Showing posts with label raw. Show all posts
Showing posts with label raw. Show all posts

Monday, May 30, 2011

Buff Up Week 9 Recap

Wow, what a busy week! I am loving my improv class but it's been weird having a schedule! I've been doing my weight workout first thing in the morning and fitting in my cardio later in the day after my improv class.

This recap will be very brief -- despite a very busy week, I'm happy with keeping up my healthy habits. I'm still fitting in my workouts and I am really enjoying the mini-meals that I announced last week I'd be trying. I think it helps me control portion size if I know that I get to eat again soon!

Weights/strength: triceps, deltoids, chest
Rest day from cardio

40 minute jog
Weights/strength: upper back, hamstrings, obliques

60 minute hike at Runyon Canyon
Weights/strength: quads, glutes, abs

30 minute bike
Rest day from weights

I've had something to do in the evening every day. On Thursday I went to a Miss California party with one of my roommates, who is interning for a company that works with the Miss USA program.

That's Miss California and Miss Teen California. It was a weird party -- everyone was just walking around, trying to figure out who was important. It was really boring and we left after just a couple hours!

On Friday I stayed in to prep for an early audition on Saturday morning. My audition went great! It was really fun. On Saturday night I went to a friend's birthday party and did not go to two Memorial Day parties I was invited to. I just didn't have the desire to go to all of them.

Food Diary (Sunday):
1) Tofu jerky
2) Green smoothie
3) Baked beans with broccoli
4) Pumpkin pudding
5) Tofu jerky
6) A few pieces fresh pineapple

I made more dehydrator tofu jerky, but this time I froze and thawed the tofu and sliced it thinner. I think next time I will not freeze it and try slicing it even thinner. I'm surprised at how little tofu shrinks while dehydrating. But the end result was delicious!

I also made a big green smoothie today using my new Sun Warrior protein powder.

I can't even believe how much kale I packed in there. I used about half a bunch of kale (stalks and all) - maybe four cups, plus a handful of spinach, 1/3 cup broccoli, a banana, a scoop of Sun Warrior, a little of my green stevia, a teaspoon of spirulina, some cinnamon, a couple pieces frozen mango and raspberries, and water. Despite all that green it was seriously delicious!


It made all this:

Plus a little more.

I'm also trying sprouting some lima beans, just out of curiosity. We'll see how it goes!

How was your weekend?

Do you like doing mini-meals? Do you find that it helps you with portion size, or does it just result in eating more?

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Dehydrated Veggie Snack, Filming, and Oscar Watching

So glad we have some other Disney theme park fans in da house!

After my two Disney days I had to change course and get back into acting mode for a short film I had a role in on Saturday. I played an 18-year-old alcoholic in AA, talking back to a cop. I love that talking back is my professional specialty.

Here's a random on-set picture of our "AA" meeting:

I wore a lot of makeup to fit my character.

I brought some fresh fruit to eat for my long day on set, as well as a new raw snack I "invented." All it consists of is frozen vegetables that I dehydrated overnight at 105 degrees. I plan on trying many variations of this snack, but the first time I kept it simple.

I used a bag of corn and a bag of mixed veggies - corn, carrots, peas, and green beans. Very chewy, but I didn't mind that. I'm going to play around with this idea some more, definitely.

It was a nice easy way to get some snacky veggies in and not resort to the chips and pretzels that are de rigeur set food. I've written before about what I eat on set. Every set is different but junk food is always easier to find than healthy food.

On Saturday night I went to my friend's birthday party and on Sunday I had a table read for a play that's being developed into a feature film. And yes, there's plenty of feistiness and back-talking from me in this project, as well. The director remembered that I'm vegan (we met when we worked together on a short film last fall) and he made a bunch of steamed asparagus to snack on. And I ate all of it.

On Sunday night I watched the Oscars with some friends. I usually enjoy awards shows, even when other people think they're boring, but this one was truly lame. The beginning sketch was cute, but doesn't hold a candle to Andy Samberg's opening sketch of the 2009 MTV Movie Awards. It was so funny... if you haven't seen it:

Sorry for the bad quality.

Besides that, I was happy that Natalie Portman won, I thought Melissa Leo's speech was faky and over-the-top, and I think in twenty years nobody will care about The King's Speech but everyone will still watch The Social Network. Oh, and actors are not necessarily good hosts and awards shows should probably stick with comedians.

Did you watch the Oscars? What did you think?

Friday, February 11, 2011

Green Hummus

I got new headshots taken today, and I was going to do a Fashion Friday based off them but I found out I won't get the photos until Monday so I'll just postpone and do a recipe post instead!

It's a big day in Egypt -- Hosni Mubarak stepped down! Now we'll see how much change actually happens and how democratic the military will be. If you're interested in a "Cliff's Notes" version of the Egyptian revolution (like Lynn said in her comment), check out my blog post!

I've been eating very high raw the past few days, with tons of green smoothies and some salads. For something new I made a half-raw hummus. I like zucchini hummus but raw chickpeas are gross so I cooked the chickpeas. I will warn you, though -- this hummus does taste "green." It's healthy-tasting, not oily and restaurant-y.

Green Hummus

1/2 cup chickpeas
2 small zucchini, sliced
2 tsp garlic
5 sundried tomatoes
1/2 raw tomato
1/2 tsp spirulina
2 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp seasoned salt
1 tsp onion flakes

Process chickpeas and zucchini, add seasonings to flavor. Add tahini if you wish. Don't skip the lemon juice, it really makes it!

Use as a dip for raw veggies or eat on salad. I mixed some with salsa and used it as a salad dressing.

(this is only one zucchini)

Besides the hummus it's been lots of green smoothies with tons of kale, frozen berries and mango, spirulina, cinnamon, and fresh strawberries. There was a "Valentine's Sale" on fresh strawberries at Ralphs and I got a couple packages for $2.50 each. You can throw entire strawberries in, tops and all. Just blend well!

Tonight I'm going to a Hollywood Hoosiers event at a bar and tomorrow I have a workshop and acting class. Have a good weekend!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Smoothie to Go

I knew I was going to be gone for most of the day today so I made myself a big smoothie to serve as breakfast/lunch. I worked out in the morning and then (after showering, etc.) headed to Power Group from 12:30 to 2:30 -- that's my monthly meeting at The Actors Network where we go over our career accomplishments for the past month and goals for the next month. I drank part one of my smoothie on the way there and part two afterwards. I had an audition at 4:30 for a short film. It went well! I felt good about it.

The smoothie has:
5 kale stalks and about 1 cup kale
1 cup frozen mango chunks
1 cup frozen strawberries
1/3 cup frozen blueberries
1/3 cup frozen cranberries
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp spirulina
Maybe 3 cups of water?

It was still pretty thick even though I felt like I added a ton of water.

Tip: If you have a low-powered blender or you just want blending to go a little faster, prep your smoothie first thing, then go get ready. Come back and blend it right before you eat breakfast or take it to go. That way your frozen fruit will have thawed enough to make it blend easily.

It perfectly filled two jars.

I'm such a good recycler. =)

I packed my smoothie in my cute lunch bag:

Along with some coffee.

I'm keeping this post short and sweet because my first contribution for Chic Vegan is posting at 7:30 Pacific time tomorrow morning so I'll be back pretty soon to throw up a link.

I'm writing my post about Egypt and I'll post it for Wednesday -- I don't want to take away from the Chic Vegan fabulousness.

I hope you're having a good start to your week!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Carrot Cake Smoothie

I've been feeling a little blah and it put me in the mood for some raw food. I guess I'm looking for a little more lightness and pep to my mood.

I had a bunch of carrots and a few apples that I needed to use up, so I made a "carrot cake" smoothie. I feel like any sweet food that involves carrots is immediately called "carrot cake." I've always loved carrot cake but never ate it very frequently. But I did have some on my birthday this year!

I can't resist making every smoothie green, though, so I made two versions. I don't want every smoothie to look exactly the same!

Carrot Cake Smoothie
(One serving)
2 carrots, scrubbed and sliced
1 small apple (I used Granny Smith), cored and seeded
1/4 cup rhubarb (I used frozen)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp cloves
1 packet stevia (banana or dates would work)

Blend with as much water as your blender needs. I'm sure this would be easy with a Vitamix but I just have a normal blender and it worked. I did blend a little longer than usual to chop up the carrot.

I put so much cinnamon in this thing.

You might need to make a few servings to get your blender full enough to work well. I made four servings.

For the green version, add a handful of spinach (or other greens) and 1/2 tsp spirulina per serving.

I made a couple jars to drink later in the day. I know the nutritional value of smoothies starts decreasing as soon as you make them, but whatevs.

I kept this smoothie very light and it had a nice flavor but if you wanted to add some calories and more carrot cake flavor, add some raisins or dates and almond butter or walnuts.

While I chopped and cleaned my blender I watched Party Down on my computer - both seasons are on Instant Watch on Netflix now. It was such a funny show! It really is too bad it got canceled. In case you've never heard of it, it was a show on Starz about caterers (who mostly want to be actors) and each week shows one event they cater. The cast was great -- Jane Lynch was in the first season, Adam Scott is now hilarious on Parks & Recreation (speaking of, watch that!), and Lizzy Caplan was the famous Janis Ian from Mean Girls. The guest stars each week are incredible, too. If you were a Veronica Mars fan, you'll see a lot of repeat faves.

