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The Spiralizer, Sun Warrior, and Kitchen Sink Hummus

by Lisa on February 17, 2011

I very much love my iPad. I’ve already downloaded several books—this may become a problem because I love books, and it’s way too easy to just click them into the palm of my hand. They are cheaper to download than buy though! The case for the iPad can stand up on its own, so when I’m reading, I don’t even have to hold onto it. It’s just so darn convenient and comfortable.

I’ve been tracking my food intake in Spark People all week, and (I especially love the iPad app, and) it is actually pretty interesting to see how things add up. I’ve eaten a lot of greens, chickpeas, avocados, and veggies—and Spark People is still telling me I have too much fat and not enough protein. I’ve had no fruit, soy, dairy, gluten, eggs, and less than 10g of sugar (that was from when I added a scoop of sunbutter to my gross dessert hummus—which I’m vowing to try again, because lots of you said it really can be good if I just do it right).

My double order (because it was on sale!) of Vanilla and Chocolate Sun Warrior protein powder came today. This is my all-time favorite protein powder. I’m not much of a fan of supplements, per say, but this one seems close to food-like and is vegan, mostly raw, and does not scare me like the whey and soy isolates do (ah!).

The chocolate Sun Warrior came like this...with a hole in the seam in the bottom of the bag...Would you send it back or just dump it into a plastic bag and keep it? I'll be honest. I kept it. The serving or so that escaped is worth less than the hassle of returning it, no?

I made a smoothest-smoothie today out of a half of an avocado, 1 cup almond milk (but water would have been exactly the same outcome I think), 1.5 scoops of vanilla sun warrior, cacao powder, stevia, and a dash of cinnamon. Have you ever put cinnamon in your smoothies? It is awesome! And if you use fruit, it would totally help take the edge of any blood sugar spike. No picture. I was too hungry to remember to take one.

Yesterday, I had more collard wraps, and I made Kitchen Sink Hummus (and by the end of the day, I had eaten all of it)—by the way, if you haven’t tried this stuff, you need to. Everyone I know who has made it cannot get enough. I sometimes leave out or sub for some things (like hemp seeds, flax oil, or scallions) if I don’t have them…and it’s still awesome.

KS Hummus and red pepper...

Why haven't you tried Kitchen Sink Hummus yet?????

On PIP: I’ve had a couple people comment to me that they don’t think it’s healthy for me to cut out whole categories of food like I’ve done. But I have to say—I’ve been living with crappy symptoms since I was a teenager, and I’m finally at a point where I think I need to take charge of it all for myself instead of letting doctors talk me into bandaid approaches. Those bandaid approaches just messed more things up for me, and I think my next post will be about that, unless I change my mind.

Several people liked the idea of zucchini pasta, and I must say that I am a huge fan of it. I have this spiralizer, and I know there is another one that makes skinnier noodles—the brand is Saladacco. Sometimes I wish I had that one, but mine is wonderful too, and you can actually choose from three sizes—I’ve only used the smallest. I’m thinking of spiralizing some other things besides zucchini, so if you have ideas, let me know!

Spiralizer - the moving piece and the blade section come apart, so it's easy to clean

zuke, tomato and red pep today! Forgot the carrot...this combo is great!

Maybe a little too much "sauce" today...but, totally yummy this way!

I also have a fabulous wonderful success story to share with you very soon. I’m so glad Wendy will let me share her story—because it’s a great one!

Hope you have a great day!

p.s. I don’t think I’m going to the gym today. I’ll bake in the sauna at home for an hour, grade some papers, and then read books on my iPad…until Joe gets home later—he’s been in New Jersey all week scoping out some bad guys. Just kidding, kind of. I’ll be cleaning up a little before he gets here too–not sure why, but when he’s out of town my slobby gene comes out in full force!

  • Kari w/ jogging with fiction

    your food always looks so delicious! I wouldn't return the protein powder, but I would alert the company I ordered from to let them know about the defect/problem with shipping in case there's something they can do to prevent it in the future. And, heck, maybe you'll get a coupon out of it!

  • Stefanie

    I would definitely keep the protein powder–returning things (and then waiting for the new one) is such a hassle!

    I love adding cinnamon to my smoothies–esp. smoothies with coffee!

    Sam has been so obsessed with the new iPad that I haven't even got to use it for more than 5 minutes-haha! I told him that just means he has to buy me my own, right? :)

  • CathyK

    i would have kept the bag of protein powder, too, since you lost so little of it. now, if half the bag had split open and spilled, then i'd send it back.
    i need a spirulizer! it just looks like fun to do. can't remember off the top of my head what i've seen other bloggers spirulize…zucchini is popular!
    oooo, sound like you have a lovely eve ahead – esp enjoy the sauna!
    i'll look forward to hearing wendy's story AND to hearing about the “bandaid approaches” to health that you've endured!

  • Health and Happiness in LA

    I used SparkPeople for years to track everything. It was very good for me, and sometimes I think I should go back to it. Though (like you mentioned bef0re) I don't agree with all of their standards!

  • Angela_thedietbookjunkie

    i could probably use more protein in my diet as well. i probably get enough for the average person, but not enough for someone who runs 4 days a week. haha…why can't protein taste more like carbs! :P
    p.s. i'd never heard of a Spiralizer, but now i want one!

  • Jennifer Laughlin

    i checked back and realized you had links to the spiralizer. hehe myyy bad! thanks girl! <3

  • Lisa @ Healthy Diaries

    I wouldn't go out of my way to return it… oh well…
    I SO want to get a spiralizer! That's definitely on my “To Buy List!”

