Sunday, November 25, 2012

Sunday Morning Breakfast

Good Morning Everyone,

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I sure did! My Thanksgiving was filled with lots of Turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, and pie. Lots and lots of delicious pie :-) Now that Thanksgiving is over lets try to make an effort to eat healthy.

With that said, I started off my morning with a very delicious and healthy breakfast. Here's what was cooking:

Baked apple with sliced almonds and cinnamon
1 egg on Ezekiel toast
Black coffee


Mmm mmm good, delicious and healthy:)

How was your breakfast?

Monday, November 19, 2012

Breakfast Time...


Good Morning and Happy Monday!

How are you all doing?  I am grateful this is a short work week :-) My commute this morning was hellish.  Until the Path trains get it together (no Christopher St. stop = crowded trains), I feel I will be shoved in many directions during my morning commute.  No biggie, I've accepted this :-p

Anywho, moving on, I've lost .2 pounds from last week.  That's OK, considering I hadn't started to eat healthy until Saturday :-p This morning I woke up ravenous and before I could take a pic, I inhaled a delicious banana and black coffee.  I managed to calm down and take a pic of the overly boiled hard boiled eggs I had (2). Today, I'm hoping to get to the gym and get my run on.  I'm starting slow and want to try to run a mile then do some strength training.  I'm also very excited to get home this evening as I want to start cooking for Thanksgiving!
mmm..nothing like dark yolks!
How are you guys doing? What's on the menu for breakfast?

Breakfast WW pts: 4

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Good Morning!

Good Morning Everyone!

I know, I know...long time no post! So much has happened but let's cut right to the chase! I recently came back from a trip to Costa Rica. I had an extremely fun, adventurous time. I also ate. Let me rephrase... I ate A LOT! I came home and weighed myself and realized I gained 10 pounds since last year. Now, I did not gain 10 pounds in Costa Rica. I probably gained about 5 in Costa Rica :-p I do know in the course of one year I have gained 10 pounds.

My 10 pound weight gain is the result of not exercising regularly and definitely not eating right. So, this needs to change. I need to make a more conscience effort to eat right and exercise. I also want to do this the right, healthy way. Back in the day when I started my blog I was following Weight Watchers and documented everything I ate. In due time I lost a significant amount of weight. Documenting my progress on the blog really helped me out and that's what I plan on doing this time again.

With that said.... Look forward to more posts, healthy recipes and workouts!


How are you guys doing?

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Pumpkin Almond Pancakes

Ah... Sunday mornings...the perfect day to start off with a stack of pancakes.

"But wait, Kanwal, pancakes will leave you feeling tired and sluggish all day!!!"

No, my dear. Not.My.Pancakes. My pancakes are packed with nutrients, fiber and tasty goodness. The best part, of course I had to Fallify my pancakes by adding pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice.

Start your Sunday morning off with a delicious nutrient packed breakfast and make a batch of my Pumpkin Almond Pancakes!
Deets:

Ingredients:
1tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
1/4c pumpkin purée
1/2c almond flour
1tsp baking soda
1TB pumpkin pie spice
1/2tsp salt

Preparation:
Combine wet ingredients. Incorporate the dry ingredients next. Lightly spray a pan with oil. Place on medium heat. Add a big spoonful of batter to pan. Allow to cook for a couple of minutes until batter starts to bubble. Flip pancake and cook. Repeat. This batter should make 6 pancakes.

Servings: 2

Enjoy with almond butter and jam or with maple syrup.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Pumpkin Pie Coffee

Anyone that knows me, knows my Fall obsession is pumpkin coffee. I just love the pumpkiny goodness in taste it has to offer. Of course a lot of this has to do with the spices mixed in with the pumpkin. Mmm.... the cloves, cinnamon, ginger... so warm and comforting on a crisp Fall morning.

I try to make my pumpkin coffee an indulgence and get it once a week. I know most coffee joints put in a sweetened pumpkin syrup and sometimes just one cup of black pumpkin coffee can rack up to 200 calories because of the syrup.

I decided to make a less expensive, non sweetened pumpkin coffee on my own. Boy, was this super easy and super pumpkiny spicey :-) I did good.. real good with this one! This was so super easy and not sugary! I can now make this a regular, all year round and not just have an indulgence!

