First things first, happy Saturday! This post is going to be lacking in pictures because there is something wrong with my computer so it won’t upload any pictures from my camera. I should have it worked out by later today (hopefully) and I will add the pictures then. I wanted to post anyways, so until then…
Since my mom and I don’t usually post more than one recipe/meal per day, you guys don’t really get a good idea of what we eat on a day to day basis. Because we are trying to cook frequently and use new ingredients, that changes a lot but I thought today I would post all three meals that I ate. These would be all three that I ate yesterday. I’m only including my meals, not snacks and I usually eat at least 2 snacks per day. By the way, this documenting every meal is a lot of work and I’m still condensing to one post. I give a ton of credit to bloggers who post 3 times per day!
Since I’m doing the whole day, I figured I would do a self portrait too! Just classin it up in the bathroom mirror at work. My phone is so ghetto that someone walked in while it was still loading. Awkward…
Since I give myself only about 20-30 minutes or so to get ready in the morning, I always eat at my desk once I get to work and after I have had my first cup o tea. I really never switch it up too much for breakfast. Most days I eat overnight oats. (I will have another post on overnight oats since I eat them fairly often, but Kath is the oats connoisseur so here are some overnight oats ideas straight from the source). I find that they keep me full longer than anything else. I don’t usually eat cereal with the exception of Light n Tasty, because usually I am hungry within an hour of eating cereal. I actually ate 4 ginormous bowls of Light N Tasty in a row the other day. No shame here….1 box down, 1 to go.
One thing that I have been trying to do is incorporate more protein into my breakfast. Yeah, yogurt has protein, so does the soymilk in oatmeal, but since I really don’t eat much meat that is sometimes the most protein I get all day! That isn’t good, especially since I am at the start of half marathon training. So I have been trying to incorporate more protein smoothies into my life. This one is in honor of St. Patty’s day, and also a day late, naturally. Named similarly to the green monster cookies, this is a ‘real’ green monster:
Chocolate Green Monster Smoothie
1 cup soymilk (you can easily use skim milk instead)
¾ scoop chocolate whey protein powder (I got mine from Trader Joe’s)
1.5-2 cups spinach
½ cup frozen berries (also from TJ’s)
I used the magic bullet to blend all together, a blender would work too. If you are wary of putting spinach in a smoothie, trust me that you cannot taste it. Yes, it gives the smoothie a greenish color but the smoothie is absolutely delicious and you really can’t detect a spinach flavor, the spinach just adds nutrients!
For lunch, I had a giant salad with spinach, arugula, chickpeas, carrots, celery, broccoli, mushrooms, tomato, tofu, feta. I made a tahini dressing that is SO good. I usually eat a dressing until I get sick of it, and I was getting bored of the vinegary stuff I have been eating lately. If you are looking for a new dressing to try, this is a winner.
Tahini Mustard Dressing
2 tsp tahini paste
Juice of ½ lemon
5 T of liquid from chickeas (I *think* you could just use water if you aren’t putting chickpeas in the salad)
¼ t olive oil
1 T dijon mustard
½ small avocado
1 clove garlic
Salt/pepper to taste
Note on this: I used a heaping tablespoon of mustard and the dressing has a pretty strong mustard flavor. I like how the dressing has a bit of a kick to it, but if you want to taste the lemon/tahini more, then just use less mustard and you can always increase it gradually until you get the taste you want.
Also, the reason this calls for so much chickpea juice (yumm), is because when I first made the dressing it was way too thick for my liking. If you like thick dressings more (think regular ranch, caesar), don’t add as much of the chickpea liquid. The reason for adding it at all is because it will give more taste than just water, less calories than oil but can easily change the consistency to what you are looking for. Also, depending on how much you use, taste before adding salt because this juice probably has a high salt content already.
My dinner was fairly boring and similar to lunch with the addition of some cornbread (I just made a boxed mix from Trader Joe’s).
I actually cut the oil down to 1/4 cup (the recipe calls for ½) and used applesauce in place of the rest. I thought it turned out well and I didn’t miss the oil. I actually tried to make cornbread croutons to put on my salad and they were really good! I just added a little bit of oil to the pan, cut the cornbread into small squares and fried for a few minutes until they turned into a crisp crouton. I ate them all out of the pan so they didn’t make it into my salad if that tells you anything about how good they were. Success!
After dinner came the best part though! Inspired by the fudge babies that Katie at Chocolate Covered Katie makes as well as this recipe from Hannah for brownies with icing, I decided to make raw fudge brownies with icing. I have made Katie’s fudge babies before and absolutely love them. A few of my friends tried the icing-less brownies and could not believe the ingredients after eating. I knew that adding icing would only make them better (how could it not!).
To make the ‘brownie’ portion, I just blended raw almonds (1 cup) and pitted dates (1 ¼ cup) along with about 3 T cocoa powder in the food processor. I formed this mixture into about 6 brownies and then started on the icing.
I used the same exact formula that Hannah did in her recipe: 1 avocado, 3 T cocoa powder and about 4 T honey. That’s it!! After frosting the brownies, I put them in the fridge overnight to harden up. Hannah suggests putting them in the freezer and storing them there as well.
These are SO good. Do they taste like an actual brownie with icing? Not exactly. But let’s think about the ingredients in these vs in real brownies. I mean, the only added sugar in these babies is honey and only a few tablespoons at that! But they are really sweet and adding the icing makes them seem more decadent. Seriously, try these. They are super easy, only take a few minutes (and no baking time!) and are very healthy for when you just need a little chocolate in your life.