Thursday, January 26, 2012

Two Week Challenge: Day Three

I cheated a little bit today. Whoops. But even with the cheating, I feel that overall I made healthy eating decisions. I've been getting home late from work so it has been hard to make food so I ate lunch out. I went to my favorite teriyaki place in Glendale, Teriyaki Me and got the white chicken meat skewers with brown rice. Pretty healthy, right? But then I thought, damn I need a veggie, so I added a side of broccoli. My side of broccoli ended up being a giant side of mixed veggies with broccoli and cost me $4. So lunch turned into $13. (I try not to go over $10 for lunch on work days.) I somehow rather irrationally turned this into a reason to eat the tempura that came in the combo meal (1 piece of shrimp, 2 veggies). I know this goes against the rule "absolutely no fried foods" and I am very sorry, I only hope that you can be stronger than me. I made up for it by splitting my meal into two portions and eating half at lunch and half at dinner. I've learned not to stuff myself, even when I really want to keep eating, because I end up feeling better in the long run if I haven't gorged myself on food.

Here is what I ate:

Egg whites with spinach and non fat feta cheese and plenty of Tapitio

This was yummy and easy, but The Green Monster Smoothie actually fills me up more.

1 chicken breast skewer, brown rice, side salad, tempura (sorry!) and veggies

I know I shouldn't have ate the tempura, but I couldn't stop myself. Splitting the meal into two was the best decision and even though the side of veggies cost me an extra four bucks, I'm happy I got some green into my lunch time meal.

1/2 grapefruit

Leftovers from lunch, although I still couldn't finish all the rice and vegetables.

I felt good about this since it was light but filling and there was no more tempura to eat so it was a pretty darn healthy meal.

When I got home I got it into my head that I wanted to make these chickpea cookies that I saw on a blog. It's totally weird to make cookie dough out of canned garbanzo beans and I had to give it a try with the leftover garbanzos from my Vegetarian Italian Salad. So I made a mini batch, and since I had to fudge the measurements a little bit, my dough came out a little too mushy and gooey and when I pulled them out of the oven I was convinced I was gonna hate them so I didn't even snap a picture. Adam walked by and said "What are those?" I told him and said "I don't think they turned out." To which he replied "They sure didn't." Well, he was wrong. By no means were they perfect and  they have room for improvement, but I ate two right then and there and had to stop myself from eating more. These are tasty little suckers, especially since I don't love super sugary things. These are a nice alternative to a sugar filled cookie when craving something sweet but trying to be good. I'm figuring they aren't that much of a cheat since they consist mainly of chickpeas and peanut butter. Hello protein! I only added about 1/2 a tablespoon agave syrup, 2 teaspoons brown sugar and about an 1/8 cup dark chocolate chips. The batch I made yielded 8 cookies so that can't be that much sugar per cookie. I'm going to experiment and come up with a recipe for a full batch, but if you can't wait until then check out the original recipe --> here.

Daily Totals:
Vegetables: at least 3 servings (too bad chickpeas are technically a legume)
Fruit: 1 serving

I need to up my fruit intake!

Peace, love, day three down, and happiness!

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