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WIAW: March 20, 2013

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Today is Wednesday…Wednesday, March 20th to be exact!  Which also means that it is my dad’s birthday!  So, I must give a birthday shout out to him :).

Now I am pretty much wordless tonight, so let’s just get right to the eats, shall we?

What I Ate Wednesday

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Breakfast

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I headed into work one hour early at 7:00 a.m. this morning, so I decided to take my breakfast on the go.  While hard at work, I ate a bowl of cereal containing Kashi GoLean Original cereal, Cascadian Farms Cinnamon Crunch cereal, and Arrowhead Mills Puffed Corn cereal.  I topped my cereal with unsweetened vanilla almond milk, and ate a mandarin orange on the side.

My banana was eaten later in the morning as my mid-morning snack!

Lunch

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Lunch consisted of leftovers from Monday night’s dinner: Aloo Matar from the Happy Herbivore Abroad cookbook, which I served over a bed of cauliflower “rice” and topped with a bit of sriracha sauce.

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I also ate a Red Delicious apple on the side.  And it was just that…delicious!

I left work at 3:00 today to go become an “official” resident of Nebraska.  I now have the driver’s license and license plates to prove it, too!  I am not quite sure how I feel about this, though.  But don’t worry… I will always be an Iowan at heart :).

Snack

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After my fun adventure at the DMV (hah…not!), I needed a little snack before doing some yoga.  I ate three Wasa cracker breads topped with PB2 peanut butter and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Dinner

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For dinner tonight, I made Michelle’s Portobello, Parsnip, and Sweet Potato Barbecue Stew.  I followed her recipe, but used bottled barbecue sauce and added fresh spinach and several tablespoons of sauerkraut that I had leftover in my fridge.  I served the stew over whole brown rice.  It was tasty!

Snacks

Tonight’s snacks have/will consist of:

celery and baby carrots with hummus.
steamed broccoli and mushrooms.
fresh cantaloupe, strawberries, blackberries, and blueberries,
and…

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…my current snacking addiction: BBQ Pop Chips!

So, how did I do for my day of GREEN eats?  Well…definitely not as good as last week, but I did manage to sneak in some peas, spinach, celery, and broccoli for a grand total of four green eats.  Not too shabby, I suppose!

And now, to introduce…

What Vegans Eat: A Week of Vegan Eats

As you  may know, I am a vegetarian who eats vegan three to four days per week.  Beginning this Sunday, I will be starting an all vegan week of eats.  I will blog about my daily vegan eats beginning on Monday.  If you are interested in trying out a vegan diet for a week, a couple of days, one day, or even just for a couple of meals throughout the week, I would love for you to join me!  I promise you, you will come to realize that vegans eat some darn good food!

I hope you all are having a lovely week, so far!  Happy Almost Thursday :).

