What a powerful start to my day! I discovered a wonderful new blog called Healthy Happy Life 100% Vegan and a very lively cup of tea. I have previously tried hot water and lemon (boring) or hot water, lemon and cayenne (yuck) but neither worked as my first drink of the day. So for a long time I have stuck with a traditional cuppa. However, that doesn’t work without milk so what could I have? Luckily I came across Kathy’s Goji Berry Tea.
Lemon and Goji Tea
Ingredients (makes 1 cup)
- 1 tea bag, black or green
- 1 tbsp Goji berries
- Juice from 1 lemon
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- Sprinkling of cayenne pepper
Place tea bag in mug, pour over boiling water, mix in lemon juice, Goji berries, maple syrup and cayenne.
Leave tea bag to steep for required strength.
A while later I was ready for breakfast. Again inspired by Healthy Happy Life I added matcha to the green smoothie I was making.
Green Matcha Smoothie
Ingredients (serves 1-2)
- large handful of kale
- 1 banana
- 1 tsp matcha
- 1/2 tub mixed berry Co Yo (coconut milk yogurt)
- Soya milk (approx 150 ml)
- Coconut water (approx 150 ml)
Add all ingredients to blender and blitz until very smooth.
The Co Yo, which is made with coconut milk, is a delicious dairy free alternative to soya yogurts and is not sweetened so also good for those of you trying to cut down on sugar.
Look at the colour of that!
I made lunch ahead as I was making the tabboule from Tabkhet el Yom. Nina confirmed for me that her recipe uses uncooked Bulgar wheat so I gave it a go. I was a bit apprehensive because other recipes I looked at cook the Bulgar wheat first. You can relax. I didn’t cook it and t turned out very well.
plus celery, red pepper, sugar snap peas and 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds for protein. I didn’t stir to combine ingredients as I wanted the wheat to absorb the lemon juice and olive oil. I set the dish aside for 2 – 3 hours and when it was time to eat it I enjoyed it very much. The Bulgar wheat was chewy and dense and the vegetables crisp and crunchy. It was most enjoyable, despite being eaten in the car as we ran errands locally!
Supper turned out really well. I bought a block of tofu which I pressed between kitchen roll and chopping boards with the watermelon on top as a weight. I pressed the tofu for about an hour. I chopped up an onion, carrot, leek, red pepper, handful of curly kale and baby button mushrooms.These were stir fried together. When they were nearly cooked I added the tofu and a sachet of spicy Scezhuan sauce
So another successful day of vegan eating. I also fitted in my mile of walking and have had nothing else to eat that has not been photographed i.e. if you can’t see a picture of it on today’s blog, I didn’t eat it. I drank a black coffee, about 3 mugs of herbal tea and glasses of water. Job done :-)