Category Archives: vegeterian

Have you ever….

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Tried goats milk yogurt?

Quick recipe for a yummy treat:
Goat milk yogurt + agave nectar!

I just got some goat milk yogurt at trader joes; so good! Give it a try, and let me know what you think!

Happy Sunday!

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Morning Routines

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It’s always been difficult for me to wake up in the morning on week days, really difficult even!

Since eliminating my limiting belief that waking up in the morning is awful, I’ve changed my outlook from asking myself questions in the morning like “why do I have to get up?” or “Why does this always happen to me?” to questions now that will support me when I wake up. A few of my new morning favorites are “Why am I so blessed?” and “What great things can I accomplish today”

See, every communication you have with yourself, whether you realize it or not, is a form of a question and answer. Think about that and see why it’s true for you too!

Now if you have questions like the ones I used to have, you are asking questions and the answers can only be negative. Ask the questions I’m asking now, and you will instantly be filled with all the thoughts of how great life!

Think about the first question, and typical responses:

-Why do I have to get up

responses:

-I have a terrible job that requires me to get up

-I have to do this because I have no control over what time I wake up because of life events and rituals.

-School requires me to get up so early

-I have to get up because I went to bed so late and i’m still tired

-life stinks

-life is rough

Not a great way to start off the morning, although I used to!

Now look at this:

-Why am I so blessed this morning upon waking?

response:

-I GET to wake up and experience I new day of life

-I’m still here, and breathing!

-I get to go to school and better my future

-I get to see my friends and enjoy myself

-I get to eat breakfast and fill my stomach

-I get to have a good day if I really think of all my blessings

See a shift… The key words are “HAVE TO” and “GET TO”

You don’t “have to” do anything… You choose to, and get to.

Make that distinction clear in your mind!

Now try these new empowering morning questions in place of your old, and tell me how you feel after doing these a week!

This always creates such a great mood for me and life is so much more rewarding when you carry this attitude around!

Also another great way to get happy in the morning:

-Chia seed kefir water with juice and the perfect breakfast bowl of yogurt, strawberries, cashews, avocado, and love!

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This also helps wake me up and make me happy! I usually ask the question and listen after!

 

Victory Tea- A wonderful reward

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Thursday night:

Exhausted, still over 3 hours to go on this biology thesis

Relax, take a bath, back to reality of the computer calling me

A little inspirational music to keep the time ticking quickly and get the words down quick

and then, a miracle…

I stare over my finalized 7 page deal, there- I exclaim.

It’s 12pm, I’m exhausted but I really want to reward myself for all this hard work, after all this paper kicked my butt!

I run downstairs, reach for my favorite tea: Tazo Passion

And pour water into my mustard colored tea-kettle, the whistle wakes me up a little, and I pour the water, and steep my tea.

Then, I go back upstairs, and drink slow sips of my tea sweetned with Amber Agave, and think about my life goals some,

Finally I doze of to sleep and wake up all over again with my morning incantation!

Remember for any goal: It’s 80% why you want to achieve it, and 20% how you’re going to achieve it!

Eating Vegetarian in Kansas City- The TRUE story

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By now, many of you may have read the article in the New York times of today, and online about eating vegetarian in Kansas city.

You can read it here if you would like.

This article is poorly researched, flawed, and clearly does not reflect the views of all the vegans, vegetarians, raw foodies, and local eaters of the Kansas City area.

The article claims that the writer was served lard in her re-fried beans, and has spent the last three days eating iceberg lettuce. The interesting thing about the article is that she has spent no time researching where to eat here, and what the natural foods community here has to offer.

The writer chose to eat at a gressy fast food joint, a Greek meat Gyros spot, and at a the chinese food market- Places where vegeterian food is not served ANYWHERE, not just in kansas city. We all know, no matter where we live, that the gressy burger place will not serve us organic lettuce, or that the Gyro meat shop won’t serve us chickpea patties… That’s why vegeterians avoid these places, not only in Kansas City.

 

So where do vegeterians eat in kansas city?

Well how about checking out these places…

Fud: an all natural, vegan, mostly raw, and local restaurant

Eden Alley: on the plaza, an all vegetarian restaurant bursting with charm

Cafee gratitude: opens soon!

One more cup: the cutest coffee shop with organic milk, and cold brewed coffee.

Trader Joes: Our all new super-store for all the natural foods you could ever need, and great prices on cheese!

Whole Foods: Great organic food, nice community, and also a wonderful salad bar any vegan would love!

