana Pancake Bread

Banana Pancake Bread

It’s all warm, moist and banana-y on the inside and crackly on the outside. We enjoyed a slice at breakfast and another at dessert. I did notice that we had a few people stopping by more than usual and the bread disappeared rather quickly.

When banana pancake bread is involved, you suddenly have more friends. Strange how that happens.

 (p.s. As a variation, it would be perfect with blueberries in the summer or with some toasted walnuts or pecans.)


Do you have any funny food stories from your childhood? I’d love to hear your story too!

 

Note:

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Banana Pancake Bread

Banana Pancake Bread

Banana Pancake Bread

Inspired by Minimalist Baker
Serves 8
Vegan, Gluten Free
Printable Recipe

Ingredients

3 medium ripe bananas (about 1 1/2 cups)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tbsp chia & 3 Tbsp water
3 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
1/2 cup organic coconut palm sugar
2 Tbsp coconut nectar or maple syrup
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 cup almond or non dairy milk
1 1/4 cup almond meal
1 1/4 cup gluten free pancake mix
1 1/4 cup gluten free oats

Directions

1.Preheat oven to 350 and grease a loaf pan with coconut oil.

2.Mash banana in a large bowl. Add all ingredients through almond milk and whisk vigorously to combine. Last add almond meal, gluten free flour blend and oats and stir.

3.Bake for 60 minutes or until firm and golden on top.

4.Let cool completely, for at least 15 minutes, so that the bread doesn’t crumble.

Store leftovers on the counter for a few days or wrap tightly and store in the freezer.

Nutrition Facts
8 Servings
Amount Per Serving

Calories 341.9
Total Fat 14.5 g
Saturated Fat 2.3 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.0 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.4 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 367.9 mg
Potassium 199.3 mg
Total Carbohydrate 53.3 g
Dietary Fiber 5.6 g
Sugars 14.1 g
Protein 7.9 g

Vitamin A 1.6 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 12.2 %
Vitamin C 6.5 %
Vitamin D 2.3 %
Vitamin E 27.2 %
Calcium 15.5 % (from the almond meal and milk!)
Copper 2.4 %
Folate 2.0 %
Iron 10.3 %
Magnesium 18.6 %
Manganese 5.1 %
Niacin 1.1 %
Pantothenic Acid 1.1 %
Phosphorus 2.9 %
Riboflavin 3.4 %
Selenium 0.7 %
Thiamin 4.4 %
Zinc 0.5 %

*Percent Daily Values for Pancake Banana Bread are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

 

Life begins.....

Life begins…..

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How to detoxify in 21 days with real food – in 3 easy steps.

You and I are people that eat pretty healthy already. But we’re not perfect. No one is. Instead of judging ourselves, let’s make a pact to wake up each day and spend some time learning, growing and getting better. We all know what’s bad – yet sometimes we still eat and do the things we shouldn’t. I, for one, have a tough time giving up the wine. What about you?

The one thing I know for sure is that if we help each other – we will all grow together. So I’ll share what I have learned with you, and you share what you have learned with me. Deal?

When it comes to cleansing and detoxing there is so much confusing information.
What detoxes should we do? What supplements should we take? What foods should we cut out? Every time it gets overwhelming I go back to my personal philosophy. Cleanse the body through food first. Intuitively this just feels right.

I HATE deprivation. When someone tells us we can’t have something – what happens? We want that exact thing we can’t have right?

So screw deprivation.

Let’s focus on additions. Additions will naturally crowd out the crappy foods we shouldn’t be eating anyway – without having to mentally tell ourselves we are cutting them out.

Get back to basics.

How to Detoxify in 21 Days with FOOD
(In 3 Easy Steps)

How to Detoxify in 21 Days with FOOD (in 3 Easy Steps)

Simplicity.

Identify the Essential. Eliminate the Rest.

 

Week 1) Alkaline the body with alkaline foods.

Alkaline foods are those that cause you to move out of an acidic state. This douses inflammation and will get your body running cleaner.  Think of it this way. An alkaline body is like a cool, lubricated engine that purrs like a kitten. Maybe like the new Tesla my friends Dave and Kimberly bought. Now think of an acid body like a broken down old jalopy on the side of the road, hood up, engine smoking – smog belching out the tailpipe. Ug!

