I wanted a more hearty breakfast with my tea today so I tried out another option (although it is a variation) from goop.
Breakfast: Oatmeal with Berries
1/2 cup plain oatmeal
2/3 cup almond milk
1/2 cup of mixed berries
I heated the milk in a saucepan first. Once it felt hot to the touch, I added in the oatmeal, and stirred until most of the milk was absorbed. I added the berries in last and let them cook for another 2 minutes.
If you’ve followed me since the beginning of the week, you’ll know that this is the first complex carb-meal I’ve eaten in four days. This is a big feat for me as I’m someone who always welcomes the bread basket at restaurants. So I was looking forward to the oatmeal, but funnily, I got full a little more than halfway in. Usually, I find myself wanting two bowls. And now I’m eating less, and also craving less. But I’ve been expending the same energy – going to classes, work and working out. Hmm….. For lunch, I kept it light.
Lunch: Avocado and Cucumber Soup
1 cucumbers, peeled
1/4 cup basil leaves
Juice of 1 Lime
1/2 tsp salt
I blended everything together until it was smooth and creamy. The soup was refreshing and reminded me of guacamole. Cucumber and avocado work really well together. Has anyone ever added cucumber to guacamole? I’m going to try it.
Later in the day, I made myself a pre-workout snack.
Snack: Apple, Carrot and Ginger Juice
12 baby carrots
1 tbsp ginger, grated
1 1/2 cup water
I roughly blended the water and apples (chopped) before adding in the other ingredients. I’ve mentioned before I don’t have a juicer, so what came out was quite pulpy. I don’t mind pulp, but this time I strained it and refrigerated the pulp for a future soup or smoothie. I was left with three glasses of juice. It had a beautiful color and sweetness, plus a little kick from the ginger. goop’s recipe includes beets, which I couldn’t find in the supermarket. I’ll definitely make this juice again – it was so easy – and keep looking for beets (canned ones are fine too). For the amount of ingredients I used above, you can add 2-3 medium beets (cut into wedges) into the blender with the apples.
Dinner: Greens and Carrot Salad and Spinach and Peas Soup (see Day 3’s lunch and dinner)
Dinner was quite filling and some steamed almond milk later on was a comforting way to end my day. With the fourth day almost behind me now I can say that I am experiencing the powerful effects of cutting out processed foods. My skin’s brighter, my head’s clearer and I don’t have any of the usual energy spikes and dips throughout the day, which obviously came from consuming sugar and heavily processed foods. I know I haven’t made a great discovery here. I was expecting this outcome. But all the same, it feels good accomplishing it for myself rather than reading about someone else doing it.
Tomorrow is the start of the weekend and this might be one of the few times in life I find myself wishing it was still the middle of the week. But social life be damned. I am seeing this full week through, even if it means ordering a salad, hold the dressing, when I’m out with friends.