WIAW: Red, White & New

Happy 4th of July to all my fellow U.S. bloggers! Unlike most years, I won’t be watching fireworks…well maybe on TV, but due to all the fires, most fireworks shows were cancelled around here. I will be wearing some red, white and blue and enjoying some festive eats, though–maybe with a recipe to come!

Anyways, for this week’s WIAW I wanted to highlight some new things I’ve been enjoying lately and share a couple recipes. Note: This was not all eaten in one day!

Red, white and blue fruit bowl: fresh strawberries, frozen banana, double blueberry chia jam.

I’ve been wanting to make my own jam forever so when I stumbled upon Angela’s blueberry chia jam, I knew I had to make it. I bought chia seeds for the first time ever and adapted the recipe to what I had on hand. Turns out, homemade jam is 1000 times better than storebought. And it’s not that hard to make!

Double Blueberry Chia Jam (vegan, gluten free)

1 cup fresh blueberries, rinsed

1-2 tbsp blueberry flavored agave (can use regular agave)

1 tbsp chia seeds

In a small pot, bring blueberries and agave to a low boil, stirring often. Once boiling, reduce heat to low and simmer for a couple of minutes. Lightly smash the berries with a fork, if desired. Stir in chia seeds, stirring often to prevent from sticking to the pot. Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, or until jam is at your desired consistency. Remove from heat and store in a glass tupperware container or jar in the fridge. Makes about 1/2 cup.Β 

This flavor is now in my top 5!

I still can’t believe I used to hate Larabars a couple months ago. Correction: I was scared of them, because of their calorie and fat content. Truth is, I love ’em now and all their calories and fat come from healthy, simple sources. Nothing but real foods in these! I was finally able to track down a couple new-to-me flavors, peanut butter chocolate chip and key lime pie. I’ve yet to try the key lime but the PB chocolate chip is amazing, especially when the chocolate chips melt, which is inevitable in this heat wave. Now I’m dying to try the chocolate chip cookie dough one!

Homemade vegan nachos: Late July sweet potato multigrain chips, black beans, spicy nacho cheez, crispy kale, guac, pumpkin seeds and nooch.

I think I have a problem. I put nooch on almost everything I eat now! It’s just so addicting, and I love knowing I’m getting a little protein and B vitamin boost from it. These nachos are my favorite thing to whip up for a quick and easy dinner. The cashew cheez sauce is what makes it!

Cookie the size of a salad plate…dominated!

If you haven’t tried Whole Foods’ vegan chocolate chip cookie and you have a store near you…go buy one now! I promise it’ll be the best 99 cents you’ve ever spent, especially if you pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds. I’m always shocked that this gigantic cookie has only 170 calories in it–the magic of vegan baking!

This $6 salad bar box was worth every penny.

I’m obsessed with the Whole Foods salad bars. The one near me always has a great selection and a lot of their options are vegan. I load up on a little bit of everything and it always turns out perfect. I can’t even remember everything in this box but there was some emerald sesame kale, marinated artichoke hearts, fruit salad, a warm bok choy salad, Asian cous cous, Mediterranean crunch salad, curry tofu and a falafel ball. It was worth all the stares I got for eating it at my internship–some people just don’t appreciate healthy eating!

Double chocolate protein waffle topped with NadaMoo! maple pecan coconut milk ice cream.

I’ve really been into making protein waffles lately. First I made them with peanut flour but then I tried some protein powder samples I got from Whole Foods. This one was made with Vega One and it was soooooooo good. For a snack, I topped it with some coconut milk ice cream. The ice cream melted all over the warm waffle which made it even better.

Double Chocolate Protein Waffle (vegan, high protein)

1 sample packet Vega One chocolate protein powder

2 tbsp oat flour (can sub whole wheat or gluten-free flour)

1 tsp baking powder

1 tbsp mini chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life dairy free chips)

1 tbsp flax or chia seed, mixed with water to make flax or chia “egg”

unsweetened almond milk, to thin

stevia, to taste (I used one packet)

Heat up waffle iron (or skillet, if making into pancakes) and spray lightly with nonstick cooking spray. Mix together all dry ingredients until combined. Add in flax egg and almond milk until batter is smooth and thick, but can Β be easily scooped up. Spoon batter (in two batches) onto waffle iron and cook until outside is crispy, about 3 to 5 minutes. Makes 2 waffles (the entire batch has about 18 grams of protein and around 300 calories!).

I love homemade pizza!

Since I became vegan, I’ve become much more creative with pizza toppings. I rarely even use vegan cheeses anymore but pizzas don’t really need cheese if you have amazing toppings. The one on the left is an Indian-inspired pizza topped with curry sauce, raisins (weird, I know, but it was actually good), cauliflower, carrots and chickpeas. The one on the right was a spicy Italian version with Field Roast Mexican chipotle grain sausage, garlic basil sauce, artichoke hearts and kalamata olives. The crust was amazing too, even though it turned out super thick. I used the fresh multigrain pizza dough that Whole Foods sells in their refrigerated section and I love the taste and doughiness of it, but it tends to rise a little bit too much!

Recent lunch: strawberries topped with double blueberry chia jam; peanut flour granola in almond milk with raisins, sunflower seeds and mini chocolate chips; spicy curry sauce with edamame, broccoli slaw and kale.

I’ve been loving whipping up a simple curry and veggie bowl for lunch lately. The sauce I use is the spicy & tangy curry sauce by Spicy Nothings and it’s one of the best curries I’ve ever had. It’s not even honestly that spicy, but then again I’m kinda obsessed with spicy things. It goes so well with kale and edamame but I want to try it soon with some tempeh!

