Yes, I still had to take my excedrin to make it through the morning without my coffee. Why am I doing this, you might be asking, when I am just going to go back to drinking coffee every morning? Well, the truth is, I would like it if I just had coffee for a treat, maybe once or twice a week. So it is a good discipline to try to make it a week without coffee.
First thing I did when I got up was to turn the blender on to make my almond milk. I followed the recipe here in case you want to try this yourself.. The old osterizer did a great job of pulverizing the almonds. Then I strained it through 4 layers of cheesecloth. I was actually very interested in using the almond pulp. Roni has made some cookies out of it. And I used it in a breakfast concoction that was pretty tasty. But the almond milk itself…not that great. I really love the unsweetened vanilla almond breeze. It tastes very rich and decadent to me, and at 40 calories a cup it can’t be beat.
I started my morning with another type of smoothie called a Brazilian Breakfast. It used unsweetened acai berry puree (something I got from Vicky,) yogurt, flax meal, raspberries, and a few walnuts. Quite yummy. A bit tart. I added a little agave syrup, and don’t tell anyone, but I think I added a little splenda too. Then it was perfect.
My mid-morning snack was another experiment–a take off on the breakfast cookie idea. I mixed 1/3cup of oatmeal, 1/4 cup of almond pulp, 1/2 Tbsp flax meal, 1 tsp agave, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp oil, 1/2 tsp vanilla, 1 spoonful of yogurt, and 3or 4 walnut halves, and then put it in the frig to firm up. I really liked it. I am trying to figure out how to keep the oats from getting mushy. I ate it with a whole bunch of strawberries.
For lunch I had 1/2 of a baked sweet potato (because I wasn’t hungry for the whole thing.) I made a topping for it out of some chopped onion, sliced mushrooms, rosemary, garlic, parsley, all sauteed in a little olive oil. Very tasty, but again, needs a little something, not sure what. And I had a big bunch of cooked brocolli. All very filling. Again.
Wasn’t hungry for a mid afternoon snack, but I did snack on some grapes while I was fixing dinner. I had gone to the farmers market in the afternoon specifically to get some fresh tomatoes. So I just made a really good salad of mixed greens, baby carrots, tomatoes, and a sprinkle of sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds. I did the dressing in the bottom of the bowl again, with just the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, garlic, and a bit of plum sauce. I really like the way this works. I had a little bowl of chili, but I only ate 3 bites because I was full. I did make a delicious bowl of ‘frozen peach yogurt.’ All it was was some frozen peach slices and my homemade yogurt. I swear that’s all. No splenda or any other sweetener. And the natural taste was really delicious.
And last meal of the night is a little bowl of pear sauce with a blend of flax meal, chia seeds, and psyllium added in. This is really good, too, and I like the chia seeds crunch.
I think I might be eating a little too much food, because I have not been hungry that much. But this kind of food (high fiber, whole foods) is very filling. I’ll be back tomorrow with more Adventures in Food.