Week 2: Day 6

Jan. 30, 2015

I think this day was a continuation of my wall hitting. Not has hard, but still not so hot.

Breakfast

BAD. BAD. BAD. I decided to try this healthy banana pancake recipe. They didn’t look half bad, but tasted like soggy mush. There was no flavor, and they were just plain bad. I don’t recommend them at all. I didn’t even eat them, they were so bad. Needless to say, not the best way to start my day.

Lunch

After working two hours in the blustery wind and snow, all I wanted was soup. Unfortunately I was unable to make some healthy homemade soup, so I cracked open a can of Campbell’s and went for it. I know, I know, not the best choice but I was desperate. I couldn’t feel my face. It was a chipotle chicken corn chowder, so there was some celery, corn and peppers thrown in there.

Dinner

bad tilapia

Again, a pretty lame meal on the scale of meals. I don’t think I have perfected how I like my tilapia. I think I will get there but it may take some time. I seasoned my tilapia with some italian seasoning, onions, salt, pepper, garlic, butter and lemon juice. I had that with a scoop of corn. Definitely not one of my finer cooking moments

This week was a little rough, but I have some great meals planned for the next week.

Caprese Chicken Recipe

Anything caprese, has my name on it. The tomato, basil, mozzarella, balsamic combo is devine. What is the best canvas for those luscious flavors? Chicken. Pretty much anything goes with chicken and caprese is no exception. This recipe is super easy and gives you time to prepare other parts of your meal while it is in the oven.

Ingredient List

Serves 2
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 TBSP basil pesto (store bought is fine)
  • 10 grape tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • salt and pepper
  • cooking spray

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Week 2: Days 4,5

Jan. 28 & 29, 2015

I have officially hit the wall, and boy did I hit it. The past two days did not agree with me in the slightest: I was too hungry, I didn’t want to eat healthy, my food didn’t come out the way I wanted and I didn’t have enough time to actually cook. I have been grumpy and cranky as a result of poor sleep, which has not resulted in a happy Taylor.

Nothing I have cooked the past two days has been especially remarkable or satisfying. Yesterday for breakfast I tried this peanut butter smoothie. But, I didn’t freeze my bananas the night before, so I ended up with a banana mush drink instead of a smoothie. It was still tasty, but not exactly the start to my morning I was looking for. I think that probably set me off into my downward spiral.

I think I may have jumped into this eating routine a little too strong, because before this vegetables were not a frequent in my life, and I was definitely heavy on the carbs. I am missing flavor and the feeling of being satisfied after a meal. Somehow I need to find some really good recipes to replace what I used to enjoy so much.

However, I think what has surprised me the most is I haven’t really wanted any white bread. Before I started this I probably had at least a slice a day, and I can proudly say I haven’t had any in two weeks. Small wins!

I am so thankful it is almost the weekend because my cheat day is coming up, and I sure could use it. I think it will mostly be moved to Sunday — I would like to partake in Super Bowl food regardless if I watch the game.

Moving forward I am going to put these days behind me and hopefully find some inspiration in how far I have come. I know the road ahead of me isn’t going to be the easiest, but I am still in it for the long hall. Constantly looking at inspirational quotes may also may not be a bad idea in the coming days.

Tomorrow there will be food.

Week 2: Day 3

Jan. 27 2015

Today was a pretty boring day in terms of meals. Nothing fancy, nothing new and no new recipes to share. Even though my food was boring today, I am starting to feel better about myself. I am glad I have stuck with my plan for a week and a half, and I have a regular gym schedule. I am excited to go work out tomorrow, and I don’t know the last time that happened.

Breakfast

Breakfast today was one of the ham cups that I made earlier in the week. It still tasted great after sitting in the fridge for 2 days after 30 seconds in the microwave. Before class, I scarfed that down with a few scoops of low-fat vanilla yogurt and some chopped walnuts. I tried the Trop 50 orange juice, it’s suppose to be healthier, and it definitely tastes like it. I didn’t notice it in my smoothie, but I definitely noticed it drinking just a cup. I wasn’t the biggest fan.

Lunch

One of the best parts of cooking dinner is leftovers. I ate my leftover caprese chicken and broccoli. Absolutely no effort, but a very tasty lunch. It’s generally always worth it to make a little bit extra to last one more meal. However, my leftovers generally don’t make it out of the fridge past day 2 or 3.

