What I Ate Wednesday

A week in a hotel doesn’t have to mean sad days full of mediocre junk food. This What I Ate Wednesday is proof in the pudding! Errr.. in the kale?

Hola amigos!! Happy humpday! This is one of the stranger Wednesdays I’ve woken up to. I’m out of town at a work conference all week and traveling always gets me feeling all sorts of wacky. I’m a creature of habit to the core and live for routine. But life isn’t always routine, now is it? Switching up my daily schedule and spending my days without my favorite man and kitty cats has been challenging but I’m making it work!

Speaking of challenging… Let’s talk about eating on the road. This is a tough one. I’d love to say that I just threw a granola bar in my purse, cruised on down the freeway, and have been nomming on whatever the conference staff throws my way. But I’m just not there yet. I’m still living somewhat in a state of control around food. A year ago, I would have been proud of all of the prep I did before this trip, but now I feel like I’m just doing it to avoid having to eat anything that I didn’t directly create and thus control. But acknowledging it half the battle right??

What I Ate Wednesday | AreYouKitchenMe.comI jammed all these goodies into a cooler before hitting the road! Overnight oats, apples, fruit puree packs, Larabars, Kind bars, PB filled pretzels, bagged salad mixed, baked sweet potato, nut butter packets, two types of homemade hummus, carrot sticks, celery, & crackers. 

Good news is, the food here sucks so I’m definitely not missing out. I’d be more mad at myself for being so overly health-concerned if the food where I’m staying was fancy and high quality and delicious but it’s not. Hahahaha… not sorry. The conference is at a cheap indoor water park geared towards kids and the entire place smells like greasy Chuck-E-Cheese pizza. Not appealing. My fridge is stocked with goodies waaaay tastier than the buffet pans of soggy potatoes and overcooked eggs. Speaking of fridge, are you ready to dive into eats or what?!

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I was excited that this place has at least a small gym, so I threw on my tennies and grabbed a bit of a new type of Larabar. Good news, the bar is tasty. Bad news, I killed 5 fruit flies while working out in the dirty facility. *gag*

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One of the things I packed up in my cooler was four jars of overnight oats. Each jar is packed with 1/3 cup oats, 1/4 cup grated carrots, 1 Tbs chia seeds, walnuts, raisins, cinnamon, ginger, and a half scoop of vanilla protein. Then I poured enough milk to cover everything and shook them up. They’re hanging out in my fridge all week for a quick grab-and-go breakfast.

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Snacked on an apple while learning all about building fundraising websites for our corporate partners. Sitting on my ass in a room with glaring fluorescent lights all day is literally my nightmare so snack time is about all I have to look forward to.

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I was hungry before lunch so I finished of the Larabar I took a bite of earlier. If you ask me, the “Fruit + Greens” idea is a bit gimmicky but it actually tasted pretty good so I guess throwing some greens in there can’t hurt.

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On Monday, I decided to give the hotel catering a try. The only options on the buffet involved some sort of dry-looking chicken or stinky fish but they had taken dietary restriction when I registered, so I was hopeful they’d have something plant based. Sadly, the meal they brought me (clear broth vegetable soup and dressing-less salad) was even less appealing than the buffet. Sigh… At least my crazy prep came in handy! Homemade Lemon Hummus with carrots, celery, and crunchy crackers was way more up my ally. My favorite kombucha garnered me some weird looks but was totally worth it.

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I was falling asleep in my seat later in the afternoon so I grabbed some fruit and a half-caff coffee (wanna talk about another seriously lacking amenity of this hotel….).

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When the day of training was over, I was pretty exhausted and definitely hangry. I munched on some peanut butter filled pretzels. Gotta say, I’m pretty proud of myself for bringing these with me because they’re a bit of a trigger food and I tend to have anxiety around them. Happy to admit I ate a few handfuls, felt satisfied, then put them away. You don’t own me, addicting snackities! I own YOU! Nom nom nom nom…

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Dinner was another meal prep win. A microwaved baked sweet potato covered it in salt and peanut butter was heavenly! On the side, I tossed a pre-bagged kale salad mix with some homemade balsamic dressing I brought. So simple but so delish!

I laid in bed the rest of the evening, working on this post and fixing a seriously annoying problem I’ve been having with importing photos. I’m already tired of being in a hotel but only a few more days and I can head home to my bed and my Vitamix. Oh, and my sweetheart and furbabies too! :)

Asparagus Crostini with Lemon Hummus

Entertaining season is upon us! What better way to greet your guests than with a tray of delicious Asparagus Crostini with Lemon Hummus!

We don’t entertain often. I absolutely love doing it, but our tiny matchbox house just doesn’t afford a lot of space for crowds. When we do invite people over, it’s usually just another couple of neighbors. Given that, you’d think I would learn to just buy some chips and salsa and call it a day.

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Yeah right. Even when we’re just having a few folks over, I tend to go overboard with a literal smorgasbord of snacks and treats. I guess it’s my desire to prove that vegan food doesn’t have to be boring and lame. That, and I come from a long line of hostesses with the mostesses… Thanks for that, Mom and Grammy!

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In an attempt to switch things up a little, I strayed away from my Greek Hummus Dip (which I now make with hemp seeds instead of feta, but you do you) that I literally make every. single. time. It’s great, but I had a creative itch that needed to be scratched. So I made more hummus. HAHA, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it, ya feel me?

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Creamy hummus on a crusty crostini with a bite of fresh veg is seriously a mouth explosion of texture and flavor. Charring the crostini with the hottest heat gets the outside all crispy and crunchy while leaving the inside divinely chewy and soft. It just occurred to me that this app would be un-frickin’-real on the grill! Grilled bread + grilled asparagus + alllllll the summer feels.