Here are the deets:

Ingredients:
Ground coffee
Pumpkin Pie Spice

Preparation:
Prepare coffee as you normally would. Add pumpkin pie spice to your liking. The more you add the more pumpkiny it will taste. I added one tablespoon for 5 cups of coffee and had great flavor. Stir the coffee grinds and pumpkin pie spice to combine. Make coffee as you normally would. Enjoy!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Last Night's Dinner: Curried Apple Squash Soup

Last night was pretty relaxing. After coming home from work, showering, taking my contacts off and putting my glasses on I set out for the kitchen to make some soup! I wanted to make soup because it was a little chilly last night. Also, I'm trying to make more of an effort to get more fiber in and eat more veggies.

Of course, first I had to get my Bollywood on and streamed music from Pandora while cooking :-) I wanted to keep dinner light and easy. I had an acorn squash from my CSA that I wanted to use. I decided to make a pot of Curried Apple Squash Soup. This soup was delicious and filling and of course...very easy! Here are the deets:

Ingredients:
1 onion, diced
1TB crushed garlic
1 acorn squash, quartered
2 apples, quartered
Quart of vegetable stock
Curry powder ( I used Madras Curry powder)
Olive oil
Pepper

Preparation:
Toss the acorn squash with a little bit of olive oil. Sprinkle thyme on top. Bake for 45 minutes at 475 in the oven. In the mean time, sauté the onion and garlic in a pot with a little olive oil. Sauté for 10 minutes then add a tablespoon of curry powder. Sauté for another couple of minutes. Add about a cup of stock to the pot and stir on low heat. Once the squash is cooked place in a blender to purée. Add a little bit of stock to get things moving along. Pour the purée in the pot and stir. Next purée the apples, add a little bit of stock to get things moving. Pour the purée in the pot. Pour remaining stock in the pot. Continue to let this simmer for another twenty minutes, stirring every so often. Check seasonings. Add more curry or black pepper to taste.

Enjoy this soup hot with some crusty bread!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Fall In A Bowl: Pumpkin Porridge

Good Morning!

This morning I was craving a hot bowl of oatmeal. Being all out of oats I decided to Fallify my breakfast and make a healthy bowl of Pumpkin Porridge! This breakfast was nutritious and delicious and very hearty! Here are the deets:

Ingredients:
1/2c of pumpkin purée
1 ripe banana, mashed
1/4c of almond meal
1/2c if unsweetened almond milk
1tsp vanilla extract
1TB of pumpkin pie spice

Preparation:
Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Place in microwave and microwave for two minutes or until porridge starts to bubble. Enjoy hot!

Servings: 1

This breakfast has less than 400 calories and 8 grams of filling fiber!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Monday, September 17, 2012

Monday, September 10, 2012

Lethargic Morning...

Yesterday I woke up EXTREMELY lethargic. I'm pretty sure I woke up feeling like this because of all the crap I ate the night before (heavy, oily Indian food with tons of rice). I'm telling you, I really do feel physically horrible when I don't eat well. Anywho, I woke up feeling like crapola and I was absolute dreading my 1:00pm bootcamp class. First of all, I had not been to bootcamp in two weeks. I feel this military style class is so fierce yet so AWESOME! You are definitely pushed and leave accomplishing obstacles you never thought you could.

So, I made it to bootcamp. Yesterday's class was a four person class. This was both good and bad. Good because the instructor was able to give me great attention and advice for the workout. Bad because the instructor was able to give me great attention :-p

We did our usual military style workout and then headed to the obstacle course. The obstacle course always scares me because I need help getting over the higher walls. I'm also pretty slow at hurdles. Yesterday however, I was about to go over the Discipline wall with assistance. That is, until my trainer came over to me and said no assistance, you can do this! With all the doubts in my mind and thinking if I fell at least I would land on a rubber padded ground :-p With that in mind, I jumped up, grabbed the top of the wall, "walked" up, threw my right leg over and hurled myself over the discipline wall. Once over... I was ecstatic!!!! I had so much energy and was on cloud nine :-)

I think I have a chance in conquering Tough Mudder!

The Start of Fall? ...

Officially, Fall does not begin until September 22nd but I'm already starting to feel the crisp fall air in the morning :-/.  Why the :-/ ? Well, I don't like Fall.  Fall brings cooler weather, jackets, more bags to carry and shudders of coldness up my spine.  I like running in warm weather, circuit work outs in the park, going to the beach on a hot day and eating ice cream when it's unbelievably hot outside. I don't like eating ice cream in the cold.

