Throughout the month of October, I will be suspending j’adore la vie. With all of the excitement surrounding the #plantPOWER challenge, I really don’t want to “squeeze in” j’adore la vie every Thursday. The message is so pure and important to me (and to many of you, I know) so we’re going to wait until Thursday, November 1, to bring it back with a vengeance! PLEASE keep tagging #jadorelavie on Instagram and Twitter, though! We can’t forget to celebrate those beautiful moments.
…speaking of j’adore la vie, I totally had a moment last night. Two of my girlfriends and I paid a visit to J.P. Licks, my all-time favorite ice cream shop. Do you think this girl turns down local soy chai ice cream? Hell to the no.
I’m always passionate about my #plantPOWER but I’m also passionate about my ice cream. Can you tell by the big, goofy grin on my face?
#plantPOWER Teams Up with Tosca Reno for #CleanCarbs Challenge!
You know how we’re told to curl water bottles if we don’t have dumbbells handy? Well, what about plants?
Totally normal, right?
Kasey and I are so excited to team up with Tosca Reno and The Eat-Clean Diet in honor of Tosca’s #CleanCarbs Challenge for October. How PERFECTLY does this go along with #plantPOWER?! Kasey and I are all about the clean carbs, hence me curling a yam and Kasey pumpin’ some…er…broccoli. Click here to enter Tosca’s contest for a chance to win a pretty sweet prize pack!
*Note to my ED sufferers: While Tosca’s message is pure and beautiful, parts of her site might be triggering to you. <3
#plantPOWER Day 4: Yellow!
We are four days into #plantPOWER, busting through the rainbow, and our next stop is yellow. Kasey and I are both featuring nutritional yeast and winter squash varieties on our blogs today!
Nutritional yeast is most commonly known for its impressive protein and vitamin B-12 stats. Did you know that vitamin B12 is not actually a vitamin? It is actually made by bacteria, which is often airborne, that comes from the soil! Any plant-based foods originating from good bacteria will have vitamin B-12.
The reason vegans are often deficient in vitamin B-12 isn’t because the bacteria is not available to them from the earth. It is destroyed throughout the plants’ journies to our homes, beginning when pesticides are sprayed on crops, continuing when they’re shipped via truck to our grocery stores, and ending when we wash our vegetables to get rid of the pesticides formerly sprayed on them. Yet another reason to shop local and visit your farmer’s markets. For more information on vitamin B-12, check out Dr. Stuart Seale’s guest post on Choosing Raw.
Acorn squash, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. Antioxidant vitamins A and C, potassium, magnesium (great for muscle contraction!), B vitamins, fiber, and, of course, #cleancarbs! I incorporated the nooch and squash into a big salad for lunch today!
One might say that I played “Ring Around the Salad” and he or she would be right! I roasted 1/2 a sliced acorn squash at 450 degrees for 25 minutes while assembling a gigantic salad. I worked out hard this morning with ZWOW #31, so my metabolism is humming and my appetite is increased. To that, I say bring on the #plantPOWER goodness! My lunch salad consisted of:
- Raw spinach
- Raw, shredded cabbage
- Shredded carrots
- Nutritional yeast
- A little unsweetened almond milk to blend it all together
This totally hit the spot!
Keep showing us your yellow #plantPOWER meals and snacks! Kasey and I wish we could respond to every one of you – just know we’re seeing all your hard work and are so, so, so appreciative to have you onboard. Keep rockin’ it! The more you participate, the more your body will respond (in a good way!) and the more likely you are to win one of our awesome giveaways! If you have any questions, email me at heather[at]fortheloveofkale.com or Kasey at kasey[at]powercakes.net.