Monday, June 11, 2012

Food for Thought

Today I thought I'd bring you along a day in my life by the meals I eat; breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 

I like to start off my day with a bowl of oatmeal. Lately I've been trying to add in whatever fruits I have available. Today, that was strawberries and apples. 

 Vlad likes to add honey to his as well, sometimes I sprinkle mine with cinnamon. There's endless possibilities! I've also started buying Almond milk instead of dairy milk. Not only does it have less calories and zero cholesterol; but it also provides more calcium than dairy milk (and it tastes good too!) I had some Vanilla flavored almond milk on hand, and that went very well with my oatmeal.

Saturday at the Farmer's Market, Vlad and I picked up a couple fresh loaves of bread. One was baked with roasted Vidalia onions. Since I had white bread on hand (I usually only buy whole wheat) I decided to make tomato sandwiches. They are very simple and go great on white bread. 

Norwood Cottage Bakery was a great local find and they are available every Saturday at the South of the James Market. I toast the bread and add a touch of mayo (no matter how healthy my diet becomes, I don't think I'll ever be able to cut out mayo :) )

Then I slice some fresh tomatoes and add those with fresh spinach underneath (I always add spinach to my sandwiches as my green; spinach is so good for you, so I try to sneak it in my meals wherever possible)  Add a touch of salt to the tops of the tomatoes and voila! The crunch of the toasted bread with the juicy tomatoes is just heavenly.

The past couple months, I've been eating salads three or four times a week. My 14 year old niece taught me that salads don't have to be bland and boring; they can be exciting and tasty! Basically now I add in whatever fresh veggies I have at home as well as a few key yummy factors.

The top 4 things to pump up your salad -
1. Avocados
2. Crumbly Cheese (Goat, Feta, Blue)
3. Dried fruit (Raisins, Cranberries, Blueberries)
4. Nuts (Almonds, Pecans, Pistachios)

 Pictured here I made a salad with spinach, bell peppers, carrots, cucumbers, avocados, goat cheese, raisins, turkey, and almonds. Yum, yum, yum! Salad dressings are easy to make as home as well, here's a couple easy recipes.

Hope you enjoy! 
<3 Lauren