Wow, it has been a really long day. I’ve been out of my house for 16 hours today.
I had a very busy day at work, followed by a 2 hour walk to a 3 hour triathlon training class and then a subway commute home – to get my blog post up!
It is days like this when I reflect on the perception of a vegan diet as being time consuming and difficult to manage in a busy life. I really enjoy cooking and often spend a great deal of time in my kitchen but that is entirely my choice. I could easily meet my dietary needs for interesting and delicious food with very little prep time.
Today I consumed:
2 bananas topped with some orange-ginger-cherry buckwheat granola;
A very large apple for my morning snack;
A great big salad with tomatoes, and avocado for lunch – followed by a mini moon pie (testing for the contest this weekend);
A sweet, juicy grapefruit in the afternoon;
A cup of snap peas;
A big green smoothie for dinner (kale, mango, banana and cinnamon); and
When I got home I grabbed another banana, some mango and a little granola.
It wasn’t my best planned day but I got in a massive amount of greens, fruits and veggies. I maintained my energy throughout the day and met most of my nutritional requirements when I was away from home and on the go.
On pg 240 of Becoming Raw the authors share their 10 tips for Optimum Health.
Number 2 is making calcium-rich, low-oxalate greens the backbone of every day’s menu.
If you’re trying to increase your consumption of greens and still maintain your busy life I highly suggest green smoothies (because you can prepare them ahead of time) and marinated salads because they get better with a little time to hang out in the fridge.
Green Smoothies are easy to personalize to your tastes. I love kale so that is my green of choice. I also like the addition of banana for the creamy texture and a few spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger to keep it interesting. That combination is a great base and you can add other fruit as I did today with the amazing Altufo mango I had on hand.
This Kale Salad with Orange-Ginger Dressing can be made a day in advance, wilting the kale leaves enough to soften its texture, making it more palatable to those none-kale obsessed people. This is my favourite recipes from Davis and Melina that I’ve tried so far. I really loved the orange, ginger and kale combination.
I didn’t get a chance to actually train today although I listened to a lot of people talk about training. I’m hoping to get a good run in tomorrow and I’ve got a lot of thinking to do about my training in the coming months after the information I collected today.
How often do you consume dark leafy greens? Do you prefer them in salads, soups or smoothies?
Do you have a favourite green smoothie combination?
What’s your most reliable, tasty to-go meal?
Have you ever done a triathlon? Do you have a desire to give it a try?