The Trendy Vegan

The Trendy Vegan

Friday, May 22, 2015

The Joy of Tea

As an admitted coffee addict, it is hard for me to break the habit and switch to tea.  When I do, I usually choose green. In restaurants or coffee shops, it is the most readily available, and still has plenty of caffeine.  There are so many delicious types of tea though, that when I do get out of my comfort zone, I find so many delicious and soothing options.  Lemon verbena is one, apple cinnamon another, and rooibos passion, a third favorite.  At most gourmet and local markets you can buy gourmet teas, and some also offer fresh brewed iced options like ginger,  peach, pomegranate or green.

Another option is for you to mix and match and create your own at home, using fresh herbs and fruits.

If you buy a metal tea strainer, or the paper tea sleeves, you can get really creative and lose the worry of getting any debris in your mouth when you take a sip!

Peel and grate some fresh ginger, and steep it in your hot water with some lemon and a touch of your favorite sweetener.

Steep any kind of mint, I prefer peppermint, with the zest of some orange and lime.

Try combining strawberries or raspberries with rosemary and thyme.

Anise has a wonderful licorice-like flavor, and aids in digestion at the same time.

Next time you visit the marketplace, see what strikes you.  If you don't like what you make the first time, go back and try something new the next!


Monday, May 18, 2015

The Myth of the Fitbit

I admit I was never a fan of the Jawbone or the Fitbit.  I am not usually the skeptical type, but I just didn't see the need for an app to tell me how I'm doing.  I know if I've been sleeping well or not, and I know when I've taken enough steps ~ or turns on the spin bike ~ or not.  I also know when I need to reign in my eating, and when I'm being my usually cautious self.  As The Trendy Vegan, we all know I love a good meal, but I also know when I've indulged a bit too much.

An article in Friday's Washington Post brings the most important piece of all to light: exercise is not enough to keep you fit and healthy.

Consider this startling fact: Obesity is about to outrank tobacco as the leading cause of cancer.

You don't need to be a fitness expert to know that cardio and strength training are, no doubt, good for you. They reap so many benefits and can foster a healthy lifestyle.  However, if you use your 1,000 calorie-burning-cardio-class as an excuse to indulge, gaining weight may still be an issue, and too often, health issues follow.

To see more, click on the link to the article below:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2015/05/15/take-off-that-fitbit-exercise-alone-wont-make-you-lose-weight/

Friday, May 15, 2015

Opportunity Knocks

Anyone interested in making an extra income stream, paying off debt or just a change? My friend has recently teamed up with the docs who created Proactiv in their newest skincare venture and is looking to expand her business and the $3 billion anti-age market across the country and Canada. The company has just launched a brand new beauty breakthrough and the demand is HUGE and more than she can tackle alone! 

This job offers flexible hours, working part time or full time from home around your current commitments or family or both – no parties or holding inventory. It doesn't matter where you live or what your background is as you will be coached and trained. If you or anyone you know is dynamic, motivated, organized and looking to make an extra income on a very part-time basis let me know and I will hook you up with her for the details! Just email me at info@bodyfuelnutritionals.com

http://nypost.com/…/40000-a-month-lexus-cars-meet-the-new-…/


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

A Minute on the Lips...

Holy Moly!

I was just saying how, if left to my own devices, I would choose french fries as my total guilty pleasure any day.  I just don't crave sweets, or really even purchase or bake them as a way to celebrate a special holiday.  For something that kind of satisfying, a glass of wine is usually my choice and even then, my selection is generally rather dry.

Today I was tagged in a post on Facebook with a link to Buzzfeed on vegan desserts. I swear I gained 5 pounds just looking at the photos and I have to say, it was like vegan food porn (pardon my French!) Those were some very sexy, enticing little nuggets of dessert goodness.  It may even inspire me to give some a try.



