Food for the… #4

It’s so weird, but a craving for a peanut butter sandwich just hit me like a ton of bricks. I wasn’t even looking at food photos (like I usually am), and all of the sudden I just wanted to bite into the simple crust of the bread and taste the thick but smooth peanut butter on my tongue.

Does that ever happen to anyone else? Out of nowhere you know exactly what you want to eat?

It occurs off and on with. Once, just randomly, the idea of a cold glass of almond milk popped into my head. And another time all I wanted was a strawberry Nutri-Grain bar.

I think most would call that intuitive eating signals? Unfortunately for me I crave food that I can’t eat, so they often go unsatisfied. Why can’t I crave fish and zucchini? That would nice, thanks.

So, what do I do instead? I pin, I read, I create (recipes and blog posts). I take a bite of chicken or squash, hoping to squelch the peanut butter sandwich from my mind. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn’t. But at the end of the day, I have a nice list of wonderful links from throughout the week.

Then come Fridays, I get to share them with all of you!

FOOD FOR THE MIND

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FOOD FOR THE BELLY

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FOOD FOR THE EYES

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FOOD FOR THE SOUL

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FOOD FOR THE BODY

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Now, I must get ready for bed as I am absolutely exhausted! This morning I volunteered to help with registration at a DECA event my college was sponsoring. I had to get up about an hour and a half earlier than usual and I can definitely tell. I just had zero energy throughout the entire day.

I am going to try my best to get a lot of rest this weekend, and you should do the same!

P.S. Don’t forget to join in on the Happy Herbivore giveaway before it ends Sunday night.

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Happy Friday. 🙂

What is your weekly Food for the… Mind, Belly, Eyes, and Soul?

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Happy Herbivore Light and Lean Giveaway… Finally!

As you may remember, way back in October I participated in a pre-release blog tour for Lindsay Nixon’s newest cookbook, Happy Herbivore Light and Lean (check the post out for an interview with Lindsay and a Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe!). A few weeks later I received my copy and promised a giveaway. Giveaways are marvelous, am I right? 😉

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Well, today’s the day I am going to deliver! I wanted to wait until the holidays had settled down and we were all back to regular blogging activities before hosting this giveaway. I know several bloggers took breaks and just returned recently to posting. Also, I personally didn’t do as much blog reading for my three weeks of winter break and I’m sure many of you were the same. So in light of all of this I didn’t want anyone to come back and find they missed out on this opportunity!

Disclaimer: Although I received a free copy of Happy Herbivore Light and Lean to review, I did not receive any monetary compensation and all thoughts and opinions are entirely (100%) my own.

LIGHT

Review

As I’ve mentioned before, I am kind of atypical in the sense that I like to read cookbooks like I would any other fiction novel. And the night I received Happy Herbivore I got into bed and read through the entire thing just like I do when I get the newest release from my other favorite authors.

Here are my brief thoughts on the overall presentation:

The first thing I noticed as I flipped through the pages was the COLOR. There was not a single page that lacked color. With today’s technology I don’t think there is any excuse for black and white cookbooks (save for those spiral bound fundraising books made by the occasional old lady’s church group). Unlike most cookbooks that I’ve found where the only color is in the pictures of the food, each page had a complimentary color scheme and was just as fun to look at as the pictures themselves.

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On each page there are extremely helpful sections to denote everything you would ever want to know about the recipe. You have allergen information at the top, nutrition information in the corners, and chef notes listed at the bottom. The majority of the page of course is taken up by the recipe with the ingredients and serving amounts on the side, and the directions written in paragraph format under the recipe description. As someone who usually writes recipes using numbers, I was at first a little surprised by how the directions were written out. After reading through the first few though, I began to like the flow and it made cooking seem more like the art it should be and less like some robotic GPS making you complete the first step before carrying onto the next (it’s something that I’m considering changing with my own recipes, but we’ll see!).

Also important to point out is that the pictures are not included on the recipe page but on the opposite facing page of the cookbook, making the directions and instructions less cluttered and giving room for a full page, full color shot of whatever you’re making.

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That was the middle essence of the cookbook. The beginning consists of an introduction with a personal note from Lindsay, an index for all of the recipes listed by calorie count, tips on getting started, a shopping list, an explanation of caloric density, tips on lightening up your day, her personal health journey (loved this!) and an explanation of how to use the icons featured in the book.

