Thursday, January 13, 2011
Breakfast: This morning I wanted something a little sweet but then healthy. I chose to make traditional rolled oats with water and added some blueberry preserves. There is nothing like a colorful bowl of oatmeal to warm you up in the morning. Unfortunately, oatmeal does not fill me up for a long duration so I was hungry in about two hours. But, at least it was warming and colorful to cheer me up first thing in the morning. Start the day off right and it will all go right!
Mid-morning snack: Clementine was my snack of choice since we did not really have anything else in the household. Sorry, no real photo...
Lunch: Since dinner was a flop last night (it happens), I chose to make something out of the leftovers that were in the fridge. This is one of the benefits of working from home, you get to make your own meals fresh and hot! I chose to make a Korean Bean Paste Soup with Cabbage and Daikon. Unfortunately, I used way too much paste and it was a terrible taste. I ended up taking a few bites and threw out the rest. I did pick through to get all the delicious daikon out. Mmm Then I had a side of Korean Spicy Tofu. I make this every once and a while. I love it because it takes like two minutes and it has fresh, uncooked garlic! I had three pieces of Australian candy that was sitting around called Fantales. Yum!
Snack: Since it is just about shopping day, we have very little in the household for snack time. I do try to eat at least five meals a day, but sometimes it isnít always well planned out as it should be for my schedule. I ended up eating half a homemade Poptart, yep, homemade. It was just okay but it did help me from starving. Mine were strawberry.
Dinner: Again we cooked from the You Are What You Eat Cookbook, the recipe called Cabbage and White Bean Soup. Unfortunately, I think that the recipe should have called for a bit more broth since it was pretty much watered down broth with some thrown in cabbage. I am going to try to make this again with the right white napa cabbage (our store didnít have it and we didnít have the time to go to the Chinese market) so we used purple (my fav). Tonight I was smart though, I remembered to make some side dishes and also some Korean brown rice with hijiki. We had baked veggies (fennel, carrot and potato); brown rice with hijiki; more Spicy Korean Tofu; and a special dish that my husband likes with Kidney beans, vegan breakfast sausage, garlic and some spices. The latter is the best recipe since it can then be mixed with rice and made into breakfast!!! Love those type of recipes!
Snack: We had another Clementine between the two of us, some mixed trail mix, some dark chocolate (which is vegan) chips, herbal tea, and the hubster had some blue corn tortilla chips. We ate these as we were playing the wii for exercise!
All in all, I did an okay job with food. My total daily count totaled around 1,100 but I am not worried because I didnít count in the half of homemade poptart. I was a little lazy in putting in the recipe to get the calorie count. Oh, wellÖ So, I think that with that addition, I was well into my calorie count for the day. Iím calling it a success!
Exercise: Again, it is snowing like crazy! Our poor pooch has to have the snow plowed in the yard just to go outside! Yikes! So, when my husband got home, he didnít want to leave again and I didnít want to either. So, we stayed indoors and played the wii. I know this is terrible but at least we got in some exercise. Plus, as I was writing for work, I would do some light exercises to limber up and got the blood flowing. So, Iím not too depressed about exercise. We all have days that we canít (or rather donít want to) go to the gym.
Wii Age Today: 32. Gotta learn how to play baseball... haha
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Breakfast: I woke up this morning and was feeling a little less peachy, but I managed to get past it after about an hour. So, I chose to make my husband and nice bowl of Irish Oatmeal loaded with dried apricots, raisins, dried prunes and a mixture of nuts. For me, I made a bowl of my special ďfriedĒ rice. It is a mixture of Korean brown rice, hijiki, chopped kale and Swiss chard with a few other ingredients. Itís so delicious! 299 cals
Morning Snack: Since I loved the protein bar yesterday, I had another today. It was mocha dark chocolate. The Nu Go Protein Bar is amazing once again. It was 190 cals.
Lunch: Leftover Time Ė thank goodness for four servings a recipe since it means that we always have leftovers for lunch and leaves less thinking the next day. So, I had Adzuki Bean Stew from the You Are What You Eat Cookbook. I have to admit that I added a little more freshly ground sea salt and black pepper. It tasted much better.
Afternoon Snack: 6 slightly salted original Pringles. We couldnít find these in MI while we were there a few weeks ago, so Iím not sure if you can find it in your area. But, if you can, I highly suggest it!
Dinner: This meal was not a success. As I made Mediterranean Black-Eyed Pea Casserole from the You Are What You Eat Cookbook, my mouth was watering with the smell. Unfortunately, again, it was bland. Iím not sure if itís the recipes or if I have just been making too many recipes from the new cookbook. Haha It might just be the latter Ė who knowsÖ I ate about ľ cup of the ďcasseroleĒ and then couldnít eat anymore. Then, I ate some pita chips and peanut butter filled pretzels for satiety. (Still working on the chipsÖoops!) 371 cals
Snack: Stash Herbal Tea: Raspberry Pomegranate Green Tea. Mmmm 312 cals
Exercise: Today was our day off from the fitness center. We went ahead and played about 1.5 hours of the wii.
Calories: I made my calorie count today with 1,234 but Iím not proud that I didnít eat a proper dinner. I am planning to make some rice tonight just in case the dinner doesnít good taste. That way, I have something healthy to lean on. Love my rice maker!
Cute Photo of the Day: Found my two furry babies sleeping together in our entertainment room.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Morning fellow sparkies! This morning I am starting up my "day in photos" blog. I hope to continue these sort of blogs to help encourage others and also to keep me motivated to eat healthy food. After all, I know I will not eat bad food if I have to post a photo of it in front of all your eyes. haha
This is actually from Monday but I am always a day behind since I blog and write down everything in the mornings. I woke up, finally, to a lovely clear nose and a clear head. No more congestion - just a little in the lungs but nothing compared to the last few weeks of fighting the virus. Yay!
Breakfast: Made my own recipe with polenta on the bottom, swiss chard/collard greens in the center and finally homemade "chez" sauce made from nutritional yeast. So amazing and it kept me going all morning!
Mid-day Snack: Not a protein bar fan but loved this one. Not in a normal health food store, we came across these little Nu Go bars this weekend. They are 100% vegan! Yay! The nutritional values on the back states that these gems were not as bad as the other ones, so we were excited. I love it! In fact, it kept me full for a few hours which is not something that other brands can do.
Lunch: Since I had a protein bar as a snack, I was able to eat an hour later in the day because I was so full. Finally I ate Super Green Kale Soup from the You Are What You Eat Cookbook. It looks a little strange since it is sooo green! People probably think you are crazy eating it but they are the ones missing out. It is filling and has a nice creamy taste. I added a Clementine and a bottle of water.
Afternoon-snack: Another Clementine was asking me to eat it as I was making dinner together before I left for the fitness center. Added another bottle of water too...
Dinner: Before leaving for the fitness center I made a large pot of Adzuki Bean Stew from the You Are What You Eat Cookbook. There were a few more ingredients than the other recipes but I was delighted to see that she finally uses some spice! I love spicy food so her food is rather bland for me. I'm not a big salt and pepper person however I do like herbs and spices in my food. We found that this pot of soup was rather bland still after using double the amount of spices she recommended. But, it was tasty and filling so that is the main thing. I added some Korean Brown rice with some hijiki as a side dish.
Evening Snack: Candy Cane Green Tea (decaf) and some pita chips.
I was in fact too low on calories - less than 1200 which I'm not happy about but it was a good start of the week. Everything was healthy and satisfying. I ran on the treadmill and did some work around the house to get my exercise.
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