Food Photo’s Friday

Just a disclaimer…none of these pictures are going to be well taken. They were just some quick snaps before running out the door or before anyone could catch me taking a picture of my food.  But it is basically everything I ate today!

So I started the day off with the breakfast of champions…BUDWEISER!! Didn’t I tell you guys? It’s part of the cleanse…..

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Tea was my best freakin friend today at work. And I know…it’s not homemade almond milk, but I figured since I’m trying to eschew nuts I would just avoid dealing with them altogether so I don’t get tempted.

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This stuff is seriously good. With some almond milk and stevia it smelled like a chocolate brownie.

2013-07-26 20.32.14I know…this is SERIOUSLY not pretty. The green guck is an avocado, lime with a big tomato and salt and pepper. The tomato was obviously bigger than the avocado and could not hold up its end of the guacamole.

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These are the tomatoes I’ve been noshing on. (Yea…I ate a whole container yesterday…don’t judge!)

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For dinner I had some leftover vegetables that needed to be cooked so I dry roasted some onions and green beans in the oven with salt, pepper and garlic…

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…and did the same with these brussels sprouts…might have forgotten about them though…The other bowl is some whipped avocado. I used it to mask the burnt-ness. :/

20130722_214107I would normally be having this deliciousness for dessert…which is just frozen bananas with some sunflower seed butter and chopped almonds and chocolate chips on top. All that burned dinner really made me crave something sweet. 😦

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So luscious and creamy…

This cleanse is not making me crazy I swear!

Happy Friday!


Ten Day Cleanse

I recently decided to amp up my diet and eliminate fruit, nuts and chocolate (I KNOW!!! but raw cacao powder is allowed) from my diet for 10 days.  I don’t eat meat, and I don’t eat much wheat, processed food, junk food or sugar – unless it’s in the form of a dark chocolate bar, fruits or wine. Or unless I have too much wine — in that case its no holds barred! (Pizza and ranch, anyone?)

I’m not perfect, but eating a cleaner diet helped me become more in tune with my body and I felt like it was time to go to a new level. Plus it’s pool season — a cleanse can’t possibly hurt!

So what on earth WILL I be eating?!

grocery  Well, my grocery trips will look just like this…minus the fun stuff (chocolate and apples!!)

And I will be embracing leafy greens, vegetables, and more vegetables!


I know its only day two, but so far I’ve had really satisfying meals. I’ve also been having green juice every morning so that has also helped in keeping hunger at bay. When the only options are vegetables, you have no other choice but to get creative.

For example, last night for dinner I had a hearty romaine salad with hearts of palm, kalamata olives, tomatoes, and diced onion, spritzed with some lime juice, salt, pepper and a tablespoon of tahini to add a rich, fatty texture. I had a side of garlicky baked broccoli – which by the way is more delicious than potato chips! And for dessert I baked a sweet potato, then put the flesh in the blender with some unsweetened vanilla almond milk and a pinch of salt and had a warm sweet potato pudding.

You gotta have dessert. It keeps the world in harmony.

Today’s meals weren’t as exciting. I was out and about today so I didn’t get a chance to get fancy.


2 pm: Kale, cucumber, romaine, a carrot and lime juice, sweetened with stevia


5 pm: 2 lbs of grape tomatoes (I know..2 lbs?! At least it wasn’t a 2lb Chipotle burrito I suppose..). Small bag of baby carrots

8 pm: Chocolate pudding (avocado, raw cacao powder, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, sea salt, stevia and ice) and hot chocolate (water, raw cacao powder, almond milk, stevia and a sprinkle of sea salt). Yes, your right. I totally found a way around my own diet. Hehe. But cacao powder is allowed because there is no sugar in it! (THANK HEAVENS)

Feel free to join me on this crazy diet adventure. It’s only 10 days…you can do anything for 10 days!

I use that phrase for any amount of time.“4 years? You can do anything for 4 years!” It keeps me sane 🙂

Have you ever embarked on  a detox diet or cleanse? What was your experience like and did you have people to support you?

Monday Funday

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Let’s be honest – Monday is probably the least popular day of the week. You can just feel the nation just dragging themselves out of bed and back to work, school, or just the same ol routine that is they feel is sucking life away.

But it doesn’t have to be that way! I’ve always loved Mondays – they’re a fresh start! A new week to start a new habit, diet, workout, lifestyle, routine, etc. and basically be a new you. The old me was SO last week!

If we’re still not on the same wavelength, I hope you will at least find some of these articles entertaining enough to get you through the week…
You can start your week with a whole new world of possibilities…

And maybe this video will give you a little kick start to doing some of what was on that list


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Or you could just be a rebel without a cause

Bookmark this site as a great pick me up throughout the week 😉

Meet the “gangster gardener” – an inspirational video. Anyone can make a difference!

I loove DIY projects – they get your wheels spinning and you feel so accomplished afterwards! These are a few super simple ones you can try!

And if none if this lifted your spirits at all, this healthy fudgy recipe is bound to !

Gotta give props to Linda Wagner’s blog for this Monday post. Visit her awesome site!

Monday Inspiration :)

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Food Photo Friday

A few pics from my 4th of July..



Some awesome cuban corn in the making


Wine, cilantro and queso blanco.


Beer and meat…I don’t eat either!


Bunny food and guac…that’s more like it.


Not gonna lie though…I pulled the bacon off a few of those jalapeno poppers and had a few of those bad boys. Sometimes you gotta live dangerously.


To the 4th and to the weekend!

