I won’t sugar coat it here- I haven’t been doing my best at eating mindfully or super healthy all of the time ever since we moved to Colorado. When it comes to eating for weight loss, I pretty much suck. I’m still trying to figure out how to balance it all and accept the fact that I’m not one of those folks that can work out a bunch and be able to eat whatever they want. Boy, do I envy those people!!
I do pretty much always choose foods that are organic, whole and local whenever possible. That being said, you can still easily overdo the calories by eating grass-fed burgers on whole grain buns and organic fries! My biggest weaknesses still remain to be sugar and beer. I don’t really drink a lot, but what I do drink is definitely not light. I like good beer- bold beers, heavy beers, hoppy beers… none of that 64 calorie sh*t. Unfortunately those good beers often contain 200 calories or more. But hey, every once in a while it’s okay to indulge, right?
Technically I’m supposed to be sharing ideas for healthy snacks here. Let’s just pretend beer fits into that category…
Saturday began early with my favorite breakfast:
Applegate Organic chicken maple sausage, saurkraut, mushrooms, avocado, tomato and an egg on toast. It looks like a lot of food, but the calorie content here is still fairly low (around 350) and it’s pretty filling! I also had a cup of coffee with almond milk in the car.
We were in the car for about an hour and half and then spent another hour or two at Sierra Trading Post. By the time Greg and I got back in the car it was around 12:30 and we were both starting to get a little hungry. We shared this awesome KIND bar.
Our first stop was The Ft. Collin’s Brewery’s restaurant Gravity 1020. It wasn’t very busy so I assumed our food would come out pretty quickly. I was wrong- it took almost an hour! Good thing we had some beer samples to hold us over. I chose to balance all of the calories from the beer with this salad (mixed greens, grilled chicken, goat cheese and grilled onions).
I was so hangry by the time the salad came that I ate it in about two minutes!
For the record, Greg and I shared all of the samples (which were all so tasty)!
On the way back home we stopped to pick up some ground bison. A day of drinking beer wipes you out (!) and I wasn’t in the mood to make anything too complicated. Again, I figured that I’d balance out the calories with a salad- a taco salad to be exact.
I’m pretty sure I’ve said this before, but we eat taco salads/burrito bowls at least once a week!
I’m not usually a big fan of milk chocolate (unless it comes in the form of M&Ms) but I love these bars! They’re full of probiotics, taste rich and have 90 calories each. I got a box of mint chocolate too and it’s just as good!
I was tempted to make some popcorn while watching the movie we rented, but I was still full from dinner. Even though I can usually spare some room for popcorn, it’s a much nicer feeling to go to bed with a stomach that’s not full!
Have a wild and crazy Wednesday!
How do you balance healthy and indulgent foods (or drinks!)?