Wednesday, May 25, 2016

WRAP WEDNESDAY!: Vegan "Honey" Mustard Tofu Lettuce Wraps with Black Bean Spaghetti.

Happy Hump Day y'all! :)
I don't know about you, but Wednesdays are usually pretty busy for me. Between work, classes, homework, and extracurriculars, I'm worn out by the time I get home in the evening! That said, a girl's still gotta eat dinner...no matter HOW hectic the day's been! That's the best part about these Vegan "Honey" Mustard Tofu Lettuce Wraps with Black Bean Spaghetti...they're delicious, healthy, well-rounded and filling (packing a whopping 45 GRAMS of plant-based protein!)...and ready in a little over 10 minutes. SAY WHA?!?!?!? For real. Even better?! They both look AND taste good enough (and complicated enough!) to serve to your friends for a quick dinner party option.
Without further ado, enjoy, guys!

Vegan "Honey" Mustard Tofu Lettuce Wraps with Black Bean Spaghetti.

Juicy, sweet, and tangy!

Healthy and delicious!

Vegan "Honey" Mustard Tofu Lettuce Wraps with Black Bean Spaghetti. Vegan, Gluten-free. Serves one.


Ingredients
1. 3 oz. water-packed extra-firm tofu, cubed
2. 1/3 cup sliced cherry tomatoes
3. 1 T dijon mustard
4. 1 T vegan "honey" substitute (see below for my fave brands!)
5. 1/8 tsp each onion and garlic powders
6. Cayenne pepper, to taste
7. 1/2 tsp soy sauce (or Bragg's liquid aminos)
8. 2 oz. dry black bean spaghetti noodles (purchase them below!)
9. 2 Romaine lettuce leaves
10. Precooked brown rice

Method
1. Fill a small soup pot 3/4 full with water and bring to a boil. Add spaghetti noodles and let simmer 10 minutes. Drain water and set aside to cool.
2. Combine dijon mustard, "honey," spices, and soy sauce in a small/medium-sized bowl and whisk well. Add tofu cubes and toss to coat. Add sliced tomatoes and toss.
3. Fill lettuce leaves with black bean spaghetti and top with "honey" mustard tofu mixture. Serve over brown rice.






Friday, May 20, 2016

OatMuesli with Strawberry Mylk.


Happy FriYAY everyone! Hope it's been a great week for you all :)
Today's recipe is a super easy and delicious quick breakfast or snack idea. Perfect make-ahead option for those post hot and sweaty run breakfasts (yes, yes, it's getting to be that time of year again!). Don't have strawbs on hand?! No problem. Any berries will work! (Even frozen! Banana would be awesome, too!) However you opt to enjoy this tasty treat, I know you'll love it! Enjoy and have a fabulous Friday, guys! 

   OatMuesli with Strawberry Mylk. 
   So thick and creamy!
                         So good. 

OatMuesli with Strawberry Mylk. Vegan, gluten-free. Serves one. 

Ingredients
1. 1/2 cup old fashioned or rolled oatmeal
2. 2 T finely ground golden flaxseeds
3. 1/2 cup plant based milk of choice
4. 1 cup fresh strawberries, chopped
5. 3 oz. silken tofu
6. 1 T liquid sweetener of choice (or 15 drops liquid stevia)
7. Sliced strawberries, for garnish 

Method
1. Combine oats and flaxseeds in a medium sized bowl and mix well. Set aside. 
2. Combine strawberries, milk of choice, tofu, and sweetener ofnchoiceninnhighbspeed blender and blend from low to high speed unit perfectly smooth. 
3. Store Mylk in an airtight container in fridge until ready to enjoy. Mix all ingredients before serving. Serve chilled for best taste. 

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Peanut Butter Banana Breakfast Cookie Dough.

Have you ever been in a breakfast rut? Come on...y'all know what I'm talking about: cereal, oatmeal, tofu scramble, avo toast, repeat. The end. Boring, right? Yup, agreed. Sometimes you're tastebuds are just hankering for a change...and my Peanut Butter Banana Breakfast Cookie Dough delivers: not only is it packed with vitamins and healthy fats, but it literally tastes like you're eating dessert for breakfast. Even better?!: it takes about 3 minutes to make...IF THAT. Now if THAT doesn't make you wanna jump out of bed on Monday mornings, I don't know WHAT will...enjoy, guys! 

  Peanut Butter Banana Breakfast Cookie Dough. 

Peanut Butter Banana Breakfast Cookie Dough. Vegan, Gluten-free. Serves one. 

Ingredients
1. 1/2 overripe banana, mashed
2. 1/3 cup old fashioned oatmeal
3. 1 T powdered peanut butter
4. 3 T all natural peanut butter
5. 1/4 tsp cinnamon (optional, but recommended)
6. Toppings of choice (delish with fresh raspberries!)

Method 
1. Combine all ingredients in a medium sized mixing bowl and stir well. 
2. Scoop cookie dough into a small serving bowl and top as desired. Serve! 

Friday, April 29, 2016

Exciting announcements!: Ebooks and Health Fairs!

Happy Friday, fitties! So, I have some prrrreeeeeetttttyyyy exciting news...TWO things, actually.

Number 1: THE EBOOK IS OFFICIALLY OUT! You can now purchase your very own copy of "The Fit Vegan Ginger's '(Almost) No-Cook Book'!" for $10. My very first recipe ebook features 70 pages of delicious, single-serving vegan recipes...all ready in 15 minutes OR LESS! To purchase, simply click on the "Cookbooks and Ebooks" tab on the top of my homepage and select The Fit Vegan Ginger's "(Almost) No-Cook Book!"

Now for announcement number 2...are you in the Lynchburg, VA area this weekend?! Well, if so, you're in luck...I will be at the Health Fair at the Vitamin Shoppe in Lynchburg tomorrow, April 30, from 12-4 pm! I will have samples from my brand-new ebook, as well as a printed copy for you to browse through before purchasing! Be sure to stop by and say "hi" to me! I'd love to meet and chat...over some yummy snacks, of course (FOOD IS A MUST ALWAYS ALWAYS!).

As always, thanks for your support...keep commenting and sharing your input with me: I love to keep in contact with everyone! Check back this Sunday for a yummy new recipe...

Stay happy and healthy,
Anna,
"The Fit Vegan Ginger!"

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Pancake Sunday!: Turmeric Blueberry Spice Superfood Pancakes.

