I don't know how you guys plan your meals for the day, but I usually use lunch as my base meal. That is, lunch is almost always already anticipated (usually leftovers from dinner the night before). Once I know what my lunch is, I eat a breakfast that will complement it. If I'm eating leftover tabbouleh for lunch, I don't want oatmeal for breakfast because that's too much grain. I would prefer a juice or a smoothie or some fruit. Then dinner is made from either produce I buy during the day specifically for the meal, or I spend the entire day going through the contents of the fridge and pantry trying to come up with something to make. Then the next day, lunch is leftovers from that and so on ad infinitum.
Today, I knew my lunch would be tasty but lacking in greens and the variety of vegetables I get with my usual salad. So breakfast was an attempt at trying to cram as much nutrition in as possible. I ate a banana with some almond butter alongside this guy:
1/2 a red grapefruit, 1 leaf purple kale, 1 tsp spirulina, 1/2 c. carrot juice, dash of cinnamon. I may have succeeded nutrition-wise, but taste wise...fail. I only recently bought the spirulina and the taste takes some getting used to. It also didn't help that my blender has a hard time pureeing both grapefruit chunks and kale. Oh, for a Vitamix. Do any of you use spirulina? Any tips on how to ingest it more pleasantly (besides the pills)? Also - if you do take spirulina, do you take vitamins too? There are so many vitamins in such huge amounts in spirulina that I'm afraid of overdosing on Vitamin A! Is that possible?? Gah, I'm crazy, I know.
The lunch I was attempting to make up for: not wholly lacking in nutrition, just different. Like I said, I'm obsessive about greens and stuff.
Roasted cauliflower, white beans, sun dried tomatoes. Simple and tasty. It was also a beautiful day, so I ate in my favorite near-work park at St. Marks in the Bowery. I was pretty full after this, but Liquiteria is right across the street and I wanted, yes, more greens for later so I picked up some juice:
This is also nice to have after lunch because it's sweet enough to function as a dessert, but with natural sugars, and the greens and ginger function as a wake-me-up for the late afternoon slump.
I snacked on an apple around 5 and then G and I decided that we would stop for dinner at Wild Ginger again. (We'd gone before back in September.) This time we started sharing "Cold boiled spinach rolls in ponzu sauce" I, um, attempted a photo:
I didn't know what to expect. You probably can't tell AT ALL but these are like sushi rolls without any rice. I believe it was all densely packed spinach with maybe some seaweed in there as well. They were very good and the sauce was slightly sweet with flavorful sesame seeds in it.
We both ordered the same meal, udon noodle soup that G was so excited about last time.
This was my first time eating udon and it was really perfect. The night had cooled down and the soup came out piping hot and filled to the brim with awesome goodies. There are enoki mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms, firm tofu, grated carrot, spinach, wakame, mung bean sprouts and lots and lots of thick udon noodles in a miso broth. I couldn't actually even finish them all. The bowl was huge! There was also some weird vegetable in the soup really freaked me out because I didn't know what it was but SuperVegan says that the only non-vegan thing on the menu is dairy milk for drinks, so I'm gonna guess it was vegan-safe, just...texturally and sea-flavorly gross.
So, there ya have it. Now to figure out what to eat tomorrow since there are no leftovers from tonight! Ah, and round and round she goes...