So let’s start with breakfast.

ADD:

Lemon
Raw apple cider vinegar
Cayenne pepper
Nutrient dense chia (Preferably from farms along the equator – where chia likes to be grown and can suck up tons of nutrients in the dense loam.)
Lots of filtered water
Raw fruit and veggies at every meal. Even breakfast – sometimes it’s ok to have savory. Cook up some quinoa and throw over raw spinach to wilt and “cook down” without actually being cooked.

Extra Credit: Slow burning whole grains, nuts and seeds. Some beans are on the acidic side; however, they are full of fiber and protein and are a valuable asset to a detox plan.

“No disease, including cancer, can exist in an alkaline environment.” ~ Otto Warburg 1931 Nobel Prize Winner for Cancer Discovery

 

Week 2)  Add different kinds of milks – other than dairy.

Nut milk, yogurt and cheese is YUMMY. I really enjoy it – if you aren’t drinking/eating it, you’ve gotta try it in week 2.

And….Knowledge is Power. Here are some links about diary that helped me over the, “but I LOVE cheese.” Remember we are ADDING nut milk here.

Dairy isn’t as great as the dairy industry tells us it is. It IS good for baby cows, but that’s about it. Don’t listen to me though. Research the stance of Harvard Medical. There are some smart people up there in Cambridge. See how Harvard Medical’s healthy plate compares to the USDA’s “My Plate”. 

“The Healthy Eating Plate is based exclusively on the best available science and was not subjected to political or commercial pressures from food industry lobbyists.”

And their stance on calcium in dairy.

“Calcium is important. But milk isn’t the only, or even best, source.”

ADD:

Raw Almond or Cashew Milk – soak raw almonds or cashews & blend with water, dates and a pinch of salt.
Banana – blend with cashew milk or water.
Cashew cheese – soaked cashews, apple cider vinegar, lemon, salt – blend the bejesus out of it.
Tofu Feta  - tofu and herbs.
Unsweet soy or almond yogurt and fresh fruit.

 

Inhale the Now, Exhale the Past.

 

Week 3) Body & environment – Move your body every day to dislodge toxins and flush them away.  And cleanse your environment.

Exercise: The secret key: Don’t just gut it out. Find something you ENJOY. This sort of goes along with the no deprivation thing.
You may need to test a few activities out. Like me – you probably already enjoy something  – add something new and confuse your muscles a bit.

Environment: Go buy a big bottle of white vinegar, some baking soda, and throw in some essential oils for additional antibacterial power and aromatherapy and get to cleaning. No toxic fumes, crystal clean home, and environmentally friendly. Here’s my guide to organic oils.


Do you have any favorite detox foods or recipes? If so please share in the comments section, I’d love to see them!


 

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Plant Based Protein

Warm Morning Lemon Water: How to Detoxify in 21 Days with FOOD (in 3 Easy Steps)

Warm Morning Lemon Water: How to Detoxify in 21 Days with FOOD (in 3 Easy Steps)

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Raw Collard Fiesta wraps are a delicious way to fill up and burn fat.
Raw Collard Fiesta Wraps ~ Florida Coastal Cooking

Raw Collard Fiesta Wraps ~ Florida Coastal Cooking

“What are the top three topics you’d like me to cover?” I asked in a recent facebook post.

Best foods for fat burning, was an answer that came back to me.

This is a topic that will always be relevant – great pic Jenny!

Here are my top fat burning foods:

Cinnamon increases your metabolism and stabilizes blood sugar.
Try sprinkling some over oatmeal, in a cup of peppermint tea, even try it over black bean chili for an interesting twist.

Cayenne, similar to cinnamon, is also excellent to speed metabolism, stabilize blood sugar and alkaline the body. It is also very healing with many anti-inflammatory properties and  is a natural pain reliever!
Add two capsules to your morning regimen and try adding an extra pinch to the raw collard fiesta wraps in the recipe below.

Green Tea, with it’s powerful antioxidant powers, is the perfect addition to this list. It’s gentle caffeine content aids in appetite suppression and stimulates brain function.
Enjoy a cup in the morning or afternoon with lemon and warm, but not boiling, water. Be sure to forgo sugar or other sweeteners.

