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On April 11, 2012, I made my first blog post. I was inspired by words from a podcast.
Now, one year later, this blog continues to be an enjoyable endeavor. I appreciate every blog follower and visitor.
In this anniversary post, I’m still inspired by podcasts. What can I say…I listen to lots of them!
The following quote, from Vinnie Tortorich’s Angriest Trainer podcast, really sums up the FREEHEEL VEGAN lifestyle.
“Put life into living, and do it with enthusiasm!”
FREE YOUR HEELS…
PLAY IN SNOW…
BE SILLY & LAUGH…
APPRECIATE THE “LITTLE” THINGS…
HANG OUT WITH A BUDDY…
LEND A HELPING HAND…
FREE YOUR MIND. FREE THE ANIMALS…
“Put life into living and do it with enthusiasm!”
I love that quote and I love Vinnie’s podcast. But, I have a little more to add.
Yes- put living into your own life. But- also allow others to live their own lives.
To the fellow listeners and fans of the Angriest Trainer podcast:
Don’t be a “carnivorous vegan,” be an actual vegan. You can do NSNG (No Sugar No Grains) VEGAN style!
Adopt the FREEHEEL VEGAN lifestyle…and do it with enthusiasm!
I don’t have many pictures from the current ski season, so here is a backcountry trip down memory lane…
The time was January 1-2, 2011.
The place was the “Back Bowls” of Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort, in Wenatchee, WA.
The weather was bluebird.
The solitude was magical.
The skiing was exceptional.
The snow was our art canvas.
Our Telemark turns were the brush strokes…
DAY ONE – JANUARY 1
DAY TWO – JANUARY 2
The conditions were a little different when we came “Back” to the bowls this year, Skiing Among Burnt Trees.
Have you ever been to a typical North American “ski-in, ski-out” village? Vegan-friendly dining isn’t the first thing that comes to mind.
If you look around the village at Big White (and elsewhere), it’s obvious that every restaurant serves up meat, meat, and more meat. It’s exasperating and depressing.
“Vegetarian” doesn’t necessarily mean “veganizable.” It’s typically code for cheese, cheese and more cheese.
Vegan skiers, don’t despair. You can have a perfectly powder-licious ski experience and find some great vegan grub at the same time. All it takes is a little sleuthing.
Here’s the on-mountain restaurant listing for Big White.
Our trip to Big White was short (3 days). If we stayed longer, there are other places we would also try. Next time!
Check out where we did eat (and drink!)…
BEANO’S COFFEE PARLOUR
LOTUS LOUNGE – THAI CUISINE
(Don’t forget to request “no fish sauce” when dining at Thai restaurants.
Expect the food to be spicy, so speak up if you want the heat turned down.)
Vegetable Thai Spring Rolls:
Mixed Vegetables in a vermicelli wrap, fried golden, served with sweet and sour plum and tamarind sauce.
Thai Yellow Curry:
Thai yellow curry in coconut milk with potato, onion, carrots and pineapple
Black Bean Tofu:
Tofu with bean sprouts, garlic and fresh chilies in a black bean sauce
SANTÉ BAR – APRÈS-SKI
Muddled cucumber, lime, black pepper, gin and soda
I (unintentionally) had a green drink theme going on for St Patrick’s Day weekend.
The steamed edamame was green, too. And it was addicting!
Veggie Pizza, no cheese (substitute extra sauce and another topping for the cheese)
For tips on eating vegan breakfast in your hotel room, see the previous post, “Ski Breakfast & Morning Powder.”
Ski road trip time!
In this post, let’s talk about what vegan skiers can do to eat a quick, healthy breakfast without leaving the hotel room.
We just spent a long weekend at Big White Ski Resort. Thanks to my Visa Rewards, we stayed for free in the White Crystal Inn.
When we arrived on Thursday March 14th, our view looked liked this:
Sunday March 17th we woke up to this:
Our “standard” room had no kitchen, but it did have a coffee maker, mini fridge, microwave, and toaster.
For our trip, I packed a couple bins full of the essentials, including a small cutting board and knife.
We brought a cooler to transport our green leafies, celery, apples, non-dairy milk, nut butter and jam. I brought our Vitamix blender so we could make green smoothies right in the room.
Large “beer cups” are handy for smoothies in the morning and apres ski beverages in the evening.
I brought our toaster, not realizing that the room already had one.
Eric likes to have toast with his breakfast smoothie.
I could have brought some oats to make oatmeal in the microwave,
but this time I opted for cold cereal with walnuts, raisins and non-dairy milk.
Segmented grapefruit is easy to prepare in the room.
I brought my grapefruit knife, some travel bowls and a set of utensils.
Time to get some untracked powder…
WOW…what a fabulous first day of 2013 at Mission Ridge!
This is a little place we like to call “Kevin’s”…
December 2012 was an epic month for snowfall in the Pacific Northwest…
And the beverage of the month was The Abyss, by Deschutes Brewery…
Vesper Peak, WA – Backcountry Ski
This was a trip to remember…Lucky Sevens! 7/07/07. Vesper Peak is accessed from the Mountain Loop Highway, just before Barlow Pass. Take the Sunrise Mine road (#4065) and Sunrise Mine trail (#707).
(Click on a picture to enlarge and view in a photo gallery.)
Some videos of the descent. Despite the sun cups and rain runnels, the corn (snow) was nicely cooked!
I love the following video! I didn’t know that I was being filmed, but this was a euphoric moment. I had to take a minute to savor it, because the descent from Headlee Pass was steep, narrow, and not a place where I wanted to fall!
Here is a video of the main creek crossing:
Heliotrope Ridge, Mt Baker, WA – August 4, 2007
This trip sticks out in my mind as one of my all-time best backcountry ski days. The Heliotrope Ridge trail and Coleman Glacier are accessed from the Glacier Creek Road, off the Mt Baker Highway (542). (Click on a picture to enlarge and view in an image gallery.)
Almond Butter Strawberry Energy Bars
1 box (12.3 oz) Firm Silken Tofu (Mori Nu)
1/2 C vegan brown sugar
1/2 C organic apple juice
2/3 C almond butter
1/4 C EACH: quinoa flour, millet flour, spelt flour, ground oats & rolled oats
1/3 C whole wheat pastry flour
3 T ground flax
2 T fine shred unsweetened coconut
1 T ground walnuts
1/2 t salt
Organic Strawberries – Wash and pat dry. Slice. Use enough to cover the area of a square glass pan. (I didn’t measure.)
In a food processor, puree the “wet” ingredients. Add to the dry ingredients. Spread about half of the mixture in a greased square glass pan. (I like to use coconut oil to grease pans.) Spread the strawberry slices on top.
Spread the rest of the mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes. Cool completely before cutting. I like to use a pastry cutter. Freeze them in a container with a little space between each one.
I take these skiing and mountain biking. Take one out of the freezer in the morning and it’ll be thawed out by the time you’re ready to eat. Enjoy!