Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Even though I'm feeling very discouraged with my diet and exercise plan lately (no changes in over one month!), I am keeping to the vegan lifestyle for the challenge. It is a fun challenge and even if you don't want to cut out meat completely for your entire life - it is nice to have a sort of detox for the 21 days. I have noticed lately that I am having a larger amount of energy levels and I have no problems getting out of bed. Normally I am one of those that needs to be drug out of bed by my husband... haha Usually his growling stomach has to get me out of bed... So I do have to say that we both have more energy and our winter blues is going away little by little. As for weight loss, well I will not go there for now...
Here is Day 10 Food Photos:
Brekkie: The 21 Day Challenge suggests oatmeal with mango and cinnamon however I chose a different recipe. I'm not one for warmed up fruit - prefer it in its natural state better... plus, we haven't been too much into the whole oatmeal thing lately. So, I made Seitan Scramble with Trader Joe's Delightful Sprouted 7-Grain Bread. DH had a homemade Vegan English Muffin. I'm sure you can tell the difference between portions for my husband whom is trying to gain weight and me whom is trying to lose...
Lunch: Supposed to be veggie burger however I'm not that into processed foods so I decided to have some leftovers that have been sitting in the fridge calling my name. I hate throwing out food... my pet peeve... Made a lovely bento for the husband to take to work - forgot to take photo - sorry... My lunch was spinach with Mexican Corn Salad on top and also a side of Simple Bean Taco. (21 Day Challenge recipe) Both were great!
Snack: Pineapple freshly cut, herbal tea, edamame, and vegan cookie. Husband also had additional raw nuts and Alicia Silverstone's Kind Life Cookbook Peanut Butter Cups.
Dinner: Starting off the St. Patty's Day early we had Broccoli Soup. We both loved the color and it was rather easy to make however it lacked flavor. We are not sure if the organic broccoli that we purchased at Whole Foods was a little less flavorful because it's not exactly in season here or if it was the soup itself. We added more black pepper but I think I would have to double the garlic and add some more seasoning next time. We also had the challenge's Quinoa Pilaf which was rather tasty! Have to admit though we ran out of cumin (probably because I use it in just about everything) so we had a little less than the recipe called for... highly recommend using the proper amount for more flavor. I will add Garam Masala for the rest of the leftovers today.
As you can tell, we are definitely not starving! In fact, I love the idea of eating Vegan not only because it is saving some animals in the process but also because of all the nutrients found in the foods! We are large consumers of fruits and veggies however we are eating even more than normal. We have tons more energy and our hair/skin looks better than normal. I am actually seeing a difference now in our skin - I have suffered from acne my entire life but I am seeing some old marks clear up! Yay! In addition the husband said that he has more energy at work and he can think more clear. This is a large change for him! So many nutrients, colors and physical appearance changes. Now all I need to have is weight loss and I will be addicted to vegan-ism! Yummy!!!
Monday, March 15, 2010
Two days into the second week of the vegan challenge, we are sticking tight to eating vegan and loving just about every minute of it. Here is the food from the challenge that we prepared.
Breakfast: The other day I was supposed to make this recipe however I ran out of garlic - strange for this household to run out since we purchase it in bulk. But, nonetheless it was perfect so that we could have this tasty breakfast meal on Sunday - day of rest. We had vegan tempeh bacon called Facon Bacon, sprouted whole grain toast and blueberry pancakes. Well, I didn't eat the pancakes because I don't care for them however the hubster had them. I didn't make the recipe that was suggested on the website challenge page however I used the musician Moby's personal recipe. Sorry, I can't post where I got the recipe because I got it a few years ago from a video I watched. It's vegan and yummy! I am posting my husband's vegan meal and my vegan meal.
Lunch: I have been testing out different recipes for Mac N Cheese since I absolutely love it. Unfortunately I am not pleased with this recipe. I did change the recipe a little by using soy flour instead of rice flour however the taste of cheese was just not there. I got this recipe from Vegetarian Times Magazine since it was supposed to be rated high in the restaurant that it was created in from Oregon ( I think that is what it said). In addition, we added some Reduced Guilt Corn Chips from Trader Joes' with Salsa. We did however love the pasta that we found at Walmart. It is corn pasta and tastes amazing! I would use the pasta again but not the recipe. www.vegetariantimes.com/recipes/1063
Dinner: We were working really hard the whole day with cleaning out the closets and bookshelves - seriously we have so much stuff! We got rid of about two large tubs of clothes that we are going to give to charity. Once we got all the extra hoarding stuff out, we decided to more around some furniture which of course meant lifting heavy pieces of furniture up and down stairs..haha Really good workout plan! So, we were hungry. We had Easy Bean Vegan Tacos, a Mexican Corn Side Salad and some Reduced Guilt Corn Chips from Trader Joe's. All the recipes were amazing and completely tasty!
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