Veggies, the obvious choice, are a great aid for weight loss – packed with vitamins and nutrients, low in calories and high in fiber. Fill up on LOTS of organic vegetables.
Chop up a bunch of fresh veggies for a delicious snack or make a batch of these collard wraps and enjoy.

Nuts, a more surprising choice, are actually a great snack to assist with weight management. Nuts pack lots of fiber and a satisfying amount of fat. Be sure not to overindulge because of the calorie content.
Nut “Meat” is an excellent alternative to animal proteins and is, in my opinion, even more delicious. Try it just about anywhere you would use meat. (And, of course, the most delicious ingredient in these wraps.)

Fat Burning Foods ~ Florida Coastal Cooking

Fat Burning Foods ~ Florida Coastal Cooking

 


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These raw collard wraps are by far my new favorite recipe. Inspired by Kimberly Snider’s Beauty Detox book, these are absolutely crave-worthy. I find myself thinking about them at lunch and run to the garden to snip a few collard leaves. The mixture of healthy, satisfying fats, rich spice profile and crisp veggies is a winner. I hope you enjoy these as much as I do.

Raw Collard Wraps

Raw Collard Wraps

Raw Collard Fiesta Wraps

 Serves 6 appetizer size wraps or three meal size wraps
Inspired by Kimberly Snyder’s Raw Gorilla Wraps, Beauty Detox Foods
Vegan, Gluten Free, Raw
Printable Recipe

Ingredients

3/4 cup raw walnuts
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp ground cumin
Dash of chili powder and cayenne pepper
1 tsp Liquid Aminos
1/4 cup chopped sweet bell pepper
1/4 cup chopped tomatoes
Handful of fresh sunflower seed sprouts
3 collard green leaves

Directions

1. Pulse walnuts in food processor until broken down but not ground; mix in a small bowl with coriander, cumin, chili powder, cayenne pepper and Liquid Aminos.

2. Cut bottom two inches of stem out of the collards – leaving the leaf in tact. Turn collard so green side is down. Top each with 1/3 walnut mixture; 1/3 bell pepper, 1/3 tomatoes and 1/3 of the sunflower seed sprouts. Roll, fold sides (burrito style) and continue rolling. Flip so seam sides down; cut in half and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
3 Servings
Amount Per Serving

Calories 214.3
Total Fat 20.3 g
Saturated Fat 1.8 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 14.3 g
Monounsaturated Fat 2.8 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 114.3 mg
Potassium 218.8 mg
Total Carbohydrate 8.0 g
Dietary Fiber 3.6 g
Sugars 1.4 g
Protein 5.9 g

Vitamin A 34.3 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 10.8 %
Vitamin C 17.9 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 7.3 %
Calcium 7.2 %
Copper 25.4 %
Folate 18.1 %
Iron 7.2 %
Magnesium 13.6 %
Manganese 56.5 %
Niacin 4.5 %
Pantothenic Acid 2.9 %
Phosphorus 11.5 %
Riboflavin 5.3 %
Selenium 2.7 %
Thiamin 8.6 %
Zinc 6.8 %

*Percent Daily Values for Raw Collard Wraps are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Quiet People

Quiet People

 

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Exclusive Healthy Food Tips for Camping, Backpacking and Outdoor Lovers.
Camping

Camping

There is something about the excitement of planning a camping trip. So many of us spend much of our days hunched over a computer, driving in a car with a cellphone attached to our ear, or parked in front of a TV – forgetting that there is a whole world out there to explore and connect with. Once we finally wake up and say hey – I’d like to get back to nature, game on.

The outdoors is in my blood.

It started way back with my parents. Their first date was camping in the deserts outside San Diego, California. During my childhood growing up in the North East we rotated between tent camping and camping in slide-in campers that sit on the bed of a truck.

Three times we tent camped in the deserts of Arizona for two weeks at a time – what experiences to remember.

Once I moved to Florida, camping was a whole different ballgame in the summer. Namely the HEAT. If we wanted to camp year round I would need to figure something out to make it bearable. So I got this little beauty and restored her. Now my 6 year old daughter has been camping more times than we can count – starting when she was 8 weeks old.

