Many might snicker at my admission that since 1999, I have been a fan of World Wrestling Entertainment, and my favorite Divas are now both retired and WWE Hall of Famers: Trish Stratus and Amy “Lita” Dumas. What I adore about these ladies is that they have continued to maintain exceptionally high levels of fitness well after their retirement from the squared-circle, and have taken two very different approaches with fitness. The members of self-dubbed “Team Bestie” have each developed their own methods for health, especially after being sidelined with complicated injuries. As an Average Jane runner and wannabe fit girl, I am slowly searching for recipes I can enjoy while at home, as home time will soon become “Healthy Time.” Enter the challenger: Natalie Slater of Bake and Destroy!
At the Fit2Run Fun Run, Meghan and I discussed about cutting back on the amount of dairy in our diets. I love dairy, so much, but it is also one of my greatest obstacles in weight loss. I’ve been oscillating back and forth between almond and coconut milk as of late and loving both. I previously read in Alicia Silverstone’s The Kind Diet that is is possible to be completely vegetarian/vegan and also be a professional athlete. While she highlights several athletes, my thoughts instantly jumped to Amy, who is a professional athlete, animal advocate, and staunchly vegan. Honestly, I am surprised these ladies haven’t crossed paths with one another. Chasing up Amy’s twitter feed, I noticed that she collaborated with Natalie at Bake and Destroy on a smoothie recipe. Without a second thought, I darted over, printed out the recipe, and headed downstairs to see if Mom and I could go on a healthy scavenger hunt.
This recipe was given to me by former WWE Women’s Champion Amy “Lita” Dumas, so I can guarantee it’s healthiness. But it is often consumed by reigning Sitting on the Couch Watching Reruns of Cops Champion Natalie “Naptime” Slater, so I can also guarantee it’s tastiness.
The pantry raid is a foodie’s version of an old-fashioned panty raid– digging through drawers, trying to find something a little sweet and exciting. Mom surprised me with she turned up with the following goodies:
- MaraNatha All Natural Roasted Almond Butter (Creamy) – *gasp* When it comes to nut butters, I am very much on the Crunchy Bandwagon. Hell, I’m usually driving the bandwagon, but when it comes to smoothies, a creamy nut butter cuts down on blending time. I may have licked the spoon.
- Mounds Sweetened Coconut Flakes – Naughty I know, but I am still working on learning how to step back from sugar.
- Almond Breeze Vanilla – I didn’t know if I needed a splash or a whole serving, so I went for a complete cup.
- Hershey’s Natural Unsweetened Cocoa Powder – This is probably the only flat out substitution as we did not have cocoa nibs in the house. I don’t think the ladies will fault me for using what’s handy instead of creating more waste.
Smoothie Hack: A Fistful of Kale – It’s been a while since I’ve adhered to a paleo diet (or any semblance of clean eating), so my kale consumption has taken a prompt nose dive. Some may cringe at the thought of adding kale to a decidedly sweet, candy bar inspired smoothie, but I need my greens. It’s not as exciting as Clint Eastwood in A Fistful of Dollars, but far more tasty and far less gritty. Now, where are my tumbleweeds and sarape?
The Bake and Destroy: Good Food for Bad Vegans is now at the top of my Christmas Wish List. Aside from Natalie being the cutest thing ever (and her totally reminding me of my own kick ass sister), the recipes on her site are all accessible and sound fantastic. Plus, who doesn’t love a little kitchen moshing? I am fairly certain that I may not be able to handle completely cutting animal protein out of my diet, I will do my best to start researching and enjoying a more plant-based diet. I do have friends and family in the vegetarian camp, so I’ll start slowly and see where I wind up!
Let me which vegetarian/vegan cookbooks are your to do tomes of choice! I saw fellow nerd girl Mayim Bialik has her own Vegan Table! Which websites do you snag those killer recipes! Tell me which offbeat social media mavens I need to start following!