Dollar Store Veggies and Life Since The Rose Cleanse

This week I bought a pound of organic kale…for a dollar. I’ve struck leafy green gold at a dollar store near my hotel! I hop in every morning to see what sort of organic selections they have to offer me. Lately it’s been packs of romaine for juicing and today I was thrilled to snatch up their last box of organic cherry tomatoes!

Dollar Kale!

Britney and I have been working our way through this box the last couple of days- yesterday I threw together a kale salad dressed with creamy avocado, fresh garlic, a bit of plain tomato sauce, and a scoop of dijon mustard. The tomato/dijon combo was surprisingly amazing as a sauce!

Adorable Banana Babies

I’ve also been melting over these cute-as-heck baby bananas- they are so dense and cake-like. I’ve fallen in love. Speaking of fruit, I thought I’d mention some tweaks I’ve made since doing The Rose Cleanse last January. I happily juiced-til-dinner for the majority of February and still do on most days now. As long as it feels good, that’s what I do. I did however, find myself feeling a little lackluster once in a while and thought I’d tentatively experiment with some fruit. I used to get really bloated and sleepy eating fruit and doing a sugars cleanse felt really right. The first time I had some fruit post-cleanse though (and I’ve been eating similarly for a lot longer than just this year) I felt incredible! It was so filling and light at the same time and while I don’t indulge every day I’m able to feel out which days it’s really going to feel awesome and which days I’m happy with my veggie juices. I’ve tried out coffee and tea and amazingly (which was never the case before) the fruit feels better. I’ve gone the coffee route a few times in a frantic work pinch but it’s definitely not the norm.

A few other changes I’ve made: I like to eat some nuts and seeds with my dinner sometimes (tahini dressings make the top of the list), early veggie snacks before dinner tend to happen on long work days, and I’ve been toying with raw-honey sweetened desserts. I try not to take in any more sugar than my usual dark chocolate bar feeds me and sometimes a raw honey/cacao treat really hits the spot! That’s about all the changes I can think of. How are all of you post-Rose Cleansers doing?

Half-Time Show Veggie Snack Attack

Okay, okay, you know what I mean. I’m sure there are a *few* of you out there to whom this whole football deal is an epic event. Honestly, it’s so far off my radar that if my entire blogroll weren’t doing “Superbowl Snacks!” posts I’d be completely clueless.

Oh, and my girlfriend is a Madonna-crazed fangirl ;) The half-time show is where it’s gonna be at around here.

These are pretty much on the *extreme health nutty* end of the Superbowl-snack-spectrum but I’ve gotten the feeling that there are some serious health foodies out there and I’m not the only one who will be avoiding buffalo wings and nachos (although if you want nachos…)

Happy munching and happy…superbowling? Yeah…clueless ;)

Chili-“Cheese” Cauliflower Popcorn

Chili-Cheese Cauliflower Popcorn- try it raw or roasted!

1 head cauliflower

1/2 cup (or more) nutritional yeast

1 tbsp chili powder

sprinkling of cayenne

1 tsp onion powder

sea salt, to taste

drizzle of olive oil (optional, omit for a lighter version).

These can be done raw or roasted. Remove leaves from cauliflower and break into popcorn-sized bites. Place in a large bowl and toss with spices and optional olive oil. Eat raw or roast at 400 for 30 minutes.

Carrot Fries with Simple-to-the-Max Guacamole
Roasted Carrot Fries with Simple-to-the-Max Guacamole

baby carrots

veggie broth, coconut oil, or organic butter

4 avocados

2 Tbsp Trader Joe’s Chili Pepper Sauce

Preheat oven to 400. Give carrots a light coating of butter or oil. For an oil-free option, place in a baking pan and splash a little veggie broth over them. Or just dry roast. They are delicious any way you do it. Roast for 30-40 minutes. Mash avocados with Chili Sauce (told you it was simple!). Dip!

Goat Cheese Wraps with Salsa
Goat Cheese Wraps with Salsa

goat cheese slices (I found mine at Trader Joe’s)

collard greens

your favorite salsa (I’m obsessed with the Emerald Valley brand)

Place collard leaves on a plate and cut down either side of the stem. Keep the leaves and put away the stems to juice later if you wish. Cut each of the two leaves in half. Each collard green will give you 4 wraps. Place half a cheese slice (or half an ounce of sliced goat cheese) atop a collard wrap and roll. Secure with a toothpick. Dip in salsa.