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I like it green

It’s good to start a new week off with a nice, refreshing and nutrient-dense green smoothie!

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This time I used almond milk and the taste difference is unbelievable, almond milk is so much creamier too.

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I also had a pita with a smear of peanut butter. Good breakfast for a cold February morning, ha ha.

I snacked on some nuts mid-morning and for lunch some leftover vegan meatloaf that I made for the Superbowl yesterday, along with some veggies and a tangerine.

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Before my run today, I snacked on a Larabar. I seriously don’t think there is any reason to switch to anything else, this is my perfect pre-run fuel.

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I was supposed to meet a friend for dinner but she wasn’t feeling well so I was on my own when I got home tonight.

I whipped up some spaghetti and topped it with sauce and broccoli and had a slice of leftover bread on the side 😉

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For dessert, I had a pita pocket with White Chocolate Wonderful and chocolate chips.

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And I scraped out the rest of the WCW jar (another tbsp maybe). I can’t believe it is gone already! The stuff is like crack.

What is your favorite meal of the day?

Mine is breakfast but there is also nothing quite like a nice, warm, homemade healthy dinner after a good workout 🙂

Farewell, Christmas 2009

For our family Christmas celebration, I decided to provide a dish I’m quite familiar with: Happy Herbivore’s Vegan Meatloaf 🙂

This is the main ingredient…

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Putting the loaf in the pan.

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There are a few people in my family who do not like ketchup so I did half and half on top.

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My plate – meatloaf on a bun with chips and veggies. Suzie got a few of my carrots 🙂

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Also had a couple glasses of Riesling!

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Merry Christmas!

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Day 21.2: Self revelation #1

This may sound silly to some of you, but ever since I started eating a vegan diet, I feel like I have been more in tune with myself and it has helped me really dig in deep and find out what makes me tick and what drives me mad. I’ve had a lot of self revelations lately, so hope you don’t mind if I start sharing them with you! But this is still a food blog too, so let’s do it.

Lunch yesterday was leftover vegan meatloaf and some broccoli.

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Then for a mid-afternoon snack eaten in two parts, I had a PB cookie Larabar. I think I want to try the PB&J again because I might actually like it better. I apologize for the really old, recycled picture since I didn’t have my camera during the day yesterday 😦

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This snack must’ve had an extra boost of motivation, because after work yesterday, I met up with Farrah and ran 4.15 miles!

I don’t know our exact time, but I think we were around 40 minutes. The neat thing is, I ran all of it, no walking breaks, and it was the longest distance I have ran in…a while. I honestly couldn’t tell you the last time. And the neat thing is, I wasn’t tired at all. And I felt GREAT.

Self Revelation #1 – I AM A RUNNER!

I go back and forth with this a lot because there are days and weeks where I don’t run at all and I think it’s just not for me anymore. Then I have runs like the one yesterday that make me wink at myself in the mirror and say “Yeah kid, you still got it.” I sometimes forget that I trained my butt off from September 2007-April 2008 to run a half-marathon and in the mean time have completed a number of 5ks, 10ks, 10-milers, etc. Check out my running page if you are interested in seeing more.

After all that training and trying to keep up with running, I hit a few roadblocks. Sometimes I just couldn’t physically run, sometimes I had mental blocks that told me any more than 3 miles would kill me. I was addicted to sugar from thinking I had to get all the “energy” possible to finish a race. I had gained weight. You name it. So I had resigned myself to the fact that I liked to run every once in a while, but it wasn’t a big part of my life (or workout routine) anymore.

But I think the difference is, I just did it for fun yesterday. Farrah is always a little bit ahead of me and I just follow her. Sometimes I yell ahead that I need to take a break but yesterday I just kept on going. I didn’t have a watch on, the weather was 110% perfect, and I just looked around me and took it in. Why not do that more often? I’m not trying to win any races, I just want to have fun. I want to hold onto that feeling I had after that run yesterday.

So we’ll see what happens 😉

Girl’s Night Potluck was another huge success in my book. I am a big fan of tortilla chips, so that’s how we got the night started (with some medium salsa that was SPICY)!

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These were the Kroger brand white corn tortilla chips with sea salt. They were amazing! Not quite as salty as some other tortilla chips. I loved them (a little too much, ha ha)!

For our main course, Courtney made her famous taco soup with lots o’ beans and veggies (for which I am grateful).

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With more chips & salsa and some steamed green beans on the side. I went back for a little more soup and chips later on.

For dessert, Beth so graciously found these little So Delicious mini ice cream sandwiches.

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They were pretty good and one was definitely enough to satisfy me (plus I was full of chips).

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Beth said she had a hard time finding a dessert that I could eat and that she couldn’t make a planned recipe because she couldn’t find any decent soy yogurt at her store. I felt bad because the last thing I want is for anyone to be inconvenienced…this way of eating is my choice and I can choose whether or not to eat something and no one should have to worry about excluding me from anything.

I have dessert next week though so I hope to share a great dessert recipe with my friends that isn’t soy ice cream, ha ha. I think they are helping keep the So Delicious people in business 😉

Yesterday was a great day and I don’t know how I could possibly make today any better, but I’m going to try!