What I Ate Today

Breakfast

For breakfast I started my day off with a smoothie (of course). This is my “total cleanse” smoothie that has 1 fresh grapefruit, 1 orange, frozen pineapple, frozen mango, kale, H2O, and fresh squeezed orange juice. This is AMAZING for clearing up skin and starting your morning off feeling light and fresh.IMG_4779.JPG

Lunch

A few hours later I made myself a colorful, filling, yummy lunch. This bowl had turmeric + garlic seasoned quinoa, sweet potato, alfalfa sprouts, purple cabbage, green onion, tomato and Oasis brand oil-free baba ganoush on top. This is so easy and takes less than 20 minutes to prepare.

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Snack 

After lunch, I capped off my meal with a green tea and little raw organic agave to give it some sweetness.

Dinner

For dinner I made fully raw vegan sushi rolls with my friend Maggie. I used minced cauliflower for “rice” and a TON of veggies to fill the rolls. We used peppers, cucumber, avocado, carrots, mango, etc. We used whole foods oil-free sesame ginger dressing and some coconut aminos for the dipping sauce. Coconut aminos are a great alternative to soy sauce due to its low sodium content. DOUBLE YUM! (I ate more than what is pictured).

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Happy Saturday everyone! Hope you all are having a meaningful, relaxing weekend. Monday is MLK day; do something kind!

What I Ate Today

Breakfast

One of my main smoothie recipes that I LOVE to make for breakfast is banana, mango, pineapple, spinach, hemp seeds, and almond milk. I love how tropical and refreshing the flavors are; it really wakes me up (I am def not a morning person). There are so many vegan breakfast options out there, but I am a smoothie girl at heart. Pictured below is my “Glowing Green Power Smoothie”; this recipe is featured in my 7 Day Detox book. I also had a side of oranges and sweet strawberries. Eat the rainbow! Colors in your food = NUTRIENTS and VITAMINS!!

 

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Lunch

For lunch I went to one of my favorite vegan restaurants in Birmingham, Michigan. Try it Raw is an organic, raw-vegan restaurant. Their food is always so beautiful, fresh and delicious. This epic veggie sandwich made my tummy very happy.

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Snack

For a snack I had some chamomile tea and 2 vegan/gluten-free blueberry muffins (they were too good to only have one). These muffins are super healthy and filling because instead of traditional wheat flour, they are made with oat flour. They are packed with protein and fiber and could even be eaten for breakfast.

Click here to get the recipe: Muffin Recipe

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Dinner 

For dinner I made a quinoa vegetable stir-fry! I started by steaming some zucchini in the pan, then added onion, spinach, mushrooms and tomatoes. I then added in my quinoa once the veggies were done cooking. For spices I used some garlic powder, pepper and salt. I added more fresh tomatoes and squeezed some lemon juice over the top. Simplicity is key; you don’t have to make anything fancy to be healthy. This took 10 minutes and tasted delicious.

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What I Ate Today

Hi everyone! I apologize for my lack of blog posts lately; school keeps me very busy! Now that I am on December break I have a second to breathe. I am excited to have these few weeks off to relax and not have to worry about any school work.

I have found that one of the most common questions I am asked is “what do you eat in a day?” To fulfill everyone’s curiosity, I am going to start a new segment on my blog called “What I Ate Today”! Stay tuned for my weekly posts!

When I first woke-up I drank a glass of water. It is very important to hydrate in the morning. This starts your metabolism, wakes up your cells, and prevents dehydration.

Breakfast 

I started my day with a smoothie from one of my favorite places called Naked Fuel. Naked Fuel is a trendy, health-conscious juice bar in West Bloomfield. Everything they offer is dairy-free, gluten-free and refined sugar free. I ordered the “creamsicle” smoothie which has orange, pineapple, mango, and almond milk.  I asked them to add spinach, gotta get your greens people!  I typically make my own smoothies at home but I had a gift card from my mama that I was very excited to take advantage of.

Lunch

For lunch I made a salad with chopped romaine lettuce, steamed zucchini, quinoa, chickpeas, tomatoes and sprinkled nutritional yeast on top. Nutritional yeast is a deactivated yeast that has a cheesy, nutty flavor and is abundant in b vitamins (I literally put it on everything). I made a homemade dressing with balsamic vinegar, garlic powder, pepper, and a drop of olive oil. I usually do not use oil when I cook but once in a while I have it in a salad dressing.

