Happy Pi Day! (3.14)

Yes I know I’m late. It’s not exactly Thursday (Pi Day – 3.14) anymore and yes I know that the REAL Pi day will actually be in 2015 (3.14.15)  but I wanted to tell ya’ll about my pie tradition I’ve been doing for a few years on March 14th. I know that technically it’s a day for the mathematical number Pi (3.14159265359), but it’s the perfect excuse to make a delicious PIE! And that’s exactly what I’ve been doing for the last few years… Last year I made chocolate crème pie and the year before that I’m pretty sure I made cherry… anything beyond that I can’t remember… but this year I made a Black Bottom Banana Crème pie and it was amazing!

Look at those delicious chocolate shavings and that luscious home made whipped cream!

It had a shortbread cookie & butter crust, a decadent layer of dark chocolate pudding (might I add it was home made), a layer of perfectly ripe bananas, a layer of vanilla custard and then luscious home made whipped cream. It was heaven in a pie plate. Seriously. I love all things banana and I absolutely love pudding too.. and seriously, home made pudding is so easy to make it’s ridiculous. I would much rather make home made pudding than buy the box (although on super super lazy days I will cave and buy the Jell-O brand pudding… it’s good, what can I say?)

 

And then, just because I believe in writing and broadcasting our cooking failures too, I present to you the most disgusting smoothie I have ever had in my whole entire life.

It’s called a “Clean Breeze Smoothie” (I believe it came out of an issue of EatingWell magazine) and it’s disgusting. Usually I love green smoothies and I frequently request my best friend to make me kale and peach smoothies, but this thing was repulsive. It had everything I usually love in it… kiwi, cucumber, cilantro, ginger kombucha…. but something about the mixture of everything with the extremely tart greek yogurt… Can I tell you how nasty it was anymore? haha If you’d like to try this beast out for yourself, here’s the recipe.

Bon Appetit!

 

where do you get your protein from?

So I thought I’d talk a little about something I read today that I found to be extremely interesting.

As I’ve mentioned before, I get a decent amount of magazines in the mail and yesterday I recieved this months issue of Vegetarian Times.

They have a section called “Ask the Doc” where people write in to ask questions and I thought this was interesting:

“Is it true that animal protein builds muscle better than plant protein? Which plant protein sources are best for this?”

Now, I’m not going to type out the whole answer.. but I will copy this:

“Actually, plant protein isn’t any better than animal protein when it comes to building muscle. If you were to feel the leg of a horse or a bull, you’d be reassured that plant proteins build muscle and plenty of it.”

HOLY CRAP. I’ve never thought about the “where do you get your protein?” question quite like this before. It’s never even crossed my mind that animals like horses and bulls and cows all live on a plant based diet, yet are some of the strongest animals we have. I mean come on, most vehicles go by HORSE POWER because of how powerful horses are. I mean, as a vegetarian I’ve been asked sooo many times where I get my protein from.. a lot of people don’t understand that something as simple as broccoli can pack like 4 grams of protein per cup and that as long as you’re eating a well balanced diet you consume plenty of protein on a daily basis.

That statement was just so simple, it blew my mind.

Also, my mother just bought a book called 101 Foods That Could Save Your Life and I was browsing thru it today.. It was really interesting.. covering where certain foods have originated from, why you should eat them, how to store them, ways they benefit you medically and numerous other topics. I was reading about how ridiculously good kiwi is for you and kale and blackberries etc etc. It also made me get a little more curious about Vitamin D.

Recently I’ve learned that I have a severe Vitamin D deficiency and although my doctor didn’t flat out tell me that it could be caused by my diet, I’ve had numerous people tell me that having a vegetarian diet could cause (or aid in) a vitamin D deficiency. Well, out of 101 foods in that book, only 3 foods were considered high in vitamin D, or even mentioned vitamin D. THREE. I mean, I know there’s a wider variety of foods and certainly more than 101 that are good for you.. but only 3? Really? And I’m being told that my diet could be a cause of the deficiency? Psh! (ps: the 3 foods that were mentioned in this specific book having high vitamin D levels were carob, mushrooms, and eggs)

Anyways, that’s my rant on protein and vitamin D. I just thought it was interesting and worth sharing.