Breakfast this morning started with ice cream! Ok, not ice cream, per se, a smoothie, by definition; the consistency was quite thick, more akin to a soft serve ice cream. It was quite tasty and so thick that I couldn’t drink it. I actually needed to use a spoon. I noticed that I wake up earlier and more alert in the mornings since starting this 22 day challenge last week. This has afforded me the time that I need to make my breakfasts and actually enjoy them before heading out to work. So, on this day, I sat in my living room, scooping my peach/banana creation out or a cup with a spoon and enjoying it like it was an ice cream treat. Then it occurred to me…textures…my fight with textures in the morning, my fight with having non-traditional breakfast items for breakfast…look! NO RESISTANCE! I enjoyed my smoothie and then headed out to work.
For lunch, I enjoyed a leftover black bean burger with a small side jicama spinach salad with smoky avocado dressing. These leftovers were amazing. If you haven’t read the Day 6 Blog, then you should, it gives great details about how wonderful this recipe really is and how much my husband and I actually enjoyed it.
My afternoon snack was a wonderful golden raisin and almond mix. It doesn’t sound like a lot but it served its intended purpose, was quite satisfying and tasty.
By the time that I got home from work, I had looked at the dinner menu more than once. In all honesty was I approaching this meal with much trepidation and anxiety. I think that for some reason, my saboteur was trying to pay a visit, and I hastened my way to the kitchen to start preparations. Dinner was to be brown rice with a steamed green of choice. I decided to have brown rice and spinach. Suddenly, as I was cooking, something amazing happened…that intuitive cook that I used to be when I cooked whatever was in my heart and always ended up terrific, she showed up and took over! The next thing that I knew I was adding the spinach to the rice, steaming it with various and sundry combinations of dry and fresh herbs and spices. Suddenly, the Brussel sprouts appeared with a lovely balsamic glaze and the avocado flew off of the menu, sliced itself, and landed nicely on the plate. I was amazed at the wonderful culinary feast before me. It was tasty and while I could have presented it a little better I will confess this now…while EVERYTHING looks and tastes better on Fiestaware, I do not do dishes on Friday nights – never have, never will. So, I resorted to my finest chinette! Nevertheless, the meal was fantastic!Then came the dessert…as I have stated previously, I’m not a dessert person, I prefer fruit to cakes and pies, I have no sweet tooth, but I find that this challenge calls for desserts and I have only tried one. So, I decided to give it a good try. I make chocomole, a chocolate pudding sort of recipe with vanilla, pure cacao powder, agave or maple syrup and an avocado. I don’t like chocolate. This was a LOT of chocolate; however, the avocado gave it a nice texture and I actually enjoyed a few spoons full. Still not a dessert person.
I learned a few things about myself today…I can and I will have non-traditional breakfast items now for breakfast without hesitation. I will make the best of this, no matter what because I am feeling great, sleeping soundly, and having a good time. I will try desserts more often because its fun to challenge myself to live outside of my nurtured and convenient comfort zone.