Ok, so this is a long one. Take what you want & leave the rest :)
I've been working really hard to incorporate new foods and recipes into my diet. I think this is going to result in a weight gain for me (YAY!) and finally start to kick my fear of food. I'm trying to listen to my body more and enjoy food that TASTES GOOD!
Some things I've tried in the last few days:
2 Eggo NutriGrain Whole Wheat Waffles w/ 1/2 a sliced banana, 1/2 Tbsp. Skippy Natural Chunky PB, 2 Tbsp. sugar free syrup, and a dusting of cinnamon
This one was really yummy! 6 oz. Dannon Light & Fit Vanilla yogurt, 1 cup Kellog's Fiber Plus Antioxidant Berry Yogurt Crunch cereal, 4 whole raw almonds, 10 raspberries, 1 Tbsp. pomegranate seeds. Voila-parfait!
So I took this idea from a SparkPeople user who makes her own mini pizzas on pita bread. I modified it a bit and made it my own. (Check hers out, too- MAK1186- it looks delicious but I was out of hot sauce!)
Mine: 1 Trader Joe's 100% Whole Wheat Middle Eastern Flatbread, 1/8 cup veggie marinara sauce, 1/8 cup light mozzarella cheese, 1 Tbsp. diced onion, 1/2 cup fresh spinach, 3 cherry tomatoes, 2 oz. Tyson skinless chicken breast, basil, oregano, and crushed red pepper. Just sprayed a cookie sheet with nonstick spray & popped it in the oven for 10 minutes at 375 degrees. I don't know what was the best part- the warm sauce, sweet cooked onions, juicy tomatoes, or melty cheese!
Nothing special; needed something quick.
4 MorningStar "Chicken" Nuggets, 7 baby carrots, 2 bread & butter pickles, 1 Tbsp. chipotle mayo, & 9 PopChips. *The PopChips is my reason for sharing this. I got a free sample of them today on campus; I've never been a chip person (mainly because they never leave me satisfied), but these I would suggest to anyone who likes just a good ol' potato chip. They're not baked or fried, they're pressure cooked. Best part: all natural- the ingredient list is potato, safflower or sunflower oil, salt, and rice flour. That's it!
As I said above, I'm trying hard to eat outside my comfort zone. Although I like the variety & new foods, it's tempting to go back to my plain oatmeal, plain turkey sandwich, and veggie burger (my "normal" 3 meals a day). However, special "treats" are making the transition easier. Exhibit A:
This is my latest project: A dark chocolate-peanut butter-banana smoothie. I'm still working out the kinks to get it perfect (I've made a few batches alternating the recipe & am recruiting my roommates as taste-testers, haha!) I can't wait to get it "just right" and share the recipe-- I'm THISCLOSE to being there :) Wish me luck!
Oh, one last thing... Guess who met her minimum caloric requirements today for the first time in a long time?! YEAAAH!