I mentioned last week that I have started round 4 of the 21 Day Fix eating plan. I’m still meal planning, but I found a great tool on the Apple App store- a 21 Day Fix app for my iPhone. I’ve been using it for a few days now and I find it simple and easy to use, and a pretty good way of tracking the containers. I plan my weekly meals ahead of time so I know what I’m eating… but sometimes the plan doesn’t pan out the way I wanted. (For example, I will not have enough of the dinner I cooked to last me all week, and I have to improvise for a few days.) The best part was.. it was free! Yay free!
I had written up half this post last week, but life got in the way and I was unable to finish it. Last week I made two recipes, one for lunch and one for dinner. My vegetable counts are a bit high, which is why I highlighted them. But I think that eating more veggies is not a bad thing, so I made them yellow (neutral) rather than red (missed/failed target). Unfortunately, on Tuesday, I ate an extra carb and an extra half fruit…but not because I wanted to. I had a pretty hard workout and was feeling weak, sick, shaky, and tired. I ate the extras in attempt to boost my blood sugar so I wouldn’t feel so bad. I had an excess of 350 calories at this point, so I didn’t feel bad about needing to eat something. ( I did eat my Quest bar when I got home from the gym… this feeling came on after that.) It is what it is.
I was in the mood for oatmeal last week- and since we have arrived in fall, I decided to get some pumpkin. I like to mix in protein powder with my oatmeal- not only does it give me a boost of protein, it helps sweeten the meal, so that I don’t have to add extra sweeteners. I bought some Quest protein powder from Amazon- it was cheaper than the Ideal shape I’ve bought in the past, and it has double the protein. (Less vitamins/nutrients, but that’s ok.. I take a multi.)
I blended the powder (red) with half a cup of pumpkin puree (1/2 green), half a banana (purple), some cinnamon and some water. It came out as a mousse-like consistency.. not what I expected.. but it worked. I added to my oats (yellow) and microwaved for 1:30. It came out nice and fluffy, and I didn’t have to add more water to it. The flavor was great, and it made a lot- almost spilling out of my bowl. I paired that with my coffee.. and yes I used (natural) creamer… not willing to give up everything.
I found a great recipe on Fit Mom Angela D‘s blog (In fact, I found a number of great recipes on her blog… so I’ll be a frequent visitor, I’m sure.) for Greek Chicken Souvlaki Salad. I portioned it out into 6 servings and added green container of spinach for an extra boost of veggies.
I found a recipe for Baked General Tso’s Chicken from Healthy Feels Happy. I added some tofu in with the chicken, since I wanted to double the recipe to feed both my husband and I for the week. I found it very time consuming to dip and coat all the pieces with egg/bread crumbs, but the actual cooking was pretty easy (30 mins in the over, turning at 15 mins. The sauce as prepared per recipe was a little salty. I added some agave nectar to sweeten it a little more (probably about a tablespoon) and that made it perfect. I served it with some brown rice and some steamed broccoli. The husband approved 🙂
Unfortunately, the General Tso’s only lasted until Tuesday. So, I had to improvise the rest of the week. I had some Birdseye California style protein blends in the freezer, and I combined that with eggs and some spinach. It was not terrific, but it was an alternative.
For my first snack, I cut up an apple into little pieces to fit in my purple container. I then sprinkled the apples with cinnamon and drizzled some Jiff Natural peanut butter on top. Since I had to limit myself to 1 tsp of peanut butter, I heated my tsp amount for 30 seconds in the microwave, and drizzled it over the apples. It was very yummy.
For my second snack. I measured out some cut carrots and celery in my green container. I paired them with a half orange container of pumpkin seeds (since the other half was used for the kalamata olives in my lunch.)
My post workout snack was a pumpkin pie Quest bar (red). OMG… this flavor is awesome! It’s a little higher in calories than I would like, but it is a limited time flavor and I wanted to try some, so I bought a 12 pack. It’s worth it my friends.
SO, this was week 1. I got as little caught up in my weekend plans and deviated from the Fix on Friday and Sunday (unfortunately). But, Today starts week 2 and I have nothing coming this week to derail me, so I’m getting right back to it. I will post my meal plan for week 2 sometime this week, as well as my fitness routine that I’m trying to work out. So far I’ve been able to stick to it… but I’ll talk all about it in another post. Happy Monday!