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  1. Homemade Vegan Mayo with Aquafaba

    April 6, 2015 by pb&v

    OK, so I already missed a post, but it wasn’t on purpose. Plus, day 4 wasn’t all that exciting because I got addicted to those soba noodle salads and have basically been eating them for every single meal except breakfast. Day 5 however, was extremely exciting! I even switched up my oatmeal flavor in the morning! Ok, so I only switched it up because I ate all the bananas, but it still counts. I got the hint though and we got 3 bunches of bananas for the week instead of just 2, which got us plenty of weird looks at the store, but who cares.

    So anyway, back on track. Yesterday I had some apple pie oatmeal for breakfast, then my mom and I headed out to do our weekly grocery shopping. Every Saturday we sit down with a notebook and write out a list of 7 dinners and a grocery list to go along with them, including any other household staples, like bananas ;). This is our way of budgeting and so far it seems to be working out really well. With the exception of our loading up on Whole Soy yogurts (no, I haven’t been eating them this month, but you bet I was that last week of March!) because they are going out of business and we are devastated.


  2. April All Natural Day 3

    April 4, 2015 by pb&v

    So I’ve decided to post each day of April All Natural the next day, if that makes any sense at all. So, day 3’s post is going up on day 4, day 4’s will go up on day 5, and so on. So I’m not considering this to be a skipped day of blogging or anything ;). Anyway, day 3 went really well, I’ve been loading up on so many fresh fruits and vegetables, so I have so much energy. It helps that the Mother Nature has finally realized it’s spring and we’ve been having such nice weather. It even got up into the 80 degree range today! In addition to having a ton of energy, my acne is starting fade away again, which is fantastic. I really couldn’t care less if there’s a big red dot on my face, I only care because those things are painful! The only thing I’ve been having trouble with is remembering to drink water throughout the day. I usually have about 2 cups of water after my run in the morning before breakfast, but then I completely forget water is even a thing until dinner time! I need to attach a water bottle to my side or something, so I always remember to take a sip throughout the day.

    I realize that I haven’t really actually posted what we’ve been eating, so I’ll give you a little run down of what day 3 looked like:


  3. April All Natural Day 2

    April 2, 2015 by pb&v

    Yesterday we told my dad that we wanted to try doing an unprocessed month and he was not too excited- he is not a fan of our unprocessed challenges. We don’t make him play along, but he can if he wants. I actually started a bit early and stopped eating sugar and processed things on March 30, which really isn’t that much of a head start, but it means I’m seeing differences already. I actually wanted to get up for my run this morning and have had tons of energy all day. Enough for a long walk to play at the park with Rory, getting some homework done, and making various foods. Yay! I think the only problem we’ve had so far is being a tad bit hungry, but that just means I get to make some delicious afternoon smoothies, so that was an easy fix.

    Since we didn’t really prepare for a whole month of completely unprocessed (we only prepared for cutting out sugar for a week, really), I had a bit of preparation to do. After I got home from class I grabbed the bag of almonds and got those suckers soaking in some water. Almond milk is a staple in our house, so I wouldn’t really even know how to function if it wasn’t in the fridge. If you want to cut down on the soaking time for almonds (or any nuts), just bring some water to a boil and then add the nuts. They’ll only need to soak for a couple of hours instead of overnight, which is perfect because I’m extremely impatient and needed the almond milk right away!


  4. April All Natural

    April 1, 2015 by pb&v

    Now that it’s April, I think it’s finally starting to feel like spring around here, we even have flowers blossoming! All that cold weather made us really just want some junk food, so we’ve been enjoying some cupcakes, cookies, donuts, all kinds of sugar filled goodness. Not to mention all those meringues and macarons! I have gotten to the point where I just can’t take it anymore. All I’ve been craving is fresh fruits and veggies, my face broke out in horrible zits, I’ve been tired and groggy, and overall just not feeling too hot. I knew the solution was pretty simple, just stop eating so much junk! We actually rarely even have tons of junk food in the house, we just happened to be feeling a little more indulgent lately. Plus, when your hobby is baking and cooking, it happens.

    We originally decided to just cut out the sugar and processed stuff for a week or so, but then we figured we might as well have fun with it and go for a whole month eating 100% whole-food plant-based. This isn’t really anything new for us, we just usually do it in October, which is arguably one of the worst times to do it if you ask me. I mean come on, how am I supposed to resist all the fun fall treats (including Halloween??)! Warmer months are the way to go- all kinds of fresh fruits and veggies that are actually in season. Thats my kind of heaven.