A Fresh Dille

getting through it.

Posted in FOOD, VEGAN, WORK by clairedille on July 14, 2010

It certainly can be challenging getting through these pre-production days. The uncertainty of each day’s tasks tends to be unsettling to my psyche. There are a few little things I have been as of late to make sure that I handle my days better. To be more efficient, we all know that morning workouts and packing snacks keeps on our toes, but that does not mean we always take part. After the massive Whole Foods shop, I am more prepared for these next few weeks. Things are still a work-in-progress until the crazy days of shooting and this explains why I am able to post around 12 p.m. on a Wednesday. While V is sleeping until his 6 p.m. call time (after getting home at 5 a.m.), I am up planning meals ahead and snacks I know will keep me energized. Instead of stowing my yoga mat in my car, where it has been stored while hoping to attend a nearby class, I am now leaving it rolled up below my bed. When I come up the spiral stairs I am more aware of its need to be rolled out and put to use. This is obviously for my own well-being, not just because of feeling bad about its neglected state.

Instead of sipping on multiple mugs of coffee (don’t you hate how one mug is really 2 + cups of coffee?), I’ve been drinking more of these.

V (if you watch True Blood you may get why I call him V since he used to work on the show)  is to blame for my shot addiction. While working on his last film, the caterer brought many of these Sencha and Oolong shot teas. We are constantly in search of filling our fridge with more, since they are the perfect size for traveling and offer an abundance of antioxidants. Of course they are quite pricey when you drink multiples a day (not me…), but we have found where they are cheapest in the area, and I try to limit to 1-2 per day. Maybe brewing my own tea and storing them in to-go cups would be more ideal, but I don’t always have time for those practicalities.

However, there are some things I do make time for.

Stovetop oat making is a process I truly enjoy most mornings. Like many other bloggers, I too prefer to wake up earlier to eat a more tasty breakfast. I am making the most of these prep days because I know that it is very rare I manage to make oats mornings before reaching set when I had only been off set for 8-10 hours (and sleep reigns supreme). Still fitting in 7-8 hours of sleep, I woke up yesterday to prepare steel-cut oats cooked with half a banana, cinnamon, vanilla, unsweetened almond milk, and a pinch of vivagave. When I told V to get a few peaches and avocados while at Whole Foods on Saturday, I realized a few meant 5 or more. This means there will be many days ahead of peach covered plated oats and I can’t say I mind it too much. The blueberry and peach combo is one I am such a fan of and the cinnamon vanilla frosting sunflower butter brought this breakfast to a whole new level. Bliss.

Have I told you that we don’t have cable? I don’t even miss TV watching when working, simply because time doesn’t allow moments for it. But…I have been needing a TV show fix recently, which has resulted in online watching. I know that one hour every few days is nothing crazy, but watching some mindless TV is another way of unwinding I have forgotten about these last few months. Often, when I am  not working, I get completely sick of TV/movies, but when I am working, I cherish the moments I can sit and watch. The last thing I watched was a new episode of Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations. I pretty much love that vegan-hater…and I am one.

It has been much too long since I’ve allowed myself adequate baking time, but I did finally get around to making some of Angela’s delicious Garlic Scape Pesto.

This lemon had more seeds than I thought possible, but the pesto didn’t disappoint.

My mini food processor didn’t do such a wonderful job with the large quantity of vegan parmesan, or the scapes and spinach actually, but the flavor was there. It will be great on the pizza crust we bought when time allows V and I to eat a meal together.

In the meantime, I’ve had it on many dishes made in a jiffy (may be the first time I’ve said that, but I have jiffy steamers on my mind thanks to work).

Last nights kale, mushroom, quinoa, and garlic scape pesto dinner was eaten at 10 p.m. I don’t believe in the “don’t eat past 8 p.m.” rule and quite frankly, it would never work with my work schedule. In October, I worked from 7 p.m. to around 8 a.m. for two weeks. That means “lunch” is at 1 a.m. It may not sound like much fun, but working without fuel is even less fun.

This mornings steel-cut oats were the same as yesterdays, with coconut butter substituting sunflower butter.

These oats are perched on top of the tank I preceded to put on after taking this photo.

Packing lunch for a hectic afternoon in the production office with tasks I have yet to know of is one way I am getting through today.

The brown rice tortilla is topped with red pepper hummus, spinach, cucumber, tomatoes, sprouts, avocado, and sea salt. On the side I packed a new larabar and some broccoli, beets, and chickpeas. I never know what the veggie options will be when working, so why not bring my own while I still can, right?

Other things:

-How do you make it through your crazy days? Yoga, packing snacks and meals, allowing minutes to watch TV and unwind, drinking my antioxidants, and sometimes running seem to be helping calm my nerves these days. I do hope to add in more strength training because I have realized that I am somewhat weak recently while picking up boxes of racks, steamers, clothing, etc.