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  • lrsaar March 20, 2013, 7:30 pm
    I love Kashi Go Lean cereal... one of my favs!
  • quartercenturysouthernliving March 20, 2013, 7:36 pm
    Happy Birthday to your dad! It looks like you had some great eats today!
  • Becky C. @ Becky's Blog March 20, 2013, 7:45 pm
    I am interested in seeing how it is to go vegan for a week. I don't know if I could do it. I have been a vegetarian for almost three years, I drink almond milk instead of regular (and bake and cook with it too), eat way less cheese than I used to, but I like my egg whites.
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl March 20, 2013, 10:24 pm
      The most difficult thing for me to give up in regards to dairy is definitely eggs!! I 'em! :(
  • Kerry @ Totes My Oats March 20, 2013, 7:54 pm
    I am obsessed with Pop Chips! So good. And, Happy Birthday to your dad!
  • Ang @ Nutty for Life March 20, 2013, 7:54 pm
    DMVs are the worrrrrst. But red delicious apples are the best.
  • chasingchels March 20, 2013, 7:56 pm
    Mmm that cereal mix has my name written all over it :D i'll be interested to see what your vegan eats look like...i'm always looking for some tasty new eats to try :)
  • Alex @ therunwithin March 20, 2013, 8:03 pm
    pop chips are bomb, I can't get enough.
  • Michelle @ Eat Move Balance March 20, 2013, 8:09 pm
    Happy B-day to your Dad! The vegan week will be fun to follow. Even though I'm not vegan, or even vegetarian, I certainly love foods/meals that fall into those categories! Thanks for letting me follow along. :)
  • ahealthyhappyhome March 20, 2013, 8:35 pm
    Ugh, the DMV sucks! Looking forward to your Vegan week! I'm sure you'll have some delicious recipes for us :-)
  • Leigha March 20, 2013, 8:41 pm
    what a great day of eats! never had PB2... not quite sure what it is! good luck on a week of veganism!
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl March 20, 2013, 10:27 pm
      It is powdered peanut butter that you add water to to make it a peanut butter consistency. It has waaay less calories, which is nice at times for people like me who are obsessed with PB :). You should give it a try!
      • Leigha March 21, 2013, 4:50 pm
        Oh... maybe I should invest in that considering I eat about a jar of peanut butter a day, haha!
  • slimsanity March 20, 2013, 8:41 pm
    I love popchips! so good
  • moderngirlnutrition March 20, 2013, 9:49 pm
    I love mixing cereals! I mix a million different kinds- so good!
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl March 20, 2013, 10:28 pm
      Me too. I always have at least 3 different kinds in my bowl. It helps prevent me from getting bored ;).
  • Khushboo Thadani (@KhushbooThadani) March 20, 2013, 10:22 pm
    Pop chips are awesome- so addictive! And as much as I love eggs, cheese, and chicken, I completely agree about vegan foods being tasty- it's just about being creative and finding ways to make it work for you!
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl March 20, 2013, 10:28 pm
      Yes, this past year and a half I have been WAY more creative in the kitchen than I ever have been. I have a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle to thank for that!
  • Kaitlin March 20, 2013, 11:41 pm
    Ah I love BBQ pop chips :)
  • Jeremy DeHague March 21, 2013, 12:19 am
    Happy late Bday John, Hope you enjoyed your first day as a Nebraskan!;) Good luck on vegan week!
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl March 21, 2013, 11:49 am
      It is weird! I walked out to my car this morning and saw NE license plates and was like..."hmm...I dono about this."
  • Jan @ Sprouts n Squats March 21, 2013, 3:10 am
    Yum that Aloo Matar looks good! Do you recommend getting the cook book for other nice recipes?
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl March 21, 2013, 11:50 am
      I absolutely recommend all 3 of her cookbooks. I rarely use any other cookbooks because I love her's so much!
  • Lillian @ Seize the Latte March 21, 2013, 4:49 am
    Happy birthday to your Dad! :) Your meals all look fantastic -- and I love the Happy Herbivore cookbooks, so it's great to see them in action. :)
  • Nicole @ Fruit 'N' Fitness March 21, 2013, 7:40 am
    That sounds really interesting! I can't wait to hear about how a full week of vegan eats is. I love eggs and greek yogurt I dont think I could do a diet that didn't allow those.
  • robynstar21 March 21, 2013, 8:30 am
    Those BBQ pop chips are so so good!!
  • Laurie @ Love, Laugh, Laurie March 21, 2013, 8:53 am
    Yum, that dinner looks delicious! The DMV is the worst, I feel your pain :)
  • makingthymeforhealth March 21, 2013, 10:42 am
