clean eating, raw, vegan

Food Journal

Since I have been back on my raw food journey again, also known as my 80/20 plan (80% raw/20%cooked vegan), my main goal is to always share my eats with all of you. I want to share with you for a couple of reasons:

ONE: It helps me create beautiful dishes and helps me stay on track during this transition period. I still get cravings here and there, especially if I am over hungry or stressed, for processed sugars and comfort foods. When I create a meal I not only want it to taste amazing, I want it to look amazing, too. Especially if I am going to be taking a photo, editing and sharing with all of you! It helps me become creative with my ingredients and create meals for me, my family, friends and YOU.

TWO: I receive a lot of questions asking me what I eat and what I recommend for others to eat. I think there is a lot of misconception between eating a cleaner lifestyle and having to make complex meals all of the time. Simple is better! Yesterday, for example, I ate carrots and celery with almond butter for breakfast. It’s perfectly acceptable to NOT eat a traditional eggs, bacon and toast breakfast. In fact, I encourage you to NOT do this. Feed yourself with whole foods – your body will thank you!

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Juice

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2 grapefruit + 3 carrots + 5 kale leaves + 1 orange + 1 apple

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Breakfast

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sliced grapefruit with coconut shreds + apple with almond butter + nectarine

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carrot + celery sticks with almond butter

Snacks

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another batch of RAW CCB’s
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dates + almond butter + coconut oil + toasted coconut + cocoa powder

Lunch/Dinner

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Huge salads with roasted beets, fresh vegetables, avocado and veggie patties

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This veggie patty is from Trader Joes – it’s a potato curry patty. It’s amazing! I stick it under the broiler so it gets nice and crunchy!

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Homemade white bean chili

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Raw Kale Salad

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Healing Vegetable Soup

There are a few dishes that I will be posting recipes for this coming week. But as you can see it really is quite simple and delicious to eat a vegan and raw lifestyle. It just takes a little time, patience and some thinking outside of the Western Diet box. It’s also about creating better food habits. We are so used to pulling up to the fast food drive-though when we are hungry, instead we should be walking to the farmer’s market and buying fresh, local, wholesome food.

If anyone has any questions regarding my diet and the foods I eat, you can clink on the LINK to this page below OR you can always email me. thecleaneatingmama@gmail.com

Healthy Eating!

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

pasta, raw, recipe, vegan, zucchini

Raw Zucchini Pasta with Vegetable Ragu

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If you are looking for a new way to incorporate more veggies into your diet, try raw zucchini noodles. I use my spiralizer but you could easily cut small strips with a knife or use shreds from a grater. They don’t have much of a taste so it is a perfect vehicle for any kind of topping.

I created this hearty ragu which contains mushrooms, fresh herbs, red bell peppers and red wine. This meal is half raw and 100% vegan. I hope you try it for dinner soon!

  • 1 zucchini, washed and ends trimmed
  • half of a large yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 6-8 crimini mushrooms sliced, or 2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 1 half red bell pepper, chopped
  • 6-8 kalamata olives, pitted and sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • handfuls of fresh parsley and basil, chopped
  • salt/pepper to taste
  • 1/2 jar of your favorite pasta sauce
  • 1/2 cup red wine

Heat a large sauce pan with oil over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, pepper and a pinch of salt. Let it cook down for 5 minutes, or until onion is somewhat transparent and soft. Add mushrooms, olives and herbs. (I used 4-5 sprigs of Italian parsley and 10 fresh basil leaves, all chopped up). Let cook down for 5 or so minutes.

Now add your wine. Crank up the heat to medium-high and let it cook out. Reduce heat to medium-low and add your half of jar of sauce and simmer. If it’s to thick for you you can always add a little bit of water. Add salt and pepper to taste.

To prepare the noodles, take your zucchini and spiralize/shred/grate the entire thing. No need to warm up or heat.

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Pour sauce over the noodles and serve. Makes 2-3 servings.

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tasha

hwhw, raw, vegan

Rays + Raw Zucchini Pasta + Healthy Women Healthy World

Wednesday – the only day out of the week that will produce rays of sun in Seattle.

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Ok – I don’t hate the sun. I just don’t like to be overly hot. And I really do prefer cloudy days over bright, sunny days. But it is rather nice to go for a walk in something other than drizzle…

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Day 3 of my 80/20 went rather well. I have one problem that I need to change – I don’t eat breakfast. Then I get so hungry that I start to feel sick. This is exactly what happened yesterday. I had to run to Costco to pick up some produce and I stopped by Emerald City Smoothie for a quick meal. I chose the Vega Protein Shake. Berries + Vega Protein powder. It was good but so sweet. It tasted like bubble gum. I usually get the tropical blend with PB… yum!

