Since I missed blogging yesterday, you get a twofer today! I follow many blogs that participate in What I Ate Wednesday but have never done it myself, and since most of my MoFo posts are reaching into the past as far back as a year ago, here is something current!
I got up at 5:30 this morning to do 30 Day Shred, a routine I began recently. I am not a fan of getting up that early, nor of working out first thing in the morning, but I’m already feeling positive changes after one week so hopefully it’s worth it.
After a quick shower, I had a post-workout snack (first breakfast, if you will) – an Oat Snackle. Snackle is a very cute word I think. The recipe is from Let Them Eat Vegan, but I found it online here. It’s kind of a mix between a cookie and a muffin, and it feels very healthy but not too healthy. It sits in your tummy all happy, giving you nutrients from all the wholesome ingredients. I’ve been struggling with finding a good post-workout snack since starting the workout program, and these are a great solution – just slightly sweet from the applesauce and raisins, and easy to grab and eat in three or four bites.
My “real” breakfast was enjoyed in the car on the way to work. This smoothie had almond milk, canned pumpkin, banana, Vega One natural flavor, kale, blackstrap molasses (for the calcium and iron), cinnamon, and ginger. I’m not ready for the “everything pumpkin” bandwagon yet since it’s been hot around here lately, but I ran out of frozen fruit and resorted to the pantry.
Mid-morning snack of strawberries (I ate half the container) and a few walnuts. Yes, I am like a baby and have to eat every few hours. I find that it’s better for me to eat smaller amounts of good foods throughout the day in order to maintain energy levels. I also tuck my vitamins in the small container, which has backfired on me once. A small iron pill got caught in the crevices of a walnut half and I bit into it. In case you are ever wondering, iron pills do not taste good!
Lunch! I found the recipe for this Limnian Style Imam Bayildi (eggplant and zucchini stew) on pinterest. Mine wasn’t quite as nice; I skipped the steps of salting and sauteing the veggies first, and while they were cooked through and tasted good, there was a lot of liquid on the bottom of the pan and not nearly enough sauce. It was delicious though, so I would definitely try the recipe again when I have time to follow all the steps and double the sauce. Also shown is whole wheat spaghetti and chickpeas with lemon and red pepper flakes.
Afternoon snack of Trader Joe’s Eggplant Hummus and Persian cucumbers. I have veggies and dip almost every afternoon, and I particularly like this hummus. It’s lower in calories than other hummi (plural for hummus), and tastes great. I take the container to work to eat straight out of it and just cut fresh vegetables every morning.
After work I went for a run, and after that run I ate a banana. No picture, you know what a banana looks like. I wasn’t planning to have another snack but I was famished after running and it was going to be a while before dinner.
And what a dinner it was! Buffalo soy curl wraps with sauteed onion, Daiya swiss, a salad of shredded cabbage, celery, carrot, tomato and dill pickle, and Sanctuary Dressing from Appetite for Reduction. Sauteed mushrooms with soy sauce in the back. I’ve had buffalo on the mind since seeing SpaBettie’s Buffalo Jack Sliders earlier this week and this was a great way to satisfy the craving while keeping it light. Frank’s RedHot Sauce is pretty awesome and I plan to henceforth use it on as many things as possible.