Posts tagged ‘meal’

September 7, 2011

WIAW: Melon Baller

Sorry about yesterday’s bum post.  I guess that’s what happens when you’re in a bum mood.  Stupid hormones.  I digress…

I’m in a much better mood today.  We’re all one day closer to Friday.  My book club meets tonight.  And of course it’s What I Ate Wednesday time!  Woohoo!  Be sure to check out Peas & Crayons for other great meal ideas.  I stole this little ditty about Jack and Dianne WIAW from her site, and it helps explain why I love it:

What WIAW isn’t about
Comparison – Judgement – Restriction – Guilt
What WIAW is about
Celebrating one of the glorious things we all have in common: We all eat!
WIAW is about food and fun! It’s about making new friends, breaking out of a food rut, inspiring
yourself & others, embracing fruit & vegetables, finding new ways to eat your favorite foods, and so
much more ❤
Celebrate blogging. Celebrate Food. Celebrate Individuality.
[Cause over here, we like to party!]
Yesterday’s breakfast began with a rice cake, though I predict I’ll be having half an Eat.Think.Smile chewy bar before my other workouts this week.  I also had an Oikos plain, fat-free, organic Greek yogurt (mouthful) with almost a cup of raspberries and half a cup of Kashi GoLean cereal after my workout.
On Monday, I made a quinoa bowl with summer veggies that I plan to eat on all week.  I also threw in half a can of tuna (though I’ll be using a full can for other days this week).  This actually tasted much better than anticipated.  I’ll share more about this veggie bowl tomorrow.
Oh, I also had a few (okay… 10… exactly 10) raw almonds with lunch.
(Not Pictured) I ate a peach with a hard boiled egg for snack.  
loads of nutrients + a little fat + non-refined carbs + protein = perfection

Dinner was a simple dinner straight from the kids’ menu, but I don’t care.  It’s an organic chicken frank on a wheat bun with onions.  I assume I also had about 2 cups of cantaloupe.

As you can see, I do not have a melon baller.  But I’m loving this melon so much that I think I am actually a melon baller, if you will.  Eatin’ melon the flyyyyyy way… (You’re welcome.  You know you’re going to have this song in your head all day.)

I also had a hearty serving of all-natural peeb and some totally unnatural popcorn.  It was the last bag of the pack, so hopefully I’ll swing for something more natural next time!

Lastly (sorry… long post… too many saved words from the weekend?), I have not only been eating, but I’ve been eaten.  I have soooooo many verrrrrry itchy bug bites from the cookout this weekend.  It’s driving me bonkers!

What’s the best thing you’ve eaten lately?  Is that song in your head yet???

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August 26, 2011

Snack Attack

First, I want to start off by saying that doing a full-body pilates workout before swimming laps is not the best idea. Tiny little muscles I barely notice were super tired, but at least I got a good workout!

Cooking with Shirataki noodles is another bad idea. Lots of people love these, but I am not a fan.

yummy... sike!

They look good, but they smell like fish. Gross. I have never wanted a 10-cent bag of Top Ramen as badly as I did while I stared disappointingly into my bowl of bleck.

Now on with today’s post… If you hadn’t noticed, I like snacks. Snacks help maintain your metabolic rate and keep you from eating off your arm come 3 or 4 o’clock in the afternoon. They also help you fuel for or help recover from a hard workout.

not all bars have beer and bad music

Keep in mind that I have no degree in nutrition/medicine/biology/physiology/whatever. I also have no certifications to help validate my musings. This is just what works for me. Maybe it will work for you too.

kitties need snacks too

To me, a snack should be under 200 calories but probably more than 100 (depending on your hunger level). I shoot for less than 2.5 grams of saturated fat when possible, that’s no die-hard rule. Here are a few tips from Shape Magazine:

I also try to pick snacks with fiber, protein and/or fat because they help keep you full and satiated. Your snack may not have all 3 like your meals, but that’s okay. I find protein is the most important for keeping me full. Here are a few examples of the snacks I’ve been loving lately:

