June 8-9 Food Diary

June 8th

I finally tried making vegan French toast, and am pretty darn excited about it. I never thought I’d be having authentic-tasting French toast again!

In the afternoon I lifted weights, then went on a Whole Foods + cupcake adventure with G. When she suggested eating dinner at Whole Foods, I figured that meant just grazing from the salad bar–little did I know that ours has a restaurant attached! I ended up getting a burger AND an adorable mini red velvet cupcake after that despite eating quite a bit a few hours before… whoops. At least it helped with muscle growth? 😛

Cutest cupcake ever?

Exercise: lifting + walked 4 miles

Breakfast

  • Whole wheat chia french toast

Lunch

  • Veggies and chick’n strips

Preworkout

  • Yukon gold potato and chick’n strips
  • Zucchini protein bar

Dinner

  • Vegan burger and fries
  • Mini red velvet cupcake

Snacks

  • 1/3 whole wheat toast with almond butter
  • Tea with soymilk

June 9th

I spent much of the day with my boyfriend, including amazing yellow curry at a Thai restaurant at night. I’ve been waiting for vegan yellow curry paste to appear in stores for over a year now, and finally decided to order some online. So excited to make my own HCLF version of the curry I love!

150 cals for a giant bowl of strawberry coconut nicecream!

Chick’n strips and veggies

Exercise: walked 2.5 miles

Breakfast

  • Peanut butter protein pancakes

Lunch

  • Chick’n strips and veggies
  • Zucchini protein bar
  • Strawberry coconut nicecream

Dinner

  • Thai yellow curry with tofu and veggies and brown rice

Snacks

  • Tea with soymilk
  • Prunes
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June 6-7 Food Diary

June 6th

I made a batch of zucchini chocolate chip protein bars in the morning, and they were MIND BLOWING. Only 100 cals each, with 5g protein and they taste like fudgy cookie-brownie hybrids!

I also went on a hike with my boyfriend in the afternoon, and decided to forgo an Italian restaurant date with him so I could have lentil soup instead. Sometimes I just crave some serious veggies.

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Unfortunately he doesn’t like to look normal in photos

Exercise: Lifting and walked/hiked 5.2 miles

Breakfast

  • Chocolate chip zucchini protein bars
  • Almond butter and chocolate chips

Lunch

  • Zucchini, broccoli, and chick’n strips
  • Multigrain tortilla chips and raisins

Afternoon snack

  • Tea with soymilk

Dinner

  • Lentil soup with kale, tomato, potato, celery, mushrooms, and TVP

Night snack

  • Zucchini protein bar

June 7th

I ended up spending most of the day trying to make my cat feel better, because he got in a fight on the 5th. The poor guy is limping and generally very unhappy 😦

Chocolate chip peanut butter protein pancakes with caramelized banana sauce

Curried lentil stew with tons of veggies

Exercise: walked 2.5 miles + 45 mins biking

Breakfast

  • Peanut butter protein pancakes

Lunch

  • Lentil soup with veggies and TVP
  • Zucchini protein bars

Dinner

  • Apple and pb2

Night snack

  • Dark chocolate pearls

June 4-5 Food Diary

June 4th

I continued my packing job in the morning, then had to run to Home depot for more boxes. Fuunnn times.

Lunch, however, actually was fun: I’d picked up a cute little ciabatta roll from Sprouts a few days before, and finally had it with my intended tomato soup. The soup included kale and mushrooms, and it was SO creamy and amazing! And it only took 10 minutes. I definitely need to make it more.

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Leftover peppered “pork”

Exercise: walked 5 miles

Breakfast

  • Multigrain bagel with tofutti and tomato

Lunch

  • Tomato veggie soup with ciabatta

Afternoon snack

  • Tea with soymilk
  • Dark chocolate

Dinner

  • Leftover peppered “pork” with jasmine and brown rice

Night snack

  • Peanut butter protein nice cream
  • Almond butter and chocolate chips

June 5th

I had a dentist appointment in the morning, and my face was numb and bizarre-looking for 7 hours from the novocaine! Luckily, it wore off just in time for a Veggie Grill dinner with my boyfriend.

