Today’s What I Ate Wednesday post should really be called “What My Friend Ate Wednesday” instead.
One of my best friends (and loyal blog reader) decided last week that she wanted to “clean” up her diet. As she said to me, “It’s not that I eat fried, fast foods or even feel the need to lose weight – I just want to start watching my intake of processed ingredients and learn a bit more of how to eat healthy and prepare new-to-me meals without monitoring points from Weight Watchers every time I think my pants start to feel different.”
She requested a shopping list based upon what I knew she would like:
- Fruits and Vegetables – both fresh and frozen – carrots too even though she tells me they are higher in points
- Whole Foods Bulk Bins: oats and quinoa
- Whole Foods 365 brand condiments of choice
- Ezekiel Bread
- Brown rice
- Whole Wheat Pizza Dough
- Chick peas, lentils, black beans, kidney beans
- Organic or at least the hormone free lean meat and poultry
- Meatless products for the freezer including veggie burgers, meatless meatballs, chicken-type tenders etc.
- Organic and/or hormone free Greek yogurt, eggs, liquid egg whites, cheese
- Frozen greek yogurt – Stonyfield
I had no intention for this to become a post but she was so excited after her trips to Publix and Whole Foods that suddenly the pictures of her meals starting hitting my iPhone.
Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats cooked with mashed banana and fresh blueberries (I believe in water with perhaps some skim milk).
My thoughts: Delicious but missing the peanut butter. She has nut allergies which I can’t hold against her.
Next time I would like to see her cook some egg whites into the oats for added protein and the fullness factor.
Since she works full-time in a school, she gave some thought to her meals on Sunday and prepared her lunches for a few days.
Brown rice mixed with a variety of vegetables, meatless meatballs and a mix of tomato paste/tomato sauce.
Since the Trader Joe’s has yet to open in her area (expected to open in May!), I directed her to Whole Foods (and Publix) to locate the 365 brand or Gardein for basically the exact same frozen products.
Like the chickenless tenders for example? I am telling you, these are the exact same item.
While she isn’t looking to become a vegetarian, she did ask for options that didn’t involve chicken as her protein source. Besides beans, dairy products and working with tofu, I told her to get a few of the frozen meatless products to start with. My goal is to get her to make her own meatless meatballs like I started doing and freeze a batch so that she has them readily available.
Throughout the day she told me she had a greek yogurt for snack along with cut cantaloupe, a banana and an apple. She said she kept snacking to ensure she wouldn’t arrive home ravenous. Smart girl, I know – that’s why we are friends.
She wasn’t starving but has fallen in love with the Cinnamon Raisin Ezekiel Bread so she made grilled cheese (Horizon Organic she tells me) with a side of mixed vegetables and sliced banana while she prepared it. I think she has a thing for bananas.
Would I be full from this? Not a chance but everyone is different.
She took my advice and bought the Stonyfield Organic Greek Frozen Yogurt.
Worth every penny I tell you, especially if you don’t have a Trader Joe’s near you to buy their frozen greek yogurt.
I must interrupt this post to inform you all that I just got the call that school is closed yet again due to the weather.
I. Just. Can’t.
Please tell me someone else wants to hide in a closet from all of these snow days?
What are you having for breakfast today?
Tell me three items currently in your freezer? Sweet potato tots, frozen vegetables and raw cookie dough just waiting to be baked at some point.
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