Friday, April 15, 2011
Before we get into the thick of me counting my vegetable servings every day, I'll show you a couple of things I ate in the days prior to my beginning the official count. These peppers look better than they tasted. For some reason the buckwheat cooked strangely and I felt awkward about eating it. It got starchy and I got eerily full. Didn't use a recipe here, but perhaps I should've.
Brucifer and I checked out Threeman's, our pet name for the new Freeman's location in Fairview. This is the Grilled Vegetable Salad. They have it at all locations. I got it with hummus rather than tzaziki. It's a huge salad that I can't finish. It packs in about 4.5 servings of vegetables (3 servings or 1.5 cups of cooked and 1.5 servings or 1.5 cups of raw leafies) and is served with tasty toasts. Big fan of this meal.
This was the best breakfast I've had in ages. A scramble with 2 servings (1 c.) of tomato, mushrooms, green pepper and 1 serving (1 c.) of tatsoi (green leafy spinach-tastealike/mini-collard- lookalike), 1 serving/1 c. of spicy salad mix, and some bonus kimchi. I ate this with sprouted grain toast with coconut butter, maple syrup and cinnamon. This is the best fucking breakfast I've had in ages. Same as the first sentence, but with swearing for lack of my being able to explain its awesomeness without it.
Later I had a sandwich with 1/2 c. of cucumber and tomato (1 serving)
Then apparently I had another sandwich-salad combo with 1/2 c. cucumber, green pepper and kimchi and a salad of tatsoi (1 c) =2 servings in total for the meal
MONDAY's vegetable servings= 7 which meets the MINIMUM recommendation for adult Canadian women according to the Canada Food Guide. I was full all day. Almost too full. 7 servings is pushing it for me. I think I can eat a lot, but I'm still just a l'il girl. Vegetables are filling!
I was telling Brucifer how excited I was that I'd eaten 7 servings of vegetables, and he told me he hadn't had any yet today. This was midnight or so. He was upset that I didn't tell him we had cucumber. He then made himself this cute snack of cucumbers, sriracha and salt n' pepa from which he shaped himself the best cucumber pentagram he could muster.
Brucifer and I shared some "Thai Thing." We each had 3.5 servings of vegetables (blue potato, carrot, jalapeno, orange pepper, tatsoi and spinach).
At about 1 a.m, I made myself some sushi that was made in such ravenous haste it was too hideous to photograph. I packed about a half cup of vegetables (1 serving) into it.
Daily total: 4.5 servings.
Breakfasts can feature a lot of vegetables! I managed to pack 3 servings of mushrooms, carrots, swiss chard into this soup and ate it all (and was pretty full). Eating miso soup for breakfast is an awesome way to pack in some vegetables before you head out the door. It doesn't take too long to make (15 min or so), but if you're in a rush, a smoothie might be a better choice. Yes, friends, I PROMISE to do a miso soup post soon!
Later, Brucifer and I shared some fried rice featuring carrots, spinach and corn. My portion had about 1.5 servings of vegetables.
Daily total: 4.5 servings. I can already see a pattern emerging. When I get up late (which is most days), I tend to only eat one or two major meals, therefore finding it difficult to pack in enough vegetables. I usually don't get hungry enough to make a huge meal late at night and often don't eat until 1pm or so on days I get up late.
Brucifer and I clinked glasses while we drank some delicious Purple Counts for breakfast this morning. They were particularly friggin' delicious and each had about 2 servings of blueberries (as you can see, I'm keener on the vegetables than the fruit) and 1/2 serving of banana. I ate some more banana later. =3 fruit servings
This is what I had for supper. I just wanted some beans on toast like the olden days. It wasn't as tasty as the days of yore, but it was quick. I made myself have a l'il salad with 1 serving of spinach and 1 serving of tomatoes and orange peppers. Total 2 servings. Today's total: 5 servings
How many servings of vegetables and fruit did you manage to eat today? It's okay if it's low. Mine's only this high because I'm making a concerted effort in order to solidify this habit for life. I want to help inspire you to eat more. Let me know how I can do that for you!