The first thing I do when I wake up in the morning is check my email on my iPhone. Its sick, I know. Technology these days is just making it so easy to be constantly connected. This morning I had a comment from Sarah regarding my ravenous day yesterday - she noticed that my meals were lacking in protein and thought that may have been the cause of my insatiable hunger all day. Of course! I'm normally very conscious of trying to eat balanced meals but yesterday I definitely fell short.
While in the shower I thought about what I had in the fridge and pantry and ways to ensure that my protein intake was higher today. And let me tell you, I have been full and satisfied all day long.
Breakfast: ultra-textured banana flax oats
[423 cal, 15.9g fat, 60.6g carbs, 9.8g fiber, 13.9g protein]
This divine bowl contained:
1 cup water, 1/2 cup oats, pinch of salt
1 small mashed banana
1 tsp flax seeds
1 tbsp wheatberries
1 dried fig, chopped
1-1/2 tbsp TJ's natural, crunchy PB
The textures in this bowl of oats were perfect. The banana was just ripe enough to make the oats ultra-creamy. The wheatberries upped the chewiness factor and the crunchy PB added just that...crunchiness. But the figs were the star. You all know how much I love popping little fig seeds between my teeth. My breakfast actually invoked the food dance out of me, a move usually reserved for exquisite desserts. I was a happy, happy girl this morning.
Lunch: tuna salad on a multi grain flat out wrap with 1/2 cup Fage 0% and 1/2 cup strawberries
[320 cal, 8.6g fat, 36g carbs, 11.8g fiber, 32.3g protein]
Pre-run Snack: Clif Chocolate Chip ZBar
[130 cal, 4g fat, 24g carbs, 3g fiber, 3g protein]
Exercise: wonderful 4-mile, very hilly run with Kelly. I felt so much stronger today, and was careful not to eat any apples beforehand! We were tired at the end because a good amount of hills happened in the last mile, but I truly felt like we could have kept going. It gave me great hope for running the Martha Jefferson 8K next month!
I've been running around the house like a mad-woman tonight doing laundry and packing for my trip tomorrow. Dinner was quick and easy, just popped some 'taters in the oven for my hubb and I. I love dinners that allow me to do other things while they cook.
Dinner: my favorite sweet potato combo with edamame and corn, along with some leftover brussels sprouts
[392 cal, 12.1g fat, 62.6 carbs, 12.6g fiber, 14g protein]
Alrighty, I've got lots to do. Tomorrow I will be in Florida to help my best friend shop for her wedding dress!!! I'm so excited!!!! I also get to see my family (woohoo!!!), so its going to be a very busy few days. I hope you all have a fabulous Friday and weekend!
...a post. But instead of telling you about my sunday eats (which were unhealthy, eaten in the car, in ikea or out of a dominoes box) I decided to break up today's food journal posts. Since I missed out on all of my baking plans this weekend (a trip to Ikea and the resulting piles of boxes, plastic wrap, tiny allen wrenches and discarded old furniture will do that to you...) I'm hoping to play a little catch-up tonight and tomorrow night. Which means lots of pictures of baked goods are coming. Yum.
Thank you all for the sweet congratulatory comments on Saturday's post!!! I am so lucky to be part of such a supportive network of people, it really means a lot to me that you all are cheering me on. :)
Breakfast: toasted Ezekiel Cinnamon Raisin Muffin with 1 tbsp almond butter, sliced apple and 1 tbsp cranberry ketchup.
I'll give you a preview of what I'll be eating for lunch and my snack today. I pack my food in the morning and take all of my photos before work, which is why I always have the same background in my shots. I like the consistency, and it allows me to avoid awkward questions from my boss and co-worker. They just don't need to know about the blog. Not yet anyway.
Lunch: baked sweet potato with 1/2 cup of corn and 1/4 cup of edamame...and a good sprinkle of sea salt.
Snack: 1/2 cup of Fage 0% and 4 beautiful strawberries.
Last week I read this article by Mark Bittman of The New York Times about what common pantry items to ditch in 2009. I found it very interesting and thought you all might as well. He suggests replacing pre-packaged, preservative-full items with their natural counterparts...sounds right up our foodie alleys, doesn't it? A couple of examples:
OUT: packaged bread crumbs or croutons
IN: make your own by chopping up bread and placing in a low-heat oven until brown and crispy. Mark claims they will keep for a long time!
OUT: aerosol oil
IN: good olive oil in a hand-pumped sprayer
OUT: old spices - they're only good for one year!!! (looks like I have some cleaning-out to do...!)
IN: fresh spices - if you take a whiff of your spice jar and get dust or a musty smell instead, toss it!
OUT: canned beans
IN: dried beans. Cook up a pound over the weekend to use all week long. They taste better, are more economical and take up less space in your pantry.
There are so many other great suggestions...check out the article!
I hope you all have a fabulous day, I'll be back tonight. :)
Brian and I park about 1/3 of a mile from our offices every morning. The walk to work is short and pleasant, but forces us to pass our favorite C'ville breakfast spot, The Bluegrass Grill. The restaurant serves down-home breakfasts and is famous for their house-made baked goods, especially the honey wheat biscuits. I dream about their biscuits. Its impossible to get a table on the weekends without waiting an hour, so we don't get to go very often, but every morning as we walk by we say "we need to get up early one day and go before work". After 6 months of talking about it, today was finally "one day". We invited our good friend Amy to join us so it was the perfect start to a Friday morning, good food + good company.
Breakfast: Short stack of Honey Wheat Pancakes with fresh strawberries, real maple syrup and a sprinkling of powdered sugar. It was AMAZING. I ate almost the whole plate. :) Surprisingly these puppies stuck with me from 8am until 1:30pm!!! I thought for sure that I would be starving by 10.
Lunch: Because I knew I'd be having a large, not-so-healthy breakfast I decided to keep lunch simple and satisfying. I had a baked sweet potato in the fridge so tossed it in a bowl with 1/2 cup edamame and sea salt sprinkled on top. Perfect.
And two more of the Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookies from my co-worker...
Snack: Nothing! My lunch was so late that I didn't need one.
Dinner: Miso soup and pan-glazed tofu. I wanted to use some of this guy in the spirit of this week's BSI...
I used my favorite recipe from Moosewood for Miso Soup with Tofu and Shitake Mushroom Broth.
And pan-glazed my tofu using this method, but with the following glaze.
1/4 cup water (usually this would be veggie broth, but i'm out)
2 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
1 tsp minced ginger
1 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
And a lovely glass of cabernet.
Dessert: 1/2 cup fat free french vanilla Stoneyfield yogurt, 1 small pink lady apple and a handful of Annie's Honey Bunny Grahams.
Does anybody have any big weekend plans? I am going to be a knitting machine...my goal is to start and finish a scarf this weekend that will be a Christmas gift. I went to the yarn shop today during lunch to pick up a blend that I'm really excited about! I finished a scarf last night that is also a Christmas gift, but I can't show it because I don't want to ruin the surprise for the recipient! :)
Have a great night!
PS: Kelly over at groundedfitness is giving away a danskin vest...check out her blog to see how you can win it!