As May draws to a close I am thrilled that my Salad-a-Day challenge is coming to an end.
Not because I hate salads or am put off them – I still love them and love how the challenge encouraged me to really have salads on a very regular basis (I can’t imagine not having them 4-5 times a week now), but I will really enjoy not HAVING to have them every day. Especially as we had some pretty chilly, rainy and generally crummy weather last week and I felt far more like a veggie stew than I did a salad. Despite the fact that the veggie servings would have been the same, I’m really stubborn when it comes to sticking to goals I’ve set, so I stuck at it. As you will see in today’s What I Ate Wednesday post!…(thanks to Jenn for hosting).
As it has been chillier here than usual, I went with some comfort food for breakfast (despite it being completely out of season). Ah well.’
Pumpkin Protein Pancakes (my vegan version), topped with a smear of Justin’s Maple Almond Butter, buried under a layer of Greek yogurt and topped with a drizzle of maple syrup. A protein-rich, healthy fat-rich, carb-rich way to load up at breakfast and keep me going for the day. Whenever I have this versus regular oats, it takes so much longer for me to get hungry!
And folks – this is the quickest breakfast ever. On the weekend I just doubled my recipe and cooked up a whole bunch of pancakes. Then I freeze them in serving sizes (2 pancakes for me), wrapped in wax paper and in a sandwich bag. In the morning I just pop ’em in the microwave for 1 minute 15!
My mid-morning snack was my usual cuppa tea (not pictured) and a (half-eaten!) slice of the most delicious cinnamon protein cake in the world…courtesy of Gina. Just over 100 cals a slice and more than 8g of protein! I am seriously wowed by this cake. You’d never know it wasn’t regular, high-sugar high-fat protein cake (I subbed coconut sugar in for the turbinado sugar. It worked out perfectly!)
Lunch was a Swiss cheese and veggie sandwich that I threw together with some Trader Joe’s hummus salad dressing to make it extra tasty. I needed some crunch without all the junk, so I had a 100-cal Doritos snack bag on the side – I threw them in my shopping basket last week on a whim. It has been so long since I had potato chips of any kind – I forgot how more-ish these are! Thank goodness they are in portion-controlled bags…!
Ooh and for dessert and to keep me going through the afternoon, a mini fruit salad of blueberries, raspberries and red grapes. Yum!
Cake batter flavoured protein shake. But not just that! A LEMON POPPYSEED cake batter protein shake. Ooh yeah. All inspired by the fact that I didn’t have any sprinkles in the house (they really make a difference, and even I can handle the sugar in a teaspoon of sprinkles!) and I had just received a shipment of my newest obsession – NuNaturals lemon stevia (thank you NuNaturals!!):
I added a few drops of this instead of the packet of stevia I usually throw in my smoothie. It tasted just like lemon muffin batter, straight from the bowl! So I threw in some poppyseeds to make it really ‘authentic’! Add some xanthan gum to really thicken it up and it was like eating batter straight from the bowl – except, being the dignified soul I am, I used a spoon and not my fingers ;).
If you want to make the recipe, follow Katie’s recipe here. I only use half a scoop of protein powder and I omit the pudding mix and it’s great! Kept me going all through Zumba :).
Dinner was a delicious homemade spaghetti squash lasagna (recipe coming on Friday, I promise!) and side salad – yup, got my salad in!
I usually have this 2-3 hours after I’ve eaten, depending on how full I am.
Protein ‘ice cream’ – pretty easy, doesn’t even really need a recipe! Cottage cheese blended with some soy milk and ice, a couple of tablespoons of cocoa powder and some stevia to sweeten. I add xanthan gum to get it thicker (or you can just add more ice), put it in a bowl and place in the freezer for 30-60 minutes (however long I can stand to wait!). I then top it with 1/2 tsp coconut oil melted with 1/2 tbsp chocolate chips, drizzled over top for my own homemade Magic Shell. Delish!
Apparently I was craving protein today…I don’t usually have two heavy protein snacks like a shake and the ice cream, but I just felt like it. I have to finish off my night with protein as it keeps me full till morning.
- Any routines you have food-wise that help keep you going throughout the day/night?