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At the end there is the appendix which has a glossary of ingredient descriptions, substitution ideas, kitchen prep “lingo,” additional resources, metric conversions, and an index where you can find a recipe both by its name and by ingredient.

Personal Note

When I spoke of this cookbook last, a few people commented to me that they didn’t understand why I was promoting something vegan. “Don’t you eat meat?” Yes, yes I do. I’m not going to pretend that I don’t eat meat and I’m not going to apologize for it either. My motivation behind reviewing this book was not to promote a vegan diet (or plant-based as many call it). I came at this from the position of someone who has food allergies, and recipes that are vegan are naturally perfect for those who are allergic to animal products like eggs, dairy, meat, fish, etc. Also, since Lindsay promotes mostly lower fat recipes, about 99% of the food is also peanut-free, nut-free and coconut-free too!

Food Allergies

So, with that point made, here are a few recipes that I think would be great for those with food allergies or various other dietary needs when it comes to food:

  • Balsamic-Dijon Vinaigrette (pg. 137)
  • Homemade Ketchup (pg. 8)
  • Chocolate Surprise Frosting (pg. 12)
  • Brody’s Gluten-Free Flour Blend (pg. 267)
  • Everyday Mushroom Gravy (pg. 189)
  • Deviled “Eggs” (pg. 203)
  • Pumpkin Spice Latte (pg. 256)
  • Oatmeal Pancakes (pg. 97)
  • Sweet Potato Ice Cream (pg. 236)
  • Microwave Peach Cobbler (pg. 137)
  • Breakfast Tacos (pg. 145)
  • Smoky Apple Baked Beans (pg. 172)
  • Asian Orange Kale Salad (pg. 179)
  • Loaded Mexican Potato (pg. 195)
  • Carrot Soup (pg. 236)
  • Skinny Pad Thai (pg. 161)
  • Nacho Bowl (pg. 93)
  • Leftovers Pot Pie (pg. 121)
  • Caribbean Chili (pg. 116)

Other Reviews

If you want to check out all of the other bloggers who participated in the tours (along with their reviews and some sneak peak recipes!) check out this post and this post.

A few highlights were Kaila from Healthy Helper Blog who shared Meatloaf Bites:

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Laura from Plant-Based Junkies with a Thai Crunch Salad:

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And the Herbivore herself with a recipe for Pumpkin Pancakes:

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LEAN

Review

Finally, as indicated in the title, Happy Herbivore Light and Lean also features an exercise section with a list of exercise suggestions that are 30, 20, 15 or 10 minutes in length and all burn 100 calories. Next she gives tips on how to fit exercise into your day and continues on with pages of workouts along with her personal trainer friend Jon Warren. My favorite part of this section was “Lindsay’s Body Blast” at the end where there is a page long description of a workout that Lindsay frequently does.

Here is a little snippet from the book explaining what the “Body Blast” is:

“This all-in-one exercise is what I do when my time (and space) is limited. It’s a little on the advanced side, so you may need to work up to it. It’s a killer circuit and I have a lot of fun challenging myself, drill-instructor style, to see how fast I can move through the exercise (while still keeping proper form!) and how many rounds I can go through before I’m wasted. (Usually two, but I’m a work in progress!)”

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I have yet to try this out myself, but from just reading it over I think “killer” is the perfect description. One day when I build up the guts to do it I’ll report back and tell you how far I got!

Conclusion

Really, there’s nothing much more to say other than I am confident that you will love this book if you love cooking and baking as much as I do. This is my second book of Lindsay’s and I have enjoyed it just as much as the first. I know the soup recipes will come in hand this winter and the fresh delicious salad ideas will be welcome during spring. The true test of a good cookbook is its versatility across not only seasons, but also palettes (in this case, I am referring to food allergies) and this book truly has something for everyone.

Giveaway

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If you made it through all of that, bravo! And if you just skipped to the bottom to win the giveaway, I can’t really blame you for that either. This giveaway goes live as soon as I publish this post. It will end one week from tonight and I will announce the winner next Monday morning after using Random Number Generator to pick who wins the cookbook.

Unfortunately this giveaway is limited to just U.S. and Canadian citizens (I can already hear the groans… I’m sorry!). However, if you would still like to participate and someone outside of the United States or Canada wins, I will give a consolation prize of allowing you to write a guest post on my blog about whatever your heart desires (within reason of course). Sound fair?

