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SC snow and What do you eat to satisfy & provide nutrition?

Sunday, February 17, 2013

First, I have some more South Carolina snow pictures.

Utah did not think too much of it. Maybe I can let him run around any play in it a bit later today. He can get a better feel for it them. It was just to cold this morning to even think about letting Sierra and Utah play 'race track' in the front yard. I think it is 22 degrees.







I feel badly that it is so heavy on the plants and tree limbs.



Anyway, it is pretty. We'll see how long it hangs around. It is supposed to stay quite cold today.

OK, on to another topic that has been on my mind.

I am not eating my fruits and veggies. I never really have. I take a multi-vitamin and try to get in some broccoli or corn every once and a while. I used to eat an apple for banana fairly often. Now I am a bit fearful of fruit. Yes, you read right.



I just so happened to read this today on Spark.
Apples have 10.39 grams of sugar and are a good amount of calories.

Fruit (100 grams of edible portion) Sugar Grams (4 grams = ~1 tsp)
Raspberries 4.42
Strawberries 4.66
Blackberries 4.88
Papaya 5.90
Watermelon 6.20
Grapefruit (pink) 6.89
Cantaloupe melon 7.86
Honeydew melon 8.12
Peaches 8.39
Kiwi 8.99
Apricots 9.24
Pineapple 9.26
Oranges 9.35
Pears 9.80
Plums 9.92
Blueberries 9.96
Apples 10.39
Bananas 12.23
Cherries (sweet) 12.82
Mango 14.80
Grapes 16.25
Figs 16.26
Pomegranate 16.57

emoticon What do I do with this info?
Yes, fruit is much better than a cookie or candy bar but I am not typically eating a cookie or candy bar and if I am I am eating...



or



They are to die for good.

I have been thinking a lot about the...



food I put in my mouth since I have been logging (2 weeks now I think).

I used to eat...



But they are 140 calories for 8 chips. YIKES
I used to love the cinnamon ones too. Longer ago I used to eat ...

.

Now I pay very close attention to protein. I used to eat a hard boiled egg (at least) daily.

Now I am totally in love with my ...



This is my favorite GO TO FOOD. It is only 80 calories and 12 grams of protein and tastes wonderful!

I have also been introduced to ...





3 oz (half the bag) comes in at 100 calories and 21grams of protein.
I threw the chicken strips in a pan with some sun dried tomatos and a bit of Fat free feta.
That was dinner.

What do you eat these days?

Breakfast is ...



and..



for the most part. I sometimes mix in other cereals.

Let's see, I am jumping all over the place here. For dinner, I sometimes have oatmeal or ...



120 calories each, 10 grams of protein and real good.



Again, what are you eating?

Do you get fiber in your diet? I don't know that I do.



All of this really makes me think about weight loss and maintenance and what is necessary. How to find the best food to satisfy, and provide nutrition.

Thanks for listening.

I was just thinking and rambling. Thought I would organize a bit.

Breakfast
- - Breakfast bar
- - Kashi cereal (sometimes mix 2)
- - Silk light

Snack - 10:00
- - Yogurt

Lunch
- - Subway egg white cheese and ham on 6 inch wheat - 360 calories I think

Snack
- - Maybe 10 nuts (almonds/cashews). I love salt.

Dinner
- - Harris Teeter Mushroom Soup (almost every night)

Desert
- - Hershey's Simple Pleasures Dart Chocolate (after lunch & dinner)

These are my basics.
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THINRONNA 2/26/2013 2:39PM

    Beautiful pictures!

I guess I don't really think too hard about the sugar in fruits...I do think about the calories though and I know that some fruits are pretty high. I like berries because you can eat a lot and it is not too many calories...plus they are so darn good for you and feel kind of "special" to eat. I also like pineapple as it is surprisingly lower in calories as some fruits like a banana. Still...fruit is so good for you! I hope you find a way to fit some in. Veggies are harder for me since I have such a sweet tooth but they are great because often times all you have to do is steam or boil them, season with salt and they are ready to go...plus super low in calories...they almost don't count! One thing I try to do when making a sandwich is try to fit as many veggies on there as I can...it give more texture and is more filling that way. sprouts are great for sandwiches but we don't get them much here...I kind of miss them!

Anyway... I enjoyed your blog...you always post products I have never seen before! America has waaaay more choices in the grocery store than we do here. I'm jealous! emoticon

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BLITZEN40 2/17/2013 8:28PM

    Looks like you have a good meal plan going. I agree with you about fruit being high sugar/ high calorie which is why I tend to shy away from it too. Better to eat fresh veggies instead- you still get all the good enzymes that way with a lot fewer calories. And I love Sun Chips too! emoticon

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BLESSED2BEME 2/17/2013 6:15PM

    I still think even though there is sugar in fruit/veggies, we need them. I try hard to get my 5 servings a day. There are nutrients in them that we can't possibly asorb from a multi vitamin (don't get me wrong - I take vitamins too). Like LOOKN2FINDME said, it is a good kind of sugar that our bodies need to function.

We are trying hard to stay away from packaged foods. Too much sodium, preservatives and chemicals.

It is all easier said than done though.

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SEEINGCLEARLY53 2/17/2013 10:35AM

    I read that fruit article too,,,,surprised at all the sugar...thanks for sharing! emoticon

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KEKEIKO 2/17/2013 10:21AM

    Make snowballs and toss them to Utah, he'll love it! We haven't had a pup that didn't like the white stuff. Of course some more than others.

If you're going to eat an apple or grapefruit only have half and wrap it for the next day. Apple sauce is great but you really need the fiber from the peel.

Have you ever tried Almond Breeze Almond Milk? I get the Original Unsweetened but they also have flavors (vanilla) and it's dairy, gluten, soy & lactose free. It's also Vegan. It's 40 cals per serving size - 1 cup. Get it in the refrigerated section and not the one off the shelf.

Do you like kale? Spinach? Stick to the dark green veggies. If you can't buy fresh then get frozen, never canned! (How about using some of those slices of chicken over a bed of baby spinach with a few sliced strawberries and balsamic vinaigrette dressing?) Can also sprinkle with raw unsalted slivered almonds. That's my favorite lunch. Sometimes I like chopped cucumber, celery and apple (only 1/2 an apple) salad (with shrimp or chicken).

We enjoy stir fry - chicken or shrimp, broccoli, sliced water chestnuts w/garlic & ginger. So very yummy!

This is only offered as ideas. emoticon
Now go eat your fruits & veggies! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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COOP9002 2/17/2013 9:24AM

    Wow! That's a lot of info. Thanks for sharing.

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WINE4GIRL 2/17/2013 7:50AM

    Lots of fruits and veggies in my meal plan, since we grow so many veggies - that part is easy. Maybe make some Silk fruit Smoothies? Did you know you use more calories to eat celery, than is in it? You have plenty of protein, but you do need to slide in some more veggies. Think outside the norm. I used to make pizza with ratatouille as the "sauce". My kids thought all pizza sauce was chunky!
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LOOKN2FINDME 2/17/2013 7:32AM

  That chicken you love- look at the sodium in it! It's ridiculously high. Fruit is a good kind of sugar. It doesn't stick around and just try to stay on the first half of your list regularly. My dinners generally consist of chicken for protein and then I eat fresh veggies-sliced cucumbers, carrots, celery... The water content in the fresh veggies is very helpful in weight loss. Good luck!

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