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Vlog: Kalachandji’s & Spiral Diner

We want to put yall on some good Vegan food in Dallas! So follow along as we show you a new and “oldie but goodie” restaurant we frequent. Veganism does not have to be so hard.
*Note: please do not eat this type of food on a daily basis. 90% of our diet consists of vegetables, grains, and fruit. We cook our meals during the week and have fun eating out on the weekends. It’s called BALANCE!

 

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Dallas Vegan Eats

Well hello there lovelies! I have seriously been slacking on posts. So lets just call this my “quick let me put you on some good vegan food that you can find in Dallas” post. I have been eating goood! And when I say good, I mean…too good where I need to slow down and go back to food prepping so I won’t gain tons of weight good. But that is good for you because I have a handful of places I want to mention in this post. Vegans and non vegans alike can enjoy all of these places! They are the bomb!

Anvil Pub

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Located  in Deep Ellum, sandwiched in between tons of different eateries and bars is Anvil Pub. Bar-like atmosphere with drinks and good bar food. To my surprise they have several vegan-friendly items on the menu. This go around we tried the bbq vegan pizza and the vegan quesadillas. Wow were they good! A little pricey which is always frustrating when it comes to ordering vegan things at non vegan restaurants. It amazes me why restaurants always jack up the prices when it comes to eating healthier-buuutt that’s neither here nor there. I would come back! Good food, good drinks, very interesting people for people watching lol makes a great combination for a great place to hang!

Cheesecake Factory

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Did you know Cheesecake Factory has a Vegan Cobb Salad on their menu??? Well I certainly did not. This salad blew my mind! I’m not a salad person at all so when I say this was good; it must’ve been bomb! An array of beets, lettuce, quinoa, tomatoes, avocado, asparagus, cucumbers, chickpeas, and nuts with an amazing dressing! So filling and delicious.

Goji Cafe

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If you happen to be in the mood for Asian food, you have to try this place. Asian food is pretty easy to make vegan so we had no trouble here. This is a healthy Asian food restaurant so it is lightly seasoned, but once you add the extra seasoning to your liking, it was an awesome food experience.

Seven Mile Cafe

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We drove 40 minutes to get here, so it better had been wonderful. Let me tell you, it did not disappoint! This is a non vegan restaurant that has a separate vegan menu. Already a “yassss” in my book. The pancakes look thin but they are very filling and yummy. Pictured here is the vegan pancakes and tofu scramble with hash browns. Amazing place to visit for breakfast and brunch!

Glazed 

If you are a breakfast/dessert connoisseur like my sister and I, you will be in heaven at Glazed. It is the only doughnut shop where I will see a line outside of the door waiting for the doors to open lol. It’s also the only doughnut shop that I know that opens in the morning AND the night time. ‘YASSSS’ to the vegan doughnut options!

So there you have it! Some non vegan places that serve some amazing vegan options. If you live in Dallas, you have to try them!

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#WhatVegansEat #2

Hello hunnies! How is everyone? I hope you all had a very productive week! I always love watching “What I Eat In A Day” videos on YouTube. Today that’s practically all I did lol- Binged watched food diaries and videos. They always give me inspiration to try new things and also motivation to keep eating healthy. So I thought I would write a blog about what I ate today. Today was a good food day! Packed with nutrients, antioxidants, and healthy fats!

Meal #1: Dairy Free Yogurt w/ fruit and chia/hemp seeds

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Meal #2: Mashed Sweet Potato, Mixed Veggies, Avocado, w/ Nutritional Yeast sprinkled on top

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Meal #3: Spinach, Chickpeas, Peppers, Hemp Seeds

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Snack #1: 2 Rice Cakes w/ PB2 and walnuts and cinnamon

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Snack #3: Almonds

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Yay for What I Eat In A Day blogs! Who else loves these kinds of blogs and YouTube vids???

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Going Vegan??? #WhatVegansEat

Yes! Out of all the things we have tried….my sister and I decided to go vegan. I know, I know this is totally different and to some may be extreme, but you have to understand this lifestyle before you knock it.

We have been vegan for a little less than a month and it has been very exciting.

I’m not gonna lie, sometimes the struggle can be real! You know we love our sweets and that has been the hardest. No dairy, No meats. No fish. On top of that, we cannot have gluten in our diet. We have always been gluten sensitive. Although we do not have Celiac Disease (or so I don’t think we do), we get strong lower abdominal pains and sometimes it would get so strong that we would feel pain in our chest! Another symptom was getting extremely bloated. A horrible feeling. Everything seems like it either has dairy or gluten in it, but we have figured out ways to get around this. I will write another post about this later.

This post, however is what we are eating this week.

Meal #1: I have said this a million times before. Oatmeal is my all time favorite breakfast! And I am relived that I can still enjoy my oatmeal on this vegan, no gluten diet. I add protein powder, ,bananas, peanut butter, and granola or flaxseed/chia seeds to my oatmeal. So delicious!

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Meal #2: Mushroom, Sweet Peppers Corn Tortillas.

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Meal #3: Cauliflower “Fried” Rice w/ Sweet Potato.

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Snacks will include pears, kiwi, homemade granola, almonds, veggies/hummus

I will drink protein water, add nutritional yeast and hemp seeds to add protein to my day.

We have incorporated supplements so that we get enough nutrients: Iron, probiotic, Vitamin D, and B12 pills are apart of our everyday routine

I will eventually make a separate post on recipes, how we are maintaining this lifestyle, and new foods/finds.

Any other vegans out there? What are some tips you can give a newbie???

Lets connect:)

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GM Detox | Getting Back on Track

Hello sweeties! Long time no post.

