breakfast, juicing, raw, vegan

AMAZING Watermelon Juice

As soon as I tasted this wonderfully, AMAZING juice I knew I had to share this!

It is SO SO easy yet so satisfying!

watermelon juice

1/3 of a LARGE seedless watermelon, or a blender full (you can make as little or as much juice as you want)
10 frozen strawberries

Blend Blend Blend! Blend your watermelon first. Since watermelon is mostly water you don’t have to add any liquid. After your watermelon is liquid, add your strawberries and blend again.

This juice is SUPER sweet and refreshing!

You can also add frozen mango chunks for a creamy texture.

Try it for breakfast and feel energy ALL day long!

XxOo

Tasha

compost, juicing, raw

Juice + Eats + Composting Adventure

The sun kept shining all day today. It wasn’t extremely warm, low 70’s, but warm enough to feel comfortable. However, I am still turning my heat on at night. Crazy huh!

My 80/20 eats have been amazing! I am trying new juice blends, I have AMAZING energy and I feel wonderful! My body needed this. My mind needed this. Thank you food, for providing the medicine I needed to start feeling healthy again.

Morning:

Coffee with almond milk and then my juice…

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There was so much fresh juice from this combination… it filled an entire jar full!

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The lemon made this juice. It cut the taste of the lettuce and cucumber. I admit: I am somewhat of a wuss when it comes to “green juice”. I know my taste buds will start to change over time but for now I opt for sweeter options.

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I love taking pictures of the bubbles… so pretty!

Afternoon:

I snacked on some lovely fruit, half of an avocado and a Raw CCB.

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The raspberries are not fully ready but in a few weeks they will be. Same with the cherries. But I still do love my Rainier cherries!

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I topped my avocado with fresh cracked pepper and pink sea salt. Tasted so creamy like butter. I have ben eating avocado like crazy lately. They are very good for you, too.

Mid afternoon I packed my bowl with as many fresh veggies as possible.

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Everything except for the kitchen sink! Spring mix + carrots + celery + cucumber + red bell pepper + zucchini noodles + beets + red onion + basil + sunflower seeds + home made dressing. Amazing.

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Evening:

… (crickets) …

not a lot happening tonight. At least nothing that was camera worthy. That salad lasted through the evening. I nibbled on some raw cauliflower, a couple of spoonfuls of almond butter, drank some tea and water… its midnight here in Seattle and I might have an apple before bed.

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I have been doing a lot of research this afternoon on composting. As you may, or may not know, I live in a condo. A second floor condo with no yard access. I can’t garden, I don’t have a patio but I do have a deck and a small storage closet. It is no surprise that I go through a lot of food waste. Peels, ends, brown spots, coffee grounds… it either goes in the disposal or straight in the trash. And believe me, I cringe every single time I have to do this.

I consider myself to be a pretty good green thumb. Although I don’t have a garden, or even a patio garden at the moment, I love to get my hands dirty. I love growing my own food and have done this whenever I have access to a space of land.

I always thought composting was something you could only do when you had a yard. Completely not true. Although it makes it “easier”, there are plenty of ways you can make a compost bin in your condo, apartment or small home. It’s actually very easy, inexpensive and makes eating produce more enjoyable knowing your food scraps are not filling the landfills.

There are a few different options when it comes to composting. One involving worms AKA vermicomposting and the other not. I am still reading about which method(s) are best for my way of life but either way is still easy and manageable. I have read vermicomposting is the way to go – no odor, very easy and convenient for those that throw away scraps on a daily basis.

Here are some links and videos that I have been looking at:

http://chicagofare.com/condo-compost/ – Worm Compost
http://www.condoblues.com/2010/05/make-compost-bin-out-of-plastic-storage.html – Non Worm Bin

Have you made a condo/apartment compost bin? Or do you have any tips on this topic? I would love to hear from you! Simply click the “link to this post” button on the bottom of this post.

tasha

jordan, juicing, travel

Juice + Photo Journal of San Francisco

I was looking through my photo folders on my lap top and I found some photos from a work trip to San Francisco last October, 2011. I finally got around to editing them.

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+ Ash {bff} +

San Francisco was a magical city. During the day we were in conferences but we were able to explore downtown on breaks and after 4. I woke up early on Sunday and walked alone for a few hours. It was delightful. Magical.

