Greek Tofu Scramble

Got this recipe from Forks Over Knives and it was so yummy and quick I had to share! This is perfect for breakfast but also awesome for dinner (which is what I did). For this meal you will need:

-14oz package of extra firm tofu

-1/3 C of nutritional yeast

-1 1/2 tsp of each dried basil and parsley

-3/4 tsp of ground turmeric

-sea salt and pepper to taste

-3/4 C of diced red onion

-1 1/2 tsp of garlic

-1 1/2 (14 oz) cans of artichoke hearts chopped

-1 1/2 C of cherry tomatoes

-1/3 C of kalamata olives (optional)

-4 1/2 C of baby spinach

After tofu is drained and patted dry with a towel, crumble it in a bowl with the yeast, parsley, basil, turmeric, salt and pepper. Mix well. In a large pan over medium heat, cook onions until translucent (keep adding water if needed to avoid sticking). Add garlic and stir. Evenly add tofu mixture to pan and cook until bottom of tofu is golden brown. Add artichokes, olives, and tomatoes and cook about 5 more minutes. Add spinach and cook an additional two minutes. Serve with a side of whole grain toast and some fruit.

Enjoy =)

XOXO

Erica

http://www.deitiesofhealth.com

deitiesofhealth@gmail.com

http://www.instagram.com/fitamerica55

http://www.twitter.com/byrnerica

YouTube Deities of Health

Protein Bites

Want a quick healthy snack that is a little ball of energy and protein? Look no further! These little bites, which can be done plenty of ways, will give you all you are looking for in a good healthy snack. Plus, they will make you think your eating cookie dough and only take 5 minutes to make!

Below I will provide how to make these bites three ways, but you will see that all you have to do is really switch out the protein powder flavor for more creative flavoring =) So for these awesome energy and protein packed bites you will need:

1 1/2 C of flour of your choice

1/4 C of protein powder

2 Tbs of chia seeds

1 Tbs of ground flax

1/4 C of agave or maple syrup

1/4 C of coconut oil

1/4 C of almond or other plant milk

This is all you will need for any flavoring. I used Vega Plant Protein Powder in the Salted Caramel flavor, so I didn’t add anything else, except some sea salt to sprinkle on top of the bites when they were done. To make you simply put all the dry ingredients in a bowl and whisk until blended. Add the wet ingredients and mix well (you may need to add one or two more tablespoons of nut milk, but you want it to be a crumbly dough mixture). Once well mixed, knead and squeeze dough so that it forms, and then roll into little balls and store in the freezer. Viola!

Other yummy flavors is lemon poppy seed and chocolate. For the lemon just use vanilla plant protein powder, replace the chia seeds with poppy seeds (or stick with the chia) and the  1/4 C of nut milk with 1/4 C of lemon juice and add 2 Tbs of nut milk. For decadent chocolate bites, use chocolate plant protein powder and then roll in finely chopped peanuts, cashews, or coconut flakes. Enjoy!

XOXO

Erica

http://www.deitiesofhealth.com

deitiesofhealth@gmail.com

http://www.instagram.com/fitamerica55

http://www.twitter.com/byrnerica

YouTube Deities of Health

 

Eating More Raw

Hello beauties! So I know I told you on my last video that I was transitioning to more raw eating (still vegan of course), and would share with you how my week typically has been going. I am not eating 100%, more like 60-80%. I am feeling better and you definitely can feel a difference in mood and energy even with just the short time, and not a full transition. Eating raw vegan has been shown to diminish signs of depression, increase energy and stamina, create healthier glowing skin, cure illness and disease, and many other wonderful things, and honestly why wouldn’t it? We are eating power packed nutrients that the earth herself is providing. My face has not really broken out, and I have not worn foundation at all the last couple weeks because of it. My hubby and others keep complimenting on my skin, so these little things help me want to continue to stay raw.

So, what have I been eating for my raw meals? I start my mornings off with soaked steel cut oats. I love these because not only are they packed with protein and fiber and extremely versatile, but they are so easy and excellent for me to grab on the mornings when I coach and have to be out the door at 4 a.m (yes leaving my house at 4)! These, well actually my lunch meals too are all super easy and can be changed up in so many ways, even though the base is the same. For the oats all you have to do is get some steel cut oats, place them in a jar with your favorite raw nut milk, and then add your favorite fruits, seeds, nuts, and spices. Close the jar and store in the fridge until ready to eat (note that it takes about 5 hours for them to soften, I make a whole weeks worth at the end of each week that way I always have some ready). My staples to all my morning oats are of course the oats and nut milk, along with chia and hemp seeds, and usually cinnamon. I like to add apples and raw walnuts or almonds, bananas with raw cashew (a little bit of raw carob powder is good too), blueberries with my favorite raw nut butter (tastes like pb&j Sammy), and papaya with raw sunflower seeds and some agave. The creativity is endless.

