Songs for Sight

I just returned from an evening of musical entertainment benefiting the UAB Department of Opthamology due to my father’s involvement with the Eyesight Foundation of Alabama. Not only was it an evening of fabulous music (featuring Sara Evans!), but it also made me realize how truly blessed I am to not have any sort of vision impairment. Throughout the evening’s program, several patients of UAB Opthamology shared their stories of low vision, making me believe that the gift of sight is truly something to be appreciated. Can you imagine not being able to read? Use the computer? Recognize the faces of those you love? Vision is surely not to be taken for granted.ย  What would you miss the most were you to lose your sense of vision?

One vital component to maintaining healthy eyes is good nutrition…check out my eye-saving efforts:

Friday

Yes, I still made room for a (smaller) smoothie, even after my pizza and ice cream. Don’t judge.

peach smoothie: peaches, unsweetened peach Spirutein, soymilk, & Kashi Vive

peach smoothie: peaches, unsweetened peach Spirutein, soymilk, & Kashi Vive

Saturday

I woke up bright and early for my 7:30AM race (!). It was a hot one–gotta love Alabama humidity too. Look for race details tomorrow. Anyway, by the time I returned home, I just wanted food–fast. Cold cereal was the way to go.

TJ's High Fiber Cereal & Puffins with wheat germ, almonds, strawberries, & rice milk

TJ's High Fiber Cereal & Puffins with wheat germ, almonds, strawberries, & rice milk

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Leftovers lunch. Here‘s the recipe for the salad dressing, if you’re curious.

Great Northern Beans with turnip greens & Kashi pilaf; salad with cukes & Tofu Lime Salad Dressing; applesauce with homemade pecan butter

Great Northern Beans with turnip greens & Kashi pilaf; salad with cukes & Tofu Lime Salad Dressing; applesauce with homemade pecan butter

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CIMG7701One of my absolute fave snacks:

cottage cheese & Sunbutter

cottage cheese & Sunbutter

Sunbutter, how I’ve missed thee!

I’ve had an odd craving for cauliflower lately…so I made a chickpea curry. What’s your favorite way to prepare cauliflower?CIMG7704

Tomato-Cauliflower-Chickpea Curry; spinach; pita; greens with Papaya Poppyseed Dressing

Tomato-Cauliflower-Chickpea Curry; spinach; pita; greens with Papaya Poppyseed Dressing

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Meh smoothie.

peach-pineapple smoothie with unsweetened vanilla Spirutein, soymilk, & Kashi Vive

peach-pineapple smoothie with unsweetened vanilla Spirutein, soymilk, & Kashi Vive

Sunday

We’re up to “O” in the alphabet challenge! Does the “O” in old-fashioned count too? Anyway, thanks to VeggieGirl for this spread that she sent me for my birthday last December. Note the return of the “skillet shot.”๐Ÿ™‚CIMG7712

"O" Oats: Old-fashioned oatmeal, vanilla soymilk, cinnamon, orange almond butter, orange segments, orange zest

"O" Oats: Old-fashioned oatmeal, vanilla soymilk, cinnamon, orange almond butter, orange segments, orange zest

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My dad and I made a long overdue trip to Whole Foods today. Check out the goods:

the produce: rainbow chard, bok choy, naners, carrots, blackberries, raspberries, green onions, garlic, ginger, spinach, broccoli, Champagne mangoes, mushrooms

the produce: rainbow chard, bok choy, naners, carrots, blackberries, raspberries, green onions, garlic, ginger, spinach, broccoli, Champagne mangoes, mushrooms

the frozen goods: mini blueberry waffles, mango chunks, strawberries, Sunshine Falafel, Sunshine Breakfast Patties, vegan potstickers

the frozen goods: mini blueberry waffles, mango chunks, strawberries, Sunshine Falafel, Sunshine Breakfast Patties, vegan potstickers

the fridge food: Oikos (blueberry & honey), Rachel's cottage cheese, Fage 2%, Tempeh-tations

the fridge food: Oikos (blueberry & honey), Rachel's cottage cheese, Fage 2%, Tempeh-tations

miscellaneous: Acai Apple granola, BBQ rice crisps, whole wheat bow tie pasta, dried figs, chickpeas, lentils, vegan mayo

miscellaneous: Acai Apple granola, BBQ rice crisps, whole wheat bow tie pasta, dried figs, chickpeas, lentils, vegan mayo

As you can see, today was a particularly successful trip–I was practically frolicking through the freezer aisle when I discovered those Sunshine products.

