tag: eating

tips for traveling vegan

February 22, 2013

Posted by in simple living

farmers market radishes

photo: farmers market radishes by hannah queen

since we’ve been traveling this week (and i haven’t been in the kitchen), i thought i might share with you a few tips on how we make traveling vegan easy. at first it takes a little thought and planning ahead, but it soon becomes like second nature (i promise!). 

1) plan ahead. take some time before your trip to pack some snacks that are both easy to grab and really healthy. if you’re flying, you can take any of your own food on the plane, as long as it’s not liquid. you can either purchase these snacks or make them yourself, but here are some of my favorites: granola, ginger snaps, blueberries, trail mix, whole fruit and dried fruit (mango is my favorite!).

2) ask. the number one thing you can do while traveling or visiting a new restaurant is just ask what they have or what what they can make vegan. just this week i discovered two restaurants that actually had separate vegan menus, just by asking! even if there’s nothing vegan on an entire menu, they can usually always make something for you pretty easily. pasta dishes, vegetable plates, hearty salads, and baked potatoes loaded with veggies are almost always an option!

3) do your research. sometimes during travel you just have to eat on the go (especially on layovers) at places you wouldn’t ordinarily eat. just by doing a little research, you can find several restaurants that offer vegan eats (even though they may not know it!). auntie anne’s salted pretzels are vegan if you just ask for one without the butter. starbucks has really good hot oatmeal and bagels that fit the bill. brixx pizza and mellow mushroom both have great options (and veg cheese) and jamba juice is possibly one of the easiest/healthiest places to stop.

4) eat at a health food store. this is a ‘bonnie and dave’ classic. lots of times we’ll just swing by whole foods (or another local health food store) and eat at their hot bar. it’s always totally amazing! plus, while we’re there we can stock up on goodies for the next day.

5) travel with a plan. this is especially fun when you’re road tripping. by doing a little research on restaurants, you can literately plan your stops around which cities have the best veg fare! (call us nerds, but this is one of our favorite things to do.) we love to use the happy cow app and the google maps app to find the best veg restaurants from city to city.

do you have any tips on traveling veg? share with us in the comments section!

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eating an alkaline diet

February 5, 2013

since i’ve been talking about food blogs lately, i wanted to be sure an introduce you to one more gem- the alkaline sisters. if you’re new to an alkaline diet, it’s basically one step up from being vegan. in a nutshell, it focuses on whole foods that are alkaline and avoids foods that are acidic. why, you ask? well, a whole host of diseases including cancer, coronary disease, diabetes and strokes cannot thrive in an alkaline environment (it is literally impossible for cancer to survive in an alkaline environment). they need acid to survive, so by avoiding acidic foods you’re nearly eliminating the risk for these diseases. you can hop on over to the alkaline sister’s article why alkaline and not just vegan or vegetarian? to learn more.

recipe from the alkaline sisters (1)

chia breakfast porridge with nuts, seeds & berries

though i don’t eat an entirely alkaline diet, david and i do try to eat as much alkaline as possible. i first really got interested in it after reading thrive, where the author really brings the subject to light and helps it make perfect sense. to me, if these foods are greatly contributing to our risk for serious diseases, and we have the ability to avoid them, then why are we eating them? surely, the momentary satisfaction isn’t worth giving up years of our lives. right?

here’s a little list of some alkaline foods vs. acidic foods.

alkaline foods:

vegetables: asparagus, beets, bell peppers, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chicory, cucumbers, dill, green beans, leeks, leafy greens, onion, parsley, parsnips, peas, sea vegetables, all sprouts, squash, sweet potatoes, zucchini (and more)

pseudograins: amaranth, buckwheat, millet, quinoa, wild rice

fruit: grapefruit, lemons, limes, mangos, melons, apples, avocados, bananas, cantaloupe, cherries, dates, figs, oranges, peaches, pears, pineapple, pomegranate (and more) *acid fruits turn highly alkaline once digested

oils and nuts: flax seeds, hemp, pumpkin seed, almonds, coconut, macadamia, walnuts

acidic foods:

grains: commercial breakfast cereals, pasta, refined wheat flour, white rice

meat: cold water fish, venison, wild game, beef, pork, poultry, shellfish

dairy: milk, butter, cheese, cream

other: white sugar, artificial sweeteners, candy, coffee, margarine, soft drinks, prescription drugs, whey protein isolate.

when you think about the typical north american diet, it’s easy to see why disease and poor health is so prevalent. everything a typical american eats from pizza to burgers is highly acidic. not all foods you eat have to be highly alkaline-forming, but for optimal health it really is important that most of them are alkalizing.

