Monday, January 9, 2012

A website to track calories, and more

Apparently, I had already found this site LAST year around February 2011, but abandoned it - either out of boredom, or maybe Mom and I were trying out Weight Watchers online and I got sidetracked.  But, it is really great at showing you what your calories (and fat, and fiber, and sugar, and about anything else you can think of tracking) are.  Plus, it's an iPhone app, and whatever you put on one place automatically shows up in the other.  Cool.  (Using a nook?  Just bookmark it and use it from the web app. ~ I got a nook for Christmas!  Love it!)

Today I learned that I consumed 135 grams of SUGAR!!!  THAT was shocking to learn, and an eye opener to be sure!  Never mind how DANGEROUS that is.  That's as bad as eating red meat at every meal all week long.  WOW.  I definitely have a sugar addiction.  Tough to face when it's staring at you in black and white!

This site is also pretty cool when you want even more details:

From MyFitnessPal I found this blog and recipe for Brownies!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Grocery Store

List of specific grocery store items that I like (or have liked).

Amy's SONOMA Veggie Burger VEGAN - (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free) contains Quinoa!

Lundberg Jubilee - "a gourmet blend of whole grain brown rice" (Good Foods)

Mediterranean Organic Kalamata Olives (Good Foods Co-op)

365 - Organic Creamy Peanut Butter - unsweetened and no salt (Whole Foods)

Gefen whole chestnuts roasted and peeled  

So Delicious coconut milk ice cream ~ chocolate

Nunez de Prado - unfiltered organic olive oil - the absolute BEST (order online)

QUICK Vegan Pairings

Peanut Butter (or almond, or cashew butter) and:

Brown Rice & Greens & others like dates, nuts, mushrooms, onions, etc.
(this is my go-to meal ~ dinner)

"Beans on Toast" ~ has many incarnations
for example:
butter beans, zipped in the Cuisinart with garlic, olive oil, and KALE! 
put that on toast, or UDI's gluten-free PIZZA round and cut however you like!

Dinner 11.28.2011
roasted eggplant, brussel sprouts, and onion
pan seared Swiss Chard
2 of Amy's Vegan Sonoma burger chopped into bite sizes
little bit of vegenaise to make the veggie burger moist
and the secret ingredient: 1t of raspberry vinaigrette (Stuartos)


