Posts Tagged ‘chicken’

Busy Day!

I was very busy with work today so I am just getting to post now. This morning, it was quite chilly outside but I was able to get in my run without a problem. I ran my 5-mile route A in reverse. It went well, but I am still going slower than I’d like.

I came home and made my green monster for today. Which was made of 1 cup of vanilla unsweetened almond milk, 1 frozen banana, 1 cup of spinach and a spoonful of vanilla coconut ice cream. It was super yummy.

I also had coffee with half and half + a stevia packet and off I went….

While in between offices today I snacked on a Siggi’s vanilla yogurt.

Which is starting to taste good to me finally! For lunch I had the salad I made last night.

It’s tough to see it’s contents, but it included romaine lettuce, purple and green cabbage, cucumbers, grilled chicken breast and blue cheese. I topped it with some balsamic vinegar and a little olive oil.

While I was at my main office I was tempted again! Someone had received a fresh fruit bouquet that included chocolate covered strawberries. How can I deny myself one of those! I also had a few pieces of my Vivani espresso dark chocolate. That chocolate has really grown on me.

When I got home from work I did my Mari Winsor pilates 50-minute DVD. For dinner I cut up my leftover stuffed pepper from last night and added some more tomato sauce and some cheese.

It was very filling- one stuffed pepper has a lot of sustenance! I used Classico sauce. Ingredients: Tomato Puree (Water, Tomato Paste), Diced Tomatoes (Tomatoes, Tomato Juice, Citric Acid, Calcium Chloride), Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes (Fire Roasted Tomatoes, Tomato Juice, Salt, Citric Acid, Calcium Chloride), Onion, Olive Oil, Salt, Garlic, Spices, Dehydrated Garlic. Citric acid is a preservative and calcium chloride seems to work as one as well. I need to start making my own tomato sauce!

Alright, well it’s been a long day and the couch is calling…

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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.

Friday’s finish

When I got home yesterday afternoon I was pretty hungry (as I always am when I get home!). I had a few nuts to hold me over until dinner.

I would be very happy as a squirrel eating nuts all the time, I love them so much. These particular ones happen to be a mix of cashews, almonds and macadamia nuts. I also munched on a few dry roasted peanuts too (not pictured). The hubby and I then turned our attention onto dinner and I quickly remembered another reason why it is harder to stay on track with healthy eating over the weekend- we tend to go out to eat on weekends, especially Friday nights. I searched around the internet trying to think of a good place to go that would meet my needs and his as well. We settled on going to an Indian restaurant, which ended up being fantastic! They had a great buffet, with several vegetable options and meat options. It was perfect! Here is a picture of my first plate:

From left to right, starting with the ramekin of yogurt sauce: cabbage slaw (really light and vinegar-y), broccoli in yogurt sauce, curry chicken, stuffed cabbage (center), vegetables in cream sauce, zucchini, and saag paneer (spinach and chickpeas). For my second plate I went for a round of favorites, even though I was already stuffed! I had some more of the stuffed cabbage , vegetables in cream sauce, and saag paneer along with some more chicken. I wouldn’t go as far as to say my plate was totally “healthy” due to the loads of cream sauce, but I stayed mostly on track here with my effort to eat mostly vegetables so I was quite pleased. Note the omission of any white rice or naan, which I didn’t miss too much all things considered.

When we got home we opened a bottle of vino- a pink merlot and I had two glasses. For the first day, I would say it went pretty well. We’ll see how Saturday goes!