  • lauren@spiced plate

    oh, that zucchini red pepper and tomato combination looks so pretty! What a fun gadget.
    If I had an IPad, amazon would have to be blocked — there are so many books I'd want to read!
    When my husband isn't around all day I get messy too — which is weird, because before we started dating I was a neat freak!

    I've never tried sparkpeople. Is it free? off to check it out…

    Enjoy yoru sauna!

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking)

    I love the spiralized veggies! All covered in the sauce… so yummy!

  • Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen)

    Sssshhhh, don't tell my husband about the iPad! He wants one so badly. I don't blame him, but we are waiting for the next generation. The wrap and the “pasta” look delicious! Oh and I would have kept the protein powder too if not much leaked out.

  • Heather @ Where's the Beach

    I have not tried that protein powder yet but always hear great things about it. Maybe eventually one of our stores around here will decide to carry it. WFs FINALLY started carrying a limited variety of Vega so that's a start! Enjoy your evening!

  • lindsay cotter

    gosh, that sounds like great day! I love the sun warrior story. I would not return it either. too much hassle. Enjoy the sauna time.

  • Christin@purplebirdblog

    I LOVE spiralizing sweet potato and gently steaming it… so amazing! I did beets once, but that was a freakin' red disaster… tasty though! :D

  • Christin@purplebirdblog

    Oh, and I would totally keep the protein powder, but I would still mail the company to let them know!

  • Peggy Labor

    I definitely need a spiralizer! I've done the veggie pasta thing just using my vegetable peeler and it works too!

  • Allison @ PickyEatingRD

    I too turn sloppy when my bf is not around. I don't know why either since i am such a clean freak when he is here. I think it has to do with the fact that having 2 peoples stuff laying around can get out of hand very quickly.

  • Stephanie

    I love reading your posts. I always walk away feeling more confident in my decisions and attitudes towards food. :) My slobby gene comes out whenever Ryan leaves the ROOM…lol.

  • Katy

    Looking forward to this success story!! :)

  • Sarah

    I've been thinking of getting the spiralizer for a while, now you are making me want one more!

  • Maryann

    Thank you for the spiralizer link! I dont know why I never thought to look on amazon. I wish I had gotten some sunwarrior while it was on sale! (im assuming its not anymore?) Do you buy it direct or off of a different website?

  • Sophia

    I so want a spiralizer! What a cool thing! I can't wait to hear the story soon. I'm sure it's going to be great! I'd say to keep the protein powder. It might be a pain to return. Have a fun Friday!!!

  • Lisakthrives

    I actually bought the sun warrior from vitacost…I usually buy it from

    wherever the price is the cheapest! It wasn't super cheap, but the price

    went down a few bucks for buying two…it's so easy for me to get sucked in!

  • Lisakthrives

    I am definitely going to try spiralizing the sweet potato! The beet sounds

    yummy…and messy…and I'm not opposed to a mess, so I could see doing that

    at some point too!

  • Lisakthrives

    Spark people is free–it's pretty interesting. I don't necessarily agree

    with all the recommendations or tips…when it said I had too much fat, the

    little message with it was about cutting out things like butter and fried

    foods…all my fat had come from stuff like avocado and nuts! But I do like

    the tracking function and to look at the charts :)

  • Lisakthrives

    Someone should invent that…protein that tastes like carbs!!!

  • Lisakthrives

    Yes! You definitely need your own iPad :)

  • Lisakthrives

    That's a good idea—I'm definitely going to email them!

  • Katie

    You are so sweet!!! Thanks for the kind words at my blog!

    I love love love sunwarrior!!!!! Its a shame it came like that : p I would just notify the company and tell them it had a hole, u never know they might send u a free bag ; )

    I so want a spiralizer! I will have to look into buying one!

    Question – do you love your Ipad? I was going to get a kindle for reading books, but if the Ipad is awesome I might get it, I want something to read books on!!!!

  • Lisakthrives

    I do love the iPad (A LOT!). It's great for all kinds of things…I have

    been connecting it to my tv with an AV component cable and watching netflix

    too. You can actually download a kindle app for free on the iPad too, so in

    addition to iBooks, you can download books from amazon. My nephew, who is

    just a little younger than your son I think…loves to play games on it.

  • Rachel @ The Avid Appetite

    I love smoothies! They have totally changed my on-the-go breakfast routine!

  • Christine

    I'm a huge Sun Warrior fan, tough call on sending that powder back – I probably would. I have the same spiralizer and I used it for turnips, butternut squash, cucumbers, radishes and yellow squash.

  • Lauren George

    I would so keep the sun warrior too. I absolutely hate the post office! No matter when you go their are terrible lines. I will be making kitchen sink hummus soon, it loosk soo delicious! My husband recently got an ipad and he is pretty obessed with his as well! They are too cool! I hope you have a fantastic weekend! :)

  • Michelle

    Lisa- keep listening to your body- it knows what to eat and what to do!! I made the whole family pizza tonight and was helping myself to some and had a few bites then decided that I didnt want to eat the gluten. I have a big training run in the morning and we are back to cold and windy so I need to feel as good as I can!

  • JL Goes Vegan

    I'm so happy to find your blog! (and thank you for commenting on mine!) Can you tell what you mean by PIP?

    I'm seriously thinking about a spiralizer…this post may have pushed me over the Add To Cart edge :)

  • Lisakthrives

    Hi JL! Sorry I keep abbreviating PIP…it's my Personal Improvement Plan.

    Thanks for stopping by! I'm enjoying your blog—I'm so glad I found it :)

  • Shannon

    I would of kept it as well. Love the taste of Sunwarrior Protein. I have tried them all and this by far taste the best. Where do you get yours? I found mine at RawNatureboy website. They offer value packs with some cool combination and free shipping.

  • Katherine: Unemployed

    love the PS here. I feel the same all the time

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