I may or may not have made an “error” in my Salad Challenge today. After reading Leng’s last post, it would appear that my attempt to rename smoothies and, as you’ll see today, stir-fries as “blended” and “cooked” salads may not be exactly what she was intending So Leng, I apologize in advance if it isn’t what you originally were looking for! I really liked what you said about having it fit our own needs and preferences, though, so perhaps it’s all good.
This morning I was able to wake up early and get in a morning workout at the gym. Since I did my P90X Legs + Back workout yesterday (yes, I finally posted links to all of my P90X reviews!), I took it easy today and did 50-minute Elliptical Intervals. I came back, showered and made myself some Coffee Cocoa (sans whip).
I did a little accounting homework (no more procrastination, here!) while trying to decide what I most wanted for breakfast. Eventually, I decided to make a bowl o’ blue.
I bought some fresh berries over the weekend. This bowl contained:
- 1/2 cup quick oats
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1/2 sliced banana
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- 1 tbsp. ground flax
- Topping: handful of blackberries
When the oats were cooked, the blueberries were still pretty solid, so I pulled out the hand blender and made everything creamy. This bowl was naturally sweet and filling!
After breakfast it was back to the books. I worked pretty much all morning long (give or take an hour that may or may not have been spent napping) and before you can tell me the difference between financial and managerial accounting, it was time for lunch.
Looks a lot like a breakfast, doesn’t it? I was debating between this and oatmeal for breakfast, so I decided to have both I combined the usual 2 egg whites + 1 whole egg with about a cup of spinach in a pan and, once it was scrambled, placed 1/2 of it on a plate and the remaining on top of an Ezekiel muffin. I also microwaved a Morningstar sausage patty for the English muffin, and topped the whole sandwich with some hot sauce and Goya. It was SO good!
This kept me full for a while, which was good since I had to run a bunch of errands during the afternoon. It was good to get outside – my day’s off from classes usually turn me into a hermit, but since the weather is supposed to get nicer later this week, I’m hoping to spend more time outdoors. Once I got back from all the walking around, I was ready for dinner. Here’s where the “salad” comes in!
I brought back the gigantic blue bowl for those of you who liked it I got two of them from my local grocery store for $2 each last spring! I decided that my “salad” would be in the form of stir-fry tonight. Technically, it follows the rules of the challenge, but whether or not it’s a salad is still up for debate.
- At least 1 cup of raw green leafy vegetables (I used 2 cups of spinach)
- At least 1 serving of 1 other vegetable of a different color (I used carrots and mushrooms)
- A source of protein (tempeh!)
- Dressing is optional (I used a light blend of 2 tbsp. peanut dressing)
- One serving of something else you’re feeling at the moment (pea pods and broccoli)
The star of today’s “salad” was tempeh, since it was the first time I had ever tried it.
I used 1 serving (about 4 ounces) and threw everything into a large pan with 1 tsp. sesame oil. I heated the pan on medium-high until everything “looked done” – yeah, not the most accurate approach, but it worked for me.
I added 1 tbsp. of the peanut dressing near the end, and then another tbsp. once I had put everything into the bowl to provide a little flavor in every bite. I rarely if ever make my own stir-fry – I guess I just saw it as time consuming. Um, not so much. This took maybe 10 minutes tops, and tasted amazing!
Nutrition Information (per serving):
- 425 calories
- 15g fat
- 42g carbohydrates
- 21g fiber
- 31g protein
After dinner, I caught up on this week’s episode of 24. Can you say intense?! I snacked on an apple + cinnamon while watching because, clearly, I had not gotten enough fiber yet
Then Bobby came over and we finally got completely caught up with Lost (minus tonight’s episode, so shhh don’t tell me!) We like to DVR and then watch it commercial-free later. Since he left, I’ve been doing some blog reading and more accounting. Yes, it has taken over my life! While working, I got a little snacky, but decided to settle it with some Spring Blend coffee + almond biscotti.
- The lovely Fitnessista is hosting a huge Stonyfield giveaway!
- The outrageously awesome (like my adjectives?) Meghann is giving away planks!
- A very special HAPPY 21st BIRTHDAY to the sweet Miss Courtney!
Friday is just a day away,