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   Mar 06 2012

What I Ate Wednesday: The Green Edition

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.

Wanna see?

(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.

Um, yeah.

(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:

(source)

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.?!

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36 Comments

  1. That curry looks incredible! As does the sweet potato! Conscious green eating I like it, I need to make more of an effort myself, it just happens when it happens for me :)

  2. You did great with the greens! & your smoothie looks like a terrific combo

  3. Jenn says:

    Kale can seriously grow on you – I never liked it very much at first but started making kale chips/crispy baked kale… which eventually let me to like kale enough to eat as part of a salad. I actually have grown to like it on it’s own. Very odd in a great way I guess! But…. if you want to mask the flavor but still get that green powerhouse of a veggie in, try it in your smoothie instead of spinach and see how you like it!

    Consider the challenge accepted. I try to eat veggies at every meal but they don’t always end up being green.

    • Candy says:

      I’ve tried kale in smoothies last summer when we grew a ton of kale in our garden, but it made my smoothies taste like death. :) I could not force myself to swallow it! I love it in kale chip form, but that’s about it. I can eat it in a salad, but I prefer romaine or spinach.
      Hooray for accepting the challenge! Barney Stinson would be as proud as I am!

  4. Laura says:

    We have that kale sticker! Haven’t put it up anywhere though… I actually do really like kale. I know I’m in the minority. I don’t think I can promise greens at every meal, but I always get them in once, so I could aim for two meals a day as a little challenge! Love your green tablecloth, too. :)

    • Candy says:

      I have a bunch of those stickers, and the t-shirt too! :) That is actually just a large dish towel, not a table cloth, but thanks! (I think it’s from Crate and Barrel a few years ago.)

  5. Random fact about me? I can’t whistle. And I’ve tried. Many times.

    I do however, honestly like kale. Sweet Potatoes are my on-the-fence veggie that I eat because I know I should but I don’t love. Unless they are sweet potato french fries in which case I gobble them up.

    I’m shooting for green at the majority of my meals.

    • Candy says:

      Perhaps you need Cameron to come live with you for an extended period for an intensive, in-home immersion training workshop in whistling? I think it should take just enough that his new passion for it will be subsided by the time he is done there, then you can send him back. Sound good? And if it’s not a matter of someone teaching you, can you still keep him for the time being. Send him back when his whistler is broken, kaythanks.

  6. Rach says:

    I love all things kale! I am beginning to experiment with using it different ways (other than the always delicious saute) and I’m alway s open to new ideas. I will definitely join you in trying to eat something green at every meal. I just struggle adding it to breakfast. Not really sure how to get something green in with my daily oatmeal. Any ideas?

    • Candy says:

      Green can come in fruit form too! Kiwi fruit, granny smith apple, green grapes… Not sure I could add a green veggie to oatmeal either. :)

  7. I ate an overripe banana yesterday too! lol, those are not good! Only for baking :-)

    Your sweet potato looks really good. I’ve never tried it with marinara sauce and cheese.

    I love kale and usually have it once a week. I’m making some kale chips tonight in fact!

  8. Your gym story cracked me up. Get your grunt on! :)

    Looking forward to your maca post – I use it in my morning smoothies!

    P.S. I want your dinner!!!

  9. I definitely need more green in my life, but not sure if I can go as far as every meal! I’m going to say I’ll have something green at least twice a day this month.

  10. I almost didn’t even care about your food since your reference to Barney Stinson made me so very happy…but then I saw black rice, and had to say, “How fun and yummy is THAT to eat?”

    Also, I’m glad you are going to give more info on the maca…I’ve seen and heard about it, but am curious as to flavor and whatnot.

    • Candy says:

      It was my first time trying black rice–it was good! Similar to brown rice in texture, but with a more nutty flavor. Delish! Plus it has the allure of also being called “Forbidden Rice” so that makes it all the more appealing.
      My maca post is planned for tomorrow. Now I just need to write it before then.

  11. Jeanette says:

    I honestly try to go green whenever possible. I eat Kale because you suggested it. I find when I do eat it raw, that if I marinate it in a salad dressing of choice,usually, Balsamic Vineigrette, it softens the leaves and takes some of the bitter out. If I make a smoothie using sweet veggies…like carrots, then I will add Kale to it instead of spinach to also mask the bitterness. I do add it to soups and made whole wheat Lasagna rolls the other night and used Kale instead of Spinach in the filling. Michelle, you have to try sweet potato tater tots! I just bought Maca in supplement form!

    • Candy says:

      If it is mixed in something like soup or sauce or whatever I am okay with it. I just don’t love it by itself, except in kale chip form. I most definitely *don’t* like it in smoothies though. Darn it. Glad you are loving it!

  12. Lisa says:

    Oh my word, you don’t like kale????!!??? I absolutely LOVE kale. In fact, I am a bit obsessed with two kale salads that we pretty much have weekly. They are so good! It is by far, my all time favorite green. I eat something green at least twice a day. I don’t know about breakfast, though, that might be stretching it for me.

    • Candy says:

      Yes, I do like kale. I just don’t *loooove* it. I wish it was my very favorite veggie, but it just isn’t. Will you eat a little extra for me? :)

  13. I wish I loved kale – but I do incorporate it into lots of things because I know it’s so good for me. I wish I could blend it into my smoothies a little bit better (like spinach!) cause sometimes it is SO GROSS when you’re slurping away and you stumble upon a big mushy clump in your drink. Ick!

    • Candy says:

      I know, right?! I just don’t think kale is meant for smoothies. I’m sticking with spinach and will just eat my kale in chip form. :)

  14. I’ve been curious about maca. I need a new random superfood to try. Yes that sweet potato with tomato sauce is one of my favorites.

    • Candy says:

      I just finished writing my post on maca–it will be up in the morning, so be sure to check back tomorrow. Sounds like you know your sweet potatoes! :)

  15. Lindsay says:

    YOUR LUNCH LOOKS TO DIE FOR!!!!!!! Im serious. I love sweet potatoes sooooo much!

  16. I definitely don’t love kale. I like kale chips though.

  17. Tt in nyc says:

    Looks like some great food you have been eating! I am glad you dont like kale- and mystefied as to why everyone has needed to share why they love it….? This just means you are listenjng to your body and not just your brain- and thats great:) obviously you ate a wide variety of nutritious foods so why would you try and make yourself like something you just dont?

    Ps
    I dont like turnips. And i stopped trying to make myself like them. And im ok with that.

    • Candy says:

      It’s true–life is too short to eat something we don’t enjoy, just because it’s good for me when there are plenty of other things that I love that are just as good for me.

  18. While I love my green veggies, I still can’t face drinking a green smoothie so your chocolate-coloured spinach-disguising morning smoothie looks perfect to me! :)
    I still haven’t got round to trying the chocolate Sun Warrior protein powder, but I’d love to! We only have hemp protein powder in the house and it tastes like earth! Not appealing at all!
    Love your dinner! I’ve never used black rice but it looks awesome! Right this minute I’m cooking spinach tofu ricotta cannelloni, so that’s another green dinner ticked off for this week :) Happy WIAW! xx

    • Candy says:

      For some reason the chocolate flavor is the only kind I like from Sun Warrior (or any other vegan protein powder, for that matter). I wish I liked hemp powder but… I prefer to dig in the earth, not drink it! :) Wow, spinach tofu ricotta cannelloni sounds delicious!

  19. Sorry I forgot to answer your question… I’ve got to admit… I’m not a great lover of kale in general, but I do LOVE kale chips. I recently came across a blog post with 52 ways to eat kale, so this will hopefully inspire me with new ways to eat kale.

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