Thursday, January 31, 2013

A Noticeable Difference

Over the past week, I've noticed that eating close to the pyramid is a lot tougher than I thought.  However, on the days I eat mostly vegetables, I feel more energetic and lighter.  Slowly but surely I am overhauling my food intake!  If only bagels, crusty bread, pasta, and tortillas made me feel this way...  :)

Ironically, I ended my day with a non-veggie based meal and I feel like a log. Ha!  It was still tasty.
Angel hair, tomato & roasted garlic marinara, Nate's Meatless Meatballs.
Prior to that, a two mile jaunt with Remy.  It was a bit chilly, but nice.

Lunch was garlic hummus and veggies:

Not shown, but eaten at work:  Go Raw Small Live Granola Bar.
And before I left the house:
Grapefruits are pretty fantastic right now.  I eat these with a serrated spoon, and squeeze the leftovers through a strainer and enjoy a shot of grapefruit juice.

I hope you've had a great week!  

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

On the Way

I am closing in on feeling 100% healthy again.  Maybe it was the fluids?  The rest?  The increase in nutrition? I'll go with all of the above.  I missing some leafy greens in today's meals, but I like that I begin each day thinking of ways to increase my vegetable intake.  I'm on my way!

Tofu scramble (tofu, spinach, spices, Galaxy cream cheese) with whole wheat toast.
Chinese Chopped Salad and an apple for lunch.
Snack: half a cucumber dusted with Old Bay Seasoning.
Oven roasted vegetables toasted in olive oil, balsamic vinegar, sea salt, pepper, and Penzey's Forward spice blend.
Carrots, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, and green onion.

See you Thursday!  Have a great night!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Baby Steps

Almost as veggie-ful as I'd like, but I'm cutting myself some slack as I haven't been feeling well the last two days.  I'm fighting whatever it is by drinking fluids, napping with the humidifier on, and listening to my body as best I can.  Including today - I left work immediately after teaching my last class.

Anyway, I started the day with a nutritional punch:
After all of the groceries I posted on Saturday, I realized that I forgot apples - and seeing as I can't walk into Whole Foods and only buy one item - I also picked up two single serving packets of Vega to try.  I added in a frozen banana, frozen peaches (from last summer!), and almond milk.
Asian Chopped Salad taken to work for lunch.
Snack time:
Collard greens and mushrooms sauteed in a little grapeseed oil, garlic powder, sea salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes.  Served with a healthy dose of grits, which had a pinch of sea salt and Earth Balance.
Hot tea and an early bedtime yet again.  See you soon!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Grocery Haul

After a trip to two stores, I have amassed an impressive amount of groceries.  The question is, what will I make with it all?
Celery, kale, brussel sprouts, sweet potatoes, carrots, green onion, cucumbers, broccoli.
Grits, spinach, Asian Chopped Salad mix, coleslaw mix, Galaxy Dairy Free Cream Cheese, garlic hummus, grapefruit, wheat bread, peanut butter.

I still have a little produce left in the fridge (collards, cauliflower, cremini mushrooms, yellow onion, half a red bell pepper, avocado, orange, and a pear), so you'll probably see those first.  Here's to a week with more vegetables!  Cheers!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

The Plan

After a combination of feeling uninspired food-wise this week, and my interest in improving my eating habits - I decided I would see where I stand when it comes to this info-graphic:

On Tuesday, I tracked my eats in terms of categories and this is what I totaled: less than one serving of leafy greens, one fruit, one high fat whole food,  7 (?!) whole grains, and one "does not fit into a category".  This is the food you see nearly everyday on this blog.  Apparently, I like my carbs.

So what did I eat?  Baked oatmeal with pb, an orange, collard greens (garlic, onion, tomato paste mixed in while sauteed), wild rice, spaghetti with garlic marinara and meatless meatballs.  

Would you believe I've actually had this info-graphic in my possession?  Taped on the refrigerator?  For seven months? WTF, Ingrid?!

Needless to say, when I go grocery shopping this weekend I will buy (and show you) impressive amounts of vegetables.  I don't eat beans every often, so we'll see about how much I add.  It'll be hard to cut back on nuts, nut butters, my beloved cashew cream and avocados.  

I should mention that Julieanna Hever has an updated food guide, but I find pie charts (especially this one) too confusing.  I like the pyramid above much better.
I'll still eat what it's in my freezer and cupboards on occasion, as I don't like to be wasteful.  Unless it tastes bad, then I'll gift it to the squirrels.

Your thoughts?

Monday, January 21, 2013


I completed my to-do list from yesterday in the morning, and it included:
Towards the end of my cleaning the house, I listened to the Inauguration festivities.  Appropriately, I drank coffee out of my mug purchased in Washington D.C. 
I met a friend for a fated meal at WaterCourse. A 20 minute wait turned into nearly 50 minutes.  I took a picture of my meal, and apparently erased it.  *facepalm*  Here's a repeat picture, but it was the same meal: the Dona Lee Wrap.
I made kale chips and nibbled on a few in the afternoon, and will finish them off this evening. 
Since lunch was large, I decided to make a smoothie for dinner.  Who am I kidding, I wanted a chocolate shake and this hit the spot.
Chocolate Rice Protein Powder, frozen banana, peanut butter, and vanilla almond milk.  So, yeah, I had dessert for dinner.  It was perfect. ;)

Sunday, January 20, 2013


I should have worked out, cleaned the house, and washed laundry.  However, I kept putting it off all day - and here we are in the evening! Ack!  Good thing tomorrow Martin Luther King Jr. has gifted us with a day off.

