What Did I Eat This Week? 1/12-1/18

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I should note I only drink water except for coffee every morning and sometimes in the evening.

I exercise four days a week (that’s down from when I started), typically on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

1/12: Breakfast: Hash browns, one egg with red peppers, onions, mushrooms and some cheddar cheese (light on the cheese, less then the serving size preferably). Coffee with creamer (one thing I won’t give up but doesn’t seem to have stopped the weight loss).

Lunch: I have frozen a lot of leftover meals that I knew my family wouldn’t eat. I bagged them up in small portions (less then 2 cups of food). It’s great to grab one when we don’t have leftovers from the previous night. So I had rice, black beans, chicken(seasoned) and corn. I topped it with some lettuce (romaine), a little cheese and Greek yogurt. (I’ll be honest. I made my kids homemade fries and I ate a few, no guilt right??-We had a snow day today)

Snack: I buy acai packets in the frozen food section and make smoothies. They are expensive so I only eat them once in a while.  I split this with my daughter though, it makes A LOT and I think more calories then I need for a snack. But drinking the whole thing wouldn’t be bad, I just choose not too.

Dinner: Clean Eating Pizza Lasagna. There is no meat in this recipe, but that wouldn’t fly with hubby, so I add deer meat (very lean). The recipes calls for oregano but I don’t really like the taste of that so I used basil instead. Everyone liked this!! Yay. I also had a salad with romaine lettuce, red pepper, onion, cucumber, feta cheese with Kraft Olive Oil Raspberry dressing.

Snack: Coffee with cream and a Chocolate Chip Brownie Bite. These are yum! I really ate this more as a dessert after supper because we had small group. So when I got home I was hungry again and had some Simply Naked pita chips and Garden Fresh Gourmet Spinach Artichoke hummus. I wasn’t overly impress with the hummus, thought it lacked flavor.

1/13: Breakfast: Same as yesterday, minus the mushrooms. I tried Natural Bliss caramel with Almond milk in my coffee. It was okay, I couldn’t really taste any caramel.

Lunch: Leftover Pizza Lasagna and a few grapes.

Snack: Black bean salsa and Late July Chia and Quinoa chips. I divide the salsa up and freeze as it makes more then I can eat before it goes bad. The chips are so yummy, they are my favorite tortilla chip. They are often on sale at Meijer  (I know those only exist in Michigan and Ohio).

Dinner: Clean Eating Chicken and Dumplings and grilled cheese. I don’t butter my bread for the grilled cheese and I used shredded mozzarella and provolone, which is has less calories then cheddar. I also only used one slice of  Meijer True Goodness whole wheat organic bread, it was half of a sandwich. The Chicken and Dumplings was NOT a hit. My daughter said she liked it but the rest us not so much. I wouldn’t make this again. 

Snack: One Pumpkin Spice Latte Bites and a cup of coffee. I added dark chocolate chips to my bites because I love chocolate. High quality dark chocolate chips expensive but I don’t go through them quickly. One bag will last me a couple of months.

1/14: Breakfast: Blueberry Almond Healthy Baked Oatmeal Cups. Yum. I like these a lot. I made it in a 8 X 8 pan, not as cups, and cut them into sixths, then freeze them and pull one out the day before. I like them cold but you could warm them up.

511Exu7QguL._AC_US218_Lunch: Leftover Teriyaki Turkey Breast Tenderloins over rice. I cut up a carrot to have a more balanced meal. I found this recipes in Better Homes and Gardens Skinny Slow Cooker magazine, 2016.

Snack: Sometimes on Sundays I need my coffee earlier in the day. So I had a cup with a Healthy Practically Flourless Chocolate Chip Cookie. These are yummy but turned out very thin, like the fall a part. Not sure why, the only I think was that I made my own oat flour and it wasn’t powdery enough. But they do taste good.

Dinner: Radicchio and Ricotta Linguine. I got this recipe from Cleaning Eating magazine download (1)the October 2017 issue. However, I forgot to by radicchio so we had it with out. Also, had a salad, same as Friday night. This was okay. Might be better with some broccoli.

Snack: Sliced apple with a bit of lemon juice and some cinnamon sprinkled on them. If you’ve never tried this you should. It really satisfies that sweet craving.

1/15 Breakfast: I love eating eggs and hashbrowns for breakfast. However, when I have to work I don’t have time to make that and when we camp in the summer it makes the camper too warm to do all of that cooking. So I will make a breakfast casserole, divide it into eighths, freeze it then microwave one on the mornings I want to eat one. These are not really healthy but they aren’t horrible and it hasn’t stopped me from loosing weight. my current casserole is Bacon Hashbrown and Egg Casserole.

Lunch: Leftover pasta from last night and some carrot sticks.

Snack: Black bean hummus with chia and quinoa chips.

Dinner: Crock Pot Creamy Chicken and Wild Soup with grilled cheese. This was good but it called for two cups of yogurt. I think I would either put in less yogurt or use sour cream instead. I was a bit tangy. I throw a little cheese and that helped, but it added calories, of course.

Snack: Chocolate Chip Brownie Bite

1/16 Breakfast: Blueberry Almond Healthy Baked Oatmeal Cups

Lunch: Still eating pasta from Sunday with carrot sticks

Snack: When I have to stay after school for musical practice or staff meetings I pack something so I’m not starving when I get home and then make a poor choice. I love Larabars. They are pricey but they are a life saver and keep me on track with healthy eating away from home.

Dinner: Slower Cooker Shephard’s Pie. I love shephard’s pie but I wasn’t sure it was an option now that I am trying to eat healthier. Never fear, there are options.

Snack: Pumpkin Spice Latte Bites

1/17 Breakfast: Bacon Hashbrown and Egg Casserole.

Lunch: Leftover Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup and grapes

Snack: Larabar (Apple Pie, I think that is my favorite)

Dinner: Slow Cooker Skinny Butter Chicken over brown rice with carrot sticks (because you need a vegetable). I deleted this recipe already but you can find a lot of them out there. My husband didn’t like it, we discovered he doesn’t like curry. However, my daughter and I didn’t mind it.

Snack: Chocolate Chip Brownie Bite

1/18: Breakfast: Carrot and Walnut Breakfast Loaf from October 2017 Clean Eating magazine.

Lunch: Leftover Shepard’s Pie and a Justin’s Peanut Butter Cups. These are a sweet treat I indulge in when I need something quick. However, I only allow myself to eat one.

Snack:  Black bean hummus with chia and quinoa chips.

Dinner: Smokey Chicken Chili from Clean Eating October 2017. This was very yummy. My daughter and I loved it. This recipes needs to be doubled or possibly tripled though. It wasn’t enough for us.

Snack: Healthy Pumpkin Oatmeal Snack Cake.



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