It’s the first Wednesday of March, which means two things: another What I Ate Wednesday party, and it is time to go GREEN up in here! And not just for St. Patrick’s Day, but all month long! Wahoo!
Jenn over at Peas and Crayons is encouraging everyone to not only increase their fruit and veggie intake, but to focus on green produce this month! Fantastically festive idea, Jenn–and in my best Barney Stinson voice I say, “CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!”
In fact, I am going to take it a step further and challenge myself to eat something green at every meal this entire month. Think I can do it?
So far, I am off to a great start. Yesterday all my meals (and even my snacks except for one) included something green.
(As if you really had a choice in the matter.)
Pre-workout snack: 8:00 am
A half of a very ripe banana. Ew. (See that in the background? We woke up to 26 degrees and a dusting of snow on the ground. Brrrr. So much for spring arriving!)
Breakfast: 10:00 am
Power protein smoothie made from chocolate Sun Warrior protein powder, frozen pineapple and raspberries, coconut milk, maca powder and a ton of spinach. Just what I needed after a really tough workout. It was so tough in fact, that when a friend saw me in the weight room and asked, “What’s up?” I may or may not have responded by flexing my biceps and a sound that was a cross between a grunt and a roar may or may not have come out of my mouth.
(More info on maca coming soon. It’s good stuff.)
Lunch: 1 pm
This has become my new favorite lunch lately: A baked sweet potato smothered in tomato sauce seasoned with garlic, basil and oregano, and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese. For my ‘something green’ I had a side of snap peas.
Snack: 4pm–An unpictured kiwi fruit. It’s green!
Dinner: 6:30 pm
Black rice with a random curry dish I made up–it contained sweet potatoes, cauliflower, fresh pineapple, chickpeas, and peas in a coconut milk/curry sauce that was nice and spicy. Roasted tofu and kale chips were served on the side. It was a delicious meal.
I am excited for this green challenge–some of my favorite veggies are green! Asparagus, artichokes, spinach, and snap peas!
(Did you notice I didn’t include kale? I have to confess, as much as I’d love for it to be, and as good as it is for us, it just is not among my top favorites. I like it, and I still eat it because it does a body good, but I don’t love it.)
(There, I feel so much better now that I confessed my dirty little secret.)
Nonetheless, this is still one of my favorite slogans:
How about you? Do you love kale?
Will you accept this challenge to eat something green at every meal (+/- snacks) with me? C’mon, it’ll be fun! What about just once a day?
Speaking of “fun”, can anyone tell me what to do now that my eight-year-old just learned how to whistle and Will. Not. Stop.?!