When people ask me what I’m up to with this ‘food thang,’ my response shouldn’t just be about the types of things, but a more accurate picture would be to show them my daily calorie list.
(I know, gasp, sigh … this is ugly territory … but I’m hoping digging here adds value…lol!!)
The ‘calorie count thing’ I do I have been doing forever.
I think it started when I was in high school.
Consuming under 1,500/per day was the goal when I needed to take off a pound or two, or three. HA!!
(But I look back and I filled that day with processed crap and was hungry most of the time… but so busy I’m not sure I even noticed.)
Today my calories count list ‘boxes me in’ to eating well.
For 1,500-1,700 calories I can eat a boatload of greens, carrots, and items that make me feel good and allow me to have tons of energy.
(If I eat the items that do nothing for my health, I am starving at 1,500-1,600 … and this makes me bitchy and no one wants to be around me…lol!!)
(You’ll see I’ve posted my list from yesterday. No wonder today I feel amazing.
I had a lot of greens, including kale in a smoothie, a large large dinner salad with shredded broccoli. Plus, I used fruit to control my sweet tooth. And I indulged in almond butter, but not too much.)
I also tried to get in as much water as possible (since I often think I’m hungry, but really it’s thirst).
(And I try like hell to eat as vegetarian / vegan as I can, but I do love my eggs in the morning.)
I guess, dear reader, this begs the question, ‘How do you put veggies/good things in your diet??’ — Is it automatic? … Do you have to make a focused effort?
Let me know, I’m curious about this.
Here’s to colorful and healthy eating!!
(p.s. I put everything into an excel spreadsheet for this post. Ha! I normally just jot it down on a piece of paper. Don’t want you to think I’m that nerdy. LOL!!)
AUSTIN, TEXAS — Day One of ‘doing the right thing food-wise’ has come and gone.
I woke up feeling ‘clear’ and ready to take on DAY TWO.
I’ve been asked, ‘What I’m doing with this food-thing?’
Hopefully, sharing this adds some value.
So, I thought I’d review yesterday…
Loaded in as many green vegetables as I possibly could.(More good stuff means less room for bad stuff.)
For breakfast, this included spinach with my eggs and salsa.
For lunch I made a huge salad for me and George with shredded broccoli and steamed kale and spinach.
For dinner steamed kale with black beans and salsa. (I guess you can tell I love the kick of salsa.)
Stayed away from packaged Lara Bars — and the like — including those lovely little individually-packaged fig bars in the bulk aisle at HEB.
(Ate an apple for 2p snack with a piece of pumpernickel and almond butter — only a tablespoon of almond butter.)
My mid-morning snack had been the piece of health bread with 1 tablespoon of almond butter
(yes…almond butter has lots of fat calories, but right now I’m all about moderation and I think a total of 2 tablespoons almond butter per day is fine.)
I attended yoga class and worked through half the postures in the Ashtanga primary series.
After heading home I had for an evening snack a bowl of plain popcorn — and drizzled over it about a tablespoon of Daiya cheddar cheese.
Yes. This YEAR I want to eat RIGHT and FEEL GREAT and USE food as fuel.
But of course making sure the experience is pleasurable.
Do you have a new eating plan for the new year? If so, I’d like to know about it.
Leave a post or shoot me an e-mail. Thanks! And Happy New Year!!
SUNDAY MORNING, SARRIS BUNGALOW, AUSTIN, TEXAS — I had always planned to make protein pancakes and have a stockpile of recipes saved on Pinterest.
But an overloaded pantry has necessitated that something be done with the big vat of protein powder bought six months ago — and that day was today.
I followed a recipe from ThatsWhatWeDiD.com, with my own twists and turns.
She says use:
1/2 cup old-fashioned oatmeal (I ended up using 1 1/2 rolled oats).
I didn’t use cottage cheese, but used 2 scoops vanilla protein powder.
She says use 4 to 6 egg whites, I used 3 whole cage free eggs.
(I did add 1/2 cup soy milk.)
Then a pinch of cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract — and we were off to the races, as they say.
Plus, I had this bag of blueberries in the freezer. So those went into a sauce pan with a little lemon juice. And voila, instant topper for the oatmeal/protein pancakes.
This recipe is so darn easy because you put everything in a blender together. (Heck, you could even hand mix it if you needed.)
I used 1/4 cup measurement to scoop out the batter for the cakes. And I coated the pan with spray can organic coconut oil.
I could tell when it was time to flip because when I gently nudged the sides of the individual cakes they would slide a bit.
The consistency reminds me of an oatmeal cookie, which I love. But next time I’m gonna use only one scoop of protein powder, cause I could kinda taste the granules and I’m not a huge fan of that texture…I like my pancakes smooth.
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I wanted a breakfast cookie Sunday morning, with oats and raisins and maybe even sweetened with a banana…
I knew I didn’t want any agave nectar or sugar. Or butter. Or oil. And applesauce would be fine.
I found a recipe that fit my criteria at the blog ‘Chocolate Covered Katie.’
I used one banana instead of the applesauce. And I was really lucky that I had my own homemade almond butter on hand (which is easy peasy in the food processor).
When I got to mixing all the ingredients I added a lot more oats, and even put in some baking soda and powder … I was in the mood for something more cookie-like than dough-like. (So the final mix included 1 1/2 cups oats).
The recipe also says that these aren’t sweet so you can add Stevia. I didn’t add any Stevia or sugar or any other sweetener. I figured the banana and raisins would provide just enough sweetness.
As always, my super duper taste tester husband is the ultimate judge. I had put three cookies on his morning plate. Let’s just say when I returned I found the plate empty with hardly any crumbs apparent.
(Plus tonight I told him I had saved two cookies. He had one more and then I packed one in my bag for tomorrow after yoga practice).