I got some good feedback from my “day in the life” feature combined with my daily food photo journal I did a few weeks ago, so I thought I’d try that again today for my day yesterday (you can see the first one here).
Day in the Life of a Healthy Food Blogger:
5 a.m. – Wake-up. Feed cats, clean litter box, meditate for 5 minutes and observe sunrise <—-this is one of the best parts of my day (that is, the sunrise part, not the litter box part).
5:20 a.m. – 6:45 a.m. – Work on my school project. Submit latest section to my advisor (yay!).
6:45 a.m. – 7:15 a.m. – Prepare green smoothie with mango, kale, romaine, hemp milk, cinnamon, carob powder, sesame seeds, frozen berries, fresh mint, ginger, amla powder, and frozen pineapple. Before I forget, I have a new secret ingredient for my smoothies! I have started brewing just about a tablespoon of decaf green tea that I add to the mix, leaves and all:
7:15 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. – Consume green smoothie and chat with husband:
7:30 – 8:15 a.m. Read blogs, Facebook, and catch up on e-mails, whilst consuming a hot cacao beverage. I have another confession. I have started drinking a hot drink every morning with cacao, hot water, my homemade almond milk (see how I make it here), and about a teaspoon (okay, maybe two) of coconut palm sugar:
I’ve been drinking this off and on for several months now. I cannot lie, I am hooked (Roxy doesn’t drink any, she just likes to sniff):
The hot cacao is a mild stimulant from the theobromine, but it’s fairly low in caffeine and it feels so indulgent to me, in a good way.
8:15 – 8:45 a.m. Informational interview (over the phone) about a project I am considering after I get my master’s degree in December. I will let you know as this develops.
9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Stair-climbing workout at the gym with a brief stretch.
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Last-minute errands as part of getting ready to leave town.
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Prepare lunch and eat with husband. Yesterday’s lunch was also my final meal of the day as part of the intermittent fasting program that I am doing right now (you can read more about it here and here). So, lunch was a salad and my caesar dressing (recipe here), kiwi, cherries, a bean and rice burger, avocado, bell pepper, chopped onions, chopped kale, and tomato:
It is still a bit weird to think that it’s my last meal of the day, so I’ve been having a bit more food just so I feel completely satisfied. Yesterday, I had a bowl of Mary’s crackers with some peanut butter (plus an extra teaspoon of unpictured almond butter):
I’m not even usually a crackers-eater, but I saw these at Costco and they are gluten-free and made with no oils, so I couldn’t resist.
1:00 – 1:30 p.m. Conference call for my volunteer work with the Nutritional Research Foundation.
1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Work on random projects including my blog.
3:30 – 4:00 p.m. Nap
4:00 – 6:30 p.m. Pack, make dinner for Alan, shower, do last-minute organizing for trip.
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Read my book, check e-mail, social media-ize (I made up that word), relax.
7:30 – 8:50 p.m. Watch tv with Alan and snuggle with cats. Last night was “Extreme Homes” on HGTV and part of V for Vendetta.
9:00 p.m. Light’s out!
Practically Raw Desserts Giveaway:
Remember when I reviewed the amazing new cookbook by Chef Amber Shea here? That’s the post where I included recipes for Amber’s Tropical Fruit Tartlets and my PB Chocolate Pie. I know I haven’t forgotten that post.
I’m so excited to announce that the publisher and Amber have generously agreed to do a giveaway of the book for one of you lucky readers!
To enter, please leave a comment on this post telling me about your favorite vegan dessert. Feel free to give as little or as much detail as you wish. I will randomly select the winner of the book on Friday, May 31st. This giveaway is restricted to residents of the continental United States and you must be over the age of 18 to win. [Editor's note: this giveaway is now closed].
Did y’all know I’m originally from Oklahoma? While I’ve lived in California long enough to be considered a native now (25+ years), I was very saddened to hear about the devastation and deaths that occurred from the tornadoes earlier this week. What a scary, sad situation. My thoughts go out to everyone affected.
I’m traveling most of today, but I’ll be posting on Friday with a brand-new post.
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