Princess the Camper

Princess the Camper

But enough about me.

You’re here for the tips.

Keep in mind – these won’t really help if you plan to throw a couple of hot dogs on the fire and call it a day. I’m trying to keep you healthy here.

Camping Food Tips ~ Florida Coastal Cooking

Camping Food Tips ~ Florida Coastal Cooking

1. Plan your meals. Tossing a bunch of food in the cooler and expecting to come up with a brilliant plan upon arrival doesn’t work. Trust me. I tested this one out. Give yourself some time beforehand and think about what you’d enjoy given the time of year.

If it is hot out, the worst thing is slaving over a camp stove. Think sandwiches and fresh foods. When it is cold, there is nothing better than a warm soup or chili and you’ll enjoy the warmth of the fire.

5 Exclusive Healthy Food Tips for Camping, Backpacking and Outdoor Lovers

5 Exclusive Healthy Food Tips for Camping, Backpacking and Outdoor Lovers

2. Prep most of the food before you leave. Want to bring along some whole grain rice or beans? It is sort of a bummer if you’re stuck sitting at the fire for 45 minutes while everyone else is off doing a scavenger hunt. Try cooking the rice or beans first and freezing it in zip top bags proportionate to serving size. By the time you get to the campground it will be thawed in a cooler and you can just reheat. Same thing with veggies. Wash, dry and chop before leaving. You can store them in zip top bags with a few paper towels to keep the moisture in but stop them from getting mushy. (Remember to recycle your bags and not throw them out.)

3. Seek out farmers markets in the area you’ll be camping near. One of our favorite campgrounds is Skidaway Island near Savannah – through the Slow Food network I found the Forsyth Farmers Market. It. Is. Awesome. And anything we are missing, we can pick up there.

4. Reuse empty small bottles for condiments and spices. My family loves to go out to breakfast so I make everyone save their syrup bottles for me to put mustard, ketchup, vinegar, hot sauce, salt, pepper etc.

Tiny Bottles  - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Tiny Bottles – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

5. Buy some super-awesome, healthy pre-made food.

AH. Now we’re getting to the best tip. The real meaning for this post is to introduce you to a company with values that surpass most others in the realm of convenient food. I think you are gonna love it as much as I do!

Outdoor Herbivore launched it’s website in 2010. Owner, Kim, started the company after seeing a real need for healthy food on the backpacking trails and found a solution.

Outdoor Herbivore

Outdoor Herbivore

On one fateful trip she landed in the town of Damascus that was hosting a festival/reunion for backpackers. There she overheard many fellow backpackers talking about the lack of healthy and convenient food options and the idea for the company was born.

Coincidentally, during the festival she stayed in a little bed-and-breakfast where a strange machine was running. It was a dehydrator! At that point she put two and two together and realized she could learn to dehydrate and create healthy meals for backpackers across the US. She quit her corporate job and three months later she had her business up and running.

Healthy. What impresses me most about her business model is her commitment to whole, healthy and high quality foods and the variety of plant based meals.

She focuses on obtaining the majority of her ingredients from inside the United States so that she can verify sourcing, thereby processing as minimally as possible.

Dehydrating is one of the oldest and most healthful methods of preservation. It is used by many raw food enthusiasts because dehydrators work at such low temperatures that the enzymes stay intact.

Switchback Soup from Outdoor Herbivore

Switchback Soup from Outdoor Herbivore

Convenience. Many of her delicious meals are no-cook or only need hot water.
Some of her tasty options are:
Appalachia
Blueberry Maple Crunch
Sunrise Tofu Scramble
‘Cheddar’ Mac
Basil Walnut Penne
Chickpea Sesame Penne
Lemongrass Thai Curry
Switchback Soup & Stuffer

They are reasonably priced at around $5.99 for 1-2 meals. The average non-backpacker can easily get two meals out of these.

Although I haven’t done backpacking as of yet, it is definitely in the plans. I am a camping lover and saw so many different uses for these meals that I ordered five to start.

They are perfect for any outdoor activities such as camping, biking and boating.
If you are traveling, they are great to pack in your suitcase or travel bag.
For kids in sports, bring some along for a long day at the field.

Please note: Outdoor Herbivore in no way endorsed or paid me to do this post. I simply stumbled across her site and fell in love with her food.


