Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Day 1: Plant Based

This is day 1 of our 28 day adventure on a Plant Based Diet. We did this back in May and we saw a huge difference in our health. I would say we eat pretty healthy to begin with, but being Plant Based is a whole new meaning of health!  It was amazing how great we felt! We have kept the plant based at home, but when we eat out, which we have been doing a lot due to traveling, we did not stick to the Plant based. We could definitly feel a difference. (see below here for things we notice last time) So we are comeing back to clean out and strive for more PLANT on a more consistant basis! 
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By the way... Did you know that Daniel (in the Bible) ate all Veggie diet for 10 days and proved to be stronger and more alert then the men who ate all of the Kings delicacies. Huh! Something to consider! Really though the story is amazing! Check it out... Daniel Chapter 1
So for our first day of Plant Strong...
Day 1:
Breakfast: Whole wheat Cereal and Fruit (kids had gluten free waffles) and fruit
Lunch:Sprouted bagels with hummus and bell peppers with carrots on the side for dipping
So I know it's summer, but this was something I threw together last night for a quick meal using our leftovers. We love what we call "Rice Bowl" and we had that last week, so we needed a new twist. So... last night I decided to throw the leftovers into a pot, add some veggi broth and water and top it for soup. It turned out to be quick and yummy! Here's what's in it...

Veggie Broth (about two cups)
Water (two cups) You can use all veggie broth
Black beans
Pinto Beans
Brown rice
Salt and pepper to taste
Lime and cilantro to garnish on top

Add a side of toast if you need some carb to dip! Super easy, quick, and yummy! Sometimes with four little ones I need a quick meal! This will be a go to for a fast and filling dinner!

So day 1 down and 27 more to go! 
Have you ever done a plant strong diet? Tell me about it! Leave a comment below! 

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

C & C Sandwich with Quino and Black Bean Chips and Pineapple Salsa

Cilantro & Cucumber Sandwich
This was our lunch the other day. It was quick and easy, which these days is a huge plus! Here’s what I used. Hope you enjoy!
C&C Sandwich:
*Ezekiel toasted bread
*Cilantro and JalapeƱo hummus from Trader Joes
*Avocados
*Cucumbers sliced
*Salt and Pepper
We also added some quino and black bean chips and pineapple salsa (both from Trader Joes).
What’s your quick and easy healthy lunch go to?
~Sprout on, Sprout Up~

Rice Bowl Soup


So I know it's summer, but this was something I threw together last night for a quick meal using our leftovers. We love what we call "Rice Bowl" and we had that with Tu's Mom and fam while they visited last week. But last night I decided to throw the leftovers into a pot, add some veggi broth and water and top it for soup. It turned out to be quick and yummy! Here's what's in it...

Veggie Broth (about two cups)
Water (two cups) You can use all veggie broth
Black beans
Pinto Beans
Brown rice
Salt and pepper to taste
Lime and cilantro to garnish on top

Add a side of toast if you need some carb to dip! Super easy, quick, and yummy! Sometimes with four little ones I need a quick meal! This will be a go to!

Monday, July 29, 2013

I am back

So we are back to blogging. Had to tighten things up a bit, but think it's all good now. 
Thanks for those of you who held on during the changes! 
Post soon!



Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Kids Too


Getting our children to eat plant based can be challenging, but believe me when I say their tastes buds change just as ours do. I am always looking for healthy, plant based options for our kids and here is one they really enjoyed.
20130304_104659Whole Wheat Bread with almond butter drizzled with honey
carrots, cucumbers, and blue berries.
This can also be packed for a school lunch.
**So what is your favorite go to plant based lunch for your kids? Leave a comment and share your suggestions!
Sprout On~Sprout Up

Monday, July 22, 2013

Plant Strong Pro's

Back in May after reading the Engine 2 book  I decided that I wanted to try a 28 day plant strong diet. So for 28 days we would eat PLANT based "strong" food and eliminate things that were not Plant based. We used many of the Engine 2 recipes and others I created or found online. Here are the basic guidelines...

SAY NO TO..
Oils
Mayo
Dairy
Ranch dressing (I thought this would be the worst, but I got over it...I found others I like too)
Meats
Processed Sugar
Sweets

Yep. Seems crazy for an American, huh!? But it really was not too bad, and you will feel great after three days! Stick with it! It's worth it!

It will take a little Planning: This is a pic of a calendar I used to organize and log what we ate.

We also had set aside the month of May to fast from eating out. We wanted to use those funds that we would normally use to eat out to bless someone in need. So all meals were cooked in house for 28 days.  This was a prompting from the Lord even before the 28 day Plant Strong adventure, but God knows best because not eating out sure did make eating plant strong easier.

I can't emphasize how amazing we felt after this! You will not retreat it, and neither will your body, mind, and soul. It really is wonderful how God designed our bodies to be fueled and function.

So after 28 days here are SOME of the pros...
* Lots more Energy
* Healthy Digestion 
* Stomach no longer is cramping after eating
* Kids stopped saying their tummy's hurt after eating
* My baby's thrush went away completely without meds through nursing
* Baby's stomach issues stopped (He is allergic to cows milk)
* Not bloated
* Focused, thinking clear and sharp
* Headaches gone
*Bowels are clear and (well for lack of a better term)smooth.. sorry 
* Helped shed those few pounds I couldn't shake after baby 4
* Loss of inches and weight

There are so many outstanding benefits, both seen and unseen! Choosing a Plant Strong Life Style will free you up to be unchained to low energy, illness, and defeat. There are so many foods we eat that we don't realize are contributing to disease, and eating good, God given give us the tools needed to be free; confident and energized!  To be unchained! Now that's what it's about!

I am so thankful the Lord put this in my life, and I will continue to strive to put more and more plant strong, God given food into my bodies so that I can be the best I can for Him.