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.
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