“What I” Wednesday: Back To It

January 10th, 2012 - filed under: The Food » Food Styles

And so it settles down. We did the holiday food and we did the New Year’s food. And it was good, wasn’t it? Well I don’t know about you, but for all that goodness, I’m actually quite excited to get back into my normal food. I love my food!

Last Friday was just another boring day. Another boring day of delicious, healthy, high-raw homemade vegan food. It looked like this:


I had my usual bowl of coffee (up top) and Waits and I split a breakfast plate (below). Waits eats his breakfast on a step ladder sitting in front of our bedroom mirror. The plate sits on the top step, he stands on one of the lower steps, and he watches himself eat. Weird, I know, but it works! He’s a picky eater, and that’s good enough for me!

We split a bowl of oatmeal with cinnamon and almond milk, a spoonful of peanut butter, and a clementine. Waits had more fortified almond milk on the side.

Waits stole my coffee cup. Because Lion was thirsty, obviously.

Then it was walk time. We took the poochies on a long meandering walk while I caught up with an old friend on the phone. After we walk, we blend.

Local Farmer’s Market bok choy! It went into the blender along with some homemade kombucha, spirulina, raw rice protein, frozen banana, and some maca I think. That was damn good. Waits agreed:

Beautiful, bright, and brimming with nourishment!

While we drank our smoothies I prepped my lunch, which was raw sprouted buckwheat soaked in [non-raw, store-bought] almond yogurt.


After smoothies we bathe, and after bath we nap. Well, Waits naps. I work. And eat buckwheat yogurt mix, topped with peanut butter and apricot jam.

Damian came home from work early. He fed Waits peanut butter straight from the jar, while I made us a tall glass of green juice.

See? Cucumber-kale-parsley-celery, with 1/2 an apple for sweetness.

I had some more coffee somewhere in here too. Unpictured.


Homemade chili.

Spinach salad.

Cornbread in the cast iron.

And together:

And for the wee man:

A little bit of everything, but he likes the olives the best. Smart boy.


Raw chai cheesecake left over from Christmas night (don’t worry guys, it was in the freezer!) Epic.

And that was it, just another day back in the swing of life. And you know? Life is precious and dynamic and beautiful all on its own, every day. We don’t really need holidays to tell us that.


Most days I actually wear more than one outfit, did I ever tell you that? Yeah, I change my clothes at least once, if not twice, as my needs change throughout the day. Here’s what I wore on Saturday.

Vintage for my morning appointments and errands:

And a bright hoodie with black skinnies for afternoon relaxing:

So, how are you liking life post-holidays? New start inspiration or back-in-the-grind slump?

  • http://fridgescrapings.com/ Lou

    Peanut butter and Apricot jam is my FAVOURITE combo…. and almond yoghurt? Wow, never heard of that, sounds awesome.

    So Waits likes Kombucha? I was wondering if I should let my little one try my home brew. He loves spirilina already.

    I’m totally in the new start inspiration mood – moving house in a week where I can have my very own garden… veggies and herbs ahoy!

  • Scandifoodie

    Waits eating his meal in front of the mirror cracked me up – thanks for the laughs! That buckwheat yoghurt mix sounds so good – I’ll have to give it a try soon!

    Totally new start inspiration over here – all thanks to you Sayward! xx

  • http://twitter.com/PeachyPalate Michelle Hunt

    Waits is the cutesd kid ever!!! (well after my niece but he really is adorable!) That chilli looks amazing and you of course have a good chilli without a good cornbread..a good day of food! :)

  • Chelibw

    are you crazy? raw chai cheese cake and no recipe!???!??!!?!?

  • http://mommyrunfast.wordpress.com/ Laura

    Mmmm, this all looks fantastic. We love making cornbread in a cast iron pan, too! My daughter’s about the same age, and I can appreciate the eating on the step stool. :) Visiting from WIAW!

  • http://callofthe-wild.blogspot.com/ Francine

    I’m jealous of your son’s pajamas. They’re pretty sweet.

    I’m glad the holidays are done. Mine were pretty rough this year, so getting back to the sweet routine of life has actually made me feel inspired.

  • Meggieeyer23

    I’ve seen what your son eats– and I would never describe him as picky! If I could get my kid to eat 1/10th of what your kid eats, I’d be thrilled! Consider yourself quite, quite lucky!!!

