We had a great time ringing in 2012 with great friends and some of our church familia! We started our first day of 2012 out right with this:
|Double Double Protein-Style & Fries Animal Style- shared by 4 people|
This was our first In-N-Out experience. Holy Cow- it was AMAZING!!! Like too good. I asked for forgiveness later. After that, the healthy, new way of eating was brought in.
The Daniel Fast:
This "fast" is based upon Daniel in the Bible.
"So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting." - Daniel 9:3
The Daniel Fast is a 21-day partial fast based upon Daniel's own experiences as recorded in the Bible. The purpose is to restrict commonly enjoyed foods as an act of worship and consecration to God. Someone who chooses to undergo a Daniel Fast demonstrates a physical commitment that reflects a deep spiritual desire for a more intimate relationship with the Lord.
People interpret this fast differently, but to me, it's a whole food way of eating, no meat, no sugar, no bread, dairy etc. Some people only drink water. My pastor says that "bean juice" is natural, so coffee/espresso is allowed, but be careful what you put into it.
Here's what I've eaten over the last few days-
|Caribbean Wild Rice- Delish!|
This recipe has turned into a household favorite. Very colorful and Yummy! Enjoy protein from black beans and chickpeas. LOVE Avocado! Leftovers for lunch were just as awesome. Recipe found here. (click the work 'here')
|Antipasto Pizza Pie|
Crust made out of brown rice and oat flour (grind oats in food processor). Shredded tofu looks like "cheese" and I added a bit of ground cashews as well. This was very good- I love artichokes. The only problem was that it did not come out staying together as a whole piece of pizza. But even in a pile, it was tasty. Antipasto Pizza Pie recipe here.
|Starbucks to the Rescue!!!|
Tall Americano in a grande cup (I have spilling issues) with a bit of soy, honey and dash of cinnamon. I cannot believe that I successfully made it through an entire cup of coffee without Splenda! Miracles can happen- WooHoo! I really enjoyed this!
|Snickerdoodle Smoothie for Breakfast|
This smoothie wasn't "Awesome" but it was good, and easily consumed without having a sour look on my face. Maybe it was the frozen bananas that threw me off? I have no idea. Snickerdoodle Smoothie recipe here. I had a work lunch at Panera and ordered the Greek Salad- no cheese.
|My Afternoon Snack|
Two Moms in the Raw is Brilliant! Their website: http://www.twomomsintheraw.com. I used to always find these at Starbucks, and now they're becoming a bit sparse within many Starbucks locations. Yesterday I got lucky! Typically Blueberry has always been my favorite, but I tried out the Goji Berry and it was equally tasty!
What made this recipe worthwhile was the hummus. I'm obsessed with hummus! I just used my favorite brand from Costco. This recipe was ok. Not sure I'd make it again. I did use fresh spinach instead of frozen, just a personal preference. But, yeah, it was alright. Hummus Casserole recipe found here.
This Daniel Fast way of eating for me is Fantastic. Because I am Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free already, it's not hard at all. I'm planning on incorporating these healthy eating habits into my life even after the fast, as I feel it benefits my body tremendously.
Healthy Food, Healthy You!