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The trip was not a food based trip… although I have heard, read and seen many delicious deli’s and restaurants. I would love to go back someday. I love Northern California.

Until next time, San Francisco…

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And while editing my photos I started to get rather thirsty. I large jar of fresh juice sounded amazing.

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1 beet + 2 apples + 3 carrots + 2 oranges

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Jordan enjoyed the juice too.

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    tasha

juicing, recipe, sewing

Tropical Sunshine + Claire Quilt

I went on a tropical vacation this morning!
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Well, my mouth did anyway.
I know I say this quite a bit… but this juice concoction has to have been the best I have ever made!
Tropical Sunshine

  • 1 ripe mango
  • 1 orange
  • 1 cup of fresh pineapple
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 cup frozen peaches

Juice the mango, orange and pineapple in your juicer. Then add the juice to your blender, adding the banana and peaches. Blend until smooth!
The frozen peaches chilled it down and added a smooth consistency to the juice. I only made enough for one large glass and I kept having to take it away from Marc – he loved it!
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I also added a new quilt to my shop – the Claire Quilt.
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Happy Friday!
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breakfast, juicing, lunch, vegan

To be or not to be

Happy Thursday everyone!

Some of you may have seen my tweet or noticed my new widget on my sidebar – I am trying to go vegan for 30 days! As you may see I don’t eat meat (very rarely) and I don’t eat/drink a lot of dairy. Basically I am a vegan but I want to fine tune the areas that I am having trouble in.

I always get little comments about how healthy I eat. Yes, it’s true: I do eat healthy. BUT there are plenty of things that I eat during the day that I don’t photograph. Like the bits of J’s mac n’ cheese, the handful of chocolate chips or chocolate covered raisins… and so on. I’ve actually been grazing a lot more than normal the past few weeks and I have noticed a small difference in my jeans. I can still fit in them but they are a tad on the snuggish side. No worries! I know what I need to do and that is be more conscious of what I am eating.

By pledging that I am going to be vegan for a month I am basically promising to eat with purpose. And that purpose is to provide my body with the proper nutrients and eliminate un-necessary sugars, dairy, and junk from my everyday life. 

I would like to lose a few pounds before summer and tone up. I know that abs are made in the kitchen and I want to whip me up a batch! =)

I have decided to start this today because there is no reason not to. Although I do have some greek yogurt in the fridge that I am not going to waste and there might be some lamb that my husband is marinating ( OMG I LOVE LAMB ) but they’re my rules and I can bend them if the time calls.

I have a lot of vegan resources – websites, cook books, friends… but what are some of your favorite vegan resources?

Breakfast

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Wow, isn’t it beautiful!?

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I juiced a beet, 3 strawberries, a small handful of blueberries, a carrot and an apple.

I also had some quinoa mixed with almond milk, flax meal, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, maple syrup and dried cranberries. I put too much ground ginger in it as it tasted really sour and bitter. I couldn’t even finish it – BOO!

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Lunch

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Bean Burger wrapped in lettuce with avocado, tomato, onion and hot sauce. Along with a side of roasted parsnips, carrots and cold chickpeas. These were leftovers from last night and I ate them cold with a small dash of olive oil.

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ztashaz

breakfast, dinner, jordan, juicing, lunch

Easy

Happy Friday! How was your week?

I finally busted out my juicer yesterday – oh juicer, how I have missed you!

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J got into the action, too. I put him in his high chair, scooted him over and he watched me work! He loves machines – typical boy! 😉

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1 apple, 1 large beet, 2 carrots, 5 strawberries, spinach, then blended it with a banana, ice and flax meal.

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Because of the large beet it was a very EARTHY tasting drink. BUT it was great to have fruit again!

I think I need to reduce my fruit servings for my drinks, though. I always end up with a ton!

Lunch was my lovely lentil soup – man, this soup is YUMMY! It was so easy to make, too!

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J and I just played around the house yesterday. Nothing big or exciting happened. We may go out today for a bit – I haven’t been out of the house in a few days! I am starting to go a bit stir crazy. =)

We did share a small snack of crackers and hummus around 5ish and I ended up having a bowl of cereal for dinner – lol.

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I want to purchase Alicia Silverstone’s book The Kind Diet. I have been eyeing this book for months and I have a 30% off coupon for Boarders that I might have to go use.

Do you have her book? What do you think of it?