A Fresh New Year

We said farewell to Howie yesterday afternoon after a NYE gorging on mostly healthy snacks, slightly less healthy beer (though there are some fine antioxidants in those stouts) and some definitively unhealthy homemade ice cream aaaaaaaand a NYD breakfast feast of homemade cinnamon rolls. Um… They were whole wheat at least…😁😳 I regret nothing.

  
Seriously, our Clover fell in love with Howie. She couldn’t get enough cuddles yesterday morning!

However, we also wanted to kick off the new year with some healthy behaviors as well as our celebratory feasting. Justin grabbed a quick, 20 min run and I did an easy 45 min spin on the trainer. We also had a very fresh dinner including my first try at homemade spring rolls! It was actually rather simple and I even made my own peanut dipping sauce (would have loved to have this meal while Howie was with us but due to his allergies, it would have killed him and that would have been lame). During my six mont of blog neglect, Justin and I decided separately and then together to live a meat-free lifestyle. While it was a bit tricky at first and can be inconvenient when you’re at a social event, I know that I think it’s one of the best decisions we have ever made together. I love animals too much to eat them… I just do. We still use animal products and have eaten some fish but we are working more and more toward a plant-based lifestyle. Two unexpected results: 1) We are both leaner without trying on a meat free diet and I did not expect this to happen because of our continued carb consumption, 2) Rather than reducing diversity in our diet this change has increased the diversity! We have experimented with new recipes and fruits and vegetables that we never would have bothered with before… These spring rolls are a perfect example. Plant-based eating has led us to more creativity in the kitchen and we are loving it! 

  
We celebrated the New Year with homemade spring rolls (rice paper, carrot, tofu, avocado), peanut butter dipping sauce (pb, garlic, ginger, water and red pepper flakes for a kick) and Mung bean noodle salad (mung bean noodles, shiitake mushrooms, carrot and shiitake mushroom salad dressing). Delicious and full of plant power!

I hope your new year is off to a fantastic start! Let’s make 2016 the best year yet.πŸ™‹πŸΌ

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