A lot of people think that all of China is full of smog, pollution and people. While that’s very true, especially in the larger cities (ahem, Beijing), it’s not the case in our small city. We live beside a lake in a mountain valley. It’s sunny most days of the year, except for rainy season, and we have access to a beautiful bike trail that runs 20 miles all the way around the lake. While there are definitely a lot of people in our city, it’s very easy to get away from the crowds and enjoy beautiful scenery.
While Brett and I run on the bike path quite often, we’ve never gone all the way around the lake. We had a beautiful, free weekend the other week and decided to make it a date day and bike all the way around the lake. We had such a great time and thankfully neither of us got hurt. Although, Brett does get my heart racing when he speeds down the hills, without using his hands, acting like an airplane. Why?!
The food I ate this day was also delicious, although it was laking in the greens department. Oh well! It all evens out in the end.
Breakfast was oatmeal cooked in water with chia seeds, ground flaxseeds, pumpkin puree, cacao powder and topped with natural peanut butter. It’s another favorite breakfast of mine and whenever I take the time to make Homemade Pumpkin Puree, it’s often what I eat for breakfast. Also, do you like the plant I just bought? I have a black thumb, but I’m hoping that will change with this lil’ guy.
Because the lighting in our house is best for photography around 10 in the morning, I ended up making and photographing some Dairy Free Hot Chocolate. I didn’t drink a whole servings worth, but I did taste test as I went. Yeah, it was good!
Lunch before our ride was a smorgasbord of leftovers. I sautéed some cabbage, mushrooms, onion, and carrots in water and then ate them with a baked sweet potato and lemon tahini dressing. It was delicious and fueled me perfectly for our ride.
As you can see, the weather was perfect. The bike path is super wide and fairly empty so Brett and I could ride beside each other most of the way. Of course most of the Chinese people that passed us yelled out “HELLO!” with big smiles on their faces. We always enjoy interacting with the locals when we’re out.
We were out for about 2.5 hours, including a pit stop where Brett ate lunch and we practiced our Chinese with a Chinese tourists. We understood a lot and had a decent conversation! YAY!
For a snack after our ride I had some black tea with soy milk and one of my favorite Vegan Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Biscotti. So good.
We didn’t have much in our fridge, so for a quite and easy dinner I baked up two potatoes which I cut into wedges and seasoned with thyme, pepper and chili flakes. Super simple and filling.
After dinner, Brett and I met up with some friends to see Star Wars. It was the first movie I went to in the theaters here and since I’m super easy to please when it comes to movies I really enjoyed it. It was also my first 3D experience.
When we got home I had a snack before bed. The recipe for these healthy, chocolatey brownies will be up tomorrow so stay tuned! They include a secret ingredient too. Can you guess what it is?
That’s all I ate. I hope it gave you some inspiration for plant-based meals that you can incorporate into your week.
Do you live near a bike path?
What do you love to do when it’s beautiful outside?
Did you see Star Wars?
Thanks for the link-up!