Thursday, April 7, 2011

Thorough Thursday

Or: Oats/Another Kashi Review/Meat & Potatoes?

Today was one of those rare days when I actually have a picture of everything I ate. Most of the time I just like to share the new stuff, because I don't want to bore you, or make my posts too long, or sometimes a meal is just an aside and my post is focused on something else. Still, I really like looking at a recap of the whole day together sometimes, and I know I love reading it on other blogs. Maybe thorough Thursday will become a regular thing.

So, yes, it was a lovely healthy day. 

It started with a 30 min power yoga flow. I was dripping sweat onto my mat. I don't think that says so much about the challenge of the workout as my lack of strength. I really am a strength training slacker. This is an April goal.

I've noticed I'm way more hungry for breakfast on strength mornings than running mornings, so I was really looking forward to this bowl:

1/2 cup oatmeal cooked in 2 oz. milk/5 oz. water with 1/2 banana, and topped with flax and granola. Don't forget the tea and multivitamin. 

Now, I know the food blog world is chock full of people topping their oats with granola, but I'd never done it before, and here's the thing: I really didn't like it. I think I'll be keeping my granola cold in my yogurt. Still, it filled me up and I got on with my day. 

After a morning of learning, time to try another Kashi frozen meal from my precious stash (I had 3, one of each vegan dish - only 1 left now.) 

Earlier this week I wrote about the Kashi Black Bean & Mango, which was great. Today's was the Tuscan Veggie Bake. This one is even BETTER. The sauce was super flavorful, there was a great mix of textures (lentils! what a good idea!) and while it makes me a little wistful that I really can't afford these, I very much enjoyed it with its rarity in mind. 

Straight from the microwave.

After a little sauce stirring. 

Look at all those vegetables!

For afternoon study snacks, I usually bring a piece of fruit (today it's an organic Fuji) and a granola bar or bag of cereal. Since this lunch is only 260 calories, I upped my snacks a little bit today with the addition an almond butter/blackberry jam sandwich on wheat. This cereal is the Kellogg's Crunchy Nut Roasted Nut & Honey. It's one of those sweet cereals that's a little questionable in the health department, but great for study munchies. 

After studying, I went to tutoring where I had some serious fun with crayons. My favorite moment of the evening was when a kid told Katie, "Thank God you're not my mom." I think she was trying to convince him to eat something in a River Monsters book...

And that brings us to dinner. I was never a meat & potatoes kind of girl, considering I was raised rather vegetarian, but if this is as close as I ever come, it is awesome.

My Cheezy Potato Veggie Mash with a Morningstar Vegan Griller topped with Trader Joe's whole grain dijon mustard. 

When I heat frozen burgers (if I'm not using an actual grill) I always give them about a minute in the microwave to thaw, then fry them in a teensy bit of oil to make them crisp on both sides. The vegan grillers are really good; they taste a little like a Boca burger, but better I think. 

Nutrition for the day: 1325 calories. 18% fat, 67% carbs, 15% protein (54 g). That's a pretty standard breakdown for me on a weekday. I tend to have a few more indulgent meals or treats on weekends. 

And THIS weekend...I have lots of eating ahead of me, because Sunday's the half marathon!

Thanks for reading.

What's your favorite convenience meal?


Mich said...

Your blog has such great food porn. :D

Beef jerky is my current convenience food. Low cal, takes a while to eat because it's so chewy, and low carb. And spiru-tein shakes. <3


S Maia said...

Hey :)
Everything you eat is always just the kinda thing I'd love!
How d'you do the yoga- was it a DVD workout? I'm pretty keen to get into it.

& I don't have an absolute fave convenience meal, but in the UK, there's a healthfoods brand called 'Cauldron' & everything they do is DELISH. If it's got lentils or falafel, I'm hooked.

ps. Yeah, those were the trusty oats- topped with berries & honey :) Thanks for checking out my blog!

Steph said...

Yum, this looks amazing! I haven't tried any of the Kashi frozen products but I love their cereal.
I really love Amey's for organic convenience foods. Her Tofu / brown rice bowl is a favorite.

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