Day 15…I’m in a dream…!!!

Notice how she’s grabbin the kale!  Haaiil to the kale!! baha salad bar equipt with mung and alfalfa sprouts, we always have whole grain and bean options as well!!notice

Everyone looooveees these!!!!!! :

The Salad: Kale, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, craisins, sunflower seeds, lil salt, peppah, thyme, oregano!  girls texting me all day “WHAT WAS IN THAT SALAD” lolzsssalad

mah faveee Essjay wraps, inspired from Gulu Gulu Cafe in Salem, MA: Vegan Madness! Hummus, greens, apples, and craisinsessjay

And I made myself a sexy lil number by blending 3 oranges with some ground golden flax:

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Dinner I’M DREAMING!! >> whole grain quinoa couscous mix, superhero spaghetti squash 😉 with kale and I’ll have to talk to Allison!  also edamame and seed bread!

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“Reines, this banana bread is BOMB” ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ SPOILED VEGANS!! It’s mah mama’s whole wheat banana bread recipe!  Who knows what magic Allison did though 😉
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My rawesomeness: spinach, mung, alfalfa, mushroom, carrot, jalapeno melded in an orange, basil, golden flax with a squeeze of lime creaminess of a “can I have some” alivenesss!!day14din

BananaDreamCloud: 3 bananas, cinnamon, ice, chilled water<3 so thick, so foamy, so perfect. don’t wake me up, up up up, up up.

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ALLISON OLAND!!!

ALLISON!

Kappa Kappa Gamma of Purdue University’s Campus Cook: Allison Oland.  The. most. incredible. superhero. ever.  First of all, I know you’re wondering what all is in that seductive salad!!  Kale marinated with an orange, ginger, lime and lime zest, mint, date, olive oil, cayenne, and pomegranate dressing.  Absolutely fantastic.

This woman carries 120+ women on her shoulders.  Who could bare the responsibility to feed so many mouths!?  And you think just feed? Heck no!  To leave them ALL satisfied and smiling with every bite!

Not only does she have an unbelievably strong superhero grasp about what goes on behind the scenes; budget, what’s in stock, shipments coming in, food safety, menu planning, being very cautious about food allergies, cleaning, preparing, aaaannnd talking to me with a sweet smile on her face!  But, I’m sorry mom, she is. the most. talented chef. I have EVER met.  Working with her to make menus, she wouldn’t save the page numbers of the recipes I showed her or even write them down.  Which made me queezy nervous at first, but she assured me that recipes are just a guideline that if followed to a t-takes all the fun out of it!  She reads and listens to my ideas and really gets a feel for the melding flavors I am looking for and makes her own divine delight!

Also, according to Mom B, we have the healthiest salad bar on campus!! Allison has transformed our dining room into a health-filled extravagance of kale, collards, and other dark leafy options, mung sprouts, alfalfa sprouts, lentils, chick peas, and other bean varieties, hummus, whole grains like brown rice, barley and bulgur wheat, whole wheat penne pasta, salsa and avocado!!  If the kappa kappa gammas are what they eat after they eat Allison’s food, they sure are healthy, and they FOR SURE are happy!!! THANK YOU ALLISON!! ❤ ❤ ❤

We’re Gonna Party Like, Like It’s Day 12!

First of all, check out how rawesome this menu is!!! Asparagus, the Garlic Buttered Pasta is even vegan! Soy based butter! hummus, lentil salad, whole wheat penne w. butternut squash and sage,sexy citrus salad!!!,Essjay wraps, superhero spaghetti squash!!! balsamic mushrooms over couscous!!! that banana bread is vegan too! extended salad bar and veggie burgers!! VEGAN PARADISE!!

bombmenuHUGEEE Shout out to the chef Allison.  Will do separate Superhero post on a later date for sure, but this lady goes far beyond her job description to please all of us and she is really brilliant.  She doesn’t follow recipes and gets the idea of dishes when I describe them to her and makes them delish her way!  SHES THE SHIIZZZ!! Thank you Allison!  It’s so fun working with youu!!

I made lefty’s for lunch, looks gross I know but SOO GOOOOODD!!

sweetleftysFormal dinner… little awk.. haha 6 oranges and a bowl full of kale and basil with nutritional yeast.. when people ask me if being raw is hard.. it’s only hard cause it’s kind of uhm.. ya know.. not “normal”

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Day 11 in Heaven!

Runner, avid chocolate milk consumer and meat lover James Wallace and I made Kristina’s Macho Taco Salad! He sent me this pic with “Yum” attached! 😀 loved it!  day11jamesday11taco

No cilantro and our mango was narsty narsty brown but was still bommb!!!  We used kale for the salad and like 5+ basil leaves and like what 10ish grape tomatos and 1/4 of a lime for the dressing!  The dressing looks gross but it was absolutely stupendous!  Can’t go wrong with basil and tomato!

