I’m happy to report that this morning was cat barf-free and I didn’t have such an expensive food day as yesterday. It’s not like me to get not one, but two salad bar salads in one day. Ugh, what a chaotic week.
Lissa Rankin has an interesting 30-day challenge for getting diet and self-care back on track. Not sure I agree with #2, I stopped taking vitamins and supplements after transitioning to a heavy plant-based diet. And the disturbing article in this month’s Get Fresh about supplements, the lack of regulation and what else might be in them, made me glad I did. But, totally agree with more superfoods. :-) I could definitely improve at #11.
Lunch was nice and cheap today with my mom and super active nieces (ages 5 and 2) which probably wasn’t such a great idea considering how stressful work was. :-) Amidst the chaos, I was able to create this beautiful salad.
Fresh carrot dressing and plenty of sprouts and hemp seeds, yum! I don’t know how parents of young kids eat in piece though, I was getting bombarded with questions, chatter and demands for more of this and that. I guess I understand why some parents separate their mealtime from the kids!
When we actually got a few free minutes at work, I got into a food discussion with co-workers and was surprised to learn that one pretty much does not like any vegetables or fruits – you name it, she “eewed” it, mostly stubborn hangups from childhood and refused to give the food another chance as an adult. I remember hating avocados and mushrooms as a kid … with a passion. But absolutely love them now. I also choked on a carrot as a kid, but eat tons a day now without fear. For me it’s liberating to move on from those food hangups, if I find a vegetable I’m not too fond of, I make a point to try it in different raw recipes to see if there is a form I do like. I much prefer raw broccoli chopped in a food processor or pureed in a raw soup instead of raw chunks, easier to chew and digest and eat the stalk raw. Anyway, it seems a lot of her food hang-ups are preventing her from eating better which is sad.
I scored some good garden loot today:
For some reason, my mom bought tomato and herb starters from Whole Foods even though she has no place to plant them in her little townhouse, so she gave them to me to add to our garden today. My dad has taken on organic gardening as a serious retirement hobby, he’s actually seeding and starting many organic crops for a few organizations that garden for food shelters – pretty cool and something I’d like to do if I had more time. Anyway, he gave me a bunch of spare tomato and eggplant starters also that are now planted. And my sister just bought a house with a huge, out-of-control lemon tree with mutant lemons bigger than oranges, so she dumped a bunch on me. Good because I go through a lot of lemons, like 6-10 weekly with all the raw recipes.
Anyway, I was craving a mash for dinner and did protein punch broccoli with a massaged kale salad using kale from our garden.
For the salad I mixed chopped kale, red cabbage and sauerkraut with lemon juice and a little toasted sesame oil and it was a great, simple side salad with just the right amount of tang.
Anyway – woohoo, tomorrow’s Friday! Possibly a rainy, chilly one here. Any good plans for the weekend?