But the numb face did mean I decided to postpone my usual Friday lifting to Saturday instead… I did end up packing and lifting more boxes for an hour or two though.

Boyfriend’s order of santa fe “chicken” sandwich

Exercise: walked 4.5 miles

Breakfast

  • Toast with almond butter and chocolate chips

Lunch

  • Tofurkey and tofutti
  • Chick’n strips
  • Carrot

Snacks

  • Tea with soymilk

Dinner

  • Buffalo bomber sandwich and fries from Veggie Grill

Night snack

  • Apple carrot beet juice

June 2-3 Food Diary

June 2nd

I spent most of the day running errands (and eating beans, in typical vegan fashion). My car needed a smog check, so I brought it up to the mechanic and walked home. The second I got home, they called me to come pick it up!

I also walked to the grocery store afterwards, but despite all that, I still walked less than I averaged while at college. I miss walking all day and running at night! I wish my hip would get back with the program…

At night I experimented with black beans and made a brownie batter/pudding type dish because I was craving chocolate. Being able to get lots of legume-based protein, fiber, AND chocolate is like a dream come true! Sadly I couldn’t get a good photo because the natural light was long gone… but one of these days I’ll have it for breakfast and photograph it.

This batch of mung bean paste lost its pretty pale yellow color because I added homemade low fat sweetened condensed coconut milk.... totally worth it.

This batch of mung bean paste lost its pretty pale yellow color because I added homemade low fat sweetened condensed coconut milk…. totally worth it.

Exercise: walked 5 miles

Breakfast

  • Mung beans and sticky rice

Lunch

  • Multigrain bagel with tofutti and tomato
  • Tofurkey slices on crackers

Afternoon snack

  • Tea with soymilk

Dinner

  • Black bean protein brownie batter

Night snack

  • Almond butter and chocolate chips

June 3rd

I had to move my brother’s stuff to a storage unit, so I’m pretty sure I went up and down my stairs about 40 times. And moved a lot of boxes. AND lifted weights after all of that!

So I felt like my Sipz (aka restaurant of vegan feasting) date with my boyfriend at night was well deserved. And protein filled and delicious. He also randomly got me flowers 🙂

Peppered “pork” with brown rice and veggies

Also, after moving the stuff into a storage unit (well, round one of doing so), my dad and I revisited our old tradition of Robek’s smoothies. I’m glad it was something I can still have and is actually quite healthy, unlike our other old tradition of fancy crackers and cheese!

Exercise: Lifting + walked 4.5 miles

Breakfast

  • Multigrain bagel with tofutti and tomato

Lunch

  • Robek’s acai energizer smoothie with soy protein (minus the dairy)

Post-workout

  • Chick’n strips, leftover mung bean paste

Dinner

  • Vegan peppered pork with brown rice, broccoli, and mushrooms

Night snack

  • Tea with soymilk

May 31 – June 1 Food Diary

May 31st

I attempted to make vegan french toast in the morning, but there was some craziness going on in my house and it ended up getting scorched because I couldn’t get back to the kitchen to flip it. I scraped off the black part and the rest was delicious, but it wasn’t pretty to look at. One of these days I’ll get a nice photo of french toast!

I also went to dinner with my boyfriend and his family at an amazing Indian restaurant I’d never been to before. Definitely a new favorite!

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Chana masala + jasmine rice

Exercise: walked 3 miles + biked 7 miles

Breakfast

  • One slice of vegan french toast with almond butter

Lunch

  • Raw protein oatmeal

Afternoon snack

  • Tea with soymilk
  • Crackers with chick’n strips and tofutti

Dinner

  • Chana masala with jasmine rice

Night snack

  • Dark chocolate

June 1st

I finally got my hands on some split mung beans and sticky rice after looking for it for ages: neither Whole Foods nor Sprouts carries them, so I finally went to an Asian-specific grocery store. I had them for breakfast using my makeshift steamer (strainer over a pot) and it was amazing! I could hardly believe the mung bean macros either: 13g protein and 12g fiber in 160 cals.

