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WIAW + what I wanted to eat

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You might be pulling faces at my title, but I’m linguistically challenged at the moment, working most of the day with numbers and all sorts of things, so please bear with me.

The idea behind today’s WIAW is to show what I actually ate and what I had would ideally have liked to eat. Now that I’ve got the two jobs and am working full day and then bouncing off (or dragging myself) to do some power walking with a pal after work, there isn’t much time to actually make sumptuous meals or take grand photos, so I’m pretty much stuck with what I have to eat when I’m in fact wishing I had time to make some favourites. I’m sure I’m not the only one who sits with a sad meal and thinks wistfully back to better eats. So here it is: what I had and what I wanted!

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Breakfast/05h30: 1/2 cup oats with cinnamon and hot water, 1/2 papaya + coffee. Meh.breakfastpawWhat I wanted: warm mango smoothie bowl. These days I’m too busy to use my smoothie machine/blender because mornings are always hectic with four foster cats and two of our own, plus our own selves to feed, clothe and what not, hence the papaya frenzy and oats of late. Still, there’d be nothing better on a chilly morning to get the best of all worlds and heat up a spicy smoothie to eat with a spoon (or just eat it chilled if you’re up north).

smoothietop3Second breakfast/08h00: 2 TBSP protein powder with hot water, cinnamon and some Stevia. Needless to say it doesn’t mix well. o.0soydrinkWhat I wanted: Spicy hot cross bun hot chocolate – this stuff is the bomb diggity. Spicy, warm, delicious, and still solidly healthy and nutritious. Win-win! For those in the spring/summer parts of the world there’s also a chilly Spicy hot cross bun smoothie.

hotcrossbunsmpoonedchocTea-time snack/11h00: Granny smith appleapplebiteWhat I wanted: Stacked sweet potato rounds – YUM YUM YUM! Man-thing was a pie and for my first day on the new (second) job got me a bottle of almond butter – what a dreamboat! ❤ I have all sorts of dastardly plans for it, as I well should, because a jar of almond butter without plans just means I’ll eat it all with a spoon or hands. So this stacked business is definitely happening this weekend!

forkedpotatotop3Lunch/13h20: steamed zucchini, green beans and a lentil version of Vegan Richa’s awesome white bean frittata + coffee.frittatabitesWhat I wanted: I love Richa’s frittata so no complaints there! One feels a bit like a neanderthal sitting on cold steps eating out of tupperware, so perhaps instead of change of food I’d prefer a change of setting.

Post-work/16h00ish: 1 banana + carrot as fuel for a post-work power walk at 16h45ish. Before my pal pitched I was also busy taking photos for the upcoming ebook, so there was a bite of some deliciousness as well (look at the end of the post – it’s one of those lovelies!).bananabites carrotbitesWhat I wanted: Gingerbread pumpkin pretzel protein bars (because protein for exercise, totally, not because it’s like pudding at an illegitimate time).

frostinggalore1Dinner/18h45: steamed zucchini with homemade tomato sauce and topped with some root veggie chips (delicious!) + turnips plus salad. Note: these bowls are HUGE. I didn’t actual get to the salad! *le sigh* dinnerwantWhat I wanted: sprouted zucchini pasta with sundried tomato sauce + salad. So, not much of a radical difference but the box of zucchini I got was filled with tiny munchkins that are too small to spiralize so steamed it is. I LOVE raw pasta – it just makes me feel like a kitchen queen, and it makes me glee a little to know that it creeps Man-thing out a little.

lookslikeseafood-11Dessert/20h00ish: soy milk + oat bran + 1 TBSP flax powder, 1 tsp carob powder with boiling water, and 2 protein hot drinks. Oh, and the other half of the papaya from this morning as my “something sweet”. I know a lot of people think I’m insane but it’s more just for a creamy drink than anything else. Plus it kept me strong and going to make a big batch of lentils so I can consume more whole foods the rest of the week. I don’t actually enjoy the idea of getting my protein from powder, just weird yumness. carobdrink soyeve soypawpawWhat I wanted: apricot PB freezer treats – I LOVE these things so hard, I’m going to have to make it again soon!

