Author Archive: Elise

About Elise

I’m a nurse. An exercise lover. A whole foods connoisseur. A health enthusiast. And I have IBS. No need to cue the sappy violin music yet... I’ve found that eating a mostly plant-based diet has allowed me to continue to live and love life to the fullest. Although moderation isn’t something I do well, I’m 100% devoted to giving my body pure, wholesome, quality food. Nutritious and delicious, all the time. Hungry Hungry Hippie is a way for me to share my daily dealings with food, fitness, and everything in between.

What the Health?

Another Wednesday of stroller strides followed by park play.  I forgot my almond milk chai tea so I had to wait until nearly noon to drink it.  C’est la vie.  The kids have so much fun playing at the park with my workout buddies’ kids that I am willing to stay as long as they want so their positive attitude about stroller strides remains.

How to fit all the kids on the swings at once…?

Good times 🙂

Since I had so little that morning, I ate a massive lunch.  This is meant to be 6 servings of salad I
(it’s a HUUUGE tupperware) but I’m special like that.  Plus avo.

Snoozy snooze.

The kids had black beans with nooch for lunch (and melon, etc).  I got an email question last week about my thoughts on the “What the Health” movie.  I haven’t seen it yet, but am definitely interested.  It’s gotten very mixed reviews (vegan propaganda/bad science), so I’m curious enough to tune in and judge for myself.  I read The China Study and watched Forks Over Knives and Food, Inc, and many other similar documentaries, but it’s always good to keep your mind open and keep learning.  The same email also asked about my transition away from veganism. A long time ago (ok, 3 years, so not that long) I started a draft about this very topic.  But it was so convoluted and I couldn’t get my thoughts properly organized…it was like a thesis paper exploding onto my blog…and I didn’t really like it.  But I’m happy to discuss our family’s dietary journey because, after all, this is a food blog and I go into great detail about everything else I’m going through with my own gut.

Have any of you guys seen What the Health?  What did you think?

After naps we were supposed to meet friends at the train station but first we JUST HAD TO do an art project. Remember the Nutcracker obsession?  The one that I was barely able to cut off in April?  Yeah, that’s back in action.  Pattycakes found the Nutcracker book at the library and really wanted to get it, so I said fine, and now here we are in August, reenacting the ballet and doing Christmas themed arts and crafts.

We still met our friends…with colored Clara paper dolls in tow.

Kyle was gone for dinner, but I had promised the kids that I’d get them the same Indian dish (chicken tikka masala) from Farmer’s Market that I got last week (they tried some and looooved it).  I got enough for the whole family and brought it home to eat.  It’s from Kathmandu Kitchen and they LOVED it!  Since I knew in advance that we were getting chicken for dinner, I made sure to give the kids (and myself) a plant based lunch.  There’s a lot that you’d never know from reading the blog (it’s a crazy maze of lists and tallies and whatnot inside my head), but when it comes to meat, I’m very conscientious about how much we eat. I’m hopeful that I can raise kids who have a wide range of food preferences, while understanding the meaning of their choices…for now, we eat animals and plants.

As far as the transition away from veganism goes…if you’ve been reading for a while you probably know this story already.  Just in case, here are some bullet points:

