Why I'm eating bird seed--random bits for the week!
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
I've refound my will to blog!!
First random bit...protein in my coffee! When it is cold out, I want coffee. Period. As we all know, the coffee itself is not horrible in small amounts...it's more the stuff we put in it to make it taste good. I personally am known for "taking a little coffee in my cream" :) It also tends to make people think they don't need to eat breakfast because they've filled up on coffee. So tip of the week for this: add a scoop of your powdered whey protein in place of cream and sugar! I feel like such a dink for not thinking of this before! It ACTUALLY tastes good! My vanilla flavored protein has 26g of protein per scoop...so pairing a cup of this coffee with a piece of fruit makes a quick, easy, and GOOD healthy breakfast!
The forced hiatus. I was SO upset a few weeks ago when I had to take 11 days off from SP and exercise because of illness. I felt like a failure. I was panicked because I was SURE that is would be the beginning of a healthy living relapse. Plus, I was sick and bored, so just generally unpleasant. :) I'm here to tell you folks...it was the BEST thing that could have happened!! The stories are true...you do need to take a week off from diet and exercise every now and then to "reset". Since taking that break, by mind is refreshed, my body is rested, AND...I can "feel" the exercise working again!! (Mainly...my muscles are KICKING!). I've said it once, and I'll say it again...I was overtraining. For the good reason of just really enjoying physical activity, but overtraining nonetheless!! So the moral you can get from my story...if you're stuck in a plateau, feeling chronically weak and tired, and just generally burnt out on healthy living...give yourself a week long hall pass. It WILL NOT ruin your progress...it will jumpstart it!
For the grand finale...why I'm eating bird seed. I'm not literally going to the pet section and choosing bird seed for lunch, although the humor of that scenario is not lost on me. :) What I AM doing is experimenting with Millet. If you've ever had a bird or been around them, millet us that stuff that looks like light tan poppy seeds that are stuck together with honey for birds to snack on. I have to reiterate; I am NOT eating bird treats. :) But I AM eating organic millet that I picked up at the health food store this weekend. You see, I've been searching for other low GI (or "good carb") side dishes because I've been getting bored with brown rice and sweet potatoes, and I decided to give the millet a try. According to the bag, millet was the main grain of China thousands of years ago before rice took over their diet. It tastes kind of nutty, almost like moist popcorn (which sounds gross, but you really have to try it). I'm really enjoying the change in consistency...it's a little drier than rice, but you can use it the same way you would use rice in any dish. 1/4 cup of the stuff (dry) has 150 calories in it...and cooks up to a whole cup! It's REALLY easy to batch cook, and holds up well in the fridge and through microwave reheating. My first "go" at it was to just add a little butter and salt...which tasted a lot like a slightly drier but more flavorful bowl of grits. (Southern girl says Yay!!) My second try yesterday was to make a "sauce" out of mashed green peas, a little coconut milk, and red curry paste, then I mixed it up with the millet, 1/2 cup of corn, 4 oz of chicken. I put the recipe into the SP database under the title "Green Millet Mash" or something like that, if you're interested in trying it out. It was AWESOME!! Super filling, a super large portion, super low cal, super packed with nutrients! So if you can't tell, I think I've become a millet convert! It was $4.50 for a 2lb bag of the stuff, which sounds a little pricy, but like I said, 1/4 cup of it "cooks up" to 1 cup...so it basically is about the same price as brown rice!
I'm sure there is more...but that is all I can remember at 9AM! :)