Here are last week’s random eatings. I did a good job avoiding processed foods and limiting sweets. Add in some intense but invigorating workouts, and although I’m a bit sore, I’m feeling good.
Inspired by a post on the PPK, it’s hummus pizza! Toasted pita, hummus, kalamata olive tapenade, carrots, spinach, onions. This was dinner on Friday night. I’m trying to eat more for lunch and less at dinner.
Speaking of eating more at lunch, the week wouldn’t be complete without a trip (or two) to the Red Herring Vegetarian Restaurant for lunch. The seitan tostadas were on special twice last week. They were served with delicious brown rice and salad with blueberry balsamic vinaigrette. I don’t know how they cook their rice, but it’s twice as good as any brown rice I’ve made at home. I’ll have to see if I can learn their secrets.
I missed the first day of sweet potato sage soup, but a random person I sat with said it was good, so I tried it the second day. I added falafel and creamy curry dressing on the side. I freely admit to drinking the remaining curry dressing. It’s that good.
On Monday, some of our students held a bake sale which included some vegan cookies. They appeared to contain chocolate chips, banana, and oatmeal. I know, I’m trying to eat better this week, but the vegan cookies need our support!
On Sunday, I went to a Vegetarian International Food Fair, sponsored by the local Seventh Day Adventist church. I didn’t expect to have my health assessed, or my body fat checked, but I found out I’m 37% fat. (A normal range is 20-27%.) On the upside, my “health age” is 33.3, less than my actual age of 35. The assessment is based on whether you follow the Adventists’ seven healthy habits:
- Get 7-8 hours sleep nightly (yes)
- Exercise regularly (5-6 days a week)
- Don’t smoke (yes)
- Don’t drink alcohol (yes)
- Eat breakfast daily (yes)
- Don’t eat between meals (guilty!)
- Maintain a proper weight of 130.9 – 147.2 lbs (based on my height)
I’m not sure I agree with the last two habits. I like a snack in the afternoon to prevent me from becoming so hungry that I would gnaw at my own arm while making dinner. Self-cannibalism wouldn’t be very vegan, would it? And 147 lbs? I would be quite skeletal at that weight, so that is not happening.
Yes, I had two plates of food. Gotta try everything!
There was quite a selection, and many vegan dishes. Many of the recipes were provided in a booklet, and I’ll have to make a few of them and re-post them here. From the swedish rye bread, going clockwise: kalrabistappe (mashed rutabagas, potatoes, and carrots), Swedish “Meatball”, sauerkraut with barley (awesome!), lentils and jackfruit over brown rice (an Asian dish – very different!), Asian noodles.
Plate two, clockwise from bread with hummus: dolmeh, split pea curry, rice with dill and lima beans, spaghetti with peas, arroz con gandules (rice with pigeon peas), Costa Rican black beans and rice.
I don’t remember what night this taco salad occurred, but it was tasty and used up some leftovers from the fridge. It has spinach, romaine lettuce, avocado, yellow peppers, onions, cilantro, crushed tortilla chips, and a dressing made from remaining bits of hot pepper jelly and Tofutti sour cream. I like clean-out-the-fridge salads.