With that said, I am trying to focus on the finer things in life :-)  I have quite a few goals that I'd like to accomplish within the next three months.

Here they are:

  • Submit my training videos to dhoonyaFit
  • Train for Tough Mudder
  • Finish up bootcamp classes
  • Document what I eat and how I feel after wards
I am going to try to keep up with documenting on how I am doing with my goals.  

PS: One thing I do like about Fall, pumpkin coffee :-)


Thursday, June 21, 2012

Day 9 recap

Good Morning!

Day 9 was another good day. I started my morning off with a big bowl of chopped fruit with a 1/4c of almond flour mixed in. Iced green tea on the side.

At noon I had a So Delicious vanilla yogurt as a snack. Earlier in the day I had stopped by Whole Foods and picked up a brown rice avocado cucumber roll. There were 12 pieces in this roll. The roll tasted good but there was something about that made it not so great :-(

Between lunch and dinner I had 1/2c of plain oatmeal. Dinner was really simple but I forgot to snap a pic. I had brown rice with Trader Joe's Asian stir fry veggies. Dessert was a bowl of cherries and blueberries. I also had a banana a couple of hours later.

I felt really great tummy wise yesterday. I had no issues and also managed to get a sweat inducing circuit workout in!

Now, I'm already on day 10, on my way to work and thinking about breakfast :-)

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Woohoo...It's Summer...

Yay!!! Summer is finally here and boy, it's here with a bang! Today is going to be a sultry 97 degrees    :-) I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this time of year. What do I love about this year?  Well, let's see:


  • Hot and humid days
  • Spending time at the beach. I love the ocean
  • Outside workouts
  • Chillin with friends on rooftops
  • Picnics in the park
  • Night walks
  • BBQ's....especially in the park
  • Walking the streets of NYC with a popsicle
  • Swimming
  • That moment when it's so hot outside and you know a FIERCE thunderstorm is on it's way

These are just a FEW things that I look forward to.

Personal goals this summer:
  • Volunteer at a shelter
  • TEACHING DhoonyaFIT
  • Continue getting in shape for Tough Mudder
I am really looking forward to a great summer. Lot's of good times, positive thinking and a positive attitude!

Day 8: Recap....

Day 8 was by far, the best day of my vegan, no oil diet, so far. I think what made me feel good were my snacks.
My day started off with a mug of coffee and a mug of oatmeal. I had half a cup of oats cooked with water and a banana whipped in.

Lunch was easy. I went to Trader Joes and picked up their Asian Veggie Stir fry. I made this whole packet which was vegan and oil free.

In between lunch and dinner I had two snacks, both vegan yogurts. After lunch I was still feeling blah in the tummy. I was trying to figure out what was really impacting my diet. I thought since I'm having tummy issues, did I use to eat something that helped my stomach? Then I thought about all the yogurt I use to have. I would have yogurt at least 4 times a week. Maybe I my stomach was missing some acidophilus? I then walked on down to whole foods and found coconut milk yogurt by So Delicious and almond milk yogurt by Almond Dreams (review on these to come). I first had the coconut milk yogurt. Thirty minutes after this my stomach was already feeling better! Later on in the day I had the almond milk yogurt. By the time evening came, I was able to do a circuit workout! Then I was able to have a good Ju Jitsu class! Finally, some relief!

Today I'm definitely going to have at least one vegan yogurt.

Moving on... Dinner was vegan Indian food made with minimal oil. I forgot to take pics :-(

Well... Now onto day 9!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Day 8

Good Morning!

We are now on to day 8! I still had my usual 4:30am wake up call from my tummy letting me know it's on fiber over kill! I really hope this stops. I can't help it... On a vegan diet everything you eat has fiber. Yes, this is a good thing but it's also very annoying at 4:30 am :-p

Hmmm.... Have I noticed any other changes? I have lost 1 pound and my skin is clear. Other than these and the stomach discomfort... No.

There are still 22 more days left....

Alright... Till breakfast, my friends....

Day 7: Lunch, Dinner and Everything in Between

For lunch yesterday I got a huge chopped salad from Hale n Hearty. In the salad went:
romaine leaves
red onions
corn
broccoli
chickpeas
mushrooms

All of this was chopped up and tossed in vinegar. I have to say, I'd take a chopped salad over a regular salad any day!

