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5.06.2011

what i'm eating.




avo on toast

green monster

chips

arugula and capers

my jam

because i posted about ned this week, i thought it only fair to let you in on some of the small daily choices that keep me feeling satisfied and strong. 

i'm at point in the process of learning to eat well where my great focus is not calories or quantity, but the quality of the foods i put in my body. i want simple foods. vegetables and fruits. foods that are as unprocessed as possible.

spring and it's trademark warm weather is certainly allowing for some fresh and vibrant choices. what follows is something of a my spring-time playlist: 

1. avocado on toast. (or if you're feeling really adventurous, avocado + tomato + lemon juice + a sprinkle of salt {on toast}). this one is as easy as it comes, but a little concoction that i'll eat morning, noon, or night. i had it the first morning i arrived in australia two years ago and i've been eating it ever since. i'm almost always a sweet person, but in the morning savory is my jam, so i turn to this staple again and again. for bread i usually use those new 100 calorie bread rounds (whole grain, not multi grain) or ezekiel food for life (sold at your local trader joe's or whole foods). for me the lemon is the best part--the natural flavor and sweetness makes me think i'm eating nature's own version of candy.

2. green monster. i'm not a fan of this smoothie the way everyone else is. i don't love it. sometimes i don't even like it. but i tolerate it. because i know it's good for me. and i know that sometimes we have to eat things strictly because they're good for us. and if i can manage to start my day off with something so loaded in fruits and veggies i'm much more likely to make positive food choices all the live long day. made of spinach, banana, ground flax seeds (you gotta grind those suckers yourself each day for the best health benefits--let me suggest a free-standing coffee grinder which can be purchased for about ten bucks), and almond or rice milk.

3. potato chips (otherwise known as fries). potatoes are one of my most beloved staples. cheap and easy and pretty darn filling. lately i've been taking two small white potatoes cutting them nice and thing, mixing in a tiny bit of virgin olive oil and salt and baking at 400 until they start to crisp. serve with ketchup and voila, done.

4. arugula and capers. it should be known that despite my weariness regarding their appearance, my love for capers knows no bounds. and then there's arugula. the spicy, little firecracker of the lettuce family. together? my spring meal of choice. i dress in a tiny bit of a combination of olive oil and walnut oil (with lemon if desired) and salt. and if you'r feeling really adventurous, add toasted pine nuts.

5. cookie crumble concoction. i will forever be indebted to uncle eddie's cookies. their chocolate-oatmeal-walnut flavor is the best i've ever tasted--and i've tasted a lot. to this day, i can't bring a bag of eddie's cookies home because i lose all control (i eat the bag all at once, one sitting). but what uncle eddie really gave me was the knowledge that vegan baked goods can be incredibly good. so i went about attempting to make my own. and so i made banana bread and raw cookies and a version of the girl scout somoa. this last thing was not my great triumph--it was a tricky, little recipe that produced something resembling brittle. that being said, this week i came up with my own little free-standing cookie mix that is a cross between almond-joy and the samoa. ready? okay: in a food processor put raw cashes, raw almonds, a ton of uncooked rolled oats, a small amount of coconut oil, agave (and vanilla should you so choose). if you're feeling really adventurous add in unsweetened coconut flakes and ground flax seeds for amped-up health benefits. i eat the mixture as a crumble as opposed to fashioning it into cookie bites or balls because that consistence allows for less oil and agave. put in a cup with a few vegan chocolate chips and it's heaven--truly, the best thing i've ever made. i'm at the point now where i just eye the proportions, but next go round i'll try to measure it out and give you all a proper recipe. for now the most important thing to say is that i put more almonds than cashews (it's a heart healthier nut and adds tropical texture).

36 comments:

nicole addison said...

this is so helpful! i've been running low on ideas of healthy things to make, this is so encouraging!

~BB~ said...

Meg - you are such an inspiration. Thank you.

Mackenzie said...

meg, seeing as you are a fellow avocado enthusiast you HAVE to try avocado and hummus on toast with a leeeeetle bit of salt. life changing. and if you are in need of some vegan baked good inspiration, colleen patrick goudreau has some amazing cookbooks out there. :)

Taylor Yves said...

woah, blog post twins. i posted about avocado on toast earlier this week :) food is my favorite thing to buy. i'm almost certain i'll be spending 90% of my tax refund on simple snacks shared with friends.

Bridget said...

i love capers.

and those potato chips look amazing! you made em yourself?!

Alisha said...

You are my motivation to continue to eat healthy. Those potato chips look delicioso. Ah, I die over fresh avocado!!

Happy Friday, my dear.
xoxo

Kate said...

Have you enjoyed Cafe Gitane's delicious Avocado on Toast (supposedly, I never tried it myself). I think the thing I miss most about New York is the food.