Happy Sunday, everyone!
If you're like me, Sundays mean a couple of things: 1. sleeping in. 2. rest day...aka extra time for yoga. 3. quality time with family and friends. 4. "catch up" and "prep for the week ahead" day. And 5. PANCAKES FOR BREAKFASTTTTTTT! It's pretty much the golden rule when it comes to Sunday breakfast or brunch: whatever you eat, your plate MUST include a short stack (or a tall stack...).
Now, what's special about this stack? Well, other than that it's INSANELY DELICIOUS, this stack of pancakes is completely loaded with nutrients...practically OVERFLOWING from all the health benefits (and maple syrup...)! So, what exactly is IN this stack that makes it so wonderful? Keep reading...
Turmeric. Turmeric is probably the most potent herb out there when it comes to health benefits. Turmeric has powerful anti-inflammatory properties...it has been used as a natural alternative to prednisone in some case studies (with SUCCESS, I might add!). In addition, turmeric has powerful antioxidant properties, making it extremely effective at ridding the body of harmful free radicals. In other studies, turmeric has been shown to be effective at reducing the risk of heart disease, treating depression, lessening the effects of alzheimer's, and even curing cancer!
Wild Blueberries. Wild blueberries are among nature's leading sources of antioxidant's. According to wildblueberries.com, "...a one-cup serving of Wild Blueberries has more total antioxidant capacity (TAC) than 20 other fruits and veggies, including cranberries, strawberries, plums, raspberries and even cultivated blueberries." Blueberries naturally contain the antioxidants pterostilbene and reservatrol, both of which are effective at neutralizing free radicals. They are one of the best sources of natural fiber, containing a whopping 6.2 grams in just 1 cup. Additionally, blueberries contain health amounts of Vitamin K, Vitamin C, manganese, and copper. 
Coconut. Just one ounce of dried coconut contains 4 grams of fiber, making it a delicious way to help you "stay regular." Coconut also contains brain-boosting copper, which promotes the production of myelin, the protective coating around our brain's neurotransmitters. Studies also link coconut to improved memory.
As you can see, these pancakes are pretty darn healthy. But that's not all...they're pretty darn delicious, too! But don't take my word for it....try 'em yourself! And let me know watcha think in the comments! 
Have a great week, guys, and enjoy your pancakes! 

Turmeric Blueberry Spice Superfood Pancakes.


 Turmeric Blueberry Spice Superfood Pancakes. Vegan, Gluten-free. Serves one (makes 5 medium-sized pancakes). 

Ingredients
1. 1/2 cup gluten-free flour (I used oat flour)
2. 1/2 tsp baking powder
3. One packet stevia powder
4. 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
5. 1/4 tsp ground ginger
6. 1/2 cup frozen wild blueberries
7. 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk (refrigerated kind)
8. 2 T dried coconut chips
9. Peanut butter of choice and maple syrup, for topping

Method
1. Combine first 5 ingredients in a medium-sized bowl and whisk well. Add blueberries and coconut milk and stir. until a smooth batter forms.
2. Pour about 1/4 cup of batter onto heated nonstick pan. Cook 3-4 minutes per side. Repeat with remaining batter.
3. Arrange pancakes on a large plate and add toppings. Serve immediately. 

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

National Grilled Cheese Day Meets Taco Tuesday...GRILLED CHEEZE TACOS (and Summery Tomato and Sweet Garlic Soup).

Yes, people. I'm completely serious right now. VEGAN. GRILLED. CHEEZE. TACOS. And they are sooooooo gooooood. What made me think of such a bizarre and ridiculous thing?! Well, since you asked...
You guys already know that I'm a pretty die-hard foodie...especially when it comes to holidays. One of my favorite things about holidays is making delicious vegan food: for myself, for my family, for my friends, and heck...for my puppy! (Candy cane dog biscuits are gonna be a thing in my household this Christmas...I'll share the recipe, don't worry! :) ) However, when said holiday happens to be a FOOD HOLIDAY like today (HELLOOOOOO #NATIONALGRILLEDCHEESEDAY!), the little girl that still lives inside me screams even louder than she does on regular holidays. I mean, what's better than AN ENTIRE DAY DEDICATED TO ONE FOOD...especially when that food just so happens to be a GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH. With that said, let's backtrack a little bit. I'm a huge food-holiday lover...including the WEEKLY food holidays: Meatless Monday, Waffle Wednesday, Pancake Sunday, and the star of today's recipe inspo: TACO TUESDAY. I was trying to think of a creative way to combine these two food holidays into one, and thus, it seemed I had two options. Option 1: taco grilled cheese. Think crispy bread slathered with homemade guac and stuffed to the brim with all my fave taco topping goodness. Tempting, but BORING. Everyone does that. (Although this recipe looks pretty darn tasty when swapped with vegan "meat" and cheeze!) That brings us to option 2: Grilled cheese tacos. WHAT?! Uh-huh. My first thought was, "HOW?!" (This might have been your first thought too...!) I mean, think about it: a grilled cheese is delicious, gooey,  melty cheese inside two slices of bread (duh...). How exactly can you turn that into tacos without just changing the shape of the grilled cheese sandwich?! Ah-ha...now we're getting somewhere!
Behold, my friends, my original creation...the first recipe of it's kind, straight outta my crazy head: The Fit Vegan Ginger's Grilled Cheeze Tacos. Delicious toasty bread cubes inside perfectly crispy romaine lettuce leaves and slathered in my sinlessly gooey and delicious cheeze sauce. And because a grilles cheese isn't complete without a bowl of tomato soup, I've included the recipe for my luscious Summery Tomato and Sweet Garlic Soup! This is such a unique and delicious spin on an old-time foodie fave, and it's a perfect meal for a warm spring day like today! The lettuce "taco shells" in place of bread give it a nice and light feel, while the slightly sweet tomato garlic soup adds a nice palate cleanser to the richness of the cheeze. Convinced?! Mission accomplished. Enjoy, fitties!

Grilled Cheeze Tacos and Summery Tomato and Sweet Garlic Soup.

THAT CHEEEEEEEEEZE.
Crispy, crunchy, cheesy, healthy...all in one. So good.
Summery Tomato and Sweet Garlic Soup.

Thick and creamy goodness.

Grilled Cheeze Tacos with Summery Tomato and Sweet Garlic Soup. Vegan, Gluten-free. Serves one.

Ingredients
Grilled Cheeze Tacos
1. 4 large romaine lettuce leaves, washed and dried
2. Two slices vegan bread of choice, cubed
3. One recipe "Basic Cheeze Sauce" (see this post!)
4. Chopped parsley, for garnish

Summery Tomato and Sweet Garlic Soup
1. 1 cup canned tomato sauce
2. 1 cup plant-based milk of choice (I used cashew, but soy would be BOMB)
3. Salt, to taste
4. 1/2 small clove garlic, grated (less if you're not that into garlic's spiciness)
5. 1/4 tsp onion powder
6. Less than 1/8 tsp stevia or sweetener of choice
7. Chopped herbs of choice, for garnish (I used parsley, but chives would be great too!)

