Tuesday, July 5, 2011

4th of July recap, eats, and Sushi lunch!

Good morning!

So yesterday I had a nice 4th of July dinner with my parents - they had ribs, potato, grilled corn and some salad, while I just had the grilled corn and salad. I was feeling so not hungry by the time dinner rolled around, so I opted not to have tofu but just add some edamame to my salad. I had had a rather voluminous lunch (1/2 cup cooked millet with spinach and broccoli, hummus, and some chocolate for dessert) and then a heavy snack (~1 cup of greek yogurt, pb, and jam.)

However, I didn't hear the end of how small my dinner looked, and that this was a 'diet' dinner. Yes, I understand it was the 4th of July and everyone was feasting, but I just wasn't feeling it. I listened to my hunger.

Nevertheless, I made a special "4th of July" themed dessert that was delish. I mad Katie's fudge dadies and topped them with her coconut banana butter and some blueberries and grapes to try to tie all the colors in with Independence Day :)

Unfortunately I didn't get a picture, but they were yummy. My parents loved them. In other words, success! The brownies were ooey gooey (I tossed some extra chocolate chips in there) and the butter complemented them perfectly.

I've been on such a grape kick lately. It used to be I greatly disliked them - maybe it's because I associate them with feasting Romans...

But lately I've been eating them cold from the fridge, and they're divine! I've tried them frozen, but didn't like them much... Too icy and chewy in my opinion. But refrigerated they turn sweet, just crisp and crunchy enough... perfect.

What else have I been eating lately?

For breaky, I had something I've never had before - chocolate banana oats!
 Naked. 1/2 cup oats, 1 verrrry ripe banana, 
1.25 cups water, and about 1 Tbsp. sweet Ghirardelli cocoa powder.

Dressed! With drippy drippy almond butter.

Up-front-and-personal with the wonderfulness. 
My attempt at 'artful' decoration.

After this I got ready and headed over to my doctor's appointment. She said I've gained back a little, and am now at the minimum of where I should be. She wants me to gain a little more so I'll be in a safe space when I go back to college. Apparently she expects that with the extra walking at campus, the stress of work, etc. that I will lose weight, so she wants to create a buffer zone. 

I'm not sure how I feel about that. Most of the time I feel large and bloated, and it annoys me that I don't have to be that weight all the time. It also annoys me that she expects me to lose weight. I mean, what if I don't lose weight? What if I gain weight? Last Fall, when started my Freshman semester, is when I started gaining weight, despite all the walking around.
It's just kind of nerve-racking, I suppose.

Afterward my madre and I ran some errands (I picked up some silver paint for the bureaus in my room that I'm repainting) and by the end of the morning I was feeling kind of faint and hungry, so we stopped and got bubble tea! :) It was yummeh. My mom got almond flavor, and I got soy hazelnut. We shopped some more, then had lunch at a sushi restaurant.

A lot of people think it's hard to be vegan or vegetarian at sushi restaurants, surrounded by raw fish, but it's actually quite simple! Here are the things I tend to order when I'm getting my Japanese food on:

  1. Avocado roll - love this. So yummy, rich, yet simple.
  2. Edamame - steamed and salted, this is a great, tasty source of non-fish protein
  3. Miso soup - not very nutritious, but still vegan and yummy
  4. Tofu cheesecake. No words. So good.
 We meandered down the street a while, and came across a cute boutique where everything was 50% off! I got two cute tops that I <3 before my mom treated me to a pedicure (and eyebrow wax - but we'll keep that shush shush ;] )

When I got home, it was snack time!

 About 1 cup of almond milk, three cups of blueberries, and 3 ice cubes.
It looks good, but it tasted kind of meh. I think I like my smoothies a bit thicker. 
And no, I did not eat the chard sticks ;)

 On that note, I hope you had a great Tuesday!


  1. Ugh, I hate when you're just not hungry, and everybody gets sooo up in your face about it! I actually cannot eat a small meal without being accused that I'm trying to lose weight.

    P.S. I love your blog! So glad I found it. Don't be too hard on yourself :)

  2. Thanks for commenting Emily!

    I know what you mean. I feel bad when people criticize me about not eating much, but I feel even worse when I force myself to eat a bunch when I'm not hungry. It's a bit of a dilemma, really.