Snacks

For those of you who didn’t know this about me, I am an obsessive tea drinker. I love, love, love tea. Before meals or in the morning I will most likely be drinking green tea, and after meals I will typically have peppermint tea to ease digestion. My other favorites include vanilla chamomile, raspberry, and dandelion root tea. Starbucks has two of my all time favorite teas which are “Youthberry” and “Jade Citrus Mint” made by Teavana.

Aside from green tea, I stick to drinking caffeine-free, herbal teas. Each kind of herbal tea has unique benefits and serves a different purpose. For example, ginger and peppermint teas can be used to ease digestion and reduce nausea, while chamomile tea is more of a calming, sedative tea that can be very helpful for insomnia. I love dandelion tea due to its cleansing properties. Dandelion will help the liver to regenerate and function at a higher capacity.

However, this afternoon I changed it up a bit and sipped on some Yogi brand, lemon ginger tea. I added a little agave: an all natural, low glycemic sweetener. Agave is a great alternative to honey as it tastes similar but is cruelty-free! A few hours after lunch I enjoyed a ripe juicy mango, a pear, and a handful of pistachios.

Dinner

For dinner tonight I went to Chive Kitchen, a cute all vegan restaurant in downtown Farmington and got a Mexican style bowl that had roasted zucchini ribbons, pinto beans, brown rice, lettuce, salsa, cashew sour cream, and toasted pumpkin seeds! So yum! I might have also had a few bites of some banana espresso cake.

***Keep in mind that I usually am cooking more than I eat out at restaurants!

Questions?

Email me at daniellejkeith@gmail.com

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VEGANISM IS EXTREME

People are often dumbfounded when I explain to them that I do not eat any animal products of any kind.

“But you still eat eggs right?”

“Nope no eggs.”

“Oh, but you eat fish though.”

“Nope.”

“You don’t eat dairy, meat, eggs or fish? So what do you eat?!”

This is a typical conversation I have on a daily basis. Animal products have become the foundation of the American diet; therefore, it is very difficult for people to comprehend what it means to be on a vegan diet.

So what do I eat? My mom can vouch for the fact that I eat, and I eat a LOT. She calls me a human vacuum because I eat everything in the house. I eat every kind of fruit, vegetable, potato, nut, seed, bean, and grain. I love making vegan pesto pasta, pizza, tacos, nachos, burritos, fries, smoothies, salads, toast, burgers, mashed potatoes, mac + cheese, cookies and even ice cream. I am often asked if I crave animal products or if I miss anything that I have given up. In all honesty, no, I do not. I love being vegan (if you couldn’t already tell). I still enjoy the most delicious and healthy food, while knowing that another living being was not harmed in the production of my food.

We are easily tricked into thinking the products we are buying did not cause harm to our animal friends. “Cage-free,” “humanely raised,” and “grass-fed,” are just some of the marketing buzz words we are subjected to. The meat, egg, and dairy industries are filled with multi-billion dollar companies that have one objective and that is to make a profit. Animals are looked at as commodities instead of living, breathing beings with feelings. If someone were to treat a dog or a cat the same way farm animals are treated, they would be charged with animal abuse. Why do we love some animals and eat others?

My vegan lifestyle is often labeled as being extreme. You know what I think is extreme? The mass murder of billions of animals every year due to our selfishness, ignorance, and willingness to turn a blind eye to the horror and cruelty of animal agriculture. Our society has been brainwashed into believing it is normal to eat animals and their by-products. People are eating dead bodies but think I’m the weird one for eating fruits and vegetables.

My mom always taught me to show kindness to the world and to everyone around me. I believe it is my job to be a voice for those who do not have one, whether that means standing up for someone being bullied, or for the animals. There is no difference to me. The animals were not given a choice. We are made to believe that animals are here for us to eat. Animals share the world with us and it is time we stopped believing we are above them. We are so lucky to live in a time where we have access to all kinds of food and we do not have to kill animals to survive.

This summer I am working at a summer camp as a counselor. We recently had a traveling petting farm come to camp and the kids had the opportunity to play with the farm animals, including a five-week old baby calf. I had some time to talk with the farmer. He informed me that the calf was forcibly separated from his mother (on a dairy farm) and was then given to the petting farm. Just like human babies receive their nutrients and energy from their mother’s breast milk, calves also require their mother’s milk in order to grow properly. He explained to me that they feed him two bottles of soy milk a day. YES, SOY MILK. I honestly thought he was joking. I instantly became outraged, and upset. I tried my best not to express my anger towards the farmer but the rest of the day I could not stop thinking about what he had told me.

