Once again, a day behind. I finally got to the grocery store yesterday and stocked up on all kinds of healthy food. I read that you're supposed to stick to the perimeter of the grocery store since that's where all the fresh, healthy food is; just think of when you stop in to pick up some milk - it's all the way in the back, isn't it? Usually past the bakery! I actually did most of my shopping on the perimeter, except for several cans of different kinds of beans that I'm using for chili later this week, and one of my all-time favorite foods: peanut butter.
A discussion has arisen with several different friends over the past few weeks: if you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? (This is different from your electric-chair-tomorrow-last-meal-tonight food). The answers to the first question varied from chicken and noodles, some kind of dessert (which would probably be my electric chair meal!), popcorn, mashed potatoes - pretty much all comfort food. Mine would be peanut butter toast. Since I eat it almost every day for breakfast (or some variation thereof, be it bagel thins or 100-calorie english muffins), it wouldn't be much of a stretch.
So yesterday started with a breakfast of - wait for it - peanut butter toast. And two clementines, a glass of skim milk, and coffee. All my days start with coffee. And Metamucil. Don't laugh; we started using it several years ago due to the cholesterol-lowering benefits of psyllium fiber, but there are some pretty great side effects. My husband would do a free commercial for this product. And our daughter is now a convert. For a hilarious dissertation on the additional benefits, you need to check out her blog.
I realized I haven't been mentioning workouts, but yesterday I walked on the treadmill for 15 minutes at a slowish pace (3.5 mph) and then got on my stationary bike for 15 minutes. I have been having some hip and knee issues, and when I got off the treadmill and onto the bike, my right knee would not have been able to bend had it not been attached to the pedal. But after a few revolutions it loosened up and I went 5+ miles. (You'll probably be getting more info than you wanted on my orthopaedic wreck of a body - after x-rays and an MRI, I'm seeing a pain management specialist on Monday. Ugh.)
I had a quick lunch of a Chobani blueberry yogurt, then ran some errands. When I got home, I knew I needed another smallish meal, so made one of my favorite quick snacks:
It's two pieces of Sargento Light string cheese, each wrapped in a piece of Canadian bacon. This is the before picture. Zap them in the microwave for 20 seconds and you get 130 calories total of melty deliciousness. Protein! Minimal fat!
Dinner was courtesy of the Abs Diet. These books seriously are wonderful. Like Cooking Light magazine, the recipes all use REAL ingredients. I keep referencing them, so if you're interested, here they are:
I made the Reuben Made Betta, and again I was skeptical. I am pretty much of a reuben expert; it's what I order in a restaurant if I can't think of anything else. We both agreed that we want it again (and I just might make it tonight since Dwight has a meeting.) It uses deli turkey instead of corned beef, the sauce is low fat thousand island dressing (I used Kraft Free) and crumbled feta cheese mixed with 1/4 cup sauerkraut, and you still get a slice of real swiss cheese. And real rye bread! The actual grilling was a novel concept to me - I would always butter the outsides of both slices of bread, but all I did was spray a non-stick pan and cook the sandwich that way. And it turned out!
I laughed when I looked at the picture (after I was done eating, of course). You can't see what the inside of the sandwich looks like at all! I must have been in too much of a hurry to eat it! If I make it for dinner tonight, which is pretty likely, I'll try to get a better picture. (And that salad was pretty good too - since there are leftovers, I think I'll just top it with some chicken and call it lunch today.)
I need to have a quick snack (most likely a mini Luna bar) and get ready to go to the pool. I'll tell you about THOSE workouts another time!