FYH x The Plantbased Jetsetter: Summer Sammich joy!

Remember that delightful haul from Follow Your Heart that I received earlier this month? Well, the summer sammich and wrap game has been strong in my house.

Here is the first of a series of delicious recipes one can formulate with these delicious, vegan ingredients from FYH.

Gardein fishless filet sammich of eternal joy!

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Just look at the majesty.

What you’ll need:

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Start out by baking your Gardein fishless filets in the oven. Preheat conventional/toaster oven to 425°F. Coat your baking pan with olive oil, season filets with salt, cayenne pepper, and dill. Bake frozen fishless filet for 10-12 minutes.

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Let filet sit while you assemble your sammich! Toast your FYH bread slices, then apply Vegenaise spreads. Place avocado first, then filet on top to keep that pesky avocado in place.

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It’s up to you how you’d like to assemble the rest, but I put the cheese on the still-warm filet so it will melt a little while I build the rest of the sammich.

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Plate when assembled, and stuff in your face! Yum yum yum. A delightful vegan fishy treat!

 

Follow Your Heart x The Plantbased Jetsetter

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Henry, my roomate’s dog, approves this haul

Summer is here with a bang, especially in Vegas, with temperatures soaring and making us all hide inside where the A/C is on full blast. (At least I am hiding inside with the A/C on full blast.)

That shouldn’t put a damper on anyone’s fun, however! There are pool parties with misters and cabanas to attend, indoor activities to explore, and amazing food to nom.

Speaking of amazing food, Follow Your Heart, one of my favorite vegan companies, sent me a spectacular haul of gluten-free tortillas, breads, vegan cheeses, and spreads to make summer sandwich and wrap recipes to my hearts’ content. I have already formulated a few recipes, the first to come shortly!

Stay tuned. <3

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FoodFlo – a vegan delivery service that slays!

 

Sooo I had the wonderful opportunity to try a subscription to FoodFlo – a vegan food delivery service that delivers to CA, NV, and AZ!

FoodFlo boasts delicious, whole food plant based recipes via French gourmet chef Florence Bertheau.

For more than 20 years, chef Flo cooked for her many students and celebrity clients the way she had learned in her native France, rich in butter and creamy sauces, heavy on meats, eggs and dairy. Then a paradigm shift happened. She began to see how certain foods had a profoundly positive effect on the health of her autistic daughter and on Flo herself. She created her own food pyramid based on three principles: Vegan, gluten-free and alkaline pH-balanced. Menus began evolving. Flo started using dense plant-based hypo-allergenic foods such as sprouted grains, nuts, vegetarian proteins, fresh greens and produce from local farms.

Flo’s journey of ‘health through food’ balances her company values of fresh and raw food nutrition with social and environmental consciousness; being aware of how what we eat affects the earth and all animals that live on it. Purchasing seasonal and local, she is able to provide the best quality products that are cost efficient, reduce the carbon footprint, all cooked with the intention for your good health.

I tried a week’s worth of menu items, and felt absolutely amazing afterwards. The meals were hearty but not heavy, and all of the ingredients were incredibly fresh. I especially enjoyed their handmade snack bars, pictured above!

They packed everything to perfection, as well – the meals came cold and fresh and ready to go. I was very impressed.

I highly recommend this service, especially if you don’t have time to meal prep during the week! You’ll have all the benefits of an organic, gluten-free vegan chef for a great price and a minimum of fuss.

Thanks for the trial, FoodFlo! You have a fan in me. 🙂

The Plantbased Jetsetter x iLoveKickboxing 

 

Many of us are still in the throes of our New Years’ resolutions – one of mine was to lose the 20lbs of what I call ‘happy fluff’ that I have accumulated over a year of living in Vegas and eating at the Wynn at 4am too much. 🙂

Enter ilovekickboxing on Flamingo and the 215 freeway!

I’ve partnered with this high energy gym in order to transform my body into a lean, mean, fighting machine once again.

Of course, diet is a big part of a body transformation, so you’re going to see a lot more greens and lean vegan protein in my posts for the forseeable future.

Stay tuned for transformation pics! I’ll be posting bi-weekly so you can see the changes that will be taking place.

Go go kickboxing and greens!!

fujiKale – a delightful way to get more greens!

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If you’re on the go like me, you appreciate a quick, easy, and healthy meal or supplement. There isn’t always time to grab a salad if you are traveling! Where to get those precious greens?

Enter fujiKale: 100% kale organically grown in Japan on Q’SAI’s Shimane Farms. It is USDA Certified Organic, contains vitamins A, B, C, K and calcium, and is conveniently powdered for fast and easy consumption.

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I shake mine up with my plant based protein or sometimes just mix it with almond milk when I need a quick pick me up! I have been taking it for a few months now and I love it. It saves my life on long trips. You can also add fujiKale to smoothies or even bake it to muffins or bread.

Check out their website here – they are currently having a sale! And be sure to let me know which recipes you end up using fujiKale in

Review – Purple Frog ‘aromatheraputic patches’

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Who doesn’t love a good whiff of essential oil? I sure do. It can be inconvenient, however, to lug around a diffuser on the go.

