8:00 am – Coffee – First Signs of Hunger (4)
Some days, I’m in the mood for a more flavored coffee when I wake up and I’ve been feeling the flavored coffees a lot lately! This morning, I made 1/2 Breakfast Blend and 1/2 Hazelnut. So yummy! I had my coffee with 2% milk and sugar, as usual. Now that I’m counting calories, I’m noticing how quickly the add-ins of the milk and sugar boost up my calorie intake, but I usually only have 1 mug a day and I really like how it tastes, so I’m not sure I’m ready to try to drink my coffee black, but we’ll see.
11:30 am – Vanilla/Almond/Honey Oats – Content (5)
My eating schedule was totally thrown off by some last minute news. At approximately 9:30, my boss called and asked what I was doing from 1-3pm today. I figured he wanted to do a group lunch or something (they like to get lunch every so often), but no…not even close! Turns out I had an interview that afternoon! Now, I know that sounds weird that my boss called to tell me I have an interview, but I’m a consultant. I work full time for my company and my boss, but they send me out to work various projects, and I typically have to interview with the clients for those engagements.
Anywho, I had a quick pre-interview interview and talking session with a fab co-worker of mine who was so nice to help and then I high-tailed it home. All in a rush and without breakfast!
As soon as I got home, oatmeal was top priority. I had breakfast ingredients all packed up, along with lunch ingredients, when I got to work, but it just meant I was going to eat sooner then if I didn’t have it ready at home. I made Vanilla/Almond/Honey Oats. They were quite tasty, but not as filling without the PB or AB on the side…even though I added twice as many nuts as normal!
- 1/4 cup Fresh Market old-fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 tsp flaxseed
- 1/4 tsp sugar
- dash vanilla extract
- dash almond extract
- 2 tbsp 2% milk, stirred in
- 1 tsp honey drizzled over top
- 2 tbsp sliced almonds on top
1:00 pm – Pure Chocolate Brownie Bar – Content (5)
I had a great lunch planned but my tummy was getting all nervous from pre-interview nerves, so I decided to have something simple. I wanted to get a piece of GH bread toasted with PB or AB, but my paranoia got the best of me. I found myself wondering how old was the bread? A week? 8 days?! What if I eat old bread and get sick during the interview. The paranoia continues till I settle on something more “safe.”
The Pure Chocolate Brownie bar was delish and hit the spot. It also gave me the energy I was looking for, which was good. I forgot how much I liked these Pure bars till I had the one today. Yum!
3:45 pm – Salad Wrap – Content (5)
The interview went well and was quite short at roughly 30 mins…pretty typical for this work environment. Of course, my boss threw me for a loop when he told me just before the interview that they wanted to have a follow up phone interview at 4:30pm! That’s a lot of last minute interview prepping, but my pre-interview interview earlier with my co-worker really got me in the zone. I decided to have my “lunch” after I got home from the 1st interview but before the 2nd one.
For my late lunch, I had a salad-wrap. It like all the ingredients I would put in a salad, but I put them in a wrap instead. I folded the tortilla to put it in my tupperware, which was a mistake because it ended up breaking it down the middle (in case you were wondering why I put the ingredients in 2 groups in the first lunch-photo). I made the wrap with another TJ’s whole grain tortilla (so good!).
In the wrap:
- 1/2 cup baby spinach
- 1/2 cup carrots, cut into short slices
- 1/2 cup green pepper, cut into slices
- 1 TJ’s dill pickle, cut into slices
- 1/2 piece of havarti cheese
- 1 tbsp TJ’s hummus
I used to think that a meal wasn’t a meal without 3 things: a starch/bread, a meat, and veggies. I’m learning to love vegetarian dishes, though. They are quite tasty and quite filling and often times so much better than meat dishes! I had quite a few vegetarian dishes at Indian yesterday and they were so yum! Anywho, point is this wrap was much more filling than I expected it to be and was quite satisfying. In a way, I almost felt better for eating it since most of the ingredients were pretty pure. It was almost a detox wrap for me and the fresh veggies were so good!
Walking for Errands and for Bailey – Happy
Hubby and I walked to a local shop to run an errand to be green, get some fresh air, and get some exercise. After we got home, we took Bailey for a longer walk, which ended up totaling to roughly 1 hr of walking. I forgot to stretch (because hubby was clearly hungry) and didn’t do any strength conditioning. I’ll have to make it up tomorrow now. No worries! 🙂 The walking still made me feel extra happy this evening.
8:45 pm – Quick Fix Chicken, Sweet Potato + Collards – First Signs of Feeling Full (6)
I saw a most-awesome Quick Fix Meals with Robin Miller the other day when I randomly selected it from my gigantic list of unwatched, DVR’ed Food TV shows. Robin did a feature on all chicken dishes and they all started from roasted chicken breasts in a Smokey Orange sauce, which was comprised of marmalade, soy sauce, and liquid smoke.
I also took the opportunity to cook up the organic collard greens we had delivered on Monday, which was good because they weren’t supposed to last much longer in the fridge and I was really looking forward to eating them.
It always amazes me how much the collards wilt down.
Back to the chicken…I cooked up 4 so we can use the other 2 breasts for dinner tomorrow – Robin’s second dish – chicken enchiladas! Hubby wanted the enchiladas tonight, but he’ll have to wait. We’re both looking forward to them already, though!
As for the other side, I micro-baked 1 of the sweet potatoes we received in the organic delivery before Monday’s. It was pretty big so I cooked one and halved it. I served it with butter, brown sugar, and toasted pecans. It was sort of like a casserole, but slightly healthier since I held back on the butter and sugar. I really wanted to bake the sweet potato but already had the chicken (which had a shorter cooking time) in the oven when I thought to cook the potato. Oh well, now I know for next time!
The chicken was a little bland unless you got a piece of marmalade. I may cook the chickens breast side down next time so the meat gets more infused in the sauce.
I cooked the collards the same way I cooked them recently (here), except I forgot to squeeze out the excess water, which I think made them taste not quite as good as last time. They were still enjoyable, though.
The potato was probably the best part! The pecans were a great addition…I got the idea when I was browsing the web and looking up sweet potato recipes. It totally reminded me of the casserole we made for Thanksgiving.
Dinner was really easy and really good. Hubby seemed to really like it, too, but I think he is mostly just looking forward to tomorrow night’s enchiladas!
10:30 pm – Donut + Milk – First Signs of Feeling Full (6)
I know I really shouldn’t eat this glazed donut, but you don’t understand how hard it is for me to get to the bakery that sells them. They close at 5pm on weekdays. 5! I don’t even usually get off work at 5…I am still sitting in my cubicle or office. Add in all the weekends we seem to spend traveling and you can see why I have to get this while the gettin’s good! I also brought home a cinnamon pretzel twist for hubby earlier.
And a donut wouldn’t be complete without milk or coffee. It’s too late for coffee and we don’t have decaf, so milk it is! I meant to eat this donut earlier today, before my 4:30 phone interview, but ran out of time. Oh well, I’m about to take a blogging break so I can enjoy it finally!
Calories Eaten: 1349
Calories Burned: 162
Net Calories: 1187
Can you believe the net calories are with the donut!? I totally should have eaten more earlier in the day, but the interview threw things off. Oh well, it happens. I like to be flexible, so I’m not sweating it.
Btw, I am already looking forward to my dance workout tomorrow! Woohoo!