-When was the last time you had a pasta night? Any favorite mix ins? This pasta night post by Kathy has me craving some. Good thing I have much too much vegan parmesan these days. She also wrote about pizza after we just bought some crust…now I am even more excited to make some.

-Do you add any sweetener to your oats? What is your sweetener of choice? Have you read Gena’s post about Agave? I am usually a stevia girl (NuNaturals is preferred), but I have been known to also use maple or agave on occasion.

-Do you try to limit your coffee consumption? Do you drink lower caffeinated beverages or cut all caffeine? I skip coffee very rarely, but it is even more rare that I drink more than 1 or 2 cups a day. When filming all night though, I have had to use it to keep awake. I still think it is better than those who are gulping down the red bulls…but I could do better. Gena wrote another great post about coffee worth checking out.

Hope everyone is having a wonderful week! I can’t believe there is less than a month until the Healthy Living Summit. Are you going?


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  1. Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete said, on July 14, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    Honestly, that wrap looks amazing! I LOVE watching TV and cuddling. We don’t do it very often. Especially when we lived in Germany, there wasn’t a lot of good shows on, so we didn’t watch a lot of TV. Plus, I feel like I need to do something else besides watch TV when I do. So, it is blogging or reading magazines at the same time.

    I’m not going to the HLS. ;( I have a relay race that I already paid for that weekend before they came out with the dates. I’m going to miss everyone! Have fun for me!

  2. Maggie said, on July 14, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    Crazy days – I try to give myself little rewards, like a cookie or 10 minutes of yoga. Or I clean something which makes me feel better (not the bathroom, that’s not fun).
    Pasta night – can’t even remember…
    Oats – I add honey.
    Coffee – I try to keep it to 1-2 cups a day. I actually put a packet of splenda in it. Whoops.

  3. Jessie (Bites and Pieces) said, on July 14, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    That garlic scape pesto and the wrap both look delicious! I’m going to HLS, and I look forward to meeting you. 🙂

  4. Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) said, on July 14, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    I love those rice wraps. They are in a category all on their own! Your oats are too cute. You put some time into that pretty plate! I am with you, I prefer NuNaturals to anything else in my oats. Your pesto looks delicious!

  5. Gena said, on July 14, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    Hooray for coffee! Life doesn’t get any better than warm coffee on a cool morning. I’ve got to make oats as pretty as yours one of these days 🙂

  6. Rachael said, on July 14, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    Crazy days have been the norm for me lately – my partner and I are on a tour giving sustainability workshops and shooting footage for a documentary across the northeast and Canada- and on top of it, I’m living out of a car, on the road, and don’t have a place to escape into at night. I’ve been countering the stress (and lack of alone time) with running, as much healthy, raw food as I can get my hands on and taking time to read books that have nothing to do with work. Wine has also played a helpful role.
    I have, however, reverted back to my coffee habit. I used to be a pot a day kind of girl, then stopped when my ulcers, err, started bleeding. Good incentive to quit. But I’m spending a lot of time in cafes and bookshops these days, in the name of free wireless, and so I’m drinking at least two cups again. No health consequences yet, but I should probably get back on the tea wagon.

  7. Tasha - the clean eating mama said, on July 14, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    I am so in love with Anthony Bourdain! lol

  8. Amanda @ . seek . said, on July 14, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    It doesn’t matter how early I have to wake up, I always, always make time to make oats in the morning. There’s just something about the whole oat making process that gets my day off to a good start, and no other form of oats seem to compare. I don’t really use sweetener in my oats, because I always add a banana and that sweetens them enough for me. But my sweetener of choice would have to be honey or maple syrup.

    As for crazy days, I definitely make sure that I’m eating enough, and I make sure to take mini quiet breaks throughout the day to relax. They only have to be 5 minutes or so, but I just take time to sit quietly and breathe… trying to get my mind to slow down. The worst part of crazy days are the racing thoughts, so anything that can slow those down is something I really appreciate.

    I drink a cup or two of coffee a day, and usually find that’s enough to keep me going. But I drink green teas for the antioxidants, and sometimes a nice black tea because I really enjoy the taste.

    Hope you’re doing well, hun! Sounds like things are getting pretty hectic.

