Naturally Vegan

”Let food be thy medicine” ~ Hippocrates
EnergyBits Product Review 
I received a sample of a few energybits a few months ago to give them a try as I was curious on their energy and nutritional benefits. So after reading up on it, I thought, okay let’s give it a try!  I took 20 pills before my 2 hour intense workout and 10 during as I couldn’t take all the 30 small pills that are recommended at once! but I must say, I was full of energy throughout and I even had room for more! AMAZING!
Note: I did not take them on an empty stomach. 
Here are a few Health Benefits: Made from 100% organically grown, NON GMO spirulina algae and loaded with 40 nutrients. They have the highest concentration of protein in the world (64% protein which is three times the amount of protein in steak), over 40 nutrients, and are just one calorie per tab. Just a handful of 30+ bits will not only fill you up, they will meet most of your daily nutritional requirements, and all for just ONE calorie per tab.
For more information, visit: http://www.energybits.com//energybits.html
Get your energy on! 
-Lizanna Pompa 

EnergyBits Product Review 

I received a sample of a few energybits a few months ago to give them a try as I was curious on their energy and nutritional benefits. So after reading up on it, I thought, okay let’s give it a try!  I took 20 pills before my 2 hour intense workout and 10 during as I couldn’t take all the 30 small pills that are recommended at once! but I must say, I was full of energy throughout and I even had room for more! AMAZING!

Note: I did not take them on an empty stomach. 

Here are a few Health Benefits: Made from 100% organically grown, NON GMO spirulina algae and loaded with 40 nutrients. They have the highest concentration of protein in the world (64% protein which is three times the amount of protein in steak), over 40 nutrients, and are just one calorie per tab. Just a handful of 30+ bits will not only fill you up, they will meet most of your daily nutritional requirements, and all for just ONE calorie per tab.

For more information, visit: http://www.energybits.com//energybits.html

Get your energy on! 

-Lizanna Pompa 

Something about this morning… feels peaceful like Sunday. Is it the cloudy day or the cool breeze coming through the window of my balcony as I sit on my rocking chair sipping on some tea and lemon while listening to the sounds of birds chirping and soft music. Maybe because it’s Spring. Or maybe because it feels good to be home. 

Something about this morning… feels peaceful like Sunday. Is it the cloudy day or the cool breeze coming through the window of my balcony as I sit on my rocking chair sipping on some tea and lemon while listening to the sounds of birds chirping and soft music. Maybe because it’s Spring. Or maybe because it feels good to be home. 

Like home away from home. Today I say, goodbye Chicago. 

I rise bright and early, I open the shades and I take it all in. I make a cup of joe and quickly head outside. Such a perfect day, as everyday, and suddenly I find myself looking straight at the building where I no longer have access to, a place I called home, a happy place. So I walk, for hours… reflecting, smiling, observing, happy.

And as I close this chapter I find myself already in the next, excited beyond words for what’s coming and filled with much gratitude for all the experiences, for all the lessons, for all the good people I crossed paths with, 
for the eight years I called this amazing city my home, after all, home is where I’m at :) 

"Every morning you have two choices: continue to sleep with your dreams, or wake up and chase them." I chose to chase them. 


Peace! -Lizanna 

Like home away from home. Today I say, goodbye Chicago. 

I rise bright and early, I open the shades and I take it all in. I make a cup of joe and quickly head outside. Such a perfect day, as everyday, and suddenly I find myself looking straight at the building where I no longer have access to, a place I called home, a happy place. So I walk, for hours… reflecting, smiling, observing, happy.
And as I close this chapter I find myself already in the next, excited beyond words for what’s coming and filled with much gratitude for all the experiences, for all the lessons, for all the good people I crossed paths with, 
for the eight years I called this amazing city my home, after all, home is where I’m at :) 
"Every morning you have two choices: continue to sleep with your dreams, or wake up and chase them." I chose to chase them. 
Peace! -Lizanna 