    Ahh, the DMV. Only a business run by the government could get away with such awful customer service. Not to be negative or anything! :) I am interested in following your week of vegan eating. I also rely on greek yogurt/cheese/eggs as my main protein sources (besides beans) and I try to eat soy in moderation so vegan would be really tough for me. But I'd like to see how it work out for you.
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl March 21, 2013, 11:52 am
      I will definitely be relying on tofu, tempeh, beans, nuts, whole grains, and veggies for my protein for the week. I will try to keep track of my protein intake so I can let everyone know how that goes.
  • lifealawife March 21, 2013, 11:15 am
    Vegan eats are delicious!! As long as you do it right :) I had my mom go vegan with me for a week once and she was only eating doritos and oreos. Fail, mom. I am posting about a vegan/raw restaurant I visited on vacation later today. You should check out their menu for good recipe ideas!
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl March 21, 2013, 11:54 am
      Yes, there is definitely a difference between healthy vegan eats and not-so-healthy vegan eats. It still baffles me that Oreo's are vegan! I will def. check out your restaurant review. I LOVE reading about vegan restaurants.
  • Rebecca @ Blueberry Smiles March 21, 2013, 11:49 am
    I really like bbq pop chips! Will be interesting to see if you like or dislike your all vegan week!
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl March 21, 2013, 11:53 am
      I think that I will like it. I am already used to 3-4 days of vegan eats, and sometimes on my "vegetarian" days I still find myself eating mostly vegan. It shouldn't be TOO much of a challenge for me.
  • Alex @ Cookie Dough Katzen March 21, 2013, 12:21 pm
    I like that you combined different cereals for breakfast. Looks good! Howcome you are doing a vegan diet for a few days? I'm excited to see your meals!
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl March 21, 2013, 4:39 pm
      I am doing a vegan week because I want to challenge myself and I also want to show people that vegans eat some AWESOME food!!
  • Brittany March 21, 2013, 12:30 pm
    You know I'm with you on the vegan eats!! ;)
  • hlymre March 21, 2013, 1:59 pm
    Your lunch looks tasty :)
  • IHeartVegetables March 21, 2013, 3:04 pm
    OMG those popchips are SO good!!! I love them!
  • Anna Smith-James (@AnnaTheApple88) March 21, 2013, 3:50 pm
    Your lunch looks really good, def Italy more exciting than my normal salad. I should bring more leftovers into work I think... It'll be interesting to see your vegan diet and what meals you have.
  • Oh My Veggies (@ohmyveggies) March 21, 2013, 4:00 pm
    Ooh, that stew looks awesome. And PopChips! I love those, especially the barbecue flavor. :)
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl March 21, 2013, 4:41 pm
      This was the first bag of the BBQ Pop Chips that I had purchased and I definitely have fallen in love!
  • P March 21, 2013, 9:01 pm
    Love what you had for lunch and dinner! Looks very warm and satisfying :)!
  • Maddi @ Pushups in Penny Loafers March 22, 2013, 10:22 am
    Ahhh I love pop chips! My favourite flavour is definitely the parmesan garlic. Your stew looks really good by the way. Any sources of proteins you'd recommend I use when making vegetarian dinners? It's nice to go meatless once in a while :)
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl March 22, 2013, 10:27 am
      Have you tried the Thai Chili Pop Chips? I LOVE them!! I absolutely can recommend some great protein-rich sources other than meat to incorporate into your meals: tofu, tempeh, seitan, beans (my favorite are chickpeas!), lentils (VERY high in protein), whole brown rice, quinoa, and vegetables (yes veggies...1 serving of peas has 5 grams of protein!). I hope that helps! :)
  • Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen March 22, 2013, 11:12 am
    I simply don't know how to eat just ONE type of cereal. I have to blend at least three at all times. :) I need to go back to eating Wasas. I was on SUCH a kick for a very long time...I came up with all kinds of crazy concoctions. Also, that stew looks amazing, and adding sauerkraut sounds like a stroke of pure genius.
  • Alexis @ Hummusapien March 23, 2013, 1:02 pm
    I literally JUST bought more Wasa crackers at Whole Foods! I always devour them with hummus but I bet they're delish with pb2. All your eats look divine!
    • cleaneatingveggiegirl March 23, 2013, 9:19 pm
      Wasa crackers are awesome! I also loving spreading a Laughing Cow cheese wedge and jelly or jam on them. So tasty!

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