Wednesday, March 14, 2012

What I Ate Wednesday

Inadvertently this became food week, at least so far...Monday was the Smoothie Spectacular and yesterday, Tuesday, we reviewed Liz Lovely Cookies and are hosting a giveaway for free cookies- still going on! Today I am sharing with you a day in the life of my diet. That is as described by the lovely Alicia Silverstone in her book, The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet
the word "diet" when it came into use a few hundred years ago was defined as, "a way of living or thinking, a days journey." So join me please on this journey one that is decidedly green! Starting with breakfast:

This is my breakfast of champions. Ezekiel cereal (it does contain sprouted whole wheat) frozen blueberries, banana (though sometimes I switch it up with apple) almond or as I recently discovered: the almond and coconut milk combo
plus a splash of omegas. YUM.

I look forward to this meal each and everyday. My family jokes that I like to eat twigs and berries, fine by me, I enjoy it. They even went so far as last April Fools day, emptying my box of Ezekiel and replacing it with saw dust and a fake mouse. When I wen to pour I was, needless to say, horrified. No matter, I tracked down the cereal they'd poured out and went about my breakfast.

This salad is a variation on Mama Pea's Magic Kale Salad mostly because it was the closest I could come without shlepping to the store. My version is mixed salad greens, pistachios and anjou pear with Dijon dressing. It proved a winner and I ate it five days in a row. That's right, an entire bag of pistachios, gone.

Snack time...I usually get super hungry between 3:30 and 4:30. The magic hour before I make dinner and I can fall into the pit of cravings and non-stop snacking until the next meal. Not today. I had a Bear Naked Cookie. (Okay more than one.) It's like a granola cookie with nuts and berries and it is delicious. I'd show you one, but the kids and I, at the park finished off the box. A few crumbs went to the ants, but mostly they went in my belly.

Dinner consisted of falafel, a salad with romaine, cucumbers, tomato, olives, homemade flat breads...the recipe for which I found at edible perspective. I tweeked it and used egg replacer in lieu of regular egg and it came out just dandy. Atop this delicious pile of wholesome goodness, I poured a handsome amount of homemade tzatziki. Wow I had to google the spelling of that one a few times. I used plain So Delicious yogurt as my base. (So delicious you are the best, my most favorite nondairy brand ever...) then added, dill, lemon juice, cucumber, salt, pepper, garlic and I think that's it.

And that is what I ate...and it was darn good. I invite you dear readers to visit Peas and Crayons and check out other blogger's eats, as well as, the wonderful and versatile recipes posted daily by the talented Jenn.

* I'll add...I am mid-way through a gentle cleanse, where it was my intention for the course of three weeks to eliminate added sugar, gluten and dairy from my diet. Why? Lots of reasons I plan to blog about soon, but I will just say, when I eat that way my body and mind thrive. I am a super-star, but the yeasty-beasty within often wins and I eat lots of what I know isn't in my best interest. Sure, a splurge is fine...I mean I do write a monthly post about PMS Cravings, but I am working toward a lifestyle, a way of eating that is sustainable for me for the course of my lifetime.

I've struggled on this Cleanse in particular, for two reasons, one for the most part my body is in winter-mode: hanging onto an extra layer for warmth and with diminished sunlight and time spent outside I find I am often craving comfort in the form of carb-laden, sweets. And the other was the cleanse straddled PMS and Period...but I discovered, to my delight that without the sugar sweets that I often cave into, the mood and emotional swings that I usually am subject to were greatly diminished. It was a relief for me and my family! I've done cleanses at other times of the year with greater success. So I will chalk this up to season and period. You may look at my meals and think, wow, that is great!! And it is, but some gluten snuck in there and I don't show the cookie/magic bar attack I had over the weekend. Alas, somethings are better kept private. LOL.

On a bright, sparkly, pot of gold at the end of the rainbow note...Saturday is Saint Patrick's day and the end of my cleanse so I will leave you with a recipe for Irish Soda Bread:

If for some reason clicking on the photo doesn't bring you to the recipe itself, you can find it here.

What are your favorite foods? Do you have a special recipe or dish that you make for St. Patrick's day? Do share...after all, this week it is all about food on Ladies Holiday.

Greenly Yours,
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  1. i've been eyeing the coconut milk. i drink almond, but love coconuts. will have to try this soon!

  2. I find the almond to be so mellow it goes with anything, coconut is more distinct, but worth a try if you dig the coconut flavor. It's fairly subtle in the unsweetened variety. The sweetened is more coconutty. Enjoy!

  3. 3:30-4:30 is my worst hour with eating as well... pretty sure I could put away a day's worth of calories in that hour... oops ;)

    1. Don't you know it! It's awful. This week, I've been setting aside something inspirational to read to keep me steady.
      Thanks for stopping by on WIAW.

  4. Yum, falafels! We need to make those again soon. Are you vegan outside of this cleanse? I'm experimenting with a vegan challenge this month, and really don't miss the dairy too much, and I never have much meat. Glad you mentioned the So Delicious brand... I didn't like the first soy yogurt I tried, and the options were overwhelming. :)

    1. Hi Laura,
      We hadn't had falafel in a while either, but they're so easy and great, we should really eat them more often.
      I'm not vegan per se (I could sound really obnoxious and say I prefer not to label myself.) but I flirt with a diet completely free of animal products. I will very occassionally have dairy or something with eggs in it (I have chickens.) but for the most part enjoy eating a plant based diet.

      As for the yogurt, So Delicious, really is so delicious...I can't speak enough about taste to aquire, no issues of only using it in some dishes. It is the bomb!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  5. I'd ask if you liked the Bear Naked Cookies, but if you finished the box. . ! I keep wanting to try them, but wasn't sure if they would be tasty!

    1. Worth a try- espcially if they're on sale or you have a coupon. They might have them on their site too...not sure about the chocolate though.
      Thanks for stopping by.


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