In between lunch and dinner on snacked on the following:
banana
half a mango
3 turkish figs
melon salad

Dinner last night was definitely vegetarian. I just don't know if it was vegan. I went out for Indian and got the paper masala dosa, which was served with spiced tomatoes on the side. I say I don't know if this is vegan because I don't know if any ghee(clarified butter) was used.
The dosa was HUGE and I only managed to eat half of it.

So, that was my day. I noticed I'm taking in a lot of fruit... I hope the sugars don't get to me.

Now, to start off day 8!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Day 7: Breakfast Time...

Good Morning!!

Today is Monday.  The beginning of the work week.  Repeat after me:  YOU CAN DO THIS!  Great, with that said, let's move on to breakfast time!  This morning I enjoyed a bowl of fruit with a 1/4c of almond flour mixed in.  I know this sounds blah, but it was actually very, very delicious!  I woke up this morning craving a bowl of fresh fruit.  Also, since there was no almond milk, I used almond flour, which added create texture.  In the mix went:
1 banana, chopped
Half a pint of strawberries, chopped
Half a pint of blueberries, chopped
1/4c of almond flour

Stir all of this together and you have a bowl of fresh deliciousness!!

PS:  I hope this holds me over till lunch time :-p....We'll see....

Weekend Food....Days 5 and 6...

The weekend went by in a flash!! I managed to continue on with my vegan lifestyle :-)  Below are some of the foods I ate this weekend:
Sweet Potato Lasagna....mmm
Brown rice, brussel sprouts, mushrooms and pickles...
Smoothie time:  avocado, mango, mint,almond milk
Home made sorbet: pureed banana and peach..frozen
Puffins, strawberries, bananas

Friday, June 15, 2012

Dinner: Raise-the-Roof Sweet Potato-Vegetable Lasagna

Last nights dinner was absolutely delicious!!! I made Raise-the-Roof Sweet Potato-Vegetable Lasagna. This is a recipe from the Fork Over Knives book, made by Rip Esselstyn, author of The Engine 2 Diet and son of Caldwell Esselstyn, author of Forks Over Knives.

For a lasagna that is oil free and vegan, this was delish!! Also, totally guilt free and felt good to have a second helping!!

Day 4

This morning I woke up at 4:30am with tummy aches. Again, I feel from all the fiber I've been taking in and my body adjusting.

Hopefully, my body is adjusting and today will be better. I think I will also try drinking more water.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Overview of Day 3

Today was much better than yesterday. First off, there were no cravings. Secondly, I felt I was able to control my snacking more.

I am definitely eating a lot more fruits and veggies. I feel like I am taking in a lot of fiber but not really getting rid of it. In other words, I feel bloated and fat, even though the scale is showing weight loss. I'm drinking a quart of water a day. Maybe I need more? Maybe it's the lack of fat in my diet? Maybe it's my body adjusting? I don't know what it is but it better go away soon :-p. Seriously though, today is much better than yesterday.

Today's Snacks...

Chopped apple with almonds
Bowl of puffins with strawberries

Yesterday's Dinner...Today's Lunch...

Lunch today was an easy fix. I took yesterday's dinner leftovers and packed them for today's lunch. In a Pyrex dish went:
1/3c quinoa
Sautéed veggies
1/2c of black beans

Ah, delicious, nutritious, vegan and oil free!

A Fruitful Breakfast...

I managed to have a very healthy breakfast this morning!  In a bowl went one banana, sliced, half of a container of strawberries, sliced, about 10 almonds and a cup of Puffins multigrain cereal. There was no almond milk this morning, so this was had as is!
I was also able to avoid this catastrophe at work: 


How was your breakfast?

Day 3

Today starts day 3. Despite the bread and cheese cravings I had last night, I managed to sleep really well. This morning I woke up at 6:38am with tummy bloat. At 6:40am, this was taken care of :-p

As hungry as I was feeling last night, I did not wake up very hungry this morning. This is good. So, what do I plan on doing differently today? I want to get some exercise in and try to snack less. Yesterday I only snacked twice (bowl of chopped apple and almonds, guacamole and air baked crackers). The snacks were healthy but I have to remember, just because I am eating healthy doesn't mean I can over eat...ahem... I'm thinking about you guacamole :-p

Alright... Off to conquer another day! More updates later...

Last Night' Dinner

Dinner last night consisted of 1/3c of quinoa and mixed vegetables. This is the first time I made mixed vegetables without using oil. I took whatever veggies I had in the fridge (zucchini, bell pepper and kohlrabi), and diced them up. I took cumin seeds and toasted them along with coriander powder for a couple of minutes. Then I added a chopped tomato and turmeric powder. The juice from the tomato helped move things along. I added the diced veggies and let their natural water come out. Then I added some tamarind paste and lemon juice. I let this cook for another 15 minutes.

