Barley For Breakfast
First of all, I would just like to say a HUGE thank-you to you all! Your comments about different diets, food lifestyles and the decision to become a vegan or vegetarian were so insightful and I appreciated every single one.
For the time being, here’s what I’ve come up with:
- I love animals and don’t agree with the way they are being mass produced and treated. I cried during Food Inc. and Earthling.
- I don’t want to miss out on important nutrients that meat, eggs and other dairy products can offer me. It would be hard for me to be successful at getting my nutrients from vegan or vegetarian sources.
- I do think it’s possible to thrive on a vegan or vegetarian diet, but I don’t believe it’s the diet for me.
- I would love to say that from now on I’ll be eating certified organic, free-range meat…but I’m afraid that won’t necessarily be the case.
- I love eating eggs, yogurt and cheese. However, lately my consumption of chicken, turkey and other meat has been extremely low. I’m not a big fan of turkey sandwiches, I prefer eating beans with my salads and I don’t eat a lot of turkey burger.
- I’m not going vegetarian, but I do eat less meat than the average person.
- I eat (and will continue eating) lots of whole grains, a variety of fruit and vegetables, beans, legumes, yogurt (with no added sugars/sweeteners), real cheese, eggs, nuts and if I want to I will eat chicken, fish, and turkey.
- I do my best to eat a clean diet and eat foods made with the purest ingredients. I want to eat foods the way they were intended to eat by nature.
- I avoid refined sugars/sweeteners, highly-processed cheese/dairy, crazy chemicals, food coloring and additives.
Well, there you have it! I want to hear your feedback. I don’t expect you to agree with everything I’m choosing, but that’s okay. We are all different and must find what works for us.
barley and homemade Greek yogurt (tutorial tomorrow!) topped with mango, pineapple, strawberry chunks, shredded coconut and chia seeds
I couldn’t find any decent instructions, on the package or online, for cooking barley. I just boiled 3 cups water and then added 1 cup barley, brought it down to low and let it cook, covered, for an hour.
I loved the barley. It is nutty and slightly chewy and paired swimmingly with the fruit, yogurt and coconut.
I bet you’re wondering what I meant by homemade Greek yogurt.
You’ll just have to wait and see tomorrow. 🙂
For a little lunch/snack today I had the prettiest shade of green in my Green Monster. Ever.
PEANUT BUTTER BANANA GREEN MONSTER SMOOTHIE
– 1 HUGE handful fresh, organic, baby spinach
– 2/3 cup almond milk
– 1 banana
– 1 big ole spoonful of peanut butter
– 3 ice cubes
Blend on high until smooth and creamy!
Topped with my last Earnest Eats Granola Plank, microwaved and crumbled on top.
Best granola EVER. So crunchy and sweet. Love it.
I was worried that my lentil sprouts weren’t going to work out…but they are doing fabulous!
They smell very peppery, I can’t wait to eat them on salads when they’re done! It will probably be another day or two.
Have you tried barley?
What’s your favorite Green Monster?
Be looking for the homemade Greek yogurt post tomorrow! 😉 I’m such a tease!
Have a great evening, thanks for reading! I love you all!