A little taste of what really happened! Aphrodisiac Brunch #sweetsgalore #postvday #friends #LOVE

The TSNPE True Not for Profit Story by yours truly  So, how was TSNPE formed and the bigger question how did this partnership come about? Well, with just a few days shy of one year and while minding my own business going through my twitter followers I see Lasse Larsen – Model turned health advocate and with very similar interests I have to add… my first instinct?….cont. + http://www.thesexiestnonprofitever.org/2014/01/our-year-as-a-nonprofit/#.UuHuYz9MEuo

The TSNPE True Not for Profit Story by yours truly
So, how was TSNPE formed and the bigger question how did this partnership come about? Well, with just a few days shy of one year and while minding my own business going through my twitter followers I see Lasse Larsen – Model turned health advocate and with very similar interests I have to add… my first instinct?….cont. + http://www.thesexiestnonprofitever.org/2014/01/our-year-as-a-nonprofit/#.UuHuYz9MEuo

Whole Wheat & Bran Chocolate Chip Scones

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I’m sitting here enjoying a delicious scone with hot tea while I write this recipe because you guys have to try these, they’re delicious with lots of good stuff in them. The chocolate and coconut combination in particular really do the trick; they’re soft and moist (not my favorite word) and very chocolaty. I think these are perfect for an after dinner snack or even for my after lunch snack… let’s see what my friends think tomorrow! 

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour 
  • 1/2 cup of wheat bran 
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder 
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda 
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar 
  • 3 tablespoons of melted coconut oil 
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (vegan) 
  • 3/4 cup cold coconut milk 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice 

Instructions: 

  1. Preheat oven at 400 F 
  2. Mix together all liquids in small bowl
  3. Mix all dry ingredients together including chocolate chips and add coconut oil while stirring with a fork;  small chunks will form and that’s okay
  4. Add liquid ingredients into the mix and combine but do not over mix 
  5. In a round 9 inch baking pan add mix and pat flat
  6. Bake for 18 minutes or until lightly brown on the edges 
  7. With knife cut 8 scones into triangles and let them cool for a bit  
  8. Enjoy warm with hot tea or coffee 

Serves 8. 

Until next time! :) 

Lizanna Pompa 

Whole Wheat Raisin Bran Muffins

Personally, sweet cravings tend to come during the winter especially on a Sunday night, and this time having received a few awesome books from Quarry Spoon I decided to give Whole Grain Vegan Baking (by Celine Steen & Tamasin Noyesa shot.

While skimming through the beautiful cookbook I noticed that it was definitely all whole grain baking with no refined anything or powdered egg replacers, using healthy ingredients that I tend to have handy. As I decide what to make, I land on the whole wheat raisin bran muffins recipe; my favorite kind of muffin, so that was that! The search was over and luckily I had all the necessary ingredients; time to bake! 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 15 tablespoons vegan milk
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce (I used apple butter) 
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons Sucanat (I used organic brown sugar) 
  • 2 tablespoons of neutral-flavored oil 
  • 11/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 
  • 11/2 whole wheat pastry flour 
  • 1 cup oat bran 
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
  • 11/2 teaspoon baking soda 
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt 
  • 1/2 cup packed raisins 

Instructions: 

  1. Preheat oven 400F
  2. Place lemon juice in a 1 cup measure and top with milk. Let stand for a few minutes as it will curdle and become like buttermilk 
  3. Transfer milk mixture into bowl and add applesauce, sucanat, oil and vanilla, whisk and combine 
  4. In medium size bowl, combine flour, oat bran, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt and raisins 
  5. Add wet ingredients to dry, stirring until just combined
  6. Fit paper liners three-fourths full and bake for 16-18 minutes 

Prep and baking time were painless and… VOILA, just like that I baked simple and delicious muffins! I even added some vegan butter as soon as they came out of the oven and mom and I enjoyed them with tea, yum!

