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Kitchen Sink Vegetable Soup


Kitchen Sink Vegetable Soup

Before starting a 3 Day Pressed Juicery cleanse, I decided to round up all of my veggies to make a vegetable soup to have beforehand, and freeze and enjoy after the cleanse. It was nutrient filled, protein enriched and low sodium. It’s a great way to use up veggies before they go bad.

Kitchen Sink Vegetable Soup

  1. Chop vegetables, I used green beans, cauliflower, onions, carrots, squash, zucchini, asparagus, and green bell peppers.
  2. Heat 2 T coconut oil with garlic and onions in a pot. Add spices, I used basil, oregano, pepper, and Mrs. Dash Italian seasonings.
  3. Sauteed carrots, cauliflower and celery until tender.
  4. Add green beans, peppers, and asparagus, along with 28 oz water, 14 oz no-salt added diced tomatoes, and 2 vegan no-salt added bouillon cubes. I also added 2 bay leaves for flavor. Let simmer for 30 minutes.
  5. Add remaining vegetables and beans, zucchini, squash, chickpeas, and black beans and let simmer for another 15 minutes. Serve warm!

Kitchen Sink Vegetable Soup

Delish Squash Bisque

Right around this time last year, I read The Beauty Detox by celeb nutritionist, Kimberly Snyder. It’s an amazing approach to healthy eating and the order of food consumption. Her book is filled with tons of yummy recipes that are antioxidant filled to promote a radiant glow. With cold, rainy weather the last few days, I’ve been craving her Delish Squash Bisque. It’s the perfect Fall soup for a chilly day. I made it today, along with Tone It Up’s 3 Ingredient Cookies. What are some of your favorite comfort dishes for cold weather?

Delish Squash Bisque

1 medium acorn squash
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 large sweet onion, minced
1 Tbs. coconut oil or vegetable broth
3 celery stalks, cubed
2-3 full carrots, cubed
1 tsp. ginger, grated
½- 1 Tbs. of Celtic or Himalayan sea salt, as needed to taste
¼ tsp. black pepper
2 cups of water
1 cup unsweetened almond milk

  1. Cut the acorn squash open, remove seeds and peel, and cut into cubes.
  2. Heat coconut oil or vegetable broth in a large cooking pot.
  3. Lightly sauté the garlic, then add the onion and the grated ginger.
  4. Do not overcook! Use medium rather than high heat.
  5. Add salt and black pepper and stir in.
  6. Add the rest of the vegetables and gently cook over low heat, until they lightly start to soften.
  7. Add water and cover, simmering the vegetables for 30 minutes or so, or until tender.
  8. Pour mixture into blender and puree. Add the unsweetened almond milk. *(I use an immersion blender instead, to avoid transferring the soup back and forth. Great investment!)
  9. Add back to the cooking pot and keep on low heat.
  10. Serve and enjoy!

 I made these simple cookies (with a not so simple taste!) from the Tone It Up blog for a mid-morning snack. I added cinnamon, pumpkin spice, and carob chips. They’re delicious! If you follow the Tone It Up Program, they’re a great option for Meals 1-3.

Tone It Up 3 Ingredient Cookies

2 Medium Ripe Bananas
1 Cup of Oats
1 Scoop/Packet Perfect Fit Protein Powder (or other favorite brand!)

*Optional: I added Cinnamon, Pumpkin Spice & Carob chips

  1. Mash your peeled bananas in a bowl with a fork ~ mash well! Add in the scoop of Perfect Fit and keep mixing. Depending on how ripe your bananas are, you may need to add a few drops of almond milk or water to make your dough the right consistency. Lastly, mix in the oats.
  2. Use a spoon to drop the dough on your cookie sheet ~ be sure to coat it with non-stick cooking spray ~ and lightly press down to flatten. This helps it bake better!
  3. Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown! If they are still a little mushy, just bake for a little bit longer.

Other great optional add-ins include: raisins, pumpkin spice, pumpkin puree, cranberries, walnuts, slivered almonds

Closet Detox

While transitioning into Fall, it was time for a closet detox. I’m pretty good about eliminating items almost weekly, but I was in need of a true deep cleaning. This meant really evaluating and eliminating the ones that I haven’t worn in the past year.

While perusing through Instagram, I came across Copious. Copious is a “ebayish” type of website where you can buy and sell your clothing, accessories, etc. but much simpler. It’s much less technical than eBay, and you only give 3% of your profit to the site. You don’t have to pay to list you items either. You connect your Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Tumblr so you can sell & buy to people you know. This worked out very conveniently for me, because I simply uploaded photos of all the items I eliminated from my closet and they were up for sale within seconds. (I sold two items hours after they were posted!)

If you’re detoxing your closet for Fall, (or any season), I recommended creating a profile.

Shop my closet on my Copious profile: http://copious.com/profiles/brittany-shick

Click here for tips on closet organization.

*This is not a sponsored post, just strictly my recommendation

Kaeng Raeng Review

I concluded the Kaeng Raeng Detox, after completing four days. Today, I woke up and again did not have an appetite, yet had little energy to workout. I instead choose a Whole Berry Blast Pro Bar and a sliced banana with a dollop of Plain Soy Greek Yogurt and a sprinkle of Cinnamon. This breakfast/lunch combo gave me the energy to start my day and have a complete workout. It also kept me full until dinner, in which I stuck to eating healthy with sliced cucumbers and tomatoes with hummus, salad, and a couple of lemon infused vegetarian grape leaves. I drank an abundance of water throughout the day to stay hydrated.

The detox helped me achieve my goal of eliminating sugar cravings and focusing on healthy whole foods. I’m happy with the results of the detox, but the 3 Day detox would have been just right for me. Although it wasn’t difficult sticking to the detox, by day five, my body was telling me I needed energy and whole protein packed foods.

