Peanut Butter Smoothie with a Veggie Secret

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Want to get someone who hates vegetables to eat vegetables? My favourite way is through smoothies! What better way than by using the sweetness of the fruit to mask the taste of the vegetables? This is a smoothie I made the other day because I bought a tub of powdered peanut butter. I bought some bananas that morning and some vegetables, so I made this Peanut Butter Smoothie with Carrot!

Most kids don’t like carrots, but a lot of kids love peanut butter! So why not get them to eat their veggies while thinking they are having something sinful? Fee free to half the recipe since this recipe feeds one MiraMonkey and a MiraMonkey eats for a family of 4 humans.

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Carrot Peanut Butter Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 12 medium ripe Bananas (12 pesos)
  • 1 Large Carrot (8 pesos)
  • 2 Tbs Powdered Peanut Butter (15 pesos)
  • Water or Ice (12 pesos per ice pack)

Instructions:

  1. Place everything in a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Place in a Jar of cup of choice.
  3. Feed to picky kids and watch them eat some veggies!
  4. Drink some yourself, and Enjoy!

Total Cost: 47 pesos for a 2 Liter Smoothie

I computed the price to show you how cheap it can actually be to have a healthy vegan meal. This is a meal for me, pretty much. Not all meals are the same, but I hope to be able to show you more ways to have nutritious and affordable vegan meals that take almost no time to prepare!

Peace and love,

Mirabai the MiraMonkey

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Better Days || Day 10 & 11

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Time ripens all things; no man is born wise.

~Miguel de Cervantes

The days aren’t getting easier, but I’m getting faster. 

I’m pretty happy with my progress so far since running has never been a strong suit of mine. From the very first day of just 3.3km in 30mins. to 4km in 30mins. I’m already 1/3rd through the challenge and I’m proud of myself for getting this far. As I go through each day, I get better, I improve, and that is what is most important. It took so much of me to get myself to finish my run though. I’m still not at the stage where I’m really enjoying running yet. I wonder if I ever will, actually.

Day 10

I hit the 4km mark during my 30 minute run! My was that satisfying to accomplish. I ran in UP again, and realized that I should probably try running the same route again in a week’s time to see any improvements. It was nice and early which meant it wasn’t too hot as well. I kept the same pace althoughout the run and didn’t mess up my breathing at any moment which allowed me to just go straight through the run. It was a good run.

You win some, you lose some || Day 8 & 9

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Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, and sometimes if you’re lucky, it rains.

It’s been ridiculously hot here in the city these past few days, so much so that on my 8th day of the challenge I just couldn’t get myself to run. The heat was too much for me to handle. From the minute I woke up to the moment I was about to head to sleep, I could feel the heat.

Sunday Run Day || Day 7

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Sundays are for going to the market and buying produce. At least that’s what my Sunday Mornings are like. So unless I’m out of town, you’ll find me in the market early in the morning stocking up on local produce. I’ll be the one hoarding the red lady papayas, carrying 7kg of lettuce, and sweating like I’m in a sauna room. I shop for the whole family which means I have to think of what my whole family will be eating for the week. It’s a hard task, but someone’s gotta do it or else they’ll be eating out regularly which costs more, and isn’t as healthy.

Patience || Day 6

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You know how you plan a day out in your head and it goes perfectly? Than on the very day you imagined, it all goes wrong? Well, okay, not everything went wrong, but I did feel like was being tested… Where should I begin? It’s quite a long story though, but I’ll try to give you the gist.

I initially wanted to be in Santa Rosa early so I could get my run in as well as bike a few rounds because Nuvali is a great place to do that. We bumped into a LOT of traffic though and ended up in Nuvali at 11am which didn’t leave me much time to wander off. We were still early since the Veg-up was at 11:30, but I was with my youngest sister and didn’t want to just leave her in the car. We originally planned to be at the clubhouse and she would read and swim while I biked and ran. Good thing I saw Betty and was able to let my sister join them while I did a quick ride around Nuvali. I didn’t last very long though because I started getting a slight headache because I didn’t have breakfast yet. It was my first time biking again after months of not getting on my bike though so that felt amazing and horrible at the same time. I wish I could bike around here more often, but with the traffic and the drivers here in Manila, early morning on weekends is the only safe time.

Mind over Matter || Day 5

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I failed myself today. I didn’t run.

Well, I didn’t run continuously for the whole 30 minutes. I did about 10 minutes of light running, then 20 minutes of uphill sprints and walking. I also spent most of the time trying to figure out why I did this whole thing in the first place, but I carried on. I really didn’t feel like just running straight, so I switched it up to keep it fun for myself. It is my own personal challenge so I can change things up depending on what I feel like. For me the most important thing I’m trying to impose on myself again is habit. It’s something I lost a few months ago for a number or reasons, but I’m working on it. I’m taking this one step at a time while still having the bigger picture in mind. This challenge is also getting me back in the habit of blogging, so that’s a plus as well!

