Sunday, August 20, 2017

Keep Truckin'

Hello, friends!

I hope you all are having a great Sunday! We spent the morning with our dear friends at their church where they celebrated school teachers during their service. My husband teaches elementary school (5th grade) and it was so nice to worship and hear prayer for all of the teachers for the upcoming school year. It was such a lovely gesture to be invited into their church family and I really enjoyed the service.

This week went much better and I'm starting to feel a bit better. I am still not feeling as motivated as I'd like to be, but I'm trying to put my big girl pants on and just do what needs to be done. I haven't done much running since my 1/2 marathon in April, and maybe I need to start logging a few miles a week. I am down about 2 pounds as of this morning, so hopefully I can keep up that momentum.

I started meal prep before we left. I did another round of breakfast casserole for the week. I took a few weeks off because I felt like I was getting sick of it, but the overnight oats I made did not keep me full like the egg casserole does. I did the same ingredients the past two weeks- turkey sausage crumbles, frozen broccoli, frozen potato/pepper/onion, egg whites and eggs. Each serving comes to 262 calories per serving, with 25g protein each.  I really need to have a filling, satisfying breakfast in order to have a successful day, otherwise, I feel like I spend all day trying to make up for that breakfast and chasing feeling full.

For lunches, I did pasta zero noodle bowls. If you haven't discovered pasta zero, you really need to give it a try. I will warn you that they do have kind of a funky smell, and it's imperative that you rinse them off before you cook them. They don't really taste like anything on their own; they seem to take on the flavor of whatever you're cooking them in. I love them in Asian flavored dishes, not so much as a substitute in Italian dishes. I much prefer vegetables (zucchini, green beans, etc.) in Italian foods as a noodle substitute.

                                                                                  Look at those macros!

                                    Throw them in a colander and rinse them off really well before cooking them.

 I used extra-lean ground turkey. I added a little bit of low sodium chicken broth while I cooked it, just because the meat was so dry being that it was lower in fat. I also added ginger and garlic.
I added 1/2 of a bag of the steamed frozen green beans.
I added the noodles to the pan when the turkey was just about done and let them sautee for just a few minutes.

Then, I added my sauces and the rest of my seasonings. I used Liquid Aminos, Rice Vinegar, Hoisin Sauce, Fish Sauce, Sesame Oil, Sriaracha, ginger and garlic.  The Hoisin Sauce and Sesame Oil were the only ingredients  I actually measured because both are pretty high in calories. I used 1 tablespoon. Everything else I just eyeballed since they're so low in calories. Don't sabotage an otherwise healthy meal with sauces and oils! I let that simmer for about 10 minutes.

I added green onions at the end. Yum! The macros turned out to be 400 cal/7gfat/30gc/56gP.  

One thing you could do is add more chicken broth and make it more Ramen like. I may do this next time, and use chicken breast.

Here's an idea for a high protein snack or a small meal. Protein is so important in order to keep you full and to help build muscle mass. Many people do not consume enough protein in their diets. I aim for about 25-30g with each meal/snack. Doing this helps me to stay full, and helps to preserve muscle mass while trying to cut body fat. I've been jamming on this snack lately and I love it. I know it does not look appetizing, but trust me, it's so good. I do one serving of cottage cheese, and I mix in a tuna packet. Here, I have the Thai Chili tuna, but I have also done it with the Buffalo flavored tuna and both are so good. The macros for this are 170cal/13gc/2gf/27p. 

I've been using these Riceworks crackers to scoop it up. You can also do veggies (cucumbers or green peppers would be good!).  I love these crackers and one serving is only 19g carbs.

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