Method
1. Preheat oven to 400 F and line a baking sheet with parchment. Place bread cubes on parchment (you cold spray with coconut oil cooking spray, if desired) and bake until crispy, about 15-25 minutes, flipping halfway through.
2. Remove bread cubes from oven and let cool 10 minutes. When cool enough to handle, fill lettuce leaves with bread cubes and set aside.
3. Combine all ingredients for soup in your vitamix or high-speed blender and blend until smooth, starting on low speed and working up to high. Pour into small bowl and chill until ready to serve.
4. Prepare cheeze sauce according to recipe instructions. Drizzle cheeze over tacos and sprinkle with parsley. Serve with chilled tomato soup and a side salad.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Workout Wednesday Poll: Should You Have Different Shoes for Different Types of Workouts?

Happy Workout Wednesday, fitties! :)
Today's WW post isn't a workout, but it's a common question in the fitness world these days: should you have multiple pairs of workout shoes if you do multiple types of exercise? I get asked this question so often...but there isn't one set answer. Just like one brand of running shoe isn't perfect for every runner, the same answer to this question may not be a good "fit" for everyone. So how can you know what YOUR answer is? Well, first we need to look at what types of exercise you do.
For example, let's say you're primarily a runner, and also lift weights a couple times per week...do you need different shoes? Most likely not. Now switching gears, let's say you're a cardio queen (or king) that alternates between the elliptical, stair stepper, and treadmill, who occasionally throws in a cross-fit class. The verdict for you? Get a second pair. How can you know, though? What is your situation is different from either of these? No problem...here's the bottom line and my rule of thumb when it comes to workout shoes: if both/all of your exercise routines are upright mileage based (think running, walking, hiking, even elliptical), definitely have 2 pairs. However, if your workouts are 1 type of primary cardio (i.e. running) and 1 type primary strength training, then you don't necessarily need a second pair (unless you're simply a workout shoe junkie and can't seem to have enough sneakers...like me...hey--there are worse addictions!). In addition to having different shoes for different workouts, many running coaches even advise having two pairs of shoes that you alternate between on a regular basis--regardless of cross-training or alternate workouts, for the sole reason that each pair will last longer. You literally buy two pairs of the exact same shoe at the exact same time, and alternate between the two pairs (say, weekly). The more you switch up your shoes during your workout week, the more life you'll end up getting out of all of them. And, as mentioned above, this goes for more than just running.
I'll use myself as an example: I run 5 days per week and cross-train on the elliptical once per week, in addition to lifting 3 times per week and HIIT 3 times per week. I have one pair of running shoes I wear for my runs and my lifting sessions, and one pair I wear for my XT and HIIT sessions. I've been doing this for a few years now, and have definitely noticed better life span in my shoes because of it.
Now, if you're reading this and going, "Hold up now, Anna. ONE pair of running shoes is expensive enough...how will I buy TWO pairs all the time?!" My sentiments exactly...at the beginning. Remember how I said you can, in some cases, get DOUBLE THE LIFE out of your shoes when you alternate between two or more pairs on a regular basis?! Well, there's your solution: you're not spending any more money than you normally would be...LESS, even! Yes, it's more money up front, but you'll end up saving money in the long run.
Now what kind of shoes do you need? Well, if you're a hard-core runner (or really a runner at all), you should without a doubt get fitted at least once for a good, solid pair of true running shoes. After I recovered from my stress fracture in 2012, I went to my local running store and got fitted for a really good pair of shoes, per my Physical Therapist's suggestion...and it was one of the best decisions I've ever made. They matched me with my beloved Mizuno Wave Inspire running shoes, and I fell in love instantly! I'm now on my 6th pair of these babies...they're the only shoe I'll run in!

My beloved Mizuno Wave Inspire running shoes...in the color I'm currently running in! 

As far as the cross training shoes go, you've got two options. Option 1: when you hit your mileage limit on a pair of your running shoes, simply switch them to your XT shoes. Option 2: buy a much cheaper pair of general workout/athletic shoes of your choice from a non-specialty (and thus, non-EXPENSIVE...think $70 or so) store for your alternate workouts. This one is not as thrifty as option 1, obviously, but your XT shoes can double as "fashionable athletic shoes" that you can wear around town (think grocery shopping!).
I've done both of these options and have had good success with both.
My current pair of "XT/alternate workout shoes": simply a pair of cute New Balances I got from a department store!

In summary, it really doesn't matter which route you go...just make sure you're rotating your shoes in some way--feel free to come up with your own method and way of doing it...see what works for you! Just make sure you are, truly and diligently rotating your shoes. I cannot stress this enough. After one round of alternating your shoes, you will be amazed--6 months after you purchase the shoes, when you would normally have to fork out another $120-$150 bucks for another pair, your shoes will just barely be worn...and you'll be a believer for life!

Think you wanna try my method? Let me know! Comment on the post, shoot me an email (my email can be found on my page, "Link up with TFVG!"), or send me a message on my Facebook page (Facebook.com/thefitveganginger). I'd love to connect and keep up with you on your new shoe experiment! 

Until next time, fitties. Have a wonderful Wednesday...and stay healthy! :)

~Anna, 
"The Fit Vegan Ginger" 

Friday, April 1, 2016

White Cheddar Cheeze-Chive Soup.

There's something absolutely irresistible about a thick and creamy, "cheesy" soup...I think for many people, cheese is the ultimate comfort food. And when it's made into a warm and comforting soup? Well, then...I'll be right over :)
This White Cheddar Cheeze-Chive Soup is so simple to whip up and perfect for any time of year. Add some toast and seasonal veggies on the side, and you've got yourself a yummy dinner (or lunch! Yep, it's that fast to make!). Enjoy...and be sure to let me know what you think by posting your comments! :) I'd love to know what you served with your soup and how you liked it!


White Cheddar Cheeze-Chive Soup.

So  thick and creamy!

White Cheddar Cheeze-Chive Soup. Vegan, Gluten-free. Serves one (can easily be doubled or tripled to serve additional people).

Ingredients
1. One large white sweet potato, steamed
2. 3 T nutritional yeast flakes
3. 1/4 tsp onion powder
4. Salt and black pepper, to taste
5. 1 T dijon mustard
6. 1 cup unsweetened cashew milk
7. 1/2 tso freeze-dried chives, for garnish

Method
1. Peel sweet potato and combine in Vitamix or high speed blender with all ingredients except chives. Blend low to high until super smooth.
2. Pour into small soup pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce to a simmer and cook 5-7 minutes.
3. Pour into a bowl and garnish with chives. Serve warm.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

"Throw-It-Together Thursday". What to fix when you're too tired to think! (BONUS: TWO recipe this week!)

