Because life is short. More on that later 🙂
How is your Thursday going so far? Mine is going pretty well, and I am determined to stay positive throughout the day. Yesterday, however, was all over the place, but the morning started perfectly with a freshly made batch of Gena’s raw almond milk. Second time in one week! I’m definitely addicted. We don’t have anything that looks even remotely like a strainer here, so I just left it chunky. It’s a lot more rich, but it’s even more delicious! I think I added a little more agave than last time, and it tastes like a creamy dessert.
The rapidly changing weather has given me the sniffles, so I wanted a comforting bowl of oatmeal for breakfast. But wait! This wasn’t just any bowl of oats.
I cooked equal parts oats and raw almond milk (1/2 cup each), and added a splash of water. I topped the mixture with 1 banana, warmed frozen berries, and a small scoop of almond butter for good measure. It was definitely a decadent breakfast, but it powered me through the morning and into my hour-long yoga practice.
Yoga was excellent. I took a 60-minute Vinyasa Flow class, and although I felt the burn of my run in my legs (and quads, in particular), it was just what I needed. My instructor began the class by asking us to leave behind anything that we’d already done that morning, and ignore thoughts about what we had to do later in the day. Stay in the moment, and allow ourselves to reap the benefits of our practice without invasion from the outside world. I need to remember these words. My mind is always whirling around, thinking about what I have to do or what I could have done better, and I never really let myself relax and accept things as they come. Hopefully, weekly yoga and meditation will help me work on this.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t hang on to that calm yogic feeling long enough. When I got to my locker, I discovered that I had forgotten my work skirt. My alternate pair of pants, which I keep at the restaurant, had been stolen. So, I would either have to get home, pick up my skirt, and get back to work in under two hours; or I would have to go buy a pair of pants. New pants are not, unfortunately, in my budget right now. The gym showers’ hot water wasn’t working, so mine was C-O-L-D. Stay positive.
Ari was in the neighborhood, so I decided to just eat my lunch on-the-go and buy a new pair of pants. I’d made another mack-daddy sandwich:
- Ezekiel bread
- Ginger Peanut Tofu Salad
I’d packed it with two apples; I ate one before yoga and one as “dessert”.
Even when eaten in a rush, while walking down the street, this was awesome. I’m done with flimsy sandwiches!
As soon as I got to work, I had an Orange Greensicle Greens Plus drink. I got some samples of this at the Summit, but this was my first time trying it. I shook it up in a cocktail shaker with club soda, and the result was a dark green fizzy drink. I really wish I’d been able to take a picture of it because it looked just like something out of Frankenstein’s lab! In terms of taste, it was very sweet and had a distinct “orange creamsicle” flavor, and the “green” taste was not very strong. I drank about half of it down, refilled it with seltzer, and it was perfect.
I also snacked on a blueberry bar… it was good, but a little too sweet and not as good as my beloved fig bars. I didn’t want to get sick of the fig, but I’ve learned my lesson and after I finish up this box I’ll be replenishing my stash with the good stuff.
I got out of work just in time to make it to Stogo before they closed.
Ever since Heather visited this vegan treatery, I’ve been dying to go. I tried to go before work (I didn’t have enough cash), and by the time I got there it was dark outside and the flash didn’t agree with the gelato. The ice creams come in soy, coconut and hemp bases, so most dietary needs and/or restrictions can be adhered to.
Every single flavor, however, looked heavenly, and I tried four before settling on a cup with half coconut banana, half chocolate hazelnut. I’d told myself before going in that I wasn’t going to let myself order chocolate hazelnut… whenever it’s on the menu, I order it! But… it looked good. It was a lot more chocolate-y than I’d expected, but it was delicious. The coconut banana was amazing as well, and took me right back to the homemade banana ice cream I used to order every summer at our favorite diner in Long Island.
Stogo also sells cupcakes from Babycakes, raw chocolate truffles and bars, and decadent ice cream sauces. I can’t wait to go back! However, it’s very pricey (this cup cost me $6.25) and I think it’ll have to be a very special treat.
I ate my ice cream while walking to meet up with Ari and get a ride home. In the car, I ate my dinner: mixed greens with apple, beets, tomatoes, walnuts, goat cheese, pesto, and hidden Italian tuna.
Yep, dessert came after dinner. Sometimes it’s better that way! Live it up and have a great day 🙂