Firstly, you must know that this blog gives me major daily angst. I can feel it sitting here, staring at me from my desktop, waiting to be written in. The pressure! The PRESSURE!
Then I calm the heck down and realize that I am probably the only person who actually notices a lull in blogging. (oh, and Mom. Mom notices). The rest of you have so much hitting your readers and inbox that a little break is kind of a nice little breather. Right? So, you’re welcome for that.
“But no! No, it’s bad for business!” screams my boss lady (me) “Sit your hiney down and write!” she admonishes the employees (me).
Twice a week is my new blogging goal. One food post and one Deep Thoughts post. Mondays and Thursdays. I can do this.
So, it’s Monday and we’ll do a little food post, yay! Except I don’t have any recipes because I haven’t really been cooking any different recipes, boo. So I’ll just share some pictures of what I have been eating.
Now, just a little update here before I share pictures: As I mentioned a few posts back, I have been working with a vegan body building coach. She has been in charge of my food and my workouts for the past nine weeks. In those nine weeks, I have never worked harder and never been prouder of myself! The workouts take my ALL and when I start them I think “I can’t!” but I DO and then I get to feel like a hero for the rest of the day.
My body is changing too. I have dropped some fat and built some sexy muscles. I feel so fit and strong, energetic and confident. My clothes are sliding on easier. My upper arms don’t flap around like flags anymore. My knees no longer sag. I am LOVING this training! I will share some photos soon I promise.
The food plan is not restrictive because I’m a vegan and that means large volume of lower calorie plant-based foods. I am not hungry but am often saying “no” to things like bourekas (I know! Can you believe I eat those in the first place?!), wine, bread, handfuls of nuts, bites (ahem, snarfs more like) of other people’s desserts – things I was eating prior to hiring Claudia. It requires self-discipline, it really does. But the pay off is SO worth it! More on that later.
So here are some of the yummy things I’ve been eating:
Here I am this morning, post workout, drinking a banana-raspberry protein smoothie. Can you see how my face is slimmed down and glowy? OK, so the glowy is probably just an instagram filter, but my face is definitely less puffy!
So that’s one banana, 1 cup raspberries, 1 1/2 cups water and 1 scoop of this vegan protein powder I found here at Eden Teva:
This is Vegan Pea Protein and it’s made here in Israel and is Kosher. It is also 120nis for 600g, ouch! I usually order PlantFusion from Vitacost and it’s cheaper, but this one is kosher so might be a good choice for some of you who need that kashrut. (By the way, I don’t think protein powders are necessary, even for vegans, but I LOVE them and find that I’m building some nice muscle, so I’m keeping the powder!) This one has ingredients comparable to Plant Fusion and it tastes and blends great.
This perhaps unappetizing bowl is my new meal obsession: Red rice with roasted eggplant and broccoli, tossed in tahina sauce with nutritional yeast. I could eat this every day. Seriously. Try it, you’ll like it.
This is a chickpea flour omelette topped with a bunch of veggies (kale, tomato, mushroom, who knows what else) and a side of avocado.
Tofu scram, sauteed portobellos, and peas.
And Heaven forbid I should write a food post and not include my most favorite of the 5 major food groups: Hummus! The reason it is not served with pita as usual here is because this was over Passover when bread is prohibited. These were I don’t know exactly what – potato starch rolls or something. They sat in our bellies like waterlogged bricks, so we won’t be doing that again! But the hummus made up for it.
So, I hope the above was helpful and entertaining? Showing you some ways to get a good amount of vegan protein with a small amount of cooking and fuss.
I’ll see you back here on Thursday with some Deep Thoughts on the mental patterns that stop people from losing weight permanently. Ooo, that’s big!