I think we all have that one night per week when we simply just don't want to cook. Or at least, we don't want to spend a long time thinking about WHAT to cook. Maybe you have a weekly after-work activity, late afternoon study group that always ends later than you expect it will, or an impromptu mandatory staff meeting...whatever it is for you, it's making you not wanna cook. We've all been there. For me, that day of the week is Thursday. I have to be at work very early on Thursdays, and get off just in time to head to ballet, which don't end until 9:30. You can probably imagine that by the time I get home on Thursday nights, I'm ready to eat and go to bed! So what are my favorite quick, healthy go-to meals and meal ideas? 


Wraps.
Wraps are one of my very favorite "go-to's." All you need is a gorilla or wrap of your choosing and whatever happens to be in your fridge! I've done sweet, savory, crunchy, warm, gooey, you name it...I've probably done it (I may or may not have done a sweet and savory combo wrap...don't knock it till you try it!). Let's take yesterday, for example:

Spinach Tomato "Ricotta" Wrap.

This was super simple and quick, but so so good! I simply took a gluten-free, spinach wrap, filled it with fresh spinach (you could also do steamed), topped it with my Vegan Ricotta Cheeze for my cookbook, and added fresh Roma tomato slices. I served it with some steamed carrots and asparagus, fresh fruit, and homemade tomato basil soup. Delish! And super quick.
What's your favorite type of wrap or tortilla?  Mine would have to be these guys...

My all-time favorite wraps...wRAWps!


I'm totally obsessed with wRAWps. They're gluten-free, vegan, nut-free, oil-free, sugar-free, AND 100% raw! They have tons of different flavors to choose from, perfect for whatever type of wrap you're craving! They even have pizza crusts, too!

Salads.
A big 'ol salad is ALWAYS a good idea, but ESPECIALLY on a "fast-food" night! Many times, I will make a big salad in the morning and leave it in the fridge so it's ready to go when I get home! And like wraps, salads don't require much thought, either: just use what you've got in your fridge...I have to say I've never eaten a gross salad! :) And in the winter, when you don't necessarily want a cold salad? I love doing WARM SALADS--simply steam or sauté all the veggies you would normally use raw! Steam spinach for your base, and add sautéed onions, tomatoes, bell peppers, and mushrooms. Add some canned chickpeas, fresh herbs, and a squeeze of lemon juice. Serve with cooked brown rice on the side. BOOM. So good.

Easy Asian Salad with Peanut Ginger Dressing. (recipe below!)

Easy Asian Salad with Peanut Ginger Dressing.

Ingredients
1. 1 cup fresh snap peas, chopped
2. 1 cup chopped red cabbage
3. 1/2 cup sliced white button mushrooms
4. 4 oz. water-packed extra firm tofu, diced
5. 2 T peanut butter of choice
6. 1/4 tsp ground ginger
7. 1 tsp soy sauce (or soy sauce substitute)
8. 1 1/2 T water
9. 1 tsp fresh lime juice
10. Pinch of stevia (or sweetener of choice)
11. Cilantro, for garnish (optional)

Method
1. Combine all salad ingredients in a large bowl and toss to mix.
2. Combine peanut butter, ginger, soy sauce, water, stevia, and lime juice in a small ramekin and whisk until thoroughly mixed. 
3. Drizzle dressing over salad and garnish with cilantro, if desired.

Bagels. 
Ooooooooh, who doesn't love a good old bagel?! Bagels are literally one of the most comforting foods on the planet, in my opinion. And they're such a great option for a quick evening meal: carbs are proven to help you sleep better, so they're great if you have to eat a late dinner! And they're super versatile: again, you can get totally creative with a bagel. Sweet or savory! 

Toasted Gluten-free bagel with Homemade Veggie Cream Cheezeless.
Casseroles.
Ahhh, the casserole. Another one of those things you can literally throw everything into a giant mixing bowl, mash it up, bake, and hey--you've got a delicious dinner! Even better? You can cook them ahead of time, store in the fridge, and warm back up in the microwave/oven when you get home late. Whoever invented the casserole, I love them. 
Here's a fun little casserole I created the other night, sort of inspired by...A CHILI DOG. Yes, I'm serious. (The recipe is still vegan of course, and TOTALLY healthier than even a vegan chili dog!). It combines loads of plant protein, gut-healthy probiotics from sauerkraut, tomatoes which pack a healthy dose of lycopene, and tons of flavor. I drizzled my casserole with my "Rockstar Ranch Dressing" for my cookbook, but get creative! Mustard would be delish too.

"Meaty" Sauerkraut-Tomato Casserole.

"Meaty" Sauerkraut-Tomato Casserole.

With toppings, of course.


Ingredients
1. 1 cup sauerkraut
2. 1/3 cup TVP granules
3. 1/4 tsp each onion and garlic powders
4. 1/2 tsp chill powder
5. Salt, to taste
6. 1/3 cup water
7. 1/2 cup canned diced tomatoes, drained
8. 2 T panko breadcrumbs (use gluten-free, if needed)
9. Toppings/dressing of choice (ketchup/mustard, etc.)

Method
1. Combine TVP, spices, and salt in a medium-sized bowl and mix well. Add water and microwave 2 minute.
2. Add TVP, sauerkraut, and tomatoes to a large bowl and mix very well. Spoon into small casserole dish and sprinkle with breadcrumbs. Bake, uncovered, at 350 for 25 minutes.
3. Remove from oven, let cool 10 minutes, and drizzle with toppings of choice. Serve warm, with a side salad, homemade potato chips, and fresh fruit.

USE YOUR IMAGINATION!
Other than my ideas above, use your imagination...and whatever is in your fridge! It's truly amazing the flavor combinations and tasty creations you can come up with by using fresh veggies and fruits. You really can't go wrong! The best thing you can do is experiment...and enjoy! :)

Until next time, guys. Enjoy! 

--Anna,
"The Fit Vegan Ginger" :)



Sunday, March 27, 2016

Holiday Post!: Resurrection Cookies (HIGH PROTEIN!).

