Black Bean and Ginger Pasta Fry + Spring Cleanse Plan

Yesterday was great.

Kevin and I made pasta and watched movies all night long.

Back to the grind today. I’m just about to head to the gym for 1hr swim + 40min spin + 6k run + 20min core work + a lot of snacking in between.

There’s nothing better than snacking at the gym. It’s the epitome of food for fuel and whole foods for health. It doesn’t get any purer for me than that. If I don’t eat during these longer sessions I have absolutely no energy, I get dizzy, experience low poor performance, etc. These sessions just show me how important it is to eat clean, whole foods to fuel my body.

My favorite @ gym snacks: Larabars, Oskri Organics coconut bars, homemade black bean brownies [amazing!], apples and almond butter, and home made fruit leathers. If I could take this pasta with me, I would.

Black Bean and Ginger Pasta Fry

Vegan, Gluten free, Dairy free, Sugar free, Yeast free

The ginger, onion, and coconut oil sauce bring the veggies to life! With over 12 grams of fiber and 17 grams of protein, this 15 minute meal is perfect after a long day and will give you the boost you need to push through the evening.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup uncooked rice pasta
  • 1 cup black beans, rinsed
  • 2 yellow onions, chopped
  • 3 carrots, chopped – do not peel!
  • 1 yellow pepper, chopped
  • 6 green onions, diced
  • 2 tablespoon onion soup mix – I used this but onion powder would work too!
  • 2 tablespoon braggs liquid aminos [gluten free soy sauce]
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey or agave [use agave if wanting to make the recipe vegan]
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • salt + pepper

Directions

  1. Cook pasta as per instructions. Once cooked, strained, and rinsed, place in a large serving bowl.
  2. Saute onions with coconut oil for 3-4 minutes. Add carrots, onion mix, braggs, and apple cider vinegar. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add green onions, yellow pepper, honey/agave and ginger. Cook for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add black beans and stir to coat.
  5. Drop bean mixture over top of pasta and stir to mix. Serve!

Makes 4 servings.

Nutrition stats [1 serving]: calories 482; fat 5.7g; carbohydrates 93g; dietary fiber 12.6g; sugars 11g; protein 17.2g

 

The Spring Cleanse

So, the cleanse. I’m planning to do things a little different this year.

Last year I started every day with 2 fruit/veg smoothies + 4 cups of fresh juice and didn’t begin eating solid foods until noon.

But because I have a 10k coming up and I’m marathon training like mad, I’m afraid that not eating solid food before noon could be an issue [blood sugar, hunger pains...].

Plus my diet is much cleaner than it was last year so a deep cleanse isn’t as necessary.

The approach I’ll be taking for Spring 2011 is to add as many natural cleansing foods to my diet as possible. This will provide me with a soft, subtle cleanse, keeping my energy up and my immune system supported the whole way through.

  • Increase water from 3 liters to 4 liters/day. I plan to drink 500mL the minute I get home from work and the other 500mL while I get ready for bed.
  • Lemon water in the morning. 500mL filled with 2 tablespoon lemon juice will be sitting on my bedside table every morning. It will be the first thing I do [after I grab my iPhone and check my emails]
  • Ginger water in the afternoon. 1000mL of my daily water intake will be blended with 1 tablespoon fresh ginger + 1/8 teaspoon stevia and left to ‘steep’ overnight.
  • Add parsley to my breakfast shakes. 1/2 cup parsley = extra greens! And you don’t even taste it.
  • Prepare 2 cups of fresh cleansing juice everyday [with 5 drops of chlorophyll]. My juice will contain cleansing vegetables like: cranberries, celery, apples, beet, kale and ginger and I’ll drink it on my drive in to work.
  • 2 salads a day. The recipe below totally counts as a salad. I have to ease my way into this. My salads will be simple and contain ingredients like: steamed kale, parsley, avocado, beets, cabbage, celery, garlic, and seaweed. Simple dressing: lemon, flax oil, Himalayan rock salt, and dill.
  • Continue with whole food sweeteners and sugars. Coconut sugar, medjool dates/dried fruit, and raw honey.
  • 20 chews a mouthful. Have you ever counted how many times you chew your food before you swallow it? I was amazed the first time I did it. My count was 5. There were still so many big pieces of food left! Can you imagine what that does to our digestion? It has to work in overdrive to be able to process the food. I’m hoping that this practice can continue past my cleanse.

Over the past month or so I’ve been coming home after work, packing my lunch, and snacking on things along the way: granola, carob chips, dried fruit, an apple, spoonful of almond butter, crackers, etc. But I haven’t been eating dinner. Not good. So, I need to work on that and thought I may was well add that to my cleansing plan.

Once I’ve completed about 2 weeks of this plan, I’ll transition to adding more Spring foods which we’ll talk about next week.

And don’t worry, we’ll chat about other approaches to cleanses in the coming days too – the different types, pros and cons of each, what’s safe, what’s not, how to come off a cleanse… you name it!

Do you bring snacks with you to the gym? What foods do you snack on?

Have you tried chlorophyll or parsley in your smoothies? Do you like it?

Are you in the mood for Spring?

It’s so hard for me to be talking about Spring right now. It’s SO cold outside and there is SO much snow falling to the ground.