After I announce the winner, you will have three days to contact me via e-mail with a viable address or I will be forced to pick someone else.

Like with all of my past giveaways, I am going to include a number of ways that you can enter. I do this so that if you aren’t able to complete one of them for whatever reason then you still have several opportunities to win. You don’t have to do them all, but make sure to leave a separate comment for each below::

  1. Tell me what your #1 deal breaker is for a cookbook (Mine is obviously good pictures and color!).
  2. Follow me on Bloglovin or by e-mail (there is an entry box in the right side bar below my social media icons).
  3. Follow me on Instagram.
  4. Follow me on Pinterest.
  5. Follow Happy Herbivore on any of her social media sites: Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.

And if by some chance you don’t win, make sure to check the cookbook out on Amazon where you can purchase it in e-book format for $9.99 or in paperback for $11.97. Really great prices for over a 300 page cookbook!

Food for the… #3

I had big plans for today’s post. I was going to pour out my heart and sole to you guys. Share my deepest darkest secrets.

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Okay, not really, but I seriously did have plans for a greater ratio of words to links. However, my friend and I spent the last hour and a half looking at apartments online and e-mailing prospective landlords. Do you know how hard it is to find furnished, cat-friendly, two bedroom apartments?

Let me rephrase that. Do you know how hard it is to find furnished, cat-friendly, two bedroom apartments that don’t cost a lot AND don’t look like they haven’t been updated since the 60’s? Incredibly hard I’ll tell you.

We did manage to find a few that didn’t sound too bad and fit my roommate’s price constraints. To me the money isn’t that big of an issue since whatever we choose will be cheaper than staying in our dorm. Would you like to guess how much it costs per month to stay in a dorm at my college? $770. And that doesn’t even include a kitchen or a decent parking space! It makes the apartments that we’re looking at with $400 a month look like a steal. We’re aiming for in the high 200s to low 300s though per person, which while that seems difficult, is totally feasible.

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But that’s probably more than you would have liked to hear about my “oh look I’m pretending to be an adult” rants about finding a cheap apartment. Shoot, most of you own HOUSES! My argument pales in comparison I’m sure.

So let’s move on to my Friday link-love of all of the posts/pictures/videos that I found interesting throughout the week. As per tradition I have divided them into four separate categories. MIND (posts to get you thinking!), BELLY (recipes to get you hungry), EYES (videos or pictures to make you laugh/cry/contemplate the meaning of your existence), and SOUL (articles that speak to the heart) . This week I have decided to add a fifth category: BODY, which, as the name hints at, will be a collection of exercise articles and workouts.

FOOD FOR THE MIND

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Oreo’s New Cookie Dough Flavor is Real — from Buzzfeed

Senior Citizens Amazingly Re-Create Famous Movie Scenes — from Buzzfeed

Changes to FDA Food Label — from Yahoo! Food

16 Signs You Are a Little (Or a Lot) Type A — from The Huffington Post

Paleo on a Budget — from Pencils and Pancakes

Is Butter Secretly Ruining Your Health? — from Food Babe

Nutrition in the NBA — from CBSports

The Disney Side of Life — from Running with Spoons

Nutrition Notes: Canned Soup — from Kath Eats

FOOD FOR THE BELLY

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Chocolate Brownies that Blew Me Away — from Eat Drink Paleo

Nutty Bread — from Treats With a Twist

Frozen Sunbutter Fudge — from The Spunky Coconut

Gluten-Free Baked Salt and Vinegar Potato Chips — from The Healthy Apple

Easy Oat Flatbread — from Sprint 2 the Table

Homemade Ketchup — from Skinny Taste

Chunky Monkey Fudge — from Nut Butter Runner

Sweet Potato Maple Vegan Beer Bread — from Averie Cooks

Tuna Cakes with Greek Yogurt Dill Sauce — from Minou Girl

FOOD FOR THE EYES

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I Guess This Dog Just Likes to Party — from Facebook

Amazing Kid – Future MMA Star — from YouTube

Dancing in the Sky — from Dani and Lizzy

Brothers Do Amazing Job Recreating Childhood Photos for Mum — from Yahoo! Shine

Doritos Superbowl Commercial Finalists — from Doritos

Sam Woolf American Idol Audition — from YouTube

Right Before Dying From A Rare Lifelong Disease, Sam Revealed His Three Secrets To Happiness — from Upworthy