  • I like plant based food.  I like avocados and nuts & seeds and kale and hummus and could probably live off carrots…you get the point.  Back in 2011 (?) or so I discovered the low fodmap diet and that was revolutionary for me.  I implemented it as best I could while still avoiding meat and it was working for me.
  • Then I had a child with food allergies.  Six, to be exact.  To mostly plant based foods.  Peanuts, tree nuts, soy, gluten, sesame, and dairy.  That was really really hard.  It’s not something everyone can relate to, and for a while I felt a great deal of backlash here on the blog, but I didn’t really have a choice about what I fed him, so I did what I think anyone would do and fed him the best diet to keep him healthy.  I was also working as the sole provider for the family back then, while Kyle started his business, which comes with a whole other set of stressors. So the idea of cooking different meals for us all seemed completely insane and impossible.  I was terrified of having anything in the house that could lead to cross contamination and so we all adopted his diet.  There were ways to modify things while still keeping his meals allergy free, but for the most part I transitioned to a peanut/tree nut/dairy/soy/gluten free diet for a while.  Luckily, over time, he “outgrew” some of his allergies, and one by one, we were able to eat things like hummus and wheat bread again, and that made plant based eating easier.
  • Nowadays, we have the luxury of eating ALMOST ANYTHING we want.  He has graduated milk OIT and is slowly working through peanut desensitization, so our options are basically back to where they were before we found out about pacman’s allergies.  So will we go back to a veggie lifestyle?  I often think about it, but for now the answer is I don’t know.  I’ve lived with restrictions for so long now, it feels amazing to have the freedom we have.  But is that the right reason to consume animals?  Is that the best diet for us?  If you ask my son what his favorite food is, he will tell you “bacon” in under 1 second.  The funny thing is, he gets bacon once a month or less.  But it’s a taste you can’t undo.  Same with “meatballs” and “burgers”.  He has now had vegetarian versions of both and doesn’t dislike them, but definitely doesn’t love them the way he loves animal protein.  But 2 and 4 years old is kinda young to delve into the flaws of our food system and factory farming and slaughterhouses.  He knows where his food comes from and we are as transparent as possible, but he is only four, so, you know.  With time he can learn more and then make his own decisions.

How’s that?

I had a kombucha after dinner and then some leftovers from yesterday’s dinner on the late night because I was feeling slightly hungry again but didn’t want sweets (!).

Sweet and Savory and Salty

This is a riff on plantain maduros.

I have had a plantain in the fruit basket for so long that it was super ripe and I needed to do something with it stat.  Since I already had the oven on for something else (I think I was roasting sweet potatoes) I decided to mash it up and bake it.  I added 3 tbsp coconut oil and a pinch of salt and smooshed it up with a fork until it was mostly pureed but still lumpy.  Then I spread it on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.  And baked it at 350 degrees for ~30 minutes.

I had it for breakfast the next morning and it was so sweet.  Way sweeter than I was expecting because I have only ever had green plantains before.  It reminded me of a dehydrated banana bar or something, because it had that kinda sticky, kinda chewy bite with a sweet flavor.

I should have made more or done something more elaborate with it because it wasn’t enough to fill me up and was kinda random as a side dish.  I liked it though so I will have to figure out something else to do with it next time I make it.  Definitely good enough to repeat.  I had a bowl of banola to fill me up.

Random side note: I am wondering if hemp seeds bother me.  Do hemp seeds bother anyone else?  It’s a hard ingredient to isolate.  I actually didn’t have any issues after eating the banola, despite my previous question, but a serving probably wouldn’t have enough to tell.  I can’t recall what I’m basing this off of, to be honest, but I remember thinking it last month…and then never following up or figuring anything out.  Maybe I’m just remembering that it is SCD illegal and I thought that was weird.  It’s curious how the low fodmaps diet and SCD are alike in so many ways but then differ for other things – my body mainly aligns with fodmaps but nuts and seeds are odd.  99% the time I feel fine and then 1% of the time I’m all out of whack.  But in the past it’s been hard to discern if a specific ingredient is/was the culprit because my GI tract is SO delayed in it’s reactions I never know which thing I’ve eaten is causing upset…or if it’s a cumulative effect….or if I’m stressed and that’s adding to the problem…or hormones…orrrrrr GAH.  My frustrating gut.  Anyway, I’m not sure I’ll do any type of elimination diet for a long time to sort it out because I just did that 30 day thing, so for now I’ll just try to stay mindful and see if I notice trends?

Lunch!

I made tuna salad the same way I posted a few days ago, plus half an avo, and then carrots and kale chips on the side.  I got this bag the same time I got the last alive & radiant bag.  This one was even worse!  Sorry to be all debbie downer on the kale chips lately, but I didn’t like the flavor of these cheezy chipotle ones at all.

Of course they are the only flavors that don’t have onion and garlic and they are no good.  Such a bummer.

Another salad for dinner.  P says we had a salad yesterday!  I told him it’s summer and we have to take advantage…and then he saw there was melon and avo involved and had no more complaints.

Kyle’s plate.

Kid plate.

My plate (bowl).