Could this situation get anymore twisted? Why is this newborn calf drinking soy milk while us humans are drinking cow’s milk? This calf doesn’t even get to drink its own mother’s milk because its going on our pizzas and being made into ice cream. It is cruel, unfair, and completely hypocritical. I am vegan because I refuse to be apart of this cruelty. I often hear people say they would never be able to give up cheese or they could not imagine life without steak. It is important to ask yourself if taste takes precedence over the murder of an innocent animal.

As a Jew, I believe God would be ashamed of the way we treat animals. And as a Jew, we are taught to treat others the way we would want to be treated, and for me this includes animals. As animal rights activist Gary Yourofksy said, “In America, it took 400 years to convince white people not to own black people. So you can understand why this is taking so long, teaching a human being to be compassionate to a chicken or a cow a pig is twice as hard, but it is possible.” I am hopeful that one day we will live in a vegan world.

Even if you start with meatless Mondays or simply swapping almond milk for dairy milk, you will be making a difference. If you are thinking about trying the vegan/plant-based lifestyle here are some resources to help you out:

Minimalist Baker

Forks Over Knives

Adaptt

Happy Cow

I Love Vegan

Oh She Glows

Chef Chloe Recipes

Best Speech Ever (this is an absolute must see)

Documentaries to Watch:

Earthlings

Forks Over Knives

Vegucated

Cowspiracy

 

 

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5 Foods You Should Be Eating More of in 2016

I am sure a lot of you have made New Year’s resolutions to be healthier this year. Have you been keeping it up? Incorporating these following foods into your diet regularly will jump-start a healthier and happier you! Making an effort everyday to eat foods that nourish and fuel your body is so important. Dedicate yourself to making small changes at first until healthy eating becomes a habit!

Berries

Berries contain high amounts of phytonutrients, and anti-oxidants which work to fight off free-radicals (cancer fighters). Basically berries are perfect for preventing disease, fighting disease, aiding in weight loss, and providing energy.

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Dark Leafy Greens

The next time you have a salad, try to make it a dark leafy green like kale, or spinach! They are low in calorie but these veggies are LOADED with nutrients. This is referred to as nutrient density. These dark greens will cleanse & detox your system as well as fuel your cells with vitamins and minerals. Dark leafy greens are definitely vegetable superstars.

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Flax Seeds

How many times have you heard that the only way to get your Omega 3’s are to eat some salmon? Well let me tell you, flax seeds will give you PLENTY of Omega 3’s. Getting your Omega 3’s from a plant based source is healthier anyway. Flax is high in protein, fiber and healthy fats. Just a few tablespoons of flax a day will keep your colon healthy. Whether you add ground flax into a smoothie or sprinkle some whole seeds on top of your salad, flax is an all star (and is also pretty cheap).

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Whole Grains

Instead of having white pasta or white rice, switch it out for whole grain pasta or brown rice! They taste just as good and they are beneficial towards your health. Whole grains release sugar into your system much slower than refined grains. This ultimately causes your body to use the carbohydrates from whole grains as energy instead of storing them as fat like when you consume refined grains. Whole grains have also been known to lower cholesterol and aid in weight loss. Don’t be afraid of healthy carbs!

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Spirulina

Spirulina is a blue-green algae that is said to be the single most nutrient dense food on earth (WOAH). Spirulina is a great source of anti-oxidants which can help with chronic inflammation, cancer and other diseases. Spirulina can also lower LDL cholesterol levels (your bad cholesterol) and triglycerides. While it works to lower your bad cholesterol it simultaneously helps to raise your good cholesterol! It also contains anti-cancer properties and has been proven to reduce blood pressure. Spirulina comes in pill form or powder. Although slightly on the more expensive side, it’s health benefits are worth it. I personally love adding Spirulina powder to my smoothies in the morning for a green, powerful, nutrient punch!

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You Won’t Believe This is Vegan

Today while in New York City, my boyfriend and I went to a vegan/gluten free bakery (I know, best day ever, OMG). Erin Mckenna’s Bakery has a mission to bake healthier treats, free of harmful ingredients. Their products are not only vegan and gluten-free but are also soy-free, certified kosher and non-GMO. And for the icing on the cake (no pun intended), they do not bake with refined sugar.

I can’t tell you how many times I have been made fun of for being vegan or how many people think I am a total weirdo health freak. There have been times where I have cooked something vegan and someone refused to try it just because they had a preconceived notion that it wouldn’t taste good. There is a common misconception that vegans only eat tofu, dress like hippies and that they suffer from vitamin deficiencies.

Let me tell you, this could not be further from the truth. Just because something is free of animal products does not mean it can’t taste good. It just means that is it healthier for you and is cruelty-free (a win-win in my opinion).