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After my errand running, I came home and devoured an entire avocado. I love avocado.

Dinner:

I spiralized a zucchini and made homemade vegetable ragu to put on top.

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Now that I have eliminated gluten out of my diet, my stomach bloat has been gone. Now for those that have not incorporated a raw diet or for those that are wanting to, you will experience one thing for about a week or so… and it’s called gas. Yes… I said it. And the reason behind this is that vegetables are full of fiber. When you switch over from a very Western American diet sometimes gas can be a side effect. It shouldn’t last to long and there are ways that you can help your body along. Here is a great article that explains why this happens and how you can prevent it.  http://radiantonraw.typepad.com/alina/2008/09/are-raw-foods-making-you-gassy.html

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I forgot how simple and amazing zucchini noodles are. This entire dish was so comforting and healthy – half raw and half cooked.

I will be posting the recipe soon! You can find the recipe here!

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I also wanted to announce that I will be attending the Healthy Women Healthy World event in Seattle next month. healthy women

Healthy Women Healthy World is a conference with one goal in mind: help women feel and be healthy! Cletus Coffey is the founder of HWHW. His passion and drive makes him stand above the rest and will help this event be successful for many years to come. This is the first HWHW conference with hopes to take this country wide to other cities.

What sets this event apart from other healthy conferences is the fact that it is based on women’s needs and desires to feel fabulous in all areas of life. I had the pleasure of speaking with Cletus the other morning and he described the event to be more than just sitting for 8 hours a day listening to speakers. Work shops, group events and plenty of time to discuss and mingle. Key speakers include Andrea Metcalf, Andre Carthen – Janet Jackson’s Chef,  Julieanna Hever and Renessa Rios.

I will be an attendee and a volunteer for this event, making positive lasting relationships. I plan on being a part of this event for years to come, helping it grow and flourish in the Seattle community and other cities.

Would you like to attend this event? Clean Eating Mama readers will receive a discount! Just email me for details! thecleaneatingmama@gmail.com

To leave a comment or ask a question click on the title above and scroll down to the comment box.

tasha

clean eating, raw, recipe, vegan

Down at the market

Today was produce day.

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There is this great produce market a few blocks away from my condo. They have the best prices and most of the produce is local. Since going to my 80/20 plan, I needed to stock up so I can have a few choices for all of my meals. I must admit, I can go a little crazy when it comes to produce. I will buy everything in site while thinking of a million things to create and eat. The bad side to that is I only have so many hours in a day to eat it. I hate wasting produce… but I seem to “forget” about a few items each and every time. They are usually hiding in the back of the fridge and are in a sad, soggy, inedible state. So now, I am only buying a few fruits to have on hand, besides my staples, and vegetables that I know I will be eating within a few days. I am more of a veggie girl than a fruit girl. Always have been. But now that I am juicing more I want to start experimenting with fruit mixtures.

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Breakfast:

1 cup of coffee then switched to green tea. I was sipping on it while talking to Ashley. I love the taste of green tea but it always seems to make me nauseas. It seems like it is very hard on my stomach, especially if I have not eaten. I made myself a half of a whole wheat bagel with strawberry preserves to help combat the sickness. I also snacked on some cut of fruit I had in the fridge mid morning.

Lunch:

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A raw salad – mixed greens + beets + red bell pepper + carrots + cauliflower + avocado + spritz of lemon + homemade dressing.

Dressing

  • 1 orange, juiced
  • 1 clove garlic, juiced
  • salt/pepper
  • tablespoon almond butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • squeeze of lemon
  • dash of cayenne

I put it in a small glass jar with a lid and shook it up to mix. It was spicy and sweet at the same time. I only drizzled a little bit on my salad as I don’t like to mask the flavor of the veggies. This dressing should last through 3-5 salads.

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Afternoon Snack:

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juice

I will be posting more juice recipes and combinations. My mom just received a juicer for her birthday and she asked me what combinations I suggested. I am still fairly new to juicing, too. I tend to like the sweeter juice combinations with apples, oranges and beets. I will be posting recipes as I create them, both fruit and vegetable juice.