Enter Purple Frog aromatheraputic patches! They are the world’s only non-toxic, personal air fresheners, utilizing only the highest quality organic essential oil scents.

You can literally stick these little patches anywhere; (they are activated when you pop the little sac inside of them), and I set out to do just that!

I was particularly obsessed with the ‘air awakening‘ patches and, being the corporate flight attendant that I am, stuck them around my plane in strategic locations to make my passengers’ ride a more pleasant experience.

(I also put a few on my pilot’s arm rests; they were confused at first but warmed up to them. I am forever introducing them to new products like these. They are good sports!)


I also put a few next to the kitchen sink in my home so I could enjoy the fresh peppermint and eucalyptus aromas there as well!

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As for the ‘snooze button‘ patches, I keep one on the corner of my bedside table and it has actually improved my sleep! I drift off with the smell of lavender and chamomile and it is very helpful to have these on the road, especially when we are hopping through different time zones and our sleep schedule is wonky.

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Lastly, the lemongrass and citronella oil ‘insect shielder‘ patches are doing a good job of guarding my little herb garden here at home. (I also put one of these on the plane when we landed and had a bunch of mosquitos I had to shoo away. They’re super effective!)

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I would recommend all three of these patches, at home or on the go! They smell amazing and they do what they claim to do. That can be a rare find.

Thanks, Purple Frog!

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Recipe – yummy veggie stir fry!


I just got back home after a week long work trip and was happy to get back into my kitchen!

Luckily I had some produce that was still fresh, and I whipped up a quick, delicious stir fry.

Recipe:

Ingredients

1 yellow onion, chopped

1 cup oyster mushrooms

1 cup shiitake mushrooms

1 cup black wood ear mushrooms

1 bunch bok choy 

2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar

2 tablespoons ponzu sauce

1 tablespoon lemon salt/pepper

1 tablespoon cayenne pepper

1 tablespoon turmeric 

It’s a stir fry, so this process is pretty straightforward.

I sprayed the wok with coconut oil, diced the onion, and added it to the pan with all of the spices.

Once the onions are sweating, add the bok choy and simmer on medium for about 3 minutes.

Add the mushrooms and cook on medium-high heat for about 5-8 minutes. Keep tasting, as you might need to add more sauce or seasoning depending on how evenly your ingedients are distributed.

And that’s the happy stir fry recipe! Enjoy!

Review – Navitas superfood bars!

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My love for everything Navitas is well known and documented. Imagine my joy, then, when as a Navitas Insider I was able to try these amazing superfood bars and stuff them in my face earlier than most people were able to!

Alas, I do not partake in honey, so for two out of these four bars I relied on an outside opinion to review, but I can safely say that the Maca Maple bar is a game changer.

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Navitas Naturals Maca Maple Superfood+ Snack Bars are made from nine of the most nutrient-dense functional superfoods including cashews, almonds, maca, sunflower seeds, cacao nibs, quinoa, amaranth, maple syrup and lucuma.

Why not start with my favorite?

I ate this bar during a long flight when my energy was running low, and not only did the flavors compliment each other perfectly, but I perked right up on account of the right amount of sugars paired with superfoods.

I would eat one of these guys every day if I could!

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Navitas Naturals Cacao Cranberry Superfood+ Snack Bars are made from seven of the most nutrient-dense functional superfoods including cashews, almonds, sunflower seeds, cacao beans & nibs, quinoa and cacao powder.

I took this bar on a 10 mile hike and scarfed it halfway through; the energy it provided kept me going until dinner!

The flavors are nicely balanced; I don’t usually prefer fruit with my chocolate, but the cranberry was subtle enough that I didn’t have cause for complaint.

 

 

Both the hemp peanut and goji acai bars contain honey, which I do not eat, so a good friend of mine took on the task of trying these out.

She tried them out whilst biking, and also after an intense workout. For those of you who do eat honey, my friend claims that the flavors are wonderful (especially the hemp peanut), and that they gave her a boost in energy and mood.

I’m so happy that the bar industry is moving away from processed ingredients and incorporating so many more healthy options.

Navitas hits it out of the park once more!

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Mexican food – craving satisfied!

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I was craving Mexican food today and in the great tradition of my part-Italian heritage, made enough food for 80 people. Cool.

Here’s what I made!

Vegan beef crumbles – Gardein

I sauteéd these from frozen in a pan with some olive oil, chopped onions, a minced garlic clove, salt, cayenne pepper, and oregano. I kind of used the spatula like an ice pick until the crumble block completely dissolved and then a proper sauteé could be performed.

Vegan chicken fajitas – Beyond Meat

Also sauteéd from frozen, in a pan with olive oil, minced garlic, onions, yellow and red bell peppers, salt, and garlic salt. I’m a salt mine.

Guacamole – Mashed in a bowl, I used 2 big avocados, 1 large heirloom tomato, 1 chopped onion, salt, and cayenne pepper.

