Healthy Living Summit 2010 Part I

by Nicci on 08/17/2010

I’m still on cloud nine from the Healthy Living Summit: Bloggers for a Balanced Lifestyle.  I met the so many amazing people, finally met bloggers I’ve tweeted and chatted with for over a year and learned a great deal of information.

Welcome to downtown Chicago.



After checking into the hotel and meeting my roommates, we met with some other bloggers and headed to Raw for lunch.


My first Raw experience. 

The owner provided samples for us to try.

A delicious raw ravioli, way tastier than cooked ravioli. 

 Raw lemon square dessert.

I tried the raw Spaghetti and Meatballs. Perfecttion.

Orange Silky truffles for dessert…Yum

Everyone enjoyed the raw experience and I know I’ll definitely need to try more raw foods, in my local area!

(myself, Dorry, Jessica, Courtney, Jessie, Erin)

Later that night, we caught the Blue Line to the OpenSky Cocktail Party at Laselle Power Co.


I loved meeting bloggers friends in real life.

Morgan and I

Swanky Party on the third level of Lasalle Power Co.

 Freya, myself, Shannon and CaSaundra

After a few drinks, eats and chatting I headed back to the hotel with my roommates to prepare for the first day of the Summit. The party was only three hours but I was dead tired from traveling and packing the night before.

Whose eaten Raw food before, what was your favorite dish?

Big thanks to my Chicago HLS trip sponsor again!!

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VeggieTales VeggieTales

by Nicci on 10/01/2009

”If you like to talk to tomatoes
If a squash can make you smile
If you like to waltz with potatoes
Up and down the produce aisle…
Have we got a show for you!
VeggieTales, VeggieTales, VeggieTales, VeggieTales,
VeggieTales, VeggieTales, VeggieTales, VeggieTales!

Broccoli! Celery! Gotta be
Lima beans! Collard greens! Peachy keen!
Cauliflower! Sweet and sour! Half and hour!
There’s never-ever-ever-ever-ever been a show like VeggieTales!
There’s never-ever-ever-ever-ever been a show like VeggieTales!
It’s time for VeggieTales! ”


I forgot to mention today was ”World Vegetarian Day” and kick off  of  ”National Vegetarian Awareness Month” which is awesome, because my good friend Carlos decided he would go vegetarian starting October 1.  I have decided to join him in his quest to eat more veggies!  I think I eat enough but more veggies won’t hurt me. I will miss my chicken & fish, so I’m not sure how long I will last. I was a vegetarian for 2 years but that was a long time ago.  I went veg to eat more vegetables during high school out of curiosity, sports and learning of animal cruelty.

There are so many different types of vegetarians:  here are a few

Types of Vegetarians:

1. Pescatarian (also spelled pescetarian)

The word “pescatarian” is occasionally used to describe those who abstain from eating all meat and animal flesh with the exception of fish. Although the word is not commonly used, more and more people are adopting this kind of diet, usually for health reasons or as a stepping stone to a fully vegetarian diet.

2. Flexitarian/Semi-vegetarian

You don’t have to be vegetarian to love vegetarian food! “Flexitarian” is a term recently coined to describe those who eat a mostly vegetarian diet, but occasionally eat meat.

3. Vegetarian (Lacto-ovo- vegetarian)

When most people think of vegetarians, they think of lacto-ovo-vegetarians. People who do not eat beef, pork, poultry, fish, shellfish or animal flesh of any kind, but do eat eggs and dairy products are lacto-ovo vegetarians (“lacto” comes from the Latin for milk, and “ovo” for egg).Lacto-vegetarian is used to describe a vegetarian who does not eat eggs, but does eat dairy products.

Ovo-vegetarian refers to people who do not eat meat or dairy products but do eat eggs.

4. Vegan

Vegans do not eat meat of any kind and also do not eat eggs, dairy products, or processed foods containing these or other animal-derived ingredients such as gelatin. Many vegans also refrain from eating foods that are made using animal products that may not contain animal products in the finished process, such as sugar and some wines. There is some debate as to whether certain foods, such as honey, fit into a vegan diet.

5. Raw vegan/Raw food diet

A raw vegan diet consists of unprocessed vegan foods that have not been heated above 115 degrees Fahrenheit (46 degrees Celsius). “Raw foodists” believe that foods cooked above this temperature have lost a significant amount of their nutritional value and are harmful to the body.

6. Macrobiotic

The macrobiotic diet, revered by some for its healthy and healing qualities, includes unprocessed vegan foods, such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and allows the occasional consumption of fish. Sugar and refined oils are avoided. Perhaps the most unique qualifier of the macrobiotic diet is its emphasis on the consumption of Asian vegetables, such as daikon, and sea vegetables, such as seaweed.

Have any crazy ones we could add to the list?

 I think I have figured out that I’m a  Ovo/Lacto Veg Head but I use to be a Ovo/Lacto Pollotarian. Wow that’s a mouthful!

I don’t care for or like labels but just out of curiosity, what would you label yourself?

Funny Thing: Carlos and I work together now, but we first met at our old job @ a Christian book store. We would go to the kids section to sing the VeggieTale songs by heart!  We played the videos for the employees not the children who came in. lol


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Omega-3 Yummy

by Nicci on 09/02/2009

Go Rangers!!  Watching baseball with Chris tonight during dinner!

I was so ready to go home & start cooking right after work so I could sit back and relax.  I was thinking all day what I could cook and  dip into my yummy spinach hummus!

Spicy Salmon patty on a bed of greens

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  • 1 can of Alaskan Salmon
  • 1 cup of Italian bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup of salsa (hot)
  • 1 Tablespoon hot sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon taco seasoning
  • 1 Tablespoon Greek Yogurt (or mayo)

Spinach Hummus makes the best dressing

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Roasted potatoes tossed in olive oil, oregano, basil and rosemary.

Cooked at 450 for 35 minutes

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And raw carrots…YUMMY!

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Dinner was simply delightful but Chris was not too keen on green hummus so he skipped out & went w/ making salmon burgers.  One day I think he’ll want to try my tasty hummus!

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Now, I’m flipping through ”Next Top Model” and Rangers game!

Chris went to watch TV in the other room, my channel flipping is too much for him.  He did confuse me by watching Rangers game and flipping to Boston game earlier. :)

Do you know the health benefits of salmon?

Salmon is low in calories and saturated fat, yet high in protein, and a unique type of health-promoting fat, the omega-3 essential fatty acids. As their name implies, essential fatty acids are essential for human health but because they cannot be made by the body, they must be obtained from foods. Fish contain a type of essential fatty acid called the omega-3 fatty acids.

Holy Yum!

Tomorrow is my first day of Vegan Challenge, I’m joining Lindsey to eat Vegan for the month.  I’m only doing Thursdays every week. Give me a chance to explore and try new recipes!  Wish me luck

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