I make a big bowl of hummus weekly to dip fresh veggies in to snack throughout the week. I decided to switch it up a bit and add a flavorful spin on my usual recipe. This makes a large bowl, great for entertaining, parties, and pot lucks.
One major benefit of traveling to NYC and LA is the abundance of veg and gluten free options and restaurants. I always take advantage of my fave spots and this time added some new ones to the list!
I stopped into Peacefood Cafe one morning for a Pumpkin Spice Latte and delicious GF Pumpkin Loaf. The tofu scramble is yummy, also!
Dinner at Cafe Blossom in the West Village was amazing. We shared a variety of dishes to try a little bit of everything, and it was all delicious! We tasted the Chickpea Fritters, Caesar Salad, Sunflower Burger, Berry BBQ Tempeh, Quinoa Spaghetti (which was tdf!).
I ventured to Pure Food & Wine for a prix fixe brunch, where I ordered the Caesar Salad, Tortilla Wraps and Raw Lemon Bar. The salad was great, and the lemon bar had the perfect subtle taste.
Chloe’s Soft Serve Fruit Co is the ultimate guilt-free treat. The Banana soft serve is so delicious! Topped with fresh fruit, coconut, carob chips and a gluten free waffle, it was perfection. 😉
Fresh & Co was conveniently located across from my hotel. Hot quinoa bowls and create your own salads, make for the perfect quick dinner! I tried the warm Kimchee Quinoa Stir-fry Bowl, it was yummy.
Le Pain Quotidien is one of my favorites! I adore their Quinoa Taboule Salad, but this time I opted for the Turmeric Chai Latte and Kale Caesar Salad. It was a nice change for the new season.
For quick lunch takeout that’s totally green and healthy, Green Symphony has an abundance of options. I opted for the kale salad.
While in the West Village, we had dinner at S’Nice. I ordered the quinoa salad, it was full of flavor.
If you crave froyo, Tutti Frutti offers a variety of soy frozen yogurt and fresh fruit and carob toppings and it’s delicious!
A few others that I usually visit while in the city…
Babycakes NYC is the ultimate vegan, gluten free bakery. Everything is scrumptious from their doughnuts, to cupcakes, to cinnamon toasties. My birthday cake is even shipped from there every year.
Terri NYC is great for wraps, salads, fresh juices or a quick snack. Their smoothies are really yummy too, and are open early for breakfast.
Burrito Box is the ultimate Mexican fix. Their vegan options go above and beyond, and never disappoint. Great for delivery or takeout.
Blossom Du Jour is great for a quick lunch and fresh pressed juices on hand.
Two Boots is perfect when craving a big NY slice of pizza, and is conveniently located around the city.
Quinoa is a great source of a complete protein. I love adding it to salads. (Le Pain Quotidien’s Quinoa Tabbouleh Arugula Salad is my absolute fave) This filling dish is full of nutrients and an array of flavor, sans sodium and oil.
Quinoa (yields 4 servings)
Creamy Basil Pumpkin Seed Dressing
Blend all ingredients in a Vitamix, or high speed blender until smooth.
Toss salad, add 1/4 C quinoa and dressing and mix well. Enjoy!
This simple summer dish is loaded with all the flavor, but sans the calories of a typical pasta dish. A spiral vegetable slicer is one of the best kitchen tool purchases I’ve made, creating simple salad and “noodle” dishes in just minutes.
Raw Zucchini “Pasta”
Using a spiral vegetable slicer, spiral zucchini into “noodles.” Add tomatoes, sprinkle with hemp seeds and pine nuts, and top with fresh pesto basil and mix well.
Fresh Basil Pesto
Add all ingredients to Vitamix, or food processor, and blend well. Gradually add more water if consistency is too thick.
Serve and Enjoy! 🙂
It’s the start of Summer which means BBQs, picnics and cookouts will soon start to fill your weekend agenda. This raw “pasta” salad is a healthy option for a hot day, and loaded with flavor and antioxidants.
Using a vegetable spiral slicer, slice the zucchini and carrots. Chop tomatoes and jicama. Add pumpkin seeds and spices and vinegar to taste. Mix together and serve!
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