With cake AND pecan pie for dessert.  It was a ROUGH day of potty training and chocolate helped me unwind, what can I say. It’s all gone now.  🙁

I found a banana bread in the back of the freezer so I pulled it out the night before for breakfast the next day. Cashew butter much?

I had coffee with almond milk too.

Kid lunch!

P tried 3/4 a string cheese (6 g milk protein) with no issues too!!  He also had cupcakes that a friend brought to our art class with no prob.  She wasn’t sure about what was in the palm shortening she used in the frosting but I said IT DOESN’T MATTER and he dug in and loved it.  It was so thrilling to not have to worry about it!  OIT is life changing.

I pulled this GF soft pretzel from the freezer for my lunch plate and then remembered I had this dijonnaise in the pantry.

The pretzel was way better than I was expecting.  It was salty and actually pretzel like (as opposed to just bread shaped in a twisty) and with the Sir Kensington dip it was incredible.  Salt tooth, check!

And then I made this for dinner which I already blogged about.

Ground turkey skillet with chorizo spices

I made this up and it was amazing so I’m actually posting A RECIPE for you guys!  I’m not super sure but I think it’s paleo and Whole30, in addition to being packed with veggies.

It is SO EASY.  It’s made from things you likely have on hand.  At least mostly.  I dug the meat out of the freezer this morning because I realized I wasn’t going to have time to get to the store and I needed a dinner game plan. I also had the riced cauli in the freezer, but you could swap in rice or quinoa if you want more carbs and don’t have any reason to be grain free.

Ground Turkey Skillet with Chorizo Spices [gluten free, grain free, soy free, nut free, dairy free, sugar free]

Serves 4-6

  • 1.5 lb organic ground turkey
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp garlic infused olive oil*
  • 8 – 10 oz (1- 1.5 cups) riced cauliflower
  • 8 eggs
  • 5 oz chopped kale
  • (optional) top with sriracha or hot sauce

*If you aren’t concerned about fodmaps, add 1/2 tsp onion powder and swap garlic infused olive oil for 1 tsp fresh minced garlic while increasing the olive oil to 3 tbsp

Directions:

Add oil to pan until it’s hot and then add the ground turkey.  Once you’ve browned the meat, add the spices and cauliflower.  Let the cauliflower cook a few minutes and then add the eggs and mix well so it all turns into one big egg slurry.  Fold it all sporadically so the eggs cook throughout.  Add the kale and cover with a lid so the steam helps the greens cook.  After a bit you can remove the lid, mix everything together and serve.

I served this with sautéed zucchini (in an olive oil and ghee blend) with a drizzle of sriracha and it was perfecto.

I highly recommend this as a side dish.  Because more veggies is always better.  The whole family devoured this and V asked for “more kale” and both had seconds of zucchini.

Slowly working through our zucchini stash.  😉

I am so glad to have leftovers!  I’m not usually much of a savory breakfast person, but this would be a stellar way to start the day too.  Or wrap it up in a tortilla or nori sheet for lunch.  Done and done.  Enjoy!

Sunday sampler

I bought this one because I couldn’t NOT buy it.  Judge away.  I’m going to grow up one day, maybe.

Finished off this bad boy for breakfast.

After painting I went to Costco with V and she ate ALLLL the samples.  Talk about a different shopping experience.

I hardly fed her lunch as a result.  And got her to bed earlier so she wouldn’t sleep past 4.  We had swimming plans that I did NOT want to miss.

I wasn’t too hungry for lunch because I got a Starbucks on the way home from Costco.  Potty training essential.

I had a plate of smoked salmon, plantain chips, carrots (way more than shown), and avo.

This is the best way to get sunscreen on their faces.  I use alba organics spray for their bodies, but it’s like mud wrestling to get their faces covered.  This is the best way I know how – let them put it on with this stick and then I rub it in after.

We had a blast with friends and stayed until the evening.  Kyle and P were home when we got back.  Yay! Family reunited.  🙂

I made a chicken Caesar salad for dinner because P wanted more parmesan cheese.  Which he now calls “sheep’s milk cheese” because he remembers everything and it was, in fact, a sheep’s milk pecorino romano.

I had already baked and shredded chicken during nap time so everything was ready to go when I got home.

