Archive | May, 2012

Weekly Menu ~ May 28th

28 May

Keeping a photo diary of my daily food consumption really helped me get back on track with clean, vegan eating and allowed me the opportunity to see where I have to adjust my diet to ensure I am getting all the necessary nutrients.

This week I’ll been dining on a lot more greens and will continue with fruit consumption rather than relying on sweets.

  • Homemade Veggie Burger with Coleslaw and Corn
  • Caesar Salad with “Bacon” Bits
  • Vegan Mac & Cheese with Broccoli
  • Kasha & Shells with Mushrooms and Zucchini Pancakes
  • Roasted Garlic, Chickpeas, and Broccoli with Quinoa and Sweet Potato
  • Pizza Quinoa with Garlicky Greens
  • Blueberry Almond Chia Squares

~ Happy & Healthy Eating

What I Ate Today ~ Friday

25 May

I must confess… I had a midnight snack last night. Thank goodness there isn’t any junk food in the house or things might have gotten ugly.

So I had fallen asleep on the couch and one of the pups woke me up to go outside. Before taking him outside I waltzed over to the kitchen and ate 5 dates and 1 flour tortilla. I proceeded to take him outside and return to bed.

Who does that?!

I’ll tell you who… the same person that woke up at 2am while living at home, thought to themself “I wonder if my dad picked up any cupcakes on his way home tonight,” went to the kitchen and low and behold there were delicious Hostess Cupcakes.  Ate them and went back to sleep.

Are you a victim of late night snacking? I’ve heard that sometimes individuals who take sleeping pills sometimes (unknowingly) snack (and do other things) while sleeping. I am not taking sleeping pills… I’m just weird.

Clearly I have a problem and must be studied!

Anyhow, this is what I ate today.

BREAKFAST sorry for the poor picture quality

Strawberries & Whole Wheat Couscous, almonds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, fruit sweetened black raspberry jam

MORNING SNACK

Banana

      * Thank you google image search for this lovely photo of a banana, again!

LUNCH another poor photo (of leftovers)

1/2 Veggie Burrito: rice, black beans, onions, flour tortilla, peppers, onions, lettuce, green tomatillo sauce, and THE BEST EVER guacamole from El Tapatio’s

WAY TOO MANY chips and more guacamole

AFTERNOON SNACK (post workout)

1/2 cantaloupe

DINNER

Broccoli & Pepper Stir Fry with scallions, shiitake mushrooms, sugar peas, brown rice and 1 handful of black olives for the cook 🙂

That’s all for now, hopefully I won’t have any midnight snacks tonight!

~ Happy & Healthy Eating

What I Ate Today ~ Thursday

24 May

BREAKFAST

Strawberries & Reese’s Breakfast Bowl: whole wheat cous cous,  all natural peanut butter, unsweetened cocoa powder, hemp seeds, chia seeds, and drizzle of agave

SNACK

Banana

      * Thank you google image search for this lovely photo of a banana, again!

LUNCH

 

The Other Half of the Falafel Wrap: falafel, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, taboule, hommus, hot peppers, sesame-tahini dressing, and pita wrap

AFTERNOON SNACK

Barley Salad: barley, black olives, tomatoes, green peppers, cucumber, homemade lemon-herb dressing

   Evidently I was too hungry to be bothered with taking a photo that is in focus

DINNER

A Peach & Quinoa Stuffed Peppers w/o cheese (1/2 pepper): onion, celery, spices, spinach, tomatoes, black beans, quinoa, carrot, red peppers

What I Ate Today ~ Wednesday

24 May

My favorite part of today’s menu is all of the leftovers!

BREAKFAST

Whole wheat cous cous with a drizzle of maple syrup, dates, dried cranberries, almonds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, and strawberries

LUNCH

Pear & 1/2 Falafel Wrap: falafel, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, taboule, hommus, hot peppers, sesame-tahini dressing, and pita wrap

AFTERNOON SNACK

Sugar snap peas and stuffed pepper filling

DINNER

Mixed greens with hemp seeds, chia seeds, and homemade balsamic vinaigrette

Qunioa Stuffed Peppers w/o cheese (1/2 pepper): onion, celery, spices, spinach, tomatoes, black beans, quinoa, carrot, red peppers

 

~ Happy & Healthy Eating

What I Ate Today ~ Tuesday

22 May

BREAKFAST

Vegan Blueberry Pancakes and Strawberries

MORNING SNACK


Banana

      * Thank you google image search for the lovely photo of a banana

LUNCH

“Tuna” salad wrap with lettuce, sprouts, tomatoes with cucumber and red pepper slices

AFTERNOON SNACK

Cheese pizza… I can’t talk about it. Well, I guess I can but only after I show you what I ate for dinner.

