Kelp Noodles <3!!

So, as most of you know, I have been taking part in #elf4health being doing by Ella from Nutritionella and Lindsay from The Lean Green Bean.  I am still LOVING every minutes of this challenge!  It’s fantastic, and I have loved getting to know the other elves!  I can’t believe it’s still growing too!  If you stop and think about it, what am amazing thing to witness!  Two kind and motivating women, who took an idea and threw it into action! Thank you ladies for allowing us Elves to be a part of your amazing challenge!

Now to the Kelp Noodles! Yesterday’s challenge was to treat ourselves to something we have been craving. This was a weird one, but being unemployed funds have been limited, so I haven’t been able to “treat” myself to one of my favorite foods…. KELP NOODLES!  They are like $5 something at Whole Foods, and whenever I get them I try to make them into a few meals.  However, when i first tried them, I pretty much ate the whole bag in 2 servings! 😛

Have you ever heard of Kelp Noodles??

Kelp noodles are made from the sea vegetable, kelp!  It’s funny because whenever I think about Kelp I think of “Gidget” and when Sandra Lee got caught up in the kelp and Moon Doggie had to save her.  WOW, I think I just had a 30 year old moment! 🙂  The first of what I think will be many!  hehe! BUT, the noodles are made from the vegetable.  They are made from the two ingredients! Kelp and Water.  How much purer can you get??  They are fat free, gluten free, low in carbs and calories (about 5 calories per serving!)  You can eat them raw, hot, cold… anyway you want to really.  They have some nutritional value as well, with minerals including iodine! Iodine is a great mineral to have because it helps to make thyroid hormones.  Thyroid hormones help to keep the metabolic rate healthy!

I was first introduced to the noddles when I was on a trip to CA.  Being the healthy eater that I am, whenever I am on vacation with my friends they just give me the Type A planning keys and let me plan the meals.  I found this restaurant Hugo‘s online, and we went there for lunch on our first few days. Hugo’s seemed like a great place because while vegetarian they had A LOT on their menu.  We have a VAST palate, and I figured everyone could find something that was “safe” for me!

I ordered a Kelp Noodle Salad.  Well, ever since I ordered this, I had been pining over the want of the kelp noodle!  I tried a few varieties that were green but I knew the clear ones that were out there on the market somewhere! I found them about a year ago online, and then the local store I went to in NY started carrying them!  LOVE my Sea Tangle Kelp Noodles!

You can buy them online now at their site and even amazon.  They come in a green tea flavor too.  I’ve never tried that before!  If you have, please let me know what you think! 🙂

I posted the kelp noodles as my “treat” yesterday!  Now that I have a job, I felt a little more comfortable going and buying them for a lovely Tuesday indulgence!

I did have someone on my IG comment and ask how do i prepare them???

So I decided to do a little research!

When I had them at Hugos, they were prepared with Served with julienne vegetables, sprouts, snow peas, cilantro and scallions. Tossed with a mango-sesame dressing. Garnished with mixed sea vegetables, pickled ginger and toasted sesame seeds.

Sea Tangle has a few recipes, and the one that looks fab is their Stir Fry!

KELP NOODLE AND VEGETABLE STIR FRY
12 ounces Kelp Noodles
½ cup onion
½ cup bean sprouts
½ cup carrots
½ cup red bell pepper
½ cup mushrooms
1 tsp garlic, minced
1 Tbsp olive oil
Tamari or soy sauce, to taste
Dash of sugar or sugar alternative, to taste
Dash of salt and pepper
½ cup vegetable broth or water

Sautee the garlic in the olive oil. Add the vegetables and sautee until cooked. Add the rinsed Kelp Noodles along with the soy sauce, sugar, and broth and mix. Sautee until the noodles have softened. Add salt and pepper to taste.” ***Just be sure the Soy is gluten free!

The Greatist also has a great recipe for Kelp Noodles with Almond Dressing!?!!  YUM!!

For those craving something with some fish!  Cara’s cravings featured a recipe for shrimp and veggies with the noodles.  You really cannot go wrong with shrimp and noodles.  Heck, they are from the same body of water! They already go together!

And for those going for a little trip to FLAVOR TOWN! The Spunky Coconut did a recipe for the noodles with Thai Coconut Curry!!

I can certainly say, from experience.  Anyway you cook them, you will LOVE them.  They have this crunch about them that those who love textured foods will fall in <3!  Personally, my favorite way to cook them is to actually roast them with my veggies and my Kale chips.  I usually throw them on a pan, spray with a little oil, and then top with seasoning and nutritional yeast.  Put in the oven and roast them for 10-15 minutes.  They get a little brown and warm!  Then I throw them in a bowl with a salad or some other roasted veggies!

Have you ever tried kelp noodles?

If you have, how have you prepared them?  Or what is your favorite way to eat them?

