Pity Party Pizza – Vegan

 

Walnut and Brussels Sprout “Zaa”

 

46 days into prep without a re-feed meal and I was starting to feel like my next check-in email would be responded to with a “guess what? You get a re-feed”….instead, I was told that I looked like I’m retaining water which upped my cardio to an insane level AND changed my overall diet plan again.

This did not sit well with me, Jeff suggested we go for pizza. I had enough will to NOT cave and head for legit dangerous territory but I did need to pretend I ate pizza in order to survive.

I birthed a couple of recipes I hope you can find some enjoyment in.

Water retention. Pfft.

 

Without having anything tomatoey, I needed to build a base. I was originally going for a Thai flavour but it ended up being something…else.

 

I utilized my usual vegan prep food for these recipes…but not the asparagus as I am mad at asparagus right now and don’t want to taste it on anything remotely delicious. Stupid, plain, boring and never ending asparagus.
Base:

Ezekiel wraps

1 tbsp sun butter

1/4 cup rehydrated sundried tomatoes (let sit in really warm water for 10-15 mins)

2 cloves garlic

1/4 cup water
Cheese:

4 tbsp nutritional yeast

1/8 cup water

1 tbsp chia seeds

*Mix all ingredients in small dish with fork and allow to sit for 10 minutes to thicken* voila “cheeze” 

Pizza toppings: 

Roasted brussels sprouts

Roasted broccoli

Chopped tomato

Cubed Tofu

Walnuts

Yellow onions

Maple Syrup

Method: 

Pre-heat oven to 425.

Slather on base, then add ingredients as desired. Bake for 10-12 minutes checking back to ensure you aren’t burning the “crust”. On my second effort I sprayed the bottom of the “pizza” with coconut oil. 

Pizza #1 was: 

Base, slivered yellow onion, brussels, tomato, walnuts & drizzle of maple syrup.

Pizza #2 was: 

Base, broccoli, tomato, tofu (measured per my diet plan), “cheeze”.

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Vegan apple crumble

Sunday afternoon delight

Sunday afternoon delight

 

Well isn’t this a relatively simple delight to put together!

I tried out a new recipe that included coconut butter instead of regular butter. I have to say I needed to get a bit creative before it turned into something decent however, I have managed to pull a success out of thin air! Man those kind of days in the kitchen tickle my fancy.

Ingredients: 

Filling

1 dozen apples peeled, cored and sliced – I used ambrosia

1 tbsp cornstarch or alternative

3 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice – trust me, all else is GROSS

1/3 cup honey or agave nectar

1 tbsp cinnamon

Pinch of salt

Coating

1/3 cup sugar of choice – brown, coconut, palm

1/2 cup flour of choice – gluten free, organic whole wheat

1 cup oats

1.5 cup mixed nuts or straight up pecans (this recipe I used mixed nuts including chopped cashews & tamari almonds)

Pinch salt

1 1/4 cup coconut butter or 1 cup coconut oil

1 cup of warm water set aside

 

Method: 

Preheat oven to 375.

Coat apple slices in filling ingredients, transfer to baking dish and set aside. ( I used 1 large baking dish but you could use two 8×8).

Mix topping ingredients until it becomes sticky/mealy. Do not worry if it is a little bit dry when using coconut butter, this stuff is harder to work with. Sprinkle over apples and bake for 45-1 hour.

Near the end of baking time, remove from oven to see if flour ingredients have softened. (I used coconut butter and mine had not)

If not, top with 1/2 cup warm water and return to oven OR mix dish with 1 full cup of hot water and return to oven for 10 minutes.

 

 

 

Banana Pancakes – vegan

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What to make for breakfast with a house full of people and nothing in the cupboards? Vegan banana pancakes of course. Silly. Add this recipe to your repertoire for a delish and healthy breakfast for the masses.

 

Ingredients: 

6-8 VERY ripe bananas

1 tbsp vanilla extract – try my homemade recipe!

2.5 cups unbleached organic flour – swap for spelt flour if you’re gluten free

4 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

2.5 cups almond/nut milk

4 tbsp unrefined organic sugar

Avocado oil/coconut oil for pan

Method: 

Mash bananas in bowl set aside 2 for garnish. Blend with milk, sugar and vanilla extract. Mix all ingredients together until smooth.

You can play with the consistency of your pancakes here. I like them a little more thick so if they are too thin, I just add a bit more flour. Be fearless, pancakes cannot be screwed up. Promise.

(But if you do screw them up..let me know)

Pour into a cast iron pan coated with coconut or avocado oil, heated to medium heat. Cook until bubbles appear then flip. Cook to a golden colour.

Serve with sliced banana and organic REAL maple syrup

Serves 6

Quick health facts: 

If you think bananas are just for monkeys, think again.

