Spring Vegan

March 22, 2011 by Keri

I admit it. I’ve been stealing a little more time with the family now that the sun is shining and it’s warm enough to enjoy our bikes! We’ve been teaching Little Man how to ride his new tricycle, and while he’s pretty much there, he wants to get off the trike and run because he perceives it as faster. I’m sure in no time we’ll have to peel him off the thing, though.

When he’s had enough learning for the day, we bring out the good ol’ truck he got from Grandpa for his birthday last year. Now using that pedal, he has down. Daddy has some chasing to do because Mommy gets a little insistent about keeping the toddler (and his truck) out of the pond.

It’s not just about bicycles, though. I’m so excited to see little budding flowers. Why hello there, Spring!

Spring green means green eats, and I’m all about green on my plate and in my cup! I’ve been a juicing fool lately and yesterday was no different. Except yesterday’s juice was a little more exciting because I received the glass straw I ordered from Glass Dharma! But more on that in another post!

And then there were these fantastic raw spirulina date balls I found at the co-op. Yum! I picked up some raw corn salad with plenty of green onion and celery too, but that didn’t exactly make it all the way home…

I also found these awesome raw cocoa goji squares at the co-op, but hmmm… those aren’t green now are they?

Green, green, green. Oh, there’s the side of very lightly steamed broccoli with our Roasted Rosemary Potatoes and Chick’n (recipe in a future post). It was Saint Patrick’s Day, so I felt like I should at least make something with potatoes. Delicious!

Of course, there’s one last way you can tell it’s spring… Sweet and Sara’s Peepers and Skippers are available!! I had saved my Groupon to use for Little Man’s Easter basket goodies, so I was bummed when they said Groupons couldn’t be used towards the chicks and bunnies, but I just used the Groupon towards a marshmallow sampler and a couple s’mores and paid for the themed treats. It worked out.

Aren’t they cute?! I haven’t tasted any of it yet, so I’ll be sure to let you know what I think. I have a feeling they’re amazing, but I’ve been unofficially avoiding white sugar for now.

I finished reading Crazy Sexy Diet, and am looking forward to doing the adventure cleanse! My wisdom teeth are being removed next week, so I’m waiting until I recover to began. While the procedure itself isn’t a big deal, I have a condition that impedes my blood clotting, making it more of a hassle. Wish me luck!

Have you had your wisdom teeth out? What vegan “foods” did you enjoy for the first few days after surgery? It’s looking like a lot of green juice and frozen banana “soft serve” for me… Any other yummy ideas?



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  1. Jess - The Domestic Vegan says:

    Great pictures! Spring isn’t 100% here yet (no cute flower buds like you have!), but it’s creeeeeping its way in. We had a thunderstorm today (though there’s still a bit of snow on the ground). 😀

    Those marshmallows are so cute!!

    I had my wisdom teeth out when I was like 16, and I wasn’t vegan then – but I pretty much lived on ice cream & mashed potatoes for two weeks. 🙂 I had a hard time drinking (especially because you’re not allowed to use straws), but green juice sounds like a great healing beverage if you can manage! Good luck! <3

    • Keri says:

      Thank you!

      Yeah… I’m finding out green juice is a no go.. between the pulp and my clumsy drinking… not yet anyway. 😛

  2. Elisabeth says:

    Good luck with your teeth! I had all my wisdom teeth removed, one by one, some were more complicated (impacted-so a lot of digging and cutting and stitches). I had them all done within few years apart, each time it was at least a week of recovery.
    Here is what I ate and what helped me. You will not be able to suck through a straw for a while-I saw the beautiful straw in your post, that will have to wait 🙂
    The first two days I was always nauseous so a cold ginger tea helped me with that. Tons of juices, preferably fresh, nothing spicy though (hot peppers). Soy and coconut yogurts either plain, or with applesauce and mashed bananas. Soy yogurts with pureed fruit (berries without seeds). Vegan ice cream, pureed and chilled soups and stews, but nothing hot or too warm. Also mashed avocado with some salt, or very mushy guacamole without big chunks. Baby food (pureed squash, fruit, sweet potatoes or green beans). Good luck with everything Hope it all goes well and you will soon be fine.

    • Keri says:

      Thank you so much for all the suggestions. And I’m so glad everyone told me about the straws!! I wouldn’t have known!

  3. Emily says:

    What a beautiful straw!

    I love sweet & sara marshmallows, those peeps are adorable. 🙂

  4. Wow, after reading your post I could actually believe that spring is here! Except the news is showing snow about 50 miles from here. Boo!

    I love Sweet and Sara vanilla marshmallows! (check out my blog today, I made a vegan marshmallow sandwich — for dessert– last night. YUM).

    I had my wisdom teeth out when I was 14 or 15. I assure you I ate nothing vegan, or healthy, back then 😉 Seems like a good opportunity to drink lots of green juices and smoothies! (and some good soups– maybe pureed?!) Good luck with the procedure!

    • Keri says:

      Thank you, JL! 🙂 I know when the doctor told me I should only eat ice cream, Frostys and yogurt I was thinking two things: 1) I’m vegan and 2) that doesn’t sound like a prescription for very healing nutrition!!

  5. Maggie "SudsyMaggie" Sudduth says:

    Wow, LOVE the glass straw! Gonna order me one of those for my juice (since I am never a straw person but I like sippin’ my juice).

    And yay for spring 🙂

  6. wait they make vegan peeps? get in mah belly!

  7. Stephanie says:

    I got my wisdom teeth taken out in December and I had hummus and pitas the day that I got them out. It probably wasn’t the best thing to do but I didn’t feel any pain and we had just bought two new kinds of hummus that I was dying to try. I also had a lot of green juice.
    Also I’m totally jealous of your straw. I’ve wanted a glass Dharma straw for so long. They make everything look better. Though I have to warn you, you can’t drink out of a straw for the first few days after you get your wisdom teeth taken out. I thought I would need to use one but one of the people at the place I got my wisdom teeth removed told my mom otherwise. It’s kind of difficult and messy to drink sans a straw when your mouth is frozen but you gotta do what you gotta do, right?

    • Keri says:

      I don’t know how you did the pita! Haha, my face is so swollen my teeth don’t even touch in front! I’m so glad I was warned about the straws because I had no idea and the doctor didn’t tell me other than on the sheet of tiny print I was sent home with after surgery. Like I could read right out of anesthesia!

  8. emma says:

    Hey! I love your blog 🙂 I’m too reading “Crazy, Sexy, Diet” and can’t wait to get cleansing once I’ve read it all. Hope the extractions go well. Get plenty of Ibuprofen at the ready….and clove oil 🙂

    • Keri says:

      Thank you so much! I’m also excited for the cleanse! And I look forward to hearing how your cleanse goes. ‘
      Thank you! They went well, now it’s just a matter of healing!

  9. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) says:

    Gosh it was h.s. for me with the wisdom teeth and I was a mess. Had dry sockets and tons of pain and for weeks dont remember eating much other than slurpees, smoothies, and mushy food. Hang in there!