I wanted to share this new detox I am currently doing. I’m still all about that fit/healthy life, but I’m not gonna lie, I fell off a little bit. To get back on track I searched Pinterest and found this 7 day detox. It seemed easy enough…let’s see if I’ll be saying that by the end of the detox lol!

This detox claims to help you lose 10-17 lbs in a week. I didn’t think it sounded like the healthiest way to lose weight, but I’m honestly just doing it to get back on track. If I lose weight, great. I needed something that would get rid of all the toxins and junk I was putting in my body. Something that would reset my way of thinking and I thought the GM Detox fit the bill.

Below is the day by day chart of what you eat.

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My Experience

Day 1: Fruit Day! I really thought this was going to be an easy day because I love fruit. It wasn’t as easy as I thought. Throughout the day I was fine…I think mainly because I was at work and didn’t have time to think about it. When I got home I started to feel the hunger pains. I tried to work out but just did a little bit. I thought to myself, the faster I get to sleep, the less I could think about how hungry I was. I also tried to drink a lot of water with each meal. By the end of the day I was tired of going to the restroom.

Breakfast: 1 apple | Mid Morning Snack: 1 plum | Lunch: Fruit salad(peaches, strawberries, grapes) | Dinner: grapes, clementine | Snack : strawberries, grapes | Drink: 3 -16 oz water

Day 2: Vegetable Only Day! Breakfast time was fine. I had a few fingerling potatoes with a side of other vegetables that filled me up pretty well. By lunch, I was starving and tried to snack on raw carrots between bigger meals. I’m personally not a raw carrot eating person, so this was difficult for me. Raw carrots seemed to be the only “snackable” vegetable I could think of. Veggie day was hard for me. Surprisingly, I was craving fruit.

Breakfast: potatoes/mixture of vegetables | Snack: raw carrots | Lunch: mixture of vegetables | Dinner: mixture of vegetables

Day 3: Fruits and Vegetables. Today we are not allowed to eat bananas, but I needed something more substantial. I cheated and ate a banana for breakfast. It helped me get through this day. I felt good by day 3. This day was easy because I could have both vegetables and fruit which meant more substantial meals.

Breakfast: bananas/strawberries | Lunch: vegetables/clementine | Dinner: vegetables/peach/half apple

Day 4: Bananas and Milk. The start of this day went by smoothly. I ate a whole banana for breakfast with some water. At lunch I cut up 2 bananas and put it inside some almond milk, sprinkled with cinnamon. It was delicious, but by the end of day 4, I was over it lol. Here’s where it got tricky. It was one of my co workers birthday and we went out this night. I had 1 drink. The detox was over.

Breakfast: Banana | Lunch: 2 bananas/almond milk | Dinner: 2 bananas/peanut butter(don’t think you are allowed pb:( ) | Drink: “Sex on the Beach” 😦

Me and My Sister’s Results:

My sis did not lose much weight either, but looks more toned!
My sis did not lose much weight either, but looks more toned!
Although I didn't lose much weight, I lost inches and fat!
Although I didn’t lose much weight, I lost inches and fat!

I’m human. I ended the detox early, but this was a very interesting learning experience. I learned that I do have the will power to avoid fatty, junky food that my job is always putting in front of me. I learned that when I set my mind to something, no matter how hard, I can get through it.

Detoxing, for me at least, is not about losing weight. It is about challenging yourself mentally and being strong enough to say “no” to certain foods. I am now ready to get back in the groove of things with my healthy eating habits and food prepping. I highly recommend doing this detox with a family member or friend because you will need someone to vent to lol.

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Whole30 | Week 3 Update

Hello lovies,

It’s week 3 of this Whole30 challenge and it has been a learning experience. I will definitely have a post about what I have learned and my results after I finish the 30 days.

What I’m eating this week:

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Breakfast: Baked Egg Frittata
Ingredients
-carton of egg whites(serving: 10 eggs)
-4 eggs(with yolks)
-mushrooms
-spinach
-bell peppers
-ground chicken or pork

Directions
1. Cook vegetables and ground meat. Make sure to season to your desire.
2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
3. In an oven safe dish add eggs and veggie/ground meat mixture
4. Cook until eggs are baked through

*you can add any vegetables/ingredients you have on hand

Lunch: avocado and tomatoes with balsamic vinegar

Dinner: Porkchop with baby kale, broccoli, mushrooms, and asparagus

Snacks: Cashews, Almonds, Fruit

I’m not gonna lie and say I’ve been perfect with eating Whole30 compliant meals every single day. I have cheated a couple of times due the holidays, and other events, but have stuck with the challenge almost all of the 30 days. Stay tune to what I’ve learned and my results!

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Whole30 | Week 2

Hello beauties!

It’s week 2 of the Whole30 challenge and I am still going strong! I have fought cravings and have even eaten out Whole30 style. One day my sis and I just wanted to go out to eat so we went to Chipotle. We still stuck with Whole30 approved foods: salad with only grilled chicken, and extra vegetables; no cheese or dressing. It was still very delicious!

*Tip: if you know you are going to be eating out, look up the menu online and find alternatives for certain food items. Knowing exactly what you are going to order when u get there helps you stick to your challenge/diet. Also online is usually where they post nutritional facts.

Here’s what I’m eating in week 2:

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Breakfast: potato hash (diced potatoes, ground chicken, cherry tomatoes, onion)
Snack: Fruit
Lunch: 1 avocado, Greek salad no cheese
Snack: almonds
Dinner: Fish with roasted balsamic vegetables

I was lacking a little energy the 1st week, but eating out(every now and then), Paleo approved of course is helping. I have noticed I am smaller and more toned in my stomach area. Getting toned is my ultimate goal and it looks like Whole30 is really helping with that. I am no longer feeling bloated! I am so happy with that because bloating is really what I’ve been struggling with.

Staying strong! I will get through this!

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