Showing posts from February, 2017

Can You Build Muscle On a Vegan Meal Plan?

When I went to the Tony Robbins seminar back in November, I was in my second week of the Whole 30 program. The Whole 30 wasn't too different from how I was already eating except that I was eating WAY more meat. I totally loved the recipes on the plan, but something just didn't feel right for me. 

One day of the seminar was dedicated entirely to health and nutrition. During that day I heard several things that turned me off of wanting to eat meat. When I returned, I really just wanted to stay away from it. From there I decided to do the Ultimate Reset Cleanse which slowly eliminates meat from your diet. 

During the cleanse I did not do any intense workouts, just light yoga. When I completed the cleanse I found it interesting that I still just did not feel like eating meat. I started a new fitness program which was a little more intense and continued to eat similar to the cleanse for the next 60 days. Which brings me to the current moment. I now have started the muscle building pr…

Recipe Thursday: Vegan Lasagna

I am starting a new series where each Thursday I will try out a new clean eating recipe that I find online and share with you all how it is. I decided to go back to my Italian roots for this first recipe and try out a vegan lasagna. This particular recipe which I got over at Hummusapien was easy to make, dairy-free, and absolutely delicious! I give this one two thumbs up! Highly recommended! 


6-9 whole wheat lasagna noodles 1lb extra firm tofu, drained and pressed5 oz. garlic hummus1/4 cup nutritional yeast 1/2 cup chopped spinach 1tsp. garlic powder 1/2 tsp. Himalayan salt 1/2 tsp. dried basil 1 26-ounce jar marinara sauce 

DIRECTIONS: Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees FCook your lasagna noodles In the meantime, in a large bowl crumble tofu with your hands until it resembles the texture of ricotta cheese. Add hummus, nutritional yeast, spinach, garlic, salt, and basil. Using your hands, mix ingredients together until it becomes a creamy ricotta-like texture. In a baking dish pour…

FREEDOM: Releasing the Chains That Held Me Down!

I was locked down in chains. My anxiety and depression had completely taken over my life. I used it as an excuse to not go after the things I wanted, and as a crutch to not step outside of my comfort zone. I was about to settle. I was about to just accept that being unhappy was my fate. Luckily something woke me up...

I was at the lowest point I had ever been at. I woke up on Nov. 1st totally hung over with no recollection of what had happened the night before. The night before I had hosted a Halloween party. About 100 people got dressed up and headed over to my place for drinking games, and fun. I was the only one not having fun. I had finally came to the realization that I just wasn't happy with the way things were. I could no longer use alcohol or excuses, I had to take ownership of my life and make a change. 

My change started with my own personal health and fitness but quickly escalated to freedom and purpose. I took my new found passion for health and fitness and wanted to tur…

Warm You Up Winter Lentil Soup

During the winter months, I am all about homemade soup! This Winter Lentil was definitely up there on my top 10. The original recipe called for sweet potato but I am a Japanese Yam addict so I made a substitution. It was very easy to make with limited prep although please be aware that leeks affect your eyes in the same way as onions :) Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS: 1 Tablespoon olive oil 4 leeks (white and light green part), cut into 1/4 inch-thick half-moons1 28-ounce can whole tomatoes, drained2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces 1 bunch kale, thick stems removed and leaves cut into 1/2-inch wide strips1/2 cup brown lentils 1 Tablespoon fresh thyme Himalayan salt and black pepper6 cups of water

DIRECTIONS: Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the leeks and cook, stirring occasionally for about 3-4 minutes, until they begin to soften. Add the drained tomatoes and cook, breaking them up with a spoon, for about 4-5 minutes. Add 6 cups of water and bring to a boil.…

10 Tips for a Healthy Valentine's Day

Couples all across the world take Valentine's Day very seriously spending an average of $13,290,000,000. V-Day is also one of the biggest restaurant nights of the year which often involves appetizers, heavy dinners, lavish desserts, and drinks. Celebrating this special day with your loved one is awesome, just in case you want to enjoy your night without adding inches to your waistline, here are some tips! 
#1 Hold The Bread! 