I have a few questions for those that juice on a regular basis:

  • How do you prevent foam? Is this wasting the juice?
  • What are some of your favorite combinations or resources for juicing.

I am also looking into what I can do with the pulp. I don’t have a dehydrator yet so I think I will start freezing it for a later use.

Dinner:

I snacked on a cucumber and hummus while I made a batch of vegetable chili for tomorrow. I forgot how full you can feel after eating a cucumber – lot’s of water!

Thoughts…

I am loving this new transformation and I am eager to create more raw recipes. I haven’t been this excited about food for a very long time. I am working on my blog full time now, revamping, getting new ideas and excited for some changes in the future.

I have some great posts to write this week, too. An interview and a giveaway from a very famous vegan cookbook author… announcing a partnership with a local women’s health event and a local restaurant review.

If you would like to leave a comment or ask a question, simply click on the title above and scroll down to the comment box.

tasha

clean eating, life, raw, weight loss

Eating to live again

I’m not sure what is going on in Seattle lately.

We have been hit by big ol gray clouds filled with big, soggy drops of rain. But you know what?… I love it.

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I enjoy my morning coffee on my balcony looking at the vibrant green foliage in the courtyard. Even tough I currently live in a condo community, you virtually cannot see any other buildings due to the high trees. It’s beautiful and makes me forget I live in the Seattle area.

Oh and the rain… yes. I really do love the rain. In fact, I prefer cloudy days over bright sunny days. I feel calm, relaxed, at peace… I also cannot stand the heat. Although Seattle doesn’t get as much rain as people often say, we do still get our fair share. I guess I was destined to live here.

All day yesterday I was thinking about one thing – my health and my personal commitment to my body.

As I mentioned previously, I have been having a struggling time with food. Between stress of life and work, I was becoming less aware of the foods I was eating. In-turn, reaching for comfort foods. Processed, loaded with sugar and opposite of what my meals normally consisted of. I was also getting in the bad habit of eating more and more dairy. Yogurt, cheese, ice cream, bites of Bub’s mac n cheese… And along with very minimal exercise I noticed my clothes feeling a bit tight and I felt heavy and uncomfortable.

I decided to do one thing yesterday that I have not done in about a year: I weighed myself.

And while I am not going to reveal what it is… because it’s really not what I want to focus on… let’s just say I was not surprised. I can feel it. Every extra bit. And it’s more than just a few extra pounds. I have been breaking out, which I never do, and my mind is foggy. I feel like I am failing on myself. And failing with all of you.

It’s time for a change. A change of mind. A reboot. A new beginning… or whatever you want to call it. I’m calling it my 80/20 plan.

From here on out I will be making a conscience effort to eat 80% raw, 20% cooked… and 100% vegan. I am getting rid of the processed foods, extra sugars, gluten, limiting salt and consuming more tea/water. I am also going to be blending and juicing a lot more. I feel energized when I drink my nutrients and I can tell my digestive system likes the much needed break.

I have been diligently reading recipes, research papers, watching videos, etc. All to feel prepared and to excite me once again. I am VERY excited. I will also be sharing my eats with all of you on my blog. I feel documenting is an important tool to help monitor eating. Plus, I want my journey to be a learning tool for those that want to start eating more raw but have a hard time understanding what they should be eating. My first words of encouragement: take it step by step.

Breakfast

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An apple + dates + almond butter for me and an apple + almond butter for Bubs. I am going to incorporate the same eating with Jordan, too. He already loves smoothies, juice and raw fruit. But when he sees me eat certain foods he is much more inclined to try them.

Lunch

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Raw Kale Salad and a glass of fresh juice.

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1 orange + 4 carrots + 1 apple + 1/3 of softball size beet + 1 lemon (peeled)

Snacks

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cucumber + hummus + cayenne pepper

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Tea

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There were also some random bites of cantaloupe and cauliflower. I wasn’t too hungry for dinner tonight.

So there you have it. A confession that I am rather embarrassed about but something that I wanted to share with all of you. Because every one goes through rough times. Everyone feels venerable. And even the healthiest people do make decisions that may not be so healthy.

It happens to everyone.

To leave a comment or question, click on the title above and scroll down to find the comment box.

tasha

clean eating, kale, raw, recipe, salad, vegan

Raw Kale Salad

What’s my obsession lately? Raw kale salad.

Maybe it’s the texture of the firm yet chewable kale leaves… or the sea salt… or the creamy avocado…

Maybe it’s a little bit of everything all piled into one great bowl of raw kale.

