What I Ate Before I Left for Ireland

Yes, you read that right… I’m going to IRELAND!!!  And I’m a little bit excited about it!

My sweet Sara and I are going to join my family there to remember and celebrate the life of my cousin, Adam, who was an amazing young man who spread joy wherever he went.  He walked through life with a genuine smile, a listening ear, and an inclusive way about him that just made you feel better after being with him.  I miss him.  It’s just right to celebrate such a beautiful, spirited man in a beautiful, spirited country like Ireland.  It’s what he wanted, and who are we to disagree?

Beet apple turmeric smoothie

So I departed from my usual green smoothie to this… I would love it for its colour alone, even if it didn’t taste good… but it does!  It has everything: beetroot, apple, flax meal, frozen mango & pineapple, turmeric, and coconut water.

Banana oat cookie

I also had the usual banana oat cookie… I never get tired of them!

We killed it in bootcamp this morning, partly because we felt good and partly because it’s our last workout before my big trip, so we wanted to make the most of it.  We sweated through a circuit similar to this one, and by the time we were finished, we just lay on our mats like kindergarteners at nap time.

Chocolate tofu protein ice cream

I was starving after I cooled down, so I made the smoothie bowl to end them all… 1/2 block of silken tofu, a scoop of vegan protein powder, a scoop of ground flax/chia mix, 1 T. cocoa powder, 1 frozen banana, and part of the juice from my fresh buko.  It was so thick it made sort of an ice cream thing.

Fresh buko

Then I cracked open my empty buko and scraped out the insides to pile on my smoothie bowl along with some drippy peanut butter and some cacao nibs.

Zucchini falafel, salad, tomato chili jam

Lunch was a planning meeting with a friend to work on a seminar we’re hosting together.  I won’t spoil it for you… but I’m super excited and details will be coming out SOON!  I made zucchini falafel, salad, & tomato chili jam.  We piled it all on our plates as if we hadn’t eaten all day (my friend was also at bootcamp this morning!)

Peanut butter chia bars, chocolate chip muesli bars

Later we sampled some muesli bars and an almost-failure chocolate peanut butter chia seed bar that I tried to reduce the coconut oil in… could one less tablespoon really matter?!  It could… the bars just barely held together.  So I would only serve them to a good friend.

Asian soba noodle soup

Dinner was one of my kids’ favourite meals: make your own Asian soup.  It looks like there is nothing but veggies in my bowl, but believe me, that’s not the case!!  At the bottom, I have a whole pile of buckwheat soba noodles, followed by baked tofu cubes, then edamame beans… then all the veggies on top.  After the picture I ladled piping hot miso soup over all of it.  It’s a whole meal in a bowl and really delicious.

Chocolate chip muesli bar

We followed up with the granola bars I made to take on the trip… I might need to make more today.

 

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