Some advice from me to you
If you ever meet a vegan, find yourself in a vegan restaurant, or eat at a house of a vegan family, keep an open mind and don’t judge.

Here are some pictures of the amazing desserts we got today. Sorry to make you drool.

 

Healthy Gluten-Free Pretzel Bites (VEGAN)

One of my boyfriend’s favorite junk-foods is soft pretzels. He was craving them and we decided to make a healthy version! Also, what better way to start of the New Year than with HEALTHY soft-pretzels? These are the perfect snack/appetizer/munchie for starting a healthier lifestyle!

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We put an original spin on Foodie Fiasco’s Easy Homemade Soft Pretzel Recipe and made it gluten free as well as used agave as the sweetener. Let me tell you, they were AMAZING. This guilt-free snack is oil-free, low-fat, contains zero refined sugar, and is 100% vegan!

For Pretzels:
  • 1½ cups warm water, 110-120 Degrees Fahrenheit (warm sink water)
  • 2¼ teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 2 teaspoons agave
  • ½ teaspoon pink himalayan salt
  • 3½ – 4 cups gluten-free flour (or any other flour)

Topping Ideas:

  • Roll in vegan parmesan cheese (garlic powder, nutritional yeast, and raw cashews in food processor) then dip in marinara sauce
  • Sea Salt
  • Coconut sugar + cinnamon
  • Dip in melted chocolate

Tip* – you can spray the pretzels with coconut oil or coat in water before adding toppings so that they stick better

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer or a large bowl, combine the warm water and yeast and let sit for 3 minutes.
  3. Stir in agave and salt. Slowly stir in the gluten-free flour until the dough comes together and is not too sticky. Knead the dough (either by hand or with the mixer’s dough hook) in the bowl until the dough is smooth but not overworked, about 3-5 minutes.
  4. Turn the dough ball onto a lightly floured surface. Using a sharp knife, cut the dough into four equal parts. Cut each part into four more equal parts, for a total of 16 balls of dough.
  5. To form the pretzels, roll one of the balls of dough into a long thin rope. Put the two ends of the rope next to each other to form a tight U shape. Twist the ends together once so the twist is about half way down the U. Bring the two loose ends down to the loop at the bottom below the twist. Tuck the two ends under the loop and press so the dough adheres to itself. Gently pull on the pretzel so the dough becomes thinner and the pretzel becomes larger to form a nicely sized pretzel.
  6. As for other shapes, you can bake the ropes for pretzels sticks, knot the ropes for pretzel knots, cut the ropes into little equal sized pieces for pretzel bites, or roll the dough into balls and scour the top for pretzel rolls.
  7. Lay the pretzels on the prepared baking sheet and spray with cooking spray (this helps the toppings stick). Dip the sprayed pretzels in a shallow bowl filled with your topping of choice and place back on the baking sheet. Bake in the oven at 425°F for 10 minutes, then broil for 30 seconds or until golden. Devour.

ENJOY! 

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Questions on how to start living a healthier lifestyle? Email me at daniellejkeith@gmail.com

 

10 Things that Happen When You Drink Lemon Water in The Morning

Why Lemons?

Lemons are a powerhouse citrus fruit. They are packed with B vitamins, vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium and fiber. Keep in mind that the acidity of the lemon can be hard the enamel of your teeth so it is recommended that you dilute it with water – preferably warm water. Drinking lemon water first thing in the morning before your breakfast is when you will benefit most.

10 Things That Happen When You Drink Lemon Water

1. Aids Digestion

Lemon juice will help rid your body of toxins and will also relieve symptoms of indigestion like heart burn, and bloating.

2. Detoxes

Drinking lemon water will cleanse your entire system and will keep your digestive track clear of toxins. It will also prevent the growth of infection and disease-causing pathogenic bacteria.

3. Clears Skin

The anti-oxidants in lemons will help diminish blemishes, prevent acne + wrinkles, age spots, and scars. Lemon juice also detoxes your blood which keeps your skin looking radiant!

4. Supports Immune Health

Lemons are FULL of vitamin C. When you stress, your vitamin C levels are the first the plummet. If you do this every morning, it will help prevent you from getting sick.

5. Excellent Source of Potassium 

Lemons are also filled with potassium. Potassium is an essential mineral that we need for proper nerve and brain function as well as heart health.

6. Metabolism 

Drinking a cup of lemon water in the morning will help to jump-start your metabolism which aids in weight loss over time!

7. Reduces Inflammation 

If you begin drinking lemon water on a daily basis, it will remove uric acid from your joints – which is a main cause of inflammation.

8. Fresh Breath

The acidic content in lemons prevents the growth of bacteria which in turn, prevents bad breath.

