Eating a Rainbow

by Laura Agar Wilson on April 3, 2011

in OOTD

Hi everyone, hope you’ve been having a lovely weekend! I’ve had a great one, today I was out for Sunday lunch to celebrate Mother’s day with my Mam and Grandma :-) I decided to rock my £3.50 eBay skirt:

P1040025 Outfit of the day: drop crystal earrings: Oasis, blazer: Topshop, pink long sleeved top: Dorothy Perkins, bag: H&M, floral skirt: eBay, black tights: M&S, grey peep toe boots: Oasis.

It feels like I’ve been eating so many colourful foods this weekend! Looking back to Saturday, we had a lovely relaxed morning – I made a big pot of sencha green tea and just chilled out while eating breakfast. This was just delicious:

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A slice of my coconut banana bread with strawberries, apple blackberry tofu yoghurt and passion fruit. I know I’ve said it before but I adore that tofu yoghurt and it tasted so good with the coconut banana bread. Just so I can link back to it here’s the super simple recipe that I use to make the yoghurt:

Simple tofu yoghurt (makes two servings)

  • 1 package of mori nu silken tofu
  • 1 small jar of fruit puree / 3 tbsp of pureed fruit (I’ve been using hip organic baby food!)
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract

Blend all ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Chill in the fridge before eating. I really love its plain creamy taste – dare I say it, almost as much as Greek yoghurt! It certainly makes a nice vegan alternative, at least for me!

Lunch was a beautiful ‘rainbow’ salad. I just loved all the colours in this!

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It included cos lettuce, sweet pea shoots, alfalfa sprouts, carrot, yellow pepper, beetroot, sugar snaps and cucumber plus a load of mixed seeds for added protein and crunch. I made the simplest and tastiest dressing inspired by a recipe in Veganomicon using 1 tbsp of tahini, 1 tbsp of sweet white miso and water, it was utterly delicious.

I went for more posh green juice too:

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Posh because I drink it from a wine glass ;-) This was my first green juice sans fruit – it contained celery, romaine, cucumber, broccoli, lemon and ginger and tasted surprisingly good without the added sweetness of the usual apple or pear. I’ve also had a few colourful fruit filled bowls:

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Dinner was a a socca pizza type creation. I made up the usual socca and topped with a thick layer of my broccoli and olive high protein hummus, broccoli and brussel sprouts roasted in coconut oil, beetroot and alfalfa sprouts:

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This was really good and very filling but I think would have tasted even better with regular hummus! I also had some 74% dark chocolate with mint from Plamils – it tasted amazing!

Sunday morning I was up for my run. I decided I to go for a nice relaxed 9 miles (the furthest I have ran this year) which I did in 1hr 25 minutes with an average pace of 9.32 which I was really happy with. It was a good run but it did feel slow and tough at times. It was nice to hit the 9 mile distance though and I felt really strong at the end, even managing a bit of a sprint finish! I was thinking back to last years training and how achy and tired I felt after some of my runs. So far this year I’ve had none of that, my recovery seems to have massively improved.

Breakfast was a delicious chocolate cherry beet green smoothie made with a big cooked beetroot and the usual maca, mesquite and ground flax then topped with peanut flour sauce, grape nuts cereal and cacao nibs:

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So good!

I was a little nervous of visiting the restaurant for Sunday lunch as I didn’t want to have any problems finding something vegan to order. I shouldn’t have worried though as ended up with some penne in a lovely roast veggie and tomato sauce along with a big salad. My tummy wasn’t so happy with the white pasta – it always bloats me up now – but I had a few cups of green tea when I got home which made me feel better.

For dinner I made a huge pan of my favourite spring soup – Courgette and Watercress. For such a simple recipe this really tastes fab:

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I had a couple of bowls full, just so nourishing and delicious. I also had more tofu yoghurt with strawberries, blueberries and a little bit of granola:

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All in all a lovely weekend has been had!

I’ve also managed to be quite productive which is always good, I got another assignment completed for my diet and nutrition course and had a lovely Sunday cook up session so I have meals ready for the next couple of days, as well as an extremely well stocked freezer. I think next week will be eat out the freezer week!

Do you like to eat a rainbow of different coloured foods? I love to try and eat lots of different colours – mainly because they are so pretty but also because eating a range of colours ensures you get a full range of nutrients. I have Colleen Patrick – Goudreau’s Colour Me Vegan cookbook on my wish list – it has a range of recipes based on the colour of foods!

I would have to say that my favourite food colour is green – apples, kale, spring greens and cucumber are some of my favourite veggies!

What’s your favourite ‘food colour’?

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Kimberley April 3, 2011 at 6:30 pm

Congrats on your run girl! All your meals look amazing!