When I was growing up, my mom would always make "resurrection cookies" every Easter. Not only were they delicious, but I have so many happy memories surrounding the whole process of making these. I remember it just like it was yesterday: standing in the kitchen with my mom and sister, with all 6 of our hands shaping these little cookies...and then eating them while watching movies!
So what exactly ARE resurrection cookies, you may be wondering? Besides the MOST DELICIOUS THING IN THE WORLD, of course...so easy you almost can't call it a recipe. When I used to make them as a kid, they were simply pre-made crescent roll dough with a marshmallow wrapped inside. When you bake them, THE MARSHMALLOW "DISAPPEARS!" Or at least, that's what it seems like to a 6 year old ;) The idea behind these cookies is that you're "placing Jesus in the tomb." And when you open the tomb (i.e. "bite the cookie" haha) HE IS NO LONGER THERE! I've always thought it was creative (and of course delicious!). And with my recipe, they're HEALTHY, too! Happy Easter guys! Go make some resurrection cookies :)


Resurrection Cookies!

So good.

Protein Resurrection Cookies. Vegan, Gluten Free. Makes three large cookies.

Ingredients
1. 1/2 cup flour of choice
2. One scoop vanilla vegan protein powder
3. 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
4. 1/2 tsp baking powder
5. One packet stevia powder
6. 4 T water
7. 3 vegan marshmallows (like Dandie's brand)

Method
1. Preheat oven to 350 F and line a baking sheet with parchment.
2. In a medium-sized bowl, mix flour, protein powder, stevia, and baking powder. Add water and mix to form a dough.
3. Divide dough into 6 sections. Take one section in hands, roll into a ball, and flatten into a circle. Place on parchment and repeat with remaining 5 sections.
4. Place one marshmallow in the center of one circle of dough. Top with another dough circle and gently press outer edges together to seal. Repeat for 3 large cookies.
5. Cover cookies with a foil tent and bake for 25-30 minutes, until firm and set.
6. Remove from oven and let cool 10 minutes before enjoying.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Fitness Friday!: The Top 5 Fitness Trends...and if you SHOULD or SHOULDN'T be doing them!

Hey, fitties! Happy Friday...or, as I prefer to call it, "FITNESS FRIDAY!"
In today's post, I'll be analyzing the top 5 most popular fitness trends of late, and whether you should add these things to your fitness routine or not.


Fitness Trend #1: Wearable Fitness Trackers and Watches

My beloved Garmin Forerunner 10! (And my morning run stats...)
Fitness watches have been up and coming for a while now, but with the release of the amazing new Apple Watch recently, the market for 24/7, portable fitness trackers has skyrocketed. But what's so great about these pricey little gadgets? And should YOU be wearing one?

Pros

  • Great for runners--makes tracking distance SUPER easy! Many fitness watches save your route also, so next time you can run the same path and STILL FIND YOUR WAY BACK HOME! :)
  • Eliminates the time-consuming process of manually tracking exercise
  • Tons of different brands and options, each with different features...meaning there's a watch for the total newbie, as well as the ironman triathlete.
Cons
  • Price. Although you definitely get what you pay for, expect to spend upwards of $150 if you really want a good quality watch.
  • Bulk. This one is only half true, I confess. There are definitely ski and trim watches out there, but let's be realistic--the bigger the watch, the more it can do.
  • Can "lock you in". I would have to say the biggest downfall when it comes to fitness watches is many times, people lose the joy of their workout or run by obsessing over the stats during the run/workout. I remember a particular friend of mine who had just purchased her first fitness watch. We went for a "fun run," but she was obsessing the whole time about falling behind her "ideal pace" and having her watch beep at her. Not fun.
Bottom Line
I really do love my Garmin. It's lasted very well (I'm going on 3 years with mine!), and really helped me in my running goals. I avoid the "lock-in" to my watch by picking one run per week where I INTENTIONALLY leave my watch at home. This enables me to focus simply on the joy of my run, and prevents me from being so focused on distance, pace, etc. So my ultimate opinion on this trend? I say YAY!

Fitness Trend #2: Minimalist Shoes/Footwear

Vibram 5 Finger Minimalist Shoes


Minimalist shoes. I think you either love 'em or hate 'em. Here's the deets, peeps.

Pros

  • Great for building ankle and foot strength
  • CHEAPER THAN REGULAR RUNNERS!
  • Can be worn at other times
Cons
  • They're ugly. This one is a matter of opinion, but I'm going with ugly.
  • Can cause foot and ankle injuries if you don't work up to using them
  • Don't last as long as regular running shoes
Bottom Line
Honestly, this one truly comes down to personal preference. For me, I avoid minimalist trainers like the plague...I have a history of foot and ankle injuries, and quite frankly, these terrify me. However, that being said, I have a TON of running friends who have tried minimalists and fallen head over heels in love with them, saying their times have improved, their feet have gotten stronger, and they can run longer without getting blisters. It really comes down to your body structure and what you prefer (and what terrain you run on...I don't recommend minimalists for trails...ow...)

Fitness Trend #3: Smartphone Exercise Apps

I love my 12 minute athlete app!

So many apps...so little time!

Pros

  • Easily accessible on any smartphone
  • Portable workouts, all stored in your phone (no bulky notebooks here!)
  • Lots of different exercise options (yoga, HIIT, pilates, kickboxing, running, etc.)
Cons
  • The good ones cost money...although typically no more than about $5 (my 12 minute athlete app was $2.99! Not bad considering I use it every day!)
  • Impersonal training advice. While apps are great (no arguing there!), nothing beats the one-on-one interaction with a real personal trainer. Apps can't answer your exercise questions or analyze your form!
  • Same workouts over and over (unless you upgrade your version...which costs MORE money...)
Bottom Line
I definitely, DEFINITELY love my workout apps (plural. I have WAY TOO MANY.). However, apps definitely don't replace personal trainers. As wonderful as technology is, there will always be a demand for human beings! (THANK HEAVENS.)


Fitness Trend #4: Sport-Specific Training

Sport-Specie Training

Sport-specific training is a relatively new trend to the fitness world. Basically what it is is exercise that is specially formulated for each individual athlete, based on what their primary sport or form of exercise is. So, if you're a rower, you would have a workout plan that is primarily focused on strengthening the muscles associated with rowing workouts.

Pros
  • Proven to be effective with athletes of all ages
  • Motivating for young athletes to exercise outside of their primary sport
Cons
  • Doesn't prevent injury: by only focusing on the muscles that are already stronger than other muscles, athletes can start overcompensating for the less-srenthened muscles, ultimately leading to injury.
Bottom Line
Don't get me wrong, I love the idea of cross training for sport-specific athletes. However, this isn't really true cross-training. By only working out the muscle groups athletes are already working out, they almost totally defeat the purpose. The best exercise approach for a competitive/sport-specific athlete is a total body workout 2-3 times per week, in addition to their regular training. Head to the gym for a full-body lifting session, followed by 30 minutes on the bike/elliptical/treadmill, depending on your primary sport. 

Fitness Trend #5: High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

HIIT me baby, one more time!


