It’s been way too long since I’ve updated this blog. I’m back in school, I work, I need to get my workouts in, and other excuses. There’s always some excuse not to do something, but they’re not that great. I’m back, I’ll try to be a bit more regular with this!
Lately I’ve been doing a lot of really simple meals, bowls of deliciousness thrown together. I’ve always enjoyed bowls, they’re easy delicious ways to make a nice little mix of things. Sweet potatoes with almond butter or peanut butter and granola and some sort of fruit or hemp seeds, frozen bananas blended with some sort of superfood powder with chia seeds and cinnamon and things, just easy delicious meals. The Daily Beet here in New Orleans has some magical bowls that inspired me to add different things that I hadn’t been using before. Beet noodles have become a big favorite. I like to keep a several frozen veggies on hand that can be used. Broccoli, cauliflower, and edamame are freezer staples. I’ll use fresh of course, love fresh, but if I’m running low on produce these are lifesavers. I can just throw the frozen veggies in the microwave, prepare whatever else is going in, and toss them all together with some tahini or sesame ginger dressing and I’ve got a great meal.
Yesterday for lunch I used a Pranayums spice shot, garlic powder, turmeric (always! even though the spice shot has some I like more), black pepper and some coconut oil on a can of chickpeas and threw them in the stove to roast while I took my post-workout shower. Then in a big bowl I tossed in some beet noodles, chopped carrots, mushrooms, red onion, cucumber, avocado, hemp seeds, currants, baby arugula, and baby spinach in a big bowl with the chickpeas and some tahini. It sounds like a lot of ingredients, but it’s so easy to put together and so delicious.
There’s a challenge going on in the studio I work at and it suggests that people make fruits and vegetables comprise 50% of their meals, and I’ve heard a lot of people say that it’s been difficult. It really isn’t hard, produce is delicious and so easy to make significant parts of your meals. Some may think that because I’m vegan it’s easy for me to say that, what else could I possibly eat? Psh. When I was a vegetarian teenager pasta and cheese fries were my go to. Vegan pasta dishes are delicious and a favorite. I could make vegan cheese fries all the time. There are so many vegan meat alternatives and so many carb dishes I could be eating. It’s easy to go that route too. I just feel better eating more produce. Sure, I’ll eat meals that don’t have a lot of veggies. Just last night we had vegan hot dogs for dinner. That’s only one meal though, how easy is it to have something like that and still eat a bunch of fruits and veggies!? I had an apple with almond butter earlier in the day. A dessert treat was frozen bananas blended up with a little cinnamon and then topped with Eating Evolved sweet and salty roasted coconut butter. It may take a little thought at first, it definitely takes better decision making when shopping, but it becomes easy, it’s delicious, and you feel so much better because of it.