DINNER

Whole wheat toast with all natural peanut butter and 1/2 cantaloup

 

REFLECTION

First and foremost I need to be eating more greens. I will definitely need to do a better job planning my meals next week.

Now let’s address the slice of pizza… so this is what happened 🙂 I needed to go to the pizza shop after work (my husband and I own one in case you didn’t know) and I had forgotten to take my afternoon snack with me, so by the time I got down there I was really cranky and hungry. I tried really hard to resist but then my loving husband asked if I wanted a piece, I couldn’t refuse. Why is that? I don’t want to eat animal products and I don’t want to eat food that will prevent me from achieving the goals, so why couldn’t I say know? I realize that being hungry had something to do with it, but honestly! Does anyone else have trouble with refusing tasty food?

What makes matters worse is that I know with 100% certainty that cheese will give me terrible stomach pains. This time was no different, within a couple of minutes my belly was ANGRY!

I felt sick all through my workout and even as I type this entry. I couldn’t possible make anything delicious for dinner… I didn’t even want to eat dinner but I can’t skip a meal after working out so I went for bland and easy.

I really need to get to the bottom of this issue. I know it’s psychological. What I don’t know is why it happens and how to overcome this challenge.

What foods can’t you resist even though you try? Have you had difficulty staying on track with your meals? Have you had any earth shattering food revelations that you can share with others?

Whatever your struggle has been, remember – it’s the days that you eat cheese pizza and post it on your vegan blog that you must remind yourself over and over again that it’s not about perfection, it’s about progress.

~ Happy & Healthy Eating

 

What I Ate Today ~ Monday

21 May

BREAKFAST

Vegan Blueberry Pancakes and Strawberries

MORNING SNACK

thank you google image search for providing me with this picture 🙂

Banana

LUNCH

Leftover Pad Thai

AFTERNOON SNACK 1

Homemade Blueberry Energy Bar

AFTERNOON SNACK 2

Lettuce mix, tomato, hemp seeds, chia seeds with homemade balsamic vinaigrette

DINNER

Soft Shell Taco & Salad with All Homemade Ingredients

Mexican-style crumbles, black bean and corn salsa, guacamole, lettuce mix, tomato, black olives

Dressing: tiny amount of vegan sour cream mixed with salsa (not homemade)

DESSERT

3 dates + 1 strawberry

Until tomorrow…

~ Happy and Healthy Eating

What I Ate Today ~ Sunday

20 May

Damn, I ate a lot of fruit today!!! A photo journal really puts things in perspectives. I definitely need to up my veggie intake.

I am glad that I didn’t eat any junk food today and am hoping I can stay strong through bedtime.

BREAKFAST

Whole Wheat Toast w/ All Natural Peanut Butter and a drizzle of honey. Strawberries and one banana.

MORNING SNACK

Lettuce mix, tomato, hemp seeds, chia seeds with homemade balsamic vinaigrette

LUNCH

photo courtesy of Happy Herbivore

“Tuna” salad on multi-grain tortilla with lettuce, sprouts, and tomato

You can find the recipe online – it’s very delicious.

AFTERNOON SNACKS 

I’m not sure what time I ate all of this but it was definitely spread out over several hours.

Strawberries, cantaloupe (1/2 melon), homemade blueberry energy bar, dates, and cherry tomatoes

DINNER

From my favorite Thai Restaurant!

Coconut milk soup, tofu in prik prow sauce, vegetable pad thai

 

So that is what I ate today. I am still amazed by the amount of fruit I ate… I am not concerned about it though, I have a crazy sweet tooth and if I need to eat a lot of fruit to get over my cravings for processed sweeteners then that is what I must do. Moving forward though I will definitely want to add in more dark greens to my diet.

Here’s hoping to not eating anything else today 🙂

~ Happy & Healthy Eating