Beans – I mixed the refried beans with sauteéd tomatoes, onion, and cayenne pepper then cooked it all together in a pot for 15 minutes. The vegan refried beans I use are the Trader Joes brand!

Rice – brown rice cooked in my rice cooker for 6 hours

Tortilla – Wheat tortilla from Whole Foods

And there you have it! Joyful Mexican food. Stuff it in your face! Have a party.

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Review: Vegan Cuts tea box!

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Tea! Tea for all.

I love tea. I drink at least a cup a day, and I carry little tea bags with me in my purse just in case.

Lucky for me, then, that Vegan Cuts had a limited edition Tea Box that featured five different flavors of organic, vegan, fair trade tea that I had never tried before! (Plus a delicious Nii bar and a rad recycled mug).

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Some of the brands were familiar to me, but I had never tried the flavors that arrived. I enlisted help from my lovely friend Rita, a woman with opinions, and we taste tested these flavors with vigor!

1. Numi Turmeric Tea – Three Roots

Blending three organic roots (earthy turmeric, spicy ginger, and sweet licorice), Three Roots Turmeric Tea transports your senses to an exotic spice market. As the complexity of the roots unfolds, the flavors of organic rose bring mental clarity, grounding and centering the spirit.

Bring fresh water to a boil and pour over a bag of Three Roots. Steep 8-10 minutes while breathing deeply and pondering positive thoughts. Healthful turmeric revitalizes the mind and balances the body.

We decided to start out with some anti-inflammatory goodness. I have had Numi tea before; they are one of my favorite brands, so I expected good things.

I wasn’t disappointed. We let the tea steep for 8 minutes and found it to be much more mild than we were expecting.

It was smooth; we tasted hints of sweetness and found it to be a rather earthy experience. I didn’t taste any ginger at all. A win for me – a ‘meh’ for Rita.

2. Miracle Tree – Moringa Organic Tea (Strawberry)

This subtly aromatic strawberry infusion blends an energetic fruity flavor with Moringa dried leaves for a tasty and refreshing drink. Our tea is unique – it’s made of organic Moringa! We source our artisan tea from our own Moringa plantations in Sri Lanka. Moringa leaves contain over 90 nutrients – including 47 Antioxidants, 25 Vitamins & Minerals, and All 8 essential Amino Acids. Our Moringa is 100% vegan, gluten-free, Non-GMO, ethically sourced, and completely caffeine-free!

“Holy shit that’s strawberry” was my comment when we gave this tea a sniff.

We expected the flavor to be overwhelming on account of the smell, but it wasn’t. The flavor wasn’t artificial tasting at all, but much more subtle than the smell.

Overall an earthy strawberry flavor that both Rita and I enjoyed. I would say out of all of them, however, this was my least favorite if I had to pick one, simply because I’m not the hugest fan of fruity tea.

3. Choice Organic Teas – Mango Black

 Set your course for paradise with this tempting black tea paired with a touch of tropical fruit. Smooth Ceylon and bold Indian black teas mingle with notes of mango evoking the aroma and flavor of fresh cut fruit. A hint of Sumatran vanilla imparts a subtle sweetness to this luscious tea that also satisfies when served over ice.

Rita loved this one; she’s a black tea drinker. I didn’t mind it either, as the mango flavor wasn’t too pronounced or sweet. The black tea tempers the fruity flavor, I find.

The smell was fragrant and pleasant, and the tea itself was strong but not overpowering like some black teas can be.

4. Pukka – Licorice & Cinnamon

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Mmm. This lovely tea smelled nostalgic, like a gingerbread dessert.

It didn’t taste like it smelled however. The licorice flavor thankfully wasn’t strong, and the cinnamon was prominent and went down very smooth.

This is a savory, cold weather sort of tea. Curl up when it’s raining and cold with a cup of this and you will be very happy. Steep for 8-10 minutes.

5. Yogi tea – Chai Rooibos 

Evoke the beauty of South Africa with our delicious all organic Chai Rooibos—a creative twist on traditional chai. Bask in the spicy warmth of Indian chai with caffeine-free Organic Rooibos, the red tea of South Africa. Enjoyed for centuries by the people of the Western Cape of South Africa, Rooibos supplies antioxidants which can help neutralize free radicals. A traditional Ayurvedic combination of Cardamom, Cinnamon and Clove combine to add warmth and intriguing flavor. Enjoy Chai Rooibos any time of day for an enchanting and delicious cup of tea.

To get the most out of every cup, bring water to boiling and steep 5 to 10 minutes. For a stronger tea, use 2 tea bags. Add your favorite sweetener and milk or milk substitute.

I love a chai tea. This one was no exception.

The chai spice smell was prominent (in a good way), the tea was savory, and not sweet.

Both Rita and I loved this one, too. We steeped it for about 6 minutes.

 

Honorable mentions to the lovely Nii bar and Aladdin recycled mug that came in the tea box as well! I have taken my tea to work in the Aladdin mug several times and it has worked quite well.

The Nii bar was scarfed when it arrived here. 🙂

Yum! Snag a Vegan Cuts tea box today – they are going quick!