Happy Monday all! Thanks for all the great questions and encouragement on my first day of Simple Start yesterday. You all are probably going to laugh at me for saying this, but, your reading gives me accountability ~ it totally motivates me knowing that you all are reading and tracking with me as I go along.
This morning started off with two of my favorite breakfast things ~ Eggs & Potatoes!
This mornings breakfast is my spin on the Eggs with Roasted Potatoes in the book with an easier spin on it. I “fried” Ore Ida Western Potatoes (they are simply frozen potatoes, onions, peppers & salt) on the stove versus roasting potatoes in the oven.
I “fried” my egg over medium low heat in nonstick spray and finished it with a little sea salt & black pepper.
“Fried” in nonstick spray and my 2 tsp. of healthy olive oil sprinkled with garlic salt, black pepper and paprika (for flavor and color) along the way.
Served up with a side of fresh, organic blueberries.
One delicious breakfast that kept me full for 4 hours. Oh and this morning I decided it’s a total sign I am getting better because Coffee sounded good again!
I really pondered this morning if I wanted to participate in this week’s working lunch or if I wanted to participate. I realized that honestly, I LOVE the sandwiches we get from the local deli and if I am going to indulge, I want to do it on real food.
Like…..big, mounds of freshly, baked seedy bread I did only take half and I picked a turkey sandwich with all the veggies as a compromise. 4 points+ towards my indulgence for that tasty bread.
Then, I got a little crazy ~ not perfect with a few successes….I walked past the chips and had none (success!) I walked past the cookies and decided eh, I can skip those too.
The mixed salad plate was staring at me and I decided to sample a bite of each for my other 3 points+ indulgence (what a serving of pasta salad counts as).
My favorite salad in the mix that I went back for….their pickled veggies. I could eat the entire container of these.
I ended up working just a little late so I decided to snack on a banana and lite string cheese before heading out so I wasn’t starving by the time I walked in the door.
The snowman on my window are totally using my banana as a half pipe aka ski slope
Dinner tonight was surprisingly tastier than I had imagined it would be. We decided to give the Mediterranean Salad in the book a go by tossing a ton of veggies in a bowl.
In the mix:
- Trader Joe’s Organic Romaine
- Trader Joe’s Organic Power To the Greens blend
- Shredded carrots & red cabbage
- Trader Joe’s Organic Mini Cucumbers – 2 sliced into circles
- 1/2 an organic orange bell pepper, diced
- two handfuls organic cherry tomatoes
- 1 organic Fuji apple, seeded and thinly sliced
- 15 oz. organic chickpeas, drained and rinsed
All tossed in a big bowl (the goal was the make enough for 4 salads ~ 2 for dinner and 2 for lunches).
We each scooped out as much as we wanted into another bowl for tossing with a sprinkle of olive oil & red wine vinegar with sea salt and black pepper.
Definitely spend a little extra to get good quality oils and vinegars because they will make all the difference in how delicious your salad tastes.
I added a little protein power with a perfectly hard boiled egg.
One Delicious Salad ~ I loved the tang of the red wine vinegar with the sweet apples, creamy chickpeas and all the crunch in this salad. I can’t wait to have it for lunch tomorrow it was that good.
Here are my stats for today:
- Simple Start Day 2 Success, 7 WPA used, 35 WPA remaining
- And, Flex said he can’t wait for me to get movin’ against….just as soon as this flu bug is gone!
QUESTION OF THE DAY:
What is on the best salad you’ve ever made?