Hello, hello! We are creeping our way through the week, thank goodness! It’s been quite a busy one… today I came to a realization, but I’ll save that for last. I want to share with you all this granola bar I picked up from Starbucks today during my coffee run (grande iced coffee with one shot of coconut, do it, you won’t regret it). It’s called the Two Moms in the Raw Granola. I had been wanting to try this for a while now, and with a grumbling stomach, I knew it would probably make a great snack.
What I was really struck with was the ingredient list — everything was totally pure and natural. The bar is organic and that is something I can definitely appreciate! All in all, I really liked this bar–I only ate half, but it kept me full for a little while until it was time for lunch. I could really taste the cinnamon and all of the flavors really complimented each other. I want to say that I would buy this again, but for almost $4.00, that may not be happening for a while
And now we have lunch. Remember a little over a week ago when I said I was trying to be totally honest about what I eat in order to better control my diet? Well, I can definitely say I have been trying (with the cheats here and there–okay okay I know) but I haven’t really seen results. I think, for me, I am someone who really needs to incorporate more protein and relax with the carbs/sugar. Even though I don’t eat THAT much bread and really don’t eat pasta, carbs are in hidden places, unfortunately. Bananas, cereal, a wrap, it all adds up. My salad today filled me up to the max and I felt totally satisfied:
This salad was filled with about 4 oz of chicken, a few veggies, and dressed in a light raspberry dressing. I was full for over five hours. Shock! As someone whose body is VERY sensitive to what I eat, meaning I gain and lose weight in about two seconds, I think incorporating more protein and reducing the carbs will help. Wish me luck!
As promised, here you’ll find three easy and delicious lunches as a follow up from yesterdays easy breakfast ideas! Tomorrow you’ll be seeing a fabulous dessert recipe as part of Katie’s dessert feature! So stay tuned!
Easy Peasy Lunches
1. Chinese Chicken Salad — 3 oz chopped chicken breast, 2 clementines, 1 tbsp sliced almonds, 1/2 red bell pepper (sliced), 2 tbsp scallions. Dressing–1 tbsp soy sauce + 1/2 tbsp honey + 1/2 tbsp olive oil mixed together (some crushed red pepper is optional).
2. BLT — 2 slices lowfat Rye Bread, 2 pcs turkey bacon, 4 slices tomato, Lettuce, 1 tbsp fat free Mayo.
3. PB Wrap –1 low call wrap (70-120 cals), 1 tbsp nut butter, 1 tbsp any low sugar preserve, 1/2 apple, sliced, 1 or 2 tbsp raisins.
Question of the night: What diets generally work best for you? High protein? A balance of both protein and carbs? Dairy?