Posts Tagged ‘cashews’

Almost, but not quite

Man. I really tried to not eat when I got home today and I was rather successful… until… I was starting to prepare dinner. This is another time when I find myself mindlessly taking bites of things as I try to reduce my hunger pangs. Like I said, I was able to keep busy when I first got home because the husband had some buddies over and by hanging with them I stayed out of the kitchen. Once I started getting out the food for dinner, I did munch on a few cashews. Not the worst thing in the world though, but a behavior I’d like to reduce.

Tonight was a leftover night. I had a leftover crab cake from Saturday.

I also re-vamped some broccoli cheddar soup that I made last week by adding some more freshly steamed broccoli and some cut up chicken breast (from last night’s dinner).

This soup recipe can be found on my other website if you are interested. It’s really easy and very tasty! I made it before I started this project though so many of the ingredients are non-organic. Next time, next time. Anyway, the veggie quotient was not very high in this meal tonight. There was broccoli and also some carrots in the soup, but that’s really about it (along with green onion and jalepeno in the crab cake if those count). Overall though, today was a decent day. I got in at least 5 different vegetables and had at least one veggie in each meal.

Well, tomorrow is a new day. See you then!


Sunday’s eats

Today was truly a day of rest for me.. well a day of rest and laundry. Anyhow, breakfast was a near repeat of yesterday the only difference being I used cheddar cheese instead of feta today. I enjoyed that omelet with a cup of coffee with half and half.

Although this was a very filling omelet, my sweet tooth was kicking in high gear and I ended up also having a samoa girl scout cookie.

It was good, but the ingredient list is quite long, which does not forebode good things. Let’s take a look. The ingredients include sugar, vegetable oil, enriched flour, corn syrup, coconut, sweetened condensed milk, sorbitol, glycerin, cocoa, invert sugar, cocoa processed with alkali, cornstarch, salt, caramelized sugar, soy lecithin, dextrose, natural and artificial flavor, carreeganen, and leavening.

There’s that soy lecithin again. From the wikipedia page, soy lecithin’s non-toxicity leads to the use with food, as an additive or in food preparation. It is used commercially in foods requiring a natural emulsifier or lubricant. In the food industry it has multiple uses: In confectionery it reduces viscosity, replaces more expensive ingredients, controls sugar crystallization and the flow properties of chocolate, helps in the homogeneous mixing of ingredients, improves shelf life for some products, and can be used as a coating. In emulsions and fat spreads it stabilizes emulsions, reduces spattering during frying, improves texture of spreads and flavor release. In dough it reduces fat and egg requirements, helps even distribution of ingredients in dough, stabilizes fermentation, increases volume, protects yeast cells in dough when frozen, and acts as a releasing agent to prevent sticking and simplify cleaning. It improves wetting properties ofhydrophilic powders (e.g. low-fat proteins) and lipophilic powders (e.g. cocoa powder), controls dust, and helps complete dispersion in water[1]. It can be used as a component ofcooking sprays to prevent sticking and as a releasing agent.

I still don’t know if that’s necessarily a good thing to be eating, even if it is non toxic. It is in so many foods though, especially sweet ones.

Anyway, I also munched on some more nuts today- cashews and dry roasted peanuts. I got in a 50-minute pilates workout via DVD as well. For dinner I had leftover slaw from last night and some grilled chicken breast.

I definitely foresee some more sweets in my future tonight as the cravings are getting stronger and stronger. I may go for some dark chocolate or some coconut milk ice cream- or both. Ahh! I will try to be good!

Monday tomorrow, bleh.