Mondaze in Ann Arbor, Michigan

A big part of Mondaze is Motivation, Mindfulness, & maintaining a Meatless diet

#TGIM Thank G-d It’s Monday – well yesterday was the first time i ever came across the abrev #TGIM – very bizarre but i went with the notion and continued to follow through with my version of Mondaze.

Mindful Monday was a sweet sweet success yesterday. Waking up on Monday Mornings I turn quickly to “snooze” which I think could be re branded as a time dedicated to meditation. I do not use my “snooze” to just roll my eyes back into my head & dream land but a moment of clarity.
Meditation Music makes the end of your day a sweet send off

Music of the day : Thomas Jack Vol 4 Tropical House

Getting super pumped up to go see him preform live in Chicago in February at The Mid. If you want to join me purchase your tickets here

Signing up for not one but TWO classes at The Barre Code in Ann Arbor : they have two fabulously convenient locations on is right downtown Ann Arbor on E Liberty between Maynard St & Thompson Street and the second is off Plymouth Road. The owner of The Barre Code Adri is a honey and i love supporting local startups & women ! #Girlpower – you don’t see too many men around The Barre Code but don’t let that stop ya felllas !

    Meatless Diet

Within the first thirty minutes of being awake and up & moving I like to have a piece of fruit to rev up my metabolism. Typically a Granny Smith Green Apple or Bartlett Pear.

Driving to Ann Arbor and getting off at Main Street I can’t help myself but stop into Mighty Good Coffee

Moving forward to lunch I walked over to my new go-to loving lunch spot Salads Up for a Mix It Up Salad filled with edamame, chic peas, cucumbers , red peppers, avocado , olives and broccoli with a spicy shiracha dressing! Dank.

Lady J ( maybe you remember her from the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Videos ) whipped me up some mouth watering orgasmic roasted Brussels sprouts for dinner along with our favorite breakfast for dinner omelet while i took on my Mondaze Motion hard.

Mondaze are the perfect day to take your tasks head on >>>> this weeks mondaze motion was to figure out that darn crock pot that is taking up so much space in our kitchen ! One of my new favorite social networking sites Yummly.Com allows amateur and professional chefs alike share recipes in a YUMMY way ! Check out my Yummly Collection of #1307Daily Recipes . FRENCH ONION SOUP you are my b*tch and i’m making you mine ! tipping this off was to caramelize onions! wpid-snapchat-3594131855462917539.jpg

Follow along to hear more about how my #1307Daily activity of the week goes down !

#TCOY – take care of yourself

Keep Mindful and keep it Up !

Vibe On,
Lshawtay

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DIY : Ramen Burger !!

Meat Mondays … We’ll I caved in for a #MeatMonday over a Meatless one … but for good reason !! Low & Behold the RAMEN BURGER. A scrumptious treat that is easily hand made by YOU. First of all you have to gather your ingredients ….

This is only for making the “Ramen Bun” – not the burger, that is up to you!

1 Packet of Ramen ( I choose chicken flavor), maybe next time i’d try beef

1 Egg

2 Bowls with flat bottoms

1 Tablespoon ( or more lol) of oil

* plastic saran wrap

* 2 pop cans or cups

 

First Step: Follow the ingredients on your Ramen packet – mine say to boil a pot of water with the appropriate amount of water, once it is at a boil, add the packet of ramen, wait for about 3 minutes // until it is soft, then drain almost all of the liquid, save a smidgen for adding the seasonings, then mix around & drain fully.

Second Step: you will let the noodles cool for about 10 minutes, just put it off to the side or whatever works for you. Then when the ten minutes have passed you will crack one egg into the pot/bowl whatever and stir in it thoroughly.

Third Step:  you will separate the noodles into two separate bowls (EVENLY) – with flat bottoms –  these will turn into your buns !! Shape wisely … I went with square. Then you will cover the noodles with the saran wrap & place the cans ( or cups) on top. The diet coke gives this dish a “healthy” feel – but really its purpose is to weigh down the ramen buns!

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Fourth Step: Place these two bowls into the fridge for 30 minutes – or if you get distracted a little bit longer is okay.

Walk around your kitchen , do 10 push-ups, 25 jumping jacks & 15 squats – you got to make room for this delicious treat !!