  9. Ellen@FirednFabulous said, on July 14, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    WOW. That seriously is the prettiest bowl of oats I have seen, possibly ever. (And I read A LOT of health/food blogs!) I never thought to add peaches—it looks so delicious! And I’m the same as you with coffee…I just like it too much to cut it out. I’ve tried, but realized it’s one indulgence that’s totally worth it. But, I do aim to have just one caffeinated drink a day. So, if I have my coffee in the am, but crave a Diet Coke later in the day, I get a caffeine-free one. OR if I don’t feel like I need the caffeine in my coffee, I’ll get decaf, just in case I *need* my DC later on 🙂

  10. kelsey@snackingsquirrel.com said, on July 14, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    i would totally bring my own while i still could!! ❤ yummy yummy wrap, i totally know what gluten-free tortilla u used hehe 🙂

    i really LOVE japanese sencha tea and farmosa oolong- those are the two that taste the best to me, we have so many little japanese tea shops around the city since everyone here is TEA OBSESSED lol

    in the summer ive only been having coffee once a week.. sometimes i barely even want that. green tea is replacing it at the moment.. but my anxiety doesnt need to be higher than it already is in this heat haha

    xoxo love ❤

  11. Lauren @ WWoB said, on July 14, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    I NEED my coffee and I give myself no limits. But if I want to sleep at night I dont have it within 6 hours of bed.
    And I use melted banana to sweeten my oats 🙂

  12. lisasfoods said, on July 14, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    I was hoping to go to the conference (and could have gotten a ticket), but just don’t have the money right now.

    I’m more of a tea than a coffee person, and love all kinds of green tea. I loved ordered cold oolong tea at bars when I didn’t feel like having a drink, cause it’s really common. I wish it was like that here.

  13. Efi@greekyogurt said, on July 14, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    The wrap looks so tasty. And you are right about needing fuel for our body, first thing in the morning.

    Lovely pictures

  14. actorsdiet said, on July 15, 2010 at 1:59 am

    the veggie in my household loves anthony bourdain too. what is it about that guy?!?

  15. Katie said, on July 15, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    Wow lady, you are busy! But you’re also SO on top of things. My days have been a bit crazy as of late and I’ve found myself relying on packaged bars and takeout far more than I’d like. But I’m off work today so I plan on making a few things to last me through the weekend (when I’m working really late).

    I have 1-2 cups of coffee in the morning, and don’t usually have another unless I’m really dragging. There’s a Japanese grocery store near our apartment that sells those Sencha shots and I’ve always been curious about them! I hate paying for drinks, though…

  16. wendy @ ABCs and Garden Peas said, on July 15, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    -Crazy days: I thought about starting to juice all the veggies from our abundant garden harvest in hope that my energy would increase, but found that my juicer is broken 😦

    -Pasta: Love pasta with tons and tons of mushrooms!

    -The only sweetener I use in my oats is the sweetened almond milk. That’s plenty sweet without adding anything else.

    -I gave up caffeine the first time I got pregnant, which was almost 2 years ago. I haven’t gone back (even though life with a new baby really makes it tempting) because I figure it’s better for me not to have it, and I already weaned myself so why not stick with it? I could never give up decaf, though. I love coffee to much to give up my one cup a day habit.

  17. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said, on July 15, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    hi friend!! it was great to hear from you today and i figured life was uber busy for you! yep, i hear ya! pop in and say hi when you can, it’s always my pleasure, when you can’t ahh, well, life happens 🙂
    love the oat bowl…so perfect!

    your comment to me about yoga teaching/giving was lovely!

    and also are you going to the HLS? I maybe missed that somewhere but from this post, sounds like youre going. have a ball!!!!!!! 🙂

    coffee, stevia, agave, = yes. I do. I love.


  18. Lauren @ Health on the Run said, on July 16, 2010 at 8:57 am

    Your food always looks so amazing! Even something so simple as a bowl of oats. 🙂 The peach + blueberry combo IS amazing! I think peaches are probably one of my all-time favorite oat toppings. Whenever I put them on my oats, I wonder why the heck I’m not doing it everyday — it’s that good!

    I do sweeten my oats. These days I mostly use pure maple syrup. Sometimes I use honey or stevia (though I like stevia in my coffee much more than in my oats), and when I really want to “go crazy” I do use cane sugar. Sometimes you just need the real thing. 🙂

    And no — definitely not trying to cut back on my coffee consumption (at the moment), though I have had periods of time where I’ve gotten tired of always needing a cup in the morning and have given it up. I’ve been sort of toying with the idea of cutting down when I start marathon training next week. It can be really helpful to not have it during the week and then drink a small cup before long runs. But I just love it so much (especially iced coffee in the summer!) that it’s hard — it’s as much a part of my morning routine as oats are!

  19. brandi said, on July 16, 2010 at 9:48 am

    the bowls of oats are so beautiful!

    I WISH I was going to the summit, but it’s the weekend I”ll be in Honduras 😦 I’ll just have to rely on recaps!

  20. http://tanyasdaily.blogspot.com/ said, on July 16, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Your photgraphy is fantastic…..everything looks so good!~

  21. whatrunslori said, on July 16, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    Just found your blog and it’s amazing… and seriously, what camera do you use? Your pictures are amazing!

  22. Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly said, on July 17, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    Healthy Living Summit…yup I will be there!!! Glad to know you will be too! YAY!

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