Plentiful Plants

Daily eats of a Torontonian student

Roasty Toasty March 26, 2009

I got a surprise last night when I checked the mailbox and found a sample of Kaizen whey protein powder I forgot I ordered a while ago.

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I decided to test it our in my oats this morning.  I mixed 1/3 the packet of chocolate powder with a bit of water, then added that to my steel cut oats and topped the bowl with a Banana Bread Elevate Me! bar.  I was going for protein this morning, can you tell?  I tried the protein/water mixture before adding it the the oats, and it tasted really good, like hot chocolate (it’s sweetened with stevia), but unfortunately I couldn’t taste any chocolate at all in the oatmeal.  But I guess adding no flavour is better than adding a bad flavour.  I’ll probably mix the rest of the powder up in some sort of beverage.  I don’t have enough experience with protein powders to make a very good comparison of this powder to others.

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For lunch I happily dug into another huge salad.  This one included romaine, cucumber, yellow and orange pepper, a carrot, and another turkey sausage.  For dressing I brought along some yogurt and Big Bull steak sauce (I think I might be a little obsessed).

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Later in the afternoon I enjoyed a not-so-blood orange.  Seriously, where did all the colour go?  I also had a whole wheat english muffin spread with peanut butter, pumpkin pie spice, and dried cherries.  Dried fruit in PB sandwiches tastes so much better than jam, strong flavour without being too sweet.

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Tonight I tried out some Health Valley Spelt Flakes with Cranberries while waiting for the rest of my dinner to roast in the oven.  I just ate it dry, but it was really good, nice and crunchy.

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Then I enjoyed a big plate full of roasted cauliflower with Indian Malasa spice, and butternut squash fries with ketchup for dipping.

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And dessert was a scoop of Haagen Dasz Half Fat Vanilla Ice cream.  Yum.

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All choked up March 25, 2009

This morning I came up with a very filling and delicious bowl of oatmeal.  It started off with my mixing a portion of slowcooked steel cut oats with extra unsweetened vanilla almond breeze, then adding the creamy mixture to All Bran cereal and (hiding) chia seeds, and topping the whole thing with chopped almonds and dried cranberries.  Multiple steps, but it was worth it.

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And since there were no nut butters involved, everything got all mixed up.

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For lunch I munched my way through a crisp, flavourful salad.  On a bed of spinach is carrot, cucumber, yellow and orange peppers, avocado, grape tomatoes, and lemon juice.  Along with a turkey sausage I found in the freezer on  a quest for protein.

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Later in the afternoon I had finished off a sweet container of fruit, strawberries, mango and green grapes.

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I was hungry for dinner when I got home so I started some artichokes on the stove steaming away, and threw together some quick lettuce wraps.

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Wrapped in romaine lettuce is a mixture containing the last of the lentils and yves italian veggie ground round, with a bit of yogurt and Big Bull steak sauce. I also ate the last hunk of my organic Emmental Cheese.  The fridge is starting to look empty again, oh no!

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After I ate my wraps I starting in on the delicious artichokes.  It seems like all my meals had creamy elements today, the oatmeal, avocado, and artichokes…but I’m not complaining, they were all delicious.  I dipped the leaves in a mixtue of tahini and lemon juice with a bit of salt, my favourite artichoke accompaniment.

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I don’t think I’ll be hungry for dessert tonight, but some time in the future I definitely wouldn’t refuse the amazing chocolate cake or maple syrup Ricki’s giving away over at the new Diet, Dessert and Dogs.  Or for that matter, a chance to try a Dempster’s Fresh Square for free with a coupon from Krista at Krista’s Kravings!  It looks like today is a good day to be living in Toronto….

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