Posts tagged ‘vegan’

Day 3: Joulebody Kickstart Cleanse (Last day!)

I woke up at 9am (Yes!!!) feeling quite refreshed. After a massage and epsom salt bath last night, who wouldn’t? I woke up clear-headed, in a positive mood, ready to take on the day…and that Chisel class I’ve been talking about. Right now I have tons of energy. It’s SO nice not to wake up bloated like I often do.

9am: Berry Chia Smoothie Same as the other days, still just as good. I was hungry for breakfast after I took the dog on a short walk, but I wasn’t starving. I think I’m starting to make peace with my hunger pangs. I just had a thought that I’m sad this is the last day!

12pm: Watermelon Gazpacho watermelon, cider vinegar, potassium broth, salt, pepper, onion, garlic, parsley, herbs Well, I made it through my Chisel class with tons of energy. I did notice that I wasn’t as focused in the class, but that could be attributed to other things. I meandered home, stopping to do some errands, and even though I was hungry, I didn’t have the feeling like “I must eat NOW otherwise I’m gonna kill someone.” It was a gentler, kinder hunger.  The soup was good, and I loved the sweet watermelon. I added some brown rice and avocado to it. And guess what? I didn’t finish it! I was like 3/4 of the way through and I just didn’t want to eat any more. I took a break from eating, took my dog on a walk, and when I came back, took another bite just to make sure. Nope, still didn’t want anything else to eat. WEIRD. Seems as though my blood sugar and body is settling into this!


3pm: Green Joule Drink You’re not gonna believe this, but I was so busy that I forgot to have this until I glanced at my watch and saw it was 3:30. What a big difference from Day 1 and 2! I still have not had any cravings during my 3 days, which I am pleasantly surprised about.

5pm: Citrus Cleanser I find I am liking this drink more and more, and I look forward to the spicy afterkick. It’s really refreshing, cooling, and just the right amount of sweetness. I’m sad that this is the last one! I’ve been snacking on some carrot sticks to curb some of the uncomfortable hunger. I think I need a major break from carrot sticks this week!

7pm: Detox Pitta: potassium broth, fennel, celery, carrots, ginger, flax, parsley, celtic sea salt (also some bean–I think mung beans?) This was a chunky soup that grew on me as I ate.  I really liked having to CHEW the beans…something other than carrot sticks. I added avocado and brown rice. I ate the entire bowl and was very satisfied afterwards. Not hungry, not full…just perfect. I can’t believe I have my dessert left and then I’m done. I wish I could do this 5 days!!

I just got an email from Yvette about the end of my cleanse. Booo. The email gave some “rules” on how to maintain the cleanse, such as how to incorporate protein back into my diet. She also gave me a menu if I wanted to continue the cleanse on my own, which I will definitely do.

8pm: Cookies That’s all folks!

I’m done! I’m done! Wow…I think back to how crappy I felt on Friday to how AMAZING I feel today. I was apprehensive about doing this cleanse, not eating as much food, but there was definitely no cause for concern. I do feel it was a bit easier for me because I have a very healthy diet (mostly vegetarian, whole foods) and I don’t drink coffee. I do, however, eat chocolate and having intense sugar cravings was something I was afraid of. But as you’ve seen, I never had one craving.

I completely understand why this is titled the “Kickstart” diet because after 3 days of feeling my body nothing but the finest, purest ingredients, it’s almost impossible to eat anything but. Any bloating or GI issues are gone, and I am going to try hard to find the causes and eliminate them from my diet.

I’m sure you’ve noticed how I haven’t mentioned weight loss yet. Truth is, I don’t weigh myself so there’s no way for me to tell. However, I do notice that my stomach is flatter and I FEEL lighter. Who cares about the pounds…I just feel fantastic.

These 3 days were a wake-up call for me, to remind me to pay attention to how I feed my body. I learned that hunger is not a bad thing and that it’s nothing to fear. I learned that I don’t need as much food as I was eating before. And I learned that when fed well and rested, my body works like a perfect machine.

So, would I recommend Joulebody Kickstart for someone who wants to push the “reset” button on their diet and get in touch with their body? Yes, yes, yes.

I will definitely be doing this again…only 5 days next time!


August 23, 2010 at 12:28 am 3 comments

Baked Indonesian Tofu–OMG!

Friends, you HAVE to make this recipe, courtesy of Meatless Monday. It is a gift from the tofu Goddess!

It’s so simple to make…Matt was the chef of this dish last night and he did an excellent job. The sauce was SO good I felt like I was eating in a restaurant–but this was WAY better.

If you’re afraid of tofu, don’t be. It’s so easy to prepare and takes the flavor of whatever you cook it with.

Let me know how you like it!

Baked Indonesian Tofu

Serves 4

  • 1 12 ounce block firm tofu, drained and cubed
  • 3 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons peanut or cashew butter
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger root, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons green onions, thinly sliced

Spear the cubed tofu on skewers. Brush the tofu with 2 tablespoons of the soy sauce and refrigerate for at least an hour.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the 1 remaining tablespoon soy sauce with the peanut or cashew butter, honey, maple syrup, lemon juice, ginger, garlic, chili powder and sesame oil. Stir the chopped green onions into the blended sauce.

Bake the skewered tofu at 400 degrees for 10 minutes, turn over, and bake for 10 minutes more.

Brush the baked tofu with the peanut honey sauce and enjoy.

July 21, 2010 at 1:53 pm 2 comments

All About Faux Gras and an Interview with the Regal Vegan

I have a super special treat for you today, friends. I have sampled the most delicious new food product out there in the market (called Faux Gras) and I just NEED to share it with you.

