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Vegan locavore challenge - Day 1 - the funcrunch files


Jul. 24th, 2014 06:33 pm Vegan locavore challenge - Day 1

I started my five-day vegan locavore challenge with a tall glass of cold water. I'd spent the previous week weaning myself off of my usual morning tea in order to get over any caffeine withdrawal before the change in diet. It was important for me to keep up my usual level of physical activity, or preferably increase it as I've been sluggish lately, so I went for a three-mile run.

Breakfast was a half of a large yam I'd baked the night before. Our toaster oven is great for baking yams and potatoes, as it doesn't heat up the whole kitchen and shuts off automatically. I ate the skin of the yam as I'd scrubbed it well and wanted to get maximum nutrients.

Mid-morning snack was a nectarine and a few strawberries. As with the yam, I ate the skin of the nectarine (which I would normally compost).

Lunch was a large salad with Romaine lettuce, heirloom tomato, carrot, red onion, and walnuts. Having the salad without dressing was definitely different, but made me more aware of the flavors and textures of the vegetables.

Mid-afternoon snack was a couple of handfuls of almonds. I was feeling lethargic around this time, compounded by the heat; I walked about four miles in addition to the morning run.

Dinner was a baked potato and steamed broccoli, topped with scallions and "kale butter" I'd made with steamed kale, toasted walnuts, and the other half of the baked yam. I ate the potato skin (also well-scrubbed) and the broccoli stalks which I would normally save for making veggie broth. I was so hungry that I ate some of those stalks standing in the kitchen waiting for the potato to finish baking. And they tasted great. Hunger can make you really appreciate simple foods.

I'm comfortably full right now, but I'll probably have some more strawberries later tonight. I've also baked two smallish yams for tomorrow's breakfast, and there's plenty of leftover kale butter which will be great on celery for snacks.

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