You guys already know how I fell about HIIT training...it was, well, "love at first sweat" for me! Here's why...

Pros
  • Super quick workouts: the average HIIT workout is no more than about 15 minutes...TOPS!
  • Super effective: By combining short bursts (about 30-50 second intervals) of insanely high intensity exercise and even shorter bursts of rest or low intensity exercise (10-30 seconds), HIIT literally makes you a calorie burning machine! Your body doesn't have time to slow down, so you force your metabolism to catch up!
  • Proven to shed fat while building lean muscle. I've always struggled with gaining muscle. But when I started HIIT training, BOOM BABY! HELLOOOOOO MUSCLES!
Cons
  • Not many...unless you're a wimp ;)
  • Be prepared to work...HARD. Although these workouts are short, they are PAINFUL to put it lightly. 12 minutes of death, anyone?!
  • Can be discouraging for a fitness/workout newbie. Because these workouts have SUPER short rest periods, someone new to the whole exercise thing can easily get discouraged. HIIT is no joke, people! It's hard! 
Bottom Line
I love HIIT. Like, love affair love. But the majority of HIIT workouts available on the internet are geared towards those who have been exercising for some time, and developed fairly good cardiovascular endurance already. So what's the alternative for newbies? Simple. DEVELOP YOUR OWN HIIT ROUTINES. Seriously! It's super simple...I do it all the time, just for kicks! 
Simply pick your top 5 fave HIIT exercises (ones you've already mastered), followed by the longest work/shortest rest period combo you can manage (for example: my top 5 fave moves: burpees, rockstar jumps, slip jump lunges, dive bomber pushups, V-ups. My longest/shortest interval set: 50 sec. work: 10 sec. rest). After that, pick the length of your workout (I like 15 minutes, so with a 50:10 interval set, combined with my 5 moves, I would do this whole set 3 times). THAT'S IT! Not only is it perfect for your fitness level, but IT'S FUN! Gives you an opportunity to get creative!
Still not sold on the whole "develop you own workout" thing? No problem. Shoot me an email at thefitveganginger@gmail.com and I'd be happy to help! 

Well there you have it, guys. The top 5 fitness trends of 2016. Now comes the fun part...deciding which ones you're gonna give a go!
Until next time, fitties :)
Xoxo, 
Anna, "The Fit Vegan Ginger"

EXTRA! EXTRA!: Be sure to keep your eyes out for my first recipe ebook, coming at the end of April! 

Saturday, March 19, 2016

BBQ Lentils and 'Shrooms.

If you're anything like me, BBQ anything is good...but when it's hearty brown lentils and meaty mushrooms that are dredged in a sweet and tangy spicy BBQ sauce?! Well, "good" just turned into "glorious"!
This is a super quick protein dish that is perfect to throw on top of a toasted hamburger bun, rice cakes, mixed greens, steamed veggies, or even brown rice or quinoa. Takes about 5 minutes, start to finish (no joke!), and tastes as if you slaved in the kitchen for hours. Sounds to me like I just decided what you're having for lunch tomorrow (or midnight snack tonight, maybe?!). Enjoy, everyone!


BBQ Lentils and 'Shrooms.


BBQ Lentils and 'Shrooms. Vegan, Gluten-free. Serves one.

Ingredients
1. 1/2 cup canned lentils, drained and rinsed
2. 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
3. 3 T BBQ sauce of choice (try my Spicy Chipotle BBQ recipe, on the blog!)

Method
1. Combine all ingredients in a small soup pot over medium-high heat and bring to a simmer. Cook, stirring constantly, until heated through and bubbling slightly. Serve as desired! 

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

New Workout Wednesday: Simple and Effective Upper Body Routine (Arms, Chest, Shoulders, and Back)!

It's Wednesday...and you guys know what that means...A NEW WORKOUT! Specially formulated by yours truly :) This awesome routine focuses on Upper Body, i.e. arms (biceps and triceps), chest, shoulders, and back...all these muscles worked...in only about 30 minutes! Yep, you read that right: 30 minutes. How?! With TFVG secret workout formula: I call it "multi training." Basically, my simple formula combines two strength-based exercises into one, maximizing muscles used, while minimizing workout time. Additionally, by combining TWO exercises, you stress your body twice as hard, doubling calorie burn per exercise.
This is a pretty basic, beginner-friendly workout, so not all the exercises are multi training exercises...however, as you get more comfortable with each individual exercise I introduce, you can start meshing more and more exercises together. Get creative with your training--exercise should be fun! Enjoy the workout!
--Anna, TFVG :)




Beginner's 30 Minute Upper Body Routine

Warm up with 15 minutes light to moderate cardio before beginning any strength training routine.

1. Free standing dumbbell bicep curls--3x10 
2. One-arm overhead tricep extension--3x10 (each arm)
3. Reclined chest press--3x10
4. Straight-arm lateral side raises--3x10
5. Squat with military press (multi trainer!)--3x10 
6. 10 pull-ups (or until failure)

Always stretch after completing your workout.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Vegan Sunday Brunch: Savory Breakfast Bowl with Roasted Potatoes.

Nobody alive can deny the fact that breakfast is not only the most important meal of the day, but also the most delicious. I mean, come on--is there anything on earth better than a tall stack of perfectly fluffy flapjacks after a long day?! Nope. Nothing. 
One of the coolest things about breakfast is the diversity of dishes and flavor combos--you've got sweet, salty, warm, cold, comforting not, fresh, the list goes on and on. I'm generally a "sweet" or "fresh" brekkie eater: I can't go a day without my nice cream, oatmeal, and smoothies! But some days a girl just needs to eat breakfast twice...because there's just too many options!! And this, my friends, is my theory of how "breakfast for dinner" was born...along with this delicious recipe :) enjoy!


               Vegan Sunday Brunch. 

Savory Breakfast Bowl and Roasted Potatoes. 

        Veggieful "meaty" goodness!


       Crisped to perfection...no oil needed!


Vegan Sunday Brunch: Savory Breakfast Bowl with Roasted Potatoes. Vegan, gluten-free. Serves one. 

