Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Full Moon Fare Delivery.

A few weeks ago, I featured Full Moon Fare, a Fishtown-based raw and vegan food delivery company, with a promise of a review. Shortly after, I placed my order and was delighted when Lisa showed up with 3 days of gorgeously prepared, nutrient-packed food in a large box. What a treat for me, as I had a few busy days ahead and not much time to prepare my meals.

The box contained 3 days of meals, along with snacks (a generous container of kale chips, flax crackers, and a massive slice of Pecan Caramel Tart) and a jar of fresh coconut water (which tastes a zillion times better than the packaged stuff) as well as sauces/dressings to accompany the dishes. Each item was labeled in the order that it is suggested to be eaten, and the menu clearly described what should be eaten on Days 1, 2, and 3. I deviated a bit from the order (I just couldn't resist having those raw tacos on Day 1), but everything kept well and tasted fresh throughout the 3.5 days that I enjoyed it. As a bonus, each item is packaged securely and is easy to transport should you be taking lunch to work or your food on the run.

A look at a few of the items:

What I loved about this plan was that I didn't crave cooked food the entire time, even though the temperatures were dropping, and there were enough spices and fall flavors to keep me satisfied. I also liked that the portion sizes were quite generous, because my husband wanted a taste of pretty much everything. We both were pretty much obsessed with the tart, as well as the Coconut Yogurt Parfait, which he said he could eat every day.  The dishes I enjoyed the most were the FMF Tacos with Cashew Sour Cream & Sundried Tomato Salsa, the Cashew Hummus (sorta like cashew cheese) with Veggies, and the Breakfast Scramble (I was delightfully surprised at how much I liked this). I felt light and energized after all of my meals and only skipped one meal (it was our anniversary that night) which I added to another day.

Overall, I thought everything was especially tasty, and really liked the quality of the ingredients and the details involved. Lisa is incredibly talented and it's not every day that you find raw food executed so flawlessly right in your backyard (well, close enough). This is obviously food prepared by someone who cares about it tasting really good, rather than just being raw. Full Moon Fare is a refreshing new addition to Philly, and makes smart eating a lot easier.

If you'd like to give it a try, Full Moon Fare offers $25 off your first order. The box is $150 for 1 week and $550 for 4 weeks. You can check out the weekly menu on Facebook. This week's Pasta Primavera sounds fantastic!

And if you're looking for a quick recipe to try tonight, be sure to try Lisa's Curried Carrot Apple Soup (scroll down for the recipe). As per Lisa's advice, place a pot on the stove until hot, and then remove the pot and add the soup to the pot to warm it gently while still keeping it "raw".  It really hits the spot.

Chocolate Protein Truffles

I've never been the kind of vegan who takes the "Are you getting enough protein?" commentary seriously. I've tracked my protein intake enough over the years and have found plenty of wonderful sources (including veggies, of course) that are easily digestible and readily available.

That said, the mister and I have been increasing our post-workout protein intake a lot this year, because that is when we find that we need it the most and have the most gains in our fitness. To shake up the protein smoothie routine, I've been whipping up variations on this quick protein "truffle" and it's become a favorite around here.

And protein concerns or not, isn't it always nice to eat a truffle, especially during the week of Halloween?

The protein truffles make a wonderful workout recovery snack, with over 5 grams of protein (depending on your protein powder) per truffle.

Chocolate Protein Truffles

1/2 cup almond meal
3 Medjool dates
1/4 cup cacao powder
1.5 scoops vanilla or chocolate brown rice protein powder
1 tbsp maple syrup
4 tbsp coconut oil, melted
Pinch of sea salt
Toppings to roll in - Cacao nibs, coconut, more cacao powder, whatever you like
Optional - 1 scoop of greens powder (leave out 1 tbsp of cacao powder to account for this)

Makes 9 truffles.

Combine dates and almond meal in food processor, then add 2 tbsp coconut oil, maple syrup sea salt, protein powder, and cacao powder and pulse. Then add final 2 tbsp coconut oil and pulse until the mixture becomes sticky. Roll into balls and coat in your toppings. Freeze for one hour and then store in the fridge.

I like to keep a plate of these in the fridge most of the time so that I have a quick, energizing treat or recovery snack on hand. I made one batch with green powder and one without, and I would say the difference is the green powder I used added a fruity flavor (the powder was berry-flavored). The batch without definitely tasted more like a chocolate treat. Enjoy!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Green Pumpkin Smoothie

It's pumpkin smoothie season, I get that. But I can't go more than a few days without blending up something green. Lately, I've been wanting both, so that's what you get in my smoothie below: A seasonally inspired green smoothie. While it's definitely not the prettiest of smoothies, it really does taste like pumpkin and is quite filling, almost pudding-like. If you don't like your smoothies on the thick side, do add an extra splash of non-dairy milk.

Green Pumpkin Smoothie 

1 cup non-dairy milk 
1 frozen banana
Handful of greens or 1 scoop green powder 
(I love the Trader Joe's Super Green Powder) or both
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp ginger spice
1 tsp cinnamon

Blend and serve. I garnished with cacao nibs for crunch and cinnamon.