One of my favorite lines came from Megan Mullally's character when she's explaining football to the artsy LA types who are her fellow caterers. They're staring at her blankly so she screeches, "Do any of you even live in America? Am I the only one who's been in a Champs?" Ahahahah oh man I laughed so hard at that, as only someone who knows what Champs is really could.

Do you like carrot cake?
Have you seen Party Down? Did you like it? What canceled shows do you miss? I know everyone says Arrested Development but I have to say Better off Ted is the real gem of canceled comedy. If you haven't watched it, you should! I miss Lem and Phil...

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Creamy Tropical Dream Smoothie

Thank you for the really nice response to my last post celebrating my one-year LAnniversary. I really appreciate it!

Today I'd like to spotlight a taste of the islands, mon.

I enjoyed the fruit salads we made while I was visiting my parents:

so I made one for myself. I'm cheap, though, and berries and grapes are way too expensive. But I did see this huge papaya at Ralphs for one dollar.

I made a salad with the peeled and seeded papaya, a can of pineapple, and a couple Granny Smith apples.

But after a couple of days and eating all the pineapple out of the salad, I accepted that I'm not a huge fan of papaya. Though it could certainly be the one I picked out, as it seemed firm before I cut it but kind of mushy inside. So I took the rest of the salad and some other ingredients and whipped up a delicious smoothie!

Tropical Dream Smoothie

2/3 fresh papaya, peeled and seeded
1 Granny Smith apple, cored and diced (not peeled!)
1 small orange or 1/3 cup frozen orange slices
1/3 cup frozen rhubarb
2 slices dried mango

Uhh.... blend!

I'll tell you why this smoothie is amazing.
1) Check out that color.
2) It's a great vehicle for rhubarb, which is super good for you, low in calories, and high in calcium.
3) The fresh papaya makes a super creamy texture. Wow, this smoothie was so creamy it was actually like a tropical milkshake!

You could add banana if you want the flavor, or some coconut and keep with the tropical flave.

If you find a cheap papaya, you should make this smoothie. It'll blow your mind!

I had a fun night at a casting director workshop tonight and I have a Skype date with my mom tomorrow morning and then an audition! Yippee!

Do you like papayas? Mangos? Other tropical fruits? I feel like it can depend on their texture - they're not as tasty if they're mushy. But you can't tell the texture when you blend it up in a smoothie! But my favorite tropical fruit is pineapple. I loooove pineapple.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Eggless Egg Salad: Raw/Cooked Combo

Another scorcher today, about 95 degrees. Whoa.

I kind of made this recipe (from Melody of Melomeals by way of Choosing Raw):

Raw Eggless Salad

    3 c cauliflower, pulsed in food processor
    -½ c sunflower seeds soaked for 4 hours, drained then pulsed in food processor
    -1 c diced celery
    -1 c shredded carrots
    -½ c scallions or 2 T diced red onion or shallot
    -½ c nutritional yeast
    -2 t dried sage
    -1 T dried dill
    -1 T dried parsley
    -½ t garlic powder
    -¼ t turmeric
    -4 T tahini
    -4 T yellow mustard
    -2 T Dijon mustard
    -4 T relish
    -1 T chia seeds (or ground flax)
    -1 t black salt (or sea salt)
    -½ -1 t black pepper
    -½ c water

Pulse the cauliflower in processor and set aside in large mixing bowl. Pulse the sunflower seeds, and add to the cauliflower. Add the celery, carrots and scallions and nutritional yeast and spices (not the salt or pepper). In a small bowl add the tahini, mustard, relish, chia seeds, salt and pepper along with ½ c water. Whisk well and pour over the veggies. Taste and adjust seasonings. Allow mixture to chill for an hour before serving. This actually keeps for around 3 days and does not get watery because of the chia seeds.

Makes about 14 1/2 cup servings.

I've made this recipe before, several months ago, and it's delicious. I didn't really make it right this time, though. First up, I tried to be lazy and use my food processor to shred my carrots and celery but it turned them into mush and then made it hard to process up my cauliflower. Oops and I should not be lazy. I also didn't have any tahini or sunflower seeds. I also used too much carrot, which then overwhelmed the amount of cauliflower I had. But I did have a block of tofu I just thawed and I figured I'd use it and make it a combo recipe of typical raw and non-raw vegan eggless egg salad recipes.

Aaaaand that's why it's orange.

