Veggies in Vegas 

Hey There

I am currently in Las Vegas for a Chiropractic seminar with my boss and his wife. The last time I was in Vegas was 12 years ago with my husband. I’m not much of a traveler, more of a homebody. Although I like to visit places, there’s nothing like my own bed. 

I actually woke up to the sunset this morning. It’s rare that I’m up that early. We have a pretty decent view.

 
Aside from learning lots of health and wellness stuff, I am enjoying trying new food and I’m impressed with some of the vegan/vegetarian options I’ve come across so far.   

Today we had lunch at “A slice of Vegas” in the Shoppes at Mandalay Bay. They serve pizza and more. They even had a vegan menu. Hooray!

I ordered the portobello mushroom sandwich which came with bell peppers, onions and Daiya cheese. The sweet potato fries were delish! I normally don’t eat bread but today I made an exception 🙂
 We are dinner at a Mexican place called “Diablos” on the strip. I ordered veggie fajitas. Just veggies and black beans. They were so yummy!
  This food was great but a little high in price. $23 for veggie fajitas. 

 I ate more than I usually do in a day but I’d like to think I burned it off. We have walked miles and miles today. The seminar is about a 20 minute walk from our hotel room. 

I’m excited to learn more tomorrow and try some more new food 🙂

Bye for now

Marlene 

Hemphearts recipe, review and giveaway!

Happy Friday

How are you?

I recently had the opportunity to receive a free sample pack of hemphearts from Manitoba Harvest and write a review. Because I have been using hemphearts for over a year now and love them, I was more than happy to share a recipe and a review. IMG_1288-0

I discovered hempseeds during my search for plant-based protein over a year ago when I gave up meat for good and became a vegetarian. Yes, I’m happy to say I have been meatless for over a year and it feels great. It has really helped me to think outside the box and become more creative with my food. And of course, the question I get asked most is, “where do you get your protein if you don’t eat meat?” My answer is always “from plants” where else?

Hempseeds are my favorite way to get protein and Omegas. Did you know that they contain a whopping 10 grams of protein and 10 grams of Omegas per serving? They are lower in carbs than flax and chia seeds, they are raw and NON-GMO. They have a yummy nutty flavor similar to pine nuts or sunflower seeds. I’ve tried all different plant proteins, rice, soy etc. and hemp is my favorite. For me, it’s much easier to digest.

Today, I’m sharing one of my favorite recipes using hempseeds. Peanut butter chocolate balls. I’ve shared this peanut butter ball recipe before, you can see it here. This time I added some raw cocao nibs for a more decadent peanut butter experience. Not sure if you know but peanut butter and chocolate are my favorite combo ever. It can be dangerous at times, but thankfully I have learned to create healthier versions of my favorite (but unhealthy) snacks and desserts.

Here is everything I used. Pretty simple right? I buy my maple syrup and dates in bulk at Costco. Its saves $$$$ and lasts for a while. I also buy my oats in bulk, usually at Sprouts.

1 cup of dates, 1 cup of oats, 1/2 cup of peanut butter, 1/8 cup of maple syrup, 1 Tbs of hemphearts, 2 tbs of raw cocao nibsPlace all ingredients into food processor and mix away.

You would think you roll them into balls but you actually have to press them into balls. Every time I try to roll them, they fall apart. It gives your hand a nice little workout in the process. Sometimes I have to involve my kids in the process if I’m making a large batch or if I’ve weight trained that day. Mom’s hands get tired sometimes.

When you are done, they should look something like this. They very first time I made them, my husband said they looked like meatballs. Ew! I guess I could see that.

I ate about 3 of them while photographing. Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.

Yummy!

Rusty thought he was going to get one but no can do. Chocolate is not for dogs. I repeat, chocolate is not for dogs. Especially not raw cocao. One time, we had an awful scare with chocolate. I’ll share that in another post.  Back to hempseeds.

