Liebster Award!

A couple of weeks ago I was honored to receive an email from Hannah who blogs at Eat, Drink, Save Money and Michelle who blogs at The Healthy Bites.  Both of these lovely ladies awarded me the blog Liebster Award.  I was so delighted to receive recognition from blogging peers!

The rules of this award state that you link your blog back to the person who gave it to you and you chose 5 other people with less than 200 followers to receive the award.  You let them know you have given them the award by commenting on their blog.

I’ve decided to pay it forward to:

Katie @ Raisins&Apples.  Katie blogs about workouts, recipes, overall healthy-living, and life!  Her posts are very upbeat and fun to read!

Becca @ Blueberry Smiles.  Becca is a West Coaster, a fellow newbie blogger, and writes fun posts about California, food, and exercise.

Gwen @ GwenniePie.  Gwen is a newlywed living in the DC area.  Her posts focus on her journey of losing weight and accomplishing her goals.  I’m cheering Gwen on from a distance!

Adrienne @hippie itch.  Adrienne’s posts are full of tips on helping others, DIY projects, healthy recipes, and pictures of her adorable dogs!

So there you have it!  I wish I could pick 4 bloggers every week.  There are so many fun blogs that I read and enjoy…time to update the blogroll!

Question:  What blogs do you recommend?

Thank you to Hannah and Michelle.  I highly recommend you check out their fun blogs.  Hannah provides great tips on a fiscally-responsible and healthy life (she and her husband have a goal of paying off student loans by 2017).  Michelle is a fellow animal-lover and avid reader.  And based on her recipes and photos, a very good cook.

A resolution with no downside: “Semi-Vegan”

Did you happen to read Sunday’s New York Times Magazine?  The cover article was Do you have to be superhuman to lose weight?.  I’m still making my way through it and will certainly write a post about it this week.

As I was flipping through the magazine (I like to look ahead at magazines, books, articles, and see what I’m getting myself into–that’s how I roll), Mark Bittman’s EAT section jumped out at me.  No Meat, No Dairy, No Problem  Going semi-vegan:  a resolution with no downside.  Thank you Mr. Bittman!

Mark Bittman Source: NYTimes

Bittman writes that most everyone needs to eat “better” and at the core of this is that we all need to eat more plants.  The food diet that most aligns with plant-based is veganism.  Vegans don’t just not eat meat, but also avoid all animal products including dairy and eggs.  Eating more plants, however, can mean just that–eat a salad, enjoy a bowl of fruit, put down the cookie.  The recipes I’ve posted in the last few days are technically vegan, but I consider them to be plant-based/plant-strong.

I’m striving to eat a plant-strong diet and Bittman just gave me (and you) 10 new recipes to try.  I imagine I’ll reduce or eliminate the oil and tweak them here and there.  These recipes aren’t fancy–they seem doable and I imagine, are tasty.  Sweet Potato Stew, Pasta, Beans and Tomatoes, Roasted Squash with Kale and Vinaigrette.  How can you go wrong?  As Bittman says, “This is not a gimmick or even a diet. It’s a path, and the smart resolution might be to get on it.

Check out all of Bittman’s Semi-Vegan recipes.

Question of the day:  What’s your favorite plant-strong dish?

Plant-Strong Spinach