Miss Bibliophile said...

I'm definitely going to be trying some of these. They look simple and delicious. And I agree with your opinion of the green smoothies. I can tolerate them, but still think they somehow smell spinach-y, and have to hold my breath to take a sip!

Summer Athena said...

thank you for this. it helps so much. i have my own ned and he has been around for about 10 years. so, when you open up about it, it helps me not feel so alone. x

Jenni Austria Germany said...

please promptly pack all of these into a giant suitcase, sneak on a europe-bound boat and meet me in salzburg. don't worry about packing clothes - we have grrreat shopping over here.

Ashley said...

All this food looks so good! I am currently reading the Beauty Detox Solution (highly recommend). It's so nice to forget about calories and focus on good, wholesome food. :)

Maddy said...

I may have to try those homemade potato chips! They look delish! And since I would have prepared them from scratch, I'd make sure not to scraf them down in one bite :)

jenna ♥ a little blue said...

i am definitely impressed by your eating ways! :) i am not quite there yet. but hopefully one day i can stop eating junk and start eating right! i just get sucked in my chocolate and cheese. yikes!

happy friday!

s a m said...

avocado is the best! It's still so expensive up north/this time of year. I remember driving home from Palm Springs when I lived in San Diego and there being a roadside stand that sold 10 avocados for 1 dollar. heaven!

c.e.l.i.n.a said...

I lived on avocado toast in Ethiopia. They have these HUGE avocados I could eat off of for days.

yum...


♥ theMRS.

Jessica said...

i actually love the green smoothie, and drink one every day for breakfast. not sure if you know, but you can purchase preground flax seed at trader joes. less work and it's cheaper than at whole foods.

Erin said...

Wow. You make me feel very guilty. But the avocado toast looks delicious!!!

Johanna said...

What I love about healthy food is that it is so pretty and colorful! I love avocado on a toast. Delicious. And I quite agree with you on smoothies! They're not that good.

Harley said...

Avacado on toast is one of my favorite thigns! Also I am going to have to try the arugula. Sounds intriging.

xoxo
Harley

The Mister and The Missus said...

Homemade fries are my life! Love this post!

Brittany said...

lots of great ideas, thanks!

Sonja said...

Mmmm those look delicious! And so fresh and healthy! (anything with avocado makes me drool though! :o)

A Sunday Kind Of Love said...

i'm totally bookmarking this page- so so helpful! and now i'm so hungry :D
can't wait to try some of these!!

Happy Wife said...

Avocado on toast! Mmm... didn't tell you in one of your last posts, but Meg, you have such a beautiful smile! Thanks for sharing your joys and trials here with all of us. I know I'm encouraged all the time by you.
Now to write down some new recipes I found from a brunette bombshell ;)
xoxo
Happy Wife

Platypodian said...

Yum! All of those options look delicious!

sarah nicole said...

Yum, these all look delicious!

And thank you for writing about NED so candidly. I've gone through it as well, and though I try to be very open on my blog, I have a hard time writing about this particular thing. But when I read your posts, I feel like I don't have to, I feel like you've done it for me.

And here's to both of us being in a place where we can love food again.

xo,

Sarah

Shelby Lou said...

This all looks, and sounds really yummy. BUT, things that sounds the best are the fries. YUHM.

Jennifer said...

I love the green monster, but I tried to convince my roommates to love it, too, and one reaction was, "It tastes like ice cream with plants in it," while the other said, "I can DEFINITELY taste the spinach." So you're not alone in not liking it, haha... I think I'll be trying some of these other ideas. Yum!

Jennifer M. said...

You should try adding a few more fruits to your smoothies - that would probably make the taste better for you. I made one the other day with: spinach, soy milk, OJ, banana, and frozen blueberries. It tasted AMAZING and is oh so healthy for you.

Cat said...

Everything does look so fresh, healthy, delish, and satisfying!

xx Cat brideblu

angela hardison said...

looks similar to what i'm eating, too. i must try that cookie crumble!

Sienna said...

that cookie crumble looks beyondddd amazing

Michelle said...

i at avocados all the time, but haven't tried it on toast!

i actually love green smoothies. it takes getting used to, i agree. but i make them with 2 tangerines (juiced), spinach, 1/2 banana, and a few blackberries, then toss in water and ice cubes. i haven't tried almond milk! thanks for the tip ;)

did you say COOKIES? OMG yes.

Kristyn Ellen said...

Yum. I need to go to the grocery store.

Ashley said...

Loved reading your blog and I agree. As I get older, I am definitely trying to be more aware of what I put in my body! I have seen the Green Monster a lot lately. I guess I will give it a try:) Have a good weekend.

xoxo

H. said...

This all looks so delicious! I'm going to have to try a few of these ideas for snacking :)

H.