>> During this time you could also begin to prep and marinate your burger. Preheat the oven or grill ( whichever works for you)

Fifth Step: When you remove the bowls from the fridge  and take off the pop cans, your result should look something like this photo below!

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Sixth Step: What you’d like to do next is preheat your skillet pan and once it gets warmed up it is time to pour on the oil  ! Unwrap your soon-to-be-buns and toss them onto the skillet pan ! Let them sizzle here for 3 – 5 minutes then flip them over. Let the other side cook for about 2 minutes. Flip back & Forth until they are the color of your liking.

 

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You might be interested in adding a little bit more oil if you’d like your buns to get browner.

TA DAHHHHHHHH !!!! You’re DONE!  Add your burger between your buns – and ENJOY !!

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I personally like plain – some other recipes will add green onion , lettuce, soy or siracha ketchup! Honestly one pack made enough for 2 people to enjoy it. Depends also how big your burgers are !

Pictured above my side dishes are home made Sweet Potato Waffle Chips ( baked in the oven on 400 degrees) & Mashed Cauliflower ( Paleo, can be made vegan if you don’t add butter) , but let’s be honest your not sticking a giant juicy burger in it than !! But you could add a Veggie Burger.

To each his or her own can add their flare !!

Bon Apetite !

Meatless Monday : week 3

I vowed to commit myself to Meatless Mondays – the real mentality here is to make a conscious effort to not eat meat …. ONE day a week. My first week I wrote the best blog post about my commitment and recipes and felt so so good when I woke up on Tuesday AM. I felt free and a little bit lighter. Tuesday a day to go back to the #meatlyfe, I went for No Thai’s Sweet & Spicy Chicken. If you’ve had this before you understand how it is irresistible (once its on your mind) !!  But the indulgence in the chicken made me sick that night and the following day – I did not eat any meat or chicken etc for all of Wednesday or Thursday. I felt so much cleaner, lighter, healthier ! Breakfast & Lunch on Friday continuing on with my vegetarian life  … do eggs count?! laughs because I did eat them for breakfast everyday of the week !!

I wasn’t just making it a Monday thing but an over all lifestyle change ! I do feel a difference and it feels GREAT !! If you haven’t tried it yet – give it a go !! Once you get in the habit of it like ordering certain things for lunch it’ll just be second nature to you ! Image

I’m not quite sure yet if I have lost weight as I have not weighed myself in a few weeks, but I do feel lighter and feel like I see a difference in my body. My energy levels feel higher as well, I haven’t been drinking coffee or felt the need to everyday. If I am going out to dinner at a Steakhouse I’m not gonna bitch out and miss out on an amazing Filet or Porterhouse steak.

My favorite way to tackle the Meatless Monday is by ordering an enormous veggie filled salad at Neo Papalis…. today it slipped my mind that it was Meatless Monday and I last minute added some crispy bacon on top !! Dayum it sure was good – o well !! I will make up for it tomorrow and maybe a few other days this week.

Don’t beat yourself up about missing Monday’s !! Each & everyday you are mindful it is significant.

Meatless Monday : the first step

So as you may or may not have heard from my Give It 100 video blog post that today I will be touching on Meatless Monday! So it is very simple … you just commit to not eating meat on Mondays ! Why Monday? well the organization that invented this a DECADE AGO found that people are motivated at the beginning of the week.  The movement obviously came up with the catchy title and went from there….  laugh out loud… but why not just start your week off meat free. EVEN OPRAH has dedicated her life and the lives of her employees to meatless Monday. The chef and crew at the OWN network prepare all of the Monday meals with out meat ! Schools across the nation and some international countries have caught on as well !

In the video I’m eating my lunch, a Cesar salad sans chicken. The movement for Meatless Monday is pledging to make the world a little bit better of a place & give your body a better life as well ! By no means would I swear off meat forever !!!! One day a week could make all the difference in your overall wellness & health.

I am going to include 2 recipes per week that you may want to try out in your own kitchen !