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Speaking of feels, I want to take a minute to thank you for reading last week’s Friday Feels post. The response I got was so warm and loving and positive and made all the fear of posting about disordered eating worth it. It’s a topic I know needs to be addressed and I hope to continue to use my voice and experience to share that recovery is possible. There is so much hope and happiness in my heart.Asparagus Crostini with Lemon Hummus | AreYouKitchenMe.com

Hanging with friends, sipping [far too much] wine, and snacking on crostini and cookies, I got a glimpse of normal eating this weekend. Not every day will be easy and there will be stress, but it felt incredible to just be present and not worry about calories or workouts. Instead, I just had to worry about getting my ass kicked in Monopoly… Spoiler alert: I lost every time.

Asparagus Crostini with Lemon Hummus

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 12-15 pieces

Entertaining season is upon us! What better way to greet your guests than with a tray of delicious Asparagus Crostini with Lemon Hummus!

Ingredients

    Lemon Hummus
  • 1 can chickpeas, rinsed + drained
  • ¼ cup tahini
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • ½ cup water, plus more as needed
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • Crostini
  • ½ lb. asparagus
  • 3-4 green onions, green part thinly sliced
  • 1 small baguette, sliced diagonally
  • 2 Tbs. pine nuts, toasted
  • Olive oil for brushing (optional)

Instructions

  1. Hummus: Combine the ingredients, chickpeas through salt, in a high-speed blender or food processor. Blend for a few minutes until smooth and creamy, adding more water until you reach your desired consistency. Don’t be afraid to add a lot more water; this recipe makes very thick hummus.
  2. Asparagus: Trim the hard woody part off the bottom of the asparagus stalks. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and season generously with salt. Add the asparagus and boil for 2 minutes, until the spears are bright green.
  3. Remove the asparagus to a boil of ice water to stop the cooking. Once cooled, lay them on a towel and pat dry. Slice the spears at a sharp diagonal into 1” pieces.
  4. Crostini: Turn the oven on to Broil. Lay the baguette slices on a baking sheet and brush or drizzle them with olive oil on both sides, if using.
  5. Place the baking sheet on the top rack of the oven and bake for 4-5 minutes, watching very carefully. Flip, and continue to broil until crispy and lightly charred.
  6. To assemble, spread each crostini with lemon hummus, press on 4 or 5 asparagus pieces, and sprinkle with pine nuts, green onions, flaky sea salt, and a spritz of lemon juice. Enjoy warm or at room temperature.
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Friday Feels + Coming Clean

TGIF, amiright?!? Raise your hand if you are SO ready for the weekend. *pick me, pick me.* Same. It’s been a hot minute since I’ve done a Friday Feelings post, and today I’m Coming Clean.

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We’re got some real shit to talk about here, friends. I’ve been doing an extraordinary amount of thinking these days. And that’s saying something because my mind is already essentially a constant beehive of thoughts, buzzing around and bumping into each other. After all this mental work, I’ve built up a whole pile of sweet, juicy honey that I’m ready to pour out onto you today. (Is that analogy too weird? Sorry…)

Disordered eating. Orthorexia. Health obsession. Whatever you want to call it, it’s the wild, busy, never-stops-working beehive mess that I need to talk about. Because unhealthy food relationships plague up to 75% of women and are a serious mental and physical health issue.

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When most people think of someone with an unhealthy relationship with food, it’s common for them to picture a rail-thin, ghost-like waif of a human. But it’s so much more than that. Disordered eating can manifest as calorie restriction, purging, or uncontrollable binge eating. But the sinister thing is that it’s not always glaringly obvious. And that’s why I’m compelled to call myself out. To come clean.

If you follow me, you know I significantly injured myself a few weeks ago. And as a result, the doc ordered no gym for a few weeks. And that’s when some disordered eating bees starting buzzing around in the hive… I have struggled with some much more serious disordered eating in the past (which I plan to write about in near future) but I thought I was way past that. I was waaaaaay wrong.

Since my injury, I’ve had thoughts like “I need to get in as much low-impact movement as possible to avoid putting on weight” and “I should eat less fat and carbs while I’m not being active“. There has been so much panic about the possibility of long-term recovery and rest. THIS IS NOT OK. It’s not normal to be so freaked out at the idea of not going to the gym that you can’t sleep.

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It’s not healthy to attempt to be perfectly healthy all the time. [Have to give a huge shout out to Alexis for giving me the bravery to admit that.] When it comes down to it, fighting to be perfect at anything can lead to mountains of stress. And stress can end up doing more harm than good.

The fact that I’ve been so stressed about not working out and subsequently trying to “make up for it” by restricting my food has been a huge wake up call for me. It has opened my eyes to the dark corners of my mind where disordered eating thoughts like to hide. And I’m ready to shine a light allllll over that dusty place.

I’m getting help. I’m talking to a professional. I’m talking to my partner and my friends and the people who I trust most. And I’m telling all of you. Because the more people know what disordered eating looks like, the less people have to suffer.

The same way we go to the chiropractor when we fall out of a yoga pose and nearly break our neck (still so embarrassing), we must also seek advice for wounds of the mind and soul. I’ve turned to some pretty incredible podcasts, online resources, books, and friends in this time of hurt and struggle. And I want anyone out there to know that you CAN and MUST get the help you need. Even if it’s just talking to a friend. Or shooting me an email. People are here and we want to listen.

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Phew, thanks for letting me get that off my chest, friends. I know it’s some seriously heavy shizzz. This blog is my outlet and my expression and I appreciate every single person who has ever skimmed its pages. LOVE YEW. Have a great weekend, I hope it’s filled with peace and cat memes.

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