Thursday, November 2, 2017

A "Perfect Day" of Food

Y'all know I'm a sucker for a meal plan, right? Or a set of food rules I can follow. I have to be careful not to let meal plans and food rules push me into a weird orthorexic place though. But I've become much more flexible with rules these days. I can make them, I can break them. No biggie. But I do find meal plans fascinating and a lot of fun!

Lately, I've been all about Dr. Fuhrman's GBOMBS prescription, which says you should aim to eat greens, beans, onions, mushrooms, berries, and seeds daily. I did that pretty much daily for about two months, and it really forced me to fill my diet with more nutritious foods. Most of those things were in my diet anyway, but I've found mushrooms pretty hard to get into my meals EVERY day. And then I stumbled onto a blog post on No Meat Athlete called 7 Foods Worth Eating Every Single Day (and How to Make Sure You Actually Do It).

No Meat Athlete author/blogger/podcaster Matt Frazier uses Fuhrman's idea as a base, but his seven foods are slightly different (and mushrooms become a weekly thing). Matt suggest berries and other fruits; leafy greens & cruciferous vegetables; flax seeds & other nuts & seeds; onions & garlic; beans; turmeric; and green tea. Some of those are the same! But green tea, turmeric, and the focus on flax is different from the GBOMBS plan. I already drink iced green tea every morning with my breakfast. I'm working on getting more flax in my diet. And as a runner, I know I need daily turmeric to combat inflammation, so this seemed like a fun thing to try.

I downloaded Matt's free e-book — The 7 Daily Foods Cheat Sheet (and 3 Meals That Make It Easy) — which contains a prescription for a "perfect day," in which you manage to eat all of the seven foods in a very healthy set of meals (smoothie, salad, green/grain/bean bowl). And today, I decided to give it a try!

My breakfast was a Triple Berry Smoothie with chickpeas (!!!), almond milk, almond butter, frozen mixed berries, banana, matcha green tea powder, wheatgrass powder, flax seed, and chia seed. The peas/beans were a suggestion in the e-book, and I used those in place of my usual protein powder. Made for a yummy, thick and creamy smoothie (and you couldn't taste them).

My morning snack was supposed to be fruit and nut butter, so I opted for an Anjou Pear with Soynut Butter.

Lunch was big ole salad with nut-based dressing. I made the I Can't Believe It's Not Cashew Ranch from the No Meat Athlete Cookbook to top this salad of romaine, chickpeas, cooked beets, carrots, bell pepper, cauliflower, cucumber, white onion, scallion, toasted sunflower seed, dried cranberries, and a few slices of turmeric root. The turmeric was a little weird in the salad, but I felt good about eating it.

My afternoon snack was hummus with either whole grain crackers or veggies. I had a lot of veggies at lunch, so I decided on a Rice Cake with Engine 2 Jalapeno Cilantro Hummus.

After work, while prepping dinner, I had a glass of red wine. Not in the perfect day plan, but hey, remember what I said about being flexible? That's important! And I figure wine is basically health food anyway, right? Antioxidants!

Dinner was a Grain/Green/Bean Bowl! I love bowls with a nice sauce, so this was a real treat. It had a base of I Heart Keenwah toasted quinoa with steamed kale and pinto beans. That was all topped with a tahini-nooch sauce that I whipped up. YUM!

Matt's 7 Daily Foods e-book also suggests some weekly foods, like mushrooms, tomatoes, avocados, and even dark chocolate! Don't mind if I do! I had a bit of Chocolita Moontime Rose raw dark chocolate after dinner — because it's good for me!

I'm excited to keep working these 7 daily foods in going forward. Guess now I'm doing GGBOBST?


Susan said...

Chickpeas in smoothies sound very interesting! I am not a fan of protein powders, but this could be a good way to give my smoothies a little boost.

vegan peace said...

I'll have to try chickpeas in a smoothie. I agree with Susan, I'm not a huge protein powder fan. Your dinner looks delicious!

janna said...

Have you tried using rehydrated dried mushrooms as a vegetable stock base? Good use of shrooms and easy to recipe-adapt. I made pantry tomato soup tonight using dried porcinis soaked in veg broth in place of chicken stock in a pioneer woman recipe. I'm not a good cook but the depth of flavor they gave made me feel like Julia child

Sarah said...

A perfect day of food indeed! I'll have to check out the chickpeas in the smoothie, that sounds like a great idea. The salad looks incredible too! Really delicious, healthy looking meals. Now I'm craving a pear :)

Unknown said...

The sliced tumeric in the salad is probably too hard core for me...! Haha!
Have you tried making yourself a "tumeric latte"? I wasn't a fan because i can only deal with tumeric when hidden well, but it's basically grated fresh tumeric and ginger heated with whatever milk. Might be an easy way to have it more often.
I love greens and grain bowls like that! The sauce is critical to success for those meals.