Are there any healthy eating camping, backpacking or outdoor tips that you live by? If so, please share in the comments below.


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The buzz words for this year are detox and cleanse! If you are jump starting your system this year, these Cleansing Cucumber Rolls will fit the bill perfectly.
Cleansing Cucumber Rolls

Cleansing Cucumber Rolls

Who isn’t detoxing or cleansing these days?

People have all kinds of methods of rebooting their internal systems. One of my favorite ways is to combine real, whole foods with organic cleansing systems. I have done a 7 day detox and a 21 day detox and feel AMAZING after booth – but the key is to continue with the clean foods after your stricter detox period ends. Right now I’m mixing some herbal cleanse products along with fresh lemon and raw apple cider vinegar in warm water each morning, followed up by a green smoothie of filtered water, raw kale, citrus and a greens product that has organic dried mushrooms for increased vitamin D, improved immune function, as well as weight management.

One thing to keep in mind - if you are in it for the weight loss you’re doing it for the wrong reason.

Doing something for temporary weight loss is never sustainable. Make the decision to cleanse and eat healthy so you feel better. The weight loss will come along with it, and you won’t be stressing about every pound. In fact, I don’t even weigh myself any more. I simply notice difference in sleep, energy, and as an added benefit, my clothes are a bit looser.

Which foods are the most cleansing? There are so many! Here are my top 10 and why. 

Top 10 Cleansing Foods ~ Florida Coastal Cooking

Top 10 Cleansing Foods ~ Florida Coastal Cooking

Lemon: Aids in breaking up built up toxins so your body can flush them away. Clears digestive tract.

Chia: Acts like a sponge, sucking up acid and toxins and scrubbing your intestines. Use organic chia grown along the equator that has been opened for highest nutrient content and absorption. My favorite pick!

RAW Apple Cider Vinegar: Natural cleansing and healing properties. Antibiotic and antiseptic.  Alkalizes the body.

Garlic: Used in traditional medicine to cleanse colon and liver.

Greens: Super high in antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and nutrients. Scrubs intestines of junk and makes you glow!

Red Bell Pepper: One of the most powerful sources of Carotenoids and Vitamin C on the planet. Has fiber and nutrients to help fuel the body’s natural cleansing functions.

Pink and Red Grapefruit: Ranks among the highest in antioxidant content. May slow the progression of atherosclerosis. High in Limonin which is a cancer fighter. Clears digestive tract.

Cayenne Pepper: Stimulates circulation and neutralizes acidity. My grandfather used to drink two teaspoons in water every morning (among other macrobiotic regimens) and lived for over 25 years with ALS. Coincidence?

Cucumber: 
Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. High water content to flush toxins.

Broccoli:
Cleansing for the liver

These Cucumber rolls are perfect to go along with your cleansing regimen.

They are light, crisp, raw and satisfying – the hint of lemon gives it a perfect balance of acid and carrots add a bit of sweetness. Use any kind of hummus you like – even a raw one made from soaked cashews.

Cleansing Cucumber Rolls

Cleansing Cucumber Rolls

Cleansing Cucumber Rolls

Makes 8 Rolls, or 2 Servings of 4 Rolls Each
Vegan, Gluten Free
Printable Recipe

Ingredients

1 cucumber, sliced thinly lengthwise
2 carrots, chopped into matchsticks
1/2 cup sunflower seed sprouts
1/2 cup thinly sliced purple cabbage (about 4 leaves)
3 Tbsp hummus (plus extra for dipping)
Sea salt (Optional)
Juice 1/2 lemon

Directions

1. Lay out each of 8 cucumber slices; divide evenly and layer the carrot, sprouts, and cabbage towards one end of each cucumber; spoon 1 teaspoon of hummus over the vegetables; sprinkle with sea salt if desired; roll cucumber slices around vegetables to make a roll; finish with a squeeze of lemon over all rolls.

