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Plant-Based Eating :: Volume II Day 6

Day 6 Volume II

Yesterday I talked about making healthy, plant-based food choices a priority. My other priority is working out. I have to say that my standard Wednesday workout that I usually “sleep run” through – was the HARDEST run I’ve had in a long, long time this morning. I really need a temperature gauge that tells me the humidity too. It straight up lied to me this morning when it said 84°F. I thought I was heading into a Neverland of easy, breezy running. NOPE. Sweat fest instead. Ok, so it wasn’t JUST the weather’s fault, it could have been the lack of sleep and killer workout I got yesterday too. Everything that jiggles when you run, hurt this morning. Not only was I hurting from yesterday’s plyometrics workout, I was also hurting from Monday’s chest, tris and shoulders workout. Oi. Anyway, I got it done, I pushed through and I survived, because talking myself out of it wasn’t an option. In the past, as soon as I mentally gave myself that out, I would almost always take it. If I tell myself, “This is what you are doing.” I get it done. (Is that a bib of drool, or sweat? Sheesh. I am not used to 50% humidity! It is typically 15% here in AZ.IMG_2883

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I made a “small” smoothie of water, a banana, frozen cherries, frozen pineapple, fresh spinach, fresh blueberries, maca powder and juice from one lemon. (247 calories, 62 carbs, 0 fat, 5 g protein)IMG_2890

I added ACUTE to my vitamins today, to help with inflammation in my muscles. The cherry and pineapple in the smoothie also help with that as well. IMG_2891

The other portion of my breakfast was an egg white omelette with onion, garlic, tomato, and spinach topped with tomatillo salsa and some leftover cashew cream from Day 4‘s raw zucchini dinner. (211 calories, 15 carbs, 3 g fat, 30 g protein)
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Pre-packaged and delicious salad from Trader Joe’s! (240 calories, 25 carbs, 14 g fat, 3 g protein)IMG_2910Some almonds before my chiropractic appointment. (68 calories, 2 carbs, 6 g fat, 3 g protein)

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This was an amazing snack! It tasted like a healthier version of a caramel apple with nuts! The only sugar was from the apple and it was high in protein! All the fats in this were good fats too, with the exception of the peanut butter which has saturated fat. But I’d eat this over a store bought sugar fest apple any day!  Peanut butter, pepitas, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds and an apple. (457 calories, 29 carbs, 31 g fat, 17 g protein)IMG_2915Before heading out the door to ceramics, I ate a peanut butter chocolate bar by EnviroKids. 😉 (120 calories, 18 carbs, 5 g fat, 2 g protein)

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I also had the rest of my Synergy from Day 5… there are two servings in a jar… fyi. 😉 Here is a good reminder to check the serving size on foods and drinks, because many times, there is more than one serving! (75 calories, 8 carbs, 3 g fat, 2 g protein)IMG_2918

It has become tradition that on my way to ceramics class – my *me* time – I stop by Dutch Brothers and get a tasty coffee beverage. My latest favorite is a half caff iced latte with coconut milk. SO GOOD. I’m GUESSING on this info… (160 calories, 20 carbs, 9 g fat, 0 protein)IMG_2919Tonight’s class was a good one, because I had some pieces from both the glaze firing and the bisque firing. I was also able to throw 4 small vases/pots. If you live in the Valley of the Sun and you are interested in taking a ceramics class, I highly recommend Mesa Arts Center. They have a wide variety of classes! I’m always eyeing the glass blowing class next door to the ceramics studio, but then I think I don’t want to get burnt by 13,456,345° glass! o_O

IMG_2939I always need to have a small dinner when I get home, since class is right when I would normally eat dinner (which also explains all the snacks beforehand!) I microwaved a potato, added some more zucchini cashew alfredo from two days ago (see Day 4) and topped it with some salsa. It was really good AND quick. (439 calories, 34 carbs, 6 g fat, 6 g protein) I’m stuffed!!! Which is a good thing, I need to fuel those muscles to help them heal from all the wear and tear from the last 24 hours.

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Grand totals for today were:

Calories – 2,017

Carbs – 213

Fat – 75 g (a little high – darn you peanut butter, why do you taste so good?!)

Protein – 67 g

Sugar – 105 g (highest culprits today? banana, apple, coconut milk and the DRESSING from Trader Joe’s salad!)

Cashew Cream

Cashew cream is a Zucchini Runner household staple these days, and all the credit goes to Mr. Zucchini Runner. He misses dairy more than I do and was on the hunt for a worthy substitute a few months back. We have made some modifications to the original recipe we found online to best meet our tastebuds. But with the addition of nutritional yeast to this super easy condiment, you get a true cheesy taste!

The best part? You don’t feel heavy and stuffed after eating it. We top all kinds of foods with this delicious cream – chili, pizzas, grilled veggies, burgers – you name it! It is EXTRA EASY to make too!

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When the batch is made fresh, it will be thinner and pour easier.

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Cashew Cream
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Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 7 minutes

Cashew Cream

Ingredients

2/3 c. RAW cashews*

1/2 c. water

1 TBSP. fresh lemon or lime juice

1/2 tsp. nutritional yeast

1/4 tsp. cumin

1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper

*You can also use raw macadamia nuts as well!

Instructions

    Process all of the ingredients in a blender until smooth and creamy and you're done! Store in the refrigerator. Will keep for 7-10 days.

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Cashew Cream

cashew cream

Make sure you use raw cashews, not roasted or salted. (You can also use macadamia nuts.)

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We pour ours into a squeeze bottle, and store in the fridge for easy use.

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