The past year, I was in the habit of buying a package of Medjool dates every week, to make my energy bites to fuel my hubby for his Ironman training. Well, he pretty much rocked the Ironman on a plant-based diet, but now that it’s over, the training is scaled back a lot. Even though he’s still swimming/biking/running, now it’s just to keep up his fitness level and to feel great. I don’t have to be super-involved in planning his… Read more »

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted something on the “beauty” page, because I don’t like to buy lots of things and accumulate them! I use what I have, make what I can, and only buy something when it’s absolutely essential. If you guys know me, I’m a simple kind of gal. I don’t get manicures or pedicures, dye my hair (because there’s not too many white hairs on my head…yet!), wear tons of makeup, spend lots of money shopping, or… Read more »

We went to a Strawberry Festival the other week, and naturally, you buy tons of strawberries! I was back in the kitchen after an almost two-month hiatus (see previous post) and so glad to uncover these 4-inch tart pans from my baking arsenal. Because I moved to a new area, I spent a lot of time the past few weeks figuring out where to buy my groceries. I discovered a Mother’s Market nearby, and this vegan strawberry Jel seemed interesting… Read more »

Hey guys! It’s Tram, and I’m still here! The past few months have been a blur of activity, so I haven’t posted at all in awhile. This is what our family has been up to the last couple of months: – Moved from Annapolis, MD, to Southern California – Traveled to The Woodlands, TX, for my husband to compete in the Ironman 140.6 (he is a FINISHER! Check out my fueling strategies here and here. – Said our goodbyes to… Read more »

When I first ventured into eating more plant-based, I thought I would have to just say goodbye to flavors such as bacon for good. But the more I cook vegan food, the more in awe I am of how flexible this way of cooking can be (as long as I eat in; when we eat out in Annapolis, it’s hard). Some things I’ve learned to cook with: I’ve discovered that there’s such a thing as liquid smoke seasoning, to impart… Read more »

Hi friends! It’s been awhile since I posted about beauty products that are animal cruelty-free. I’ve been using these products for a few months now, and they work for me. Let’s start with Burt’s Bees fragrance-free body lotion, with shea butter and Vitamin E. Burt’s Bees is an example of a company that does not do animal testing, but is not vegan, because their products contain ingredients such as honey, beeswax, milk, or other animal byproducts. Some vegans use honey,… Read more »

For the past 8 months, my husband has been embarking on a crazy journey towards training for the Ironman in Texas. It has consumed our lives as a family. He trains for hours a week, and my 5-year-old daughter sometimes will run over to his bike trainer, to hang out with her daddy or feed him an energy bite made out of dates. I have taken over his nutrition plan, making sure he gets adequate macronutrients to perform and recover…. Read more »

Every week, I boil a few sweet potatoes to incorporate into my hubby’s power breakfasts. I mash them up, and sometimes I add them in his pancakes, or even oatmeal. Sweet potatoes are fantastic because they give him that good carbohydrate that he needs as fuel for his Ironman training. They’re also full of fiber and vitamins A, C, B6, and potassium. I always tell my students to eat a rainbow of colors of fruits and vegetables daily, because each… Read more »

I make a huge bowl of pasta once a week, whether it be spaghetti with vegan meatballs, Asian wheat noodles with tofu and mushroom-soy-ginger seasoning, pesto pasta, or a simple vegetable pasta. These dishes come together pretty quickly, and last a couple meals between the three of us (and with all the food my Ironman-to-be hubby eats, a pasta dish is always a sure bet!). What’s usually in your quick meal plan? A pasta with all the goodies Print Recipe… Read more »

This weekend, Blizzard Jonas came into town. In the past couple years that we’ve been here, the most I’ve seen is about 8 inches of snow, which is a lot for this Cali native. In TWO DAYS, we had almost 30 inches of snow – it was crazy! Some cars in my neighborhood were buried in snow, and by that, I mean you could only see the roof of the car. Thank goodness for midshipmen from the Naval Academy, who… Read more »