Before I get to food, I have a favor to ask of you all.
Friends of mine are in an awesome band called “I Love Monsters” and they are finalists to be the next FreeCreditReport Band! They need your vote! You can vote once a day here. Thank you!!!
My dinner last night… not anywhere near as awesome as I Love Monsters.
My apologies for the hastily-taken, overblown and not-very-appetizing-looking (and, let’s be honest, -tasting) meal. I’m sure it could have been much better, but I was on the phone, starving, and eager to start baking the birthday muffins.
I’ll still tell you what was in it, though, because I think it could be done better if one of you were to give it the attention dinner deserves. This meal included most of the leftover roasted broccoli and cauliflower from the night before; 2/3 cup cooked white beans; about 1/3 of a tomato, diced; dashes each of salt, pepper and oregano; and a sprinkle of parmesan & romano. I microwaved the whole bowl for about three minutes and basically shoveled it in my mouth while my mind was entirely elsewhere. It wasn’t awesome, but I didn’t really care. I just needed sustenance so that I could get onto the Honey, Fig & Goat Cheese Muffins.
Obviously, this is not at all how I normally deal with food. I am a foodie, after all. Please consider this dinner an exception.
Of course, I returned to nutritious and delicious eats this morning.
SIAB time! It was just about the same combination as on Tuesday (I mean, why mess a good thing up?) but I changed the protein powder. You’d be surprised what a difference of just one ingredient can make.
Into the mix went:
- 3 ice cubes
- handful baby spinach
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
- blob (this is really about.. well, almost 1/8 cup) nonfat plain greek yogurt
- 1/2 packet Jay Robb’s Vanilla Whey Protein Powder
- 1 banana
- ~2/3 cup honeydew melon, sliced & diced
- small handful Cinnamon Puffins
- drizzle (about 3/4 tbs) coconut butter (no need to warm it after a day with the air conditioning off)
I mean, is that green, or is that green? This breakfast so made up for last night’s dinner.
This protein powder was good but almost a little too sweet for my waning sweet tooth. I liked that it really tasted like vanilla and nothing else, though. Oh, and of course, it’s sugar-free. If you’re avoiding refined and artificial sugars like I am, make sure to read labels when you’re choosing your protein powder.
I have been having so many SIABS lately because they are so good to eat after workouts and on hot days. They fill me up for hours, cool me down, and start my day off with so many nutrients.
Oh, and speaking of workouts, I was at the gym before 6:00am this morning! I used to do this when my previous job started earlier, but it’s been awhile since I was there quite that early. It actually wasn’t hard at all… but then again, I am a morning person, and my usual arrival time at the gym is 6:15am – not that much of a difference. I went early knowing I had an errand to run before work and not wanting to compromise my last workout before my mysterious trip. I did 35 minutes on the elliptical, 45 minutes of strength training, and 35 more minutes on the elliptical. It was actually over before I knew it. Even boring cardio flies by when you split it up.
As you may have noticed, I was pretty busy last night and didn’t have time to prepare lunch for today. Given my busy morning, I knew I wouldn’t have time to prepare lunch then, either.
Fortunately, I’m a planner. You really have to be when you have an intolerance.
This was a 30-second pre-work preparation lunch (try saying that ten times fast). This could also easily be a dinner, so I’m going to go ahead and call it a Ten-Minute Dinner.
Sweet Potato with Cottage Cheese & Salsa
All I had to do was grab a microwaveable sweet potato and a container of low-fat cottage cheese, spoon 2 tablespoons of salsa into a mini tupperware container and head out the door.
In the office kitchen at lunchtime, I just followed the directions and microwaved the potato, sliced it lengthwise and added the cottage cheese and the salsa.
Absolutely no effort whatsoever and it was so good. So much faster than fast food and so much healthier. This meal is packed with filling fiber, protein and carbs and will keep me satisfied all afternoon (until snack time… of course).
Again, if you’re watching your sugar intake, salsa is another tricky item on the sugar scale. Many salsas have sugar, and again – you’re going to want to read labels. The salsa I’m using here is Tostitos All Natural Chunky Salsa – Medium.
Finally, this afternoon, it was time to celebrate my boss’ birthday! I had ordered him a cake from a very famous Los Angeles bakery (with locations in Burbank and Glendale) called Porto’s Bakery. If you’re ever in the LA area, I highly suggest you check this incredible restaurant out. I’m very excited that my favorite meal there is one I can still enjoy with my intolerance. I’m sure I’ll go soon and tell you all about it.
Back to the cake… I kind of completely forgot to take a picture of the cake in all of its glory, but here is the (I hear) amazing red velvet half-sheet confection after the office had its way with it.
Happy Birth. Awesome.
I obviously didn’t have any, but it was a lot of fun to be at the birthday celebration even without eating the cake. In fact, I really didn’t miss it at all and kind of appreciated the ability to turn the cake down without any yearnings of “oh, maybe just a little!”
Instead, a couple of hours later, I feasted on carrots and hummus.
Wonderful, as always. Carrots are no cake, but at least I’m not crashing after a sugar rush! To be honest, it feels good to eat food that I know fuels my body and makes me feel good – and that’s intolerance aside.
Next time I post, it won’t be from LA! Well, it might be, but I’ll be on my way somewhere else. 😉