  • Jen Cywinski

    I am so glad the holidays are over. I love Christmas and New Year’s, but I’m happy to have time to just do my thing. We’re going to be moving down the street from our current apartment in a couple of months so we’re getting ready to make a new start there. No more Hell on Earth apartment!

  • http://healthifulbalance.blogspot.com/ Shannon (Healthiful Balance)

    Your buckwheat yogurt mix looks delicious! :)

  • Lapetitemort

    Yum and Adorable vintage outfit! =)

  • http://www.tiedyefiles.com/ Kaitlyn@TheTieDyeFiles

    I am loving being back in my routine, and so is my tummy! Every year at this time I embark on a honeymoon with salads. With my new juicer and Vita, now there are juices and smoothies to go along!

  • Kiah

    I feel healthier just looking at your food pictures. Also…love love love the clothes. Glad I’m not the only one around these parts with a hankering for vintage :-)

  • Savannah

    I’m actually having a really hard time coming out of the holidays! My energy level is low – to the point that I often cry before work, sucks – so I’m off to the see the doctor. I thought having a week off of work and school would help me recover but I feel the opposite. All exhaustion, all of the time.

    I know you let the juicer/blender spirit move you, but I wish you had more juice “recipes”! I just bought a juicer on Friday and have been juicing everything, with mixed flavor results.

    One last thing: totes buying your book this weekend, if I can find it!

  • Bianca

    I have that same hoodie!! It’s soooo comfy! Love the mostly raw all day until dinner approach. I’m doing the Crazy Sexy Diet right now, and when that’s over, I think I’d like to adopt something like that.

  • jill

    That looks like a darn good day of eating. I wish I could find time to make more interesting smoothies. I hope the iron pan is coming along nicely…if it’s sticking, have faith (and don’t use acidic things like tomatoes in it). Mine is literally 35 years old, and used daily, so it’s well seasoned (though you can imagine my horror when a well-meaning friend took steel wool to it once). I love cast iron!

  • OddSock

    Although I’m a lifelong vegetarian and longtime vegan (15 years and counting!) your food diaries make me feel like a brand new herbivore! Every week I’m inspired to try something new, and it helps to keep my veggiesaurus lifestyle exciting. So thank you! :)

  • Jessica @ Whatwouldjessicaeat?

    Home made chili is a great comfort food! Especially with a side of cornbread :) Looks delicious!

  • http://www.ladiesholiday.com/ Deirdre

    I feel like a food snoop, but honestly you inspire me with new things every week so I don’t get in a food slump. Thankyou Sayward!!

  • http://www.emilyscrueltyfreekitchen.blogspot.com/ Emily

    I’ve been meaning to ask… you have the raw cookbook Pure Pleasures, right (I am assuming you do because of that delicious looking pie)? I’ve been thinking about getting it but am unsure of the kinds of ingredients she uses. I don’t have much access (nor the funds!) for ingredients such as coconut crystals, coconut flour, macadamia nuts, etc. and I wanted to know if she uses a lot of ingredients like this. I normally use coconut oil, nuts, avocados, etc., in case that helps with your answer :)

  • http://cinnamonbums.wordpress.com/ Natalie

    Can I just say I love everything about your blog and that you live such an inspiring life? Waits is adorable, and I love that he eats his breakfast on a step stool. Also, my ideal meal is cast iron cornbread and chili… so delicious!

  • Sam

    I’m feeling a mix of new inspiration and back-in-the-grind; but like someone else said, I’m so happy to be back to my old routine- I get so much more done! :)

    So far this year, I’ve started a few projects inspired by Bonzai Aphrodite that I’ve been meaning to do forEVER; I started a batch of sauerkraut and I’ve perfected my almond milk recipe.

    Grad school is back in swing, and while I don’t prefer constant class, assignments and group projects, it feels good to be chipping away at my masters degree. Woo!

    Sayward (or anyone else), do you have any tips on good spirulina producers/brands? Thanks!

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    Waits used to drink kombucha straight when he was younger, but I haven’t tried giving to him like that in a long time. These days I just use it as the liquid base of our smoothies. =)

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    You give me too much credit! It sounds like your a mover and a maker in your life, lady. ;-)

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    it’s not my recipe! it’s from Natalia KW’s book, Pure Pleasures.

