Oh hello. It’s raining. And pouring. Thankfully, no one around my house is snoring. I have no patience for such a sound.
Let’s take a look at what I have been eating this week. I changed up the usual format to keep things interesting…
Important things to note:
*I am still on oatmeal every morning; a bowl with fruit and peanut butter before my run and another bowl with a scoop of plain greek yogurt after my run.
*I splurged this week and bought the tiniest container of fresh blueberries. I can’t deal with the price of blueberries these days but couldn’t pass up this container because they looked so plump and fresh.
I am trying not to nibble on them as I assemble my breakfast just to make the blueberries last but who are we kidding? This little container is barely a handful.
No surprise here. Either Red Mango parfaits (usually a weekend treat) or my favorite chick pea/avocado mash on Ezekiel Cinnamon Raisin Toast.
Nothing getting old here anytime soon.
Top left – Cauliflower stir fry with chick peas, black beans, brown rice and avocado
Top right – My son’s dinner: chicken marinated in Island Soyaki with brown rice alongside the Chicken Shu Mai from Trader Joe’s
Bottom left – My son’s pizza made with whole wheat pizza dough along with sweet potato wedges cooked in the oven at the same time.
Bottom right – Plant-Based Power Bowl with sweet potato wedges, chick peas and avocado
Important things to note:
*I tend to mix fresh roasted vegetables with frozen vegetables every night. My stomach can sometimes have a hard time digesting too many vegetables, especially the fresh ones. Creating a balance between fresh vegetables and the frozen varieties solves this problem and gives me the best of both worlds.
*My son really liked the Chicken Shu Mai so I will be buying it again.
*The pizza and sweet potatoes were not served together in the above picture but my plan is to make a pizza topped with sweet potatoes in the next few days. I have used sweet potato in the past as a base ingredient for a crust but this time it is going on top. I love roasted butternut squash on pizza so why not sweet potatoes? Just may be the perfect pre-race dinner Saturday night.
I am not a huge snacker which may be why I often forget to include any mention of snackage in my posts. I nibble while I cook, I slice up carrots while I am in the kitchen and lately enjoy the mandarin oranges in the morning.
If I am truly hungry though, rather than snack I go with mini meals such as a slice of Ezekiel bread with peanut butter and fruit, apple slices with peanut butter or just declare it lunch or dinner time regardless of what the clock says.
On more than one occasion I have been known to eat my lunch by 11:00 am or dinner by 4:00 pm. This works for my every time and never leaves me any hungrier than if I would have waited until an “appropriate” dining hour.
Who says what’s appropriate anyway? I say go by your own clock and appetite.
I still love my usual nighttime desserts but Monday night, I needed something serious. Something big and delicious, something made for me exactly how I wanted it without any effort my part. Something that involved true chocolate and whipped cream and everything in between.
I didn’t really care that it was Monday. Most people “get back on track” after the weekend and while that’s all fine and good, sometimes you need a treat and can’t go by the calendar.
My hungry days and cravings hit sometimes without true rhyme or reason and this week it occurred Sunday into Monday. I knew Monday afternoon that a serious dessert was in order to nip that hungry thing in the bud.
You can certainly try to fulfill the hunger with extra plates of dinner, extra servings of fruits, vegetables, spoons of peanut butter or larger than normal evening snacks but I find that getting a nice big sundae in a chocolate dipped waffle bowl will do the trick all in one shot without fail.
I went with Cold Stone Creamery’s new Cherry Vanilla yogurt which is simply amazing when combined with chocolate chips, whipped cream, hot fudge and of course, the thickly coated chocolate dipped waffle bowl.
Not to mention, the chunks of real cherries make this the perfect runner’s recovery meal. I mean, cherries are known for their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties so I did my body good, don’t you think?
Be sure to check out what everyone else is eating this week!
Which do you prefer – fresh or frozen vegetables?
How expensive are the blueberries by you? When the heck will the good sales begin?
What do you eat to satisfy your hungry days?