What I Ate Wednesday

Oye. What a day. Work has been mega busy this week and I feel like I’ve hardly taken a moment to breathe. Let alone eat! But you know I’d never survive without stuffing my facehole with snacks and eats galore, so let’s dive into What I Ate Wednesday!

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Today was rest day from the gym and the extra hour of sleep felt soooo lovely. Yet somehow I still had to drag myself out of bed… Only these overnight oats could entice me awake! There’s just something about having breakfast all ready to throw into my purse and go that I adore.  Oh and I’m also a pretty big fan of how delicious and filling they are!  Today’s version was “carrot cake” style with shredded carrot, apple, and zuke, cinnamon, and raisins mixed in. #secretveggies ftw! Walnuts would be great too but I’m all out. Sad face.

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When my midday hungries hit, I grabbed my salad from the fridge and simultaneously got an email that there were free leftovers in the staff lounge. Perfect timing! I snagged half a hummus sammy to supplement my salad (with romaine, cukes, chickpeas, sunflower seeds, and golden raisins) and it was delish. I snacked on the fruits and vegetables throughout the rest of the afternoon… Gotta love free (healthy!) work food. :)

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More hungries around 3pm… Always. Snacked on some more veggies and a baby clem.

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I had an event last night and knew I should eat dinner before putting back a few glasses of vino.  I reheated leftovers of this Red Lentil Butternut Squash Curry (be on the lookout for the recipe soon!) with brown rice. Super yum.

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After a few drinks, I came home with the munchies. My mom got me these A-MAZ-ING rice cakes the other day that are dipped in dark chocolate. They’re vegan and gluten free and totally dreamy. I slathered one in peanut butter before faceplanting into bed.

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I hope you all have a wonderful rest of your week! Hugs!

Protein + Hot Chocolate

“Oh you’re a vegan… But where do you get your protein?” Yep, today we’re going to talk about protein. And if you stick around, I will reward you with a delicious Hot Chocolate recipe!

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There’s no doubt protein is important to the human body. Protein is the building blocks of body components, helps balance fluids and acids in the body, forms hormones and enzymes, and keeps you feeling fuller longer.

So how much do you need? Hint: it’s not nearly as much as you may think.

The recommended daily value (RDA) of protein is 0.8 g/ kg body weight. Here’s an easy formula to calculate how many grams of protein you need per day…

___lbs. ÷ 2.2lb./kg. = ___ kg (your weight in kg) x 0.8g protein = _____ your RDA

Let’s say you weigh 125 pounds…

125 ÷ 2.2 = 56.8 x 0.8 = 45.4

How can one get to 45 g of protein in one day without any animal products?? Let’s see…

  • Breakfast: ½ cup oats cooked in 1 cup almond milk topped with 1 Tbs. almond butter and one small chopped apple = 11 grams
  • Lunch: 2 pieces of sprouted bread with 2 Tbs. hummus, slices of tomato & cucumber, lettuce, and some sprouts. Side of baby carrots. = 15 grams
  • Dinner: ¾ cup quinoa, ½ cup each edamame, corn, and red peppers on a bed of spinach drizzled with 1 Tbs. tahini = 30 grams (WOW!)
  • Snack: Silk vanilla soy yogurt + 1 cup sliced strawberries = 7 grams

That’s 62 grams of delicious pant-based protein, folks! And to be honest, that’s a pretty light day of eating. Add a few handfuls of almonds, a few clementine’s, and a piece of dark chocolate before bed, and that’s another 10 grams!

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Here’s a fun little newsflash… The average American gets all the protein they need without added powders or supplements (meat- and plant- eaters alike).

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“Well, what about protein powders…?”

A lot of health food purists are opposed to the idea of processed protein powders, and I totally understand why. If you’re trying to live a lifestyle with mostly non-processed, whole foods, protein powders can be a no-no. But, I’ve found that adding the occasional serving as a supplement to my typical plant-based diet helps ensure I’m getting the nutrition I need.

The important thing to look for is that you’re using a high-quality, minimally processed product. Oh, and it has to taste good. I have tried many a “raw”, “superfood”, “all-natural”, “no additives”, “sugar free” powder that tasted like absolute garbage. And I’m not in the business of making trash tea, thank you very much. I switch between Aloha and Vega (not sponsored/affiliated) because I think they’re the best-tasting while still being plant-based with minimal ingredients.

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I would encourage anyone, vegan or not, to use a plant-based protein powder, if using a protein supplement. Whey and casein in large doses have been scientifically shown to grow cancer cells, cause kidney & liver problems, damage the heart walls, among other problems. Scary!

Ok now how about some Protein Hot Chocolate?? I know I just said you don’t need protein powder to get a proper daily dose, but using it in this recipe is a fun way to make a decadent treat a bit healthier! For this particular recipe, I use Aloha protein in Chocolate because it’s wholesome and super thick.

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I live in a house that’s well over 100 years old. It’s cute and it’s quaint and I adore its exposed brick and hardwood floors. But it’s drafty. And in the evenings after dinner, there’s just nothing better than wrapping up in a blanket on the couch and sipping on some of this warm Protein Hot Chocolate. Enjoy!

Protein + Hot Chocolate

Yield: 1 serving

While protein powders aren't necessary to maintaining proper nutrition, using protein powder can add a healthy kick to this decadent treat!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup non-dairy milk
  • ½ serving Aloha chocolate protein powder
  • Optional: coconut cream to top

Instructions

  1. Heat the milk in a saucepan over medium heat until warm, about 5 minutes. To incorporate the protein, you can either whisk it in or quickly blitz in a bullet-type blender. I prefer to blend it for maximum smoothness. Enjoy immediately.

Notes

If you’re not into protein powders but still want a yummy treat, sub the protein with 1 Tbs. cocoa powder, 1 Tbs. sugar or maple syrup, and ½ tsp. cornstarch.

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What I Ate Wednesday

I got bad news guys. Today’s What I Ate Wednesday is pathetic… On our way back from vacation Saturday, John came down with a nasty stomach bug. I was feeling strong and invincible after taking care of him for two days without catching it. Ohhh how wrong I was… After running to the bathroom every 5 minutes for my first few hours back at work, I’m home posted up on the couch. So my apologies for this weak showing of What I Ate Wednesday eats…

We skipped the gym this morning because I woke up feeling like I got hit by a train. Should have seen the sickness coming

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I packed some soy yogurt mixed with a little vanilla protein and cinnamon for breakfast. Topped it off with chopped apples and the last of my favorite Kind granola. Super yummy, unfortunately didn’t last in my tummy long…

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I left work around lunchtime and downed a coconut water to try to get some calories and hydration in me. Also didn’t stick around for long…

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Look at my little nugget trying to distract help me working from home. So cute, but also not at all helpful…

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Around 6pm I decided it was time to try to get some calories in me before bed. John whipped me up this grilled PB&J with banana (on some nice nutty whole grain bread). Even feeling like an extra on The Walking Dead, this sandwich was bomb! I was even able to finish off the leftover ‘nana!

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After my delicious “dinner”, I promptly passed out on the couch for the night. Let’s leave that sad day of non-eats behind and hope for a better day tomorrow! Have a fantastic week lovelies!