Grape Nuts with almond milk. . .
Followed by a Starbucks Soy Latte, enjoyed with conversation from friend.

Vegan Van - it's what's for lunch.
Planet Rock, with the normal side of oven roasted popcorn.  I usually upgrade to the salad, but I had two leaves worth of cheezy kale chips in the dehydrator waiting at home.  I snacked on the kale chips throughout the afternoon.

Dinner was the last serving (finally! It made a lot) of Braised Cabbage with Seitan.  I served it over a small red potato.
Downton Abbey tonight, and afterwards starting a new book (finished House at Riverton last night) which was sent to me, along with the second book, from a close friend for Christmas.  Tomorrow, there will be productivity, and you'll hear all about it. ;) 

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Current Whole Foods Hot Bar #1

It's been since last April that I updated this Whole Foods Hot Bar offerings, so I thought I'd run through all three stores (one entry per store) and show what's currently available.  I'd love to see what Whole Foods (or any other market, for that matter) has to offer around the nation - so if you're up for it, sneak a few pictures to share!

Potato and Garbanzo Curry 
Spicy Eggplant Soup
Sweet Potatoes with Cranberries and Pumpkin Seeds
Sesame Noodles with Cucumber
Curried Cauliflower and peas (homemade tortilla chips, and rice dish in the back)
Not shown: brown rice, sauteed veggies, Vegan Mexican Rice (meant to get a picture, but didn't).

A few non-hot bar items, Tofu Bahn Mi wraps and:
The dessert case:
I couldn't get the cookie case to photograph properly, but there were chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, tahini (?!), and maple pecan vegan cookies. Also, vegan brownies.

If you can believe it, I didn't purchase any of these items!  I went in for a few pieces of produce and bread.  However, I did walk out with one of these:
Hopefully this post was at least somewhat interesting, and if it is - I'll visit the other two stores near me in the coming weeks.

See you tomorrow!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

With a Twist

I've been eating nearly the same thing all week, so in an effort to mix things up - while using ingredients I already have - I changed up my meals just a little bit.  I took the day off from eating Grape Nuts, and instead had an orange-banana-greens smoothie.  I'd normally have this concoction with kale, but I used mixed greens instead.
I cooked some wild rice in the broth created by Appetite for Reduction's Braised Cabbage with Seitan.  A nice change after quinoa.
A few crackers with peanut butter in the afternoon (no picture).

Angela's Creamy Avocado Pasta, but with a few changes: shallot, garlic powder, Cholula (instead of fresh garlic, lemon juice, and basil).  It added a nice little kick to the sauce.

One more day til the weekend! Woo hoo!  Have a wonderful night. :)

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Lack of Color

Let me tell you, these Tone It Up Girls move quickly! I am trying to keep up with their workout calendar - it's a lot of work!

Without intending to do so, I have some pretty unexciting meals (appearance-wise), but they all tasted great. First up: look who's back. . .
Grape Nuts and Almond Milk

Appetite for Reduction's Braised Cabbage with Seitan
She recommends serving it with rice or potatoes, but I had some quinoa I needed to use up.  It doesn't look too impressive, but it tastes so good - especially the cooking broth that resulted from the mixture.  I've kept it and will use it to cook some wild rice (which will be served with more cabbage and seitan). 

Speaking of broth, the only thing I wanted for dinner was Pho, and especially the amazing broth.  It has to be medicinal because my sinuses clear up and I feel so sleepy afterwards.
Again, lacking in color (Sriracha already mixed in) but oh-so-good.  

Off to bed early (thanks in part to the Pho), so I can put in another workout before work.  See you Thursday!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Farewell, Weekend

Why does the weekend go so quickly?  I hope yours has been enjoyable.

My Sunday began with an invitation to breakfast at City O'City, a place I've been meaning to check out.  Nearly everything on the menu is available vegan and / or gluten free.  I had the "Omelette" which was actually a tofu scramble.  The waitress recommended the version with seitan sausage, peppers, and cashew ricotta for cheese.  I added potatoes to round out the meal.  So much, I didn't finish it.
A few hours later, I made some collard greens with red pepper flakes and garlic.
A few hours after the collards, a little celery and pb.
I cooked a bit this afternoon, including a Potato-Leek-Cauliflower soup.  One large potato, one leek, half a head of cauliflower, two cloves of garlic, white onion, and sea salt.  I poured just enough low-sodium vegetable broth to simmer the veggies.
Into the blender with just enough almond milk to make everything smooth.
I had a bowl for dinner, and it's pretty tasty.  
Here we go  - another work week! Hopefully I'll be better prepared and post more than once during the week. ;)

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Hello, Weekend!

The search for collard greens has ended:
A few large, droopy loose leaf bunches were available, so I went with the pre-cut version as they looked a little better.  I didn't get to cook them today, but I will tomorrow!

Breakfast from Whole Foods:

Afternoon snacking:

I picked up a Chipotle burrito bowl to take with me to a friend's house for the Broncos v. Ravens game (I went during half time, and stayed to watch the second half).  I forgot to take a picture, so I will use one from a previous Chipotle trip, as they looked the same!
I hope your weekend is going well, and I'll see you tomorrow!