caramelbiteSo yes, there you have it! It was a crazy busy day, and I did some fun “monkey work” AKA filling in and changing stuff and playing around on excel, all of which are easy ways to keep me amused for hours. Then I got to my second job and had to deal with coffee machines and more grunt work, but overall I am so psyched to be doing two jobs – breaking free from sitting in one spot all day and working in different environments really stimulates my brain in a magical way and gets me excited. 😀 So the eats and my blog may suffer for a bit whilst I try and work out a new life schedule or pattern, so please bear with me, but I am working hard on the upcoming ebook which promises to be barrels of fun and full of feasting. Here are a few teasers thus far! 😀squarerootcollage

Remember you can download my first ebook, Crafty Carrots, for free by clicking below. If you’ve tried any of the recipes from there please let me know or snap a pic and share on Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest!

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Author: Marfigs

Ahoy, I’m Margaux! History teacher and freelance editor; wench to my Man-thing; volunteer at a cat shelter; and handmaiden to our kitsy cats, Gatsby, Freyja and Atlas. This blog is dedicated to vegan food, occasionally overthrown by pictures of foster kittens and other fluffy creatures. I love sharing ideas and recipes, so don't be shy: stop by and say hi!

8 thoughts on “WIAW + what I wanted to eat

  1. What a fun post! I only work 1 job but I’m out of the house almost 10 hours a day so I usually don’t get to eat homemade meals like I’d prefer. I also eat at my desk most of the time so the atmosphere is definitely not ideal!

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    • Thank you! 😀 Yeesh, what do you do that keeps you out 10 hours a day?? It definitely makes one feel more human to sit at a table that isn’t covered in work and munch at food – I find if I sit at a computer (which I do in the evenings for dinner) I don’t really appreciate/taste the food as much. A lot of people make tons of pre-made meals that look fabulous, so perhaps one should dedicate a day on the weekend to whipping up burritos and other things (cake is also surely a food group for lunch :D). Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. I’ve tried all three diets- veganism, vegetarianism, and a meat diet and I’ve always felt the healthiest with a vegan diet. Eating meat always made my energy levels decline and milk and eggs did the same but to a lesser degree. Plenty of protein can be found in so many natural vegan sources so the myth that vegans don’t get enough protein is wrong too. Keep up your good work.

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    • Thanks for your comment Corey – it’s always interesting to read what other people have tried and tested! I was exactly the same on an omnivore diet – constant naps and low to no energy. I think the problem is also combinations – meat on bread or with high carbs which don’t always suit all bodies and cause massive energy drops. Cheese by itself was fine but then a thousand cheese sandwiches not so much 😉

      I used to be much better about eating a variety of protein sources from nature/whole foods but after some rough health patches lately the protein powder frenzy seemed to be the less stressful option for my body, but I’m trying to push forward to more sources – as you say one does actually get enough anyway! I sometimes calculate my daily protein totals just for fun (the kind of dork I am) and always hit my target and above (even without the powders!) from veggies, soy milk, etc. 😀

      Anyway, can’t wait to get home and check out all the other WIAWs – I hope you also participated! Super curious to see what everyone’s up to 🙂

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  3. Happy WIAW and thanks for linking up.

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    • Thank you Meghan! Can’t wait to go home and catch up on everyone’s links (including your post! I briefly saw the awesome theme – definitely going to gank that at some point :D)

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  4. It was so refreshing to see your honesty in what you ate for the day – lumpy protein drinks, yep it happens lol. Loving those teasers for your upcoming ebook, that pink cheesecake (?) looks amazing!

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    • Thank you! Hahah it drive me NUTS but I refuse to whip out the whisker – the package says “mix with water” but then it should add “for lumpy goo” instead of some nonsense about being a flavourful addition to any meal (lies). :p

      The pink thing is a freezer treat (my favourite kind!) but it was SO much fun to make – my first zebra cake 😀 When there’s tofu in the shops again I want to make a fridge cheesecake version as well.

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