It was so good I ended up making more at night, this time with low-fat sweetened condensed coconut milk instead of just coconut sugar. The mung beans ended up looking brown and uglier, but it was totally worth it.

Sweet mung beans with sticky rice

 

Exercise: Lifting + walked 3 miles

Breakfast

  • Sweet mung beans and sticky rice with shredded coconut

Lunch

  • Leftover chana masala with jasmine rice

Pre-workout

  • Potato and chick’n strips

Dinner

  • Sweet mung beans and sticky rice

Night snack

  • Tea with soymilk
  • Spicy maya chocolate pod

May 30 Food Diary

May 30th

I’ve been itching for a hike for awhile now, but my hip injury has forced me to put it off. Until Saturday, that is! It’s still painful when I tweak it on rocks and weird angles, but finally being able to walk without a limp is so nice.

G (my favorite San Diegan, in case it wasn’t obvious) was on board for a morning hike, and she suggested some lovely trails near a beach cliff that I also hiked over winter break. It was foggy and perfect–I’m a tad heat intolerant so I love the rare occasions when it’s cool here in the summer. I also took the opportunity to get used to my Gopro, which I bought in December for a Hawaii trip I’m taking in 3 weeks. It can get a bit confusing with all the phone syncing and whatnot so I’d like to be at least somewhat proficient in it before I’m underwater with sea turtles!

We went to the mall and Veggie Grill afterwards for a post-hike lunch. I’ve only been to Veggie Grill three times since it opened 2 years ago, but I’m a bit obsessed… I need to go there more. Sadly my boyfriend isn’t the biggest fan based on the one dish he’s tried there 😦

Breakfast

  • Raw protein oatmeal

Lunch

  • Buffalo chick’n sandwich with french fries

Afternoon snack

  • Godiva dark chocolate pearls

Dinner

  • Black bean sweet potato chili

Night snack

  • Whole wheat bread with almond butter

May 28-29 Food Diary

May 28th

A few weeks ago, I veganized turtle bars that were always a favorite with my friends. I made a batch on the 28th and ended up eating waayyy too many. (As per usual with me and “new” pastries–I eat less once they lose their newness/allure.) At least it was worth it, because my boyfriend and friends seemed to be happy to have them again, and one friend requested another batch! The recipe is on my recipe-only blog.

Sometimes the occasional pastry splurge is nice to get the cravings out of my system. 😉

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Breakfast

  • Sweet potato fudge

Lunch

  • Chick’n strips
  • Homemade turtle bars

Afternoon snack

  • Tea with soymilk

Dinner

  • Burrito with pinto beans, rice, guacamole, veggies

May 29th

In the morning I made a double batch of carrot apple beet ginger juice to get some extra nutrients in my system after eating mostly flour, sugar, and vegan butter the day before. Carrot juice is so darn delicious!

I also lifted weights and got tons of protein throughout the day in the hopes of making up for my relative lack of protein on the 28th.

I was going to my boyfriend’s house at night and wanted to avoid our usual habit of eating at restaurants, so I brought my own cute little dinner to go: red curry with noodles. His family said it looked delicious and asked me where I got it, and they were all shocked when I said I made it myself. I tend to forget how unusual my cooking habit is until I’m confronted by people who are surprised by it…

I also had my last turtle bar and homemade thin mint (for the time being) while at his house–I think I’m off pastries for awhile now because I no longer feel like having them!

Dinner to go!

It looks much prettier on a plate than in the tupperware 🙂

Breakfast

  • Homemade carrot apple beet ginger juice

Lunch

  • Raw protein oatmeal

Post-workout

  • Peanut butter banana protein shake

Dinner

  • Homemade red curry with maifun noodles, tofu, and veggies
  • Homemade carrot apple beet ginger juice

Night snack

  • Dates
  • Turtle bar & thin mint
  • Grapes and grape nuts