Estimated Nutrition Facts
2 Servings
Amount Per Serving

Calories 91.7
Total Fat 2.4 g
Saturated Fat 0.4 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.0 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.9 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 208.7 mg
Potassium 534.8 mg
Total Carbohydrate 15.9 g
Dietary Fiber 4.9 g
Sugars 4.0 g
Protein 4.0 g

Vitamin A 158.7 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 12.2 %
Vitamin C 50.6 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 2.2 %
Calcium 6.3 %
Copper 10.4 %
Folate 14.3 %
Iron 7.5 %
Magnesium 11.3 %
Manganese 21.8 %
Niacin 6.0 %
Pantothenic Acid 5.6 %
Phosphorus 10.1 %
Riboflavin 6.4 %
Selenium 1.2 %
Thiamin 9.2 %
Zinc 6.4 %

*Percent Daily Values for Cleansing Cucumber Rolls are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Eat Whole Foods

Eat Whole Foods

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Luscious Lemon Citrus Dressing http://www.floridacoastalcooking.com/2015/01/luscious-lemon-citrus-dressing.html http://www.floridacoastalcooking.com/2015/01/luscious-lemon-citrus-dressing.html#comments Sun, 11 Jan 2015 16:19:55 +0000 http://www.floridacoastalcooking.com/?p=11566 Luscious Lemon Citrus Dressing is perfect for the beautiful, sun-drenched Florida citrus that is in season right now. It is delicious massaged into a kale salad, or even just over a bed of lettuce. Let’s Talk Trends There are TONS of 2015 trend predictions out there. Some of them I’m not so sure about, such as the […]

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Luscious Lemon Citrus Dressing is perfect for the beautiful, sun-drenched Florida citrus that is in season right now. It is delicious massaged into a kale salad, or even just over a bed of lettuce.
Luscious Lemon Citrus Dressing

Luscious Lemon Citrus Dressing

Let’s Talk Trends

There are TONS of 2015 trend predictions out there. Some of them I’m not so sure about, such as the new MC Hammer Yoga Pant.

MC Hammer Yoga Pant

MC Hammer Yoga Pant

And a disturbing food trend towards butter – not only for the ethical reasons, but also for health reasons.

Others are so tremendous that they should be adopted as classics. My three favorite such trends for this year are…..

1. Whole Foods. It’s about time! Predictions state that we will start turning our backs on processed foods and start focusing our attention on REAL FOOD. I can’t tell you how many times I am checking out at the grocery store when someone behind me has soda, Gatorade, chips, frozen dinners, breads and desserts – spending exorbitant sums of money on nutrient deficient food-like substances.

2. Unique Produce. Kholrabi, Daikon radish, Calabaza squash, Romanesco cauliflower – things most people don’t normally eat. Consuming this variety of produce will give people a diversified number of vitamins and minerals that are so beneficial for health.

This is the perfect time for me to mention joining a CSA/Farm Share. CSA is called shot for Community Supported Agriculture. People come together at the start of the growing season and pay a farmer for a share of their vegetables that season. You pay up front and then collect your vegetables every week, or every other week, depending on what you decide. If you are in North Florida be sure to check out KyV Farm as well as my Green Resources page for additional options.

 

Luscious Lemon Citrus Vinaigrette

Luscious Lemon Citrus Vinaigrette

3. Fermented Foods. I recently received my copy of the Beauty Detox Solution by Kimberly Snyder that I had mentioned in my last post (yay!) and in one of the chapters she discusses fermented foods – fermented vegetables in particular. She has a recipe for a probiotic and enzyme rich salad made by sealing raw cabbage in container and allowing the natural lactobacillus bacteria to grow and create a wholesome, probiotic-rich food.

The Beauty Detox Foods: Discover the Top 50 Beauty Foods That Will Transform Your Body and Reveal a More Beautiful You

I can’t wait to try all her recipes – including a fermented salad recipe. You can find lots of her yummy recipes here.


 

This Luscious Lemon Citrus Dressing fits well into the first two categories. I simply combined a variety of vegetables from my own garden and my CSA with KyV Farm such as several kale and lettuce varieties, heirloom tomatoes, green onions etc. and topped them with this mouth-watering, fresh citrus vinaigrette made from Meyer lemon and a variety of fruits pulled off the trees around my home. I hope you enjoy it as much as my family does!

Do you have any food predictions for 2015? What would you like to see? Are there any that disturb you?