Ingredients
Breakfast bowl
1. 2/3 cup TVP granules
2. 1/4 tsp poultry seasoning
3. 1 T braggs liquid aminos
4. 1/4 cup chopped red onion 
5. 2 tsp minced garlic 
6. 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms 
7. 1/4 cup sliced grape tomatoes
8. 1 cup fresh spinach, chopped
9. Black pepper, to taste

Potatoes
1. Two medium Yukon gold potatoes, sliced into wedges
2. Braggs aminos, drizzle
3. Spices of choice, to taste (I opted for onion powder, garlic powder, black pepper, and a little cumin! Delish!)
4. Ketchup for serving, optional 


Method
Breakfast Bowl
1. Combine TVP and poultry seasoning in a medium microwaveable bowl and mix. Add 2/3 cup water and 1 T aminos and stir. Nuke 2 minutes. 
2. Line a small soup pot with water and satire onion and garlic until soft and fragrant. Add mushrooms and cook 2 minutes. 
3. Stir in cooked TVP "meat" along with tomatoes. Add a splash of water and stir. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes. 
4. Stir in chopped spinach off of heat until wilted. Season with pepper and spoon into serving dish. 

Potatoes
1. Place potato wedges into large bowl and drizzle with aminos. Sprinkle with spices and stir well to coat. 
2. Spread coated potatoes over a parchment-lined baking sheet and roast at 400 degrees F for 25 minutes. 
3. Remove from oven and let cool 10 minutes. Serve alongside breakfast bowl, with ketchup on the side, if desired. 

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Super Simple Salsa Chili.

I absolutely LOVE the book The China Study, by T. Colin Campbell. I discovered it not long after I went vegan, and fell in love with both his method, AND the cookbook that went along with the plan. Being a new vegan, I was an avid recipe follower, and perused cookbooks daily searching for a recipe that intrigued me (this was obviously before I started experimenting with MY OWN creations...and TFVG was born!). The China Study Cookbook was my very favorite of ALL the vegan cookbooks I ever had...and one recipe in particular really sticks in my mind...er, my tastebuds. It was a hearty vegetable stew recipe that has a secret ingredient to add a flavor punch: JARRED SALSA! Yes, you did, in fact, read that correctly. Good 'ol tex-mex style salsa. No, I'm not kidding. (Don't knock it till you try it, people.)
Although I don't remember the exact recipe for this bomb-diggity delicious stew, I've frequently thrown some salsa into my pot when I feel like it's lacking some flavor...and I have yet to be disappointed! So here's one of my favorite chili recipes that uses salsa as the main flavor booster--it's super simple and only takes about 10 minutes, start to finish...and depending on the heat of the salsa you use, this comforting bowl of goodness can pack QUITE the punch! Enjoy, my dears. :)

Super Simple Salsa Chili.
Super Simple Salsa Chili. Vegan, Gluten-free. Serves one. 

Ingredients
1. 1-2 cups vegetable broth (more or less, depending on how thick you want your chili)
2. 1/2 cup TVP granules, cooked in 1/2 cup water
3. onion and garlic powders, to taste
4. 1 cup frozen broccoli florets
5. 1/2 cup jarred salsa, heat of choice 

Method 
1. Combine TVP and water in a medium-sized microwaveable bowl and nuke for 1 1/2 minutes. Remove from microwave and set aside. 
2. Combine veggie broth, TVP, and broccoli in a small/medium-sized soup pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and stir in salsa. Simmer 10-15 minutes for flavors to mingle. 
3. Remove stew from heat and stir well. Pour into large bowl and serve hot, with crusty bread for dipping. 

Sunday, February 21, 2016

My Favorite Weeknight Dinner: Savory Oatmeal!

If you're one of those people who think oatmeal is strictly a breakfast food, prepare to have your world rocked....in a GOOD WAY! Savory oatmeal is the new thing, people. Seriously. If you've never tried it before, this is a great recipe to start with--quick and simple and loaded with flavor and nutrition. Add a simple side salad and some fresh fruit and BOOM--"Dinn in 10"! Enjoy, guys!

Roasted Garlic  Savory Oatmeal.

Roasted Garlic Savory Oatmeal. Vegan, Gluten-Free. Serves one.

Ingredients
1. 1/2 cup old-fashioned oatmeal
2. 1 cup unsweetened cashew milk
3. 1/4 tsp garlic powder
4. Onion powder, salt, and black pepper, to taste
5. Toppings of choice (I used a tossed medley of grape tomatoes, lentils, corn, green peas, and chopped carrots, with a drizzle of dijon mustard...delicious!)

Method
1. Place milk in a small soup pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium and whisk in oats and spices OFF OF HEAT.
2. Return pot to heat and whisk well. Cook, stirring regularly, until thickened.
3. Pour into bowl and let sit 5 minutes. Top as desired and serve!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

"WILW": What I'm LOVING Wednesday!

I've seen lots of recipe bloggers who do a weekly "What I ate Wednesday" post on their blog, in which they literally devote that entire post to sharing everything that they ate on that particular day. I've always loved this idea--it's practically like a free meal plan from a health foodie, am I right?! However, as much as I love this idea and have thought about doing this type of post myself, I finally decided it was kind of pointless for me to do it...I mean, if you follow me on Instagram, you guys pretty much already know everything I eat ;) But, as I mentioned in a previous post not that long ago, I want to start transforming TFVG blog into more than just healthy recipes--I want to start posting about ALL the things I'm interested in, and interested in sharing with you all...start making TFVG a vegan health and fitness blog, instead of just a vegan recipe blog.
With that said, it's been really fun thinking up a new topic to post on each week--be it a new workout, a discussion question, general health and fitness tips, you name it. When this week started, I knew EXACTLY what I wanted to post on for (one of) my non-recipe posts...ALL OF MY FAVORITE PRODUCTS as of late! I'm definitely a vegan health food product connoisseur--no question about it. I love spending hours perusing new health food stores, gourmet food shops, even local grocers that just so happen to have an outstanding organic or natural food section. Some of my all-time favorite products were an "accidental discovery," so to speak--I just ran into them in the most unlikely of places! I love, love, LOVE finding new yummy products to enjoy--but you know what they say...half the fun of doing something (or in this case, FINDING something!) is sharing it with someone else! And my foodie finds are no exception!
So here's a list of my current obsessions: what they are, why I love 'em, and where you can buy 'em! Hope you enjoy these goodies as much as I do :)


1. Grainful Steel Cut Meals and Sides

Grainful is a fairly new company, specializing in healthy, quick-to-prepare frozen meals and packaged sides...ALL MADE WITH STEEL CUT OATS! I know. Amazing, right? (And amazingly delicious, I might add). Grainful's products are all 100% natural, gluten-free, non-GMO, and super yummy. And while not all of their products are vegan-friendly, there are lots of  plant-based options (HELOOOO THAI CURRY!). You can find Grainful products on the company's website, at www.grainful.com


2. wRAWp Raw Wraps

I am completely and totally 100% unashamedly OBSESSED with these wraps. THEY. ARE. UN. BELIEVABLE! All wRAWp's products are certified organic, gluten-free, vegan, low-fat, grain-free, paleo, and nut-free! Not to mention darn delicious. And while most gluten-free tortilla and wrap options tend to be stiff and crack easily, wRAWps are super soft and pliable--the perfect vehicle for an over-stuffed burrito :) You can find wRAWps on the website, at www.wrap.com, in addition to on Amazon, and in various chain grocery stores.


