Healthy food substitutions: what worked for me

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, there’s no possible way you could’ve missed social media and news messages of the universal need to start eating a healthier diet. Without question, this means that healthy food substitutions are a must. However, substituting unhealthy foods for equally bad, or (UGH!) even WORSE foods will never promote…

Tofu-Couscous-Peanut Protein Wrap

I crave plant protein these days. Number one because I’m weight-lifting now, and working on building muscle while I work on my weight-loss journey. Number two because I’m a night shift certified nursing assistant who needs the filling qualities of protein so that I don’t eat my way through 12 hours. But the best reason…

Black beans in brownies?

I’ve been a vegetarian for 20-plus years; and I’ve followed a dairy-free, low to no processed food, plant-based eating plan for the last two years – and I’ve seen black bean brownie recipes in passing but I was skeptical about trying to create them. It wasn’t the black beans. I love them! Black beans were…

No to Keto; I’d rather run!

I was curious about the pill. I bought the pill. I took the recommended dosage. I dropped the pill. What pill? Keto Rapid Max. I had no proof that it wasn’t working. I didn’t feel any negative effects from it to make me want to stop. So why did I stop taking the pill instead…

Zoodles, zandalas, and zoll-ups oh my!

When I was a kid, the only squash I knew about was the yellow squash my Dad would pan fry with potato and onions. I don’t recall him ever making zucchini and since my cooking style mirrored his, I didn’t raise my daughters with zucchini in my house either. Frankly I’m not sure when I…

Fitness near 60: fat loss; muscle gain

Seven years ago, age 50, when I simultaneously became a vegan and started running at least four times a week, I lost 35 pounds and just knewwww that I was fit!! My size small scrub pants still had room for me to move; my new diet plan nixed all the foods that I felt were…

Nix bread – Leafy green works!

Lately, I’ve been a bit obsessed with raw collard greens – washing them, trimming the stem, experimenting with flavors to fill them and then rolling them up. It’s my neurotic need to keep sandwiches in my life – without the bread. I love mixing flavors. When I was younger, I’d do some ccrrraaaazzzy flavor mixing:…

Vegan or vegan wannabe?

When I stopped eating meat in the mid-1990’s (ANCIENT!:)), I had NO idea what a vegetarian or vegan was; I’d never heard of the terms and I wasn’t even trying to fit into a global lifestyle – I just wanted to poop without struggling. These days, as people are searching for healthier eating solutions, the…

Creamy Spiralled Sweet Potatoes

   When I was younger, living in my parents’ home and  then in my  own, I ate sweet potatoes in one of three ways: sliced and pan-fried; sliced, seasoned and drizzled with sugar then baked in the oven; or peeled, boiled and mashed for sweet potato pie. Back then, extra sodium and fat seemed to…

My Raw Vegan Journey

Spring is coming! So it’s time to reinvent myself a bit. I’ve always been a bit of a chameleon: from straight hair to dreadlocs; carnivore-carb queen to vegetarian; vegetarian to vegan and back to vegetarian; couch potato to runner to yogi; and now vegetarian to raw vegan. It’s enough to make your head spin huh?…