Gluten Free, Vegan Cookie Dough

It took me a while to get on the “make your own almond milk” bandwagon. I mean, lets face it, nuts are expensive…especially almonds! Then the whole process of blending and straining and storing it. I’ll admit, I was deterred. But once I made it myself, I never went back!

However, I was left with all that expensive pulp and I hate wasting things (my coworkers make sure to always use the duplex option — to print front and back, when printing). I felt bad throwing out the pulp, even if it was to my moms compost bin. There had to be something I could do with it! Luckily, this brilliant woman, The Detoxinista, had the same idea in mind and paved the way for all of us economical nut milk makers!

The answer? Cookie dough bites!

Hell yea! Milk and cookie dough? Thats a win-win in my book.

It is so easy too! You can kill two birds with one stone. Today I had the oven heating up while I was blending and straining. As I was straining the milk, I put the pulp in a glass baking dish, so as soon as the milking (lol) was done, I just popped that in the oven and BAM!

Disclaimer: After reading this recipe, you will officially have no reason to EVER throw out your almond milk pulp again!

Cookie Dough Bites

1 cup nut milk pulp

2 tbsp nut or seed butter

2 tsp coconut oil

capful of vanilla extract

2 pinches Himalayan sea salt

2 tbsp sweetener of your choice (stevia, maple syrup, raw honey, raw coconut crystals…etc)


1. Dry your pulp.  I put mine in the oven at 300 for an 30 minutes. It was barely damp when I took it out.

2. Mix in remaining ingredients. I used my hand to knead everything, and also tasted as I went. Add more of any ingredient if needed.

3. Shape how you like, this dough was very similar to actual cookie dough! If you are patient enough, you could freeze and then eat. But who is patient enough for food in this day and age? 🙂

This picture shows my snickerdoodle flavor, but I made a chocolate chip batch as well.


They are incredibly tasty and surprisingly light! Some variations I plan to make in the future are peanut butter, chocolate dipped, coconut crusted with chocolate (like a samoa)…the possibilities are endless.


My ghetto phone pictures don’t do them justice. Make these now!

cookiedoughbite3Eat me!

And I figured I would end this nutty post with a happy 4th of July from my nutty nutsack friend, the squirrel! (found him eating breakfast upside down today).



Coconut Pudding

Okay so we all know I love chocolate…but theres something I have to admit…


There I said it!

I love coconuts — young thai coconuts, dried coconuts, shredded coconut, coconut milk, coconut cream, coconut ice cream… I even love the word coconut. I might name my firstborn coconut.

Just kidding about the last part, I’m not that coo coo…

So you can imagine when young thai coconuts are on sale what my shopping cart looks like (“Uh, ma’am do you need a hand to your car?”). I’ve bought 20 coconuts in one go before…don’t judge. They were on sale!

What’s funnier is when I get home and my mom has bought just as many as I have. We are so related.

Well what do you do when you drink all the water and have the rest of the coconut left?

Make coconut pudding of course!

Coconut Pudding

Meat of 1-2 (or in my case 10-20…) young thai coconuts

3 tablespoons chia seeds

Capful of vanilla extract

Himalayan pink sea salt to taste

10 drops of liquid stevia, add more to taste


1. Blend!

2. Eat!!IMAG4402

Cookies n Cream-y


The only reason I added the chia seeds was to give it a cookies and cream effect. I used to love Hershey’s Cookies and Cream bar, so this satisfied my nostalgia of enjoying one. They are not necessary, so feel free to omit them! This is a very basic recipe. You could definitely dress this up and experiment with different flavors (I was thinking key lime pie for the next one?).

Then the next day I blended up some frozen berries and topped it with this coconut pudding to make a coconut berry parfait.


I thought this looked cool. Swirrlyyy



Lily’s Dark Chocolate Coconut Bar

Hey! I’m still here!

It’s been a busy couple of weeks, with school winding down, finals and then work, work, work! One thing I’ve learned amidst a busy lifestyle is – amidst chaos, eat chocolate.


Haha well, that’s what helps me, anyways..

But in all seriousness, you have to make time for yourself. You should never be to busy to sit, take a breather, and savor the moment.

But back to the deliciousness – hands down one of THE BEST chocolate bars I’ve ever tasted. And I’ve eaten a lot of chocolate!

Taste: A+++

This bar is sweetened with stevia (and for those of you who don’t know me – I’m a huge stevia advocate! I’ll save the deets for another post but it’s my sweetener of choice). I was so surprised at the sweet richness of this bar. The stevia was a great complement to the coconut, which on its own has a slight sweetness. It had a velvety texture and was quick to melt in your hands (that was my excuse for eating it so fast…I didn’t want to get my hands messy 😉 ). It is 55% cocoa, so it is not too dark.






CHOCOLATE CHOCOLATE dwindling down to the last few bites.. 😦

Presentation: A

Fun designs, nice small chocolate blocks for portioning (aka making me feel like I’m having more chocolate!).


Price: Seriously who cares how much it is when a bar is this delicious? 😉

But for those of you who want to know, it the bar normally runs around $3.99-$4.99 for 3 oz. , but I got mine on sale for $2.99 at Giant!

I think this would be a great chocolate bar for anyone who is trying to transition away from milk chocolate or the mainstream brands because it is simply so enjoyable! They also have different flavors such as Rice, Almond and Original. I’m hoping they come out with more!

Lily’s, you have a customer for life. My heart and stomach is yours! I encourage you to try this product!!


100% indulgence is right.