Real quick, because lately if it ain’t quick it ain’t happening! lol Two fast, fun things to eat:
First up, Banana Cups – basically a banana ice cream made and then portioned out to be portable and quickly accessible!
All you need to make them my way is bananas (very, very ripe) and coconut oil. Of course, you can add chocolate chips, coconut bits or anything that you would like!
Next is a dish I make a lot and I think I shared here before. At least a variation probably! I love to cook for my wife. It makes me happy that even though she is out of town I can still be a big part of her daily life.
1/2 onion, really finely cut up
2 garlic cloves, THIN THIN sliced
1 cup tomato puree
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 small eggplant
1 small zucchini
1 small yellow squash
1 longish red bell pepper (take the guts out carefully)
Salt and pepper
Soft goat cheese
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Pour tomato puree into bottom of an oval baking dish, roughly 10 inches across the long way. Drop the sliced garlic cloves and chopped onion into the sauce, stir in one teaspoon of the olive oil and season the sauce generously with salt and pepper.
Trim the ends off the eggplant, zucchini and yellow squash. Cut evenly as close to 1/16th thin.
Atop the tomato sauce, arrange slices of prepared vegetables concentrically from the outer edge to the inside of the baking dish, overlapping so just a smidgen of each flat surface is visible, alternating vegetables. You may have a handful leftover that do not fit.
Drizzle the remaining teaspoon of olive oil over the vegetables and season them generously with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the fresh thyme over the dish.
Cover dish with a piece of parchment paper cut to fit inside.
Bake for approximately 45 to 55 minutes it should be brown at the edges, and you should see that the tomato sauce is bubbling up, I checked at 45 minutes, 50 minutes and wound up taking it out at 55 minutes!
Serve with a table spoon of soft goat cheese and a hearty, rustic-style toast
So over on my old blog (which was all about food and weigh loss) I did this post called “Today’s Gourmet” and would blog what I ate. For a while I did it daily, hence (yeah, hence) the name. I have decided to bring that to this blog, with a twist of course. I’m basically going to blog my Tuesday foods. Random day, isn’t so random really. It’s the best day that works and the most likely I will remember to take a flick of everything!
I’m sipping my coffee, which by the way I never drink first. I will tell you why right here: If I drink my coffee first thing in the morning it makes me skip breakfast, I just am not hungry. Sometimes this can mean I don’t actually feel hungry until around three in the afternoon, seems great! ONLY NO! Just because I have th caffeine saying I’m full doesn’t mean my body has enough calories to run on. By the time I start to eat I am starving and can’t stop! I am just ravished. It leads to over eating and that is never good.
As I have mentioned I recently started eating really “clean” and making sure I get most of my daily gallon of water in because I have a race on the 30th of this month that is really important to me. With the pain in my body and the migraines back I need to focus on what I am eating even more, you know, do what I can while I can. 🙂
Let’s talk about that day of food, why don’t we. What? You have somewhere to go, well we all know I like a good chat – go ahead and go and the rest of us will still be right here when you get done! 🙂
That was rude! Walking out on a blog, let’s just keep it going!
On this day of food you see a few of my philosophies for weight loss and eating well in action. Lately I have not been “myself” so to say, when it comes to food. I have been relaxing more and more, which leads me to then beat myself up over my choices. When I have myself good and beat down I tend to make bad choices, which leads me to beat myself up. See that horrid cycle? When I get to this place I make things easy for myself. I spend a bit more for prepackaged portions like the cottage cheese and I spend a bit more on prepared items like the shredded iceberg and the fruit salad. I do those two things because I know that I am already asking myself a lot just to stay focused and get it together, asking myself to do the leg work would just be setting myself up to fail.
Finally, I ate like I was eating out at a restaurant. That fish sandwich is my answer to the fact that I LOVE, but have not eaten in almost three years, fast food fish sandwiches – they range in calories from 290-470 with the lower end being listed as WITHOUT tartar sauce. I modeled it after the Cracker Barrel Farm Raised Catfish sandwich – the best guess-timate of which I can come up with is 450-700 calories depending on how you dress it and if you get the fried or grilled fish. By cooking it myself I could control the added fats like butter and oil, I could know exactly what was used; I made my fish sandwich for 211 calories and that was with all the trimmings! 😉
The garlic stuffed artichoke is SUCH a yummy and filling dish that I blogged up here. It is seriously as good as a stuffed artichoke, but without the bread filling. My artichoke will land you in the range of 75-150 calories for the whole thing, a stuffed artichoke with the bread crumbs will hit the calorie bank at roughly 215 a serving or 397 a whole artichoke.
The other low cal, totally fun and satisfying thing from this day was my smoothie. This was a snack not a meal replacement so I went VERY light. Ready? 140 g of frozen fruit, 1C of unsweetened almond milk, and a dash of vanilla extract – all blended up and adding a touch of water to get it to a very “drinkable with a straw” consistency. That simple, and delish, smoothie clocks in at 100 calories. The smoothie I love at Smoothie King is 290 regular and 187 if I ask them to make it skinny, but there is a problem. Often when I get the receipt there is no indication that I purchased a “skinny” smoothie. There have been times I have asked and the worker will go, “Oh, I forgot!” but more often they look at me kind of blank and then nod, “Yeah, it’s skinny.” I can taste the difference, but I can’t really argue. No need to worry over that at all – not at home when I can make my own!
If you have ever been to a race with me (and, seeing that I have only raced with four other people chances are you have not) you will know I will make you choke down breakfast!!! Banana, yogurt and a egg boiled egg are my go-to’s – not because that makes a great filling breakfast but because those things travel easy. They have carbs and proteins, and when heading out EARLY in the morning you may not feel hungry but you will be before we come across food again! However, my pre-race meal is changing to overnight oats! I love them!!! They are easy and simple, and can pack a really nutritional punch!
Now, there is a real chance you have heard of these before, I was shocked at how everywhere they are and I don’t really know how I missed them. I did, miss them, so now I am sharing them. All you really NEED are a sealed container (jars are cute) and old fashion rolled oats (not instant and not steel cut) and a liquid (milk is the most commonly used.) You mix it up and stick in the fridge and then the next morning (or any four or more hours later period) you have a thick oatmeal. That’s it, but come on let’s make them fancy, or at least taste good!
Generally I use:
1/2 cup rolled oats (40g – 150 calories)
1/3 cup Silk Original Unsweetened Almond Milk (10 calories)
1/3 cup nonfat Greek yogurt (40 calories)
15g granola-type cereal to add crunch and flavor (70 calories)
70g frozen fruit (35 calories)
You can use any milk and you can use any toppings – dried fruits are good, honey and nuts, cinnamon and a touch of syrup – the possibilities are endless and that’s not all, you could add things right before you eat to add real crunch. Like, prep these at home and keep a bag of walnuts and your spoon at work, toss this in your bag as you leave and it will be room temp and ready to topped by the time you get to your desk! Yay! Also, people ask all the time, “Sonya, do you warm it?” and no, I do not. I take it out and sit it next to my computer as I start to blog my way through my morning, taking bites as I blog after it’s real chill has moved on. Many people like it cold in the summer and some people warm them a little… it’s really up to you. Here’s a bit more on how I put it all together – not that you, my immensely smart readers couldn’t figure it out!
P.S. Can you totally tell by how late this post is in the day that I WAY overslept. That’s not entirely true, I got up early and made breakfast/packed lunch for Wifey and then read my devotional and fell asleep after posting to instagram a bit! lol
P.S.S. That ticket I was so worried about being way to high to pay is going to hit the bank at $112 – which isn’t small but is NO WHERE near what I was worried it would be! Yay!