Here are the list of ingredients again:

Ingredients:

1 cup of dates

1 cup of oatmeal (gluten-free if possible)

1/2 cup of natural peanut butter

3 Tbs. of Manitoba Harvest Hemphearts

2 Tbs. of raw cocao nibs (more if you desire a richer chocolate experience)

Instructions:

Mix all ingredients together and roll (press) into balls and enjoy! They can be stored in the refrigerator. I can’t guarantee they’ll last long though. (My kids and husband also eat them)

I really enjoyed getting creative with these hemphearts the last couple weeks. You can sprinkle them on pretty much everything. I use them on oatmeal, salads, rice cakes, smoothies, you name it. Did you see my acai bowl I made with them? You can see that post here

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The possibilities are endless.

I want to thank Manitoba Harvest and Sweat Pink for allowing me this opportunity to review hemphearts. I had a lot of fun creating good stuff with them.

Disclaimer: Although I did receive a sample of hemphearts for free in exchange for a review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Now for the best part, would you like to win a free bag of hemphearts????? Manitoba Harvest will send one lucky reader a 2.5 oz bag of yummy hemphearts. All you have to do is comment below and follow Manitoba Harvest on one or more social media channels. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram Note: This giveaway is open to United States and Canada residents only.

I will select one winner next Friday 11/13. Yes, on Friday the 13th 🙂

One last thing, I usually buy my hemphearts from sprouts or amazon but you can also get them directly from Manitoba Harvest and use promo code HHSP1015 for 20% off your purchase.

Have you tried hemphearts? Please leave me a comment below for a chance to win a free bag. Good luck!

Have a great weekend!

Marlene

Clean after Halloween

Hello

How are you today? I feel kind of like junk. Why? Because I over splurged on Halloween Candy. I always say I’m going to stay strong and resist the candy but who am I trying to fool? I’m human and I’m weak, especially when it comes to chocolate. I often hear, its ok as long as its in moderation but I also hear and believe that if there’s a certain food you do not have enough discipline to eat in moderation, you should not have it in your house. This my relationship with peanut butter and chocolate. Its bad. Can anyone relate?

Anyhow, I threw out all the candy today. Well, I didn’t throw it out, I sent it with my husband to work. Not for him, for his co-workers. Maybe that’s not setting the best example but I know they will eat it. I have this thing about letting stuff go to waste.

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Now, its time to detox. Here are some of the foods I enjoy after a splurge. It helps me feel clean and normal again.

First and foremost, WATER!

IMG_1414LOTS AND LOTS OF WATER! I usually drink 16oz first thing in the morning, followed by a hot cup of lemon water

For lunch my son and I shared some quinoa with apples, raisins and pecans. He didn’t want it but I made him eat it. Then, he realized its not that bad 🙂 Kids.

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For dinner, I made a big crockpot of my lentil and brown rice soup for dinner IMG_1408

For breakfast, I had a bowl of oatmeal with bananas, almond milk and hempseeds. My favorite. I usually have a smoothie or oatmeal but this morning was so cold and I needed something hot.

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Next I need to make a batch of these green smoothies. I missed them during the time while I was working full time and had time for nothing.

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I like to drink at least one smoothie a day. Usually for breakfast, after a workout or an afternoon “pick me up”

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Mango and Banana. That was my favorite this summer. Its making my mouth water right now.

And who can forget the chocolate frosty! This chocolate I never feel guilty about.

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Today is Taco Tuesday at my house, well according to my son. So as they have their turkey meat tacos I will enjoy some veggie tacos and sweet potatoes. Btw, I am vegetarian, my family is not. Although they eat a lot more plant based meals than they used to. I’m working on it.

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So there you have it. I enjoy eating healthy but I fall short sometimes so this is what I will be eating lately. I have 3 weeks until the next big temptation comes. Thanksgiving! Can you believe its November already? Where has this year gone?

I’ll be back with my hemphearts post later.

Off to workout and see my clients. Have a good day.

Marlene