Let me know what you think and if you like them, you're welcome :-)

http://www.buzzfeed.com/spoonuniversity/vegan-desert-recipes#.vrR3B17OQ

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Quince


Quince is a pear-shaped fruit, native to Western Asia.  It is a relative of both pears and apples, yet unlike its cousins, it is rather inedible in raw form due to its hard and bitter nature.  Its pale pink blossoms are so beautiful however, the leaves are often used for a pretty, floral display.

Quince paste is a thick jam made from this fruit.  It is cooked, pureed, and then combined with lemon juice and sugar, turning it into a firm, gelatinous spread, with a  rich, deep, orange color.  Thanks to the tart and sweet combination, it is often a staple in Southern Europe and the Middle East as an alternative to jam.

I happen to love quince paste!  Most people enjoy it with cheese and crackers, in place of a fig or tart cherry preserve, or alongside an almond or date-nut loaf.  It would also be a tasty spread atop warm banana or zucchini bread.  For a vegan alternative, substitute non-dairy cheese for the usual, or blend it into hot oatmeal in the morning in place of sugar or maple syrup, and add nuts and raisins for a well-balanced complete deish.


Fun fact: Quince was used as an offering between lovers in ancient Rome!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Perfect Breakfast

I love when inspiration strikes and a meal just comes together.

I went on a 4 mile walk this morning with one of my neighbors, and we quickly popped into a new'ish market in Bedford, my town, for coffee.  After our walk, I went back with my son to get him a bagel and scout out the place.

I saw these gorgeous, green, sunflower sprouts and immediately threw a couple of big handfuls in a bag. I also caught sight of veganic flax and spelt bread, and tossed that, along with coconut aminos and some other sundries into my bag.

When I got home, I looked through my (admittedly pretty empty) fridge and pantry, and grabbed a little pine nut hummus and some toasted pumpkin seeds.  
Look what the result was! The flavors blended so beautifully, it had a wonderful burst of springtime flair from the sprouts.  The nutty texture rounded out this vegan protein-packed meal. 

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Fortina


I love Italian food!  We ate it so often growing up, I was pretty sure I had Italian lineage somewhere.  Of course, it was a laundry list of all things NON vegan: chicken parm, spaghetti and meatballs, lasagna, stuffed shells.  Today my Italian looks a whole lot different, and I love it just the same.

Just the other night I met one of my best friends, Lisa, at Fortina in Armonk, NY.  It's right in our backyard (though now they have a location in Rye, NY and one opening in Stamford, CT at the Harbor as well) and the food is consistently good. Not only that, the service was fabulous!  
I am so grateful when I 1) don't feel like I need to apologize for being vegan, and 2) when people go out of their way to cater to me. I know, who doesn't love that, right?  So this was poised for a great night.

That gorgeous salad, which was in the most incredible, oversized bowl, was full of tender bibb lettuce, thinly sliced radishes and avocado in a delicious vinaigrette.   It was like springtime on the table. To accompany that, we ordered three vegetable dishes to share as well, which were so plentiful, I went home with a lovely care package.

Sunchokes.  Perfectly cooked and crisped, with what I understand was a very yummy but non-vegan sauce carefully placed to the side for Lisa to enjoy.

Heirloom carrots, roasted and served atop a vegan walnut crema.  Beautiful to look at and so tasty. That crema would be good atop so many things...I actually spread some on the sunchokes as well.

Roasted cauliflower with a hazelnut romesco sauce.  I don't even like peppers - of any kind - but I can't get enough of that sauce!

And yes, you did see a photo of a pizza.  A thin, perfectly seasoned, crunchy crust topped with sauteed onions and fresh flat leaf parsley.  Seriously fabulous and a special vegan gift from the manager ~ how sweet was that?  I was going to "be good" and avoid the carbs, but that was so worth changing plans over.  

If you live nearby, definitely find time to dine here.  Bring kids or not, go on a weekday or weekend - I am sure you will find it a worthwhile trip!