Aaaaaand we are greeted with another Monday…

Hi :)

I am going to cheat a little bit and show you Sunday’s meals, not todays.  I had A LOT of time on my hands yesterday so I experimented all day in the kitchen.  I started off my post hurricane, lazy Sunday meal with this:

Did you want to ralph looking at that picture?  Yeah, I did too.  But, I am just kidding!  That is actually what my Dad’s first meal of the day usually always looks like.  Heart attack on the plate your saying?  Yes, it looks like it, but that is actually a pretty healthy meal.  I whipped up blueberry coconut flour paleo pancakes (which have barely any carbs/sugar) for my mom and dad.  I topped off my dad’s pancakes with egg whites and three pieces of bacon.

I told you Whitney was like a dog… she is anyone’s bff who has food in front of them.  She smells it from a mile away and prances into the room with the cutest little smile, fluttering her eyelashes.  She always just hops up on my dad’s lap….  especially when he has bacon.  She helped him clean his plate.  Kisses for dessert ;)

More of a normal size portion… my mom’s Sunday breakfast.

7 am, I kicked off my day with a pumpkin protein green monster and some sprinkled coconut flakes on top.  I think after I cracked open that can of pumpkin, I was completely addicted because the rest of the day I craved AND ate all things Autumn.  I want to kick these last few days of summer off the calendar… I’m obsessed with fall.  Long sleeves, jeans, boots, crisp cool air, pumpkins, inviting colors, crunchy beautiful leaves…

3 tbsp hemp protein

1 scoop chlorella

1 large handful of spinach

1/4 can of pumpkin

1 cup almond milk

8 drops of stevia

ice

cocoa nibs (they fell to the bottom which was a pain to dig down there!)

coconut flakes for garnish

Pour all ingredients into the blender and make it purr.  Stop when all ingredients are liquified.  Drink….

Wash the cup.

I started to get hungry around 10:30 which was early for me and I was not understanding why my stomach was grumbling so badly until I realized I didn’t have any healthy fats (besides the little bit of coconut) in my breakfast to tide me over until lunch.  That was fine though because I decided to eat two very small lunches instead of one large early one.  One mid morning and one in the afternoon.  Worked out well…. never deprive your body!  I always tell myself that.  I was seriously jonsing for pancakes after I made some for my parents, but I wanted vegetables too.  I found the perfect recipe and killed two birds with one stone.  I found this on the website, Elana’s Pantry.  They are called Carrot Scallion Latkes and were phenomenal.  I made a couple changes to the recipe…

You can check out the recipe here:  http://www.elanaspantry.com/carrot-scallion-latkes/

I took out a half cup of carrots and filled the void with a half cup of raisins.  I also heavily seasoned it with salt and pepper. Woah… amazing.  They were the perfect blend of savory and sweet and they were so easy to flip in the pan.  I usually struggle while cooking anything you have to flip… omelets, pancakes, etc.  I ate two of them mid morning with a large glass of almond milk.

Around 2pm, I completely forgot to snap a pic, but I did eat one piece of ezekial toast with sunflower butter on it.  I have to eat some gluten before the endoscopy, so I am trying to eat small amounts of it, spaced out.  Again, almond milk quenched my thirst and helped washed down the sticky seed butter.

5 o’clock hit and my mom quietly reached for her favorite bottle of wine (mine too!)  and poured herself a small glass.  I helped by stealing a couple of sips while she was looking elsewhere.  ;)  We decided to share a small tomato, cucumber, basil and balsamic vinaigrette salad while I was preparing dinner.  After two bites each, we turned our nose up to the vegetables and pushed them away.  The tomatoes were perfectly fresh and ripe, but tasted like air.  There was nothing to them.

6:30pm …  So, rolling with the fall theme, I decided to make Pumpkin Beef Chili for our family’s Sunday dinner.  An excellent choice, I must say!  I followed the Carrot and Chocolate Blog’s recipe and it turned out fabulous!!  I cut the recipe in half and also added 1 tsp of beef bouillon to half a cup of water and poured it in while the chili was simmering.

Check out the recipe here:  http://chocolateandcarrots.com/2010/11/pumpkin-beef-chili

That vibrant piece of orange pie is actually a Carrot Kugel.  It is the most light, refreshing, fluffy, and creamy cousin of the sweet potato pie.  If you make any of the recipes on this page, I highly suggest making the Pumpkin Beef Chili and topping it with one sliver of this heavenly kugel…   http://www.elanaspantry.com/carrot-kugel/ I have to tell you how to eat this… put some of the chili on your fork AND some of the krugel… now THAT is real food!

After dinner I stayed up way past my bed time (to vatch the VMAs) and my hunger started to kick in around 10pm.  Usually, I ignore it because I know I am going to be in bed around 10pm, but I knew I would be up until at least 11.  I poured myself a little less than a 1/4 cup of pistachios and sipped on a large glass of ice cold water.  Stupidly satisfied :)

The bed called my name and morning was here before I knew it.

*Announcements*  I will not be at BAWS tomorrow, August 30th.  Bethel Hentz, a wonderful pilates instructor, will be leading the 12:30pm pilates class.  Please welcome her!  The rest of Tuesday’s classes are cancelled.  Also, Wednesday August 31st, the 5:30pm Tri-Athyn will be a Light Bootcamp.  Yoga will still be on.  Thursday, everything is back to normal!  Thank you. *