Soup and HFCS

It’s not supposed to get that warm today so I made soup – tomato soup.

Of course, I did it the easy way. I used a jar of spicy sweet bell pepper spaghetti sauce that did not have high fructose corn syrup, a can of no salt added diced tomatoes, two tablespoons of rice protein powder, a cup and a half of water, garlic and onion powder, pepper, and a little Italian herb blend. I split it into two servings and each serving is roughly 250 calories resulting in a great vegan lunch that was easy to make.

Speaking of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), soon to be known as “corn sugar”, did you know that some brands of vegetable broth have HFCS in them? Yes, I was totally surprised myself. I personally don’t understand why vegetable broth would need to be sweetened, do you? If I wasn’t watching my sugar intake (again), I wouldn’t have read the ingredients and learned this astonishing fact. I’m now reading every label, and seriously, you should too. 😉

I finally did find a vegetable broth that did not contain HFCS, however I had to go to the health food section of the grocery store to do it. So, this weekend I’ll be making a big batch of vegetable soup to have for a few days – yummy!

Until next time…

“Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own.” ~ Aesop



I am absolutely, positively sure I need to eat 100% vegan. Between the muscle and joint pain, the headaches, tummy issues, and lack of weight loss, I can no longer ignore this fact. I will be supplementing with vegan protein powders and a multivitamin for B vitamins to be sure I am getting the nutrients I need. (Oh yeah, I received my True Protein order, I’ll tell you more later.) So with that said, I am officially going vegan AGAIN and it will also be mostly raw.

I have more to say however it will have to wait until next time…

“Keep Moving Forward with your goals and don’t let anyone or anything stop you”

Happy Monday!

I started my day off by getting kids and husband off to school and work and then going back to bed until 12:30pm! I had only planned to sleep until 10 or so. I guess I was more tired than I thought. You see, I tend to wake up a few times a night and sometimes I have trouble going back to sleep and it doesn’t help that most of my mornings start at 5am (oldest child gets up for school) and I don’t get to bed until 11:30 most nights.

When I finally did get up I had a gluten free brownie ( I made them last night) and I also made myself a smoothie:

2 tablespoons hemp seeds
2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
1.5 cups almond milk
big hand full of spinach
2 cups blueberries
1.5 cups mixed fruit
2 cups water

It made almost 2 quarts and yes I drank it all. I love, love my smoothies!

Tonight’s dinner:

Salmon with lemon sauce from Saving Dinner the Low-Carb Way (I’ve been making our dinners from this book for a week now) and baked cauliflower and broccoli. My family loves having good food to eat and I love serving it to them.

Until next time…

“I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.” ~ Thomas Edison

True Protein

In search of a vegan protein powder that won’t break the bank I came across True Protein. As I searched their website, I came across whey protein which is out of the question with my being lactose intolerant. I also came across hemp protein which is in my opinion on the expensive side. And then I came across their Gemma Pea Protein Isolate. It’s inexpensive and they claim it “mixes extremely smoothly with a lighter texture than Whey powders” and “The digestibility of this product is at approximately 90-95%.”

So, I sent them an email this morning asking for a sample of the two flavors that are the most important to me, vanilla and chocolate. I figure if these two flavors taste good, then their other flavors (they have a lot!) will probably taste good too.

I am happy to report back that they have agreed to send me a sample of their unsweetened vanilla and chocolate Gemma Pea Protein Isolate. I chose unsweetened for two reasons 1) I don’t like artificial sweeteners and 2) I only plan to use this in my smoothies which are sweetened with fruit.

The company is located in California so it shouldn’t take long to receive the samples here in Oregon. I will keep you posted on the outcome.

Until next time…

“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.” ~ Booker T. Washington

Almond Milk Update Plus Some

The almond milk I made turned out pretty good. I poured it over the cinnamon apple cereal I have been talking about. It was really good. Although the kids didn’t really care for it they still ate it for their after school snack. My husband on the other hand loved it and said I should have made more. I love having healthy stuff for them to eat.

Cinnamon Apple Cereal from Alive in 5

I tweaked the recipe a little so here it is…

2 cups almond pulp, from almond milk I made
2 apples, chopped
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon raw agave nectar
2 tablespoons unsweetened dried coconut flakes
a sprinkle of nutmeg
a dash of Himalayan salt

Pour almond milk over the top and eat.