My kale salads have a guacamole flair with cilantro and red onion. I have NEVER been known to pass by some tasty guacamole and I will not pass the opportunity to make this raw kale salad.

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serves 1

  • 2 cups raw kale torn into bite size pieces (no stems!)
  • 1-2 tablespoons EVOO
  • a few pinches of sea salt
  • 1/4 large avocado OR 1/2 small avocado
  • 4-5 cherry tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons chopped red onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • ground pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoons lime/lemon juice

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In a large bowl, add kale pieces oil and salt. With clean hands, massage and rub kale for a good minute OR until kale has been completely covered with oil and is soft. Next add avocado and mix/mush with hands, making sure kale has been completely covered. ( I like to leave some avocado whole)

Next add onion, tomato, red onion, cilantro and pepper. Toss gently with either your hands or utensils.

You can eat right away or feel free to refrigerate prior to eating.

 

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tashasig

dessert, guest post, raw, vegan

Weekend Treats

The blog-o-sphere is a powerful community. Strangers all seem to come together, share stories, laugh, cry and find comfort and support. I am truly thankful for the friendships and relationships that have come into my life because of blogging.

And because of this I want to do my part in sharing these amazing posts, recipes and connections. We all need our time to shine and all of us work very hard on our blog and our voice. Let us all be heard!

Today I wanted to feature amazing (vegan and cruelty free) desserts and sweets. These are in no particular order and I do not have a “favorite”. Please show these amazing bloggers some love and make your favorite recipe today. Enjoy your weekend!

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Savory Pumpkin Scones in a Pumpkin Glaze by Oh She Glows

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Averie’s (Raw if You Want) 3-Ingredient, 10-Minute Vegan Peanut Butter Cups – by Love Veggies & Yoga

peardessert

Pear, chocolate, hazelnut and cinnamon crumble – by cotto e crudo

peaches n cream Peaches & Cream – by Girl on Raw

chocochipcookies

Low fat chocolate chip cookies (Hydrogentated-free) – by My Vegan Cookbook

Vegan Courgette Bread

Vegan Zucchini Bread – by The Messy Vegetarian Cook

raspberry pie

Raspberry Pie – by Manifest Vegan

Do you have an amazing recipe that you would like me to feature? Let me know! =)

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jordan, product review, raw, vegan

Product Review – WooHoo Foods Gudernoobs + giveaway!

The kind gals at WooHoo foods sent me a sample of their ever-so popular, Gudernoobs. What is a Gudernoob? A Gudernoob is a bite size, decadent date snack. No added sugar, no added dyes – pure whole food ingredients. A perfect snack for kids and adults alike. 

Thank you for the package!

I first learned about Gudernoobs from a recent comment on my blog from a mother asking me what I thought of this product. This was the first time I had ever heard of this product – they are a local Florida company and from the looks of it, only Florida carry’s this product at this current time. I contacted the Queen Goodernoob herself, Holly Murphy, and asked if I could sample her product. 


Gudernoobs remind me a bite size Larabar. They are soft, chewy and very delicious! They come in four flavors – Apple Cider, Banana Oatmeal, Peanut Butter and Chocolate Brownie. 

Mmmmmm….

My favorite was Apple Cider, but I am very partial to apple and cinnamon flavors. They were a wonderful treat and a filling snack. 
I love the nutritional breakdown of these bite size jewels. All natural, very clean, vegan AND raw! Hence their slogan: Keep it Real. Love it!

From their website, these little snacks are geared more towards the younger crowd as a portable, healthy snack, but I sure do love them, too! And of course, I tested them on J… which he also loved!




WooHoo foods – you get my clean eating, veg and AND raw food seal of approval! Keep up the wonderful job and keep promoting your healthy snack! Any chance you will be moving into stores around the country? In the meantime, you can participate in their Call to Action plan and submit a letter to your local store manager. 


If you are interested in purchasing their product, you can do so here


Since they had sent me not one, but TWO packages I have decided to give one away to my readers! Ya, I kinda like you guys. =)
There are a few ways you can enter to win:
1 – simply leave a comment stating you would like to try this product
2 – Follow WooHoo foods on Twitter
3 – tweet about this giveaway and/or put it on your facebook
4 – link back from your blog stating this giveaway. 


Each one you do you will receive one entry. Enter up to 4 times! This giveaway will end Saturday, July 31st. 
Good luck!


AND thanks again Holly, at WooHoo Foods!