3. Sami's Bakery Products

My love of Sami's Bakery Breads is nothing new--but it's too strong not to mention anyway! This is literally the most delicious bread I've ever had in my whole entire life...gluten-free or non! This bread is literally a dream come true: gluten-free*, oil-free, sugar-free, preservative-free, and NOT FROZEN! Yup, I repeat--NOT FROZEN PEOPLE! Amazingness. Thought you had to kiss your light-as-a-cloud PB & J sammy's goodbye?! Not with Sami's--pun intended. (see what I did there? I know. I'm so clever.) Sami's products are available on their website, www.samisbakery.com, and in countless locations in the southeast (the actual bakery is in Tampa, FL!).
*While many of Sami's products do not contain wheat or any gluten-containing ingredients, none of Sami's products are certified gluten-free. However, I have a gluten-intolerance (non-celiac) and am not bothered at all by Sami's non-gluten products. However, if you are highly sensitive to gluten or have celiac's disease, be advised that Sami's products are NOT certified gluten-free and ARE processed in a facility that produces wheat and gluten-containing products.


4. Zevia Stevia Sweetened "Soda"


I just recently discovered Zevia soda--and immediately fell in love! As someone who was already obsessed with seltzer water, Zevia is a nice option for those times when seltzer just won't cut it...like with a giant bowl of nooch-covered, oil-free popcorn and the latest Grey's Anatomy episode! :) Zevias are all-natural, sugar-free, calorie-free, and artificial sweetener free (sweetened with STEVIA and ERYTHRITOL--both of which are 100% natural plant-based sweeteners!), with TONS of yummy, fizzy flavors (my favorite is the Ginger Root Beer! So good!). Zevia soda can be found at any grocery store with a natural food section (ACME, Food Lion, Kroger, Whole Foods, some ShopRite locations, etc.), and on lots of online retailers (www.zevia.com, Amazon, even Walmart.com!).


5. Wink Frozen Desserts 



Wink is absolutely the most amazing thing ever. Vegan, Gluten-free, Sugar-free, and Nut-free! Oh yeah, and you can eat the WHOLE PINT FOR 100 CALORIES (and 8 grams of plant-based protein, to boot!). I KNOW. The original "100 calorie pint" flavors are shown above (cinnamon bun is my fave!), but I'm currently crushing on their new "mixed up pints"...the strawberry cheesecake in particular....
Wink pints are making their way into more locations by the week--the first pints just hit the west coast this week! But you can always order on the website, www.winkfrozendesserts.com. And don't worry about your pints melting--they ship in dry ice, so pints stay COMPLETELY FROZEN, even if you're far, far away! (Trust me--I get a box every month. No shame.)


6. Just Great Stuff Protein Plus Powdered Peanut Butter


You guys know I love my powdered peanut butter. After discovering my fat intolerance in early 2014,  this stuff has kept me sane ever since...I'm a PB-a-holic! But THIS. I didn't think my love powdered PB could possibly get any better...and then they came out with PROTEIN PLUS! Just Great Stuff Protein Plus boasts an impressive 8 GRAMS of plant-based protein PER 2 TABLESPOON SERVING, compared to the original's 4 grams...all by adding the secret ingredient: PEA PROTEIN POWDER! JGS Protein Plus is available on the company website, www.bettylousinc.com, in addition to many other online retailers (Amazon, Vitacost, Lucky Vitamin, Pure Formulas, etc.). And while Protein Plus is available in the regular, 6.35 oz. canister, let's be realistic: you'll need the big one. ;)

7. Miracle Noodle Miracle Rice

As a Miracle Noodle Ambassador, I love experimenting with MN products--especially the Miracle Rice! I've been a long-time lover of shirataki noodles (as a nice option for those nights you want pizza AND pasta AND breadsticks...), but just recently got to try Miracle Rice for the first time! And oh my goodness--boy was I missing out! Not only is MR great as a lighter sub for regular rice, but is even awesomer to ADD VOLUME to a grain-based dish! It picks up the flavor of any sauce very nicely, with no fishy aftertaste like with tofu shirataki, and is soy-free. Miracle Noodles and Miracle Rice are EVERYWHERE online (Vitacost, Netrition, Amazon, miraclenoodlel.com, just to name a few!), and in lots of health food stores (check out the MN product locator on their website!)


8. Sunkist Freeze-Dried Fruit


Sunkist Freeze-Dried Fruit varieties are a super fun snack and a nice change from dried fruit. I love adding these crunchy goodies on top of my oatmeal, in cereal, in homemade "trail mix," or even straight outta the bag by the handful! And with four different fruits, the possibilities and combo ideas are endless (the grapes are my fave! YUM!). You can usually find these in Walmart, in addition to on the Sunkist company website.



That about wraps up my current list, I think! Well, I could go on (Amy's Gone Crackers pretzels, Wild Garden Hummus, Walden Farms Caramel Dip--because VEGAN CARAMEL PEOPLE--, VEGA One Vanilla Chai Protein Powder, Bird's Eye Frozen, Pre-Cooked Brown Rice...), but I think I've added enough items to your grocery list for now ;) Hope you guys enjoy these fun new yummies! Be sure to let me know whatcha think of 'em, and if YOU have any yummies for ME to try! I'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. Until next time, fitties...

--Anna, 
"The Fit Vegan Ginger" 

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Gluten Free Protein Cake Donuts with Peanut Butter.

You need these in your life. These Protein Donuts are gluten free, oil free, sugar free, and super high protein (obviously, according to the name, haha), and delicious. All you need is about 35 minutes in the kitchen TOTAL to make them even more impressive! Add a little peanut butter for dipping goodness, and these little guys become a perfect combo of protein and carbs-the ultimate post workout snack! Enjoy!









Gluten Free Protein Cake Donut. Vegan, Gluten-free. Serves one. 


Ingredients
1. 1/2 cup gluten free oat flour
2. One scoop vegan protein powder (I used Sunwarrior vanilla)
3. One packet stevia powder
4. 1/2 tsp baking powder
5. Scant 1/2 cup water


Method 
1. Combine flour, protein powder, stevia, and baking powder in a medium sized bowl and mix well. 
2. Add water, stirring in as you go to avoid clumping. 
3. Pour batter into mini donut silicone/nonstick pan and bake
 350 for 25-30 minutes, until firm. 
4. Let cool 10 minutes before removing. Serve with PB!