9. Regulates High Blood Pressure

Lemons assist in keeping blood vessels soft and pliable which causes blood pressure to be reduced.

10. Weight Loss 

Because of the fiber content, detoxification and metabolism boosting properties, drinking lemon water on a regular basis will promote healthy weight loss.

How much?

Squeeze the juice of 1/2 a lemon into 1 glass of water.

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How to NOT Gain Weight During the Holidays

Studies show that people gain on average 7-10 pounds between Thanksgiving and Christmas. This is completely understandable. We eat gigantic portions of fattening, calorie laden comfort foods. Why has it become a tradition to stuff ourselves until we have to unbutton our pants? As Americans, we have adopted many unhealthy habits, especially when it comes to the holidays.

Here are some of my personal tips to help you avoid the infamous holiday weight gain:

  1. Find healthy alternatives to all of your favorite comfort foods. When you’re eating healthier food – you don’t have a reason to restrict yourself as much. A calorie does not equal a calorie. Potatoes by themselves are perfectly healthy for you filled with vitamins, minerals and healthy carbohydrates. However, when you load them up with butter and heavy cream, this will contribute to weight gain. Instead of using heavy cream in your mashed potatoes, try using unsweetened almond milk or unsweetened cashew milk, then add garlic powder, salt and pepper (chives optional). They are just as delicious and guilt free!

2. Google – When trying to find healthy alternatives to your holiday favorites, Google will be your BEST friend. Let’s say you’re trying to find a healthful apple pie – simply search “healthy apple pie”.

The source I highly recommend is the Forks Over Knives website/cookbook. They share tons of healthy holiday meals. They provide plant-based, low-fat, and sugar-free recipes that still taste amazing. Link below –  http://www.forksoverknives.com/recipes/

If you want more of a variety of recipes the Forks Over Knives Cookbook is amazing! I highly recommend it. Find it in bookstores or they are available to order on Amazon. Here is the link – http://amzn.to/1LMBU3p

3. In the case where you are not the host: offer to bring some dishes to the house you’re invited to. That way, you’ll know you will have some healthy options.

4. Listen to your body! Do not just keep eating if you are full. You know you will end up not feeling well after so take it slow and do not over stuff yourself! When you’re done with your meal, chew a piece of gum or have coffee/tea. This way you can still be social with everyone without taking more servings.

5. Serve Meals Restaurant Style – leave food on the kitchen counter instead of on the table. This way you aren’t just absent-mindedly serving yourself more helpings.

Other great plant-based cookbooks 

  1. China Study Cookbook

2. Oh She Glows

3. “But I Could Never Go Vegan”

4. Plant Powered Families

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Diet Coke Addicts: Here’s a Solution that Won’t Kill You

I know both friends and family who can’t go a day without guzzling down their beloved Diet Coke. They tell themselves its okay to drink because it’s calorie free and has the word “diet” printed across it’s label. Just because Diet Coke does not contain any “real” sugar, it doesn’t mean that artificial sweeteners won’t have the same effect on your body.

Artificial sweeteners are chemicals that just like sugar, trigger your insulin, sending your body into fat storage mode which leads to weight gain. A study conducted at Mississippi State University found that by drinking just one diet soda a day, you increase your risk of type 2 Diabetes by 36% as well as your risk for metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome includes a myriad of conditions like high cholesterol, high blood pressure, large waist circumference and elevated glucose levels. All of these things put people at risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke.

Diet Coke is FILLED with harmful chemicals, so why do we allow them into our bodies? The diet soda addiction is a real one that is killing us slowly.

I recently have found a drink that I fell in love with. It is called Kombucha! Kombucha is simply fermented tea. It is bubbly, sweet, and especially refreshing when chilled! Most brands of Kombucha have no added sugar and are not made with artificial sweeteners or harsh chemicals. My favorite brand is called GT’s Kombucha (my favorite flavor is either guava goddess or trilogy). Because it is fermented, it does contain trace amounts of alcohol (less than 1%), this gives it almost a beer flavor. Kombucha contains yeast and bacteria that initiate the fermenting process. After it becomes fermented, this beverage contains essential b-vitamins, probiotics and enzymes that aid in:

  • Weight Loss
  • Improved Digestion
  • Increased Energy
  • Cleansing and Detoxification
  • Immune Support
  • Reduced Joint Pain
  • Cancer Prevention

You can find Kombucha at almost any grocery store. They range from $2-4 dollars a bottle, but I assure you, it is worth it! If you’re craving a drink other than water, Kombucha is the way to go. Instead of harming your body, it will show your body some love!

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