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Ugly But Delicious!

Posted Feb 06 2011 12:00am
As I'm writing this, I'm watching half time at the Superbowl! It's really the only part I watch. I've been trying to watch commercials, but I keep forgetting to pay attention to them. 

Last night I knew I needed a pre-bedtime snack of lots of protein and a few carbs to keep my level good since I had lots of exercise yesterday. I had fat free cottage cheese, blueberries, Kashi Heart 2 Heart, and Trader Joe's Peanut Flour (made by mixing with water and a little almond milk).

I woke up low in the middle of the night, but luckily it wasn't a bad one at all. I had a gel, a glucose tablet and probably 1/4 an Odwalla bar. I don't usually have just sugar if I'm low in the night- I need something with a little carb/protein too, which was why I had the bite of the bar. It worked, because my level was 84 when I got up.

I had overnight oats waiting for me this morning. These were peanut banana chia seeds oats. I love putting roasted (unsalted) peanuts in my oats, but I wished these had been salted. A little something salty makes breakfast so much better. I added more almond milk this morning and microwaved it for 30 seconds.

After church, I made the ugly lunch that my title refers to! My level was on the lower end and I didn't want to have to wait to eat, so I decided to use leftovers and packaged food.

I had leftover quinoa with beans that needed to be eaten, so I put those in a bowl then added a few slices of brown avocado that really needed to be eaten. I topped it with this package of tuna curry that my brother bought for me at Trader Joe's. 

I was a little leery of it because of all the sodium, but I decided if I didn't eat much salt for the rest of the day, I'd be fine. I added a few pumpkin seeds on top! See, I told you- it was ugly but tasted wonderful.

If it wasn't for the high sodium content, I'd give the tuna curry an A on taste. One container had 240 calories, 14 carbs and 25 grams of protein! Very filling.
My Mom sent me some leftover spinach made with olive oil and garlic that she had bought from an Italian deli in Memphis. I sampled some at home and declared it delicious. I had half of this before I realized how salty it tasted and since I'd already had so much salt from the tuna (1200 something mg), I put the rest back in the fridge for another day.

Dessert was an apple with my homemade almond butter. My homemade almond butter wins out over my cashew butter, peanut butter and Barney Butter packets I have currently. It's that good!

Big mistake of the day: Deciding to go grocery shopping and completely forgetting that it's Super Bowl Sunday. Even in a small town in Mississippi, everyone goes shopping on Super Bowl Sunday.
The Farmer's Market store wasn't busy, but Kroger was madness! I finally made it home alive.
I got spinach (they were out of organic...), bananas, and a cantaloupe which happens to be one of my favorite fruits!
Kroger was having lots of sales today. I normally only get sale items if they're on my list, but today I swapped out some of the things on my list to get a few deals. For example, I had 0% Fage Greek yogurt on my list, but since this big carton of Fat Free Cottage Cheese was only $1.88, I decided to save about $3. Other groceries include (L to R) wheat germ (from the Farmer's Market), Vanilla Almond Luna bar (a new flavor?), 2 cans of organic garbanzo beans, tofu, and an avocado.
I got 2 bags of frozen broccoli, Low Sodium Ezekiel bread (only bought this because it was on sale!), Wasabi peas (Farmer's Market), the world's best hummus, baby carrots and wild salmon. I haven't cooked salmon in a long time, so I'm excited to make some salmon in the oven this week! That's one of the first "real" things my Mom taught me how to cook. I spread some mustard on top and then use some kind of spice mix that I'll show you when I cook the salmon later this week.

Things I didn't get that were on my list: frozen blueberries (more than $4 for a pretty small bag), kale (didn't see any), egg whites in a carton (changed my mind).

It was such a beautiful 60 degree day here in Mississippi and I drove with my windows down. Everyone had their dogs out and this one was next to me in the parking lot at the Farmer's Market! So cute- waitin' for his Mama to come back!

For my afternoon snack, I made a bowl of what has become my go-to snack lately: nuts. I threw in some almonds, peanuts, wasabi peas and salted soynuts.

I did a yoga video in the afternoon, since I'm a little sore from my long run yesterday. This morning I applied for a summer conference for a big accounting firm and I had to choose from a list of my top three cities I'd like to work in if they were to hire me. It was stressful! I ended up choosing Atlanta for #1, because it's not too far away but it's a big city and I know lots of people who are going to be there. #2 and #3 were Seattle and Austin. As my brother said, I could live pretty much in any part of the country!

For dinner I was in the mood for a sweet potato, so I microwaved one for 5 minutes. I put a little bit of coconut oil and some cinnamon inside. I also had the last (finally!) of my 6 lb. spaghetti squash! I put it over spinach and topped it with meatless meatballs, tomato basil sauce and romano cheese. I had 1/2 a Doctor Kracker and the end of the ugly avocado.

I have a busy day tomorrow including a quiz and two classes, getting another parking decal since I brought a different car back to school, homework, chapter and a slumber party with one of my best friends and (hopefully) her puppy!

Have a good night!
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