Happy Halloween everyone! Did you get scared yet today?
For breakfast this morning, I had a very Halloween-appropriate bowl of pumpkin oats 🙂
I finally figured out what was missing from my previous attempts at re-creating the pumpkin oats that I loved so much last year…raisins!
I also took a lot of people’s advice and used vanilla extract and cinnamon 🙂
Even though I’m still not feeling too hot today, I went for a walk this morning. I felt good for a while but then I started getting chills again and have basically had a headache and sore throat for two or three days now. So maybe it wasn’t such a good idea!
Today is also Day 31, the last day of the Vegan Mofo III. I have been vegan, officially for 31 days. Even though I have had a few bumps in the road, for the most part, it has been really easy and enjoyable.
I love the foods I am eating now more than I ever have. So I won’t be ending this anytime soon. I will, however, be ending the use of “Days” on my titles, thank goodness 😉
After my walk, I snacked on some plantain chips that I found at a local health food store here in town called Amazing Grace. I saw a lot of other cool stuff there that I wanted to get but I’m going to have to save for another trip.
These were so good (and addicting) and reminded me of the ones I got in Nicaragua last summer 🙂
For lunch, my mom treated me to some Great Harvest. I got the veggie sandwich on Nine Grain bread with Sun Chips on the side. I couldn’t get a good picture so I just said forget it.
Note: the Nine Grain bread contains honey, which is not vegan, but since I am vegan mainly for health reasons, I did not sweat it so much. However, I did purchase some unsweetened whole wheat bread to take home with me which does not contain honey 🙂
I had to stop at the store to get Josh a lock for the new gym he is going to starting on Monday (hooray) and I picked up some Halloween candy while I was there (oops).
Oh my these are good! I like them better than regular Dots flavors and I’m glad I only bought this one box and that they are seasonal 😉 I just had one serving. Josh got pumpkin cremes (they look like candy corn only pumpkins).
I feel bad that I didn’t buy any candy for the kiddos but I just couldn’t find anything I felt okay about handing out. Considering I was an overweight kid, and I got a lot of cavities, it’s a sensitive issue for me. I’m thinking next year I’ll get some “healthy” candy or maybe some stickers?
Later in the afternoon, I got hungry so I snacked on some Kashi Honey Sunshine cereal with some new hemp milk I got.
It was different. I’m not sure what to think about it yet but I will keep trying it. It’s definitely lower in sugar than most milk alternatives. I might use it in some recipes too.
Yes, I ate honey again. I got this box of cereal for free because Kashi sent me a coupon. I probably won’t buy it again because keeping cereal in my house has proven dangerous before. But like I said before, since I am eating vegan for health, it’s not a deal-breaker for me right now. It is something though that I want to think about for the future (of my vegan life).
Anyway…for dinner I got to try another new thing.
I remembered reading about how to cook a spaghetti squash on Tina’s blog earlier this year and luckily it was easy to find it again.
I followed her instructions exactly and found picking out the seeds to be the most time consuming part!
But once it was done and ready to eat, I knew I had something great!
I love the fact that I’m eating a vegetable instead of pasta! There’s nothing wrong with spaghetti but it’s one of those things I don’t eat too often because it sits so heavily on my stomach.
I heated up a cup of Emeril’s pasta sauce with some chopped spinach.
I found this sauce to be a little watery but I think it was the spinach. Then I put it all together.
It was a bit of a different taste than spaghetti but it was still very tasty! It’s definitely a good substitute. I think I have been converted!
There was also enough for another meal, which I saved in the fridge.
Two meals and the squash only cost me $1.18!
I just snacked on some more Dots and plantain chips. I’d better go brush my teeth and go to bed soon 😉
It stinks to be at home on Halloween but I need my rest because tomorrow I AM SEEING RENT!
We are heading up to Cincinnati in the morning to see the matinee performance featuring two of the original cast members. Not bad for my first time seeing it, eh?
I’ve already picked out an awesome place to have dinner after doing some research and consulting with some awesome vegan friends on Twitter. Hopefully I will be feeling better too.
Good night, blog friends. Hope you have a safe and happy Halloween! And be sure to check out my Major Coupon Giveaway – just 6 more days to get in 🙂
I just realized that today is exactly ONE MONTH UNTIL THANKSGIVING!
This has made me realize that I have been indulging in some things lately that I don’t usually and it’s time to make some adjustments before we get into the holiday season.
To start the day off, I had some healthy, filling oatmeal with apples, cinnamon and peanut butter for breakfast.
I decided to give the Pumpkin Spice Silk another try so I heated up about 1/2 cup and then poured coffee on top of it.
BINGO! This tasted great and what a more affordable (and vegan) way to enjoy pumpkin in my coffee 🙂 Next I’m going to have to try Mama Pea’s version!
Snacked on some peanuts for the first time in a while (for me).
Then for lunch, I had leftover Vegan Refried Bean cakes which I turned into a sandwich with some spicy mustard!
I also had some carrots and a new type of hummus on the side.
I picked this up at Whole Foods over the weekend. Once again, it was just okay. I’m going back to the good stuff after this 😉
After lunch, I went to class and tried not to fall asleep. I managed but I still yawned quite a bit. Exercise Science is an interesting field to me but we’re still making our way through all the body systems and I’m finding it rather dull.
Later in the afternoon, I snacked on some soy yogurt.
This stuff was way too sweet and made me realize that I have been consuming more sugar lately than I am used to. There’s one adjustment I’d like to make. I need to find a good brand that has lower sugar. Some are better than others. And I definitely need to stick to plain and put my own stuff in it.
After work, I went for a 4 mile walk. I had it on my “agenda” to run tonight but it was one of those days where I walk just sounded like a better idea. I really enjoyed it and my legs are definitely still tired!
For dinner, I was having a major bread craving, so I made this ciabatta loaf I picked up at Kroger (take and heat):
I also made a nice salad of Italian style greens and a drizzle of Italian dressing.
Then I heated up some leftover Hot Tamale Vegetable Pie with a side of bread 🙂
All together now…
I’m so glad I took the time to figure out what I wanted and made a healthy and enjoyable dinner. The only thing missing was some good wine, but that is another thing I am trying to keep to a minimum. I am secretly hoping somebody brings some on Wednesday at Girl’s Night 🙂
With just one month until Thanksgiving, what goals are you hoping to work on?
While I have no goal of winning this thing, since there are some really dedicated runners in this group, I do want to make it a goal for myself to get in lots of miles, either through walking or running, between now and Thanksgiving.
This is why I love Mondays, ends of months, and beginnings of new ones. Let’s get to it!