Friends, this is where things get rough.
Based on the timeline, we’re in the midst of some unpleasant days, with our emotions and hormones having a hissy fit. Last night, at least two of us hit the HULK SMASH stage a bit early, though none of us are particularly hulky or smashy in our expression of these emotions.
(Sidebar: our neighbor-friends have considered selling tickets to this stage of the detox, since they’ve never seen any of us angry and think it would be entertaining.) (This was funny to me when they first mentioned it, but it’s less funny today.)
Let’s talk about cold brew coffee. Or, if you’d prefer, AMBROSIA FROM THE GODS!*
I was concerned about changing up my morning coffee. It’s a ritual I cherish (there is a hot pot and french press on my desk) and I love the way cream brings out the nuttiness in coffee. Sugar, I could probably convince myself to go without, but cream felt like a non-negotiable. Before Nalle30 started, I’d tried hot brew with coconut milk or almond milk, and both of them were disgusting to me.
So, the new plan was to change my coffee routine so drastically that I wouldn’t have a comparison. Iced coffee instead of hot. Cold brew, to bring out the flavors, and when I bought a new batch of beans, I chose one with a dominant nutty flavor.
The recipe linked above is delightful. I only filter it once, and add a splash of almond milk. It’s in a jar, and I carry it to work with me, letting it get nicely chilled and diluted. I’m trying to drink it more slowly, savoring each sip, so it lasts until lunch.
BUT WHAT ELSE DID WE EAT ON DAY THREE!?
Breakfast: bacon wrapped egg muffins with tomato and basil. We each ate two or three, depending on our hunger.
Lunch: more chicken salad with lettuce. (I ate out with a colleague, and ended up ordering a delicious salad with salmon added.)
Dinner: roasted pork loin with mint pesto, and brussel sprouts. The mint pesto was too minty. We will add pine nuts or something savory next time. And the pork loin was a bit flavorless, so I think our next attempt will incorporate a marinade.
This was definitely the point in the week when I was just throwing ingredients together, googling simple recipes, and the flavors could have used some more attention. But, it was the first dinner when all four of us could eat together, and we laughed a LOT!
I went grocery shopping for the second time, and was much more extravagant when buying vegetables. I filled a (small) shopping cart, and was curious to see how much it would cost.
Here’s just under $50 of produce from Cville Market (which has a Living Social deal right now, if you’re local):
That’s 6 avocados, 3 bags of carrots, 3 heads of broccoli, 1 bunch of celery, 1 bunch of asparagus, 5 or 6 huge sweet potatoes, 2 bunches of kale, 1 bunch of parsley, 4-5 peaches, 6 apples, 3 tomatoes, 4 peppers, and 3 onions.
And for comparison, here’s nearly $50 of meat from the Organic Butcher:
3 lb rump roast, 1.5 pounds ground turkey, and 5 chicken breasts. It was my first foray to the butcher, so I was a bit intimidated. I hear they have a family bundle which you can call ahead to order, and I’ll probably opt for that in the next week.
*Yep, we can have caffeine during Whole30, which is always surprising to people – we just can’t add sugar or artificial sweeteners or cream or soy milk…though in Nalle30 we’ve decided soy milk is okay.