I still haven’t decided on dinner. It’s probably going to be a smoothie, with spinach, banana, frozen berries, a little frozen mango, and almond milk. (LOL I guess I’ve decided.) I’ve had potatoes the last couple of days, so I want something different.
Today was an interesting food day. I didn’t have any oats prepared, so I brought four energy balls and a jar of soup. I ate three of the energy balls for breakfast. Then for lunch I had the soup, but I realized I forgot the huge bowl I usually bring to heat it up. I used a paper bowl from the work kitchen instead, so I ended up only having a small amount and saving the rest. The after lunch I had the last energy ball. Except I wasn’t feeling great. Like, I said before, I think the soup has too much sodium, and it’s not sitting well. I add water, because it’s very thick, but that doesn’t help much. So it wasn’t the best meal.
But what I want to talk about is the Salad I had (capital S intentional). My co-worker (she calls me “neighbor” because we sit next to each other), was eating a salad and I could see chickpeas, so I asked her about it. She was also cutting up an avocado to put in it. The one thing (ok, two things) I haven’t been able to incorporate in my plant based diet is avocados and raw tomatoes. I think avocados are tasteless and tomatoes are just gross (yeah I’m one of those people.) This salad had both. But she said she dressed the salad with vinegar and I should try it, so I did. And it was AMAZING! But first let me give you the complete rundown of what was in it, because I will be making it very soon:
The salad was mixed spring greens, chickpeas, quinoa, cherry tomatoes, avocado, capers and black olives, dressed with vinegar, no oil. Sounds amazing, right? It was! It’s like it was made especially for my diet! And it was delicious. I have quinoa in the pantry, waiting to be used somehow, and I love black olives, and I’ve experimented with capers (my mom used to love them). So I am going to make this salad in a jar for next week. After I ate it, it was like it made up for the salty soup. I felt amazing! I’m sad I have to wait until I go the store this weekend to get all the stuff.
The thing is with this diet, is I am not very creative when it comes to food. I don’t make up a lot of stuff. I have a large repertoire of omni food, but I learned it all at different points in my life. And I get discouraged, because like I said, I am not a big fan of tomatoes, or avocado, and those seem to be everywhere in plant-based recipes. I’m still in the “cheeseburger” mindset where nothing sounds appetizing except grease and meat. But I’m working on changing my cravings and taste buds. And this salad just opened up my mind! So yay for new experiences!