I am beyond excited that it’s October. Besides seeing all the amazing goals, bucket lists, and challenges being posted all around the blog world, I’m excited for fall weather! I finally succumbed, and am ready to embrace the sweaters, pumpkins, tea, and everything else that comes with the package.
Back to challenges – there were a few blogger-hosted “photo-a-day” and other challenges in particular that piqued my interest this month. Lindsay’s #LiveLeanEatGreen challenge, Courtney’s October yoga challenge, and Kasey and Heather’s #plantPOWER photo challenge. If I could, I would commit to all three, because I love the ideas behind them all!
So here’s what I’m thinking – I’m going to do the #plantPOWER challenge every day. I already love plant-based food, so I figure it would not be too terribly difficult to eat at least one vegan meal per day (I pretty much already do…). I’m also going to try to get my yoga on at least twice a week, whether that’s in classes or just on my own at home. But that’s a post for another day.
Now, What I Ate Wednesday, and #plantPOWER! (I’ll get to spooky snacks next time… sorry Jenn)
As a part of the challenge, I decided to show what I bought on my Trader Joe’s trip this week:
produce: bananas, greens, brussels sprouts, cucumbers, squash, avocado, lime, snow peas, brussels sprouts
proteins: lentils, tofu, tempeh, hummus (I try a new one every time!)
pantry: rolled oats, olive oil, canned chili, PUMPKIN, marinara, sandwich pickles (they were calling my name for some odd reason, definitely not a necessity)
extras: dried figs (I think fresh are gone for the season…boo), ND milk of the week (coconut), a new vegan yogurt to try
treats/snacks: snack bars for emergencies, my favorite (inexpensive) super dark chocolate.
Now want to see what I ate?
Pumpkin protein oatmeal! Eaten post-run (which felt oh so good) – first time having oats in months! Loved tasting them, but did feel rather bloated after.
^ what make my oats taste delicious & keep me full!
a #plantPOWER lunch salad – spinach, sweet potato, cucumbers, hemp seeds, and these adorable red peppers!
local and organic too. and just so cute!
(can’t remember what I had for snacks. I think a kind bar and some chocolate chip cookies… oh well)
dinner! steamed kale, lentils, marinara, nooch. simple, but delicious. I find I don’t need to have a ton of flavors and spices in my food to enjoy it.
…and my first kabocha of the season! Granted it was a red kabocha, not a green one – although I’m not entirely sure of the difference. But this one tasted a little more like butternut, not quite as smooth and sweet. I have to control my consumption of orange foods… I have a bit of a problem when it comes to sweet potatoes/squash/carrots. My hands might turn yellow again…
No question – just share your favorite plant-based meal ideas!
(recipes & links welcome)