FOOD! That is the topic of today's entry. As a mini-challenge for the Beach Bunnies (my BLC team), we get to create a picture blog showing a day in the life of our food choices.
**8:50 am: Breakfast**
Today I had my favorite breakfast to eat, although it's not my favorite breakfast to make (granola bars are sooo much easier!). I drank my own recipe of a tropical smoothie! 4 pineapple rings, 1/2 cup of peaches, 1 cup spinach, a few drops of coconut oil/extract, a scoop of vanilla whey protein powder, and a cup of 2% milk. To save time in the morning, I portion out the freggies into a ziploc baggie ahead of time (I make many baggies at once), and place them in the freezer. The smoothie has a better consistency when the freggies are frozen. Total: 437 calories (yeah, I feel like that's a lot of calories just for a smoothie. But my fiance drinks 2% milk, and the only time I use milk is for my smoothies so I don't really see the point in buying skim for myself. Plus, 130 of those calories are protein powder. Sometimes I just use half a scoop instead, but I stay fuller longer if I use the full scoop). On the left, you can see my handy-dandy smoothie cup with lid and straw! I typically drink my smoothie (or eat my granola bars) on the drive to work--I HATE getting up in the morning, and always end up postponing it until the last possible second. So that smoothie cup is quite handy indeed!
**12:15 pm: Lunch**
Lunch was half "the usual" and half something new-ish. I had a deli turkey sandwich with sweet pickle relish on whole wheat sandwich thins--that was my usual. I typically have applesauce and a sharp cheddar cheese stick to go along with it, but this week I made a monstrous salad and have been trying to eat it before it goes bad. So I had the salad with the sandwich instead. Half spinach, half romaine, and some onions. For lunch, I added caesar dressing and a grated parmesan/romano/asiago cheese blend. Total calories: 314
**3:30 pm: Snack**
Honey roasted peanuts! One of my favorites. I'm not quite sure what lead to this choice, but I measured out 2 servings instead of 1 for my snack. I wasn't super hungry or anything...but perhaps I was afraid 1 serving wouldn't sate me until dinner time? I don't know. Total calories: 320
**7:10 pm: Dinner**
Mmmm dinner. I had my own recipe that I call "Mexican chicken"--shredded chicken with corn, black beans, brown rice, and salsa, with melted shredded cheddar cheese and some more salsa on top. 1 cup chicken mixture + 1/4 cup cheese is 340 calories, and I love it! Along with the Mexican chicken I had more salad, with zesty italian dressing this time. Finally, I had made some strawberry shortcake when I had family over yesterday, and there was one left over. The angel food cake, strawberry glaze, and cool whip probably cancel out any nutritional value to be found in the strawberries, but I'm okay with that--it was tasty! And only 170 calories :-) ...Dinner total: 559 calories
Total for the day: 1629 calories
Quote of the Day: "A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than knowledge that is idle." -Kahlil Gibran