There are so many things to write about, where do I start? At the beginning – breakfast!
I halved the recipe, and it was more than enough to fill me up, even after a heavy lifting workout. I made it with a bit of stevia, mashed banana and cinnamon, and added carob chips and pepitas. Amazing combo!
topped with some rehydrated PB2 for a little extra protein – but it didn’t really need any toppings. The carob and banana provided just the right amount of natural sweetness – I’d probably leave out the stevia next time. I’m also going to try using oat flour next time to add a little more protein and fiber.
I attempted to stop at Protein Bar (for the first time) to pick up some lunch.
Everything they made is whole, real foods, with tons of vegan options. Unfortunately I stopped by there right when the entire working population of downtown Chicago was on their lunch break, and I didn’t have time to wait in the ridiculous line.
So instead, I grabbed some food at Pret a Manger – for the first time in Chicago.
This place is a chain of really awesome sandwich shops, that again has all whole, natural, fresh foods – with great vegan options as well. I didn’t photograph this, but I got a cup of gazpacho and a little lentil and grain salad.
When I got home, I decided to try making some chocolate covered grapes – for the first time.
My friend came over, and she joined me in some of the chocolate-dipping (and chocolate tasting!) I dipped some of them in some coconut shavings as well.
Microwave Chocolate-Melting Method: place cut up chunks (or chips) in a microwave safe bowl. Heat at 50% power in 30-second intervals, stirring in between. Repeat until there are just a few unmelted chunks left, and keep stirring until the last little bits have melted.
After the chocolate settled, I froze them – like a chocolate covered popsicle!
On another note, today was a Green City Market Day, again!
I love all the colors!
We bought more strawberries, and a block of fresh tofu – from the same stand where I got my sprouted hummus wrap last week.
I’m thinking about some awesome new recipes for this guy. Stay tuned 😛
After getting home from the market, I had my pre-workout breakfast:
sprouted wheat berry toast with rehydrated PB2 and cinnamon. I’m loving cinnamon in my breakfasts lately. It seems to keep me satisfied longer – and I’ve read somewhere that it stabilizes your blood sugar. Don’t quote me on that, but it is a definite breakfast-enhancer.
Fueled and ready to run, I went to a 45 minute treadmill class – I reached a personal high sprint speed! I was red in the face and sweaty after… In desperate need of some recovery oats! (made right before my workout)
- 1/3 cup rolled oats
- 2 Tbsp chia seeds
- splash of non-dairy milk
- 1 scoop Sun Warrior
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (adds dough-y flavor)
- toppings of choice: fresh blueberries & melted banana (again, thanks to Katie!)
How-to: mix the oats with 1 cup water, cook in the microwave for 1.5 mins. Mix in chia seeds, refrigerate for 1 hour. Add other stuff, and dig in!
also loving these chocolate covered grapes.
Also, I’m thinking of joining the WIAW link party next week. Thoughts?
Current favorite breakfast condiment?