My favourite food colour would probably be orange or green, anything bright colour usually does it for me :)

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Sarah April 3, 2011 at 7:21 pm

MmMM food looks gorge and so you do you missy! xo

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starsandpinkness April 3, 2011 at 7:49 pm

Ahhh seriously, can I just stay at your house and just let you feed me?! You are amazing at creating such yummy foods!! Your breakfast yesterday looks particularly delicious!
Glad you had a lovely day with your mum and grandma and I love your outfit – gosh that skirt was a bargain! And congrats on your run!
Guess what food colour is my fav?! Orange of course! Haha! My favourite foods being – kabocha squash, persimmons (in case you hadn’t guessed!), apricots, sweet potato and nectarines!

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Ffion April 3, 2011 at 8:30 pm

Your weekend eats look sooo good! I think my favourite colour is purple- blueberries, beetroot, plums, aubergines!

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Eleanor@eatinglikeahorse April 3, 2011 at 10:00 pm

Love the bargain eBay skirt – and those boots are brilliant!
I always seem to eat rainbow dinners; lots of green, then red cabbage (love) and butternut (love even more!) I don’t think I could choose a favourite… :-)

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Alison April 3, 2011 at 10:02 pm

Ooh, thanks for posting the tofu yoghurt recipe again. I’m pretty lazy at following links, and I didn’t realise it was that simple. I might give that a go as a treat :-)

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Lisa April 4, 2011 at 1:37 am

Everything looks so yummy and I love the outfit!

I’m a big huge fan of big huge rainbow salads :) My fave food color is green. For sure.

Yay for a productive weekend for you!

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~Jessica~ April 4, 2011 at 9:11 am

I agree with Nicky: could you please adopt me? Even though you’re only three years older than me ;) That coconut banana bread/tofu mousse breakfast looks so fresh, summery and healthy. I have trouble with the tofu mousse unless I do a chocolate version…mine goes really quite runny, despite using baby food as you do. I wish I knew why, as yours looks like the best replacement for Greek Yoghurt ever!

I think I’ll have to be boring and go with green as a favourite colour too, although with the amount of chocolate and cocoa I eat it should probably be brown!

xxx

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celeryandcupcakes.com April 4, 2011 at 10:34 am

The tofu yoghurt is definitely on my list of things to make. There are times when I eat a lot of youghurt one week and then nothing at all the next. Since I rarely eat meat a t all now I think this would be a perfectsource of protein with out the dairy.

You look lovely in your pic- definitely rocking the skirt!

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Madeline - Greens and Jeans April 4, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Love the ebay find and I definitely love those booties!

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everydaysapicnic April 4, 2011 at 6:13 pm

My favourite food colour is either green (spinach, broccoli, leeks, couregette, kale, romaine) or orange (cantaloupe melon, carrots, sweet potato, oranges, butternut squash) – it’s a close call, but the fact that cantaloupes are orange probably clinches it for me.

I love eating a variety of colours, not only is it really good for you, it love being stimulated by all the pretty colours.

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Laura April 4, 2011 at 7:34 pm

Kimberly – thanks chick! Green and orange are great food colours, especially together :-)

Sarah – thanks hun!

Nicky – I should have guessed! I maybe should have choosen orange too!

Ffion – oh yes they are all so good!

Eleanor – glad you like the boots and skirt – both bargains! I agree it is so tough to choose a favourite colour!

Alison – I really love it, honestly it does a canny greek yoghurt replacement for me, so good!

Lisa – yey for rainbow salads and green!

Jessica – its a shame it goes running – will it not firm up a bit in the fridge? I absolutely love it right now!

Jemma – thanks! I really think you’d love the tofu yoghurt – I need to try adding coconut to see if I can achieve a vegan version of rachels coconut – it would be so awesome!

Madeline – thanks!

Sarah – Green or orange certainly seem to be the winners, all those foods are just so good – I agree having lots of colours is really stimulating!

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vincent April 4, 2011 at 7:46 pm

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deisegirl April 5, 2011 at 6:18 pm

Love the skirt! You look great :)

I love yellow/red/orange foods. I think it must be the sweetness that appeals to me, me having the most rampant sweet tooth ever. Cherry tomatoes are like crack to me, and it sucks because they are so expensive. I did try to grow them but it ended in tears/blight due to the endlessly wet summers and lack of a greenhouse. I love red and yellow peppers (but green peppers are the work of the devil for me..) and squashes and sweet potato not to mention sweetcorn on a pizza. I’m also learning to love carrots with the help of my spiralizer. this is a Very Good Thing because carrots are so (relatvely) cheap and plentiful. I’ve always preferred raw carrots but something about the spiralizer just brings them to life! I also think mediterranean vegetables in general just make me happy, red onions, tomatoes, courgette, aubergines, all roasted up in a pan with a drizzle of olive oil. Food of the Gods :)

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lorna vanderhaeghe August 9, 2011 at 8:25 am

Combine different fruits and vegetables to come up with a delicious dessert.

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