I have to say, the tamarind and lemon juice added a great tang to this dish. Toasting the spices added a nice smokiness also.

Dinner was filling and delicious and followed by a bowl of fresh mixed fruit mixed with mint for dessert!

Hope you all had a great dinner!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Brief Overview of Day 2

Today I felt hungrier and thought about cheese... A LOT! I also feel pretty bloated from all the extra fiber I'm taking in.

Dinner today was at 7:45pm, followed by dessert which was a bowl of fresh fruit topped with shredded mint.

Right now it's almost 11pm and I feel bloated and hungry. I'm also intensely craving a loaf of French bread with cheese... Any cheese... I just want cheese :-p

Well, it's time for bed... If I can't have cheese maybe I'll dream about it :-p

Good night and sweet dreams!

Day 2: It's a Whole Foods Lunch...

Today's expensive lunch was once again courtesy of Whole Foods! I had vegan, no oil saag (Indian spinach dish), along side some brown rice and beans. Since I was super hungry I also had some Naked Lasagna (vegan, no oil). The lasagna was so so. I could have done with out the tofu.

Lunch was definitely filling but look out for a post on my snacks for the day :-)

Day 2: Breakfast of Champions

Good morning and happy Wednesday!!! Today start's day 2 of a vegan/whole foods diet!  Yesterday went well, except for the tortilla/hummus snafu.

This morning I started my breakfast off with the usual:  1/4c of oats, 1/4c almond meal, 1 mashed banana.  All of this made in a mug with some water.  Once done, I topped it off with a splash of almond milk.  Yes, that is a huge ass mug of coffee next to it! I need my one mug in the morning..otherwise you  don't want to talk to me the rest of the day :-p

I'm hoping this breakfast will keep me full till noon. I plan on checking out Whole Foods' vegan, no oil options for lunch.

What are you guys having for breakfast?

Personal goals for the day:
  • Practice DhoonyaFIT (more on this later)
  • Get a workout in

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

It's a Whole Foods Dinner....

Dinner tonight was courtesy of Whole Foods. I stopped by earlier to pick up some ingredients to make blueberry oat breakfast muffins. While at Whole Foods I stopped by the hot foods section and luckily they had plenty of vegan, no oil options :-)

In a little container I packed in "The Green Squad" which had rainbow chard, yellow bell pepper and purple cabbage. I also packed in "The Mediterranean Crunch" which had chickpeas, broccoli florets, tomatoes and olives. Lastly, I layered in some "Detox Salad" which had minced broccoli, carrots, peppers and tons of ginger!! I mixed this all together in my small container and had a deliciously expensive ($10- SERIOUSLY!) vegan, no oil dinner :-p

I also saw Whole Foods was selling books with recipes from Forks Over Knives. That explains the no oil, vegan meals :-)

Day 1 is almost over. So far so good!!

Day 1: Lunchtime

Lunch went really well. I made curried chickpeas and quinoa last night. I added this to a bowl of lettuce and stirred it all up to eat.

Lunch tasted great but was not too filling.










That's when I had some of this:















The ingredients were all whole foods(organic corn tortilla) BUT oil was also listed for both the hummus and chips.

I now know to bring more raw food snacks for tomorrow.

Day 1: Breakfast

This mornings breakfast was not too different than my usual breakfast EXCEPT instead of using skim milk, I used a splash of almond milk.

This morning I made oatmeal with 1/4 cup oats, 1/4 cup almond flour, water, and a mashed banana. I added a splash of almond milk when this was done. I also had a juicy Gala apple on the side.

Forks Over Knives...30 Day Challenge

Last night I watched a wonderful documentary on the benefits of eating a whole/plant based food diet.  The documentary was certainly and eye opener and showed how a plant based diet can reverse heart disease and shrink cancerous tumors.  If you haven't watched this documentary, I highly recommend you do!

I've been meaning to start blogging again for a while.  Thankfully, the documentary has motivated me to try a plant based diet for 30 days, which also gives me a great opportunity to blog about this experience. Today, I am starting a 30 day plant based diet.  Luckily, forksoverknives.com has some great recipes that I'd like to try out.

Would anyone else like to partake in this challenge with me?

Friday, March 2, 2012