“The World’s Ugliest Girl” and Her Response — from Shockable

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Trailer — from Movie Clips

FOOD FOR THE SOUL

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When Compliments Feel Like Lies, and What to Do About It — from Sensual Appeal Blog

Emotional Eating — from Peachy Palate

The Story Telling Edition — from Clean Eats Fast Feets

Surround Yourself — from Purely Twins

When You Think You’re Falling, It’s Time to REFOCUS — from Cotter Crunch

Running and Food Allergies — from Mile-Posts

It’s Not Easy for Everyone — from The Lean Green Bean

How Blogging Enhanced My Eating Disorder (Guest Post) — from Fueled by LOLZ

It’s Not All Rainbows and Smiles — from Anna the Apple

FOOD FOR THE BODY

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What Does “Fit” Mean to You? — The Healthy Maven

Hips, Butt and Thighs — from Blogilates

Three Tips for Running Newbies — from The Little Honey Bee (Guest Post)

Core on Fire Workout — from The Fitnessista

Yoga for Detox and Digestion — from Sarah Beth Yoga

Weight, Wait, Weight Again — from Back on Pointe

Fifty Rep Workout: Part Two — from Peanut Butter Fingers

5 Tips for Starting an Exercise Program — from Carla “MizFit”

1 Minute Fitness Challenge: Seal Jack — from Fit Sugar

You can check out my first two “Food For the…” posts here and here!

Happy Friday everyone!

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Tell me… What is your weekly Food for the… Mind, Belly, Eyes, and Soul?

Food For the … #2

It’s been awhile since I have done a link love post so here ya go:

FOOD FOR THE MIND

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Complaining is Not a Conversation — from Happy Herbivore

5 Questions to Ask Before Posting to Social Media — from Relevant Magazine

Your Success Does Not Depend on the Failure of Others — from The Healthy Maven

Does Eating a Healthy Diet Cost More? — from Kat’s Health Corner

Calories — from Picky Runner

Cleaning Up the Blog Reader — from The Big Man’s World

Why Does the Bible Mention Unicorns? — from Creation Today

15 Reasons Why Your New Years Resolution Left You More Bloated Than Ever — from A Gutsy Girl

19 Conundrums Only Book Lovers Understand — from Huffington Post

FOOD FOR THE BELLY

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Chocolate Almond Microwave Cake — from Slices of Sarah Pie

Healing Raw Cookie Dough Treat — from Sweetly Fit

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Blondies — from The Healthy Maven

Crispy Chicken Dippers — from PaleOMG

Paleo Trix Cereal — from Brittany Angell

Cookie Dough Cinnamon Rolls with Cookie Dough Frosting — from Purely Twins

Paleo Chocolate, and Coconut Banana Cake — from Flake and Cake

No Bake Muddy Buddy (or Puppy Chow) Bars — from Sweet Your Heart Out

Easy Turkey Meatloaf — from Eat Great, Be Great

FOOD FOR THE EYES

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Dogs, Cats, and Trust — from YouTube

The Bullying Experiment — from Fousey YouTube

Spider Man 2 Trailer — from Sony Pictures

How the Desolation of Smaug Should Have Ended — from How it Should Have Ended

Gosselin Twins All Grown Up — from OK Magazine

X-Men Trailer — from Cieon Movies

Stop Everything You Are Doing and Watch This Dog Dance — from Buzzfeed

Watch This Kid’s Jaw Dropping Skating Routing — from Natasia Fan 101 Take 10

Hilarious Pet Videos — from Facebook

FOOD FOR THE SOUL

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Integrity Meets Kindness — from Runnin Sri Lankan

You’re Never Alone — from Jessie Loves to Run

It’s Just Not Okay — from Healthful Pursuit

Comparison is the Thief of Joy — from Mile Posts

What’s Under Your Nose — from Peace, Love and Oats

The Star Fish Story — from Eat Great, Be Great

You can check out my first “Food For the…” post here!

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Questions for you:

What is your weekly Food for the… Mind, Belly, Eyes, and Soul?

What are you thoughts on some of these articles? Some are just for fun, but a lot this week are kind of deep. They left me with a lot to think about, both good and bad.

What are your plans for the weekend?