Week 5: Days 3,4,5

Feb. 18-20, 2015

So school has definitely gotten the better of me the past few days. I have been busy and tired and in no mood to blog. That hasn’t stopped me from eating healthy, just sharing it with you guys. I think I can finally say my diet has reached normalcy. It doesn’t feel weird that I am only preparing veggies as my side, and I am not counting down the days until my cheat. I am also not too hung up on being perfect. Have I had some chocolate this week? Yes. Have I gone over board? I don’t think so. The easiest way for me to avoid the unhealthy habits is I am simply not buying the unhealthy stuff like rice and chips and cookies. It’s a struggle every time I go to the store, but I know it is worth it when I get home and I don’t feel guilty.

Here is to getting through tough weeks outside of eating and continuing to eat healthy food. Instead of doing six meals in one post, because that would be absurd. I am sharing my favorite meal from the past couple of days.

Dinner

breadless gyro

This one is definitely a keeper. I think this biggest idea on this blog so far has been how much leftovers dictate my meals, and this one is no different. Soon to expire tzatziki  sauce meant I needed to do something with it. I didn’t want to indulge in a full pita, so I went with a bread-less chicken gyro. I cooked the chicken pieces in some onions, lemon juice, chicken stock and italian seasoning. Wonderfully fresh flavor. And then I topped it with tomatoes, lettuce and the sauce. It seems so basic, but it tasted so great. Definitely something I would cook again. I love food I feel good about eating, and this meal fit that bill.

Week 4: Day 1

Feb. 8, 2015

I am entering my fourth week! Which is super exciting because 4 weeks means 1 month and 1 month is impressive in my book. I don’t think I have ever made it this far in anything. I feel super motivated to keep this going and push myself. I want to keep feeling better and making progress.

Breakfast

I was home and heading back to school and didn’t eat anything. Oops.

Lunch

hot turkey

I got back to school and was starving, so I whipped this up. A pretty classic lunch for me. Some warmed up turkey, colby jack cheese and mayo on half of a multigrain pita. It was nice and filling and very satisfying. I had it with some carrots and ranch to add some freshness.

Dinner

buff chick pizza

So not the healthiest thing I have ever made, but I had leftover pita from the gyros, and I didn’t want them to go to waste. I decided to make a buffalo chicken pita pizza. On it was ranch, grilled chicken, mozzarella cheese, scallions and Anchor Bar wing sauce. It wasn’t too big, so I didn’t feel too bad about eating it.

Week 3: Day 3

Feb. 4, 2015

Today I felt good about myself again! I was happy with what I ate and didn’t want to gorge on fries. It’s the little things that are getting me through.

Breakfast

yogurt with walnuts

Pre-workout breakfast was pretty light. I had some low-fat vanilla yogurt with some chopped up walnuts and a few chocolate chips. Yogurt is definitely not my favorite thing in the world, but I think I am learning to like it. For whatever reason walnuts make the world of difference, and without them I don’t think I would be eating any yogurt.

Lunch

buffalo turkey pita

So tasty! I had some leftover pita from my gyro’s on Monday, so I didn’t want them to go to waste because they were so great. Being from Upstate NY, anything with Buffalo sauce on it, I will eat, so I made a warm buffalo turkey pita. I heated up some turkey with Anchorbar buffalo sauce, scallions and colby jack cheese. Then I finished the pita with some romaine lettuce, ranch and tomatoes. Definitely high on my list of best meals I have made.

Dinner

Day 5 of the soup. Ugh. I still have so much left.

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.