I started the day off with some repeats from Day 10 – the smoothie of the day was spinach, banana, mango, strawberries, udo’s oil, almond milk and amazing meal, along with a b complex and multi. My morning snack was cherries and constant comment tea. Lunch was a repeat of the Greekish salad.
For an afternoon snack, I ate some zucchini slices, carrot sticks and red bell pepper slices with the Black Bean & Orange Hummus from Eat, Drink & Be Vegan. It’s an odd combination, but just like the author says, it goes together really well. You can taste the black beans, orange, garlic and almond butter without anything overpowering the rest. It’s very good!
Dinner was leftover tofu vindaloo with buckwheat and sugar plum spice tea.
This delicious smoothie had spinach, banana, cherries, chia seeds, chocolate hempshake, almond milk, and I took my multi and coQ10. I really like using the chocolate hempshake, especially with cherries, strawberries or raspberries. My morning snack was figs, an apple, and darjeeling tea, and lunch was another Greekish salad except this time with avocado, dried oregano and fresh parsley, and a squeeze of lemon juice for dressing. The salad was so big and filling that I couldn’t even finish it and wasn’t very hungry for an afternoon snack, so I just had a small piece of canteloupe and a few strawberries at a work event. Dinner was the last of the tofu vindaloo and buckwheat, and afterward I had camomile tea.
This green smoothie was made from spinach, half a banana, peach, kiwi, amazon acai hempshake, udo’s and almond milk, and I had my multi and b complex. I had a snack of fruit at work, but for the life of me I can’t remember what it was. I also had some coffee with almond milk. I must say, soy creamer is one thing I’m definitely missing on this cleanse.
I had gotten an e-mail from VegWeb the day before, and while I don’t normally pay too much attention to their e-mails, this Polynesian Salad with Curry Dressing caught my attention because I needed a salad for the next day, I happened to have all the ingredients called for, and it just sounded good. I wasn’t too sure about bananas in a salad, but this is one fine salad. I didn’t have walnuts so I subbed pecans, and the contrast of textures and flavors in this salad definitely makes it a winner. The only small issue was that it didn’t keep me full for very long. I ate my afternoon snack of zucchini slices and carrot sticks with black bean and orange hummus earlier than I normally snack.
I had a plan for when I got home to exercise, shower, make dinner and take care of a few things on my to do list. When I got home I was in a bad mood though, and these were all the last things I wanted to do. I didn’t even have the energy to take pictures of my CSA delivery, for the first time ever. I grabbed a handful of dill pickle cashews to appease my growling tummy, went to the store with Dave, and grilled up some dinner.
This is bbq tempeh and eggplant with portobello and steamed broccoli, all over a baked potato. The bbq sauce was an on-the-fly concoction of tomato sauce, agave nectar, molasses, maple syrup, vinegar, onion and garlic powder, allspice and ground red pepper. For throwing a bunch of stuff in a bowl, it turned out pretty well – it even got all sticky on the tempeh while it grilled. I also “cheated” a little bit and had two glasses of wine on a Thursday night (I’m supposed to only have alcohol on the weekends), but at the end of the day I felt much better than I would’ve forcing myself to do things I didn’t have the energy for. Sometimes it feels good to have a plan, then completely ignore that plan and do whatever you want.
My smoothie on Friday had half a banana, blueberries, plum, orange, vanilla rice protein, udo’s and almond milk, and I took a coQ10, multi and probiotic. It sounds like an odd flavor combination, perhaps, but it actually worked quite nicely. Orange and vanilla are a natural match, and the blueberries and plum just kind of joined the party.
We had a large event at work that I knew was going to keep me busy all day, so I didn’t bother to take any snacks because I knew I wouldn’t have time to eat them. I should’ve known that this was a silly move, because by lunchtime I was starving and the salad I brought alone wasn’t going to cut it. I ended up eating a veggie dog on a bun from Top Dog, who was catering our event, and it was pretty much entirely made of wheat. So, I cheated (again), but I had to make a decision and having food in my belly was a better choice than being out in the sun all afternoon running on just a salad. It was another Polynesian salad, by the way, and again it was very tasty.
After work Dave and I went straight to the Coliseum for the A’s game. I had brought leftovers from the night before (bbq tempeh, eggplant, portobello, baked potato and broccoli) to eat as dinner in the parking lot before we went in. I also had a few beers – the beers inside the game are EXPENSIVE so we like to have some cheap ones before we go in. Watching the game, I ate some peanuts and pistachios as a snack.
So I had a few missteps this week, but all in all I feel I did pretty well. The food prep is getting easier; I’m getting used to putting a salad together every night before work. I actually gained 0.7 pounds this week which I don’t understand since I’ve been eating well and exercising, but maybe I can make up for it next week. Until then!