I just ate the most wonderful lunch!
Since making the decision to go vegetarian, I’m been trying to branch out on non-meat protein options. I’ve seen tempeh in the blog world before, so when I spotted it at the store this morning, I knew I had to try it!
This brand of tempeh contains cultured organic soybeans, water, organic barley, organic brown rice, and organic millet (that’s it!). It is rich in complex carbs, fiber, and protein, and low in calories and fat. It’s an excellent meat substitute! One packet is two servings, but I split mine into three, for 150 calories per serving and about 13 grams of protein.
I made Taboule using Near East’s mix plus two plum tomatoes (which creates about five servings, so expect to see Taboule in the near future!).
All together now:
I loved the tempeh raw. It was a little bitter (in a good way) and very chewy.
I gave this a lot of thought after my breakfast post and realized that I need to back off of my commitment to do the Triathlon in June. With as busy as my schedule has been, I really do not have the time required to train for a Triathlon.
People who do not train for races really do not understand how time-intensive training can be. I am committed to racing in the Metric Century bike race in June, but I do not have the time to squeeze in swimming 1,000s of meters in addition to bicycling 40+ miles a week. I will continue to swim as cardio, but I cannot dedicate enough time to it to be good enough for open water swimming in a few weeks.
I think it is very important that I do not overextend myself (already more than I am). Fitness is suppose to be FUN, and work (and sleeping) must come first.
I will be posting a revised training plan for the Metric Century next week. I’m looking forward to my long bike ride this weekend!
Okay, I really need to try tempeh, it just sounds so good!
I commend you on your triathalon decision. I think you are definitely making very healthy decisions for your life, and you’re right, work and sleep and happiness must ALWAYS come first. Enjoy the exercise you do right now, and save training for triathalons for another time 🙂