I did not forget about WIAW! I wrote out this post and everything yesterday, but with all the packing it went a bit haywire, so I present my WIAW, as always, on a Thursday. 🙂
Breakfast/05:30: Frozen pumpkin, zucchini, and granny smith apple peppermint smoothie bowl with 1/3 cup buckwheat groats. This is pretty much my standard breakfast now, because it’s just that delicious. Since my smoothie mug broke I’m rocking the bowl, but this is actually doing wonders for me – I’ll be talking more about digestion on day 16 if all goes according to schedule.Second breakfast/07:00: Coffee and 1 medium carrotTea-time/10:00: Also becoming standard – 2 rice crackers with 2 tsp tahini. I love tahini – it doesn’t react with me like peanut butter does, and is just super filling!
Carrot bean balls (makes 6-7/serves 2):
- 1/2 cup cooked brown rice
- 1 cup thickly grated carrot
- 1 TBSP flax powder + 3 TBSP water, mixed and left to gel
- big handful basil leaves
- 2 TBSP tomato paste
- 1 tsp tahini
- Smoked paprika, thyme, oregano
- Optional: 1/4 – 1/3 cup chickpea flour
- In your food processor blend until broken down and the mixture clumps together – do not blend it too fine! For a firmer fritter add the chickpea flour
- Take super heaped TBSP-sized portions of the mix and shape it into fritters, then fry over medium heat in a pan for approx 8 minutes per side.
- These aren’t super hard or firm fritters, because I like being able to mash them around in my food. 😀
Post-work snack/16:30: a small pear + some steamed pumpkin. Dinner/18:00: lots of steamed veggies, 1 steamed gem squash, and 1/2 cup TVP stew. Because we’re moving later this week and have to switch off the fridge on Friday (sadness!) I can’t make and freeze soup, so we’re taking dinner one step at a time as opposed to our usual fare. I’m also not always a fan of TVP but these are slap-dash circumstances!
Post-dinner/20:00: some hot carob (boiling water, 30ml milk + 1 tsp carob powder), soy milk + cinnamon + 1 TBSP flax (it’s like pudding!), radishes, carrots, cucumber with 1 vegan sausauge- I get roaring late-night munchies so I make sure to steam stuff and have it on hand for when I need to power up to power down. :p Today even steamed veggies couldn’t sate me – not sure why but I was just non-stop hungry. And you know what, then I just munch, because there’s no point in beating yourself up if your body is nagging. We spent most of the evening packing boxes anyhow, which is how I get famished!
I know there’s all sorts of different advice out there about not eating too close to bedtime, and blah blah, but I’ve experimented on all sides of the spectrum, and I’d rather not wake up at 03:00 because I’m famished and my stomach feels like it’s eating itself! I’ve implemented our early dinner routine since day one in the household because, as whack as my eating schedule and quantities were back in the day, dinner was always an early affair, and I absolutely hate sitting down to a ginormous meal at 20h30 or so. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with some light grazing before bed, especially if it calms down the binge monster.
Anyway, I figured I might as well share a snap of our crazy madness as it progresses. As much as I’d love to Tetris the pants out of packing it is unfortunately rather difficult in such cramped quarters. Still, I think we’ve done pretty well thus far! Obviously our most precious items, the cat and computers, are left unpacked until the very last moment, as well as the blender, but it’s amazing what one can live without for a few days.