South Carolina continues to tease me with brisk 60-degree mornings and sweaty 88-degree afternoons. Still, the battle for fall raged on with this morning’s breakfast: hot oatmeal. I haven’t had hot oatmeal since… I don’t know. I’ve been on a smoothie kick and prior to that a cold oats kick. Hot oatmeal is for cold temperatures, so I enjoyed this bowl with PB, honey and banana out on the porch this morning.
My lunch included leftover lentils from Stew, brown rice cous cous, avocado, melon, peaches, hummus and a vegan GF berry bar from Stew’s mom.
There’s usually a pretty good reason why I eat everything that I eat. If you read often, you know that most of my meals are combined in a similar way (bean, whole grain, greens, fruit).
Why I ate these things:
- Lentils – delicious, protein
- Brown rice – delicous, carb, complete protein w/lentils
- Avocado – delicous, fat
- Melon and peaches – delicious, phytochemicals
- Hummus – delicious, protein, fat
- Berry bar – delicious, fat, protein… SUGAR
Common denominator: delicious. People say they admire my “discipline” in the way I eat. I don’t see it that way. I don’t eat what I don’t like. (Hello, cucumbers.) It would take discipline for me NOT to eat this way.
It’s true that vegetarians can’t get a complete protein (one with all 9 essential amino acids) without eating an egg. But it’s also true that eating combinations of foods (whole grains, nuts & seeds, legumes) that together have all 9 is just fine as well… and way more delicious. So that’s why I eat this way. If God made food… then God made vegetarian food incomplete proteins so we’d be forced to combine them into delicious things. Just saying.
As for my “free” time… It’s not really free at all. I just got out of work early because I have to be at a training thing on Friday when I normally would not be working. While I realize this adds up to no real free time at all (and I’m using this “free” time to work anyway), I still have that giddy after-school feeling that hits around 3pm. I believe this is why people in office settings can’t function at 3pm. It’s ingrained in us from a very young age that at 3pm the day ends, your mom greets you with an after school snack and you play Nintendo until dinner time. Think about it.
My favorite childhood afternoon snacks included:
- Rainbow popcicles
- Bagels with butter
Today’s after school snack:
Do you eat an after [insert daily activity here] snack? What is it?