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What Did You Eat Today ?

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

I've been eating a really healthy diet since joining SparkPeople last year. I thought I'd show you what a typical day's food looks like.

For breakfast I usually have one egg and one slice of whole wheat toast (forgot to toast it for the picture). I keep eggs hard boiled in the 'fridge so I don't have to cook when I first crawl out of bed. I make an egg sandwich without any butter or mayo. It's dry at first but you get used to it and now I love starting the day with all that great protein in an egg. Nothing beats the incredible edible egg. I drink hot tea with a teaspoon of sugar - I've never really cared for coffee. That's about 200 calories for breakfast.

Lunch is almost always a veggie sub. I keep all the veggies cut up and ready in little bowls so I can assemble my sandwich in a jiffy. I use cucumbers, red onion, tomatoes, green pepper, shredded lettuce and carrots, banana peppers, and sliced black olives. I use spicy brown mustard on the hoagie roll and top the sub with a little olive oil and red wine vinegar dressing that I make myself with Italian seasoning. That's about 300 calories for lunch. I just adore my veggie subs.

I have about five go-to dinners such as baked fish with a hot vegetable, homemade chicken noodle soup (minus the noodles - lol) , 4 ounces of chicken minus the skin with a hot vegetable, or 4 ounces of beef or pork with a baked sweet potato without butter. The baked salmon with broccoli is my favorite. The salmon is farm raised and comes frozen in individual portions (2 pound bag of fish for $10) There are 6 pieces per bag. I spray it with olive oil and sprinkle it with lemon pepper then bake it in my toaster-oven at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. I LOVE it ! That's about 400 calories for dinner.

I have a snack in the afternoon of fruit - either fresh (usually an apple,peach or banana) or dried like cranberries, raisins, apricots, or prunes, or canned like pineapple or mandarin oranges. My favorite thing to eat in the entire world is cashew nuts so a treat myself with them once in a while. Every evening I invariably pop a 1/4 cup of popcorn kernels in a tablespoon of canola oil on top of the stove. It pops up to 3-4 cups of popcorn and I have to share some with my puppy, Jasmine, before I add salt. I don't think microwave popcorn is as healthy because of the added chemicals. Making it yourself is also LOTS cheaper. I allow about 400 calories a day for snacks. I admit it - I'm really a grazer.

So that stays within my range of 1200 to 1550 calories per day. My problem is staying away from the alcohol in the evening. Alcohol takes my WAY over my calorie range. That's where my problem lies. I know this. Alcohol is so tempting to me. I need to be alcohol-free and drink water in order to continue losing weight to reach my goal of a healthy BMI.

What did you eat today?

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    Looks great - I sometimes get lazy about cutting up fresh fruit and veggies.

    You are right about microwave popcorn - even though it's easy, I don't buy it.

    Stay strong, eat like this and you'll make goal weight before you know it emoticon
    1744 days ago
  • SOFT_VAL67
    great pics, great diet
    todays food for me was a turkey sub from subway with cucumbers, lettuce, spinach, and tomatoes, a dannon honey yogurt, coffee, water, a glass or two of milk, a sugar free chocolate pudding and weight watchers lasagna.
    i usually have an apple with some peanut butter or a weight watchers ice cream or a protein shake with banana for a snack.
    but not today.
    1744 days ago
  • CAROL_31649731
    Pretty pictures & a wonderful assortment of good-for-you foods. You eat really healthy! And, of course, I understand the allure of the "empty calories" all too well. FYI, I read somewhere recently about the benefits of non-alcoholic wine (has all the resveratrol that they say is good for your heart. but no alcohol). Don't know what the calorie count might be (and you wouldn't get the buzz, but) . . . just food for thought. Thanks for sharing . . . enjoyed your blog today. emoticon
    1744 days ago
    This is great! I love the pictures, and I love hearing about what other people eat. You do it so well. I agree with you on the microwave popcorn thing, I also think it's unhealthy, I like to pop my own as well. Now that you reminded me, I will go get some corn--I haven't done that in a long time.
    1744 days ago
    Our food choices are REALLY similar. And likewise, the alcohol problem, of course. When my DH and I started eating healthier, we bought a popcorn popper, and we love, love, love it. Sometimes we put grated parmesan on it for an extra-decadent treat. DELISH.

    I'm also a grazer and snacker. My snacks are usually either high protein/fat things like nuts, sunflower seeds, or a tbsp. of natural, organic no salt peanut butter or almond butter (with the oil poured off), or else a green veggie like cucumber slices (I just ate a cup of snow peas 5 minutes ago. :)—or a hard-boiled egg from the fridge.

    The only difference between your day's food and mine is that I often have a protein shake (with a frozen banana in it) for lunch if I don't feel like making something, or if I need it for my workout. I use a pretty expensive shake mix that is made from green pea protein and has really good ingredients, but I joined their reseller program so I can get it for half price.
    1745 days ago
    Your food blog is awesome. I have been trying to get this last 15 lbs off forever now and looking at how you are eating makes me more motivated to try harder. I used to eat hard boiled eggs and fresh veggies all the time. Lately though I haven't been eating as well as I should. Thank you so much for posting, it just gave me the incentive to get back on track. emoticon emoticon
    1745 days ago
    Great food blog!
    1745 days ago
    Wow girl,, you doing real good! Congrats
    1745 days ago
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