Have you ever found that being told that you can't do something gives you all the motivation in the world to actually DO it?
Well, it seems that is the way things work for me.
After basically being called a failure by a counselor yesterday, I awoke this morning with one intention: to kick my eating disorder's a**!!! (pardon my french)
And guess what? I met ALL of my nutritional goals for the day. Yep, all of 'em: calories, carbs, fats, proteins, & fiber!
Here's how I did it:
Breakfast: 1/2 cup oats made with 1 cup water, topped with 1 Tbsp raisins, 6 chopped almonds, 1/4 cup blackberries, 1/2 cup Almond Breeze Original almond milk, and a heaping pile of ground cinnamon
AM Snack: 1/2 cup cottage cheese
Lunch: "Creamy Raspberry, Almond, & Chicken Panini"- 2 slices whole wheat bread, 1 Tbsp fat-free cream cheese, 6 slices Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh Rotisserie Seasoned chicken breast, 5 raspberries, 1/4 cup spinach, and 3 chopped almonds; heated & pressed on the George Foreman; served with 1 sliced kiwi & 5 more raspberries
Afternoon Snack: PB & Banana Protein Shake- 1 scoop EAS Protein Powder (vanilla), 1 Tbsp natural peanut butter, 1/2 a sliced banana, 1 cup water, 1/2 cup ice, 2 Tbsp Cool Whip
***Not going to lie: I've never made a protein shake before, and drinking something that contained so many calories did scare the living daylights out of me, but I'm proud of myself for doing it; I wouldn't have made my ranges without it (& it just tasted REALLY good!)
Dinner: **NEW RECIPE!**
1/4 cup quinoa
1/8 cup Atheno's Tomato & Basil crumbled feta
1/2 cup spinach
1 clove garlic, minced
1 Tbsp onion, diced
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
Rinse quinoa in cold water; strain. Place in pot with 1/2 cup water. Bring to boil; cover and reduce heat. Let simmer for 15 minutes, until all water is absorbed.
While quinoa is cooking, heat olive oil in pan. Add garlic and onion, cooking until brown. Add spinach & let wilt.
When quinoa has absorbed all water, fluff with fork and add to pan of onions, garlic, and spinach. Mix well. Add feta cheese, stirring until melted.
I served this with 1/2 a cup of steamed broccoli & a side spinach salad which I made with 3/4 cup organic spinach, 1/4 cup chopped white mushrooms, 4 chopped almonds, 2 Tbsp Parmesan cheese, and 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar.
*I wish this picture looked more appealing because everything was DELICIOUS! Unfortunately, this meal looks pretty green & bland. Don't judge a book by its cover :)
This was the first time I'd ever cooked with quinoa. I'm SERIOUSLY satisfied with how it turned out- the feta was creamy & perfect with the sauteed garlic and onions. I was also surprised at how large the portion of quinoa turned out (I thought that the small 1/4 cup serving before cooking wouldn't be enough, but I was happily satiated). I think this would also be really good with some balsamic vinegar drizzled over it (& maybe with some cherry tomatoes/roasted red pepper or asparagus mixed in, as well)
Oh, and I almost forgot about dessert: a Snicker's "fun size" candy bar. I can't even tell you how long it's been since I've had one of those!
I have another meeting with a counselor tomorrow (thankfully, not the same one as yesterday), and I can't wait to tell her about my extremely successful day today!
Thanks for all of the support, Spark Friends :) You all are amazing!