Lucious Lemon Citrus Vinaigrette

Lucious Lemon Citrus Vinaigrette

 Luscious Lemon Citrus Dressing

About 5-6 2-Tbsp Servings
Vegan, Gluten Free
Printable Recipe

Ingredients

1/4 cup fresh citrus juice (I used Meyer lemon, orange and Satsuma)
1/4 to 1/2 tsp kosher salt
Fresh ground black pepper, to taste
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp agave, coconut nectar or local honey
1/4 to 1/3 cup cold pressed, unrefined olive oil

Directions

1. Blend fresh squeezed citrus, salt, pepper, mustard and sweetener in a blender; slowly drizzle olive oil until emulsified.

Estimated Nutrition Facts
5 Servings (2-Tbsp)
Amount Per Serving

Calories 117.9
Total Fat 11.2 g
Saturated Fat 1.6 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.6 g
Monounsaturated Fat 8.0 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 188.7 mg
Potassium 32.5 mg
Total Carbohydrate 5.6 g
Dietary Fiber 0.1 g
Sugars 4.0 g
Protein 0.1 g

Vitamin A 0.1 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 0.7 %
Vitamin C 18.7 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 0.1 %
Calcium 0.2 %
Copper 0.4 %
Folate 0.8 %
Iron 0.1 %
Magnesium 0.4 %
Manganese 0.3 %
Niacin 0.1 %
Pantothenic Acid 0.3 %
Phosphorus 0.2 %
Riboflavin 0.2 %
Selenium 0.1 %
Thiamin 0.5 %
Zinc 0.1 %

*Percent Daily Values for Luscious Lemon Citrus Dressing are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Make Time to Do What You Love

Make Time to Do What You Love

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Garlic Kale Pesto Pasta is my new seasonal favorite dish – easy to prepare, full of flavor and is versatile enough to continue changing with the seasons.
Garlic Kale Pesto Pasta

Garlic Kale Pesto Pasta

It was like stepping into another planet when we got out of our truck to visit our friends from college, Don and Kathy, who live in South Florida. It was a world of Ferraris and Lamborghinis, of personal shoppers at Neiman Marcus, thousand dollar shoes, of late night partying, glitz and glamour.

Being a girl from New England that grew up in a middle-class American family I am amazed at the differences between how people live.

Everyone I met was so nice and genuinely were caring people. I just couldn’t help but feel out of place. I’ve come across people with wealth – my next-door neighbor lives in a beautiful home on the river and is rich by definition.

 I can’t say I live in poverty either. I have been very blessed and Chris and I have worked very hard. But compared to the group we met, we are paupers.

We knew Don and Kathy from the time they lived modest lives, working hard to get them to the point of affluence. We are so proud of them and are so grateful to know such genuine and loving people. They have a BEAUTIFUL home and tons of nice things – yet are so grounded.

It was their friends, Craig and Melanie that we were visiting on New Year’s Eve that are off the charts wealthy. They live in a huge, extravagant development employing an army of landscapers, maids, butlers, and other various staff. As the story went, Melanie’s grandfather had started a business and later sold it for $400 million.

 Four. Hundred. Million. Dollars.

 It’s hard for most of us to even imagine. All of the money was then willed to Melanie’s dad who shared it with his family. They spend their days doing philanthropy work and run an event business.

As I mentioned in my previous post I have been reading Napoleon Hill’s book, Think and Grow Rich. In the book, the plan encourages one to set the level of wealth they wish to acquire and fixate that in their mind with a clear plan of what they intend to give in return. As a diehard lover of camping, and the show Tiny House Nation, I began to grapple with the idea of desiring such a lifestyle. People in this community live in cavernous homes, most of the rooms never to be used. Here I am, reading my book and supposedly planning for wealth beyond my wildest imagination when I suddenly began to struggle with the question:

 Do I really want all this?

I suppose you don’t have to have such a large house and attend swanky soirées. But do I even want the responsibility that goes along with obtaining such wealth?
I mean, how does one know if one’s friends are real or if they only associate with them because of wealth?

I suppose just by writing this I have answered my own question.

I don’t ever want to try to keep up with the Joneses. It is exhausting.

It would be one thing if the money dropped in my lap, and a totally different scenario to desire it enough to focus on that amount and make the decision to do anything it takes to get there.