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    You’re totally right – “picky” was the wrong word. He’s not necessarily *selective* in the way that some toddlers can be. It’s more that he’s just pretty “whatever” about food. He tends to enjoy low-calorie foods and he’s a really light eater, so I’m forever trying to get more calories into him (since he’s already slender and SO energetic). So yeah, I’m all about devising clever quirky ways to get him interested in eating. =)

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    I’ve always had a heart for vintage, but lately I just can’t get enough!

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    Ooh if you get the book, there’s a TON of juice recipes in there!

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    Between my husband and I, we rock no less than FOUR Herbivore hoodies. They are the comfiest! =D

    And yeah, high-raw – pretty much just like this – is what fuels my body the best.

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    So far so good! But I take reeeeally good care of it, haha.

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    Wow what a compliment, thank you!

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    There are definitely some recipes that ask for more exotic ingredients, such as hemp seeds, mac nuts, or lucuma powder. But there are also a lot of recipes with simple straightforward ingredients. I’d say it’s about half and half. Hope that helps!

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    Oh man, thank you so much! I’m so glad I can help to inspire. But I also want to say, what you see here is only a partial picture (just like on any blog), and I do try to keep Bonzai a happy place. So . . . inspire, yes! But intimidate, I hope not. Nobody’s perfect, least of all me!

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    Oh man, thank you so much! I’m so glad I can help to inspire. But I also want to say, what you see here is only a partial picture (just like on any blog), and I do try to keep Bonzai a happy place. So . . . inspire, yes! But intimidate, I hope not. Nobody’s perfect, least of all me!

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    Ooh good luck with the projects! With spirulina it’s important to get a reliable source to avoid contaminants. I really like HealthForce Spirulina Manna, because I really trust the comapny and their integrity. They make Vitamineral Green, too, which I love!

  • http://newvegangoddess.wordpress.com/ sika

    definitely, i love your dinner! looks good!

  • Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes

    Raw chai cheesecake sounds divine!

  • http://greenfeatherherbs.blogspot.com/ Greenfeatherherbs

    Semi-personal question: Do you still nurse Waits? I was just wondering if you find drinking coffee affects his energy/temperament/napping?

    Also, I love that he watches himself eat–too cute! My daughter just discovered the excitement of mirrors, though she still doesn’t realize she’s looking at herself :)

  • Sam

    Thanks so much! Yeah, from what I’ve read, since the regulations and even the determination whether the spirulina is organic are so irregular, the source is really important. Yay, I’m going to order some today!

  • Savannah

    Suh-weet! Now I’m a girl on a mission, I might even pop over today.

  • http://dearilou.blogspot.com/ chelsea

    I am seriously coveting your turquoise Herbivore hoodie. The whole look is casual, fun, and still so hip.

  • Chelibw

    yeah… you know, i linked on over there, and i can’t find it!

    OH! BOOK!! i get it. i was looking on her website. you mean book, as in paper made. i get it

  • cass

    how about, finding inspiration while getting back to the grind? same old same old, but the holidays helped me get a fresh perspective. bukowski said, “perhaps living through these petty days will get us through the dangerous ones.” :)

    ALSO I just found this, and thought it sounded like the greatest thing yet: http://cuppow.com/ it’s a travel cup lid for mason jars! Right?!


  • Leslie

    Hey Girl, I will be in Portland on Monday and would love to spend a little time with you to talk and laugh and eat!!!! Baby Annaand I will be excited to see you!!! Please email me @vegiegirl21@gmail.com so I can send you my cell number!!! Peace, Leslie

  • http://caloricandcrazy.wordpress.com/ caloricandcrazy

    I love your afternoon snack! Not to mention your amazingly taken photos!

  • http://greenfeatherherbs.blogspot.com/ Greenfeatherherbs

    Hope you’re not offended by my question! I don’t know that many other people that nurse & really just wanted your advice/experience :)

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    Not at all offended! Sorry, just very behind on my comments.

    I do still nurse Waits, between 6-10 times per day, as he wants it. I didn’t have any caffeine for te first 6 months, then I introduced it and didn’t really notice any changes. Then I was trying to write a book in a very short time period and was waaaaay too stretched, and was drinking A LOT of coffee. After that I cut it out again to see if it affected Waits’s behavior at all, but it didn’t seem to make any difference. So now I drink it daily and don’t worry about it. =)

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    Did you order one form Herbivore?? Megan said they got an order and the girl said she saw it on Bonzai. Was that you?!

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    I love that!!

  • http://greenfeatherherbs.blogspot.com/ Greenfeatherherbs

    Glad to hear it–nursing Mamas should be proud! :)