Foodalicious Friday

Posted: February 24, 2012 in Articles, Facts, Recipes, S&S Tips&Tricks

My boyfriend can attest to the fact that my stomach talks… a lot.

Hey all, TGIF! I’m sorry I haven’t posted since Monday. Come 11:30am tomorrow morning, I will have taught 18 classes in 5 different locations, met with several clients one-on-one, been a drop-in trainer for college kids for several hours, and made countless playlists and class plans. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve loved it, but wow… I’m extremely tired and sore. And hungry 🙂

Everyone always comments on how lucky I am to get to eat whatever I want to eat, but let me say this right now—it’s not always nice. It comes with HUGE setbacks. For one, it gets expensive to buy food that’s easy to take with you and healthy and tasty. Like nuts and fruit and good cereal. Even for one person. It adds up. Secondly, it’s not fun being hungry all of the time. Like seriously, all of the time. It’s actually kind of hard to become full some days and it’s annoying. I hate feeling hungry every hour. And third, being hungry/having to eat a lot comes from what I do—I’m working out anywhere from 4-9 hours a day, starting at 5am and often not ending until after 8pm. It’s a long, exhausting, busy, active day. Again, I love my job, I do, but it requires a whole different kind of energy that I’m learning about!

Now, what I learned this week about food that I wanted to share…

Foodie Facts and Tips:
Compromise rather than deprive yourself. If you really want pizza, don’t order a salad or a bowl of soup because you’ll end up thinking about the pizza the whole time. So split—fill up half your plate with pizza and half with salad, or have a small appetizer plate of pizza and a cup of soup.

Don’t cheat yourself! “Protein, fat, and carbs work with each other to promote a greater sensation of satisfaction,” explains New York City-based nutritionist Bonnie Taub-Dix, R.D.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has found that 30% of women ages 20 to 40 don’t get enough protein.

A recent study in the journal Plos One discovered that when people lowered their daily intake of protein by as little as 5% and made up the difference with carb-rich foods, they consumed an additional 260 calories a day!

I thought this article on 10 Unhealthy Foods to Give Up for Lent was great! You already know what you could/should give up, but seriously, look at the calories saved from cutting out each—WHOA BABY!

Easy-Squeezy-Lemon-Peezy Meals (*Compliments of Fitness magazine)
Greek Salad Pita:
Toss 2 cups salad greens with lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste. Add 2 tablesppons each diced tomatoes and cucumber, ½ ounce of feta cheese, 3 chopped-up olives, and 3 chopped-up mint leaves and toss. Toast 1 whole-wheat pita and smear it with ¼ cup of hummus (I like garlic or red pepper!) and top with the salad.

Tomato Flatbread Pizza: Top 1 whole-wheat flatbread with 1 chopped garlic clove. Slice 2 roma tomatoes and place on the flatbread and add 1 ounce of goat cheese. Head in a 350-degree oven until the edges of the flatbread turn crispy and the cheese starts to melt. Serve with 2 cups of salad greens drizzled with 1 tablespoon balsamic vinaigrette (optional).

Easy Shrimp Tostadas: Crisp 2 small corn tortillas in the oven while you warm up ¼ cup of canned low-fat refried beans. Top each tortillas with beans, ½ cup shredded lettuce, and 2 tablespoons of diced tomatoes. In a fry pan, heat 2 canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, diced, with 2 ounces of precooked frozen shrimp for about 90 seconds a side. Top the tortillas with the shrimp and ¼ of a chopped-up avocado.

What I’m Eating This Week

  • Grapefruit—This is a great addition to my breakfast because it’s so delicious, is high in water-content, and hey, it’s low-calorie!
  • Oranges—There is something about citrus fruits that I can’t get enough of!
  • Bananas—I’m pretty sure I’m part monkey.
  • Mixed nuts—I have a huge bag in my fridge filled with almonds (unsalted), pecans, walnuts, and pistachios. They’re great on-the-go or as a snack paired with a piece of fruit while I’m in between teaching and training because they taste great and are packed with protein to keep rebuilding all of the muscle tissue I break down on a daily basis.
  • Quaker Oatmeal Squares with skim milk—I have no idea why, but cereal has been sounding and tasting A-MAZING this week! And this one is great by itself or with milk.
  • Big salads for lunch or dinner—I seriously cut up a ton of veggies: all kinds of peppers, asparagus, mushrooms, avocado, spinach, lettuce, cucumber, and sometimes chicken or shrimp. I don’t like condiments so I just add spices to give it flavor. My favorites: chili powder, garlic, and ginger.
  • Dove dark chocolate—Yep, I’m human. And a girl. Thus I love chocolate. I’m rockin’ the 71% Dove dark chocolate right now and wow, it’s so tasty.

What are you eating this week? What’s your favorite go-to snack? What about your favorite fast-and-easy dinner?  

  1. sweetopiagirl says:

    Reblogged this on UNIQUE GREETING CAKES.

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