Monday, February 04, 2013
So I’ve been clean-eating for about 72 hours now and so far it’s been incredibly easy. And I think due to my preparations yesterday it will continue to stay easy so long as I continue to stay prepared.
On Friday night I had homemade macaroni and cheese. I used whole wheat noodles and to make the cheese I used equal parts butter and flour (two tablespoons), equal parts milk and cheese (one cup). Melt the butter then whisk in the flour, taking care not to let it burn. Continue to whisk over low heat for about 2-3 minutes so that the flour-taste has time to cook out. Then whisk in the milk. Finally mix in the cheese and pour over the macaroni. I think next time I make it I might use more milk as the cheese sauce was definitely thicker than I typically like it and I’ll probably use something other than mozzarella as it was a bit bland.
On Saturday morning (err..afternoon…heh I had a late night…though no drinking was involved!) my man-friend took me out to eat and I had a delicious cobb salad. For dinner I had a smoothie that consisted of: a cup of vanilla greek yogurt, a cup of almond milk, a tablespoon of cacao nibs, tablespoon of ground flax seed, a dash of cinnamon, and a handful of frozen strawberries.
Sunday was my big prep day for the week.
A whole chicken in a crockpot (recipe courtesy of 100 Days of Real Food: http://www.100daysofrealfood.c
ck-pot/) – I’m normally not a fan of chicken AT ALL but this really is amazing. Like wow. I bought a pasture-raised, local 4lb chicken and holy cow. I could’ve eaten the whole thing! Omnomnom.
Stock from the chicken (also found on 100 Days of Real Food: http://www.100daysofrealfood.c
crock-pot/) I plan to freeze this and use it to make chicken noodle soup later this week.
Chili – This is always something I just play around with. This time around I used a bag of dried red kidney beans, a pound of local ground beef, an onion, five cloves of garlic, a couple bay leaves, chili powder to taste, a big can of crushed tomatoes, and half a bottle of vegetable juice. I wish I would’ve bought some whole peppers to use but I made do with what I had on hand and it’s acceptable. I made enough to last me ten meals!
Hummus – 2 cups of chickpeas (I soaked dried chickpeas overnight then used some of the water to thin out the hummus as I went), juice of one lemon, 3 T tahini, 2 cloves of garlic, 1 T olive oil, and 2 T of paprika. All combined into a food processor. This gave me a ridiculous amount of hummus, I hope I can eat it all before it goes bad.
I had two smoothies for breakfast/dinner yesterday (same as above), some pita chips with hummus, an organic apple, an organic pear, and I snacked on chicken as I cleaned it off the bones and put it away. My smoothies always surprise me as they average around 500 calories each but at least they’re clean and jam-packed with healthy goodness! (Well okay “goodness” might be a stretch as far as taste goes…I have a hard time dealing with the nitty-gritty from all the seeds).
So far I haven’t noticed any change in how I feel though my nose has actually been running a bit lately (which it never does despite my feeling constantly congested) and I’ve actually been a bit bloated but maybe that’s from *too* much fiber? Idk. It’s only been three days, though, so I’m not giving up hope.
Tonight I’m making homemade tortillas to use with some chicken and hummus for snacks throughout the week. I’m also picking up some greek yogurt as I plan to eat that every day as an afternoon snack. I also need to remember to take my shot of apple cider vinegar every morning! And I MUST start working out (I started yesterday with my Wii Fit but then quit after about 10 minutes because the batteries went out on my board, shame shame.)