Join me on my journey on Meatless Mondays ! 😀

To learn a little bit more on how this benefits your health & the environment check out the information below …I have taken this directly from the website www.meatlessmonday.com

Health Benefits

  • LIMIT CANCER RISK: Hundreds of studies suggest that diets high in fruits and vegetables may reduce cancer risk. Both red and processed meat consumption are associated with colon cancer.
  • REDUCE HEART DISEASE: Recent data from a Harvard University study found that replacing saturated fat-rich foods (for example, meat and full fat dairy) with foods that are rich in polyunsaturated fat (for example, vegetable oils, nuts and seeds) reduces the risk of heart disease by 19%
  • FIGHT DIABETES: Research suggests that higher consumption of red and processed meat increase the risk of type 2 diabetes.
  • CURB OBESITY: People on low-meat or vegetarian diets have significantly lower body weights and body mass indices. A recent study from Imperial College London also found that reducing overall meat consumption can prevent long-term weight gain.
  • LIVE LONGER: Red and processed meat consumption is associated with increases in total mortality, cancer mortality and cardiovascular disease mortality.
  • IMPROVE YOUR DIET. Consuming beans or peas results in higher intakes of fiber, protein, folate, zinc, iron and magnesium with lower intakes of saturated fat and total fat.

Environmental Benefits

  • REDUCE YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT. The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization estimates the meat industry generates nearly one-fifth of the man-made greenhouse gas emissions that are accelerating climate change worldwide . . . far more than transportation. And annual worldwide demand for meat continues to grow. Reining in meat consumption once a week can help slow this trend.
  • MINIMIZE WATER USAGE. The water needs of livestock are tremendous, far above those of vegetables or grains. An estimated 1,800 to 2,500 gallons of water go into a single pound of beef. Soy tofu produced in California requires 220 gallons of water per pound.
  • HELP REDUCE FOSSIL FUEL DEPENDENCE. On average, about 40 calories of fossil fuel energy go into every calorie of feed lot beef in the U.S. Compare this to the 2.2 calories of fossil fuel energy needed to produce one calorie of plant-based protein. Moderating meat consumption is a great way to cut fossil fuel demand. “

Recipe 1 : Avocado Toast

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This is a simple and yummy breakfast food, Avocado Toast ! I try to use Ancient Grain ( ie. with spelt) , Whole Grain, or Seeduction Bread ( Found at your local Whole Foods) as the base for this breakfast delight ! It is important that you know what you are putting into your body and how it will affect you. the whole point of meatless Monday is to be more aware of how the foods you eat effect yourself and the environment! So YES go with a bread that will benefit you !

* sometimes as a special treat I will add White Truffle Oil *

Toast your bread & pick out a fabulous ripe avocado spread it onto the bread & sprinkle Red Pepper Chili Flakes ! sometimes I will also add a little bit of fresh ground pepper as well for a kick !

Recipe 2: BBQ Cauliflower Salad Recipe

Lunch or Dinner #MeatlessMonday

ImageThis I found on Pintrest you can find it on my PinBoard I have created for #MeatlessMonday !! This recipe also happens to be Vegan & Gluten-Free.

Serves 2

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1/2 c. BBQ sauce
  • 1/2 c. black beans
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1 ear of corn, cooked and sliced
  • 1/4 of a red onion, diced
  • shredded carrots
  • 3 c. lettuce
  • non-dairy ranch dressing (add some BBQ sauce to spice it up if you desire)
  • crushed torilla chips

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat over to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with foil.
  2. Place cauliflower florets on the sheet and bake 5-7 minutes.
  3. Brush the BBQ sauce onto the cauliflower. Bake another 2-3 minutes.
  4. Assemble all of the ingredients together for the salad.

So think about it …. whether you are at home, work, a restaurant, or at school you can easily make Meatless Monday happen !! Not only are you saving money by not eating meat but you are helping yourself & the environment !!  Just take a second look at the menu while you are out and find something else yummy without meat or chicken !!

 

Suzie: Omg what a deal we can go to Charley’s and get a HALF LB BURGER & HALF LB OF FRIES for like $5 !!

Jon: EW !! $5 ticket to the hospital for clogged arteries and diabetes …. ! I’m sticking to the salad !

If you have fabulous recipes you’d like to be shared on the blog let me know ! Keep Livin Like Lindsey !!