I either decline the bread completely or make sure the basket is as FAR away from me as possible. If you would like a piece of bread, take one and keep the basket moving! My father has a cool little trick of only eating the crust of the bread if that is helpful to you. 
#2 Customize Your Meal! 

Don't be afraid to ask your server to make modifications to your meal. When I am out to eat I always put the sauce or dressing on the side so I can control how much goes on, and substitute green veggies for the carb. Notice how the item is prepared in the description o…

Why I'm Abandoning PiYo!

I am all about completing what you started, but I am abandoning my PiYo workout with just two weeks left. If one of my challengers came to my and told me that they weren't going to complete their entire program, I would likely try to persuade them to complete it. So why am I not holding myself to the same standard? 

I decided to commit to PiYo after completing the Ultimate Reset Cleanse and 3 Week Yoga Retreat. I wanted to continue to build my core and give myself a steady base after resetting my body. This was perfect at that time because I was also going to be traveling for an entire month and since I have Beachbody All-Access and PiYo doesn't require any equipment I could do it from anywhere. I decided to go with the "Strength" calendar which is a little harder and very quickly realized that PiYo was no joke! My buns were burning, and the massive amount of lunges and squats involved were building some serious muscle in my legs. 
When I returned from traveling and wa…

White Bean Chili With Jalapeno Bulgur

I haven't been eating any meat lately so have been trolling the internet for good vegetarian recipes. I came across this chili recipe from and had to share it with you all! It was quick and easy to make and tasted absolutely delicious. Definitely hit the spot on a cold and snowy day here in Boston!
INGREDIENTS: 1/2 cup bulgur wheat2 Tbsp. olive oil1 large onion, chopped 1 green bell pepper, chopped 2 garlic cloves, chopped1 tsp. ground cumin1 tsp. chili powderSalt & Pepper1 14.5-ounce can of diced tomatoes2 15-ounce cans cannellini beans, rinsed1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice2 scallions, thinly sliced1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped

DIRECTIONS: Bring 1 cup of water to a boil, add bulgur and simmer, covered, until all the water is absorbed and the bulgur is tender. 12-15 minutes. Meanwhile, heat 1 Tbsp. olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and bell pepper, and cook until tender. 6-8 minutes. Add the garlic, cumin, chili powder, 1 tsp. salt, and 1/2 t…

3 Tips on How to Read the Ingredient Label

The first thing I do when I pick an item off the shelf when grocery shopping is I turn it around and read the ingredients! Simple right? Not always! Many companies have found ways to confuse consumers by using long words, and different names for ingredients. It may be difficult to navigate those labels, but today I am here today to give you a few tips on how to read them correctly! 
Tip #1 Ingredients Often Have More Than One Name 
One way to trick a consumer is to give the same ingredient several different names. First things first, ingredients are listed by quantity. The first ingredient is the one that there is most of, but that doesn't always tell you the whole story. When it comes to sodium, added sugars, and dangerous fats, all which can negatively affect your health, it can be quite difficult to really know how much is in your product. The reason for this is that these ingredients can actually go by several different names. 

For example, sugar can also be listed as high-fructo…

Delicious Kale Tacos

I had the most amazing vegan tacos last night! I had never considered putting a radish into my taco, but boy am I glad I tried it! This was another recipe that I found over at ifoodreal and it was one you should try out! I have been loving what I have found over on their site! I did change up their recipe a bit and add some of the black bean burgers that I had made the night before to the sauteed kale. It was absolutely delicious! If you try them out, let me know what you think!!
INGREDIENTS: 1 large bunch of curly kale, stalks removed and finely chopped.2 large tomatoes, sliced1 bunch radishes, slicedCorn Tortillas1 lime, sliced3 Tbsp. coconut oil3 large garlic cloves, minced1/2 tsp. Himalayan pink salt SalsaGuacamole 3 avocados Handful cilantro, finely choppedLime juice to tasteSalt to taste
DIRECTIONS: Prepare all vegetables. Make guacamole. Preheat large skillet on low and swirl 2 tablespoons of coconut oil to coat the pan. Start adding kale in handfuls and stirring continuously. When …