  1. Bananas help overcome depression due to high levels of tryptophan, which is converted into serotonin — the happy-mood brain neurotransmitter.
  2. Eat two bananas before a strenuous workout to pack an energy punch and sustain your blood sugar.
  3. Protect against muscle cramps during workouts and nighttime leg cramps by eating a banana.
  4. Counteract calcium loss during urination and build strong bones by supplementing with a banana.
  5. Improve your mood and reduce PMS symptoms by eating a banana, which regulates blood sugar and produces stress-relieving relaxation.
  6. Bananas reduce swelling, protect against type II diabetes, aid weight loss, strengthen the nervous system, and help with the production of white blood cells, all due to high levels of vitamin B-6.
  7. Strengthen your blood and relieve anemia with the added iron from bananas.
  8. High in potassium and low in salt, bananas are officially recognized by the FDA as being able to lower blood pressure and protect against heart attack and stroke.

    Eating Bananas Aids Digestion

  9. Rich in pectin, bananas aid digestion and gently chelate toxins and heavy metals from the body.
  10. Bananas act as a prebiotic, stimulating the growth of friendly bacteria in the bowel. They also produce digestive enzymes to assist in absorbing nutrients.
  11. Constipated? High fiber in bananas can help normalize bowel motility.
  12. Got the runs? Bananas are soothing to the digestive tract and help restore lost electrolytes after diarrhoea.
  13. Bananas are a natural antacid, providing relief from acid reflux, heartburn and GERD.
  14. Bananas are the only raw fruit that can be consumed without distress to relieve stomach ulcers by coating the lining of the stomach against corrosive acids.

    Natural Cures From A Simple Banana

  15. Eating bananas will help prevent kidney cancer, protects the eyes against macular degeneration and builds strong bones by increasing calcium absorption.
  16. Bananas make you smarter and help with learning by making you more alert. Eat a banana before an exam to benefit from the high levels of potassium.
  17. Bananas are high in antioxidants, providing protection from free radicals and chronic disease.
  18. Eating a banana between meals helps stabilize blood sugar and reduce nausea from morning sickness.
  19. Rub a bug bite or hives with the inside of the banana peel to relieve itching and irritation.
  20. Control blood sugar and avoid binging between meals by eating a banana.
  21. Eating a banana can lower the body temperature and cool you during a fever or on a hot day.
  22. The natural mood-enhancer tryptophan, helps to relieve Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
  23. Quitting smoking? Bananas contain high levels of B-vitamins as well as potassium and magnesium to speed recovery from the effects of withdrawal.
  24. Remove a wart by placing the inside of a piece of banana peel against the wart and taping it in place.
  25. Rub the inside of a banana peel on your leather shoes or handbag and polish with a dry cloth for a quick shine.

Fit on the road – an introduction

Bagging Peaks in the Rockies

Bagging Peaks in the Rockies

My love of health and travel has led me to really push my abilities to stay fit and focused while traveling – a lot.

Whether it’s to a beach destination where the gyms and yoga classes are scarce…………..

Beach yoga Maui

Beach yoga Maui

……….to Sin City where in May, 45 degrees is too damn hot to work out in so you cruise through the Valley of Fire before hitting the Casino gym…………….

Working out late at night in the Nevada desert

Working out late at night in the Nevada desert

…………..to music festivals & hillside metropolitan cities where you walk all day from venue to venue………………..

Walking for hours at Coachella

Walking for hours at Coachella

Long walks and hilltops in the San Francisco Bay

Long walks and hilltops in the San Francisco Bay

……………….to the planets amazing mountain peaks that provide enough exercise for an army, or European escapes where you could nearly get arrested while in a Yoga posture in front of a Government building, or you may split your pants doing a maneuver after a scotch tasting..

Hikes & Yoga in Scotland

Hikes & Yoga in Scotland

Yoga in Moscow

Yoga in Moscow

I want to be able to keep a routine and feel great emotionally and physically without any excuses. Bad moods and lethargy don’t just come from celebratory holiday hangovers and that time of the month. We need to be sure to keep our “good vibe” chemicals in check – through movement.

Fit on the Road - Cancun

Fit on the Road – Cancun

What keeps you from being the best version of yourself while you’re on the road? For me, it’s already easy enough with diet; I don’t like sugar or treats, I don’t eat dairy at all unless there’s cheese on the odd item, pasta makes me feel like a lead balloon and meat, well, you know my stance on that. This may not be true for everyone out there. I have to admit that I have a soft spot for Jalapeno chips and Gin Gin’s, luckily I have the will power to rarely buy these things. I guess I would have to say that my kryptonite in the food department is alcohol.

Raw & Vegan meals in LA

Raw & Vegan meals in LA

I love the taste of bourbon, Whiskey and Gin…on a Sunday brunch date, either white wine (sangria) or Caesars. I have made peace with the fact that my abdominals may never be washboard again as in my 23 years of Dance….Old Fashioneds taste too damn good. We all have our treats, vices and little cheats we wont give up. That’s ok, as long as we’re making sure liquor, cake and reality TV aren’t on the agenda every evening. Oh our poor livers, kidneys and grey matter!

I digress. We all know what good eating looks like: no preservatives, no packaging, home-made, nutrient dense, fresh, GMO free and mindful.

Real food & hydration rule.

