Monday, July 6, 2015

Day 1 of 21 Day Vegan Challenge

Day 1 is almost over and the motivation is fresh and exciting! Although, I am fully aware that this spirit might not last the whole way through. I know I may have to muster up the motivation to continue on with my goals and to hold myself accountable, but either way I WILL DO THIS!

Today I carried on as I normally would. My daily routine didn't change much. I started my day off with my hot turmeric and lemon water then did 15 minutes of moving meditation, staring off my Monday like I usually do. 

Breakfast consisted of Ezekial bread with sliced bananas and strawberries, half  of an ambrosia apple and a glass of Cashew Milk.

Lunch was a spinach salad with cranberries and walnuts dressed with apple cider vinegar and a cup of diced Watermelon.

My mid-day snack was chopped veggies with homemade hummus (recipe to come)

Dinner consisted of homemade Caldo Verde soup, or in English, Portuguese Kale and Potato Soup. Recipe below.

My Yoga practice is kicking off a 7:30pm with a strong Vinyasa flow to heat up the body, loosen the muscles and cleanse the mind.

So far, Day 1 kicked serious arse!

Caldo Verde Soup

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 Russet potatoes, peeled and cut into small cubes
6 cups water
Salt and ground white pepper, to taste
8 oz kale, stems and ribs removed, sliced into thin ribbons.

1. In a big soup pot on medium-high heat, cook onion and garlic in olive oil until the onions are translucent(3-4 minutes). Add potatoes and cook, stirring constantly, for another five minutes. Add water and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and let simmer for about 20 minutes, until potatoes are fully cooked.
2. Using a potato masher mash the potatoes in this soup. Or you can puree and return to pot.
3. Stir the kale into soup and simmer for another 10 to 15 minutes, until kale is tender and bright green. Serve. Makes 4 to 6 servings

Caldo Verde soup traditionally has Chorizo sausage but I always omit. Feel free to add if you desire.

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