I'm a loser and forgot to photograph breakfast and lunch, but I can tell ya what I had! Breakfast was my toast w/ lite margarine. Lunch was the 1/2 cup blueberries I never ate for breakfast, plus 4 oz 1% cottage cheese, 1 hard-boiled egg, a handful of raw cauliflower, some grapes and a little less than 1/2 cup of green beans (because they were in the fridge and it was all I had left from a few days ago). Then for an afternoon snack my mom brought me some little bbq twisty things that had 15g protein (I think) so I scarfed them.
I didn't have much time to eat between work and going back for cheer practice, so I threw some lean ground beef into my microwave cooker (best invention ever, literally in 6 minutes I had crumbled, cooked ground beef). I drained it and threw it into a crockpot with 2 garlic cloves, 1/3 chopped onion, 1/4 chopped green pepper, 1/4 chopped zucchini. My mom gave me this sloppy joe seasoning from her S4L stash, so I added it (it didn't have any salt in it), with 3-4 cups water. Cranked the crockpot on high. I tasted it before I left for practice and it had ZERO taste, so I added 1/4 cup of no-salt tomato sauce, some cayenne pepper, black pepper and a little salsa. When I got home two hours later, the whole house smelled good!! Now I wish I wouldn't have added so much water so it would've been more like chili, but instead it was like vegetable beef soup. I took two ladle-fulls and ate it with 1/2 t lite salt and a plain piece of toast (I didn't miss the margarine since I dipped the bread into the soup). The best part is this soup goes a LONG WAY! I have at least 2-3 more servings.
45-cal toast with lite margarine, and 1 sliced apple. And coffee with stupid skim milk. Boo on skim milk. Haha.
Side note on the toast: I'm not a big breakfast eater IF it's before 7:30am. I am physically nauseated every day of my life early in the morning for some reason. One time when I was a high school kid at cheer camp, a camp counselor wanted me to go talk to the head counselor about an eating disorder (all because I wouldn't eat breakfast, BECAUSE I'M TOO NAUSEATED TO EAT BREAKFAST BEFORE 7:30AM!!) Anyway, this 45-cal bread is perfect and is now my go-to breakfast because I can eat it on my way out the door, even if I'm a little nauseated. Normally I take my fruit with me to work and eat it later, but Sunday I was able to eat it all together because it was AFTER 7:30. Haha!
After church I whipped up my go-to salad. I use 1 cup of spinach leaves, 1/2 cup strawberries (or blueberries), 2 hard-boiled eggs, and 2 T of fat free dressing (I've been using either fat-free vidalia onion dressing, or fat-free raspberry vinaigrette). Plus a shake of pepper! It's got protein, it's got fruit, it's got veggies and it's got a little fat. Check, check, check and check.
I didn't photograph supper, but I was at my parents house and didn't think about it. Mom made some shredded chicken with a little taco seasoning (I got onto her for using it since it contains salt, haha! I'm sure she wanted me to shut it.) Anyway I took a 6-inch corn tortilla, cut it into strips and broiled it until it was crisp. I put the shredded chicken on my plate, then added chopped tomato, shredded lettuce, salsa (I made sure it didn't contain sugar or salt), and then the tortilla strips. Taco salad!
Breakfast was 1 slice of 45-calorie bread, toasted, with a tiny pat of lite butter, 2 eggs microwaved with pepper (and some sauteed onions I had cooked the previous evening), 1/4 cup blueberries (I added 1 packet of sweetener to them, but they didn't really need it), coffee w/ skim milk.
Lunch: I got creative and made egg salad.....kinda. Of course it isn't like normal egg salad, but I'll take what I can get, and I try to be creative so the food that I CAN have doesn't get boring. I took 2 hard boiled eggs and mashed them up with 1 tablespoon of mustard (I can have that!) and a little lite mayo. I could've added a packet of sweetener (I like my egg salad sweet) but I forgot about it until after I had gobbled it down. I spread it on 1 piece of 45-cal bread cut in half, with spinach leaves. Plus 1/2 cup strawberries.
Note: I could've had plenty of egg salad for one sandwich by just using 1 egg, but I wasn't sure as I was making it, so I used 2. Bell Biv Devoe, now I know.
For supper I sauteed onion in cooking spray, then added zucchini and summer squash. Sliced two turkey sausages and added them to the pan, but they weren't pre-cooked so I had to throw the lid on for awhile to cook the sausages. Oh yeah, once the vegetables cooked down I could tell it wasn't enough to meet the daily requirement, so I steamed some broccoli in my microwave steamer and threw it on top. Added lite salt & pepper, and chowed down.
I can't decide if I want to start this or not. I had the bright idea to photograph all of the food I ate this past weekend, and blog about it. I'm doing a food plan similar to Slim 4 Life, without all of their extra products/pills/supplements/etc. Basically chicken, turkey, fish, veggies, fruit etc. It's not super hard and the only thing I'm really really missing is my French Vanilla coffee creamer (darn you, CoffeeMate, I love your product).
So here's the plan I'm running with for the time being:
1. 2 fruits per day (no fruit after 6pm) and it must be fresh or frozen (depending on the type of fruit, you can have different serving sizes so instead of going into all of that, I'll just say I pretty much keep it under 1 cup per serving).
2. 2 starches per day, I stick with either a piece of 45-calorie bread, 1/4 cup of brown rice, or melba toast
3. 4 vegetables per day (1 cup fresh or 1/2 cup steamed/baked). You can only bake with cooking spray. And only certain veggies (no corn and limited potatoes!)
4. 2 protein choices per day, either 6oz chicken/turkey, 4oz lean beef, or fish (but I don't like fish so I don't even go there). Or 4-5 oz of 1% cottage cheese. Or 2 eggs. However I told my dr about this whole eating plan thing and he suggested I add 1 more protein to my day, so now I'm doing 3 protein choices.
5. 1 fat (olive oil, lite butter, lite mayo) as long as all of it only equals 1 T per day. You can add the olive oil AFTER you cook, but not while you're cooking. Little tricky.
6. 1/2 t lite salt per day. Other spices (that don't contain salt) and Mrs. Dash are ok.
7. 80 oz of water (which I can NEVER do!)
8. 4 oz skim milk (I usually just add this into my coffee SINCE I CAN'T HAVE MY FRENCH VANILLA COFFEE CREAMER WHICH IS STILL KILLING ME)
So that's the jist. (Gist??) I lost 8 pounds in the first 3 1/2 days. I'm not even kidding. Then I stayed at that 8 lb loss for 2 days, then moved up to 9 lbs where I've been for the last 2 days. So yes, 9 pounds in one week.
So anyway, I may blog about this for awhile, so others who want to try eating healthy or just want some new ideas and inspiration can check it out. It would be easier (and lazier) to make a page on Facebook or just post it all on Instagram, but then that clogs up everyone's feeds. If I do it here, then only the people who actually come here to read my ramblings would see it.