PROS: Eliminated cravings, weight loss, healthy mindset

CONS: Bloating after consuming, timely to consume, repetitive meals, lightheadedness, nausea

Kaeng Raeng [Day Four]

I woke and didn’t have much of an appetite until around noon. I drank my breakfast smoothie then. I had a late lunch juice a few hours later but only wanted something light, so I mixed the packet with liquid and I didn’t add any fruit. For a snack, I ate a raw Goji Granola Bar. Around dinner, I felt a little lightheaded, so I ate banana slices dipped in Plain Soy Greek Yogurt, for added probiotics, and drank half of a portion of my dinner juice. Today I’m craving steamed kale and tempeh, (still no sweets cravings!)

Breakfast: “Into the Blue” (I blended 1 packet + 32oz water + 1/2 banana)

Lunch: “Joyful” (I mixed 1 packet + 24oz water + 8oz organic fresh squeezed OJ)

Snack: Two Moms in the Raw Goji Berry Granola Bar

Dinner: Organic Banana Slices dipped in 2oz Plain Soy Greek Yogurt & half portion of “Daybreak” (I mixed packet + 16oz water + 2oz organic lemonade)

Kaeng Raeng [Day Three]

I woke up feeling fine and did a 45 minute HIIT workout on the elliptical. After my workout I felt a bit nauseous, and lightheaded but after I drank my breakfast smoothie I felt energized and full. I had a cucumber and tomato salad in the late afternoon, then completed the TIU Summer Slim Toning Workout. Afterwards, I drank my “Daybreak” smoothie to replenish. Today’s version has been my favorite combination. Still feeling less hungry, I actually had a hard time finishing my smoothies today, because I was so full. I can officially say the detox has definitely helped eliminate sweets cravings! The plan says you can add yogurt to any of the smoothies, instead I decided to make fresh berry yogurt pops for a cool treat (using So Delicious Plain Soy Yogurt). It actually tasted too sweet for me, I couldn’t eat it.

Breakfast: “Into the Blue” (I blended 1 packet + 32oz water + 1/2 frozen banana + 1/2C blueberries

Lunch: “Joyful” (I blended 1 packet + 24oz water + 8oz organic fresh squeezed OJ + 1/2C frozen banana)

Snack: Cucumber and Tomato Salad (organic cucumbers + organic sliced tomatoes + fresh ground pepper + fresh dill + oregano + white wine vinegar)

Dinner: “Daybreak” (I blended packet + 24oz water + 8oz organic lemonade + 1/2C frozen pineapple)

Kaeng Raeng Detox [Day Two]

I woke up feeling refreshed today. I worked out, 35 minutes on the elliptical, then the TIU She Sells Seashells Toning Workout, before breakfast. I noticed I’m much less hungry than I was yesterday, and I’m not craving any sweets (bonus!), actually warm whole foods like grilled vegetables and quinoa.

Breakfast: “Into the Blue” (I blended 1 packet + 32oz water + 1/2 frozen banana + 1/2C blueberries

Lunch: “Joyful” (I blended 1 packet + 24oz water + 8oz organic lemonade + 1/2C frozen strawberries)

Dinner: “Daybreak” (I blended packet + 24oz water + 8oz organic fresh squeezed OJ + 1/2C frozen pineapple)

Snack: Cucumber and Tomato Salad (organic cucumbers + organic sliced tomatoes + fresh ground pepper + fresh dill + oregano + white wine vinegar) & Raw Carrot Sticks

 

Kaeng Raeng Detox [Day One]


I’ve been wanting to do a detox, for a healthy refreshment and to help curb my “faux” sweets cravings, as I like to call them. Before I was a vegan, I never had much of a sweet tooth. When I discovered how to “veganize” desserts, I loved the subtle, not-too-sweet taste of the healthy alternative ingredients. I eat pretty clean and healthy (organic fruits & veggies, nothing processed, no artificial ingredients) with the addition of not always necessary vegan sweets and treats (Whole Foods chocolate chip cookies, dairy free ice cream, don’t even get me started on breakfast foods..) If I could eat french toast or cinnamon rolls everyday for breakfast, I most certainly would. I discovered the Kaeng Raeng Detox on Lauren Conrad’s blog. (Kim Barnouin, author of Skinny Bitch, is also an endorser of the cleanse.) After researching and reading many reviews, I decided it would be a great detox for me considering the smoothies are filling, and you’re able to consume unlimited raw fruits and veggies. After taking their quiz, I found the 6 day Master Cleanse was right for me. I will keep a daily update to share my experience on the cleanse to see if it is right for you. (Save 20% code: VEGANCUTS20)

Breakfast:  “Into The Blue” Smoothie (I blended packet + 24oz water + 8oz unsweetened almond milk + 1/2 banana + 1/2C organic blackberries)

Lunch: “Joyful” Smoothie (I blended packet + 24oz water + 8oz organic lemonade + 1C ice + 1/2C organic strawberries) & 1/2 Grapefruit & Green Tea

Snack: Cucumber & Grape Tomato Salad (organic cucumbers + organic grape tomatoes + fresh ground pepper + fresh dill + oregano + white wine vinegar) & Fruit Salad (organic blueberries + organic red grapes + organic apple) & Green Tea

Dinner: “Daybreak Smoothie” (I blended packet + 24oz water + 8oz organic fresh squeezed OJ + 1/2 frozen banana) This combination is my favorite thus far. It reminds me of an Orange Julius.

The smoothies taste good, are very filling, but are timely to consume. The only time I felt hungry was late afternoon, but raw fruits and veggies filled me up until my dinner smoothie. I was happy to find that I wasn’t starving and didn’t feel deprived like the effect some cleanses tend to have. So far so good 😉