Hello! Happy Hump Day. I cannot believe it is already half way through the week already. As I was looking through the food pics I snapped yesterday two things came to mind. First of all – I ate a lot of repeated foods. They are very similar to a lot of the meals I shared last Wednesday. It also occurred to me that the way I make a lot of my meals different is through spices and cooking methods. I made a note to myself to work on taste as a future post topic. I want to share some of the way you can make simple food taste good, and also a little different sometimes. We all like a hint of the unexpected.
The other thing of note was that I did not eat any chicken or meat. This happens once in a while, but I never really plan it. I was a vegetarian for a very long time and then only ate fish for a while as well. I prefer eating animal protein in my diet because I feel better, and I simply find it really hard to get enough protein without it.
So here is a recap of what I ate Wednesday (or Tuesday)….
Breakfast – Talk about repeats. I have been oatmeal almost every morning for a week. It is hot and simple. I make it on the stove and it takes five minutes flat to cook. I thought my beloved Brown Rice Tortillas would take the lead when I picked them up at Trader Joe’s last Friday. Alas, this did not happen. More iced coffee and oatmeal instead. I have been adding raw almond butter, cinnamon and stevia to the bowl for some sweetness.
Mid-Morning Snack – I rarely need a snack in the AM, but when I started getting up earlier this month I am naturally looking for food in the mid-morning. We were in a desperate need for a trip to the food store so I wanted to head out before the corporate lunch was vying for all of the parking spots. I had made some Almond Flour Muffins courtesy of the recipe on Elana’s Pantry the other day so I popped one in the toaster oven and spread Kerrygold butter and jam on it. Scott laughs at me when I talk about these muffins because he think I sound like I am on a commercial. I get very over excited and talk about how quick and easy they are to make and how much I love the flavor. It’s true! Here is the link to the recipe if you want to check it out. They are also very low in sugar which is another benefit.
Lunch – A veggie and egg bowl. We had been out of eggs for a few days so this hit the spot. I threw together a mix of organic spinach, zucchini, grape tomatoes, yellow pepper and sautéed them in coconut oil. I cooked the eggs sunny side up and enjoyed a wedge of avocado, some Kerrygold cheese and unsweetened iced green tea on the side. A word on the cheese – you have to buy the Kerrygold Dubliner cheese. It is amazing. Maybe I should be in commercials.
There were a few squares of chocolate afterwards too. Plus more iced coffee.
Afternoon Snack – The usual Kind Bar before I headed to the gym. Cashew Ginger Spice is where it is at kids.
Protein Shake – After this action…
I was in need of some pot-workout protein. In the blender went organic unsweetened almond milk, vanilla Sun Warrior protein powder, ½ of a frozen banana, Collagen Protein Powder, Amazing Greens Powder and ice. My MCT oil has been in the mail for days. The longest shipping time EVER.
Dinner – Salmon, brown rice and cauliflower. I turned to my trusty rice maker yet again to cook rice while I was not home. For the salmon, I kept it very simple with just pink Himalayan sea salt and a great spice we picked up at Whole Foods – San Francisco Bay Blend. It is perfect for fish or chicken.
I only buy wild-caught salmon which is readily available at Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and most mass food markets. If you compare the color to Atlantic or Farm Raised Salmon you will see how much richer and healthier this fish looks. It is worth the extra money. 8 Foods the Experts Won’t Eat explains in more detail, but you are increasing your exposure to pesticides and antibiotics if you eat the farmed variety. Easy way to figure this out? If it is “Atlantic” then it means it is farmed.
There were a few more pieces of chocolate of course.
I am off to the land of job hunts and emails. There will be a workout in there somewhere too. Have a good one!
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Question of the Day: Do you eat the same foods over and over again?