Monday, June 08, 2009

What's a girl got to do to get enough protein???!!!

So I started the photograph your daily food intake thing today---that in an of itself is a lifestyle change. I thought I carried my camera around with me alot, what with the freaking adorable 3-year old I spend my day with. But when one is supposed to be snapping pics of every bite that goes in one's mouth, it becomes painfully obvious how much one is actually, erm, um, eating.

I admit that I didn't photograph everything---I forgot to take my camera with me a couple of places and my dinner was so gross I didn't bother recording it for all of the world to see (chick pea patties that I must have somehow botched because they tasted like cardboard).

but let's see---

Breakfast was a a 1/2 cup of old-fashioned oatmeal, a handful of raisins and almonds. I also slicked up a granny smith apple and a added a bunch of grapes--more than I would eat because I knew the grape-hoarder (Ethan) would strike the second he saw me walk into the room with plate o' grapes.

And the cup of Dunkin Donuts decaf with the fat-free hazelnut creamer and one splenda...

Then there was the trip to IKEA for the 99-cent breakfast for Ethan and his friend Penny. I ended up eating about 2 bites of the egg and 1/2 a strip of bacon.

since I had the extra eggs and 1/2 piece of bacon, I only had a bite or two of left over chicken curry from Husband's dinner last night. But I forgot to photograph it.

But this? This Luna bar? Heaven in a wrapper. Tons of protein, calcium and folic acid (in case my freaking reproductive system ever decides to gestate again). And the "Lemon Zest" flavor? Delish.

Dinner was supposed to be a lovely chick pea patty and Greek salad, from the pages of Real Simple's April '09 issue. I read the recipe, I followed it, I thought it was going well and then....bleugh. It tasted like we were eating cardboard and paste. So instead of the chick peas, I ate my salad with this obscenely tasty Greek yogurt...

This stuff is...well, I was going to say heaven in a cup, but I realize I just used "heaven in a wrapper" for the Luna bar.

So all in all, not a bad day. I discovered two new amazing foods and I managed to get outside for a run tonight. After Husband came home, I was out running for another 25 minutes---felt great.

One thing I'm struggling with is getting enough protein. I managed to get enough today (I track on, which is awesome!), but in general, I feel like I always have to be shoving almonds in my mouth or a hunk of chicken. It feels as though all the high-protein foods are high in fat, too. I wish I could eat cottage cheese, but it's got so much sodium in it, I might explode. Boo.


lonek8 said...

fortunately the greek yogurt has a lot of protein (try it with a little honey and raspberries - it si awesome!). I try and do stuff like adding ground turkey to salad, or eating tuna or chicken salad wraps. Almonds are good, and quinoa is a really tasty grain that has a fair amount of protein as well. By the way, I hope you don't think I'm some crazy stalker - I've been reading your other blog (45 degrees) and I found this one and you happen to be doing all the same things I'm trying at the moment too. Right down to suddenly wanting to become a runner depsite never having been one my whole life. So I hope you don't mind all my comments - even though I don't know you I feel like your blog is helping me with my goals and I want to support you in yours. Wow, that sounded saccharine and sort of demented. Sorry :)

Anonymous said...

Sarah here is a snack tip. I buy sliced almonds and then every day when I need a snack I take a handful and toast them.. either in the oven or in a toaster oven. Toast until light brown on both sides. Then I put them in a little dish and eat one at a time. Because they are sliced they take you longer to eat and you can eat more. They are really tasty so much better then just plain almonds.. toasting bringso ut the flavor. I am amazed how they fill me up.. I am totally full for hours after a snack. It is my new addiction of late. YOu can also put them on all sorts of things. I love them on salads for protein.