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