On a more pleasant note, Jennifer from Veg*n Cooking kindly tagged me to share 5 things about myself. Here a re a few items that might help you understand the girl behind the food...
1) I was born on December 24th, Christmas Eve. When I tell people that, they always say, "Oh, sucks for you!" I love my birthday, thank you very much. I feel blessed to have been born in such a season of joy and hope:) It is for this reason that I start a countdown to Christmas in September every year...
2) I have flat feet. Everyone laughs when I get out of the pool, because my footprints look like perfect isosceles triangles.
3) I have an intense fear of belly-buttons. Ever since a childhood friend showed me how she could change hers from an "innie" to an "outie" and back again, I get queasy when I see or even think about the human navel. You won't catch me getting a belly-button ring!
4) I am the youngest of three girls. I love having sisters, and I love being the youngest. Even though they mildly abused me in childhood ("Caroline, let's see what happens when we turn the treadmill all the way up to 10, really fast!"), my sisters have been a constant source of advice and support.
5) My dog Fred turned 14 yesterday. We got him when I was in kindergarten, and he is still going strong. One glance at his physique, and you'll know why we sometimes call him the "fat little sausage."
OK, now that we have gotten better acquainted, we can move onto the grub.
For evening snackage on Wednesday, I gave the kefir another try. This time I topped it with some Nature's Path granola. I liked this combination better than the one from a few days ago; I think the increased sweetness of the granola balanced the tang of the kefir. Still, I would have preferred some Greek yogurt or cottage cheese instead.
Breakfast yesterday was far more satisfying than my waffle breakfast. Thursday's morning meal consisted of oats cooked with half of a banana, then topped with a generous dose of wheat germ and the other half of the banana. Yummers! For lunch, I tried tempeh for the first time! I went with the spicy veggie variety, and I put it on some whole wheat bread with salsa. I heated the whole thing in the microwave for a piping hot sandwich creation. It's definitely a new texture for me, quite different from tofu or seitan. I look forward to experimenting with it...Got any tempeh recipes? I also had a big salad with some melon (not pictured).
For my afternoon snack yesterday, I put my Magic Bullet to work with a quick peach smoothie: kefir, frozen peaches, and cinnamon, simple as that. This was especially refreshing yesterday--it was a toasty 84* here! We don't have AC in my dormitory, so I was in need of a cool treat:)
Dinner yesterday was what I like to call the Super Crunch Salad. One of the campus eateries makes a salad called the Crunchy Broccoli Salad that has romaine, tomato, broccoli, walnuts, and these crunchy noodle things (I'm not really sure what they are, but they're mighty tasty!). For protein, I add some soy nuts and Bragg's. The end result is a satisfying and tasty meal component that takes me quite awhile to eat! Along with it I tried something new: I melted some cheese on Ak-Maks. I will be doing this in the future: the slight sweetness of the crackers contrasted nicely with the salty cheese.
Lunch today was a quick one. I had about 40 minutes between my class and an appointment at the writing studio (I tutor students in a freshman composition class). I went with an old standby, and a favorite of Kristin from Kristin's Nibbles: hummus and veggies in a pita. I also had a big salad, fresh strawberries, and some raw almonds. So nutritious and filling!
Well, this post is beginning to rival Gone with the Wind in length, so I will end here. Plus, I am in need of a snack!