Yeah, yeah, yeah. Wasn’t I on a low-carb plan or something?
Well, don’t you worry your pretty little head. There’s a long post coming up about that (how I got a stomach bug, had to eat a bunch of bread, acquired a soy allergy/sensitivity…I think…, and had to revamp my diet). Long story short, over the past 2 weeks, I’ve returned to a more balanced whole foods approach to plant-based eating, and my body feels much better. I’m still going to experiment with adjusting my macronutrients in the coming months, but for now I’m just focusing on maintaining.
I have 6 flights in 3 weeks all over the country for interviews, family and friends coming into town to visit, and lots and lots of high stress activities surrounding law school and the job search.
Are these EXCUSES? No. These are the times that I so often talk about, but rarely actually take advantage of, when real life sometimes has to take priority. Does this mean I’m throwing clean eating out the window? NO! It means I’ve been eating a balance of lean, clean, green foods every day, but not counting calories or macros.
It also means I’ve been enjoying some lean, clean, green, plant-based desserts :) Bonus? It makes for a great What I Ate Wednesday post :)
1. TCBY has a new partnership with Silk and has created an almond milk non-dairy fro-yo!!! WOOT!
Go support this if there is a TCBY anywhere near you! Hubby and I drove 45 minutes just to get to one to try this!
The flavor is Chocolate Almond.
This tastes just like regular frozen yogurt – light and delicious. Of course we topped it with peanut butter and Oreo, but that’s beside the point :)
And of course we got some to go, because we weren’t gonna drive 45 minutes again the next day to get some, but we were definitely going to need to eat it again the next day…
At home, I made it with a delicious homemade magic hardening chocolate shell that was just as good if not better than any store bought kind! Simply mix:
- 1 tbsp. cocoa powder
- 2 tsp. water
- 1 tsp. coconut oil
- 6-10 drops liquid stevia
Microwave for 20-30 seconds and drizzle on ice cream. YUM. I threw on some peanuts for good measure too.
2. Homemade Chocolate Banana Almond Butter “Crepes”
Yeah, on this one I just got creative. I threw a brown rice tortilla in a pan (gluten free!), slathered some almond butter on it, chopped up a banana, and then drizzled it with a combination of cocoa powder, water, and stevia. Next, I closed it, flipped it, and BAM – deliciousness ensued.
This one is, of course, a bit higher calorie, but it is, nonetheless, all natural and clean ingredients, so if you’re a dessert lover, enjoy this one guilt-free!
I knew this one was a must-try the second I saw the post. I love the chewy texture of cookies, but hate that they are so often packed with butter and refined sugar. Even the vegan ones usually have way too much sugar and give me tummy aches :/ This beautiful concoction of pumpkin and oats, along with other all-natural ingredients, is a winner in my book. I used raisins rather than cherries and subbed in chocolate protein powder for half of the flour to make it even more powerful! Topped with crunchy unsalted peanut butter. YUM.
I hope you enjoyed this array of clean desserts. I feel so blessed to have found a place of true BALANCE in my life where I can enjoy foods like this that I used to restrict so much. I spent some time reflecting this week, as I just came upon my one year anniversary of being vegan. Even just one year ago, if I ever ate a cookie or ice cream, I would feel guilty and use exercise as a punishment. Now I am confident in my body and more importantly in my strength – spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically. I know that I can enjoy these things when I want them because 1) they are good fuel for my body! 2) I know I will not “fall off the wagon” and eat like this all day every day. These simple indulgences are the things that bring smiles to life and they are memories in the making. As stressful and busy as this time of my life has been, I know I will look back on it fondly, and I’m so grateful to have a good balance of foods that are clean, healthy, and plant-based, but also feed my soul. Life is good, people.
Cheers to the good things in life,