Hy-vee, Sunfresh: Both of these stores have great health marts, no need to even drive far away!

Green Acres: A local green-powerhouse of a food store located in briarcliff!

Conveniently natural Cafe and store: Carries loads of natural brands, including local veggies.

Badseed Market: Celebrating local foods, culture and community!

 

Vegans, raw foodies, and others may also want to join the wonderful Kansas City Raw food union on facebook- A great commnuty of veggie friends. Raw vegan potlucks are organized twice a month!

 

Does this sound like greasy re-fried beans to you? Don’t blindly trust news articles!

Happy eating!

 

 

Homemade Artisana Cacao Bliss

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Oh cacao bliss, I have only ever dreamed of you when walking by the store. With your fancy label, and expensive price tag.. But wait! You can make your own!

Oh joy to the world!

Homemade Artisana Cacao Bliss: (recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie)

-4 tablespoons Organic Coconut oil

-1/2 cup Raw cacao powder/ or dutch processed cocoa

-1/4 cup Honey

Mix, and stir stir stir untill it thickens!

This is perfect just like this to ice a cake, taste it, try it, it’s just like icing, but healthy! ahh!

Toasted Sesame Carrot Salad

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Toasted Sesame Carrot Salad

-3 carrots shreaded

-1 teaspoon Toasted Sesame oil

-1/4 cup mixed Raisins and Cranberries

-1/4 cup Pecans

-1/4 cup Walnuts

-1/4 cup fresh Shreaded coconut

-1 teaspoon Raw Apple cider vinegar (please choose organic because of the apples)

-1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard

Mix, mix, mix and enjoy!

My last bite of 2011… Raw Vegan Cashew Dreamcake!

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Oh my.

The new year came early, without notice again.

What good news: I always feel inspired to start my goals and set new deadlines then!

Less great news  is that the pile of homework sitting on my desk needs to be done by Wednesday

But really, nothing matters when you’re eating cheesecake

Raw, vegan, raspberry cashew dreamcake!!

Oh my. Oh my! (Click on oh my for recipe)

Easy to make, effortless to love!

Lavender Sugar: Two ways

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Today; my grandma, Ida-the-vita, and I embarqued on a mission: Lavender sugar.

This was really after making Orange-Ginger Sugar cubes, a recipe I will post soon!

 

You will need a vitamix for this, or a food processor.

These are lovely in a small mason-esk jar, with a bow. What a perfect gift!

Lavender sugar:

-1   1/2 cups Sugar

-2 tablespoons cooking grade/ or organic lavender

Vitamix the lavender on high to dust, and then add into a mason jar with the sugar, and shake! Store in the mason jar, keeping away from moisture.

 

 

 

Lavender Powdered Sugar:

-1  1/2 cups Sugar

-2 tablespoons cooking grade/ or organic Lavender

For powdered sugar, add both the sugar and the lavender to the vitamix and blend on high to make a powder. Add to a mason jar and keep away from moisture.

 

How to use the sugars:

-coffee

-teas

-in place of regular powdered sugar to dust cookies

-a top fruit

-and for lavender cookies: recipe soon!

Kale and Goat Cheese Whole Weat Winter Pasta

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This is yum!

I haven’t had pasta in a long time, but this one was perfect! Bright green pasta for a cold winter day!

Kale and Goat Cheese Whole Weat Winter Pasta:

-Small bunch of baby Kale (or full sized kale)

-3 ounces of goat cheese

-Thyme

-2 gloves garlic

-1/3 cup olive oil

-salt and pepper

-whole weat pasta (I used Organic from whole foods I bought a while ago!)

Bring to boil a large pot of water (you will use this latter for the pasta too), when the water is boiling, add the kale leaves and cook for three minutes, they will have wilted down by then. Take the leaves out, and keep the water in the pot. Add the pasta and cook as you would usually (just reusing water here!). Combine the leaves, with the goat cheese, the olive oil, the salt and pepper, and the thyme leaves in the vitamix or food processor, blend to make the sauce!  When the pasta is ready, drain and pour the sauce on top! Serve hot!

Enjoy your baby greens 🙂

Ginger bread-butter

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This was yummy and I loved making a sandwich to eat while decorating ginger bread houses!

Ginger-bread Butter: (Recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie)

-6 tablespoons Organic peanut butter

-1  1/2 tablespoons Molasses

-1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon

-1/2 teaspoon Ginger and Nutmeg mixed together

Add all the ingredients to a small bowl and mix! Use as you would peanut butter, and make lovely seasonal tasting treats!