An early, before-work breakfast: water with lime, coffee with half and half, smoothie made from vanilla almond coconut milk, honey yogurt, peanut butter, hemp protein powder, peach, strawberries, blueberries, frozen mango, and kale. This one is not sweet at all, whereas yesterday's was almost cloying. The main difference seems to be the banana. Maybe I should start going with half a banana?
At work, all I have is a cup of decaf coffee, black.
When I get home about 2:30, I have a wonderfully wholesome lunch. Leftover leek soup garnished with some creme fraiche, snipped tarragon and chives; a bowl of mixed raspberries, blueberries, and cherries; and some raw carrots and peppers. I feel so virtuous. I also have a cup of regular black coffee, and afterwards another cup of decaf with half and half.
Shopping (Co-op): can of coconut milk, organic 1% lactose-free milk, half & half, organic lemon juice, quart of plain yogurt, cat treats, unsweetened almond milk, raw goat cheddar, seitan, 2 cans of pinto beans, a cantaloupe, 2 packages small corn tortillas, dried currants, coffee, 4 ears corn, 6 individual Brown Cow yogurts (assorted flavors), strawberries, cilantro, 4 limes, bananas, 4 avocados. $91.
Dinner is slightly less virtuous, but still fruit-and-vegetable-centric, which is the way I like best to cook. I roast some mixed root vegetables (the rest of the CSA beets, two farmer's market potatoes, an onion, some farmer's market carrots) with fresh marjoram; also make an apple-and-fennel salad with a lemon-mustard dressing. My kid has long hated fennel, but recently expressed a desire to try it again. So I bought fennel at the farmer's market (as well as the Gold Rush apples). It turns out that, while they still do not love fennel, they no longer hate it. They eat some; in particular, they seem to find the bulb more edible than the fronds, which of course it is. So, a pretty good foray. As an "entree," I just melt some goat cheddar onto slices of whole wheat bread, also from the farmer's market.
Breakfast: lemon water, black coffee, smoothie made from vanilla almond coconut milk, honey yogurt, hemp protein powder, canned coconut milk, banana, cantaloupe, and swiss chard. I totally forgot about my half-a-banana plan that I made yesterday. Afterwards, I had some decaf with half & half.
At noontime, after my kid and I take a test-run with our new backpacks, another cup of regular coffee with half and half, followed by lunch. Lunch is a bowl of mixed strawberries, blueberries, cherries, and cantaloupe; some raw carrot and pepper; and half a peanut butter-and-blueberry jam sandwich on whole wheat farmer's market bread. Actually, the blueberries, cherries, carrot and pepper are from the farmer's market too. I am eating like a queen.
Second dinner at home is vegan, because my kid's girlfriend is staying for supper. I've had tacos on the brain ever since we had the worst tacos ever in small-town Virginia. Tonight I put out some local corn tortillas that are not really very good (made in Virginia! Coincidence?), pinto beans, sauteed seitan (both this and the beans flavored with chili and lime), avocado, tomato, shredded cabbage, onion, cilantro, corn sliced off the cob, green salsa, and bottled hot sauce. Tacos are always fun, but they are more fun when your tortillas don't disintegrate into bits the minute you try and pick them up. I have two tacos with kid and girlfriend, and then another one with my husband when he finally arrives home from work at about 9:45 pm. Also a glass of sherry, which I do not quite finish.
At around 9:00, while waiting for my husband to get home, my kid and I drive through the rain to pick up our CSA box. We run up the sidewalk to the house where it is delivered, getting soaked with huge drops of rain, and thunder crashing around us. In the box: big green cabbage, 3 big white onions, 2 heads garlic, 4 cucumbers, 3 summer squash, carrots, leeks... and eggs! Exciting! Says farmer Mike about these eggs: "Eggs always start out mostly on the small side then increase in size as the hens gain experience."
A work day. Breakfast: water with lime, black coffee, smoothie made from almond milk, honey yogurt, peanut butter, hemp protein powder, banana, strawberries, cantaloupe, and swiss chard.
I didn't quite finish my coffee at home, so I have another cup of black coffee at work, followed by a cup of decaf with half and half. By the time I finish that, it is almost time to go home (I don't have a lot of time to stand around and drink!) At home, I have another cup of regular coffee with half and half, and lunch consisting of a leftover taco from last night, with all the fixings except beans, corn and cabbage (those are already gone); raw sliced cucumber and summer squash from the CSA; and a dish of mixed cantaloupe and cherries. Oh, and one little hard-boiled egg, but the CSA eggs are too fresh: I can't peel it without taking most of the white away with the shell.
About 4:30, I've recovered from work and go to Safeway to buy food for our hike, as well as supplies for my husband to use while we're gone. Shopping: Pirate Booty (requested by kid), Wheaties, 2 cans cat food, 3 bags beef jerky, hot cocoa packets, big jug white vinegar, marshmallows, jar of Hershey's chocolate spread, graham crackers, Ritz crackers, Brookside dark chocolate clusters, 2 shrimp-flavored Cup-O-Noodles, 2 rolls paper towels, toilet paper, lactose-free milk, frozen pizza, Amy's frozen lasagna, free-range eggs, 2 cigarette lighters, mini hand sanitizer, rosemary bakery bread, Applegate bacon, nova salmon, bananas, Bing cherries, green grapes, shelled pistachios, Caesar Snapeas, 3 kinds of trail mix, organic baby carrots, strawberries, banana chips, dried apricots, dried broad beans, wasabi chick peas, 2 bags dried banana snacks. $162.
Dinner is a quick affair, conducted in the midst of elaborately packing our gear for tomorrow. 2 little fried eggs each from the CSA farm, really good Applegate bacon, Safeway bakery rosemary sea salt toast with butter, a little mixed fruit (blueberries and apple from the farmer's market, plus strawberries).
I don't finish all my packing and prep-- plus quickly finishing this post-- until 11:30 at night, by which point I am hungry again, so I go to the kitchen and scarf down a leftover strip of bacon and half a glass of the fairly drinkable honey yogurt from the farmer's market. That'll hold me. However, even though it is already late, I have trouble sleeping. I really wanted a good night's sleep before our hike, but instead I probably get a little over five hours, not nearly enough for me. Midnight finds me in the kitchen again, yelling at my husband about waking me up by turning the light on and then drinking straight out of the milk carton, which I have forbidden him to do. My finest moments occur at times like these.