Time Crunch

January 7, 2011

I was planning to make mushroom lasagna for dinner tonight but I didn’t even head into the kitchen until 7:30 so I thought I should instead kill two birds with one stone by making tomorrow’s lunch for dinner tonight. I made a modified version of Turkey Broccoli Salad with Grapes from the Diabetic Living What To Eat 2010 recipe magazine. I subbed regular balsamic vinegar for white balsamic, green grapes for red, and added baby bell peppers and bean sprouts to make the recipe my own. Whenever I make basic substitutions like this or add low calorie/fat/cho ingredients, I don’t count them in the nutritional facts. I added a whole wheat bagel thin smothered in peppadew goat cheese, a few capers, a clementine and a glass of white wine to round out the meal.

Broccoli salad, bagel thin, goat cheese, and a clementine.

The capers tasted a little fishy but everything else was AMAZING!

This was the kind of meal that made me want to come back for a full plate of seconds. I love that. The bagel thins were perfect. I didn’t get the groggy carb rush that normally comes after a giant bagel and the goat cheese was a tasty lower calorie option than salted butter. Although my nutritionist would never agree to this, I don’t count alcohol. Realizing that I drink a meal’s worth of calories only depresses me.

  • 1 serv Turkey broccoli salad: 226/7/14
  • 1 whole wheat bagel thin: 110/1/24
  • 1 oz peppadew goat cheese: 80/7/4
  • 1 clementine: 35/0/9

Dinner Totals: 451 cal/15g fat/51g cho

I can’t end my day without a sweet treat and this is by far one of my favorites.

Olive oil and kosher salt really make the difference.

Breyers Smooth&Dreamy ice cream is absolutely amazing. The Creamy Vanilla and Dark Chocolate Velvet are my current favorites but every flavor I’ve had is delicious. I picked up a recipe from the Cook This, Not That books that has changed my life. Dribbling olive oil and a sprinkle of kosher salt over ice cream satisfy my sweet tooth and turn off the trigger in my brain that makes me want to gorge. I know it sounds weird. Just try it!

A touch of cracked pepper and fresh ground cinnamon add complexity.

  • 1/2 c Breyers Smooth&Dreamy ice cream: 120/4/19
  • 8 cherries: 35/0/9

Dessert Totals: 155 cal/4g fat/28g cho

Overall, today was pretty good. The food was fresh and tasty and I even got some exercise in. I’m back to work tomorrow so I hope everything is stress free!

Daily Totals: 1477 cal/48g fat/197g cho

I’ve been fighting off a virus, ear infection and upper respiratory infection for the past week that has left me weak and disinterested in food/exercise. Today was the first day that I felt up to eating all of my meals and snacks. I even got 20 minutes in on the TotalGym so I figured I’d take advantage of my energy and start blogging today.

In general, I like to break my day up into three meals and three snacks. In the past, I’ve been most successful in eating smaller meals and snacks often. I love food but I often eat when I’m bored and I tend to graze all day long. Knowing that I can eat something delish in the near future helps keep me from stuffing my face with calories I don’t need. It also keeps my blood sugar levels in check. I was diagnosed with Type One diabetes when I was 15. Ten years later, I’m learning to take my health very seriously. I now write down all of my food intake, blood sugar levels, insulin doses, and exercise routines in a food journal. This helps me see what I’m doing right and what I need to work on. My caloric goals for each meal is as follows:

250 calories @ breakfast

150 calories @ mid-morning snack

350 calories @ lunch

150 calories @ afternoon snack

450 calories @ dinner

150 calories @ bedtime snack

I also try to incorporate a protein, a carb, and a fruit and/or vegetable @ every meal and snack.

My goal is to start every morning with a mug of hot water and the juice from half of a lemon. I have read that this is a nice cleanse for the body and every time I drink it, I feel healthier (although it may be psychosomatic). I always allow the water to cool enough that I can drink it through a straw because my dentist said the acidity was messing with my teeth. I also switched to Meyer lemons which seem to be less astringent.

For breakfast, I tried making overnight oats from Kath Eats (check out the recipe at http://www.katheats.com/favorite-foods/overnightoats/) but used instant plain oatmeal instead of rolled oats. It ended up tasting okay but I def want to try it in the future using rolled oats.

Overnight Oats and Black Coffee

I got this lion head bowl for $1.99 last night!

  • 1 pk plain oatmeal: 100/2/19
  • 1/2 c frozen raspberries: 30/0/7
  • 1/4 c plain nonfat yogurt: 28/0/4
  • 1/4 c skim milk: 23/0/3
  • 1 T ground flaxseed: 40/3/3
  • 1 T coconut flakes: 35/3/4

Breakfast Total: 256 cal/8g fat/40g cho

I ate my mid-morning snack in the car between a doctor appointment and grocery shopping. I took the picture when I got back home and realized afterwards that the packet of nuts in the picture isn’t exactly the same as the packet of nuts I ate this a.m. but I figure it’s close enough.

Grapes & nuts

  • 1/2 c grapes: 53/0/14
  • 1 pk walnuts&almonds: 100/9/3

Snack Total: 153 cal/9g fat/17g cho

I finally had a chance to try the new sandwich thins that are always advertised in my health magazines. I definitely liked it as an alternative to bread and was surprised by the 5g of fiber. As a heads up, I never count certain food such as lettuce, tomotoes, pickles, jalepeno slices, etc. The wedge of fruit on my plate is a pummelo, my absolute favorite fruit. It is like a cross between a grapefruit and an orange, very tangy and sweet. You should definitely try one!

Turkey sandwich, mom's homemade turkey noodle soup, and a pummelo quarter.

Turkey and avocado on a whole wheat sandwich thin.

Made by Mom!

  • 1 sandwich thin: 100/1/21
  • 2 oz Applegate herbed turkey breast: 50/0/0
  • 2 T mashed avocado: 50/5/2
  • 1/4 pummelo: 72/0/18
  • 1/2 c turkey noodle soup: 100/3/11

Lunch Totals: 372 cal/9g fat/52g cho

Even though I ate a lot of filling food at lunch, I was hungry again right away. I love spicy (yet flavorful) food and have been craving a spicy v8 juice for a few days now.

Afternoon Snack

  • 1 can spicy v8 juice: 30/0/7
  • 1 light string cheese: 60/3/1

Afternoon Snack Totals: 90cal/3g fat/8g cho

Now I’m off to make mushroom lasagna for dinner. I’ll let you know how it goes.