Don’t forget the chia seed giveaway – only a few more days!
Hey all! How has everyone’s Monday been? Mine’s been just fine, but I’m glad it’s over and we’re on to Tuesday! Jon and I are going to my hometown for Easter this weekend, and I am stoked! My aunt and uncle just had a baby last fall, but they live out of town so this Saturday will be my first time to meet her. I can’t wait!
I started off this morning with my usual green monster (not pictured, I figure you guys know what my gm looks like. You don’t need to see it everyday:) – 1 cup almond milk, 1 tbsp chia seeds, 1 tbsp natural peanut butter, 2 handfuls of spinach and a half a banana. Okay, are you ready for my shameless plug for my chia seed giveaway? Chia seeds really make all the difference in my morning green monster. On days that I include them (which is most) I stay don’t get hungry near as quickly as I do on days that I don’t have them. Plus, I have had a problem with anemia in the past, but between the iron in my spinach and the iron in the chias, I know I’m getting a healthy dose!
Here are my snacks – all packed up and ready to go for the day! I ended up not eating the carrots and cucumbers and only eating half the larabar because I was just too busy!
Lunch was spaghetti squash with steamed brussels and humnut sauce (1tbsp hummus+1.5 tbsp nutritional yeast+water).
Love this little meal! This combo was originally posted by Heather, and I have been addicted to it ever since. It really tastes like a vegan form of mac and cheese – the texture is a little different, but the health value is phenomenal!
Due to a lack of sleep last night, I have been super exhausted all day. So exhausted, in fact, that Jon and I totally copped out on dinner and went with cereal and peanut butter toast. So exhausted, also, that I failed to snap a shot of it. Oops! We are both huge cereal mixers, and we’ll mix just about anything. My mixture included Kashi U Black Currant and Walnut + Post Shredded Wheat ‘n’ Bran + Puffins with almond milk. Not the most fancy dinner I’ve ever had, but it worked!
One thing I wanted to mention tonight is that I’ve started “sort of” counting calories again. I’ve basically started keeping a rough estimate using Spark People. I usually just calculate how many I eat up until dinner, and then I have an idea of the range I should stick to from them on.
It seems that it isn’t very “popular” in the world of health food blogs to count calories, and I understand why. One of my biggest goals with my health is to learn to eat intuitively and not count calories. However, I am still in the weight loss phase, and I know that lately my portions have maybe become a bit distorted, which is affecting my progress. So, while I think it is a great ultimate goal to not count calories, it works for me to check in occassionally and just give myself a bit of a reality check. Just keepin’ it real;)
One other thing I wanted to add is about my recipe for Mexican Fiesta Pasta. My sister made a batch last night, and one thing she mentioned (besides that she loved it:) was that she used less ground red pepper than I advised, and it was still super hot! So, I just wanted to mention that if you’re planning on trying it out, you may want to use ground red pepper “to taste” rather than the full 2 tbsp that I recommended. I’m a GRP addict!
Question for today: What do you think about counting calories? Do you think there is a negative vibe in the blog world about counting calories?
Have a great night everyone!