Here are the meals first:
This first meal is the most recent and most successful use of The Vegg vegan egg yolk. This time I used 1/2 cup of water with 2 tsp of the powder. This worked better because it was enough for my personal blender to combine it completely (1/4 cup of water doesn't even come up to the blades and barely mixes at all!) so it was thicker and cooked up way better! I used it in a breakfast burrito and made it with a GF brown rice tortilla, fat free spicy refried beans, and tofu scramble with spinach with the vegg mixture. It was a little messy but so good! And super filling which is great for my long day because we have to eat between clients and sometimes it doesn't happen until late.
I made a huge plate of veggies with hummus and stuffed grape leaves to bring with me. Carrots, celery (going to give it a try!), my fave Mediterranean hummus from Trader Joe's and some stuffed grape leaves. I also still have my seaweed snacks there because I didn't get a chance to eat them yesterday.
So, I was thinking about another cleanse recently and this morning I realized that there isn't too much to clean up. I eat a lot of fresh foods and while I partake in just a few processed foods (mostly the refried beans I think) it really doesn't come close to the amount of fresh I eat.
I've decided that for the next few weeks until wedding season starts to pick up again and I hopefully start assisting again, I'm going on a spending strike. A major part of this means that I will be doing a pantry challenge! Looking through my pantry I've realized that I have so much good stuff that I haven't used yet. Quinoa, hemp seeds, beans, brown rice, dates, canned stuffed grape leaves (these were always back up because I find them greasy but I will drain them thoroughly!), etc. I spend too much money on bars and convenience foods when I have all of the ingredients to make my own. The only food I will buy from the store for a few weeks (until I dwindle down the pantry) is fresh produce. In addition to saving money on convenience foods AND prepared foods, I'll be saving money on gas. I travel an extra 15-20 minutes to the "good" Whole Foods because they have a bigger selection of prepared and packaged foods. I just need produce so I will go to the one that is only 10 minutes from my house. This will be great given the gas prices and how often I go to Whole Foods!
Finally, this will help me bring more variety into my diet. I have fallen into a bit of a rut, just buying the same things every week and preparing the same meals. Now I'll be more creative in preparing different meals using different ingredients. I'm really excited about all of this and I think now is a perfect time to do this. I'm also thinking that it will help me stay busy and help my anxiety by focusing my attention elsewhere. I see only good things coming out of this :)
Anyway, time to finish getting ready. I hope that you are all well and having a great day!