  • 2% Cottage Cheese + Carrots
  • Yummus + Broccoli Florettes
  • Nature ‘s Path Hemp Bars (good for on-the-go)
  • Apple + Almonds***
  • Nut Butter + Brown Rice Cake
  • Half an Eat.Think.Smile Bar + Small Peach
  • Ice Cream Plain Greek Yogurt + Berries
  • Natural, Whole Wheat Crackers + 2% Cheese

***I have been riddiculed for counting my almonds. Those little buggars add up fast at 7 calories per almond! Healthy fat still makes you fat. (Sorry for using the “F” word too; don’t hate me.)

healthy fat = cashew

You can find tons of healthy snack ideas online. I think most ideas from magazines are over-processed, over-priced, and paid product placements, but they still occasionally have good finds. Here are just a few links to snack lists to get you started:

My biggest snacking rule – don’t eat something that you think tastes awful just because it’s “healthy.” You’ll be reaching for something yummy in no time!

Are you a snacker? What are some of your favorite snacks?

June 15, 2011

What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW)

It’s time again for another wiiiaaawwwww (What I Ate Wednesday).  I’m linking up with Jenn at Peas & Crayons, so check go check out the other WIAW posts.  Well, go check them out when you’re done here, of course!

As you all know, I eat the same thing for breakfast, lunch, and snack all week every week – at least for the most part.  This makes my shopping list easier, and I like to think it keeps costs down.  This week’s three-part breakfast included a pre-gym rice cake, a post-workout hardboiled egg, and an at-work oat concoction.

berry

Berry Good Breakfast

The concoction is ½ cup dry oats, approximately 1 tsp of chia seeds, and ½ cup blueberries.

I’m trying out some alternative beauty this week.  I’m trying to eat a bunch of skin-feeding foods.  My skin has been horrible lately, so I’m trying to give it a little extra nutritional boost. Here are links to two articles on the subject:

I am having blueberries for their radical-fighting antioxidants that supposedly contribute to a youthful appearance, eggs for their skin-repairing properties, and oats for their skin-clearing, whole-grain goodness.  Two nights this week, I am enjoying sweet potatoes for dinner for their glow-enhancing properties, and I’m eating lots of greens for a multitude of skin-related reasons.  I’m also including chia seeds, salmon, and almonds for healthy, nourishing fats that should hydrate my skin.  Lastly, I’m also trying to drink more water and decaf green tea.  In theory, the tea should help with inflammation.  I’ll let you know if I can tell a difference.

Lunch is a romaine salad with shredded green cabbage, snow peas, and a hint of leftover red bell pepper (wish I bought more of that at the store Sunday)!  I top it with Annie’s Naturals Gingerly Light dressing, almost half a can of skinless, boneless salmon, and a rice cake on the side.  This canned salmon is soooo yummy!

lunch

Asian Salad

Snacks vary.  Two days were red bell pepper strips with 3 TBS hummus, and yesterday was a plain, nonfat yogurt and a peach followed by organic, no-sugar-added applesauce.  Sadly, I think some unhealthy selections are on the horizon.  My office is having a “dip party” with various dips (cheese, salsa, chili, whatever), and they’ll also serve cookies and sodas.  I’ll try and abstain, but let’s face it – cookies are probably in my future.  (That’s probably not so good for the skin!)

Dinner tonight will be either a sweet potato (one of my favorite dinners) with a side of about 7 almonds, or I will make Chinese Take-In.  Either way, it’s gonna be good!  The last two nights’ dinners were only mediocre.  They included quinoa, loads of spinach, grape tomatoes, red bell pepper, and half a chicken breast.  Good, but not great.

vibrant

Vibrant Veggies

Definitely not recipe-worthy…

dinner
I can feel my skin healing itself already!

But certainly picture-worthy.  By the way, after dinner snacks have included almonds, mini bags of popcorn, and/or mini cones.

  • What is the best thing you have eaten so far this week?
  • What do you think of food-focused office parties?
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