Easy Vegan Dessert: Banana Pudding

OK who knew vegan dessert could be so easy!!! I’m not big on sweets, but I do crave them every once in a while.

Vegan Banana Pudding

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Ingredients:

  1. 2 cups raw cashews, soaked at least one hour or overnight. Drained and rinsed
  2. 1 cup unflavored almond milk
  3. 1 medjool date, pitted
  4. 2 bananas sliced
  5. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  6. 1/2 cup maple syrup (or any sweetener you love. agave would work well, too)
  7. pinch of sea salt

1. Throw everything into your blender and blend. Let set in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, but it’s best to set over night.

You CAN choose to lay this over vanilla wafers which are normally vegan, You can add more bananas to the top…but this tastes good as is…so why mess with it! Here I am in Puerto Rico for my 30th birthday! best bananas ever!!!

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Let’s Catch up!!!

Hi all!!!

I realized today that I haven’t done a blog in a little while that simply explained where I am in my life now! There are tons going on and it’s an amazing journey!!! My type A personality makes me want to organize this by numbering them…so here goes!!!

1. Tons of folks are purchasing the movie UnSuperSize me and it sincerely warms my heart to know that my story is helping to inspire others!!! Check out this trailer at WWW.UNSUPERSIZEME.COM. The movie can be purchased here for the upcoming gift season, or streamed online!

2. Carly and I have had tons of requests for public speaking appearances and film viewings. Last month we were in Tucson, Arizona, and got to see people’s reaction to the film first hand. It’s so interesting to see others reactions, since sometimes the things we find funny in the film aren’t funny to the audience and sometimes they laugh at things we did not realize was funny! But most of all, it was so inspiring to me to be able to answer questions during a Q&A session after the film. The questions were so thought out, and very honest. It was probably the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done. They really cared about me and my journey! Check out a small clip of this session here

3. We have received tons of reviews…some even international stating how inspirational the movie is! This is such an honor!!!! Veganism, EyesIn Magazine, a German vegan site, RunSpiration, blogger Bianca Phillips, Podcast, Favorite Run Community and much more!!! We have been busy spreading the word and love it!! (Reminder: the message I’m referring to is how I lost 200lbs in one year using a plant based diet and exercise, which is explained in the UnSuperSize Me Documentary).

4. I completed my 5th Half Marathon, the Marine Corps Half Marathon in Jacksonville, FL.

5. Oh yeah….I COMPLETELY MY FIRST WHOLE MARATHON!!!!!!! The Marine Corps Marathon on October 27, 2013!!! My first race ever was the Gainesville Turkey Trot 10k on November 24, 2011. Less than two years later and I have completely a marathon. Check out the amazing medal!!

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6. UnsuperSize Me was asked to be part of a newscast to spread the word further. What a great honor to be on the news and as a featured speaker at the Northeast Florida Veg Fest! Loved every moment!!! Click on the links below to watch some of our new presence!!!

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First Coast News

But honestly most important to me, which was way I originally started this blog back in 2011 was to help open the line the communication about obesity. Life does not have to be hard. No one has to be imprison by physical or emotional barriers. Our goal with UnSupersize Me is to help show people the easy solution to a huge problem that has plagued our world. Just think about this…three years ago, I could not go up a single flight of stairs without being winded…and now I have completed a marathon! Please if you do nothing else for your health…just watch this movie in hopes that it will inspire you to make small changes and see big results. www.unsuperszieme.com.

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Black bean and Sweet Potato Chili

HELLO THERE FALL TIME!!! With the latest cold snack to hit..I already miss summertime, but I look forward to good soup recipes. This one was out of this world amazing. Inspired by a chili made by the Pelican Brother Food Truck here in Gainesville, FL. Here is it kiddos!!!

 

Black bean and Sweet Potato Chili

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Ingredients: (makes about 6-8 servings)

1 each of large yellow onion, green, yellow and red bell pepper (diced)

12 cloves of garlic minced

1 tbsp. of olive oil

1- 28oz can of crushed san marzano tomatoes

1- 28oz can of Muir Glen Organic fire roasted diced tomatoes

4- 15oz cans of organic black beans

2 tbsp. of cumin

1-2 tbsp. of chili powder

1 tbsp. of cayenne pepper

1 tbsp. of garlic powder

1 cup of vegetable stock

sea salt/pepper to taste

Roasted Potatoes:

3 large sweet potatoes diced

1 tbsp. olive oil

1 tbsp. of cumin

1 tbsp. of chili powder

 

Directions:

1. Sauté peppers, onions, and garlic in oil over medium heat in a large pot. Add a little salt to draw the moisture out of the onions (that’s called “sweating” them…and we all know how I live to sweat!).