For lunch or dinner I have been doing a green smoothie which I mix up between kale and spinach and some kind of fruit, along with chia and hemp seeds. If I don’t do the smoothie I have been doing kale salads, which I am currently obsessed with. These too, can be super versatile and delicious as well as very easy to make. I add kale, a fruit, a nut, and other raw veggies and alway season with cayenne pepper, and either lemon juice, a balsamic and/or EVOO or raw agave. A few of my fave varieties are the kale with red onion, tomatoes, carrots, celery, apples/pears, and almonds with a coconut balsamic and a habanero EVOO, or a mix of the kale, raw sunflower seeds and raw cashews, cinnamon, a little cayenne, and raw agave. These salads are superfoods packed with nutrients and lots of fiber as well keep you full. Note that kale must be chewed in its entirety for it to fully digest properly, otherwise it can sit heavy in your stomach. For this reason I chop it in the food processor after I chop it up by hand. Most of us are always in a rush and are never on a slow mode in life, my husband is like this and eats his food super fast and doesn’t thoroughly chew it. So make sure you chop the kale really good and chew completely =)

Snacks are easy, I just nosh on some fresh fruit or veggies with my favorite raw nut butter, or have some seeds and nuts. Try these out and make them your own! Let me know which is your favorite morning oat, green smoothie, or kale (or green) salad!

XOXO

Erica

http://www.deitiesofhealth.com

deitiesofhealth@gmail.com

http://www.instagram.com/fitamerica55

http://www.twitter.com/byrnerica

YouTube Deities of Health

Baked Eggplant with Quinoa

This recipe is so delicious I can’t even explain it! It is healthy, filling, and of course vegan. But to all lovers of food, vegan or not, you will want to cook this recipe time and again! It may look complex, but it is super easy to make. Inspired by emeals, this is now a favorite in our house! To make this delicious meal you will need:

1 eggplant

olive oil (you will use 1tbs for the eggplant and 1tbs for the quinoa)

1 C of quinoa ( I used red)

1 can of garbanzo beans

1/2 of a large cucumber

1 can of fire roasted tomatoes

3 tbsp of parsley (fresh or dried)

2 chopped green onions

2 tbsp of fresh lemon juice

Bottle of vegan dressing to drizzle (I used Annie’s Goddess dressing)

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees and cut your eggplant in half lengthwise. Place cut side faced up on a pan and brush 1 tbsp of olive oil on each half of the eggplant. While you are waiting for the oven to preheat, put two cups of water and the 1 cup of quinoa in a pot. Pop the eggplant in the oven, wait for your quinoa to boil and when it does, turn it down to a simmer and cover. Both the eggplant and the quinoa should take about 20 minutes (just check to see if they are both tender every 10 minutes or so). While that is cooking, chop your green onions, and your cucumbers into half moons. Drain your fire roasted tomatoes, and drain and rinse your garbanzo beans. When the quinoa is done, add your onion, cucumbers, garbanzo beans, tomatoes, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, parsley, and your two tablespoons of lemon juice and stir. I also added a little salt and pepper. Plate your eggplant and spoon on the quinoa mixture and then drizzle with dressing and enjoy! Remember this recipe is for 2 people, so double if you are making for more (although if your eggplant is big enough you could half each side).

XOXO

Erica

 

Curry Lentil Soup

So since the weather decided to be cold again, I decided to warm up with some yummy soup. I whipped together some lentils and spices, and I have to say that this is one of my faves now. For this soup you will need: lentils, vegetable broth, chili powder, curry powder, ginger, fire roasted tomatoes, and water. I also added cashews in the mix to spice it up and give it a crunch.

Put about a cup of lentils in with about 2 cups of broth and a cup of water. I was rushing for this dinner, so I didn’t measure anything at all! Lol. Drain your can of fire roasted tomatoes and add to the broth and lentils. Season with about 2tsp of the chili and curry powder, and about a tsp of the ginger. Add the cashews if you would like and cook, stirring occasionally until the lentils are tender.

Serve with some garlic bread and garnished with parsley and cashews. Enjoy the warmth from this savory and simple dish. =)

XOXO

Erica

http://www.deitiesofhealth.com

http://www.instagram.com/fitamerica55

http://www.twitter.com/byrnerica

http://www.youtube.com/deitiesofhealth

Intermittent Fasting

Hello beauties! I hope that this morning is going well for you all! As some of you know, I have decided to take the journey of intermittent fasting. I am almost at my full week as of today, it is Saturday and I will hit day 7 on Monday. I made a little video for y’all which I will post below, on how I was feeling the other day thus far. Monday I will make another video about how the whole week has gone and also post my before and after pictures. Today is my first day that I will be going to Crossfit while still fasting. So though I have been working out through this, usually I do it in the afternoon or evening when I have already eaten. Yesterday I did do a WOD in my garage before I ate and I did really well, and even got the skill of butterfly pull-ups trying it for the first time ever, but I didn’t lift heavy weight. Yesterday I also got a personal record even after doing a previous workout, but we all know that I give my strength up to the plant based eating =)

Ok, so I am going to get headed out to Crossfit, I will let y’all know how I did and how the week went on Monday. I am also enclosing two very simple recipes below for those days when you need a good but extremely quick meal!

