There’s a lot going on in St. Louis right now, as you all know. As someone who was born and raised in St. Louis, currently lives here, and has a love for the city, it’s really sad to see it getting torn apart. While I’m not going to write on my views of the actual Ferguson verdict, I will say that I wish people would protest peacefully. Do we need change? YES! It’s absolutely not right or not ok that there’s so much racism still present today, coming from both sides, but the way we need to make the change is NOT via violence and destruction. Just like so many leaders made significant impacts on our country fifty years ago, they did it peacefully. There is hope that we can accomplish change in a peaceful manner. PEACEFUL CHANGE. That should be the theme of this holiday season.
Just be kind to others. Be mindful of people with different views. If you want to see change in the world, BE the change. Just do it peacefully. End rant.
Peaceful like this precious sleeping baby.
See how I changed the subject like that? Nobody can be angry about a sleeping baby!
Alright now, the real reason for this post today is to link up with Jenn at Peas and Crayons for What I Ate Wednesday. So before the big turkey day tomorrow, let’s take a look at some healthy pre-Thanksgiving meals.
Breakfast: Oatmeal Pancake
Who says pancakes are just for the weekend? Not me! It literally takes two seconds to put this healthy, high-protein pancake together before pouring it into the pan. All I use is 2 eggs, some oatmeal (1/2 cup-ish), frozen blueberries, cinnamon, a dash of baking powder, and [optional] wheat germ and ground flax-seed. I topped it with fresh homemade blueberry jam. All you do for that is put frozen blueberries in a bowl, add water, heat in the microwave, stir in chia seeds, and let set. Top with syrup. Obviously! It’s a great combination of healthy fats, complex carbohydrates, and protein – perfect for a hearty and nutritious breakfast!
I was sent coupons to try Nasoya’s new marinated baked tofu. No compensation was provided; all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Lunch: High Protein Sesame Ginger Tofu Vegetable Bowl
In the mix: quinoa, black beans, corn, peas, garlic, onion, diced tomatoes, and Nasoya Sesame Ginger TofuBaked tofu. Tofu has a lot of protein; in the eight ounce package, there is 32 grams of protein. Combine that with the quinoa and beans, and this bowl had me full for a decent chunk of time (impressive for this breastfeeding momma!).
I participated in Meatless Monday for the #Elf4Health challenge. Want to sign up? There’s still time! Sign up HERE for the second round! There are great prizes and it’s a fun way to stay motivated to make healthy choices throughout the holidays! Each day, there is a new “challenge,” and you are paired up with another “elf.” (Or you can do it solo, your choice.) It lasts for four weeks and the challenges are totally doable… like this Meatless Monday. Oh, and it’s completely FREE to participate!
Dinner: Teriyaki Tofu Salad
In the salad: fresh spinach, Nasoya Teriyaki TofuBaked tofu, dried cranberries, pomegranate arils, hemp hearts, and evoo and balsamic (not pictured). Both flavors of the tofu were very mild which made it easy to add to my dishes. It’s great to use in a pinch since you don’t have to press or season it; it comes all ready to go.
And that’s all! I’m off to enjoy my day off work and start cooking a few items to bring to my parents’ feast tomorrow!
Are you a tofu fan? Would you go with sesame ginger or teriyaki?