so, you can imagine how excited i was when i discovered the alkaline sisters: yvonne & julie who are here to show us how amazingly delicious alkaline eating can be! to give you a quick look at their blog, i’ve picked out a few of my favorite recipes to share with you here. i hope you enjoy browsing them and learning a little more about eating alkaline!

recipe from the alkaline sisters (2)

roasted seasonal veggies with elephant garlic cream

recipe from the alkaline sisters (3)

tomato basil stuffed spaghetti squash

recipe from the alkaline sisters (4)

rainbow cauliflower and basil chowder

recipe from the alkaline sisters (5)

zuni beans with roasted tomatoes and leeks

recipe from the alkaline sisters (6)

spelt and vanilla vegan pancakes

recipe from the alkaline sisters (7)

alkaline green smoothie

more resources for alkaline eating:

the pH miracle

healthy at 100

honestly healthy: eat with your body in mind, the alkaline way

thrive

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inbox inquiry: healthy eating

February 15, 2011

Posted by in inbox inquiry

inbox inquiry

hello lovelies! a few weeks ago i got a great question pop up in my inbox from ashley of gilded house. i thought you all might be interested in my answer, so i’m turning our inbox covo into a post for you all. let’s call it an inbox inquiry!
 
inbox inquiry: healthy eating

fork, spoon

ashley’s question:

 

“I love your blog and read it everyday so when I had questions in regards to simple, healthy eating I thought about you. I’m kind of ignorant when it comes to food…I can follow a recipe but I’m not creative in the kitchen. So, when it comes to healthy eating…I feel overwhelmed. Do you recommend any recipe books/blogs/websites that speak to easy, organic, healthy eating? I would appreciate any help with this!

my answer:

 

hi ashley! thanks for the great question, i would love to share my go-to resources with you! here they are:

blogs:
the kitchenist: written by a lovely gal named ele, this blog has a fresh from the farmers market feel and one beautifully photographed recipe after another.
roost blog: another blog full of eye candy and delicious recipes, one you’re sure to love!
the pioneer woman: a truly extensive library of online recipes from ree drummond.
kath eats: kath logs everything she eats and several recipes. i use her meals as inspiration when i need a quick idea for a health dinner.

cookbooks:
simple vegetarian pleasures: with stained pages and doggie-eared corners, this is definitely my favorite cookbook. at first i was disappointed at the lack of pictures, but everything i’ve ever made from it has been absolutely amazing.
simply in season: with meals categorized by which veggies are in season, i find this the most helpful cookbook i own. it makes the task of buying and cooking seasonally a cinch!
everyday food: i also subscribe to martha stewart’s everyday food. i always find several new recipes to try every month, and also find most of them easy to adapt to a vegetarian diet.

xox, bonnie

so this is where you come in! do you have any advice? what are you favorite cookbooks, blogs and/or websites for easy, organic cooking? please share with us in the comment section!

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kale and potato soup

August 27, 2010

happy friday lovelies!  i made a yummy seasonal soup of potatoes and kale this week that i wanted to share with you! (sorry for my poor photography skillz, i hate shooting after dark)!

potato and kale soup

my mister just isn’t very fond of soup. he has issues with the how mushy they are, i think. does that mean i don’t make them? nope, it just gives me a challenge!  this soup made servings for 8, i ate one serving (ok, maybe 2) and the rest of it disappeared.  where could it have gone? needless to say, someone enjoyed it, which means it’s gotta be pretty darn delish.

ingredients:

  • 2 tbl olive oil
  • 8 shallots; peeled and chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves; minced
  • 1 tbl of minced ginger root
  • 1 tbl all purpose flour
  • 4 cups of vegetable stock
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 2 tbl heave cream or half and half
  • 4 tbl soy sauce
  • 4 medium potatoes; quartered and chopped
  • 4 cups of kale
  • salt and pepper to taste

directions:

heat oil in a medium sauce pan and sauteed the shallots, garlic and ginger for about 5 minutes. add the all purpose flour and stir to coat. add the vegetable stock, milk, cream, soy sauce and potatoes. bring to a slight boil then reduce heat to a simmer for about 15 minutes. add the kale and return to a simmer for another 15 minutes. you can either leave your soup chunky as-is, or puree it in a blender (or with a hand blender) as i did.  serve in a bowl and drizzle soy sauce over the top for a little added flare. ;)

want to learn more about eating seasonally?  check out the eating local page for seasonal veggies, recipes and tips on eating in season!

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