So Veg Week has ended. Well, as you can tell from the post title, veg week #1 has ended. Yup, we're doing a Veg Week #2. So that should tell you how it went. But in the interest of actually writing I'll give you more details.
I did dine out twice this week, once for lunch and once for brunch on Sunday. For lunch, I ordered a sandwich with brie, apple, arugula and cranberry relish (delicious!) and sweet potato fries at the Elis Hotel's Terrace Restaruant in downtown Atlanta. And for Sunday brunch at Vickery's I had black bean cakes served over balsamic sauteed spinach, pico de gallo and goat cheese - it was amazing and I had enough leftover for lunch the next day. At both restaurants there were plenty of vegetarian options to choose from so I didn't feel limited in what I could eat. Now I know not every restaurant is vegetarian friendly but luckily these two were. (I was wondering what a non-meat-eater would order at say Fox Brothers BBQ??? That is where the flexitarian thing would come in handy...)
For lunch, aside from Friday's outing to Terrace, I ate leftovers from the previous night's dinner, which made the veggie eating during lunch easy. And then there was breakfast. I'm not a big meat eater at breakfast anyway so this wasn't much of a change from my usual eating. Most days I either made scrambled eggs with pesto or a smoothie - two easy meals when you're short on time in the morning. One day I did just have a banana (I was running really late). Over the weekend when I have more time I like to cook breakfast and this weekend was no exception. I made egg puffs on Saturday and pancakes on Sunday- both with a secret veggie ingredient that I'll write more about on Tuesday's Toddler Tips post.
Overall, I felt energetic and healthy during the week. I didn't miss the meat and when Mr. Cob asked me if we were doing week #2 of vegginess, I said yes right away. I don't think I'll ever commit to full on vegetarianism 100% of the time, but I do think I'll cook more meatless meals than I previously was cooking. I like the fact that most days I was eating anywhere from 7-10 different fruits and vegetables, which is different from my norm. Sticking to a vegetarian diet for just a week definitely made me go outside the box as far as trying new recipes and food.
And I'd be lying if I didn't say one of the reasons I'm encouraged to keep at it, is that on Sunday morning (my weigh in day), I was pleasantly surprised at the 3.2 pounds lost over the week. This may have been because I was diligently tracking my points on Weight Watchers this week, but I do think the veggies helped and every day I felt full and was within my point allotment for the day. I realize this is a vain reason to keep on my no-meat streak, but at least it's a healthy change/way to lose some weight.
I'll continue to share the good veggie recipes I find and let you know how long this vegetarian journey continues. This week's menu includes Eggplant Parmesean Rollitinis, Zucchini & Corn Taco Seasoned Quinoa Salad, Chickpea Cakes with a cucumber, avocado, tomato salad and fancy grilled cheese with a side of "the best broccoli of your life"!
In other news, I'm back to coffee. A toddler waking up for the day at 5:15am will do that.