Happy Hump Day! Sorry I didn’t come back yesterday… I had an extremely busy day at work and it got away from me! For lunch yesterday I had brought another Roasted Red Pepper and Chickpea Burger, but in my hustle out the door in the morning I forgot a bun or bread of any sort. I realized there was an italian bakery at Potenza right near my office, so I ventured over there around lunch time in search of some bread.
I was a little taken aback by all the food there! I forgot my camera because I was just planning on picking up a roll of some sort, but it was the cutest little Italian Bakery ever. They had tons of fresh made sandwiches, soups, breads, foccacia, quiches, frittatas, etc, so when I saw the Ribollita Toscana on the menu, described as “Tuscan vegetable soup, black leaf kale, leeks, bartolotti beans, and croutons” I changed gears and ordered the soup instead. It came with a ciabatta roll and was deeeeeelicious.
5 points for the ciabatta roll, and 1 for the soup. I also picked up a humongous grapefruit for 75 cents which I ate as a snack later.
I also ate the burger, which I made with feta instead of parmesan for a snack in the afternoon (sans bread).
This one had just 1.5 points, with 1/4 cup chickpeas, 1/2 a roasted red pepper, handful of spinach, 3 basil leaves, and 1 oz of RF Feta. It was a little loose so next time I would use some parmesan too because that gave it the perfect consistency, but this worked well to eat with a fork.
I ventured to Whole Foods after work because I was out of a lot of staples (bananas, bread, milk, eggs) and obviously ended up getting much more than what I needed, but everything together was $40.
- Silk Light Soy Milk (my preferred kind at the moment)
- Spring Mix Salad
- Organic Frozen Fruit – Strawberries, Peaches, Mango
- Frozen edamame – both in the pods and shelled
- Semisweet Chocolate Chips
- HempPlus Pumpkin Granola (Bulk Bins)
- Roasted Unsalted Sunflower Seeds (Bulk Bins)
- 2 Bora Bora Bars (never tried ’em and they were on sale!)
- Whole Wheat Bread
- Organic Grapes
- Organic Bananas (same price as the non-organic!)
- Nonfat plain yogurt
- Chunky Medium Salsa
- Organic Refried Beans
- Crofter’s Superfruit Spread – South America
I did pretty well! I think if you shop the sales and a lot of the 365 brand items, you can get a good amount of stuff without it costing you an arm and a leg, even at Whole Foods. I am such a bargain shopper, so I find Whole Foods to almost be a challenge and I love it. 🙂
I ended up making some veggie soup last night which I’ll show you at lunch, but I barely ate any of it because the snacker in me came out again! I tried not to have a snack before Whole Foods so I could whip up a quick dinner after I got back, but as the soup was cooking, I had these staring me in the face:
These were a sample from the same company that made those awesome crackers that I got at Costco last week. These things are sooo good, almost too good. You get 35 in a serving (!!!) which has 2 points.
4 servings in the bag, about 3 of which I ended up eating because they were that good… dangerous. I have 3 more flavors of these to try and I think I’m going to break them up into servings when I’m not hungry so that doesn’t happen again. I also had 2 tablespoons of peanut butter and a very small bowl of soup since I was snacked out by the time it was ready.
This morning was a new day, so I decided to go out for a run this morning before work. Here’s the stats:
Distance: 3.00 miles
Avg Pace: 9:41 min/mile
Avg Speed: 6.2mph
The first part of the run was really, really good, but towards the end I started getting really hungry/famished. I knew that it was because I hadn’t had a good, solid meal last night, so I just kept telling myself it would take longer to get home if I stopped and walked and that got me through the 3 miles.
Luckily, breakfast was something to really look forward to…
Oats in a Jar! Check this baby out:
SO good. I haven’t had oats in a jar in agggessss. too long.
In the mix:
- 1/3 cup rolled oats (1.5 pts)
- 1/2 scoop protein powder (1 pt)
- 1 tsp chia seeds (.5 pts)
- 1/3 cup light soy milk (.5)
- 1/3 cup nonfat yogurt (.5)
- almond butter from the jar (2 pts)
The worst part of this was when it was over. I’m still mourning a bit.
Do you buy organic or non organic produce mostly or how do you tackle that issue? In an ideal world I would love to buy all organic but my wallet just doesn’t go for it. I try to shop the sales a lot, and going to places like Trader Joe’s for apples where they charge by the apple, not by weight, makes it easier to buy organic. I try to buy organic for things where you eat the skin/whole fruit (grapes, apples) and don’t mind as much with things that you remove the skin (bananas). But, if I want apples and no organic apples are on sale and its 2$ more per pound, I’ll usually buy the non-organic ones.