To make room in the freezer, I used up my last Garden Herb Sunshine Burger–yet another sunflower seed product that has earned by devotion.

Sunshine salad: Garden Herb Sunshine burger with veggies & Bragg's; apple; flax crax

Sunshine salad: Garden Herb Sunshine burger with veggies & Bragg's; apple; flax crax

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A step outside my usual snackage:CIMG7728

naner with tahini & vanilla agave nectar

naner with tahini & vanilla agave nectar

All I have to say is that the people over at Madhava are geniuses for producing these flavored agave nectars.

Dinner was pretty rushed due to the show tonight. I improvised what you might call a crack sandwich; just like its crack wrap cousin, it is a melty, cheesy, hummus-ful concoction.

grilled hummus-cheese sandwich with red onions; greens with cashews & Bragg's; Brussels sprouts; cantaloupe

grilled hummus-cheese sandwich with red onions; greens with cashews & Bragg's; Brussels sprouts; cantaloupe

announcing...the crack sammie

announcing...the crack sammie

It’s just about smoothie time here, so I’ll sign off now. Wishing you a happy, healthy week!

12 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Sarah said,

    Ooh, I am so down with that crackwich.

    You should know that as I keep flipping through ED&BV, I am thinking of you and how many yummy things you’ve made out of it!

    I hope you had a fun race!

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    elise said,

    lemme know what you think of those tempehtations…i had the bbq one last week. im not a huge tempeh person to start with, so maybe my judgement is biased, but i wasnt blown away…

  3. 3

    Emma said,

    Major food porn! It looks amazing.

    My mother is legally blind (completely blind in her right eye, mostly in her left). I’ve been helping her for a very long time – she’s managed to accomplish so much (Ph. D!). I’m glad to hear that you support low-vision things.๐Ÿ™‚

    Emma

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    coco said,

    I’d miss most being able to see the world!! We’re so lucky!
    horay for groceries shopping…. it’s so fun to discover new products!๐Ÿ™‚

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    I am a mashed-cauliflower mama… but I end up eating too much at once and thus get an angry tummy:/

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    Lacey said,

    new Sunshine products!!!! i have never seen these, can’t wait to hear what you think!๐Ÿ™‚

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    CurlyTop said,

    Caroline,

    Hey darlin! Sounds like you had an awesome time with your daddyio @ WF. Those sunshine products do look neat! Can’t wait to read your reviews and see the 5k update.๐Ÿ˜€

    Have a wonderful Monday!

    With Love,

    Emily

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    Anne K. said,

    I couldn’t imagine life without vision. Thinking about it really scares me. I would feel so vulnerable, and it would be a totally different life. I was thinking about what one thing I’d miss the most, and there are a lot–family’s faces, driving, the computer, etc. But what I’d really miss would just be that ease of independence. Without one of your main senses, life becomes so much more challenging. I wouldn’t be able to rely on myself so easily.
    Your eats look great, and I’m looking forward to reading about the race๐Ÿ™‚

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    Krista said,

    Some many great things in this post!!

    *love your stripe-y bowl
    *delicious cauliflower chickpea curry (I like my cauliflower roasted)
    *orange almond nut butter? Oh, my!
    *great WF groceries
    *vanilla agave? Get out!!! I must look for that!!

    I would most miss my kids faces if I lost my sight. That would be devastating to me.

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    Anna said,

    I don’t know WHAT I would do if I lost my sight… I’m such a visually-oriented person. I would miss looking at nature the most, I think.

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    A said,

    The “Tomato-Cauliflower-Chickpea Curry” looks wonderful! Can you post the recipe??
    -A
    http://kubiclekitchen.blogspot.com/

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    janetha said,

    vanilla agave?! this i gotta find. i love anything and everything vanilla flavored. looks like you got some goods at WF! your bowl of oats presentation was stunning๐Ÿ™‚


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