What I Ate Wednesday – A Series of Unphotogenic Events

Every Wednesday* I link up with Jenn at Peas and Crayons and her What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW) blog party.


*I skipped last Wednesday and kinda missed it. But I’ve posted just about every other Wednesday for the last year.

For this week’s WIAW post, I photographed my eats on Monday. As I perused the photos, I noticed a theme. They didn’t look so good. First off, the are all iPhone pictures, taken on the go, so lighting isn’t the greatest. And, honestly, most of the foods don’t look all that appetizing*. See what you think:

*You can’t judge a food’s taste by it’s photogenicity.  That’s not really a word, but it should be.  How about photogenic-ness?  

Breakfast:

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Green Juice and Green Tea – my green squared beverage duo

Breakfast 2:

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Double Chocolate Protein Bite (pre-yoga)

Breakfast 3:

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Another protein bite, a Cocoa Cookie Dough Ball (from Let Them Eat Vegan) and a coconut flour tropical muffin (recipe coming soon) and some water

Lunch:

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Carrots + a quinoa/chickpea/sprouted bean concoction mixed with Mmm Sauce and Cilantro.  Tasted so much better than it looks (and sounds)

Afternoon Drink 1:

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Green Tea Lemonade (in the school pick up line)

After School Baking:

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PB & B Blender Cookies

After School Drink 2:

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Ginger Kombucha (yes, it looks like pond water)

Dinner:

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Kids: black bean nachos and fruits and veggies

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Grown Ups: Salsa Quinoa with Black Beans atop lettuce, topped with avocados and tortilla chips

(in honor of the ‘add an extra cup of veggies’ challenge, I added an extra cup of romaine)

Dessert:

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Coconut Milk Ice Cream Sandwich

So – clearly these photos aren’t winning any awards.  Between the brown protein bites, the gray brown lunch combo and the pond water kombucha, I’m not making my eats look too appetizing.  Rest assured they were all quite tasty.  I may eat ugly food, but I do not eat bad tasting food.  A lady must have her standards.

What’s the most unphotogenic thing you’ve eaten lately?

Green Tea Lemonade

This is my new afternoon beverage.  As in I have had this drink everyday for the last two weeks.  I anticipate it being a staple in the summer, which in Texas, means ‘drink your body weight in fluids to compensate for the ridiculous amount of sweating that occurs when you live on what feels like the face of the sun for 3 months.’

Green Tea Lemonade

It’s got a really long ingredient list.  Ready?

  1.  Green Tea (green tea bag + water)
  2. Lemon
  3. Sweetener (I use stevia)
  4. Ice

And a really complicated recipe.

1. Make green tea. Let it cool.  (I boil enough water in the morning to make my morning green jasmine tea and my  ‘lemonade’ tea.  I make both cups at the same time and just let the plain green tea sit on the counter {remove tea bag after about 5 minutes of brewing to minimize bitterness} until the afternoon when I’m ready to make my green tea lemonade)

2. Add the juice of 1/2 to 1 lemon, depending on how tart you want your drink.

3. Sweeten to taste.

4. Serve over ice.

It’s refreshing and a perfect afternoon pick me up.  Plus green tea is all kinds of good for you so you get bonus nutritional benefits.

The addition of lemon, while adding a nice tartness, may also make this drink even more nutritious. Shout out to the food scientists at Purdue University that determined that adding citrus juice (or straight ascorbic acid) to green tea allows the beneficial antioxidants in green tea to survive the digestion process.

http://news.uns.purdue.edu/x/2007b/071113FerruzziTea.html

(I.came.this.close to getting my food science Master’s degree at Purdue, but my research would have been on black-eyed peas, not green tea)  (I chose North Carolina State instead)  (And did research on processed cheese)  (oh yes I did)

What is your ideal afternoon beverage?