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I feel good about my food choices yesterday.
I’m trying to focus more on what, when and why I eat and start taking back a little control. You see, I don’t always post everything that I eat in my WIAW posts. There’s often a handful of this or that (and this or that is usually something like nuts or crackers that add up to some extra calories pretty quickly!). And believe me- those handfuls add up, and have been showing up on my hips, thighs and belly more than I would like to admit. Yesterday, I did a pretty good job of eating mindfully and not overeating like I’ve been doing too much of lately.
Perfect oatmeal with strawberries instead of cranberries. I ate 1/2 of the banana before breakfast as a little bit of fuel before I taught Spinning and Core Strength. Greg was gone by the time I got home, but I was happy to see this little pot of coffee waiting for me.
In between lunch and breakfast, I snacked on some veggies that I had cut up and placed in the fridge (in an attempt to grab these when I’m hungry instead of nuts or crackers):
I also drank quite a few of these:
Ashley wrote something on her blog a while about drinking a full glass of water before every meal (to help fill the belly a bit). That’s something that’s stuck with me, and I’ve tried to remember to make it a habit. I’m getting there…
For lunch, I made some tuna salad with tuna, Vegenaise, celery and dijon mustard. I had 1/2 of it on a toasted Ezekiel bun and mixed the other 1/2 into a bowl of spinach, tomato and balsamic vinegar.
I also had an Asian pear sprinkled with cinnamon and peanut flour. Whoa, that was good.
For an afternoon snack, I made a wild blueberry pie smoothie.
The “pie” factor is created by the addition of flax seed and cinnamon. It makes a huge difference!
Wild Blueberry Pie Smoothie
1 c. frozen wild bluerries
5 ice cubes
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I used Sunwarrior Blend)
1 T ground flax seed
1/2 tsp cinnamon
water or milk of choice
(optional) guar + xanthan gum
Combine all ingredients into a blender. Blend on high speed for one minute, or until all ingredients reach a smooth consistency.
I am totally in love with this smoothie lately.
For dinner, I made a recipe that I had been drooling over since I saw it last week: Amanda’s Mock Mashed Potato Shepherd’s Pie.
It’s impossible to make this look pretty, but it tastes SO good. I even used my own homemade seitan! As you may remember, I’m a huge fan of her Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie. In fact, I’d go so far as to say it’s one of my top five favorite recipes to make! The sweet potato version has a slight edge- but the mock potato version was pretty darn good. Greg and I even agreed that each bite was better than the last! I’m pretty sure that the leftovers will be pretty spectacular, too.
I had a few swigs of the beer from the advent calendar:
This is actually made by Brewer’s Alley, a local brewery (in Frederick). It was okay.
I made a few “PB Cocoa Bites” by combining 1/2 c. unsweetened cocoa powder, 2 T peanut butter, a little stevia and almond milk and rolled them up into little balls. Then, I rolled each “ball” around in peanut flour and froze them. It’s the perfect little sweet bite after dinner!
And finally, one more pear. I’m obsessed!
Have a wild, wonderful Wednesday!
What are your best tips for eating healthy?