Guys, OMG! It’s been such a fabulous week! My internship hasn’t been too harsh on me, but the tasks do get a bit harder as time progresses. Hey, c’est la vie.
One issue was resetting my body clock. I wasn’t used to fitting in an exercise first thing in the morning and then eating breakfast in less than thirty minutes. It’s been fruit and yogurt most of the time, but one day I was seriously craving for something else. I went to Ralphs the first day I came and got some goodies for myself, including a new vegetarian protein called TVP! It’s textured vegetable protein, or basically defatted soy protein flour. When I first saw the bag it looked more like uncooked bulgur! But don’t knock it till us try it. Just take one part TVP and one minus an 8th of the same part water. Microwave for 2-3 minutes or so and voila–you got some delicious veggie “meat”! It’s extremely bland by itself so I recommend adding chili, liquid aminos (or soy sauce if you don’t have liquid aminos), or any other seasoning/spice you wish. I had it in a large bowl like oatmeal because I didn’t have anything better to do with it, but it’s great to have in omelets, salads, tacos and more!
Pictures of my first day breakfast eats:
If you’re thinking “Is that all she had for breakfast?!”, then you’re certainly mistaken (but that was a pretty large bowl!). I missed my sweet potatoes so dearly I microwaved a Japanese yam along with the TVP. After thinking about what I should’ve done with it for a few seconds, it came to me: a sweet potato PB&J! How the heck would a sweet potato fit into a sandwich?? Honey, it’s not in the sandwich–it’s HOLDING it! Cook your yam as you would and chop it in half after done. Spread one side with crunchy or suuuuuper creamy peanut butter and the other side with sweet fruit jam or preserves. Sandwich the two sides together and gobble it up!
Full recipe linked here.
We ended the day with a lovely family reunion dinner at this stunning sushi restaurant called Hamamori in South Coast Plaza. I ate SO MUCH irresistible sashimi, miso soup and daikon, but my favorites of the night were the cold ahi tofu and salmon avocado cucumber roll. The tofu was silky, refreshing and absorbent of the yummy sauce while the cucumber roll was bursting with flavor and crunchiness! If you see Hamamori when you go out to South Coast, definitely have dinner there. The meals are so beautiful and delicious!
- Cacao powder
- Brown rice mochi
- Freshly ground honey roasted peanut butter
- 1 large plantain
- Canned pumpkin
- Heidi Ho! spicy chia cheese
- 1 Japanese yam
- Black wet suit
Hope you like my WIAT videos! This is not like any of my past WIAT videos that were much more focused on plant based or vegan food. I try not to eat as much meat but I was on vacation with relatives who love fish! I admit I do too 🙂 don’t forget to subscribe, give the video a thumbs up and comment what else you want to see and where else I should visit in LA!