What I Ate Wednesday #12

Breakfast: 1/4 cup gluten-free rolled oats and 1/4 cup raw buckwheat groats simmered in 1 cup Edensoy Extra soy milk with 3 large leaves of finely chopped lacinato kale, 1/2 thinly sliced banana, 1/2 diced honeycrisp apple, 1 tbsp chia seeds, 1 tbsp almond butter, 2 chopped prunes, 2 chopped dried figs, and 2 chopped dried apricots stirred in.

Breakfast Checklist: Protein—soy milk, almond butter. Whole Grain—gluten-free rolled oats, buckwheat. Fruit—banana, apple, prunes, dried figs, dried apricots. Leafy Green—kale. “Power Food”—chia seeds.

Local Ingredients: Alas, none! Only three more days until the first farmers market of the year, thank goodness.

Mid-Morning Beverage: A glass of Vita Coco coconut water.

After finishing off an entire carton of coconut water, I conclude that it certainly does not earn a place in my daily eating regime. No more refreshing than plain old water (perhaps even less so due to its subtle sweetness), I don’t agree with the popular claim that coconut water hydrates more effectively than any other beverage. Plus, with every sip, the taste seems slightly off.

Lunch: Socca with broccoli, caramelized shallots, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, and nutritional yeast (inspired by The Vegan Chickpea’s Broccoli-Cheeze Soccatopped with a dollop of Lemony Kale Pesto (left over from my Raw Mediterranean Feast), and a side of mixed greens dressed with Liquid Gold Dressing and topped with skillet-burnt carrots.

Photo featured on Finding Vegan and Health Freak Food.

Since I hadn’t seen my best friend Connor for the entire first week of winter break, he invited me over to his house to make lunch together for him. Whipping out my socca arsenal, I introduced another unknowing suspect to the wonders of chickpea pancakes. Connor, like any sane eater, declared the socca absolutely delicious while I reveled in its no-fail crowd-pleasingness. To accompany the socca, I recalled a favorite recipe from this year’s Thanksgiving (or I suppose last year now…wow!) and made a batch of burnt carrot salad. Charring the carrots and concentrating their sweetness in an intensely heated skillet has become my new favorite method of cooking all sorts of root vegetables—carrots, beets, parsnips, turnips, you name it.

Meal Checklist: Protein—chickpea flour. Whole Grain—none. Vegetables—shallots, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, carrots.  Leafy Green—mixed greens, broccoli.

Local Ingredients: Shallots from the Plahnt Farm, carrots from Keewaydin Farms.

Afternoon Snack: A bottle of GT’s Synergy Organic Raw Kombucha in Citrus flavor.

Dinner: 1 bag of kale chips in Zesty Nacho flavor from Rhythm Superfoods, 1 Live Granola Bar from GoRaw, and 1 Tropical Banana Bar from Raw Revolution.

I know what’s running through your head right now: “That is NOT a proper dinner.” And I wholeheartedly agree with you. However, during gymnastics season, I have a meet (a “competition” in non-gymnastics speak) one night every week, and this one just so happened to fall on a Wednesday. You can understand my dilemma: eating my meal staples of gargantuan salads or hot stews is not conducive to a high-paced gym atmosphere—both for ease of travel or cleanliness. Thus, I rely on wholesome, vegan, often raw packaged treats to comprise my dinner on meet nights. As you can see in my meal checklist below, I’ve still managed to satisfy every guideline with these snacks.

Meal Checklist: Protein—cashews, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, hemp protein. Whole Grain—raw buckwheat groats. Vegetables—red bell pepper, zucchini, carrot, onion, garlic. Leafy Greens—kale, wheat grass powder, spirulina powder, spinach powder, oat grass powder, broccoli powder, barley grass powder, chlorella powder.

Local Ingredients: None.

Comment Provoking Questions: How do you feel about coconut water? Have you introduced socca to a non-vegan with great results? What’s your favorite way to prepare carrots? What is your favorite brand of healthy vegan snacks?

Happy WIAW!

Until next time, Ali.

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14 thoughts on “What I Ate Wednesday #12

  1. Happy WIAW! :)
    My brother little brother got me some coconut water because he heard me talking about it and knew that I wanted to try it (isnt that sweet! he’s 9..). I havent tried it yet but cant wait to! Nothing can replace good ol plain water though! :)

  2. I used to hate hate hate coconut water, but now I’m an addict. I can’t get enough of the stuff. :) As for kombucha, that’s still on my list of things to try.

    • Huh, that’s interesting to hear! Usually, I like something right away–I’m not one to acquire tastes. Take Kombucha for example: lots of people hate it where they first try it, then grow to love it. I, on the other hand, loved it at first sip. Perhaps you’ll be the same way!

  3. Love the eats–it’s no biggie if your dinner has to be snacky once a week for gymnastics :)
    I actually tried coconut water for the first time on monday, and liked it! At first sip I was taken aback because I did not expect it to taste so…i don’t even know! It just was a taste that I had to get used to a bit but now I really like it! I agree with you on the hydration though. I doubt it hydrates more than water.

    • Thanks for your thoughts, Liz!

      May I ask what brand of coconut water you like? Perhaps it’s just Vita Coco’s specific taste that I don’t enjoy rather than all coconut water.

  4. I think it’s interesting that you found each additional sip of coconut water to be more and more “off.” I had the same experience with my first container of it and I rarely buy it because of the price and the fact that coconuts are not a Wisconsin – or even MidWest – crop. :P

    And as far as carrots go, I prefer them raw with hummus or roasted with a bit of olive oil, salt and pepper. If I’m really ambitious I’ll make soup out of them!

    • Well, I’m certainly glad to hear that I’m not the only one who’s not a coconut water fanatic! And you make a great point about coconuts not being a local product.

      All wonderful uses of carrots, I must say. :D

  5. Stopping by from wias! You eat the way I would love to eat, but am rarely that clean. Impressive! I love local foods, seasonal foods, too. :)

  6. I’m absolutely with you that there’s no better drink than water! Your lunch looks incredible, and I want the kale chips!

  7. ooooo- i was just craving broccoli socca this evening and thinking about how i need to make myself some tomorrow for dinner! i’m so glad i was able to help inspire your own version! it looks great!!

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