The Answer is Always Now – Day 6

20150115_075404 (2)In case you haven’t seen enough of my quinoa oatmeal over the last few days, here’s a close up!  So delicious!

Alright, let’s get into it – the reason why we’re all here: I’m on Day 6 of my promise to post everything I eat, good and bad, for one week.  (If you haven’t read it, here’s the post where it all started.)

Breakfast was pretty standard weekday fare:  Quinoa Oatmeal and a banana.  Seriously, the quinoa oatmeal is easy to make, packs and reheats well, is warm, and keeps me full all morning.  Boring maybe, but I’m sticking with it.

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I did okay for lunch, even though I did buy a wrap from our cafeteria at work.  I have to say, they do a pretty good job of having fresh, healthy choices, including this wrap with chicken, Swiss cheese and roasted veggies (onions, red and green peppers and mushrooms).  I brought grapes from home for an afternoon snack, but instead I ate those with the wrap and got a couple of hard boiled eggs for a snack.  I ate those around 1:30 this afternoon.

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It’s funny, I never used to like hard-boiled OR sunny-side up eggs – now, I love a good sunny-side up egg, by itself, on toast, or best of all, on a burger.  Yum!  Hard-boiled eggs still aren’t my favorite, but I like them okay, and they make a good snack.

Here’s where I fess up.  I went out to eat tonight.  Yep, for those of you keeping count, that’s three times since Saturday.  Which is a bit more than usual for me, but my mom and dad invited me to dinner at Rico’s in Brimfield tonight.  Not only do I like that restaurant, I like to hang out with the rents, so I said, “yes please!”

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Rico’s!

Now for the big question – what did I eat? Side salad (sweet-and-sour dressing on the side – I just dipped my fork instead of pouring it all over the salad), grilled Italian sausage with peppers and onions, a side of spaghetti and yes, some garlic bread.  And it was all good. And I enjoyed the dinner and the company, and yes, I will go back to my quinoa oatmeal first thing tomorrow.

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I’m a complete sucker for garlic bread.

I will say that I got full and didn’t quite finish the spaghetti, so I did exercise some portion control.  (That’s totally a big deal for me!)

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Thank you to those of you that have been hanging in there with me all week – one day to go!

 

The Answer is Always Now – Day 4

20150113_185655 (2)Welcome to Day 4 of my self-imposed quest to make better food choices!  So far, I’m doing pretty well – as I should be. I know how to find and cook good, minimally processed food, I just need to do it!

Today’s breakfast looks strikingly similar to yesterday’sQuinoa Oatmeal, a banana, and hot tea.  It’s fricking cold in Northeast Ohio right now, and when the temperature drops like that, I want a hot breakfast.  Making up a big batch of this oatmeal means that I have a great alternative to a cafeteria breakfast sandwich with very little effort.

All the swag might be a little misleading, but I don't work at UPS.  I do have a great source for cool UPS stuff, however.

All the swag might be a little misleading, but I don’t work at UPS. I do have a great source for cool UPS stuff, however.

Remember the apple from yesterday that didn’t get eaten?  It made a lovely snack around 11 o’clock.  I was in a meeting at my usual lunchtime, so a before-lunch snack was a must.  Otherwise I get hangry – and that’s not good for anyone!

I didn’t pack a lunch today, but our cafeteria has a pretty good salad bar, so I headed there as soon as my meeting was done.  Mixed greens, spinach, tomatoes, cumcumbers, celery, chickpeas, cheese and chicken – plus a couple hard boiled eggs – kept me going for the rest of the workday.

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My sister came over after work tonight, so I got to cook for someone besides myself, which I don’t often get to do during the week.  It’s a good excuse to make something a little bit fancy.

Now, too much takeout pizza has been part of my food issues lately, but homemade pizza is a totally different story.  Water, Flour, Salt, Yeast by Ken Forkish has the best pizza dough recipe I’ve ever made, but it does involve some planning since it has to rise overnight.  I started the dough yesterday, separated it into balls this morning, and had it ready to go when I got home from work.

I had put some frozen caramelized onions in the fridge to thaw when I started the dough last night.  Today, I chopped up some leftover chicken, broke out the burrata cheese I found at the grocery store, and viola!  Beautiful, tasty pizza.

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A little fresh basil and some red pepper flakes sprinkled on top – yum!  Warm, satisfying and delicious.

For a little dessert, I broke out my chocolate bar collection. I like to keep a number of different dark chocolate bars, and here’s why:  If I only have one chocolate bar, I will likely eat the whole thing.  Because I can.  If I have  8 – 10 chocolate bars, there is absolutely no way I can eat them all, so I can just have a few squares and put it back in the cupboard. Crazy?  Maybe.  But for me, it works.  (Also, keep in mind that I’m not talking about stuff like Snicker’s bars.  If I have a Snicker’s bar, not only will I eat the whole thing, but I’ll want three more. I’m talking good quality dark chocolate only – otherwise this system doesn’t work.)

Here are some of the chocolate bar varieties I got out for my sister and I to sample for dessert.

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A few squares of chocolate-y goodness later, we were set.  Happy tummies, warm couch, funny YouTube videos (once you watch one, it’s really easy to go down that rabbit hole).

And that’s it!  Four days down, and I’m feeling good about my food choices.  I’m still eating the things that I love, but I’m opting for real, non-processed versions.  Most importantly, I’m planning my meals, which keep me from getting caught in the “must have food now” trap that leads to bad choices.  Here’s to another day of good eating!

 

The Answer is Always Now – Day 2

20150111_094926 (2)Welcome to day 2 of what I’ve been eating!  Let’s get started.

I woke up late today, so I’m going to call this brunch:  whole wheat toast, grapes, two sunny-side up eggs. (Well, mostly.  Yes, I broke one of the yolks cracking it into the pan.  Yes, it was still delicious.)

I also had some hot tea, and started pre-planning meals for the work week.  I made a big batch of Quinoa Oatmeal from the Thug Kitchen cookbook my awesome sister got me for Christmas.  Not only are there fantastic recipes, I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve laughed out loud reading it!  Highly recommended.

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It’s true. Cats DO like obedient people.

I’m calling my late breakfast brunch because next was dinner.  Dinner for me was a burrito bowl (with both chicken and steak – both from Brunty Farms).  I made extra so I could pack leftovers for lunch tomorrow.  Oops, spoilers!

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Brown rice, avocado, tomatoes, cheese and yes, sour cream. But not too much!

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I marinated the chicken in a tequila lime marinade, and the beef got a sprinkling of Penzey’s Southwest Seasoning. It was the hands down winner.

Now, this may look like a lot, but I’d like to point out that although I had one burrito bowl, my boyfriend ate three – yes, three – regular burritos with flour tortillas (two steak, one chicken – he doesn’t like to mix meats in his burritos).  There are reasons that I tend to cook in large quantities!

My burrito bowl!

My burrito bowl!

Along with a couple glasses of iced tea and water, and a handful of gummy bears while watching a movie (sorry, didn’t take a picture of them), that’s it!  Monday, here I come!