Tomorrow I'll show you what I did with the leftovers!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Dehydrated Sweet and Spicy Indian Cauliflower

First, happy National Coming Out Day! I am coming out as a straight ally and I hope there will come a day when people don't have to hide who they are. And if you're stuck in high school or a conservative area and you're miserable, it will get better. Being an adult is the cat's pajamas and you can live your life and surround yourself with supportive, loving people.

I felt like using my dehydrator today so I adapted this samosa recipe I blogged about here. If you recently got a dehydrator and are a little intimidated, this recipe is perfect because it's really easy and you can't mess it up. Dehydrators are definitely not a necessity, even if you eat 100% Raw, but they are fun and they create some lovely textures you can't get with traditional oven baking.

Dehydrated Sweet and Spicy Indian Cauliflower

1 head cauliflower, separated into tiny florets
1/2 cup mushrooms, sliced
1/2 cup snap peas, sliced
1 tbsp tamarind paste or fruit jam
1 tsp mustard
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp coriander
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 tbsp Braggs or tamari

I love how the mushrooms and snap peas get a little shriveled. And about the tamarind - the original samosa recipe used tamarind paste, but I didn't have any. I did have some "forest fruit" jelly and I used that instead and it was perfect.

I am so impatient. I just had an audition a few hours ago and filming two days ago but I have an insatiable, voracious appetite for acting and I can never have enough!

Links The best- and worst-dressed TV characters. It's funny.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Cheap Brussels Sprouts, Raw Corn Salad, and Religion on "Glee"

It's blustery out there, folks. I've been wearing my hat and scarf inside all day. But I have a bucket full of good news!
1) I booked a job! I'll be shooting a student film on Friday and Saturday.
2) I got a cool audition on Friday and I get to use a Southern accent. Fun.
3) CSI is filming right outside my apartment tomorrow and we got warned that there will be fake gunfire. I plan on trying to spy.
4) Ralphs had brussels sprouts on sale for $1.50/pound. I bought all of these

for about five bucks. I hadn't even planned on buying brussels - I just made a quick Ralphs stop for some Granny Smith apples last night (apples are my favorite part of fall, hands down) but I couldn't pass up that price. I put my keys next to the bag so you could tell just how big it really is.

I roasted them with some 21 Seasoning Salute, garlic and onion powder, and garam masala at 450 for 20 minutes and then 500 for 10 minutes.

So good. Add a little BBQ and nooch if you want a true flavor explosion.

I also made this delicious raw dish that I will share with you now.

Raw Corn Salad
1 ear fresh raw corn
1 tomato, diced
1/4 cup fresh basil, cut into ribbons
1 daikon radish, sliced into matchsticks
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

Cut the corn off the cob and add remaining ingredients.

This salad is so simple but delicious and really celebrates the flavor of raw corn. It makes me never want to eat cooked corn ever again, it's just so much better and sweeter raw.

I didn't finish it all so I might doctor up a different version tomorrow.

Did anybody watch Glee last night? I watched it on Hulu this morning and I have some thoughts. The primary theme of the evening was religion and spirituality. Finn sees Jesus in his grilled cheese and experiences an extremely selfish religious conversion (praying for football victories and touching Rachel's boobs) and Kurt's dad has a heart attack, most likely brought on by his diet of Slim Jims. I, of course, saw a dietary message -- eat healthy so you won't die of a heart attack and leave your kids without a father -- but nobody mentioned that. Most people focused on the religious messages, and some religious followers and atheists alike were offended.

One of my more religious Facebook friends said she was glad Glee was brave enough to do last night's episode so I knew it was going to deal with Jesus. I am a little annoyed by the perception that religious people are persecuted in America and not allowed to express their beliefs. That's simply not true. The separation of church and state protects both religious and non-religious people and Christians are certainly free to express their beliefs. For example, many Americans falsely believe that the Bible can't be taught in schools. Not true. The Bible can be taught as a piece of literature and historical import. And students can feel free to pray at school, but the school can't impose any set of beliefs upon the students. Not being allowed to push your beliefs on others is not the same as not being allowed to express your beliefs. And while the episode did fall prey to many stereotypes, including the crazed atheists who can't stand any mention of religion around them, I mostly liked the way they presented Kurt's beliefs. He isn't religious and while he appreciates others praying for his dad, it doesn't mean anything to him and he isn't going to experience some sort of conversion in a moment of crisis. And it does get really freakin' old to have people tell you over and over that you're missing something and you may find it someday. Mercedes says in the episode that you have to believe in "something," even if it isn't a particular religion. Well, no, Mercedes, you don't. Personally, I'm very happy for other people who believe and I will never try to take that away from them. But we don't all need it and I don't appreciate being told that I am deficient in some way because I don't believe in a "higher power." That's not the way my brain works and I'm not going to change.

Did you watch last night's Glee? What did you think?