The protein congealed into chunks that had the texture of meat but the flavor of chocolate. It was like eating chocolate meat chunks in my oatmeal. I tried choking it back with water. But choking is what I did. I was coughing and trying to keep it down while trying not to think of chocolate meat.
I just wanted a little protein with my oatmeal, dang it. Is there a better way to do this? Maybe add the protein powder after the oatmeal cooks? Maybe forget adding the powder completely and just drink it as a shake?
I think it could work as a diet plan because I had no desire to eat any food whatsoever. Watch out, Weight Watchers. I'm going to put your ass out of business with my choco-meat chunk diet.
Yesterday I was a bit ticked off about my weigh in despite the fact that I knew I did everything right and that the slight weight gain was due to my mad weight lifting skillz. Still, I chose to eat some not-so-good things. Mistake. It only made me feel disappointed so I'm back at being the saintly calorie counter today.
Last night I made up a couple of meals so I wouldn't have to cook for a couple of nights this week. I want to start eating cleaner and cutting out some of the foods that have bar codes or are produced in a chemical plant. I know it's the right way to eat but it's not always the most convenient.
Clean Eating magazine (January 2011 issue) had a recipe for Thai Chili that looked good so I whipped up a batch of that. It tastes even better than I expected and it smelled divine. 2 1/2 cups for 341 calories; 17g protein; 68 carbs; 17g fiber; 5g fat
|Sorry for the pic quality. It's a cell phone.|
I also made up a batch of Hearty Chicken Noodle Soup from America's Test Kitchen Healthy Family Cookbook. This is a fantastic cookbook. Chicken noodle soup is usually kind of bland to me but the flavor in this soup was incredibly good. Seriously. I wish I could share a bowl with you. 1 1/2 cups for 140 calories; 5g fat; 11g carbs; 2g fiber; 13g protein.
|Chicken, carrots, celery, onion powder (cuz I don't like onion chunks), and swiss chard.|
Hearty Chicken Noodle Soup
2 tbs. oil (I used a little less)
8 oz. Swiss chard, stems and leaves separated, stems chopped fine and leave cut into 1" pieces
1 onion, halved and sliced thin (I used onion powder)
2 carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2" pieces
1 celery rib, cut into 1/2" pieces
1 tsp minced thyme or 1/4 tsp dried
1 bay leaf
2 Tbs. flour
8 cups low sodium chicken broth
12 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 2), trimmed
1 cup wide egg noodles
salt & pepper
1. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat until shimmering. Add chard stems, onions, carrots, celery, thyme and bay leaf and cook until the vegetables are slightly softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the flour and cook until golden, about 1 minute.
2. Slowly whisk in the broth until smooth and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to medium-low, add the chicken, and cook until the chicken register 160-165 on an instant read thermometer, 10-15 minutes. Remove chicken from the broth; when cool enough to handle, shred the chicken into bite-sized pieces. (I just chopped the raw chicken into pieces and cooked it in the broth so I wouldn't have to shred it later. Worked fine)
3. Discard bay leaf. Add the egg noodles and continue to simmer until the vegetables and noodles are tender, about 7 minutes. Stir in the shredded chicken and chard leaves and cook until the chard leaves are tender, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve.
1.5 cups: 140 calories; 5g fat; 11g carbs; 2g fiber; 13g protein; loads of flavor
If you are interested in eating cleaner, Clean Eating magazine has wonderful recipes that include the nutritional value. One thing that I love about their recipes is that the portion sizes are large. Sometimes low-cal recipes have such ridiculously small portions that they leave you hungry. Not these.
The best price I've found for a subscription is at Best Deals Magazines for $12.95. That's where I got my subscription anyway.
Have a wonderful day. Mine will be spent exercising. :)