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Sugars - GI ratings

Best Healthy Sugar Alternative
Though it is 200-300 times sweeter than table sugar, stevia is not a sugar. Unlike other popular sweeteners, it has a glycemic index rating of less than 1 and therefore does not feed candida (yeast) or cause any of the numerous other problems associated with sugar consumption. Read more about stevia at Organic Lifestyle Magazine (OLM). Please note that Stevia and Truvia are not the same thing.
Xylitol is a natural sugar alcohol sweetener found in the fibers of fruits and vegetables which can cause bloating, diarrhea, and flatulence with initial consumption. It's said to be safe for pregnant women, and is said to possibly treat ear infections, osteoposis, respiratory infections, candida, and is it even helps fight cavities. In fact, in Finland, virtually all chewing gum is sweetened with xylitol.
Agave Nectar
A sweet syrup made from the Blue Agave plant, Agave Nectar is obtained by the extraction and purification of "sap" from the agave plant, which is broken down by natural enzymes into the monosaccharides (simple sugars): mainly fructose (70-75%) and dextrose (20-26%). Read more about agave nectar at OLM.
Though fructose has a low glycemic index rating, fructose consumption should be limited. Fructose is linked to heart disease as it raises triglycerides and cholesterol. It is devoid of nutrition.
Brown Rice Syrup
It is not recommended for diabetics, since its sweetness comes from maltose, which is known to cause spikes in blood sugar.
Raw Honey
A Healthy Sugar Alternative in moderation        
With antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, amino acids, enzymes, carbohydrates, and phytonutrients, raw, unprocessed honey is considered a superfood by many alternative health care practitioners and a remedy for many health ailments. Choose your honey wisely. There is nothing beneficial about processed honey. 
Coconut Palm Sugar
Originally made from the sugary sap of the Palmyra palm , the date palm or sugar date palm (Phoenix sylvestris). It's also made from the sap of coconut palms. With a relatively low glycemic index, Cocnut palm sugar is the new rage among health nuts. It's often called "coconut nectar sugar" or "coconut sugar".
Apple Juice
Fresh apple juice is good for you, though we recommend eating fresh raw whole apples. Concentrated apple juice (sometimes used as a sweetener) is closer to refined sugar than fresh apple juice.
Barley Malt Syrup
Barley malt syrup is considered to be one of the healthiest sweeteners in the natural food industry. Barley malt is made by soaking and sprouting barley to make malt, then combining it with more barley and cooking this mixture until the starch is converted to sugar. The mash is then strained and cooked down to syrup or dried into powder.
This is an ancient, Oriental whole grain sweetener made from cultured brown rice. It has a thick, pudding-like consistency. It's not easy to find in the U.S., but it is a great alternative to refined table sugar.
Sugar Cane Juice
Healthy Sugar Alternative in moderation
Sugar cane juice has many nutrients and other beneficial properties and is said by some health practitioners to be almost as medicinal as raw honey.
Organic Sugar
Organic sugar comes from sugar cane grown without the use of chemicals or pesticides. It is usually darker than traditional white sugar because it contains some molasses. (It has not been processed to the degree white sugar is processed).
Maple Syrup
Maple syrup is made by boiling sap collected from natural growth maple trees during March & April. It is refined sap and is therefore processed.  It has a high glycemic index, and though it is much more nutritious then refined table sugar and high fructose corn syrup, there are better choices.
Evaporated Cane Juice
Evaporated cane juice is often considered unrefined sugar, but juicing is a refining process, and evaporating refines further. Though better than turbinado, cane juice (unevaporated) is a better choice as a sweetener.
Black Strap Molasses
White refined table sugar is sugar cane with all the nutrition taken out. Black strap molasses is all of that nutrition that was taken away. A quality organic (must be organic!) molasses provides iron, calcium, copper, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and zinc, and is alkalizing to the body.
Turbinado sugar is partially processed sugar, also called raw sugar.
Raw Sugar
Raw sugar
Raw sugar is not actually raw sugar. It is processed, though not as refined as common white table sugar. Therefore, given a choice between raw and white, choose raw. There are many different variations of raw sugar with many different names depending on how refined it is.


SweetTree - Coconut Palm Nectar
Organic Coconut Nectar - Truly Raw

Organic Yacon Syrup

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Gluten-Free Pancake

Breakfast was a homemade pancake with gluten-free mix, added flax seeds, chia seeds, and cooked oatmeal (that might not have needed to be cooked before hand). Did use one egg (NOT Vegan!, but from a local farm and from humanely raised chickens), and unsweetened almond milk. Forgot the baking soda, but it was fine. Had some real maple syrup with it along with my usual coffee, agave (or experimental sweetener) and almond milk.

November 3, 2011

Qdoba Vegan Lunch

Ate a Vegan lunch (well, hope it was cooked vegan) at QDOBA today ... rice, black beans, corn salsa, red sauce, guacamole in their "naked burrito" (a bowl!). Filling and yummy!

November 2, 2011

Dairy-Free Homemade Ice Cream


In a Vita-Mix, use frozen berries (tonight was strawberry), add the best sugar of your choice (brown rice syrup, etc.) and COCONUT MILK! AWESOME!!! 

Just tweaked the original strawberry by adding some Dove powdered chocolate!


And another one ...

"So Delicious" Coconut Ice Cream CHOCOLATE with Alive! multi-nutrient powder, ice, soy milk and almond milk since I ran out of soy and it needed more liquid, and some very optional Dove chocolate powder.  That's it!  Whiz in a Vita-Mix and Voila, you've got a shake!  [11.29.2011]