More ways with Amaranth; Mindful eating challenge update.
September 26, 2010 § 6 Comments
Gloooooorious Sunday to you all!
Another cracking day to distract me from Wednesday’s looming Anatomy & Physiology exam.
Ahhh, hang it, I cram therefore I am!
Seriously, give me too much prep time and I lose that vital adrenalin rush that only comes with leaving chapters of content to the dying moments of the night before. It’s the way I roll yo.
This morning, I was greeted by a delectable sunlit breakfast; fishtank-green algae shake & ginger tea (goes by no other foul-sounding alias).
Who am I kidding? This breakfast did not spontaneously spring into being and materialise on my carpet; there was no doting mother presenting it to me as I stumbled out of bed hungry & demanding (although there may be in ONE WEEK when I visit Bonne Ma in W.A!!!)
God I go on…
Anyway, after I made it myself and arranged it artfully on the floor, I thought it looked rather pretty in the springtime sun.
Looks like a bubbling cauldron. Did I mention in order to create the swamp shake, one must dance around the blender chanting incantations (*spirulina maca chia, spirulina maca chia!*) and cackling like an old crazy cat lady?
Yes yes, a delicious start to the day.
UPDATE on the mindful eating challenge:
I could tell you that I’ve been utterly devoted to the cause, mindfully eating like a champ with all good things to report…
…But I would be lying through my crooked, yellowing cat-lady teeth.
I actually feel as if I am going through a really snacky stage right now, possibly due to pushing the exercise a little more, being bored whilst studying, and still experiencing ‘trust’ issues with my body as to whether it is full or or just tricking. (You’re not full *ho ho ho*, you just need some more CEREAL that’s what!!!)
Being completely aware of this tendency whilst simultaneously filling another cup full of museli does not, I fear, equate to mindful eating.
Ultimately having the ‘challenge’ in my head has somehow inspired me to think about food moreso than usual, and despite all good intentions, I cannot say I have formed better eating skillz over the last couple of weeks.
I do think I am learning to recognise when I am truly hungry; it’s the habits I have to work on!
This morning however, I did eat my breakfast sitting listening to the radio; no phones, no TV, no newspaper, no computer. It was rather pleasant.
Similarly, lunch had the same peaceful, anti-technological feel.
It was also an homage to the gorgeous, summery weather we’ve been experiencing here in Sydney over the last few days.
Avomatato & Amaranth Springtime Salad
(Avocado, Sweet Potato & Tomato!)
Another amaranth experiment.
It turned out well, however I would dearly love to have used quinoa for this as the amaranth ends up much like polenta; it was very mushy and not-quite suited to the salad theme. I, being a hangry monster, still considered it delightful!
1 c amaranth
2.5 c water
1 c chopped greens (I used english spinach)
seasoning (salt & pepper or herbamare)
1 tomato, diced
1/2 avocado, diced
1 sweet potato, cut into 1-2cm dice & roasted with olive oil & seasoning (I used cajun, mmmmm!)
big handful of fresh coriander
1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
juice & zest of 1/2 a lemon
cracked black pepper
- Cook amaranth in water with seasoning until absorbed, throwing in greens at the end to wilt.
- Combine roasted sweet potato pieces, tomato, avocado, coriander & dressing in a bowl.
- Serve salad over amaranth (or quinoa, or cous cous) and garnish with pepper & coriander.
- I also squeezed extra lemon over mine, because I’m a citrus fiend.
Fresh and tasty!
Well my friends, it’s here I leave you.
If you were working on mindful eating, how did it go? Any tips for a struggling lass?