Legume Lovin’: Part 2

I promised an update on my personal legume challenge, and here it is! (And in case you missed Part 1). 

Two things stand out to me as I write this post:

  1. Weekends can interrupt intentions! Or so it feels like. I can totally relate to my patients who have specific goals around eating healthier and movement, but find weekends are a time of pause. Anyone else feel this way? I think dietitians in the counseling field are really focusing more on body kindness, intuitive eating, and giving oneself a break from overly strict goals. I find myself to be somewhere in the middle, gravitating towards structure during the week and less so on the weekends.

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So are weekends really interrupting my goals? Or are my goals unrealistic? What are your thoughts on realistic goal setting?

2.  I don’t like boring food. I could have been more successful in this challenge had I been satisfied with plain beans, giving less thought to the flavor and excitement factor. But I really enjoy altering the ingredients in front of me. By the time Saturday morning rolled around my fridge and pantry were close to empty, and I didn’t want to eat black beans for breakfast just to check the day off, so I took an incomplete and had banana pancakes instead!

Now, on to what I ate!

Monday: roasted cauliflower with a chickpea & vegetable sauté (onions, squash, tomatoes).

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Tuesday: chickpea leftovers from Monday+ spicy roasted carrot hummus fullsizeoutput_45e1.jpeg

Wednesday: I wanted to try a more convenient product just to see what’s out there. I saw someone at work eating this zucchini lentil pasta from Birds Eye and was suspicious but intrigued. I was impressed that it was only 160 mg of sodium per serving and it had a nice flavor. I had this with leftover chicken and some more vegetables.

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Thursday: Made these Pinto Bean Veggie Burgers for dinner

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Friday: Leftover veggie burgers for lunch

Saturday we went to the beach and beans just weren’t on the menu. But crabs were!!! IMG_0229

On the way home, we stopped at Taste. I LOVE this place. They have delicious, local food, gifts, and a thoughtful wine selection. Plus a cute, inviting outdoor area to eat and play. I got chicken salad on greens for there – and a bottle of Thibaut-Janisson to go!

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Thoughts for the future:

  • More planning. Isn’t this always the case? I’m going to either need to make more and have leftovers OR make sure I have enough ingredients on hand to really amp up my beans towards the end of the week.
  • If traveling, bring the beans. There are several ways to incorporate beans into snacks that can be taken to-go.

I would love to hear your tips on upping your bean game!

Cheers!

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