We had plans for a bagel lunch date (how New York cute) but I just couldn't bring myself to follow through. I haven't been in the best of moods lately, nor feeling so physically well and I remembered how happy and calm I was when I was eating exclusively raw the other week. There are probably other factors involved but who am I to turn down an opportunity to eat delicious food?
I was lunchless, having anticipated BAGELS (pumpernickel with vegan cream cheese, tomato, and onion if you care - yes I planned it out), so I walked across town to a health food store I used to frequent, Lifethyme. Along with groceries, they have a deli and a hot/cold food bar including raw options, and a juice bar. I picked up lettuce, sprouted beans, marinated greens, and sprouted lentil hummus from the raw food bar, and sat in the park to eat it. It was really filling and I'm glad to have gotten in some protein because a lot of my personal raw food choices don't include much. The sprouted lentil hummus especially was so good! It was spiced almost like a curry. They list the ingredients at the bar but I didn't pay too much attention. I also sort of impulse bought a Beet-Ginger Zukay Kvass drink.
I made one more stop on my lunch break to pick up some fruit and raw granola for a snack later:
G actually introduced me to these when we were both eating raw; he being the more adventurous of us. These raw granola clusters are really good. They come in 4 different flavors - berries I've never heard of - and are really hearty. They're chewier than crispy but I don't think that detracts from anything. I eat them right out of the bag but I bet they'd be great like a traditional granola with some raw nut milk.
But we can't be adventurous all the time and when I got home, I made my usual for dinner: salad with a couple of sides.
That's red pepper hummus (not raw) with the carrots rather than the carrot pate because that just sounded too wild. The salad included greens, tomato, broccoli, mushrooms, and tempeh with balsamic and nooch.
I also ad-libbed a quick salsa to eat with some corn chips.
Chopped tomatoes, jalapeno, garlic, onion, salt, and apple cider vinegar. Nothing crazy. It was okay.
Sorry about the crappy lighting; it's raining here, ruining the second part of my plan to be happier: running. It's tough for me to get outside sometimes but I always feel so much better after I've pushed myself for a run. I used to love running in the rain, but in an urban area like this (and with my nerdy glasses) I think it's safer not to. For those of you who run, do you brave the rain and head out in it? Or do you find a different way to exercise? So, running and more raw tomorrow; that awesome lentil hummus really inspired me to sprout some stuff!
Tonight's happiness comes in a bottle...if only G would get home with the beer.