Real food & hydration rule.

So, if Safeway isn’t coming to Namibia with you, how do you stay in shape cardiovascularly and muscularly with no gym?

For starters, you could prep for your trip and do a 1, 3 or 5 day juice cleanse to fire up your immune system and purge toxins….

3 day "Juice Juice" Cleanse

3 day “Juice Juice” Cleanse

But the answer is far more obvious and simple. Bodyweight workouts with little-to-no equipment. Write them down, download them onto your laptop and bring a GYM BOSS interval timer or download one for free for your smart phone HERE.

Camping - workout hacks

Camping – workout hacks

If you’re traveling soon (as I will be) take some time to look at these resources for workouts and making sane meal decisions while abroad. As usual I will be posting my #fitfam and #fitontheroad pics for inspiration on my INSTAGRAM , which reposts to my FACEBOOK PAGE, which will repost to TWITTER.

Workout Hacks

Workout Hacks

You should also check out my YOUTUBE channel for (literally) like 1 million amazing workouts.

You should also consider bringing a water canteen with you. Think before you buy. Nalgene tests on animals so maybe try something like this S’WELL bottle. S’well is great because it’s double lined and can hold hot and cold bevvies. This will increase your intake of water as well as save a bunch of plastic bottles from hitting the landfills and our beautiful oceans.

Follow my posts on FB often for more ideas. Here are a few you can start with…

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Bon Voyage and stay fit.

XX – Sasha

Best ever vegetarian nachos

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Alright, so Nachos aren’t the most difficult thing on earth to create – this I know. In my world, GOOD “chos” however, need to be grease-free, hot, not too cheesy and full of nutrition. Here’s how you get some good protein and vitamins into a yummy snack. I’ll be honest. The day I made these it was lunch!

 

Ingredients:

1/2 bag organic corn tortilla chips

1/2 cup mozzarella cheese shredded

1/2 cup old cheddar cheese shredded

(*sub in DAIYA for real cheese!*)

1/2 green pepper diced

1 medium tomato diced

1/2 red onion diced

1/3 cup pickled jalapeno peppers

1 can organic black beans

Method:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Layer ingredients on baking as follows:

Handful chips, mix of 2 cheeses, handful of beans, sprinkling of red onion, sprinkling of green pepper, sprinkling of tomato. Repeat twice.

Place in oven and bake for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Switch to broil for 5 minutes to brown cheese.

 

Serves 3-4 adults.

 

Serve with HOMEMADE Guacamole and Salsa! Links below:

 

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Zingy homemade salsa

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There is nothing I dislike more than having to eat pre-made sauces and dips that can easily be made at home. There are so many sauces that are easy to create, taste fresh, have more nutrient content and have no preservatives! For these reasons, I accept no excuses for why homemade salsa cannot be added to the repertoire of all would-be foodies, busy moms and lazy Larry’s out there.

Use this recipe on eggs, nachos, burritos, as a tapenade or for your bruschetta.

Ingredients:

1 juicy lime

2 medium tomatoes

1/2 red onion diced

1/3 cup diced cilantro

1/4 tsp garlic salt OR 1 clove freshly pressed garlic

1/2 tbsp coconut or avocado oil

Fresh ground pepper

Optional: 1 diced red hot pepper or jalapeno

Method:

Dice up all ingredients, sprinkle with salt, toss with liquid ingredients, top with freshly ground pepper.

Serves 2-4

 

Health Facts:

Cilantro is a natural preservative, antioxidant, detoxifier and anti-bacterial.

Vegan pumpkin French toast

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This recipe is in honour of October, camping, crisp nights, frosty mornings with piping hot black coffee, dogs, love and real food.

 

Ingredients:

8 slices “little big bread” by Macks Flax

3 bananas

1/2 cup pumpkin puree

3/4 cup almond milk

1.5 tbsp ground flax seed

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 tbsp earth balance soy free spread

1/4 cup raw, organic, granulated sugar

1 cup water

4 small pears

2 cups strawberries

Method:

To prepare your vegan batter add bananas, milk, flax seed, almond milk, cinnamon, vanilla extract  and pumpkin puree into hand blender vessel & blend well. If your mix is looking too thick or dry, add more almond milk a few tablespoons at a time.

Let mixture sit for at least 30 minutes to thicken up.

In small pot add peeled (or not) and sliced pears. I do not peel mine. Add water and sugar, heat until rolling boil achieved. Turn heat down to simmer and stir often until liquid is reduced.

In frying pan on medium heat add 1/2 earth balance until melted. Dip bread slices into liquid mixture and transfer to frying pan. Cook until browned on both sides. Avoid soaking for too long as bread will become too soggy.

Brioche bread works the best…FRESH sourdough is also amazing.

Plate with sliced strawberries, top with pear reduction – who needs syrup????? If you’re feeling extra saucy, add Tofutti cream cheese with pear reduction and “stuff” between two slices of french toast. Top with fresh fruit & cinnamon.

Serves 2-4 depending on how much you love it – I say it serves two.