This week is complete chaos. Along came Wednesday, and I didn’t even realize Wednesday was happening until it was over. So that means this installment of “What I ate Wednesday”, is actually “What I ate Thursday.”
Breakfast: 557 cal
As I usually do, I started my day with coffee, but due to my busy meeting schedule today, I only had time for 2 16oz cups rather than 4 or 5. I also had Apple, Pineapple & Gruava (88 cal, 0.9g fat, 20.6g carbs, 0.6g fiber, 0.9g protein) to wash down my vitamins and hold me over until there was time for breakfast.
Once I was at work and settled into my desk with only 15 minutes before my first meeting, I ran to the microwave and heated up my favorite breakfast: Oatmeal with Cinnamon & Raisins (401 cal, 13.6g fat, 72.9g carbs, 5.9g fiber, 5.2g protein). I eat this for breakfast probably 5 days per week. Its easy to prepare before work and take along, because I literally put 1/4 cup dry oatmeal, 1/4 cup coconut milk, 1/2 cup water, 1 tbsp raw honey, 1/4 cup raisins and 1/4 tsp cinnamon in a container and stick it in my handbag. Once I’m in the office and ready to eat, I microwave it for 2 minutes while I get my 3rd cup of coffee for the day. I also love this for breakfast because it keeps me going until lunch; I remember my grandma saying to me as a little girl, “Oatmeal will stick to your ribs until lunch!”
I also mixed up a bottle of Agua Frescas (20 cal, 1.3g fat, 1.3g carbs, 1.3g fiber, 0.7g protein) using 1/2 cup fresh diced pineapple, 1 tsp chia seeds and filtered water before heading to the office this morning. Throughout the day, I add water to the bottle and drink this amazing flavored water. It curbs the craving for sparkling waters, cappuccinos, etc.
Lunch: 537 cal, 22.4g fat, 103.1g carbs, 5.6g fiber, 18.8g protein
On Tuesday night we modified Spicy Portobello Kale Rice Bowl (537 cal, 22.4g fat, 103.1g carbs, 5.6g fiber, 18.8g protein) to suit our dietary preferences and ingredients on hand. I was so glad that it made 4 servings, because I get to have it for lunch a couple of days this week! Not only does it taste amazing, it’s pretty too!
Afternoon Snacks: 657 cal
This is where I have to admit to you that I am not perfect and fess up to eating an entire bag of the Natural Confectionary Company’s Forbidden Fruit gummy candies (609 cal, 0.7g fat, 136.3g carbs, 0g fiber, 3.6g protein). I freaking love these things. I cannot be allowed to purchase large or small bags of them because no matter what the size of the bag, I will eat the entire thing. They are so much better than any gummy candy I’ve ever eaten state-side. YUM!
I wasn’t entirely naughty – I also had about 1 cup of fresh pineapple (48 cal, 0.1g fat, 12.6g carbs, 1.4g fiber, 0.5g protein), which I also thoroughly enjoyed.
Dinner: 613 cal
Quite a long time ago I pinned Detoxinista’s Creamy Pumpkin Sage Pasta because I thought the sauce on this sounded amazing! Last Sunday at the farmer’s market, I bought some fresh mixed gnocchi and thought that these would be a perfect pairing. I made the following modifications to the recipe:
- I replaced 1 cup of pumpkin with an entire butternut squash, which I roasted just after purchasing it on Sunday and stuck it in the refrigerator until today when I got around to using it. Australian’s seem to use the word squash and pumpkin interchangeably. I think we need to remind them that all pumpkin is squash, but not all squash is pumpkin. I think they have this backward.
- I replaced the almond milk with coconut milk.
I sautéed my gnocchi in 1 tbsp of coconut oil with 1 cup of sliced mushrooms. After making the sauce, I poured it into the pan with the gnocchi and mushrooms and heated it thoroughly. I felt strongly that this meal required something green, so I steamed up some broccoli. The Pumpkin Sage Sauce was amazing on the broccoli!
In total I ended up with 4 hearty servings, which is fantastic because now I have more easy lunches!
I also had a small glass of red wine, because this felt like a very autumny dish that deserved to be paired with red wine.
My total day came out at 2316 calories, which is definitely over my daily goal. The day also turned out to be very carb-intensive and low in protein. I’ll have to make up for that with eggs for breakfast or something.
Now I’m off to the beach for a nice long power walk to burn off some of those extra calories! (I hate running. I only run when I’m being chased. I’m more likely to swing than run. So I power walk.)