Saturday, May 22, 2010
I had a pretty good day. As far as eating I actually struggled to get all of my calories in and found myself trying to fill that calorie void with extra snacks after dinner. My problem was that I had basically all vegetables for dinner, hardly any protien (although it filled me up pretty good) and pretty much no carbs. In retrospect I should have added some kidney beans to the vegetable casserole and I should have maybe added a side of couscous or rice. That would have balanced out my dinner nicely and added a few hundred calories.
I went to the farmers market this morning looking for fresh and hopefully cheap produce. I have been very unhappy with the selection of produce at walmart (where I normaly shop) and the prices have not been very good either. I have a farmers market within 2 miles of my house but I have never been in the 4 years I have lived here. I figured today was a good day to check it out.
The produce there looked awesome, very fresh and not all bruised and picked over like walmart. I could actually find decent looking zucchini (walmarts are always very bruised with fingernail marks all over them).... I got a huge bunch of carrots for 2 bucks, and some really nice lettuce for 2.50 each! Grown organically I might add! There wasent much fruit yet, just a few mellons but I was able to get my carrots, cucumbers, corn, zucchini, scallions, sweet potatoes & mushrooms there. I only ended up spending 20 dollars for all of that, which is pretty good for the quality and freshness. I will definatly be going back next week.
Look at this beautiful produce
super proud of my 2 dollar carrots
I saw a few vendors for meat there... all sustanably raised, humanly treated, grass fed and all of that.... It was waaaay out of my price range though. I would not mind eating meat like this but at the moment it just isent going to happen. At the regular grocery store I got a small bag of veggie chicken though and a small box of veggie sausage, a thing of firm tofu which I am going to replace for the chicken in one of my recipes this week and some TVP (texturized vegetable protien) Its the stuff they make veggie crumbles and veggie burgers out of... Not as greatly seasoned as morning star or boca but its only 3 dollars a bag and will make 3 times as much as a bag of veggie crumbles. I will just have to find creative ways to season it ... Im planning on using it in place of ground beef.
Anyway Im excited to try some new things this week... some things might be keepers and Im sure some of my experiments will bomb... but thats the breaks.
Food Journal for the day
Breakfast: 1 cup blue berry special k..... 1/2 cup 1% milk - 188
Lunch: 2 slices roasted garlic artisan bread - grilled, 1/2 tomato sliced, 1 tsp honey mustard.... 1 cup yoplait light orange cream yogurt -388
Snack: 1 square dark chocolate - 27
Dinner: (a few weeks ago I made vegetable roll ups which were really good but hard to eat, so I tweaked my recipe a bit and made the recipe into a casserole... same great flavors but way easier to eat and enjoy.... recipe at the bottom of the page if you are interested in making it)....
- 2 servings vegetable casserole, 1 serving steamfresh lightly sauced broccoli, cauliflower, carrots & cheese sauce.... 1 glass lemonaid - 260
Snack: 1/2 fish in a pond with no goldfish ( I made this snack for my 5 year old and he only ate half... its 1 caramel corn rice cake, 2 tbls blueberry cream cheese with blue food coloring mixed in, a few gold fish crackers... very tastey and a healthy snack for kids or you) - 1/2 = 70
Snack: 2 wasa wheat crackers, 3 tbls moroccan hummus...... 1/2 apple - 231
Snack: 1 slice double fiber bread, 1 tbls natural peanut butter, 1 tbls jam... 1/2 cup 1% milk -255
Total Calories for the day ~ 1419
Recipe for my vegetable casserole ~ http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-deta
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Today I ate pretty light durring the first part of the day and its a good thing because I ended up going out to eat tonight at a chinese buffet / hibatchi grill...... Buffets are tricky because its very easy to over eat and eat the wrong foods... I found myself wanting to get up and eat more even though I knew I was full and I know I would have eating alot more bad stuff and alot more food in general if I was not taking the pictures. Knowing that I would have to come home and fess up kept me alot more on track.... So thanks guys for reading my blog and keeping me on the stright and narrow...
and now for todays damage ..... Que dramatic mucic .... lol!
Breakfast: Egg white omelet w/ 1/4 diced potato, 1/4 cup chopped onion, 1 small tomato, 1/4 cup 2% cheddar cheese - 195 cal
Lunch: 1/2 can light progresso meat ball soup, 1/2 cup plain couscous - 168 cal
Snack: 1 banana.... 1 tbls skippy natural peanut butter - 225 cal
Dinner: 859 ... a bit high but not bad... I think I would have done really well with my calories for the day even if I had not of eaten so light at breakfast and lunch.
