I’m thrilled the weekend is finally here, it wasn’t an easy week. Hubby was gone on a business trip all week while I was home alone breaking in and training our new chihuahua, on call for work, and having another busy week at work! Last night after work, I ran to Whole Foods to pick up dinner and a few things for the weekend. Then I enjoyed my quick Whole Foods dinner alone in between some last minute shores while waiting for him to come home.
I was thankful it was an easy dinner! I also finally picked up a pumpkin to carve for Halloween.
Good thing I waited, large pumpkins were on sale for 3 for $10 – score! Any ideas on what to carve? A new Vega product was also too tempting on sale and since I needed more protein powder, why not? Vega Vanilla Performance Protein, a blend of pea protein, SaviSeed protein, brown rice protein, hemp protein, and alfalfa protein.
Many types of plant-based protein are represented here! And the vanilla flavor is simply flavored with vanilla, stevia, and sodium chloride. One serving scoop has 26 grams of protein and 120 calories. But it does have a high amount of sodium which I’m not crazy about, 20%, which doesn’t seem to affect the flavor.
I couldn’t wait to try it in a pre-run breakfast smoothie this morning, I blended one serving scoop with a banana, spinach, a carrot, VitaMineral Green, and a few drops of vanilla stevia.
The smoothie was wonderful with a present, but not over powering vanilla flavor. And it didn’t seem gritty at all, much smoother than straight hemp protein. So far thumbs up, but this isn’t something I could afford regularly at $55 for 22 servings. But something I’ll keep in the rotation.
Hubby got in late last night from his trip and happy to have his Xbox buddy during some relaxing downtime today.
And I was happy to have time in the kitchen to make a huge salad for lunch with cultured veggies and hemp seeds.
By dinner time, I was still in a relaxed mood decompressing from the busy week and threw together a quick tofu broccoli stir fry seasoned with olive oil, soy sauce, fresh rosemary, and nutritional yeast.
The flavor combination was a pleasant surprise, rosemary and soy sauce actually work really well together. And the texture and flavor of the pressed tofu chunks reminded me of hot dogs for some reason which hubby disagreed on and reminded me that I haven’t had meat hot dogs in a long time. :-)
Having a laid back day at home with the pets and playing in the kitchen was wonderful after such a crazy week, no Halloween parties for us. Unless watching reruns of Big Bang Theory and The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror counts. :-)