Did I get your attention with that title? 😉 No, I do not need to take maternity leave from the blog (everyone say “good one, Jenn!” as you roll your eyes). I have just spent most of my day writing about Polish family policies and their effect on occupational segregation and the gender wage gap It’s the last paper of the quarter and I can’t wait to be done with it!
First of all, big shout out to ZestyCook, who officially launched his recipe e-book today! I’m slightly biased because I submitted my ‘Pump’ It Up Muffins, but you really should check it out because there are a lot of really great recipes from some of my favorite bloggers! I am so excited to experiment.
When I wasn’t thinking of corny post titles writing about economics, I was eating some pretty good food. I woke up early this morning to go to work and had enough time to make myself a warm and protein-packed egg wrap for breakfast.
This guy rocked. I think it was the best egg wrap I’ve made yet. Something about the eggs today…they had extra flavor, if that’s possible I used 1 whole egg + 2 egg whites, 1/2 cup spinach and 1/4 cup reduced-fat Mexican cheese. So easy and so delicious wrapped up in La Tortilla Factory!
When I finished, I was craving something sweet (go figure!) so I decided to make a little “shot” of 2 oz. POM Wonderful combined with 2 oz. Simply Orange juice. It was a great combination and I highly recommend it – tart + sweet.
I also made myself a mug of Coffee Cocoa to bring in the car with me.
[Breakfast Net Sugar: 7g]
Work was a bit on the slow side today, but I’m not complaining. I edited throughout the morning and then, when I got hungry, pulled out a bar from the lovely Brittany.
I’ve never tried this flavor from Dr. Weil (aka Santa Claus) before. I was excited because I know I like pistachios, and I also saw on the ingredients list that there were some cashews in there as well.
It was SO. GOOD! There were crunchy nut pieces in every bite that balanced the sweetness of the dates just perfectly. Plus, do you see what the packaging says? “No Added Sugars” I see this as a huge victory because it completely satisfied my sweet tooth in a way that was nourishing my body at the same time with all natural ingredients. Thanks, Miss Brittany!
[Snack Net Sugar: 0g]
After work, I came back and set to work on my paper. It wasn’t long before the hunger bug bit me, and I knew something was fishy. Yeah, fishy as in my lunch.
I’ve never tried these salmon packets before. I’m not a big fan of tuna (I know! Crazy!) so I just associated these lil’ packets with that gross fishy tuna taste. NOT SO! As MizFit I’m sure will attest (we tweeted about it this afternoon), this stuff is the real deal if you like salmon. And I used the entire packet (3 servings = 42 grams of glorious protein) to make this:
Oh, it was as good as it looks 😉 I combined the salmon with 1/2 of a huge cucumber (that’s what she said), 2 tbsp. Bone Suckin’ Sauce and 2 tbsp. chipotle hummus (H-U-M-B-E-C-U-E!!) and stirred it all up until everything mixed together. I topped it with some ground pepper and Goya Adobo. MmHm!
It was filling, too! I’m glad that I found a new lunch that is quick and easy! I will add the detailed recipe to my Lazy Chef page when I go on spring break.
[Lunch Net Sugar: 9g (from the Bone Suckin’ Sauce – it adds up!)]
The rest of the afternoon was spent focused on my paper. However, there may have been another mug of Coffee Cocoa in there somewhere. You be the judge:
Oh, and quite possibly, there was also some Wasa + string cheese “snacktion” – whaddya think?
The answer your looking for is yes
[Snack Net Sugar: 6g]
While I was working, I received some exciting stuff in the mail! First of all, I was the winner of the Jackson’s World Country Bob’s giveaway. I finally get to try the sauce that took over the blogosphere!
I also received some coupons from Kasey at Better Whey of Life yogurt. I’m going to bring these home with me so that I can enjoy the yogurt over break!
Before I knew it, the afternoon slipped away from me again. I put on my ratty gym clothes and got in a nice sweat session on the stairmaster, then came home and did some Cardio X. And, since I didn’t stock up on food this week because of my impending break, I grabbed dinner at Panera. Yay!
I had the usual YouPick2, with black bean soup, a Greek salad and a French baguette. I go for the refined carbs at Panera because 1) it’s softer and 2) I rarely eat white bread, so might as well get the good stuff!
One thing that’s nice about Panera is that you always know what you’re getting. The salad dressing is listed right on their website, which made figuring out the “added sugar” easy.
[Dinner Net Sugar: 3g]
After dinner, I headed up to the other side of campus to watch Bobby play in his IM floor hockey championship. He plays for both a co-ed and an all-guys team, and they had back-to-back games tonight. His teams won both times, and he scored three of the winning goals! So proud The best part is, the winners get t-shirts, so now I get the second one and we can be twins. I love t-shirts.
When I finally got back home, I was feelin’ a little snacky, so I decided to satisfy my sweet tooth the “natural” way one more time for the evening with a bowl of frozen grapes + cherries.
Sorry for the crazy halogen lighting!
[Snack Net Sugar: 0g]
Total Added Sugar: 25g
I didn’t even try to be exactly 25g, it just worked that way! I must say, it really doesn’t take that much extra effort to choose “added sugar-free” foods. Reach for a veggie here, a fruit there, or a nut there instead of something out of package, and your set. It really is motivating for me to continue to get such positive feedback from all of you, so THANK YOU! I’m glad that you’re enjoying my new change!
- Emily at The Health Nut is giving away mini meal planners!
- Missy Maintains is giving away Erin Baker’s goodies!
Also, I may or may not be hosting a little somethin’ somethin’ of my own soon Wait and see!
Family policy love,