Day 4 #RunningRaw

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So I woke up today and had some sisterly obligations, so I delayed my run for after I got home. When I got home though, I had a burst of inspiration which had me sketching for hours (which is good though because I’ve been waiting for inspiration to hit me for my Grad Show). Come lunch time I was really hungry so I fueled up well enough so that I’d have energy to run after a couple of hours later until the heat started getting worse. For some reason it was just a really hot afternoon. I had a fan on and all I could feel was warm air. What was that craziness??? Then something else happened… I started to hear thunder which meant possible rain. I had to decide if I was gonna head out the door and start running, head to the gym and run on a treadmill (which makes me quite depressed because you’re stuck on a machine that goes nowhere and the unnaturally cold aircon restricting your body from sweating), or just skip a day. So I decided not to let the weather stop me today and got in my running clothes and headed out the door. If it did start to rain, I’d just end up wet and in need of a shower anyway, nothing to lose!

Sweat if Off || Day 3

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Today I ran alone. I don’t usually last very long when I run alone because no one will know if I stop after 5 minutes and that’s enough to make me stop. I didn’t give up too easily though and because I had to bring my sister to her class in UP and wait for her class to end, I decided to do my run there. I only intended to run the minimum 30 minutes, but since I didn’t calculate my route well, it took me an extra 10 minutes to get back to my sister’s building where I parked. I still managed of course, I just wanted some water already because my throat was as dry as a desert, or at least it felt like it was.

I ran around the different parts of UP that I haven’t ran through before just to keep it interesting. So far my legs have been very supportive of my running and haven’t really felt sore. Let’s see how I feel tomorrow. 

Running Raw Challenge Day 1

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So I decided to start running. I never did enjoy running before, mostly because it was hard for me to get my breathing right. So I would always try to avoid it as much as possible. I didn’t avoid it too much though, I’d run once in a while, or do a few sprints, but it wasn’t my go-to because I’d much rather get on a bike, lift some weights, or just walk.

I wanted to challenge myself to do something I normally wouldn’t because it’s during those times when we get stronger. We learn more about ourselves, and we achieve things we never thought we would. When we conquer our fears and accomplish challenges, we grow and we get stronger. But to be honest, a part of me decided to announce this because it would help keep me on track. No turning back when there are people watching you. The possible chance that someone is watching you will definitely give a little extra push.

So my 30 days begins. 30 days of an abundance of raw fruits and veggies and running everyday for at least 30 minutes, looks pretty easy in writing. What do I want to gain from this? Just so everyone is aware, I am not doing this for weight loss. I am doing this for personal strength, mental and physical. I am doing this to challenge myself. I’m not doing this to punish my body, I am doing this to reward it. I’m also doing this because it’s a part of my personal “Happiness Project”, but I’ll get into that some other time.

So it’s pretty simple right?

30 Days

30 Minutes (minimum, I do intent to get to running longer)

Run.

Raw.

So let’s get to my first day of my #runningraw30 challenge…

I woke up feeling great even though I was trying to catch up on sleep lost during the weekend to say goodbye to a dear dear friend and stuffing my face with a ton of plain mashed potatoes with calamansi the night before. I was able to get out of the house and on the road for a run with my sister. She enjoys running and does it often so she had to go a lot slower than usual to keep up with me.

Since it was my first day running again, I had to take it easy since I have never gotten injured from exercising and have no plans of getting injured. Proper form and breathing is extremely important when it comes to running, and I know that. The last thing I wanted was to get injured on the very first day. Took it slow and started with just 30 minutes around our village which does have quite a few uphills which really give you a bit more of a challenge. It was definitely nice having the sun shining on my (peeling) skin though as well as the intense sweat leaving my body.

I only did 3.3km in todays 30 minutes, I figured I should note down my distances so I could monitor my improvements. Keep in mind that I’m no runner, so this was already good enough for me. The most I’ve ever ran straight in the past was just 6.6km, and this was around 3 years ago. I’ve never actually attempted to run that distance again in a long time.
Here’s a quick view of what I ate on day 1:


Breakfast: Passionfruit & Jackfruit

Lunch: Honeydew Melon & Carob Daterade

Dinner: Pineapple Juice with Chia Seeds & Big Salad- Romaine, Mango, Avocado, Cherry Tomatoes, Calamansi, Pepper and Chili Flakes

I also had lots of fresh buko juice (coconut water) and lots of water throughout the day to make sure I was properly hydrated!

This was a pretty good start, and I already feel like I’ll be able to get through this. Although at the same time I am absolutely terrified. I’m hoping 30 days straight won’t kill me. But then again, eating a high carb, low-fat, raw, plant-based diet really helps in recovering so much faster so I’m not worried about my body not being able to handle it.

If anyone out there wants to join in on the fun, come on! It’s just 30 days, you’ve got everything to gain! If you need help with what to eat for the 30 days, just shoot me an email at thehealthypinay@gmail.com

I hope you had or are having an awesome day!

Peace and love,