Makin it Mainstream

Since working with the chefs at kappa, these are the changes that have been made so far:

1. carrots and celery are always a snack option in the fridge

2. there is always a whole grain on the salad bar line, like barley, bulgur wheat, brown rice and always a clean protein like sprouts, beans, hummus, etc

3. they have incorporated collards, kale, and swiss chard and have ordered less iceburg variety (little nutrients)

4. much more fruit variety offered as a snack option such as bananas, apples, oranges, pears, grapefruit!

I’m also still trying to get a vegan opion at every meal!

And check out how mainstream it has become!

peteonthgoRipped and rawesome Peter Searle picked up this on the go and said, “It was gooooooooodddd!”

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At the Region III Lead On I met a vegan girl from Canada!  And I was so excited to see all these options!

But.. Rome wasn’t built in a day :-/

rome1dayThe rawesomee chef Allison pointed out how there is ALWAYS meat haha and this weeks menu is slowly incorporating a vegan option every day! 😀

Top 3 Nutrition Transitions for 2013

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Your body this new year should be sustainably energized and satisfied!  Filled with ample nutrients and the correct amount of calories for you; minus the cravings and plus the benefits!  Flirt with these simple steps and see how your body feels!

  1. Increase your intake of dark green leafy vegetables- The more chlorophyll the better!  Dark green leafy vegetables are a rich source of chlorophyll, which is important in offsetting stress by alkalizing the body.  Chlorophyll also cleanses and oxygenates the blood, making it a true performance enhancer.  Having more oxygen available in the blood translates to better endurance and an overall reduction in fatigue.  When raw, chlorophyll-containing plants possess an abundance of live enzymes that promote the quick rejuvenation of our cells.  Not to mention an amazing source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals!  All leafy greens are healthy; some of the more available ones: Beet greens, butter lettuce, collards, dandelion greens, kale, mustard greens, red leaf lettuce, romaine lettuce, spinach, and swiss chard.  Garnishes like fresh basil or parsley are of course dark green and great chlorophyll sources too!  My personal favorites? Kale, wheatgrass, and spirulina (blue-green fresh water algae!) 😀

2.  Kick Processed Foods-  Do not touch processed food with a ten-foot pole!  You know the crap I’m talking about: fast food, packaged with pretty colors, canned, frozen, and boxed; with an ingredient list long enough to put you to sleep.  It’s called “junk food” for a reason.  The way your body handles these highly processed foods is similar to the way it handles white sugar; the blood sugar spike, and a crash leading to unnecessary cravings for more, fatigue, headaches, irritability, and just loads of nasty.  Whole grains are processed slowly the way the body was made to process them, creating a natural balance with sustained energy, satisfaction, sanity and stable emotions.  Whole grain bread, whole grain pasta and whole grains like brown rice and quinoa instead of white bread, white pasta and refined grains like white rice!   The processing of brown rice is far less extensive than that of white rice, making it nutritionally superior to its white counterpart.  Since only its outermost layer, the hull, is removed, brown rice retains its nutritional value.  Brown rice is high in manganese and contains large amounts of selenium and magnesium.  It is a good source of B vitamins as well.

3.  Stop worrying about protein- there is no such scientific term in the United States for a protein deficiency!  You know why?  Because one doesn’t exist!  One would have to seriously starve to become protein deficient.  If you are eating enough calories from even a diet based on plants, nutrient deficiency is impossible.  Plant cells contain protein.  It is a matter of sufficient calories.  “The China Study” conducted by Dr. Colin T. Campell, concluded that excess amino acids cause an acidic environment in the body, leading to mineral loss in bones and calcium deficiency, kidney stones (from attempting to flush out this extra acid) and a slew of other health problems.  Ever wonder why the United States has the highest number of hip replacements and osteoporosis?  “The China Study” explains that the unnecessary excess acids from animal protein (amino acids) that people consume actually lead to weaker bones.  Also, as a matter of fact, in biology 203 with Dr. Bridges, he stated that anybody who is taking supplements is just giving himself or herself very expensive urine!  All of the unnecessary extra protein and jargin (which is a lot this day in age) gets excreted (over working your kidneys very much).  All those products advertised, like this one:

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advertising a health claim with no evidence; making the product more appealing.  Anything that is advertised with a health claim should probably not be eaten at all.  True health foods don’t have money behind them, advertising!

Try these three transitions, and really test how you feel!  I can pretty much guarantee a start to blood purification, cancer prevention, improved circulation, strengthened immune system, promotion of healthy intestinal flora, promotion of energy, lifted spirit and elimination of depression, improved liver, gall bladder, and kidney function, cleared congestion, and fresh, clear skin!  “He that takes medicine and neglects diet, wastes the skill of the physician” ~Chinese Proverb.  So what do you say when you are offered an oh so substantial seductive salad for dinner??  KALE ya!!!

Zen Day 10

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They were out of wheatgrass!!! So I got the vita snap with extra gingahh ❤ haha It was TOO DELISHH!!!! I was so ecstatic to see they offered fresh juice and WHEATGRASS!! In our brand new state of the art revolutionary fitness facility at Purdue, we don’t have any wheatgrass/ fresh juice!  WHAT GIVES?! day102

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