1 plate hibatchi noodles and veggies... cooked with no butter - 1/2 cup noodles, mushrooms, scallions, baby corn, shrimp, garlic & teriyaki sauce
5 peices sushi w/ pickled ginger
1/4 cup wonton soup w/ 1 wonton
1 dumpling, 1 fried cheese wonton (my faves), tsp duck sauce
3 peices sushi, 1 fried cheese wonton
Fruit & 3 tsp ice cream
I know it looks like alot of food huh.... lol.... but I go to this buffet at least once a month and I have to say this was the best I have ever done and Im quite proud of myself. I would like for someone to try and tell me that you cant go to a chinese buffet and still stick to a healthy eating plan... Its not a thing you should do every day of course, Im sure my sodium was off the charts but it is something you can indulge in occasionaly and still lose weight.
Total Calories for the day ~ 1448 .... thats almost under my calories for the day.
I hope everyone had an awesome day and I would like to say that I am really enjoying the food blogs that have been popping up since I started mine. Its so great that we can all inspire each other to eat better and make healthier habits.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Breakfast - 1 1/2 cup chocolate special k, 1 cup milk,- 350 cal
Snack - 1/2 special k bar... 1/2 apple.... 111 cal ( I cant even count this as a snack because it was one of thouse pop it in my mouth without thinking about it moments... hangs head... I feel totaly crappy about the first part of my day... I over ate at breakfast and then had this stuff... grrr Im mad at myself)
Lunch: Flatout burrito w/ 1/2 cup wild rice, 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese, 2 tbls salsa.... 1 medium apple - 373 cal
Snack: 1 cup strawberry halves, 3 tbls light cool whip - 81 cal
Dinner: 1 cup whole wheat rotini with 1/4 cup ragu cheese sauce, 1 light beef hotdog, sprinkle of panko bread crumbs, sprinkle of dried rosemary...... 1/4 cup bushes grillin beans (horrible in calories, I will read lables better next time)... 1/4 cup cole slaw..... 1 cup green beans - 604 cal
Snack: 1/2 serving sun chips - 105 cal
Snack: Lrg salad with - lettuce, tomato, onion, cucumber, kidney beans, bacon bits, kens light sweet onion dressing - 186
Snack: glass lemonade .... 1 glass water mixed with 3 tbls bottled lemon juice, 2 tbls splenda, 1 lemon slice - 10 cal
Total calories for the day ~ 1815 ..... I went 65 calories over my limit for the day... Im mad at myself because I overate durring breakfast because the cereal box was almost empty so I just pored the last 1/2 cup in my bowl and then I had the un-thought-out snacking after breakfast. I tried to get in lots of veggies today though and all my water and succeeded so I geuss thats a possitive note. I know tomorow will be better but right now Im feeling kinda fat even though I know Im not any bigger... I just feel it.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Breakfast: 2 slices double fiber bread toast, 2 tbls jam, zero calorie butter spray, 1 medium apple, 1 yogurt
Lunch: 1/2 baked potato, 1/4 cup ragu double cheddar cheese sauce, 1/4 cup kidney beans, 1 tbls sour cream
Snack- 5 large strawberries, 3 tbls whipped topping, 1/2 cup vanilla ice cream
Dinner - Carrots.... steam freash lightly sauced broc, cauliflower & carrots....... 1/2 cup plain couscous...... 1 serving louisiana smothered chicken (chicken, onions, tomatoes, oregano, bay leaf, thyme, sugar, salt, pepper & flour)
(recipe posted at bottom of blog)
Snack: fiber one bar
Did not track calories for the day but I ate less than I normaly do so I dont think I went Over.
UPDATE: The recipe for lousiana smothered chicken comes from the cook book "great taste, Low-fat" by: time life books... I got it from my grandmother for my birthday in 1999, This was my first cook book and I love it... I need to get a new one cause mine is falling apart... If you have never used this cook book, get a copy, its full of great recipes that are both tastey and seem gormet with not too much effort or ingredients.
Anyway I posted the recipe as it is in the book and the recipe as I made it... they differ slightly as my receipe uses less chicken and consists of chicken in peices kinda like a stirfry... the origional recipe has whole chicken breasts, 1 per serving
Here is My version of the recipe ( 204 cal) - http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-deta
Cook books version (370 cal) - http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-deta
both versions are great!!!
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