How do you get in protein in the mornings? Do you like things spicy or mild?

24 thoughts on “WIAW: Red, White & New

  1. I love spicy food,but my mom HATES it,really… When we’re eating chinese food,I always order super spicy curry sauce while she goes with that sweet and sour-stuff (yuck!) – I can’t believe I’m her daughter,haha πŸ˜›
    Anyhoo,I’m proud of you for facing fear foods like Larabars and those WF cookies and finally learning to ENJOY them! That’s such a great step into the right direction,really,and oh my… I want such a cookie now,like,honestly. And cake batter ice cream! πŸ˜‰

  2. Aja says:

    That larabar flavor is one of my absolute favorites! I still count larabars as full meals because of their calorie and fat amount. How absurd is that? Happy 4th! It’s all rainy and cold here but today it’s sunny which is nice. I hope those fires die down soon!
    I like to eat eggs in the morning when I have them. Or greek yogurt.

    • I count them as meals too, or I break them in half and eat one half for a snack or side. That’s so nice that you have sun for the 4th, it always feels great when the weather actually cooperates!

  3. I love, love, love curries :). It’s neat that you have a patriotic looking breakfast, too.

    As far as protein goes, I like Greek yogurt and I drink whey shakes too, especially after working out. I think most people get enough protein though, even if you don’t eat meat. As far as pizza toppings go, I do eat cheese but I would rather have a pizza with more sauce and toppings and less cheese too, you can get creative with toppings and do fruits and veggies and it’s awesome!

  4. Emily says:

    Oh my goodness…I’m seriously going to make your protein waffle…like, tomorrow! It sounds amazing. I finally invested in chocolate Vega a few weeks ago and I’ve fallen in love. I just wish it wasn’t so darn expensive!
    And I don’t think my Whole Foods has those cookies! They have a bakery section that has a few vegan options but I’ve never seen calorie counts or nutritional info listed. Are the ones you buy freshly baked?? Or packaged? They look so delicious! And for 170 calories, how can you go wrong?
    I hope you had a lovely 4th! ❀

    • It is so pricey, but I love it because it tastes so good and has greens and probiotics in it!

      The cookies I get are freshly baked, and they usually have a packet of nutritional info nearby. Hopefully yours starts making these, because they’re so yummy!

  5. Mmm those waffles and pizzas sound so good! Next time I make waffles for my family I’m definitely going to make something like that! :] I can never, ever get protein in the morning or throughout the rest of the day really. I hate most foods so I get little to none of the things that I actually need >..<
    I hope you had a wonderful 4th! :]

    • I have a hard time getting in a lot of protein too since I dislike most high protein sources and I don’t always want to eat a ton of beans or tempeh to get it in. But these waffles are a perfect way to add some protein in a really tasty way!

      • My ex did get me to try a strawberry protein shake with our breakfast once…It actually wasn’t too bad if you chugged the whole thing in one go. That’s not my style, I like to leisurely sip at my drinks so yeah, it wasn’t too bad but definitely not my favorite drink on the planet. I have actually seen so many things on your blog that I want to make, now it’s just a case of finding the recipes again! :] Haha

  6. Tofu scramble! I like doing a huevos rancheros version too with refried beans and guac and salsa and lots of chipotles in the tofu. What is nooch?? I’ve got to check that out.

    • I need to try a tofu scramble–your version sounds awesome! And oh my gosh, nooch is so good! It’s also known as nutritional yeast and it adds a cheesy, nutty flavor to whatever you top it with but it’s totally vegan and has protein and B vitamins. You should be able to find it in the bulk section at health food stores, or you can order it online!

  7. I need to try making jam myself – my grandmother’s is the best! I get my AM protein from lots and lots of nut butter/nuts. YUM. πŸ™‚ And Larabars are so healthy, I’m glad you’re enjoying them now! And I’m glad you’re enjoying the cookies, but I have to point out something about your mindset that worries me (and is one of the things a therapist could help you work on – I seriously recommend seeing one this summer!) you noted that the ‘magic of vegan baking’ is that it makes things low calorie. Calories are good for you, they’re necessary, they’re life-givers! You should be looking for ways to make things higher calorie! Low calorie does NOT mean good, especially for you! 😦 I really hope you get better and seriously, please do try a therapist! I’m not trying to be annoying/get on your back/nag you, but maybe you need to seriously consider how much of being vegan is what you want and how much is what ED wants? Or at least, how much of not seeing an ED team is what you want and how much is what ED wants? Girl, you’re awesome – and you’d be an awesome newscaster if you could get healthy and own that you’re a grown woman with a grown woman’s body, not a preteen’s! It’s time to leave that behind! Sending hugs πŸ™‚

    • Honestly, I do think I could benefit from seeing a therapist or someone like that, I am definitely considering it when I go back to school in the fall because when I get stressed, my ED starts to control me more which is what happened last year and I don’t want to go down that road again. About the cookies, I didn’t mean for it to come across that way, it was just meant in more of an encouraging way because I know many of my readers have also struggled with EDs and I just wanted them to know that it’s okay to treat themselves to a cookie every once in a while and that it’s not as scary as they might think it is. And on the calories issue, I did end up making a delicious (and high calorie) raw cashew cheesecake for the 4th. I just like to have balance with my desserts, sometimes enjoying a lower calorie option and sometimes going for something packed with nutrients and calories!

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