For the wraps all you need is a wrap, hummus (or your favorite dip/sauce like the cashew cheeze one I had posted for super bowl Sunday), and a variety of your favorite vegetables sliced up. That’s it! Super easy, nutritious and delicious! I used fire roasted hummus, carrots, zucchini, radish, and cucumber in mine. For the pasta dish all you need is pasta, I used Cybele’s free to eat superfood white gluten free rotini. This pasta comes in a variety of flavors and is so good. Mine was green lentil, cauliflower, and parsnip. You also need a can of fire roasted tomatoes drained, earth balance butter (or any vegan butter, you could even use oil if you prefer) garlic, some pepper and a dash of salt, dried parsley, oregano, and basil. Make the pasta according to the package (I literally boiled it the whole time for like 5 minutes and it was done), add the butter and seasonings, then the can of tomatoes and your all set!

I hope you all have a good rest of the weekend and I will see you on Monday!

XOXO

Erica

http://www.instagram.com/fitamerica55

http://www.twitter.com/byrnerica

http://www.deitiesofhealth.com

deitiesofhealth@gmail.com

Cauliflower Wings

For super bowl Sunday, I decided to do a healthier and friendlier option of the traditional munch down food..wings. I couldn’t believe how yummy they were as well as filling. Did not miss eating wings whatsoever. I definitely will be making this tasty party pleaser again! Alongside the wings, I also paired it with celery of course, and Annie’s dairy-free Green Goddess dressing, fries, and cashew cheeze sauce.

For the wings you will need;

A head of cauliflower (I used two because I knew they would go fast, if this is your case, double up on everything).

1 cup of plant milk or water (I happened to use a cup of cashew milk and a cup of water because I doubled the recipe)

1 cup of your favorite flour

1 cup of hot sauce

1 tbsp of vegan butter melted or oil

Preheat your oven to 450 then cut up your cauliflower (I did my best to keep decent size clumps to resemble boneless wings). Mix your milk (or water) in a bowl until well combined. Place your cauliflower, a few pieces at a time in the flour mixture to coat. Turning each piece around in the mixture to make sure you get them nice and coated. Place in a shallow baking dish and bake for about 20 minutes. While that is baking, mix your oil with your hot sauce. After the cauliflower is done, pour your hot sauce mixture over it, make sure you give it a little toss so that all the cauliflower gets some sauce. Pop it in the over for an additional 8 or so minutes. (Recipe from PETA).

I cut up some sweet potato, carrots, and parsnips and baked them for my fries. For the cheeze sauce you will need:

1 cup of water

1 cup of cashews

1 tbsp of lemon juice

2 chopped scallions

2 tbsp of nutritional yeast

dash of salt

Blend all of the ingredients together until blended and  smooth, then heat low, in a pan until creamy. (Recipe from Sashia Frasers book Vegan Recipes & Preparation 

I have to say that I am obsessed with this cheeze sauce and it complemented the fries perfectly.  Make the sauce and let me know what you like to dip in it!

XOXO

Erica

http://www.instagram.com/fitamerica55

http://www.twitter.com/@byrnerica

Week 13 of Veganism

Hello beautiful people!!!! Well, it has been just over 3 months of me taking on this amazing lifestyle! I have been becoming more sustainable and environmentally conscious, and more aware of what is really going on behind closed doors in the meat and dairy industries. As I have been becoming more proactive all around the board, I am and will continue to share my experience and views on all of it.

Below is my updated video and pictures of how my body is doing. I decided to take the pictures today as well as the video, as I am on my cycle and I am at my heaviest and most bloated, just so you can see how I feel and look when I am at my worst. I have two days that I am miserable and usually don’t want to leave my bed let alone the house, and today is usually the worst of it. LOL so your welcome world! Apologies for the scary zombie-ish look, but you know I gotta keep it real! Even though I feel at my worst, this is much better than it ever has been! Thank you plant based life!!!!

Below I also posted a picture from the book VEGAN RECIPES&PREPARATION By: Sashia Fraser on what foods to avoid that are additives or animal products. Sometimes you just don’t know when the industries use trickery in their wording. Remember when in doubt leave it out! I just don’t buy it if I cannot read it. Sometimes when you are in a bind and need something quick and on the go, you of course need to get food with words you may not know. Try to look for vegan certified products, and the list below will help you in knowing what trickery you should avoid.

As always, keep up the feedback, comments and questions! I love getting to know you all and some of you have become long distance friends that perhaps I could meet in the future! You are all amazing and beautiful and uniquely you! Keep being a badass! Continue to follow my joinery here, on my you tube channel  and my insta http://www.instagram.com/fitamerica55 and twitter at http://www.twitter.com/@byrnerica

XOXO

Erica

 

Video is at the very bottom =)

 

 

Start of bioclarity

2 weeks using bioclarity

AVOID THESE

IMG_2718