Breakfast: A green smoothie of 1 ripe peach, 1/2 a frozen banana, 1 heaping tablespoon of almond butter, 1 tbsp each of chia seeds and hemp seeds, a scoop of Amazing Grass Green Superfood Powder, 3 huge leaves of curly green kale, and 3/4 cup homemade walnut milk, all topped with a cupful of yet another variation on my fresh fruit-sweetened granola featuring concord grapes, pepitas, almonds, and goldenberries.
While I don’t often purchase extraneous superfoods (I consider my chia, hemp, flax, and spirulina quite necessary) due to their high expense, I couldn’t resist indulging myself after my superb dormmates presented me with a gift card to House of Nutrition for my 18th birthday. Constantly eyeing the Amazing Grass Green Superfood Powder, I snatched a tub of the green goldmine of nourishing ingredients, including wheatgrass, alfalfa, spirulina, spinach, chlorella, broccoli, an antioxidant blend, and plenty of probiotics. Left with a couple more dollars on my gift card, I purchased a bag of goldenberries—an Incan superfruit high in vitamins A and C and containing bountiful anti-inflammatory properties—on a whim, which I later implemented in the granola you see above with wildly successful results.
Breakfast Checklist: Protein—chia seeds, hemp seeds, almond butter, walnut milk, pepitas, almonds. Whole Grain—GF rolled oats, buckwheat. Fruit—banana, peach, concord grapes, golden berries. Leafy Green—curly green kale. “Super Food”—chia seeds, hemp seeds, Green Superfood Powder, flaxseed meal, golden berries.
Mid-Morning Beverages: A mug of warm lemon water.
Lunch: A salad of mixed lettuces, heirloom tomatoes, carrots, bean sprouts, alfalfa sprouts, avocado, quinoa, chickpeas, and dulse seaweed, all tossed in Liquid Gold Dressing and topped with a large dollop of Madras Curry Cauliflower Sauerkraut from Wildbrine.
Behold: my salads have once again risen to their impressively varied capabilities thanks to a recent visit to the impeccable health food store of Mother Earth’s Storehouse, located 15 minutes away from Vassar by car (but sadly unreachable by bike due to the highway in between). Last weekend, my mother flew out to Poughkeepsie to visit for Freshman Families Weekend and treated me to an exciting and satisfying grocery trip that rendered me as in awe as a kid in a candy store. Mother Earth’s reminded me greatly of my beloved Willy Street Co-op back in Madison, sporting a vast array of vegan goodies—every single item in the bakery contained no animal products or gluten! Be still my beating heart. In addition to a few staples items needed to replenish my underbed pantry, I also purchased a container each of crunchy bean sprouts and alfalfa sprouts—two salad additions I’ve craved since arriving at Vassar four weeks ago—as well as a tub of the fascinating Madras Curry Cauliflower Sauerkraut from Wildbrine, one of the many unique varieties of fermented yummies in the pickle section of Mother Earth’s. I hope to return to this haven of a health food store quite often.
Meal Checklist: Protein—chickpeas. Whole Grain—quinoa. Vegetables—heirloom tomatoes, carrots, bean sprouts, alfalfa sprouts, avocado, cauliflower, onions. Leafy Greens—mixed greens, dulse seaweed, cabbage in sauerkraut.
Afternoon Beverages: Another mug of warm lemon water.
A bottle of GT’s Organic Raw Kombucha in Citrus flavor.
Dinner: A Deece create-your-own-stir-fry to-go dinner of spinach, broccoli, onions, mushrooms, carrots, black beans, and brown rice spiced with ginger and turmeric, accompanied by 1/2 an avocado and a dollop of hummus.
Meal Checklist: Protein—black beans, chickpeas in hummus. Whole Grain—brown rice. Vegetables—broccoli, carrots, onions, mushrooms, avocado. Leafy Greens—spinach.
Local Ingredients: You’ll have to inquire with the Deece cooks!
After-Dinner Beverage: Traditional Medicines’ Organic Ginger tea.
Comment Provoking Questions: Which superfoods do you consider necessary and which do you consider indulgences? What are your favorite superfoods in which to indulge? What’s the most interesting flavor of sauerkraut/pickle you’ve ever tasted?
Until next time, Ali.