I think we’re going tobogganing this afternoon.

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  1. I am a horrible chewer, and I know this for a fact. I eat really fast – I’ve slowed down (especially when I’m caught at the computer reading blogs lol)over the years. I still need to chew better. Thanks for the reminder!!

  2. Oh, that looks really good! You’re a very talented food photographer! My pictures always look semi-crappy. Haha! Have fun tobogganing. Which SHOULDN’T be happening right now. Grrr…I need me some Spring.

    • Thank you Stephanie! Practice makes perfect I guess. Yes, I agree with you, I shouldn’t be taking about tobogganing but the snow that’s been falling all week is so perfect for it!

  3. I thought I was doing well until I read your workout – LOL!

    Your cleansing tips are great – I try to do lemon water every morning. Just having the lemon pre-cut helps me actually do it. Will def try adding parsley to my shakes. It’s so good for you!

    • I only do one of those workouts a week, they take so much out of me. You’re a very active lady, I think you’re doing a fantastic job! Let me know how you like the parsley add-in!

  4. Wow I can’t believe it’s snowing there…. it was 90 degrees here in Texas yesterday!! I like having a bar right before I run, I rather run with a full stomach then an empty one!! I also discovered pb and j’s work really well for me!

    • :*( I wish it was 90 here. There’s just so much snow! I’m with you, I’d rather run on a full stomach too. Running on empty is torture!

  5. That’s a hefty workout! Nice!

    I’ve ran a marathon and am training for another one in June. They say (marathon experts) that carbs are probably the most important thing to eat. My favorite snack to eat at the gym are either Cliff or Luna bars. I eat a little at a time throughout my workout. OR for my long runs I bring some brown rice syrup with a touch of honey mixed in. Works for me :)

    • Thanks for stopping by and saying hi Lauren :) I’m glad you like what you see!

  6. I’ll snack at the gym or during workouts if I’m in it for the long haul. Last year when I was marathon training, I would eat Larabars and gel packs since they were small and I could carry them in my water belt.

    I’ve never counted my chews before, but I’m totally going to next time I eat! I also like your idea of ginger water. Sounds refreshing and delicious. I bet it’d be good in hot water too — as a tea substitute?

    Pasta looks delicious. I could put black beans in anything!

    • Let me know how counting your chews go. I’ve done it a couple of times today and my jaw is killing me! It’s a great workout for your jaw haha. The ginger water would be fantastic heated [maybe with a bit of lemon added!]

  7. Ooh, awesome pasta recipe! I always tend to stick to things like olive oil, garlic and basil when I make pasta, but I need to get out of that rut.
    And as a side note, I can be awful about chewing my food enough times. I’ll realize halfway through a meal that I’m practically swallowing my food whole before I slow down!

    • Mmm pasta just goes so well with basil, olive oil, garlic and such. Yum!

  8. I’ve never made pasta with ginger in it, gotta give this a try. I don’t count my chews but I need to! I have horrible aerophagia which probably has to do with me eating too fast and not chewing enough =/

    • Let me know how counting your chews go! I’m interested to see if it will help. Good luck, Jenny!

    • haha that’s tricky… you could give it a shot and if it doesn’t you’ll have a whole bowl of leftovers all to yourself!

  9. I should have been thinking about healthy food when I was running, instead I was thinking about cake. This looks fantastic though, so many good flavors, a feast for the eyes and tummy.

    • I have a problem with thinking about cake when I run too. You could always make a healthy cake and use coconut butter as the topping! mmm

  10. Ok, so I need to do more in the gym (home gym) LOL I do 45 to 60 minutes and feel like I’m dying most days LOL never thought of snacking in the process, I also need to drink more water. And black bean brownies sound so yummy, I so want to try them. Love your cleansing tips.

    The pasta dish looks awesome and so healthy!

  11. ooh the pasta looks delicious thanks for the tips I am definitely going to focus on cleansing this spring! I am still a little nervous to add parsley to my smoothies but if you say it tastes ok ill give it a try!

    • I’ve been adding it to my smoothies with 1 cup berries, 1 cup juice, 2 tbsp hemp powder, 1/2 cup parsley and it’s been tasting mighty good!

  12. Oh I love cleanses! I did one not too long ago and I was amazed at how many times I didn’t chew either…It helps you realize that you are full too because you will eat slower so you can see when you start to get full. Anyways, that is CRAZY work out routine! How do you find time to do that in one day?! Sheesh lady! You must be in amazing shape!

    The pasta looks really amazing…it is sad to me that more people don’t combine beans and pasta. YUM!

    • It’s so true, I’ve really enjoyed counting my chews these last couple of days. The more I do it, the more it will just become standard for me! I only do those sessions once a week. I would seriously die if I had to work out for 3.5 hours daily. Generally I’m at the gym for 1.5 hours on the weekdays, training for marathon is so much more work that I imagined.
      I agree, the pasta + bean combo is where it’s at!

  13. I can not tell you how many times this quick, easy and delicious meal has saved me from going hungry. I’m not a big meat eater so I love that this has beans in it for protein. I would never think to put these ingredients together but it is so yummy!
    I am really liking Catelli’s gluten free pasta. TruRoots is good too!

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