Meatless Monday – Eat the Rainbow!


One easy way to a healthier diet is eating lots and lots of different colors. But, why? Phytochemicals are naturally found in plants and help make the blueberry so blue, the spinach super green, and cherries that deep, dark red. These suckers can help stave off cancers, too. A more colorful diet makes for a more diverse intake of essential vitamins and antioxidants. So, what does this mean? If you want a better balance of all the good things our bodies need – Eat the Rainbow, friends!

Find out how Phytochemicals can help fight cancer, from the American Institute for Cancer Research

I am not a perfect eater. In fact, even though I’m a vegetarian, I still love junk food – like the salty stuff on occasion – and chocolate (it has its own food group in my house, y’all), not to mention pastas and rice. But, I also love my fruits and veggies. And I know they are damn good for me, which is why I eat them daily and drink them often, to give myself that great colorful burst of phytochemical-rich foods.

All the yummy goodness in the picture above went into one of my breakfast smoothies this weekend, as well as a few things not pictured: frozen mango, a whole banana and a small dollop of peanut butter (there was no spinach left in the house – had to resort to my second favorite high protein source), plus some good old H2O. Yes. Yes, it was delicious. So delish that I had to share it.

Happy Meatless Monday, y’all!

Happy Meatless Monday!

Meatless Monday doesn’t have to be complicated, y’all. And you don’t have to be a Vegan to enjoy them. Last night my hubby made us some yummy macaroni salad with vegan mayo, and I cooked us up some veggie hot dogs – all the toppings were meatless and dairy free. It’s super easy to have a lower cholesterol, lower fat and more compassionate meal! Try Meatless Mondays and have some fun with your menu!!


Pumpkin Pancakes!

Happy Meatless Monday, y’all!

Today for my family I made one of our favorites: Pumpkin Pancakes. Even my stubborn, food snob, picky-eating 5 year-old son loves these things. They are easy to make, better for you than regular pancakes and Vegan!

So, to start, measure out your regular pancake mix for 4-6 servings and put into a large mixing bowl. Then add the following:

  • 2 cups of water (give or take, depending on how thin you want your pancakes)
  • Add half a can of pureed pumpkin
  • Cinnamon Sugar to taste (I use 2 tsp)

Mix well until most lumps are smooth. You want your batter to be thin enough to pour, so you may have to add more water until you have a desired consistency. Cook as usual, butter/margarine/syrup as usual, but keep in mind that pumpkin is very filling, so you won’t want to over-serve the family.

What are the benefits of pureed pumpkin? Check out what Livestrong has to say:

  • Low in calories (major bonus!)
  • Excellent source of Fiber (7 grams in one cup serving, which meets up to 18-33% of daily health needs)
  • Loads of Vitamin A (great for vision, immune system, heart, lungs and kidneys, not to mention its a beta-carotene)
  • Iron (3.4 milligrams in one cup)

We keep several cans of pureed pumpkin in the cupboards at all times – because we use it a lot and it’s not always easy to find at our local Trader Joe’s. Hope you give them a try if you haven’t already! YUMMY!!

Happy eating, everyone!

Meatless Monday – Juicing for Health!

Yes, I’ve been juicing, though only made it one full week exclusively before switching it up to allow one food meal a day. On the days when I cheat and only juice once, I definitely feel worse, so I’m doing my best to ensure I get as much juicing in as I can. Several people have sent me messages asking what it is that goes into each of my juices and since each one is slightly different, it’s impossible to list just one recipe, but I did take a pic of my before and after breakfast today. 😉 I’ve learned to use what fruits and vegetables I have on hand, and make sure there are various colors in my juices throughout the day/week. For example, if breakfast was orange or yellow, lunch should be red, blue, purple or green. 😉 It’s not as hard as some might think! Take a peek at what was done today:


And yes, it was delicious. Basically tasted like a tart orange juice. Even the kids gobbled this one down. 😉

Happy Meatless Monday!