Last night I made some yummy food and even my pickiest child, who doesn’t like fish, ate it without whining. I was impressed. I made tilapia with a corn, mushroom and tomato saute to put over the top. I also made roasted rosemary potatoes and green beans with cheese over the top. No, I didn’t eat any cheese. I like feeling better. Sorry no picture this time. 😦

Today’s Morning Smoothie:

1.5 cups almond milk
handful of spinach
3 tablespoons of hempseeds
1 cup strawberries
1 cup blueberries

Until next time…

“Failure is success if we learn from it.” ~ Malcolm Forbes

Morning Smoothie

Due to being nauseous I haven’t been making my morning smoothie.  Since I’m feeling much better after taking dairy out of my diet, I decided to make one that consisted of:

3 tablespoons hempseed

hand full of spinach

2 cups vanilla coconut milk

2 cups frozen fruit blend consisting of: strawberries, blueberries, peaches, honeydew, and pineapple

It made about 6 cups. I drank 4 and froze the other two for later. It was so yummy.

Now I’m off to try to make homemade almond milk. I’ll be back later with the results.

Almond Milk

I’m going to attempt to make almond milk tomorrow. I’m not sure how this is going to turn out because of the blender I have. I’m still waiting to be able to purchase a Vitamix. I know it will make my life so much easier.

Once I have made the almond milk, I hope to be able to use the leftover pulp in a raw cinnamon apple cereal recipe from the Alive for 5 book I mentioned in my previous post. It sounds absolutely delicious and would be a great addition to our mornings, especially those of us allergic to wheat and are lactose intolerant.

I’ll let you know how it turns out, wish me luck!

Until next time…

” A man who develops himself is born twice.” ~ Argentinian Proverb

Raw Apple Pie

I made this raw apple pie for dessert tonight from Alive in 5 by Angela Elliott located on page 116.

And for dinner we are having Turkey Deli Wraps from Saving Dinner the Low-Carb Way by Leanne Ely located on page 46.

Yes I’m more excited about the apple pie than I am dinner 😉

Until next time…

“In order to succeed you must fail, so that you know what not to do the next time.”  ~ Anthony J D’Angelo

UPDATE: The deli turkey wraps were awesome. The apple pie was good, not great. I put the recommended amount of cinnamon in it and to me it seems like it’s too much. It also was a bit watery. I’ll have to mess around with the recipe the next time I make it.


Having a wheat allergy sucks!

Pasta made with rice or corn aren’t all that tasty either. One brand I tried turned to mush and I didn’t even over cook it.  There’s another brand I found that is ok and usually use. However, I’ve been wanting to stay away from grains. It’s not so easy when I start craving comfort foods.

So, I bought a saladacco today.

I can’t wait until this arrives sometime next week or the following week. I’m going to make some zucchini noodles and a yummy tomato sauce to go over the top of them. I can’t wait!

Until next time…

“Action and reaction, ebb and flow, trial and error, change – this is the rhythm of living. Out of our over-confidence, fear; out of our fear, clearer vision, fresh hope. And out of hope, progress.” ~ Bruce Barton


You are all probably wondering what happened to me, or maybe not. I’m still here. I’ve been struggling with some deep seated issues. The majority of us have something that holds us back. Well here are two things that are no longer going to run my life. I’m taking back control.

I’m a perfectionist so if I can’t do something perfectly, I would rather not do it. I’ve been struggling with this for a long, long time. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t expect those around me to be perfect, I just expect it of myself. And this stops me from being successful in some areas of my life such as diet and exercise and even housework of all things.

The other thing that has stopped me from being successful is some very traumatic events that I went through as a child. I get scared that if I actually succeed at meeting my goals something bad will happen. This issue is probably the one that has impeded my progress the most when it comes to diet and exercise.

I have spent the last two weeks carefully thinking about these issues and I have come to an understanding that I don’t have to be perfect 100%  of the time. I can give myself a little leeway and just do the best that I can do each and every day. As for my traumatic past, I have to let it go. I understand that by holding on to it, I am letting it control me and from this point on, my past will not control me!

I’ve also been having issues with nausea. Yes still. I’m pretty sure the the culprit of the nausea is – MILK! I was lactose intolerant as a baby and young child and seemed to out grow it as I got older. A few months ago I stopped having dairy and added back yogurt with no issues. Well slowly, I started adding back cheese and other dairy products and I think that is when the nausea started.  And after doing some research, I am also thinking that my joint and back pain have been caused by dairy as well.  So no more dairy for me, not even yogurt.  😦   It takes a couple of days to a week to get out of ones system so hopefully soon I’ll be feeling much better.

Until next time…

“First thoughts are not always the best.” ~ Vittorio Alfieri

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