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!
Breakfast/05h30: 1/2 cup oats with cinnamon and hot water, 1/2 papaya + coffee. Meh.What 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).
Second breakfast/08h00: 2 TBSP protein powder with hot water, cinnamon and some Stevia. Needless to say it doesn’t mix well. o.0What 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.
Tea-time snack/11h00: Granny smith appleWhat 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!
Lunch/13h20: steamed zucchini, green beans and a lentil version of Vegan Richa’s awesome white bean frittata + coffee.What 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!). What I wanted: Gingerbread pumpkin pretzel protein bars (because protein for exercise, totally, not because it’s like pudding at an illegitimate time).
Dinner/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* What 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.
Dessert/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. What I wanted: apricot PB freezer treats – I LOVE these things so hard, I’m going to have to make it again soon!
So 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! 😀
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!