Wednesday, June 4, 2008


I had a busy afternoon today! I met with my trainer at 2 and had an hour long, hard workout. Let's just say he likes to see me work. Since the weather has been crappy, I decided to run indoors on the treadmill afterwards. The first ten minutes were painful but then my legs loosened up. I didn't want to overdo it so I only ran 3.5 miles.  In between strength training and running, I had half of the JOCOLAT bar. Yum! I think I may like this bar more than the Clif nectar cacao one. I didn't even think to take a picture, because I ate it so quickly! After my run I had the other half. 

I was pretty hungry when I got home so I needed something quick. I tried the lentil rice biryani from Trader Joe's. You just heat it up in the pouch for 90 seconds and let it sit for another 60. 

A serving is half of the pouch. The biryani is a mixture of rice, lentils, chickpeas, potatoes, and spices. It was actually kind of spicy. I wouldn't go out of my way to buy this again, but it wasn't bad. It actually fits into my cleanse so I was happy about that. I obviously want to eat a fresh as possible, but I need to be realistic and have back-ups.

My mom and I spent over an hour at the grocery store. We were that low in food at my house. We bought a ton of produce and other items, but these are the specific foods I bought for my cleanse. Unsweetened vanilla almond milk, buckwheat waffles, and soy yogurt. I know the yogurt has added sugar, but I cannot find plain soy yogurt at my local grocery stores. It is nearly impossible to find products without any added sugar. Like I said above, I need to be realistic and have "go-to" items. As long as I limit my overall intake of added sugar, I'm not going to worry about a little bit of added sugar. I figure I'm already doing my body favor by avoiding gluten, dairy, animal products, alcohol, and caffeine. 

I've been craving sweet potatoes and black beans lately, so for dinner tonight I had sweet potato and black bean tostadas. For the sweet potato/black bean mixture, I used the same recipe as before. The only difference is that I added a little cumin to the mix this time. Instead of tacos, I had tostadas because the corn tortillas got too crispy to fold. I prefer the tacos, but this was still a delicious meal. I spread the tortillas with a layer of chipotle salsa. My mouth was on fire, but in a good way! My side salad was very colorful: green (romaine & spinach), red (tomatoes), purple (cabbage), orange (carrots). 

I'm happy to report that day one was a success :)


VeggieGirl said...

Mmm, sweet potatoes and black beans!! Classic combination. So glad that day 1 of your cleanse was a success!!

Becca said...

You know I love sweet potatoes and black beans! Did you like the cumin with it?

I'm glad to see you have back-ups. I can't find soy yogurt without added sugar so I think I'll have to do the same as you!

chandra said...

I totally love those jocalat bars!! I do like the clif nectars too, but the jocalat are way better in my opinion. :)

sweet potato + black beans = Yum and my planned lunch for tomorrow! Great minds think alike!

Anonymous said...

your tostadas look amazing!! yummy!

Anonymous said...

the biryani looks awesome :)

such great food finds! i must try the jocolat bars!!

Celine said...

woohoo for successful days! wish you a lot more like that. :)

Annie said...

Kudos on your first day on the cleanse! I've heard different things about the cleanse Oprah's been on, and thought you should check this site out :

It's a blog by a RD, and if you scroll down on his blog, you can find a post of his views on Oprah's Cleanse.

Don't get me wrong, it seems like a great thing you're doing, but a bit extreme, no?

Monica said...

VG- Thanks, this combo is one of my all time favs!

Becca- I did like the cumin with it. It gave it a nice spice. My mom doesn't like it which is why we never have it in our spice drawer! About the cleanse, the only way I will succeed is if I have a little wiggle room. Otherwise, I'm going to get fed-up!

Chandra- I agree :)

Em- thanks! they were delicious, I'm so glad I have leftovers!

Lindz- you must! they are so good! they taste decadent so I feel like i'm eating dessert!

Celine- thanks so much!! It is definitely easier to stay on track with all the support.

Annie- thanks for the link. There are many differing opinions on whether cleanses work or not. I myself have gone back and forth as well. I just feel like I need to give my body a break & become more conscious of what I put into it.

It is extreme in that I can't eat many of the foods I am accustomed too. But actually, I've been able to try a lot of new, delicious foods. Thanks for your concern!