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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Superfood- The Mighty Almond

The mighty almond that could. Almonds are a high nutrient superfood packed with protein, 12 different vitamins & minerals, and fiber. Bet you didn’t know the last one. The 4 grams of fiber per ounce of almonds helps keep bellies feel fuller for longer.

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Why are almonds my nutty superfood? It contains (per oz):

  • Only 129 calories per oz or approx 23 almonds
  • 4 grams of fiber
  • 6 grams of Protein

Almonds are an excellent source of vitamin E, magnesium and manganese, and a good source of calcium, copper, phosphorous and riboflavin. Additionally they are a low GI (glycemic index) food.

  • Promoting: healthy bones, blood sugar, cholesterol, and energy levels.
  • Vitamins & minerals help to promote a glowing complexion and healthy hair

Availability of Almonds:

  1. Raw  – Alone or in a nutty mix. Available as plain, roasted, salted, seasoned, slivered, blanched, & baked
  2. Almond butter — Pure unsweetened, unsalted almond butter.  This stuff is quite addictive!
  3. Almond Milk — As a substitute for milk in oatmeal, smoothies, milkshakes, baking, or to drink. Bottoms up.

My favorite way to eat almonds are plain roasted. I also have many variations of almond butter at home, I spread it on toast and enjoy for breakfast with a smoothie or tea quite often.

Check it out below, be sure to follow me on instagram at Shot of Green for my favorite eats and healthy ideas.

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May Madness- Groceries & Meals

I’ve been taking pictures of most of meals and groceries but haven’t been able to do the weekly pots. As my title suggest its been a maddening month. I now work a full time job, one part time job, and a weekly volunteer program. Sometimes you gotta do what you have to do, Illinois cuts way too many taxes for my paycheck to be adequate. Sign.

During May I made four trips for groceries. Three trips to a big box store and one to the local farmers market on the first they opened. Plus my month Nature box subscription.

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I experimented with my foods this month and they turned out pretty dang spectacular if I do say so myself. I’ve been making large portions of either dinner or lunch and using them for a day or two.

Breakfast has usually been the usual affair of either a fruit such as apples with peanut butter or oatmeal with fruits.

Photographs above:

1) Groceries early may  from Food4less (Kroger)

2) Whole Foods — I picked up this delicious acai berry cereal that I just loved as a snack or granola

3) Farmers Market Haul

4) Groceries from Food4less near the end of the month

5) New Naturebox (link with discount code)

This months eats:

1) Apples & PB w/ hot chocolate       2) Lunch at work   – Tofurkey sandwich with pears and water

3) Spaghetti in avocado sauce & asparagus    4) Scrambled eggs with a plethora of veggies (recipe from Paleo Cookbook)

5) Work Lunch- Turkey and veggie sandwich, blueberries, and peach apple sauce

6) Dinner (and lunch for 2 days) – Couscous, barley, bok choy, and lots of veggies. This was my own recipe that filled me up quick.

7) Corn on the cob from memorial day.. YUM!

Crispy Chili Kale Chips– Snack on this

I was quite skeptical about kale chips, I just couldn’t fathom the thought that they would be any good much less better than “regular chips” Boy, was I wrong.

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This simple chip is healthy, crispy, spicy, and hits the spot. So lets get right to it.

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Weekly Grocery Snapshot & The Meals That Were

I’ve been uploading pictures of my weekly groceries  to show what I eat to control/manage my PCOS and be healthy in general. I wanted to take that a step further and show what I do with my groceries. I’m a huge fan and avid follower of food bloggers and this seems like a great way to show my new found love for cooking and experimenting with healthy foods.

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Groceries this week were divided between trips from food4less (Kroger) and Target, affordable but great varieties.

Kroger food list: Bok Choy, spinach, romaine lettuce, cilantro, broccoli, mushrooms, bell peppers, big bag of grapes, bananas, apples, blackberries, eggs, frozen okra, the biggest container of oatmeal, pinto beans, and black beans.

Target: Horizon Milk, sugar snaps, endadme, kashi cookies, rye bread, orzo, mozzarella cheese, and a systema fruit container.

Naturebox: My new subscription for Naturebox came in as well! They provide healthy delicious snacks that I don’t feel guilty about and the best part is that I can customize my box to have the treat I want. My favorite snack for this box was the whole wheat raspberry fig bars. Actual figs and divine tasting; I have two picked out for my next box already!

Click on NatureBox Sign-up through this link and put in SHARE10 to get $10 off (thats 50% off!). Each box contains 5 full sized snack packages and is delivered every month.

Meals that were made this week to take to work : 

Baby Bok Choy Stir-fry: 

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This amazing dish was dinner and the leftovers lunch at work. It’s a plethora of vegetables that are high in vitamins and minerals, part of the cabbage family, this vegetable contains only 13 calories for 100 grams. It also contains 149% of the daily Vitamin A recommendation.

My stirfry was a simple concoction, I put in some red onion, red and green bell peppers, lima beans, corn, mushrooms, Bok Choy and added some seasoning.

Mix Salad with Grapes: 

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This powerhouse salad was a mix of kale, arugula, romaine lettuce, broccoli, carrots, green peppers, and grapes. Topped with a raspberry vinaigrette by Annie’s.

Grilled Mozzarella Sandwich 

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Grilled mozzarella cheese with a slice or two of tomatoes and fresh basil leaves. It’s better than any store-bought grilled cheese sandwich I’ve ever had. I made this to take to work and just heated it for 30 seconds in the microwave and voila!

Really want to spice it up? Add some home made avocado pesto.

Not pictured lunch/dinner: 

Sauteed Spinach Spread – sauteed until wilted with some onion and garlic and spread on toast.

PB&J with banana and a side of apple 

Omelet – 2 egg omelet with onion, green pepper, cilantro, and salt and pepper.