Have you ever had something on a trip that you have thought about for months after eating it?

oxo!

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#elf4health Update!!

 

 

So things have been busy the last week with the #elf4health challenge!! Elle and Lindsay have done an amazing job hosting this challenge.  And I think i read online that the number of participants is up to 800!! SHOCK!! WHAT!! Talk about leader! oxo!

I have loved doing this challenge to hold myself accountable! I have also loved getting to know my Elf! Alexandra from Loopy for Fruit! (LOVE THE NAME!) She is an amazingly bright young woman, who in my opinion, has an amazing future in front of her! You know when you can read someone through an email?  She exudes energy and just a solid ❤ of gold!  🙂 I am so lucky to have gotten to meet her through this challenge and I have a feeling we will stay in touch post!  At least i hope so! 🙂

So here’s my update so far!!  The first days of #elf4health!

Day 1: Meatless Monday.  Mine was my gigunda salad! Lots of veggies and topped with tahini! My only source of animal protein that day was egg whites.

Day 2: Write a note to a friend… (You saw my previous post about this one)

Day 3: Share a Fitness Routine! I shared Tone It Up’s #Holidayhottie routine!! love this one!!  I was so excited too because I got challenger of the day!!!

Day 4: Take a moment to reflect and meditate.  I love to just sit with the Fumbs during quiet moments.  There is something so soothing about the presence of an animal!

Day 5: A day of Rainbow Eats!!  I actually loved this day.  My fav color to eat is orange! aka Squash!  I ate purple tahini coleslaw, my big squash bowl, and even threw in some of this beautiful pepper into a salad!  Talk about rainbow vegg!

The weekend challenge was to get organized and donate some clothes!  I JUST cleaned out  my stuff before moving here!  So unfortunately, i didn’t have much to donate.  I saw a local pet shelter was taking donations, so we took advantage of that.  I do have a question about shoes?  Anyone have any good recommendations for an alternative to a rack?? My shoes are clumped up into boxes right now!  Ugh being a girl and having too many choices in the footwear.  #girlproblems! 😛

This week!!  Day 7: Fiber Day!!!  I loved this challenge because i am a fiber queen! Each of my meals totaled over 20 grams a meal!! Prob because i throw a little squash into everything!

Day 8! Yesterday, was make your own dressing!  I took Kasey‘s (Powercakes) Tahini nooch sauce and threw in some changes.  I added Apple Cider Vinegar, pumpkin, a dash of coconut aminos, and spiced paprika!  I actually put in a little too much ACV in mine, but there’s always room for improvement.  And well, it was just good for the digestion! 🙂

Today’s challenge was all about sharing.  Now I consider myself a champion of sharing.  Heck, I shared a mama’s very tiny belly with my beautiful sissy for 9 months!! 😛  I made a Dashing Dish Peanut Flour Micro muffin this am and then just split half with Big Steve.  He’s really lure him onto the healthy boat, even if it kills me!

Are you taking part in the #elf4health challenge?

What is your favorite day so far???

PB2 Bowl!

This past weekend, I got a little creative in the kitchen.  The oven scares me.  Baking scares me.  When you’re gluten free, baking does not come that easy!! It’s almost a new science.  If baking requires measurements and specifics, take that and multiply by 1000!

I have always had a tough go with the flours.  From my studies on the blogs and my Tone it Up Nutrition Plan, I learned that I can bake with protein powder.  I’ve gotten quite good with that!
I do love my peanut flour too!  So I decided to get a little creative.  I did some research about other bloggers who have used flours.  I found one on my favorite GlutenFreeHappyTummy for almond flour and I made my modifications. This weekend, I made peanut butter flour bowl!  It came out quite good!  Go figure!

Here’s the recipe and photos!!

PB2 Bowl (yields 2 bowls)

  • 4 TB PB2
  • 1 Egg White
  • 1/2 Tsp of Extra virgin olive oil
  • Dash of Salt
  • Dash of 5 Spice
  • Parchment Paper cut into 4 squares

Preheat the oven to 375 Degrees.  In a bowl, mix all of the ingredients.  It will look thick.

Then take your pieces of parchment paper and place 1/2 of the mixture into the middle of the rectangles.  Smoosh the second half of paper and roll out or flatten mixture until it is very thin.

I placed the parchment over the bottom rounds of a cupcake tin to get the “bowl” effect.

Bake for approximately 9 minutes.  Remove, and the parchment should just come off.  The bowl should be firm.  Now you can fill it with whatever you like!! On Saturday, I ate one half and filled it with Sprint2theTable inspired Jeggs, strawberry and eggs!

Today, I filled it with Protein Powder frosting.  However, I did not take a photo because my Chocolate Shakeology didn’t look very pretty inside the bowl! Not all yummy food is photo worthy!  Plus, I it was so good I ate it before I could even take a photo!

Have you ever made anything out of the “box” or odd sounding but delicious??