 I know in my heart that I do have a burning desire for a significant income so that I can help others and live a comfortable life myself, but not necessarily to obtain more stuff. After working for so long in corporate America, sitting in a cubicle in order to acquire material things, I realized what I really value is time, a connection with nature, and my family. It was never more apparent than when I lost my dad so suddenly.

He passed away and all his material things were still left. You can’t take them with you.

Though I’m not where I want to be as far as income goes, I’ve made the decision to enjoy the ride, to always be learning, and to make real connections with people.

I’m so glad we went to visit our friends because it helped me make a few decisions about the direction I want to go. And I even learned a few things that inspired me.

 Kathy is a healthy eater too. She prepared a delicious pesto pasta dish before our night out at Melanie’s. The pasta was so delicious that I knew I had to recreate it when I returned home. The pesto was the perfect dressing for the warm pasta – and she used fresh tomatoes from her garden.

This dish is my version of the one she made; but using kale from my garden and sweet peppers from my CSA at KyV Farm since I didn’t have tomatoes on hand.

Kathy’s fresh pesto inspired me to make a few positive changes in my diet.

A few of the changes I want to make when it comes to diet are to eat more raw, dehydrated and fermented foods.

Raw:
While we were there visiting, Kathy pulled out a book to try and find a recipe before she made the pesto. I browsed through and fell in love and ordered it right away! SO many simple, fresh and raw recipes – stay tuned for variations of them this year!


The Beauty Detox Foods: Discover the Top 50 Beauty Foods That Will Transform Your Body and Reveal a More Beautiful You

Consuming raw foods is such a great way to preserve the enzymes that are lost in the cooking process.

Garlic Kale Pesto Pasta

Garlic Kale Pesto Pasta

Dehydrated:

Next I plan to use my Excalibur dehydrator more. It is a great way to add variety to raw foods and to preserve extra fruits and veggies.

 Excalibur 3926TB Food Dehydrator, Black

Garlic Kale Pesto Pasta

Garlic Kale Pesto Pasta

Fermented:

Finally, I want to add more fermented foods. My daughter’s naturopathic doctor has added fermented foods as part of the recovery of her diagnosed Leaky Gut. I think that fermented foods would do us all good. Fermentation is when a food goes through a lactofermentation process that preserves the food, creates enzymes, probiotics, B-vitamins and Omega 3’s. The key for my 6-year old is the probiotics to aid in digestion. I was told these German fermentation crocks are the best – but one can also ferment in glass jars as well.

7 L (1.9 Gal) K&K Keramik German Made Fermenting Crock Pot , Kerazo F2

Garlic Kale Pesto Pasta

Garlic Kale Pesto Pasta

Garlic Kale Pesto Pasta

Serves 4
Vegan, Gluten Free
Printable Recipe

 

Ingredients

8oz quinoa pasta noodles
1 bunch kale, de-stemmed
Handful fresh green onions
1 clove garlic
1/4 cup cold pressed olive oil
1/4 tsp salt
3 Tbsp pine nuts
2 Tbsp raw pumpkin seeds
1 cup sliced sweet peppers

Directions

1. Cook pasta to package directions and set aside.

2. Blend kale, green onions, garlic, olive oil, salt and pine nuts in a blender; toss over pasta; stir in sweet peppers.

Estimated Nutrition Facts
4 Servings
Amount Per Serving

Calories 275.3
Total Fat 11.5 g
Saturated Fat 1.3 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3.6 g
Monounsaturated Fat 5.0 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 226.6 mg
Potassium 548.6 mg
Total Carbohydrate 39.7 g
Dietary Fiber 7.3 g
Sugars 2.8 g
Protein 7.7 g

Vitamin A 485.3 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 16.9 %
Vitamin C 229.9 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 12.1 %
Calcium 12.7 %
Copper 20.8 %
Folate 8.2 %
Iron 17.1 %
Magnesium 17.1 %
Manganese 67.0 %
Niacin 6.6 %
Pantothenic Acid 1.4 %
Phosphorus 9.9 %
Riboflavin 12.5 %
Selenium 2.5 %
Thiamin 14.3 %
Zinc 10.7 %

*Percent Daily Values for Garlic Kale Pesto Pasta are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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