New dressing!  I’m not sure how I feel about it yet.  I’ll get back to you.

I gave the rest of the family home-made challah croutons with theirs.

This weekend was a doozy in a lot of ways.  And I’m not talking about potty training.  I won’t get political but I would feel weird if I didn’t even mention the depressing current events.  Guys, be kind to one another.  Practice peace.  Look for the good in everyone.  And stand up for what’s right.

I had dessert!  I was exhausted and not ready to say goodbye to the weekend, but this chocolate cake helped.

 

Girls day

I had a lovely Saturday morning with ma girl.

My ride or die babe.  Munching on tomatoes and green beans and strawberries from the garden as she pushes herself around the yard.

I regret not planting sweet 100s this year because, while the tomato plants are THRIVING, they aren’t yielding a ton of fruit like the other varieties have in the past.  I don’t even remember what these yellow ones are??

New jar of nut butter!  Ignore the gymnastics fall schedule under there.  I didn’t realize how distracting it was when I was taking the pic.

I managed to eat another 1/4th of the portion, which means that whole pan will yield four servings…which I’m thinking is totally reasonable. Very proud of myself for not going balls to the wall and finishing it off.  Because you see, this morning was ALLLLL about potty training.  So fun, right?!?!  Ugh.  It really wasn’t that bad, I am the one who has been dragging my feet with this and enough was enough.  Kyle’s on an overnight with P so I have no excuse to not get this done.  Such a delightful way to spend my one on one time.

So let’s just add paint to the mix, why don’t we??

We ventured out, in underwear no less, for a quick trip to the co-op.  V was feeling her new independence.

Sorry babe, no hot bar, just the essentials.  I couldn’t go another day without carrots!!!

After she ate and went down for a nap I got out what I wanted for lunch an then tried to figure out a way to make it a meal.

Luckily I had leftover kale and brussels massaged with lemon dressing from the night before. I added half an avocado and smoked salmon and then had carrots and chips on the side.

Salt and pepper bliss.

I cut off the top of the (GINORMOUS) bag to ease my bingeing, which was a wonderful and terrible idea.  Hi sodium, you amazing umami bomb you.

V slept FOR-EH-VER and our afternoon swimming date got cut down to 45 minutes, but at least I got to talk to another adult.  At least she got a good nap in.

DINNER!

I bought this Cappello’s crust back when our Davis WF was closing and everything was 50% off.  It’s been in the freezing calling to me.

They have a bunch of products – cookie dough and pasta, too.  And other kinds of pizza, like cheese, pepperoni,  and sheep’s milk.

I got the “naked” one, which is gluten free, grain free, dairy free, paleo friendly, soy free, low glycemic, non-GMO, yeast free…need I go on????

In case you can’t read the ingreds: Cage-free eggs, arrowroot flour, organic coconut milk (coconut, water, guar gum), cage-free egg whites, organic unrefined coconut oil, unfiltered apple cider vinegar, organic coconut flour, lemon juice, organic psyllium husk powder, sea salt, raw honey.

And they use responsibly and sustainably sourced coconut ingredients.

I used the rest of my foraged figs, along with ham, goat’s milk brie, and kale massaged in avocado oil.

You bake the crusts from frozen for 20 minutes so it’s pretty much the easiest thing ever. You’re supposed to bake them without a baking sheet, but I was willing to sacrifice the extra crispy crust for less hassle during clean up.

Mmmmmmmm 🙂

I started with half the pizza and ate it niiiice and slow.

V was eating a similar kind of dish, but when I called it pizza she was quick to correct me “oh it’s not pizza mama, it’s bread”.

Ok, ok, girlfriend, you got me.  It’s just a bunch of the same ingredients on bread, but I wasn’t about to get her her own crust!  And I def wasn’t going to share mine!!

I went back for another 1/4th of the pizza.  It was the best thing I’ve eaten all week.  And it is what I wanted rather than dessert.  I am as shocked as you are.  I had a kombucha later too, but was pretty stuffed.  I did a bunch of gardening (weeding) after V was in bed.  I thought I’d be drowning in a box of chocolates after day one of potty training but clearly she was ready to go because she had ZERO accidents all day long.  What!!?!