Kinda Vegan Day
Yesterday I let you peek in at what I’m challenging myself to do this week. It was really the push I needed to get at it today instead of blowing it off like I have a tendency to do. So I present to you my Kinda Vegan Day :-)
First off I did not sleep well last night. I’ve been battling insomnia and it’s been winning. My psychiatrist is adjusting my meds and I’ll be seeing him again tomorrow. But I can say I got a lot of work done between 12.30am and 4am. Some people veg to infomercials and crappy TV when they can’t sleep…I work. Kind of sad that I was almost more productive in the wee hours of the morning than I am sometimes in my office. I might be a vampire or something that only comes out at night. I’ve never seen/read Twilight but perhaps Edward and I are related.
I swore on twitter that if I was still up at 4.30 when the gym opened I was going to go and run until I was tired. I guess I scared my body because I was asleep at 4.20 🙂
I woke up at 7.30 just in time to put together dinner and get to work. So I guess the AM workout didn’t happen. I was dreaming I was running so that has to count for something right. I was going to have to squeeze it in later.
In honor of Vegan Week I was making my Dump-it-all-in Crockpot chili. Hunni and I love this dish and eat it often so we were just lucky that it happens to be vegan as well 🙂 I call it Dump-it-all-in Chili because I make it so often I don’t even measure any more…I just dump in the stuff I know I need and hope it turns out.
2- 15oz cans kidney beans rinsed
10 oz tomato sauce
1.5 cups salsa
1 tsp chili powder
1 medium diced onion
1 bag corn (I use Trader Joe’s Roasted corn for flavor)
Rinse the beans…
Add to crock pot with tomato sauce, salsa, and chili powder.
Dice onion with your handy-dandy chopper and add on top of mixture but do not stir.
Top with corn and still do not stir.
Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours. NOW Stir and dish.
Typically I add some greek yogurt for the creaminess but I remembered I was trying to keep it vegan so I topped it with some Trader Joe’s Corn Relish.
It was spicy but yummy. That relish has a kick. I think I burned my tongue from the spice because I was excited and added a bit too much relish. Who needs tastes buds right?
Hunni was not keen on the spice so he added cheese to his.
A few weeks ago I posted about my healthy version of Apple Crisp. Then I noticed that Mama Pea makes a version all the time. I had to one up her so I added some TJ’s Raw Crunchy Almond Butter for icing 🙂
BEST IDEA EVER! I got my yummy Microwave Apple Crisp then some protein from my nut butter.
I took 2 tiny gala apples and diced them.
Tossed in some Cinnamon and microwaved for 2 minutes.
Then I topped it with 1/4 cup Whole Foods Pumpkin Spiced Granola (I could eat this by itself and do often) and 1 tbsp of almond butter till it was all melty.
OMG! Can you say divine. I can’t believe I never thought to add the almond butter before. I’m glad I took my pics first because It wouldn’t have lasted if I had tested a bite first.
The rest of my food for the day was the Kinda Vegan part. I had oats with a dash of brown sugar for breakfast since staying up makes me kind of nauseous in the morning…sorry TMI. But it was way better than the instant oats I lived on as a kid. I snacked on a Luna bar from my desk before I ate my arm. That would have been an even bigger VEGAN FAIL 😀 Lunch was going to be this awesome salad from my new favorite coffee shop downtown but we got super busy and I ended up with Subway instead.
Overall I did okay with my Kinda Vegan Day. I only actually had one non-vegan meal today. Perhaps this would be easier than I thought…but it did require some extra thought. I ended up eating about 1/2 cup of Chipotle Hummus with baby carrots for lack of imagination for another Vegan Snack. But it was yummy and fiberific.
As for my Whittle Your Middle challenge I think my abs are killing me. But its one of those awesome feelings that I know I’m working it… hopefully my abs will agree someday soon 🙂
And since I kind of opted out of my own challenge this morning due to lack of sleep I had to kick it into gear later. I took the puppers for a walk to the post office and bank for errands and then back home. It was a nice brisk day so we all enjoyed it. They got in lots of new sniffs.
And since our dinner was already chugging away in the pot I could get an afternoon workout in. I love FitTV and today was Boot camp with Kendall. My shoulders are sore now and it got me some extra Middle Whittling time in.
I didn’t expect that I was strong when this happened….
During my jumping jacks I heard it crash. Peanut and Leo were none to thrilled a the noise. But Peanut felt better when I did the floor work and she attacked my face with her tongue. Ew doggie spit.
Now I’m just chilling on the couch with my snuggie and a cup of this wonderful tea…
and some Bravo TV until I get tired. I’m hoping that’s sooner than later. But I’ll take what I can get as long as it’s not the sunrise.