A Macro Plate is the quintessential macrobiotic meal.
It’s a perfectly balanced plate of macrobiotic foods. My favorite macro plate consists of…
- Brown rice
- Beans or tofu
- Seaweed (hijiki is probably the most common)
- Steamed greens (kale, collards, chard)
- Steamed broccoli
- Steamed carrot or sweet potato
- KABOCHA or other squash
- Dipping sauce (I like tahini-based ones)
What does perfectly balanced mean exactly? This goes back to the concept of yin and yang that I touched on earlier this month. Foods (and everything, really) can have yin qualities (expansive, cooling, moist) or yang qualities (contractive, warming, dry). We should try to avoid things that are way off on either side of the spectrum. Let’s go through the list of foods in a macro plate…
- Brown rice –> this whole grain has almost equal parts yin and yang.
- Beans, tofu, and tempeh –> these foods are also in the middle of the yin to yang spectrum.
- Sea vegetables –> in the middle of the spectrum.
- Leafy green vegetables (greens) and round vegetables (I guess broccoli?) –> in the middle.
- Root vegetables –> in the middle of the spectrum.
- Kabocha / squash –> Do these count as ’round’ veggies? They are also in the midde.
- Tahini dipping sauce –> nuts are in the middle, but miso (salty – which I like in dipping sauce as well) starts to veer to the yang side of the spectrum.
Overall, a very balanced plate. If you were wondering, fish is a moderate food, though other meats (poultry, red meat, and eggs) are yang. Dairy is on the yin side.
I made a semi-macro plate just last night. I say semi because it had a fried egg on it and as I noted above, eggs are yang. Eggs are even more yang than poultry because they compress all the energy of a chicken into one small egg. (If that makes sense. It does in my head.)
- Sauteed greens
- Brown rice (hiding)
- Kabocha squash
- Fried egg + ground sesame on top (it had a runny yolk – it’s not popped in the picture though)
- 2 umeboshi plums (top right)
- Tahini drizzzzzled on top
Tonight (no picture) I had a macro-ish meal from the nearby Chinese takeout place. It was just scallops and veggies in a very light white sauce over white rice.
Even when I’m not trying my dinner end up kind of macrobiotic-ish these days. I like it.
SO – Macrobiotic March is wrapping up. I have covered a lot of topics but are there any other questions at all that you guys have about macrobiotics that I haven’t answered yet? Even if I don’t know the answer I’d be happy to research it and give my thoughts.
But don’t worry – just because Macro March is almost over doesn’t mean I won’t be doing macrobiotic posts. I loved posting this month and I will definitely continue to talk about my macro finds.
P.S. I updated my Macrobiotics page – just in time for Macro March to end
All of a sudden another week has gone by! Why does the end of summer and the beginning of fall seem to go by so fast? Fall is certainly my favorite season and September is my favorite month (my birthday is in September – yes of course I am a virgo – and it’s also yoga month).
If you have been following my blog for a while, you might know it used to be a food log – I would post everything I ate each night when I got home from work. Back then I was living in CA and I was a programmer. Still am a programmer, but don’t live out west anymore. These days with work, living in NYC, all the yoga I do, plus various other commitments, I definitely would not have time (nor would I want) to do that every day. But once a week? Yes! I think my food log would get pretty boring anyway, because I tend to eat the same foods each week. It changes by the week, but each week is generally pretty similar.
The reason I eat the same foods for a week is because I belong to a CSA – the 92nd Street Y CSA - and each week we get a shipment of fresh, organic, local vegetables from a farm just an hour or two north of the city. Each member has to volunteer to man the pick-up table, and last week was my week (Thursday). I got sent home with about 4 full bags of veggies and I could barely carry it the 2 long blocks to my apartment. In the bags I got:
- many pounds of beets (and then more again this week!)