Not only that, but the creator of Faux Gras (a vegan alternative to Fois Gras), Ella Nemcova aka The Regal Vegan has been gracious enough to answer my questions.

Let me repeat: Faux Gras is amazing. I never liked the original stuff (who needs all that fat and cholesterol) and the thought of eating liver kinda skeeves me out. Faux Gras is smooth, creamy, tasty, and best of all, healthy. It’s a staple now in my refrigerator.  Check out the website for some more information.

Cake & Carrots:  How long has Faux Gras been in the making?

Ella Nemcova: I ran a Vegan dinner delivery service for 3 years, so I had the opportunity to experiment with lots and lots of food. Faux Gras came out of a Russian dish called “The Anastasia” as an homage to the food I grew up with.

C&C: You used to be a chef making vegan meals…what made you want to change your focus?

EN: The delivery service was so awesome for so many reasons, but limited in its reach. When I think of my mission to make delicious, healthy food easy for people to get and financially accessible, it isn’t the service. With Faux Gras now in 17 stores – it’s much easier to get good foods out there, and lays some groundwork for more healthy creations.

C&C: What has been your biggest success? Biggest hurdle?

EN: Well, the success right now is people love the stuff. Some die-hard vegans tell me they have made it part of their regular food rotation, some non-vegans claim to be addicted, and some jewish grammas are convinced there is liver in there. So that’s been amazing feedback.  The biggest hurdle is the learning curve around running this kind of business. I love certain parts of it, and others I would like to hide in a closet and not open for many years.

C&C: Where can we find Faux Gras?

EN: Faux gras is available at these fine stores:

 Park Slope: Blue Apron Foods, Back to the Land, Park Slope Food Coop

Williamsburg: Sunac

Fort Greene: Green Grape

Brooklyn Heights: Perelandra

Ditmas Park: Natural Frontier

 Lower East Side: Earth Matters

East Village: Commodities

West Village: Lifethyme

Gramercy: Natural Frontier

Upper East: Natural Frontier, East Side Health Upper West: Health Nuts, Columbus Natural Foods Midtown East: Health Nuts Midtown West: Westerly

C&C: Does it come in any other “flavors?

EN: It is currently only sold in one flavor – but I do sell a truffled version at markets and I am working on a Påté de Campagne version with some big herb flavor and more chunky vegetables.

C&C: What can we expect from you next?

EN: Not sure when “next” is going to happen – but stay tuned. I tend to debut new products at the foodie markets (one in Greenpoint coming up May 22). I have a pasta sauce that is ridiculous, some seed crackers I love and a basil spread that is too good for primetime.

C&C: And, of course, tell us all about you!!!

EN: I’m a Brooklyn native, born in Latvia. I worked in advertising for 9 years before leaving to pursue my passion of travel, and good food. I came back and worked with a health counselor to get really healthy and feel amazing. I spend so much of my time talking about food that she thought I should be in the food world. Once I went on a cleanse and found a way to make it a “foodie-friendly” cleanse, with no gastronomic deprivation, I kept eating that way. Eventually, people started to ask me to cook for them – and The Regal Vegan was born. I then pursued my own health-coaching career at IIN – and now spend most of my time making and promoting healthy eating. I love experimenting with food and learning new techniques – as in my Macchaifi Kanacha green tea Kombucha  and my nascent Shiso spouts, I have a fetish for interior design, and love to dance to soulful house music.

Thanks, Ella, for sharing with us. Visit Ella at The Regal Vegan to learn more about her services and Faux Gras!

May 11, 2010 at 3:15 pm 1 comment

Review: Park Slope’s new Sun In Bloom

Owner Amy Follette in front of Sun In Bloom in Park Slope

I discovered a fabulous new cafe in Park Slope, and I feel damn proud of myself.

For those of you who live in my hood, you might’ve be familiar with Organic Heights cafe on the awesome Bergen Street.  On Friday afternoon, I decided I wanted a clean, healthy lunch so I walked over to Organic Heights only to discover that it was no longer!

However, much to my luck, a new cafe has taken its place. Sun in Bloom now occupies the casual space with communal tables. A totally chill, relaxed vibe that I enjoyed.  I even struck up a conversation with two very interesting people who educated me on  an enzyme drink they sell. 

The menu is simple but offers a lot of vegan, vegetarian, macrobiotic, and raw offerings. I sampled the “Inspired Renewal Macrobiotic Bowl” and a cup of miso soup and it was DELISH.  I love how they decribe their food as “Breakfast Inspired All-Day Delights,” which indeed they are…and only $8.50 for a large amount of food.

They also offer a selection of fresh juiced concoctions like the Rejuvenade and Ambrosia Elixir. And of course they have a large selection of sweets, both vegan and some are gluten free. I sampled a cupcake and a chocolate chip cookie (just a timy bite) and they were both super tasty.

Aimee, the owner, is super sweet and graduated from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition with me.  We spoke about her plans for Sun In Bloom (which just opened up in January) and she talked about holding workshops, lectures, and group meetings, making the cafe a place where people can enjoy delicious, healthy food and each other’s company. To read a review from the Brooklyn Paper about Aimee and Sun in Bloon, check it out here.

I will definitely be a regular fixture at Sun in Bloom. See you there!

Sun In Bloom
460 Bergen Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(718) 622-4303
info@suninbloom.com

Everyday 8am-8pm

March 15, 2010 at 1:14 pm 2 comments


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