Vegan Indian Carrot Pudding

Deep frying has become a integral part of Indian cuisine in many households. It’s almost a obsession. I’m talking everything from appetizers to desserts being deep fried then glazed in sugar syrup. However, it can also be one of the healthiest cuisines with its use of Ayurvedic spices. I grew up with a mixture of deep fried everything and Ayurvedic food combinations, sometimes all in one sitting.

One of my favorite desserts was Gajar Ka Halwa or carrot pudding. It’s a sweet and satisfying but calorie dense dessert. This clean eating version is a guilt-free treat that can be enjoyed again and again by the whole family. It’s vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free, and paleo friendly with a simple modification

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Food Fight – My Weekly Eats

The title of weekly eats by itself sounded so plain, so run of the mill. I think I’ll be calling my weekly eats the food fight of the week. I figure its a fight with food, myself and others in my life to eat healthy and clean. I think its cute, but then again I’m corny.

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Breakfast foods (at work and home): starting at the top left corner spinach and mushroom omelette, oatmeal with half a banana, goji berries, sliced almonds and heaps of cinnamon plus fruit (repeatedly), and a loaded antioxidant toast with some chai.

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Dinner/Lunches: This week I played off a few foods that I prepared enough for a few days. Wrap stations with sauteed spinach, red beans, onions, spring mix, and veggie mix from Trader Joe’s. I probably did this for 2-3 days with carrots or beets on the side. I also made a stir fry with the veggie mix with some added broccoli one day and tofu one day in leftovers. Pictured bottom right from left to right is indian flat bread with dal (yellow lentil soup) and cauliflower in turmeric and quinoa with avocado and green peppers with a side of beets.

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Weekly Eats – October Edition

My weekly eats for the end of October are pretty redundant… I’m going through a phase with oatmeal.
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Pictured from top left to right is a bulk items (goji’s, dates, almonds, figs, and almond butter) and some pantry essentials from Whole Foods. Tons of fresh fruit, veggies and almond milk. Bottom left hand corner from Whole Foods is milk, bulk items, and eggs and frozen veggies. Then lots of fresh produce from the farmers markets… I kinda got happy with those apples.

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Eats at work (2-3 am) is almost oatmeal everyday with fresh fruit stirred in and one the side. Changed it up one day with a almond butter & jelly sandwich stuffed with bananas. I am going through a complete oatmeal phase right now.

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Meals before work so technically dinners consisted of: Quinoa with veggies and 1/4 of a avocado and beets, grilled avocado sandwich with veggies & hummus, grilled avocado with almond cheese and carrots and grapes, bowl of mung beans roasted corn and broccoli and a side of stauteed tindoras, tofu scramble with a plethora of veggies, grapes, and toast to spread, leftover tofu scramble on homemade indian bread with a side of beets, turmeric cauliflower wrapped in chapatti bread, salmon with veggies, beets, and potato biscuits at the Galamous Gala (desserts not pictured), and a tofu burger.

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Actual breakfast at home on some normal and abnormal times (ranging from 8am to 4pm). Starting from top  left hand corner: 2 egg omelet with homemade indian bread and tea, toast with almond  butter topped with a kiwi and antioxidant mix, toast with almond butter topped with half a banana cinnamon, honey, and dried fruit mix drizzled with honey and side of fruit bowl, oatmeal topped with strawberries, cranberries, and PB, toast topped with half a banana and dried cherries with cinnamon, Queen’s Saffron Milk, grilled plantains and side of fruit, and lastly some more oatmeal with raspberries & bananas.

 

I was pretty good but totally caved at the Glamorous Gala I attended for a charity benefit for my hospital, they had a fabulous dessert table that I completely indulged in.  I’ll being doing a post of my night out (one of the rare occasions) soon.

Healthy Packaged Snacks – Part 2

Bag ripping goodness without the guilt. Part two of my healthy packaged snacks post includes a few brands that I love, all of these brands are packaged foods that are minimally processed and close to being home made as it gets.

Cookies:

The total and utter excitement I had when I found “clean” cookies that I didn’t have to make is embarrassing. Completely in love with Go Raw’s Chocolate Super Cookies.. oh so good! Of course they are more like thin crisps then cookies but it satisfies the craving.

Go Raw has few types of cookies, granola, energy bars, and chocolate. All minimally processed and ingredients on the front of the bag.  These make for great snacks, carry alongs, or for toppings.
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Cereal:

One of the unhealthiest “health” foods by the marketing industry. Most cereals are filled with boat loads of sugar, bleached wheat, and added preservatives. Even the organic and healthy brands packed a ingredient list longer that needed. So I stayed away, until now. Food for Life carries a no frills, simple and clean cereal in 3-4 varieties. Don’t expect them to be taste anything like cinnamon toast crunch or other conventional cereals.
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Jelly/Jam:

Peanut butter & Jelly! Crofter’s Organic Just Fruit Spread is sweetened with fruit juice and made with real fruit. Yummy and just 30 calories per serving!
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Chips (Sort-of):

Fruits and Veggies made into crispy chips count right? Bare-Fruit bakes fruit with some spices like cinnamon to satisfy those salty crunchy cravings.
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I love making Kale Chips at home or grabbing a bag from the health store for a guilt-free chip snack.

