i think you are very organized. i could never figure that stuff out. i'm more of an on-the-go estimator. i deleted the meal plans the first day and just winged it with whatever i felt and knew to be healthy. the only standard is my morning coffee. everything else differs.
generally, i try to get a couple hundred calories in for breakfast, possible a snack before lunch, or not, then lunch for several hundred calories, then definitely a snack before leaving for the day, then i've got a bunch to play around with for dinner, snacks, drinks, whatever. but if i got more organized and created a meal plan, i bet i'd get more protein!
you organized people are fantastic. i'm lucky to be in the ballpark.
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Fitness Minutes: (40,761) Posts: 467 8/27/07 9:40 P
stuffed portabellas are always a treat and i have served them to company as both appetizer or main course depending on the occasion. when i am asked to provide a course just for the few vegetarians in a group, the others in the crowd are jealous of us and this beautiful dish. i have rarely used spark's veg. meal plan. it is limited and unimaginative. i have never seen any of the other plans so i don't know if this is typical or just the veg. that is uninspired. i do prefer eating simply but i like variety of foods and flavours.i use it as a guide, choosing my own protein, carbs, veg and fruit then add in the food myself. it is time consuming but has been worth it to me. i have lost weight and regained control of my eating and nutrition . i feel much better about me now and i have spark to thank.
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Fitness Minutes: (6,869) Posts: 95 8/26/07 8:37 P
I used Newman's Own Lite Red Wine dressing instead of the Kraft dressing it calls for (can't stand Kraft dressings - nasty) and used a little extra parmesan. I served it with wild rice and french beans. A little extra virgin olive oil on everything and a glass of red wine and I was in HEAVEN! All you have to do to make it vegan is omit the parmesan. All that (shroom, beans, rice) for under 500 calories. (Even less if you have smaller portions - mine were a little bigger than usual - or use less olive oil than I did.) Filling, healthy and oh so tasty. Oh, yeah baby. This was such a great combo that I would serve this to guests if I ever had a dinner party :)
Personally, I wouldn't limit myself to just a specific set of foods all the time. Even rotating between six or eight dinners all the time would eventually get boring to me.
My suggestion is to get some vegetarian cookbooks and search online for vegetarian and vegan recipes that sound good to you (and hopefully provide calorie content) and then just experiment.
I try to make two or three new recipes a month. I love doing this as I usually find something that I just LOVE.
In any case, variety is the spice of life. You've got a decent base there, but like you said about the Spark meal plans - you don't want to just recycle through the same foods all the time. Change it up with new recipes - set a goal to try something new... once a month, once a week... whatever. But try new things.
5''5" Original weight in 2002: 220 Original weight when joining Spark 1/8/06: 149
Hi Pink Pixie, If you aren't vegan, you could add in dairy, yogurt and cheese (esp feta, mozzarella, parmesean)... Also, I don't see any pasta, rice, cous cous etc. My meals are usually sauted vegies with various spices depending on the ethnic direction I'm taking that night: Mediterranean, Indian, Mexican, Asian... Then serve over brown rice, whole wheat pasta... I love cous cous so fast and great w raisins and slivered almonds and a touch of cinnamon and coriander. Maybe sprinkle some cheese or nuts on top.
peace & joy, sherrie
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