- broccoli and cabbage (and more again this week)
- butternut squash (the allotment was 1, but since I was volunteering I was able to take home many of the extras at the end)
- tomatoes, eggplant, & shallots
- basil & hot peppers
- 3 dozen eggs (I gifted 1 dozen to a friend; I will probably gift another dozen because I get 1 dozen each week and I can barely finish them)
- peaches, plums, and nectarines
- 2 loaves of raisin bread (brought 1 to work and it was demolished), 1/2 loaf of whole wheat bread, 1 piece of focaccia
So I have been trying to use all of that up this week. Here are some of the beautiful squash:
I think I could eat squash until I turn orange (I did once). But anyway, onto my day:
What I Ate Wednesday
- breakfast was coffee and a medium-sized chunk of raisin nut bread toast with butter
- lunch was 2 scrambled eggs and roasted veggies (beets, broccoli) for lunch
- a large-ish nutty biscotti (grabbing coffee with a friend)
- went to a yoga class at 6pm (had to sneak out of work early! I made up for it later in the evening)
- dinner was a tuna salad sandwich on focaccia from a nearby restaurant (Cavatappo Grill) that came with a side salad
- dessert was a cup of greek yogurt (0%) with cinnamon, stevia, and PB2
- and I ate a few roasted veggie pieces as I was putting them in tupperwares (I tend to make roasted veggies at night, before I go to bed – then I eat them the next few days for lunch)
I don’t actually have any pictures, but I do have a picture of my coffee.
How To Make Coffee with a French Press
- boil water
- 2 heaping spoons of freshly ground coffee goes into the press (the spoon is a coffee spoon – I want to say it’s 2 tablespoons – so 4 heaping T’s in total)
- pour the hot water over the grounds, let sit
- after one minute, give it a stir and put the top on (don’t press down yet)
- wait 4-5 minutes, then press down
- put your milk and sugar in your cup first, then pour the coffee over
That’s all I have. What did you eat Wednesday?
meal of the day #1 – february 6
This was breakfast/brunch yesterday. I cooked up 4 eggs in bacon fat with onions and chopped Brussels sprouts (split between me and the hubs, I think he got about 2/3 of it), a cup of Irish oatmeal (he got more of this as well), nitrate/nitrite-free bacon (this is the “bits and pieces” from Trader Joe’s – it’s cheaper than the regular strips, but made of the same natural stuff – we split-ish, Bobby probably got a little more), and steamed kabocha squash (I took all the squash).
Back in January I laid out some goals for myself for this year. I decided to take them one at a time, a month at a time – seemed more reasonable than doing 12398438 goals at once. My initial goals for January were:
- Food – Cut the artificial sweeteners completely
- Life – Read a book for 30 minutes a day.
january goals – update
Now, I don’t think I completely succeeded at either one, but I did make good progress. I think I read 30 minutes a day at least 5 days a week for all of January, so I will call that a win. Nice! I’m still not finished with the book I got for Christmas (Bill Bryson’s Made In America), but I’m almost done. I think I want to add fiction novels to the mix in February because I tend to get distracted when I’m only reading non-fiction.
I went in and out on the artificial sweeteners one. One day I would be adamant about not having Diet Cherry Pepsi; other days I caved. I’m guessing this was a 50% fail rate. So it needs work. One thing I noticed was that I tended to use the excuse, “I’ll have this soda instead of that cookie my coworker brought in,” but then I would end up having the soda AND the cookie! So that is not valid, not valid at all.
I didn’t have a good way of tracking these goals – so I will do that for my February ones.
february goals – food and life
- Food #1 – ditch diet soda (continued).
- Food #2 – no snacks 2 hours before bedtime (eep hard for me).
- Life #1 – keep reading 30 minutes a day; add fiction books.
- Life #2 – go to sleep by 11:00pm 5 nights a week (eep this is also a killer).
- (*general – track these in Google Calendar or a Google Doc – tbd*)
There is another thing I’m going to do in February but I don’t want to include it as a goal, because I don’t want to have more than 4 goals hanging over my head. It is to post one meal a day (see above) for the rest of the month. February is a short month so I only have 24 meals to post, including today. I have been taking lots of meal photos because of that Eatery app I mentioned.
Do you have any February goals? How are your new year’s resolutions working out?
P.S. Woohoo Giants! Who were you rooting for? I brought this large plate of veggies and hummus to a super bowl party last night and they were a big hit. The favorites were baby carrots and the peppers.