What are your guilt-free or guilty pleasure snacks that you love?

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First time users can use code RIM717 for $10 off order of $40 or more and receive a $5 discount with smaller orders plus free shipping if $20 or more. An extra 5% off for orders over $60.

**Disclaimer: I am not compensated by any of these brands or websites… sadly. This post is my own opinion. **

Healthy Packaged Snacks

Ever just need a tote em and go snack? No spills, refrigeration, or mashed up bananas kinda snack. I’ve compiled a list of some healthy & minimally processed packaged snacks for busy days.

1) Prepare your own snacks-
Snack size bags of carrots, fruits, granola, trail mix, or other goodies. Prepared and ready to grab.

Try Justin’s almond butter single serve packets  or snack size hummus along with apples, celery or anything else you like to pair it with.

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2) Seaweed Snacks- available in to- go packs of 20 calories. Perfect to throw in a bag, keep in the car, or locker. This popular snack now has more than the original 3 flavors, there’s a cracked pepper and herb one! Health food stores and online retailers carry an array or brands and flavors.
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3) Prepackaged Nuts – Available in 100 calorie packs for ease and portion control.
Steer clear of trail mixes with tons of added sugar and salt. Keep it simple and healthy. Create personal trail mixes or nut                 mixes ready to grab.

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4) Peeled Fruit Snacks- Pure dehydrated fruit, simple and sweet.
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5) Pre-Boiled Eggs – Boil a few eggs any time during the week and keep them handy in fridge in a carton or ziploc bag ready to go. Packed with protein and low on calorie this is a perfect filler-upper.  Now available in pre-boiled and peeled packages.
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6) Unsweetened Applesauce or Go Go squeezable applesauce- Relive some childhood moments with this simple and healthy snack. Look for no sugar added or sweetened with fruit juice varieties in stores.
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Check out part 2 of healthy packaged snacks / brands

Prepare to be healthy– Food Prep

Rushed mornings, hectic days and exhausting nights. 

How many people complain that they don’t have the time to be healthy, its easier and faster to buy something from the cafeteria.

I once read the quote “how do you expect to succeed if you don’t prepare?” 

Taking a few hours of time one day a week for food preparation is a great way to not only eat healthy but save time, money, and hassle of preparation. If preparing food for the whole week is not a appealing idea it might be easier to cook a few times a week and make extra to use as leftovers for lunch or dinner later.

Food preparation can be as simple or extensive as you desire. Cutting up veggies and fruits for meals later or making meals for the whole week.

Here is a picture of my simple food prep of cut up fruits for the week. My other picture shows my huge 4 lb container of strawberries that I got on sale. I love being able to pick up large amounts of fruit on sale and using it for later by freezing it. I prep and freeze it to use for smoothies or homemade yogurt fruit cups. I also have some beans on hand that I sprout, boil, and then put it in the fridge for use in soups and salads.

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A great food prepper is The Lean Green Bean, check out her and her readers weekly food prep:
Food Prep Inspiration

 

Haul of Organic Foods from iHerb & Discount Code

I was recently running a little low on a few pantry items and had my eye on a few new products. I like to use iHerb.com to order a lot of my products because they are always reasonably priced and it gets delivered to my door. I realized quickly that some things were just way to expensive to be buying at my local grocers despite having such a wide variety in Chicago.

iHerb.com offers groceries, supplements, bath and beauty items, kids/babies products, and many other range of items. I recommend getting all your pantry items and supplements here! Scroll down to see the discounts offered and a code I have available.

Here is what I picked up for this order

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**Everything Ordered is Organic**

1)Flax Seed Meal

2) Buckwheat Flour

3) Oat Flour

4) Apple Cider Vinegar

5) Extra-Virgin Cold Pressed Coconut Oil

6) Unsweetened Coconut Milk

7) Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

8) Dried Cranberries

9) CocoCardio unsweetened (Cocoa, beet juice, and hibiscus flower powder)

10) Salted Sesame Sticks

11) Coco Butter Chapstick

12) Gummy Multivitamins

13) Toffee Chocolate (not pictured)

— everything for $52.. how great of a deal is that? If you are interested check them out at iHerb.com. They offer shipping worldwide and the code supplied can be used worldwide as well!

Discounts available:

  • 1st time users: Use code RIM717 to get $10 off $40 or more of items or $5 off for smaller orders
  • Free 3 day shipping for orders of $40 or more (always!)
  • Plus they offer discounts (automatically applied) of 5% over any order over $60.
  • Free Sample of your choosing from their sample tab

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