Made 8 medium muffins, ENJOY!

Lizanna Pompa 

Winter Veggie Soup

Tonight’s soup was perfect for unthawing after a freezing walk in the city, very simple and healthful. Make your own huge pot and stay warm! 

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Ingredients: 

  • 1 tomato (diced)
  • 1 yellow onion (diced) 
  • 10 small brussels sprouts (cut in half)
  • 4 celery sticks 
  • 4 red skin potatoes 
  • 4 yellow and orange carrots
  • 2 garlic cloves 
  • 1 cup wild rice mixed with quinoa 
  • 1 tsp canola oil
  • salt and pepper 
  • lime 

Instructions: 

  1. Add a tablespoon of canola oil to hot pot, proceed to adding chopped onion, tomato and cup of rice/quinoa. 
  2. Sauté until slightly brown and fill pot with water; over half full. 
  3. Add all cut veggies. Cover and bring up to a boil. Cooking time may vary from 45 minutes to 1 hour. 
  4. Before serving add salt and pepper to taste. 
  5. Serve hot and add red pepper flakes and lime for extra kick 

Enjoy the winter and stay warm :) 

Lizanna Pompa  

Cinnamon & Banana Buckwheat Pancakes

Do you ever ask the question; can this moment, right now, get any better? that was my question this morning while enjoying my pancakes in my cozy space… and my answer you wonder? No, it can not get any better than right NOW, this moment is perfect! Ask yourself the same question and just see what comes up! A little food for thought to make breakfast more enjoyable :) 

Now, let’s get to it, want to try these mouthwatering and nutritious pancakes? You will need: 

  • 2/3 cup organic buckwheat pancake mix 
  • 1 tsp. ground flax seed
  • 2 tsp. canola oil 
  • 3/4 flax milk or almond milk or preferred milk 
  • 1/2 banana, sliced 
  • cinnamon sprinkle for mix and serving 
  • vegan butter for pan
  • Organic agave or maple syrup 

Instructions: 

  1. Mix all ingredients until smooth 
  2. Cook on hot pan lightly buttered. Flip when bubbles begin to form and edges begin to cook 
  3. Serve pancakes, add sliced bananas on top and sprinkle cinnamon
  4. Enjoy them with tea or hot coffee, they will taste even better!  

I know you will LOVE them, have a Happy Sunday! :) 

Naturally Vegan ~ Lizanna Pompa 

Breakfast Fiesta Style

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While shopping for my dinner last night, I came across the Vegan Gourmet Shreds Fiesta Blend and so I thought, let’s give it a try, why not! It’s 100% vegan and non-gmo verified. So this beautiful fall morning, the only thing I could think of making was tofu scramble for breakfast and guess what? I made into a very cheesy Fiesta style tofu scramble, oh yeah! 

Want to try it? Here you go! 

You will need: 

  • Extra firm tofu, padded dry and mashed 
  • White onion, chopped for scramble and salsa
  • Turmeric root powder 
  • Vegan gourmet shreds - Fiesta Blend 
  • Red and yellow peppers 
  • Colorful heirloom tomatoes
  • Pea shoots 
  • Lime 

Get cooking! 

  1. Add chopped onions to pre-heated and oiled pan, let them cook until clear 
  2. Add mashed tofu, sprinkle turmeric powder to taste (I am pretty generous with it)
  3. And a couple peppers for extra taste and color (I added 1 yellow and 1 orange pepper)
  4. Let it cook for a few minutes until slightly brown
  5. Season with light sea salt and pepper and add Fiesta Blend shreds to taste
  6. While scramble continues to cook in low heat, chop heirloom tomatoes, pea shoots and mix in a bowl with white onions that were set a side,  squeeze half a lime and season with sea salt 
  7. Serve scramble hot on plate, top with salsa and enjoy with corn tortillas, bread or as is 

Enjoy! 

Lizanna Pompa