2. Add beans, tomatoes and seasonings into pot. Simmer for as long as you need. I like to simmer it all day so that the house smells like chili and I torture everyone that comes over.

3. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees

4.  Separately, toss the diced potatoes in the oil and extra seasonings. Spread on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake for 15-25 minutes. Cooked on outside but still a little raw in the middle.

5. Allow potatoes to cool completely. Then about 15 minutes before serve time…add potatoes into chili and stir gently.

6. Serve and love it!!!!

 

 

It’s a Baby! Baby Bok Choy recipe that is :-)

baby bok choyOne of my favorite seasonal farmers market staples is Bok Choy. Mainly I like the Baby Bok Choy because I can say “It’s a baby!!!”. hehe.

Check out this great recipe that uses the baby 🙂

Ingrediants
Serves 6 (unless you invite Carly Asse to dinner…then only 3)
2 tablespoons seasame oil
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon freshly grated gingerroot
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt (to taste)
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (to taste)
3 cups sliced fresh broccoli florets
1 -1 1/2 lb baby bok choy, coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
Directions:
-Heat oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat.
-Add onion, ginger, garlic, salt, and red pepper flakes; stir-fry for 2 minutes.
-Add in broccoli and bok choy; stir-fry for 1-2 minutes.
-Add lemon juice and sugar; stir-fry 3 minutes or until crisp-tender.

One Year Anniversary Eve!

Hi everyone!

It’s the night before my big one year mark! I just ran/walked my first 15K and feel great! I hit my time goal that I wanted, which is by no means fast, but it’s a hell of a lot faster than it was last year! I wanted to keep a pace of about 12-13 min/mile and I was right at 12:30min/mile. LOL Last year I wasn’t able to walk a half mile and this morning I just did 9.3. It’s still shocks me when I realize how much change has taken place in a year. Let me demonstrate:

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Pictures speak louder than words and so do actions! I can’t wait to see how my one year weigh in goes tomorrow! I might not hit my goal, but I sure that my actions speak louder to me than any scale 🙂 But in the meantime if you all want to keep your fingers crossed for me, you can!!!

13.1 miles….are they crazy? Am I?!?!

So waking up at 5am to run 13.1 miles in 40 degree temperature seems crazy to the majority of the population. But for some people this is a thrilling journal and something that they train months, sometimes years for. I have always thought they are crazy, but I think I’m starting to get it….or just becoming just a crazy.

Last February, a month after becoming vegan and starting an exercise plan, I watched two of the Asse boys run a half marathon. Some people did not look like they were enjoying the experience, and some actually looked like they are in pain. I saw some people stop during the race to stretch their muscles and even puke on the side of the road. Last February I left that race thinking “those people are crazy! Glad I won’t ever have to do that”.

160 lbs. later and I started to run. I had not run since middle school and had to be taught how to run. I ran for about 10 seconds and then had to stop to catch my breath. Again I thought it was crazy to be running. But after a few weeks, I got better at running. I still struggled with it though and could not figure out why I could work out as hard as I was and maintain a perfect plant based diet but yet I couldn’t run more than two minutes at a time. I admired women named Joni Florence and went to lunch with her. She too had lost quite a bit of weight and was active and could do what I had yet to accomplish……run! I picked her brain during a vegan lunch at East End Eatery (one of my favs), and Joni said “well I just told myself to stop having a hissy fit and just run”. That clicked with me…..I was so used to feeling my lungs lose their breath, my legs start to hurt and the impact on my body when I was trying to run that I would have a hissy fit and then just stop. But after speaking to Joni I was convinced that I wasn’t going to die from run and just needed to quit having the hissy fit. The next day I ran a mile on a treadmill……my first mile EVER.

During that mile I felt a calm space out moment and time flew by as well as the mile. I finally got it….I completely zoned out and enjoyed that time of running. I finally understood why someone would want to run a marathon! Now I can rethink the time of watching those crazy Asse boys run that half marathon and understand how they felt…..well kinda…at least for the first mile. HAHA! I still struggle with running, but I want it more than anything.

Thank you to all those folks that I have seen running, Especially Carly Asse, Miquel Asse, Chelsea Wright, Pamela Perry and Nell Page. You all have inspired me to want that run!