I have been casually thinking lately about how to incorporate food into my blog in a more structured way. "Should I change the name of the blog?"...no. "Should I start a separate blog?"...no. I finally told myself if I keep trying to think so much about changes to the blog, I'd never come up with an idea I like. I decided to just "let it marinate" in my subconscious for a while.
Then... Today i had this idea while driving to the grocery store to exchange the moldy gluten free bread I bought yesterday (hmpf). I thought ...I still want my blog to be about the pooches, but I'm really enjoying blogging about food and the journey (it really is a journey!) of having a vegetarian or vegan diet. Like I have said, I am not a vegan, but am vegetarian and enjoy vegan options. A hand giving a peace sign and how that looks like the letter V popped into my head... Then I thought how that's what "vegetarian" and "vegan" start with. Often times when I think about these words I do envision the hand-peace sign, because that's what those types of foods make me feel in addition to the V similarity. Peace...calm...joy. That's how I feel with those mental images.
So...what I am going to start doing is having a "Veg of the Week" post about the food or related products and discoveries that I am having fun with, that are either vegetarian or vegan. It may be once a week, I may post more than once a week, depending on what comes up! Let me say also that i am a novice cook, so the food on here is usually from a recipe some very talented person thought of... I'll always tell you were they came from to give proper credit, and in the instance where I do make my own creation one day, I'll document as so. And then of course there will be simple food that doesn't really require a "recipe," so i guess there will just be a little bit of everything! The name "Veg of the Week" feels right to me for all the reasons I've mentioned above, and also because you can "veg out" while checking out the "Veg of the Week!" and the letter V is just a fun cool letter anyway.
I try not to take it all too seriously- I don't measure every gram of protein I eat or the exact ratios of protein-carbs-etc etc etc. That's what I mean when I say it's a journey- I just want to have fun with it all!
My first official Veg of the Week is so simple. I had it this morning for breakfast, and then again after I took a run...
Ener G Brand Gluten free bread (this is from loaf 2.0 after the moldy one was returned!) with a tablespoon of butter and half a banana. This gluten free bread version is the Light rice loaf, only 50 calories a slice; the half of banana is about 50 calories; a tablespoon on PB is 90 calories- so this is a great snack for only 190 calories. (I'm a little obsessed with peanut butter and bananas). This is a great way to get protein, fruits, and a healthy bread and start your day off great. I ate it after my run today because bananas have essential vitamins to replenish your body after a workout, and of course a little protein is always good after workouts!
I toasted the bread because, duh, peanut butter tastes better when it is a little melted :) Keep the utensil you used to scoop out your PB so you can lick it! PB is that good...
~Here's to yummy food and my first Veg of the Week, -Anna (& The Pooches)