Thursday, May 09, 2013
I am two-thirds of the way through the clean eating meal plan for week one and figured I would blog a bit about it thus far.
If anyone is curious what I am looking at, its the April/May issue of Clean Eating magazine. Interest piqued? Check out cleaneatingmag.com for an explanation, free recipes and meal plans with shopping lists:)
I enjoy the variety of the simple breakfasts. I am usually pleasantly surprised by them! I was stuck in an oatmeal and coffee kind of morning before.
This week I have had:
Greek yogurt with strawberries,chopped pistachios and flaxseeds
Kashi honey puffs cereal with milk, raisins and walnuts
Cottage cheese with blueberries and flaxseeds
Asian breakfast scramble-eggs, baby bok, brown rice and soy sauce
Broccolli egg muffin( i added a slice of jack cheese)
And today-strawberry flax smoothie(with tofu!) and almond butter on wholegrain toast
I am totally sated after these meals and feel energized!
This is followed by a snack, then lunch, then another snack, then dinner.
I will admit to eating the second snack in the evening instead in order to stave off unhealthy cravings and mindless munching. This may change as my metabolism gets used to eating more often!
The meal I struggle with the most in terms of likeability is dinner. I'm trying to just cook the menu without prejudgement. I like the meal plans but have toyed with omitting the dinners and selecting from the wonderful array of tasty exciting new recipes in the rest of the magazines. This means not being able to clip the shopping list they give you and go-a bit more preparation and making some ommisions so there's no waste of gorgeous freggies;);) it also messes with the nutritional info for each day, which I have been using instead of my tracker:(
One successful dinner this week that everyone liked(except my little Wyatt who has severe food allergies and follows his own diet) was the Lemon Garlic shrimp. Basically its shrimp sauteed in olive oil and garlic, lemon juice and rice vinegar for some tang, all tossed over penne and minced parsley. Simple and tasty, and when everyone's plates are cleaned I know I'll be cooking it again!
The Orange Tarragon chicken ( basically a marinade) was bland bland bland. But I tried!
Last night I knew steamed cod wasn't going to cut it-no one likes fishy fish except moi here.
So I googled a provencal recipe for it-diced tomatos, sauteed onion, basil, pepper and thyme over the fillets. Suprisingly tasty over sprouted brown rice:)
Some hitches in my giddyup-i used the last of my rice vinegar, and my avocado went to mush. I need both of these for tonight's asparagus and avocado sushi, and my local grocery store carries neither( i do a weekly mega-shop in the "big city" to prepare. I like to shop local but its not always possible or economical with a large family).
I also have another teenager and my brother in law coming this weekend to help us build up our driveway and garage foundation. This is where I get nervous experimenting in the kitchen. Its no fun when you make tonnes of food that no one likes! Hopefully I can find some nummo tried and true clean recipes and carry on!
So far I am seeing a two and a half pound loss on the scale which is exciting.
Good luck to those of us trying new healthy habits on for size!