Whew, glad this Monday is almost over. And it was a gross one with cold, windy, wet weather. At least I didn’t have to water the garden, there’s always that. And hopefully the rest of the week will be a little more spring-like. My breakfasts are pretty boring, they pretty much always look like this:
Of course the color varies depending on what I toss into the Vita-Mix, this morning was maca powder, hemp protein powder, lots of spinach, a carrot and fresh strawberries with a little NuNaturals Vanilla Stevia. Sometimes it’ll be frozen blueberries, kale, sprouts, carrots and flavored with ginger or carob powder, my basic smoothie formula is 2 or more veggies + 1 fruit + protein powder + flavoring. And that’s been my breakfast every morning for the last few months and why I rarely post pictures. It’s odd that I like trying new things for lunch and dinner, but am perfectly happy to have the same thing for breakfast over and over again. I have to leave the house at 7 AM for work, usually before my stomach is totally awake. But I don’t have time to eat breakfast at my desk, so the smoothie is the perfect way to get a decent breakfast that’s gentle and not bloating on a half awake tummy. It’s also become my comfortable, go-to breakfast on weekends. Do you have similar breakfasts everyday?
Because the weather was cold and yucky today, I was craving a hot dinner and opted to create a black-eyed pea vegan stew that hubby also enjoyed with hot pepper vinegar.
I soaked the dried peas for 24 hours and simmered for 40 minutes with red pepper, onion, zucchini, spinach, thyme and cayenne pepper. It was good with a piece of Millet Rice Manna bread. Really I don’t miss bread that much, but I like an occasional piece of Manna for a fix, the gooey texture is almost like a sweet treat.
It’s been two weeks since I’ve reduced my raw cashew and walnut intake to almost nothing to test a theory that some raw nuts may be causing some breakout frustrations I’ve been having. My skin is doing considerably better, a lot less redness and irritation. But it’s not perfect, I still get an occasional zit and I will be trying this for at least another week before looking into other cause possibilities and slowly reintroducing nuts back into my diet. But, trying a few cooked vegan bean recipes has been a good way to replace the nut protein and experiment with other vegan recipes. I’m still a huge fan of beans, especially steaming, slow-cooked bean soup on a cold winter’s night. But I’ll probably be craving that a lot less as we approach triple-digit summer heat!