Dinner

Tonight’s dinner was probably the worst dinner I have made since starting this challenge. I made simple cheese and chicken quesadillas. Easy. I have made them before with no issue. However, my oven at school is slightly unpredictable. In no more than five minutes I had a burned quesadilla on top and a soggy one on the bottom. Both layers didn’t even stick together. Luckily I had some salsa to partially save the day. Nothing about it was picture worthy, just sad.

Week 2: Day 2

Jan. 26 2015

Breakfast

Today I started simple with a smoothie. I don’t think I will ever be sick of smoothies, and I frequently have them for breakfast or to accompany my breakfast. This morning I made my Go-To smoothie, which I shared the recipe for earlier this morning. It’s a super simple recipe and a great base to work from to make other smoothies according to your own tastes.

Lunch

turkey pita

Pretty similar to yesterday’s lunch, but just as tasty. The classic carrots-ranch combo is always a pleaser for me. And I promise I eat way more carrots than ranch. The pita today was the same multi-grain, with colby jack cheese, turkey and pest mayo. The pesto mayo is the secret touch to this lunch that makes it feel a little fancy. I mix a little store bought basil pesto with some mayo and keep it in my fridge for days just like this. The pesto adds just enough oomph to the sandwich enhancing the flavor profile. A little pesto goes a long way, probably 1/2 tsp pesto to 1 tbsp of mayo.

Dinner

caprese chicken

Dinner today definitely took the crown for the best meal of the day. Tonight I made caprese chicken with broccoli. While broccoli may not be the most exciting addition to the meal, the chicken made up for it. Anything basil, mozzarella cheese, tomato, balsamic glaze is sure to make me happy. This chicken has a ton of flavors and feels indulgent, while still remaining light. I will have the recipe for the caprese chicken up later this week. I finished the broccoli with a little bearnaise finishing butter and salt.

My Go-To Smoothie Recipe

Smoothies are the bomb. If I had the money to buy the ingredients, I would probably have a different one each day. However, as a college student I have to make do with what I have, which is one pretty damn good smoothie, which I started my morning with today.

The best part of this smoothie is in never tastes the same way each time I make it. Depending on the fruit or the yogurt there is always a slightly different taste. I also normally estimate on the measurements for each ingredient, which contributes to the flavor.

Ingredient List

Serves 1
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup frozen fruit
  • 3 tbsp low-fat yogurt
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • handful of spinach
  • desired amount of orange juice depending on how drinkable you want it

smoothie before

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Week 2: Day 1

Jan. 25, 2015

This blog idea didn’t come to me until week 2 of my process, so that is where we are coming in. Trust me, nothing was really missed during week 1.

Breakfast

ham cup

This morning’s breakfast recipe came from Pinterest. I followed it exactly as written and this ham cup came out perfect. Next time I think I would add some salt and pepper to the egg to give it a little more flavor. I’m always a fan of eggs in the morning, so I made a few extras to eat for breakfast throughout the week. I paired this with a bit of Wegmans low-fat vanilla yogurt with some chopped walnuts. If you are not from the Northeast or have never experienced the heaven that is Wegmans, I am sorry. Wegmans is the grocery store of all grocery stores and will always hold a special place in my heart. Wegmans will be frequently making an appearance on this blog. If you want to learn more about its wonderfulness check out this list.

Lunch

tuna pita

I frequently eat last night’s leftovers as lunch, but last night I ate out, so I whipped this up for myself. Half of an organic multi-grain pita, tuna fish with mayo, sweet pickles and a little bit of cheddar cheese. I paired it with some blue corn tortilla chips and organic salsa, of course Wegmans brand. Even though sweet pickles aren’t the most healthy addition to my sandwich, I am a sucker for the tuna-pickle combo. It brings me right back to my childhood. I decided to cut out white bread from my diet, so when I can’t avoid a sandwich I have replaced it with multi-grain pita. The multi-grain is much healthier than white anything and  is heart healthy.

Dinner

lemon tilapia

This may  not be the most visually appealing meal I have ever made, but taste wise it was spot on. One the menu tonight was garlic roasted cauliflower, lemon butter tilapia and a small romaine lettuce salad. Both of the recipes I used for tonight’s dinner, I altered slightly. For the cauliflower, I put the parmesan cheese on the cauliflower after I mixed it halfway through the cooking time. And if I were to make it again (which I will), I would forgo the lemon juice. It didn’t really add anything to the flavor. For the tilapia, I used a tuscan blend seasoning instead of the recommended seasoning because that’s what I had on hand. Because I was only making it for myself I guessed on most of the measurements and went heavier on the lemon than the butter. Definitely a solid dinner to start my week off before school.