Breakfast: overnight oats are just so delicious if you keep them interesting with lots of different add-ins. Here I used almond milk, a banana, unsweetened coconut flakes and dried (sweetened) cranberries.
Breakfast: I am a HUGE fan of leftovers, and can even happily eat them for breakfast, like I did with this leftover Indian food and a coconut lentil curry I made at home. My curry was made with just onion, carrots, parsnips and bamboo shoots, simmered in coconut milk and curry powder (along with a couple other spices like cumin and turmeric). I cooked the lentils in my rice cooker with some vegetable stock and mixed that in later. The Indian takeout was saag panner (cheese cooked in a spinach mixture) and chicken tikka masala, a rich and creamy tomato sauce. Over leftover basmati rice, this was a super filling and flavorful breakfast that kept me full until late in the afternoon.
Lunch: My friend Jess (a Registered Dietitian who I actually met through WordPress!) and I went to yoga one day and then ate lunch at MP Taverna. It was delicious! I had “Grandma’s” Greek meatballs (served with lemon, pita and tzatziki) and the “MP salad,” a winning combination of lettuce, cucumber, tomato, kalamata olives, onion, feta, and peppers. I had to take half of this home, and it was great for lunch again the next day.
Lunch: I found myself near Shake Shack in the late afternoon one day and since I hadn’t had lunch yet, I decided to try their famous Chicago dog (did you know that Shake Shack started as a hot-dog-cart?). It was good but a bit hard to eat with all the toppings, which made the bottom of the bun a bit soggy. I liked it but their burgers are just so good, I found myself wishing I’d ordered a burger instead.
Snack: I’ve been drinking a quarter cup (about 2 fluid oz.) of aloe juice daily. Here I had it with water and pomegranate juice made by LO Fruit Beverage. These beverages are Kosher, vegan, gluten-free (duh) and low on the glycemic index; one 10-oz serving of LO has roughly the same amount of calories (35 – 45), carbs (8 – 11 grams), and sugars (7 – 10 grams) as found in one whole fruit. The flavor is surprisingly strong considering that it’s basically watered down juice, and I actually prefer this watered down version than regular juice, which I find is often sickeningly sweet, even when it doesn’t contain added sugars. It has a unique aftertaste that reminds me of kombucha, or another sparkling beverage, although it’s not sparkling. I’ve tried out a couple other flavors so far and am enjoying them as a juice substitute.