Monday, March 15, 2010
Happy Daylight Savings Time Everyone in America! Spring has really come early this year, hasn't it? I'm loving it though and will not complain about its appearance. Sunshine later in the evening just means that we all have more time to spend outdoors in the evening running or just soaking up the sun!
Sorry I am a little late in posting these photos -I'm playing catch up today since I was absent the whole weekend. Along with the spring weather coming our way (thank goodness all the snow is gone), we decided that it was time to go through our clothes and books to weed out the things we have been hoarding. We love spring cleaning - it freshens up the house and we get to give things to charity. Win-win situation!
This posting is of Day 8 of our 21 Day Vegan Kickstart Challenge. I will give you an update when I catch up on the photos.
Breakfast: Today was a lazy day so I decided that we would go out for breakfast so that I didn't have to make anything. Making three meals a day fresh and homemade can get a little tiring but I guess that is what I have chosen for myself. Honestly, I wouldn't change a think about it either... So, we decided that we would venture out into the real world and go to Starbucks. Unfortunately they had absolutely nothing for healthy eaters... my husband really wanted to get some coffee from there and sit and relax. It was a terrible experience though since the place we went is under construction. Seriously is it safe to cover up your construction with a tarp and call it okay? Half the place was covered in a tarp that was just thrown over some tables and and shelves and the walls were being torn apart. That can't be safe... shouldn't some gov't office close them down until they are finished? Health codes? So, then we ordered our coffee and trying to be the health conscience person I ordered a very specific item to eat for breakfast... It took the cashier serving us three tries and still didn't listen to what we were saying... she was frustrated and so were we... maybe it was the construction tarps prohibiting the lady from listening (there was no construction noise) but seriously listen to your customers when they are going to be paying your wages... Yes, still a little fired up about it... so I ended up asking for no breakfast and just please please please give me my coffee!! One large coffee down and then we went to Whole Foods where I scarfed down a yummy multigrain vegan bagel! Love Whole Foods!!! Sorry, I didn't get a photo since it was eaten in like two seconds flat!
Since Starbucks doesn't serve anything but expensive oatmeal, here is just a general photo of a little tasty treat that I purchased at Whole Foods. It is a Vegan Mocha Muffin! Yum!!!! Seriously, people really think that vegan's have "food disorders"? Where did that myth come from anyways?
Lunch: After getting my morning wake-up call from the coffee and finally a bagel around 10am, I was so ready for breakfast. I made "missing egg sandwiches". We also had some lovely veggie chips! Vegan and loving it! Tasty!
Dinner: After a stress filled day, we were able to finally settle in and have some lovely BBQ Portobella Mushrooms over some rice. In addition we had some leftover Spinach/Orange Salad. The salad is something that I have made a 100 times however it is a slightly different version of my personal one. Both recipes were really tasty!
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Sorry, I have been absent from posting our yummy meals the last couple of days. We are still enjoying our wonderful vegan meals however it has been hard to find the time to get the photos on my computer. I plan on getting the last few days of meals/photos up on Monday. So please come back and enjoy all the meals. If you would like any of the recipes, please let me know, I can tell you where to get all the recipes or can send them to you.
Hope everyone is having a great weekend! Ciao for now...
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Wow! Today has been really hard for me! Normally I can fight off hunger however today was not off to a good start. This morning I continued to follow along with the Challenge and made the recommended smoothie. I made it without the yogurt because I wasn't ready to handle 400 calories for a smoothie - so I opted for a 300 calories one. Two hours after drinking my one tall glass of fruit smoothie, I was so hungry! I even started to black out because I wasn't supplied with even this morning for breakfast I think. Usually Breakfast is the largest meal of the day however with a smoothie, I'm not sure my body could handle just something smooth and not really hard to digest. I couldn't concentrate and when I started to black out for the second time, I knew that I had to eat some more. So I snacked... and then I snacked some more... I guess you can tell how the entire day went for me. It is true that the morning needs to be kicked off with a good nutritious breakfast otherwise you can fall through the cracks like a bug on a windy day. So, I have learned my lesson that although I love the recipes given, I can not subside on a smoothie alone for breakfast. I have taught my body to depend on that good breakfast in the morning, so I am going to continue with the challenge but make sure that I have something as a substitute for the breakfast portion. (Found out my husband had the same thing happen to him...) If you are a smoothie junkie, sorry, I didn't mean this to offend. Love smoothies, just not as a full meal for breakfast.
Meals for the day: (minus my vegan snacks)
Fruit Smoothie - Gorgeous looking but not enough for me for breakfast.
Lunch: Trader Joes Black Bean Soup again (see yesterday for photo) Loved it!
Dinner: Vegan Chili Mac (It was a DIY night so I got the recipe from the Fat Free Vegan Website listed below. Loved the recipe but I think that next time I will add some garlic because I really needed some more flavor however the hubster who seems to not like much flavor lately loved it. It was tasty though.
Oh, almost forgot to mention dessert - which yes I know I should not have had because I snacked the whole day and went over my calorie count by a lot - but I had to have something more for dinner. Something sweet again. So, I had some Trader Joes Soy Ice Cream that we purchased this last week in the freezer. It's Vegan!!! It tastes just like ice cream and is amazing!!! I highly recommend it to everyone! This was the last one left in the frozen department so I assume it is popular among other shoppers. I can tell why! I had one spoon and then added some of the leftover Ambrosia. Photo shown is the hubsters who had a large portion of both.
It's been five days and I'm not really seeing that much of a change in anything physically or emotionally. Today I did have a bad experience but I know now that my personal body and the hubsters' can not take a smoothie for breakfast. I think we will will go back to chewing our foods in the morning instead of making a mixture to drink. We must listen to our bodies after all...
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