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A Day of Good Eats + Ratatouille Soup

Posted Nov 27 2012 11:58pm
Good Evening and Happy Tuesday!

So I have been on my  "Get Back on Track" diet for a few days now and am happy to report that I am down 1.5 lbs and am feeling like I am heading in the right direction.  It is funny how a little bit of pie and rich eats can derail your good efforts and as I am aging, I am noticing that I can't seem to get away with ANYTHING anymore. Ahh... such is life.  The Art of Aging Gracefully is going to be my next topic so I better start accepting these changes and get a good attitude about it!

Anyhow, I felt like I needed to shake up my routine just a bit and needed to add more protein into my diet.  I have been a closet vegetarian for a while now but have not been balancing my meals with a enough protein so I made a few little changes this week and will see if they help.

The main thing I changed was my breakfast.  As many of you know,  I love my bowls of oats and will continue to eat them but decided to start my day off with Protein Packed Smoothies this week.

Cherry Berry Vanilla Spinach Smoothie

1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk1/2 frozen banana1/2 cup Frozen Cherry Berry Blend1 tbsp chia seeds1 scoop Vega Sport Vanilla Protein Powder2 handfuls of fresh spinach
Blend and enjoy!
I am a wee bit excited because I think I may have found a protein powder that I actually like.  In my attempt to up my protein intake, I bought a sample packet of:

  • 3 tablespoons  extra-virgin olive oil , plus more for brushing
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic , smashed
  • 3 to 4 teaspoons herbes de Provence
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 small Japanese eggplant, diced
  • 1 small  zucchini , diced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper , diced
  • 1 28-ounce can whole San Marzano tomatoes, crushed
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken or  vegetable broth
  • Large handful of fresh basil leaves, torn
  • A complete multi-source, alkaline-forming, plant-based protein blend, featuring 5,500mg of BCAAs and 5,000mg of glutamine per serving, Vega Sport Performance Protein is formulated to:Improve strength and exercise performanceRepair and build musclesReduce recovery time between trainingThis stuff tastes amazing and it kept me full for hours.  The main reason that I want to pump up my protein is because I have had the "endless pit" syndrome where I would eat breakfast at 6:30am and then be starving by 10:30am.  This shake is so filling and gave me a ton of energy.  I have not felt "full" in a long time and in the last two days I have felt satisfied not "starving."  I had a great run on Monday and did my favorite Park Workout today with lots of push-ups, squats and stairs.  I am not sure if the smoothie "improved" my performance but will see how the rest of week goes.
    Now, I could not give up all my  "carby"  favorites and did allow myself to eat my favorite meal each day:

    Almond Butter and Banana Raspberry Ezekiel English Muffin
    1 Ezekiel English Muffin, Toasted1.5 tbsp almond butter1 banana, slicefresh raspberries
    My afternoon snack:

    Greek Yogurt + Pear + Raw Honey
    3/4 cup Fage 2% Greek Yogurt1 pear, slicedDrizzle of Raw Honey
    For dinner I have been having soup and salad.  I love this combo as well and find it very satisfying.
    Ratatouille Soup

    Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until soft, about 3 minutes. Add 1 to 2 teaspoons herbes de Provence and 1 teaspoon salt. Add the eggplant, zucchini and bell pepper and cook, stirring, 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes and their juices, the broth and half of the basil. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer 20 minutes. Puree about half of the soup in a blender, then return to the pot.  Add kale and cook a few more minutes until it has wilted.  Season with salt and pepper. Ladle the soup into bowls and top with the remaining basil.

    This soup is simple and delicious.  I added a bit of avocado to both my soup and salad because I was in the mood for avocado: ) 

    I am not into deprivation so allowed myself to have a chunk of JEM Raw Chocolate Bar.
    JEM Raw Chocolate is amazing.  Truly it is ,and a little goes a long way. It is rich and complex and so good.
    Jem 72% cacao bar is a dynamically proportioned formula that highlights the bold character and subtle notes of the bean utilized. Stone ground below 118 degrees, this bar embodies the perfect vehicle to deliver the macro micro and phyto nutrients that are present in the raw cacao composition.

    I forgot to mention that I drank water, water, water and tea, tea, tea!

    This was a day of good eats and I have a few more fun recipes to show you this week.  So check back soon.
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