Not only survived – thrived. From January 7 through January 13, Kel and I joined Somer and lots of other folks in the first Green Smoothie Challenge of 2013. This was a positive, healthy and delicious way to kick off the new year. The hardest part of the Challenge? Banning my much-loved carbohydrates: whole grain bread (slathered with almond butter), brown rice, potatoes, hot rolled grains in the morning and my evening snack of Cheerios or Weetabix. (Actually, it wasn’t that hard.) The easiest part was not having to think about what I was preparing and eating and that’s because Somer did all of the work by providing recipes and detailed instructions. And since she’s an incredible cook, I knew the recipes would be really delicious. Throughout the Challenge I snapped photos with my phone and shared them via Instagram. As you can see, we did not go hungry.
Kel and I went strong throughout (even bringing my Vitamix, soups and loads of greens, veggies and fruit on a road trip we took) but fell off the wagon in a spectacular way on the last day of the Challenge during a day trip to Las Vegas. I’d heard that Vegas is a very vegan-friendly town and indeed, it offers a lot of plant-based dining options. I call it Las Vegan now, as a matter of fact. While I have ample will power to bypass the slots and gaming tables, I just didn’t have the strength to say no to lunch at 100% vegan bakery and bistro, Pura Vida. Photos below.
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Lunch at Pura Vida: