Recipe Review: Debbie’s Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies

I am of the opinion that the introduction of people to the Internet is one of the worst things to happen, ever. Have you ever played World of Warcraft or gone to 4chan? Seriously, it’s like anonymity just triggers something in people that makes them feel the need to say things like, “My balls are moist” every five minutes in a public forum. Would you ever go to the grocery store and yell, “MY BALLS ARE MOIST”? No! But, apparently, it is totally OK to do so on the Internet.

Every once and awhile, though, the Internet is responsible for something beautiful, like the union of myself and Debbie of Words to Eat By‘s recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies.

I found this recipe back in the day, when I was still distrustful of anything/everything that came from culinary blogs, which I imagined were just written by people biding their time between food (or regular) porn sessions. Besides, I had been using the Nestle Tollhouse cookie recipe for years and didn’t really see any need to replace such a tried and true formula. But, Debbie had a lot of confidence in this cookie: She calls them “The Best Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies in the Entire World,” and after trying them, myself, I’m inclined to agree with the name.

These cookies fit my exact definition of a perfect chocolate chip cookie: Crispy at the edges, supremely chewy in the middle (I hate a poofy chocolate chip cookie) and rich in butter/vanilla flavor. Debbie produced the recipe by utilizing a few unique techniques, like chilling the dough before baking it. Look at these cookies; they’re gorgeous.

And they taste as good as they look (though, they taste much less blurry), so go make them right now.

Unbelievably Delicious Chocolate Chip Cookies – Makes approximately 24 cookies

Adapted from Debbie’s recipe for The Best Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies in the Entire World

1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
½ t. baking soda
½ t. salt
¼ pound (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
½ cup sugar
¾ cup tightly packed light brown sugar
1 ½ t. vanilla extract
1 large egg, at room temperature, lightly beaten
5 oz. (140 grams) semisweet chocolate (Debbie uses 7 oz. of bittersweet chocolate in her recipe, but I prefer my cookies to be more batter- than chip-centric)

1. Combine the flour, salt and baking soda in a medium bowl and set aside.

2. Cream the butter and sugars together in either a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment or a hand mixer set on low speed (This is important: According to Debbie, the speed at which you cream these two ingredients makes the mixture hold the flour differently and consequently spread out less). Beat the ingredients until the mixture is lump-free (about three to four minutes), then stop to scrape down the sides of the bowl.

3. Add your vanilla and the egg to the butter/sugar mixture, and resume mixing until the addition is just incorporated (about 15 seconds). Stop and scrape down the sides of the paddle and/or bowl again.

4. Set your mixing utensil/machine of choice to low speed and combine the flour with your butter mixture, and beat until just incorporated. Once the ingredients are combined, stop mixing, scrape down the bowl again, and add your chocolate chips until they are also just incorporated (If you’re using a hand mixer to make your cookie batter, mix in the chocolate chips by hand with a wooden spoon).

5. Refrigerate the dough for at least an hour (Yesterday, I had the time to let the batter chill for seven hours, and I think it made for the nice, chew texture.)

6. When you’re to bake your cookies, preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line your baking sheets with parchment paper or Silpats. Spoon the dough  onto the baking sheets so that the cookies are about two inches apart.

Note: If you’re going to be placing more than one baking sheet in the oven at a time, make sure you adjust your oven racks so that they are in the lower and upper thirds of the oven.

7. Bake for around eight to nine minutes (I think my oven is a little hot, though, so you may want to go with Debbie’s baking time of 11 to 13 minutes) or until golden brown around the edges. Midway through baking, make sure to turn the sheets halfway through and, if there is more than one baking sheet in the oven, switch the racks on which they are situated.

8. Remove baking sheets from the oven and slide the parchment paper or Silpats onto a work surface. Once the cookies are sufficiently set, place them on a cooling rack. Cookies can be stored for up to three days in an airtight container, but you should wait at least 20 minutes before placing them in said container.

Nutritional Information (per one cookie):

Calories: 140

Fat: 5.9 g.

Sat. Fat: 3.5 g.

Cholesterol: 19 mg.

Sodium: 33.4 mg.

Carbohydrates: 23 g.

Protein: 1.4 g.

Fiber: 0.6 g.

New Things Thursday: Potato Bread

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During the great Hight Fructose Corn Syrup purge of ’09, I neglected to check the ingredient list of one of my staples; my bread. For some reason, I just worked under the assumption that because my loaf of choice wasn’t particularly sweet, it must not have any wiggidy-whack sweeteners. Anyway, I came to the realization that my logic might be slightly flawed when, while home for break a while back, I found that my mom’s bread had the devil’s sugar in it and subsequently checked the ingredient list of my own loaf of choice. Le gasp! My beloved Pepperidge Farm Light Style Wheat Bread contained the dreaded HFCS! HOW COULD THIS BE?!

I was angered, but neglected to find a HFCS-free replacement for my bread; for one thing, I refused to pay more than 40 calories for a slice of bread, and for another, I just couldn’t find a single brand of bread that didn’t have HFCS in it. WTH?

As you may recall, though, I recently began to turn my back on low-fat, “weight management” foods, and I decided the HFCS-laden monstrosity that was my “Light Style” bread had to go. But, what to replace it with? Most other breads were—as I mentioned previously—afflicted with an ingredient list that contained HFCS, and many regular loaves had no nutritional value whatsoever. One day, however, I paused in front of the potato bread.

The brand carried by my grocery store invited me to “Compare [Their] Nutrition!”, and at the time I was pretty sure this was a challenge, so, affronted by the audacity of this bread, I accepted their duel invitation.

For your convenience, here’s my new bread’s basic nutritional statistics (for, I did take home the potato bread of the whole wheat variety that day) versus those of my old bread.

Per 1 Slice of Whole Wheat Potato Bread:

Calories: 70 calories (+30 calories)

Fat: 1 gram (+ .67 gram) – Note: This bread, like my old bread, has no saturated fat. So, this really doesn’t matter.

Fiber: 4 grams (+2 grams)

Protein: 6 grams (+4 grams)

So, basically the only drawback of this particular bread is the higher calorie count. But, I find it to be much more satisfying (probably because of the higher fiber/protein stats.) than light bread, and also much tastier, as potato bread is dense, hearty and a little bit sweet. Granted, I love carbohydrates in almost all of their forms, so when I say “I LOVE THIS BREAD” it doesn’t really mean much, but let me say this: While I used to make sandwiches with my old bread, I now take the slices of potato bread and eat them alongside what would have been my sandwich filling. Even when I eat my pre-workout snack of half a nutbutter sandwich, I take the time to peel off the non-nutbuttered crusts.

Mmmm, satiating.

New Things Thursday: Oat Bran

I’ve always been a cold cereal kind of lady; I don’t know why, but there’s something about crunching through a bowl of the stuff in the morning that gets me ready to seize the day. Like, OM NOM NOM I AM CRUNCHING YOU CEREAL LIKE I AM GOING TO CRUNCH THE WORLD TODAY. Alright, perhaps not. Still, most mornings I opt for cold cereal rather than hot. However, when I started lifting weights on a regular basis, I started including oatmeal with protein powder more frequently in my breakfast rotation. I’m a big fan of novelty, though, so when Tina mentioned on her blog that she had recently swapped out oatmeal for oat bran, I decided to give it a try myself.

And, I really like it. Oat bran is prepared the same way as oatmeal and tastes exactly the same as it’s breakfast-food brethren (i.e., it tastes kind of like nothing—oat bran is one of those “choose your own adventure/flavor” type of foods), but the texture is different and that’s what I’m really enjoying about it: Oat bran is chewier than oatmeal, and has smaller grains. It’s almost like eating quinoa or rice.

Anyway, here’s my evening snack of oat bran with milk and cinnamon/sugar:

… OK, this is a terrible picture and gives you no idea of the size/texture of oat bran. Just go look at Tina’s blog, she has a camera and photography skills.

ANYWAY, as and added bonus, a serving of oat bran has 30 fewer calories, two more grams of protein and two more grams of fiber than a serving of oatmeal that is the same size. Not a huge difference, but it adds up, ja? Also, I personally picked up the Hodgson’s Mill variety of oat bran, but I’m sure there are other tasty brans out there.

Ugh, weigh-in day tomorrow, and I really have my hopes up, which makes it worse; I’m really pulling for a number in my 120s, but we’ll see! I should really be focusing on non-scale victories, though, like not bingeing, rather than letting myself get wrapped up in a number. But, I just want to be DONE.

History Repeats

Ugh, I had another splurge last night, and I’m not that proud of this one; I was doing great all day, eating intuitively and the whatnot, when after dinner (which I waited until I was hungry to eat, around 7:30 p.m.) I was struck by the worst craving for something sweet. Well, I indulged it, and this would have been fine had I stopped with the one indulgence, but in addition to my ice cream/warm delight combo I also downed 3 Reese’s sticks and 8 Newman-O’s (which are very tasty, by the way). Granted, after I tallied up the damage I found it wasn’t as bad as last week’s splurge and I can still meet my goal of an 1,850 calorie average for the week, but only if I eat approximately 1,550 calories per day the rest of the week. Now, I would have much rather have had those calories I spent tonight spread out over the week—particularly since I was doing so well eating intuitively—but I just got into such a frenzy. And, I really have no idea why such an intense need to feed came over me all of a sudden. Alas. Now, I’ll have to count calories, because I really don’t want to see another gain this week.

I’m hoping the gains I’ve seen thus far while maintaining are just my metabolism readjusting to more calories (I have to remember that I’ve more or less only been eating 1,600 calories per day for the past year, and then some) and that soon maybe it’ll pick up.

I’m still sad, though, that I chowed so much when a normal person would have stopped at one treat. What came over me? Lesson learned, though; I can’t have things like cookies and whatnot in my personal space. I bought the Newman-Os last week and had been just letting them chill out until I could eat more than a few (I didn’ want to open the bag just to eat one and have the rest of the bag go stale), but I think with stuff like that I just end up only eating them when I get into a frenzy like I did tonight, rather than in moderation on a day-to-day basis because, really, I know I can’t enjoy just two cookies; that’s just not enough for me come snack time.

ARGH ANGRY. But, I’m not going to beat myself up about it; I have a midterm coming up tomorrow and had two essays due last week, and I think the stress is just catching up with me. That, and I’m wondering if I’m missing something in my diet; when I spoke to the nutritionist about cravings for sweets, she said that is generally a sign that your body isn’t getting enough fuel. And on the one hand I think, “Well, I’ve been pretty satisfied each day!” But on the other hand, I did run over 6 miles yesterday morning and I haven’t had any lean protein (unless you count eggs, hotdogs or the roast beef/tuna I put on my sandwiches) since my first week of school. Maybe I should just bite the bullet and go to the cafeteria/order something from a local restaurant for a protein boost. I’m also P.M.S.-ing, though, and I feel like a large meal would send me over the edge eating-wise, and I don’t want to have to diet next week! Though, I have a feeling I’m going to have to, if only as a preventive measure on account of the wedding I’m going to on the 7th of November—I’d hate to get on the scale the Friday before and be outside my goal range, and thus feel like I couldn’t enjoy myself at such a special event. This is really a bad time—what with the holidays coming up and a stressful schedule overall—to try and learn intuitive eating but, if not now, when? Regardless, I woke up this morning with a horrible appetite; maybe I should just eat what I want today without going overboard and start my diet program tomorrow? I don’t know what to do!

Edit: I just demolished six cookies before breakfast. This day is not heading anywhere good.

Grocery Bags and Giveaways

Fellow Boston-area blogger Elina is giving away a nice little prize package over at Healthy and Sane that includes a pedometer, V8 soup (which will be mad comforting to nom on with the cold weather comin’ in, dontcha think?) and a reusable grocery bag, among other rad things! To enter, just click here and leave a comment on the entry!

In other breaking news, I just had a roast beef sandwich with an apple for lunch. It fit what I wanted taste-wise, but I feel like I’m going to be hungry again in an hour. And, even though I’m not counting calories, I still think, “Well, my lunch should be around 300 calories,” etc. I really want to get out of this mindset and eat according to my hunger, not how many calories I think each meal should be.

P.S. – The giveaway ends at 5 p.m. EST on October 29th, so hurry thyselves!

Goin’ Runnin’ and GoLean

In a session that was the complete opposite of last week’s interval workout, I hella plowed this morning; I ended up shaving three minutes off my time for running 6 miles (NEW RECORD: 1 hr., 4 minutes and 9 seconds) and ended up doing 6.4 miles total at increased intensity. I actually could have gone for longer, I think, but I’m hesitant to extend my workouts. On the one hand, I want to get stronger, but at the same time I don’t want to start an excercise routine that I can’t keep up—it would be mad dreadful if I started exercising more and, consequently, eating more only to have to cut back on my workouts at some point in the near future because of a new job or some such thing.

I would have liked to sleep in today, but if I want to use the machines in my school’s mini-gym (the main gym doesn’t open until 10 a.m.) for my interval workout, then I need to get there early—machines tend to fill up fast later in the morning, and the equipment at both the main gym and the mini-gym has a half-hour time limit. So, if I want to use the machine for my full 70-minute long routine, I need to get there before everyone else has need of the equipment and can justifiably boot me off mid-workout. I think tomorrow I’m going to walk, though, and the outdoors don’t have a time limit and are open 24 hours, last I checked, so I’ll get out to excercise when I feel like it.

I wrote down everything I ate yesterday, but I didn’t count calories. It was a little weird, going through the day and not knowing how many calories I had left and such—I was really trying to avoid the mental tally—but at the end of the day I felt good about the experience; I had eaten when I was hungry and satisfied my cravings, and though I probably could have used an additional snack at the end of the day, it was 10 p.m. when I became hungry and I couldn’t be bothered to have a snack so close to bedtime. It’s interesting, though, that when you’re not counting calories you don’t just eat to eat, which I found I frequently did while I was dieting—if I had 300 calories left at the end of the day, I would eat them regardless of whether I was hungry or not. That, and I’ve found I need far fewer and much smaller snacks than I did while dieting; at my main meals, I use the “matchmaking” technique, which means I pick something that really sounds good rather than according to calories, and the result is that I’m satisfied for much longer. And, contrary to what I thought prior to starting intuitive eating, eating “whatever I want” hasn’t entailed copious amounts of junk food. Instead, when no foods are off limits, I find that 90% I really want some healthy/hearty.

Dang, I need a shower. Not only do I smell hell of terrible, but I am also mad chilly because I/my sweat has cooled off. Eww. Usually I’d have cereal for breakfast, but I’m really feeling something hot today; I picked up some of Kashi’s new GoLean Strawberry Flax frozen waffles the other day at the grocery store, and they are so good, so I think I’ll hit those up.

Rediscovering Intuition: Day ??

So, I went to post a “Daily Eats” entry, and I realized that I can’t be bothered to count how many days I’ve been maintaining my weight. Congratulations, sloth; you ruined my theme.

Anyway, I haven’t done a round-up of my noms in awhile, so I figure I’d distract myself from the prospect of tomorrow’s weigh-in with such a post. Here’s what I nommed yesterday:

Pre-Workout Snack (7:30 a.m.):  6 g. of Peanut Butter on a slice of bread

When I wake up, I’m almost always hungry, so this is the easiest part of my day, intuitive eating-wise!

Breakfast (10 a.m.): 58 g. of Kashi GoLean with 17 g. of Strawberry Frosted Mini-Wheats and 2.5 oz. of skim milk

Initially, I was a little sad that I had to replace my High Fructose Corn Syrup-harboring Special K Protein Plus with the Kashi GoLean. But, even though the GoLean has less protein per gram, it keeps me much fuller than the Special K ever did.

Lunch (12:30 p.m.): Amy’s Lower Sodium Vegetable Lasagna

I’m really lovin’ on these lasagnas; I’m a big fan of a hot lunch, but most quick, hot lunches are high sodium frozen meals. Amy’s takes out the “high sodium” part and leaves me with a really filling, tasty lunch that is also very satisfying. It’s funny, but it’s been really useful in my intuitive eating quest; some of the questions my nutritionist recommended I ask myself when choosing meals are a) how would a particular food feel inside your stomach and b) how do you want your meal to taste and feel. The former seemed ridiculous, and the latter obvious, but I realized I rarely considered either when I was choosing meals; when I was dieting, I selected my meals according to foods that fit with certain calorie counts, rather than what I actually wanted. But, since I’ve started asking myself “How would a food feel in my tummy?”, I usually find that a warm meal sounds the best and thus keeps me the most satiated. And, when I actually stop to consider what kind of flavor I want from a meal, I get the same result. So, I’ve found that a sandwich packed with protein and fiber isn’t as satisfying as a bowl of oatmeal, say, when the oatmeal is what I really want (unfortunately, oatmeal is rarely what I really want. If only.)

Afternoon Snack: None!

THIS was surprising. Usually, I’d just eat regardless of whether I was hungry because I “had the calories,” but yesterday I found I just didn’t need a snack and, for class=”mceItemHidden”> the first time in quite awhile, I consequently didn’t eat one. I AM HONORING MY HUNGER. Now, I just need to start eating a snack if I am genuinely hungry, but don’t have the calories.

Dinner: Two scrambled eggs; two pieces of toast topped with 4 g. of butter and 10 g. of cinnamon-sugar; One container of Fage 2% Total Yogurt with Cherry; one apple

This meal is a really great example of the “what do I really want” shift occurring when I choose my meals. Usually, I would have a more traditional dinner, but I’ve been craving eggs and cinnamon toast. So, I had it for dinner! And, it was ridiculously satisfying (check out what time I ate my after-dinner snack!) Sidenote: Microwaved eggs, while mildly spongey in texture, are actually pretty legit.

Snack (9 p.m.): 40 g. of Oatmeal with 3 oz. of skim milk and 10 g. of cinnamon-sugar; 5 g. of Nutella on a slice of bread

Yeah, I waited to eat my snack until I was actually hungry! Though, I think the most difficult part of my day was not continuing to eat when I knew I had more calories left for the day; indeed, I probably didn’t even need the Nutella on bread, but I chomped it anyway about 20 minutes after I had my oatmeal. Still, baby steps, I reckon.

The End of an Era

I have a confession:

I splurged last night.

I splurged a lot.

But, what I didn’t do is binge. In the past, whenever I “fell off the wagon,” the result would be a massive consumption of anything and everything in sight, regardless of whether it appealed to me or not. And last night, I had what I wanted and that was it (one Kashi TLC bar and a slice of bread notwithstanding).

I was hungry, and I wanted that candy. So, after literally agonizing about it for an hour, I thought, “I deserve it,” and just ate it. And I enjoyed it. And, if I get on the scale this week and I’ve gained a little, so be it—I’ll eat well until I’m back to where I want  class=”hiddenGrammarError” pre=”want “>to be. I may even still be within my acceptable range, because I didn’t binge—I just enjoyed. And, there’s still candy leftover (granted, there was a lot of candy to begin with and there’s not that much candy left, but that’s besides the point). I ate until I was full, and it felt good.

I’m done counting calories; it obviously doesn’t work for me, and it’s time for me to start living my life, anyway.

So, since I seem to have jumped feet first into intuitive eating, it’s fortunate that I have an appointment with my school’s nutritionist today, who I was going to talk to about easing into intuitive eating. I shall share her wisdom later.

Maintenance: Day Eight / High Fructose Corn Saboteur

I’ve never really considered myself an “organic” kind of person; I generally leave that portion of the grocery store to HIPPIES and COMMUNISTS who aren’t American enough to support the chemical industries of the United States by buying products with unpronounceable ingredients.

No, in all seriousness, though, I just never really put that much weight on buying organic products; for one, I’m a college student with a limited budget, and if there’s a cereal that’s comparable nutrition wise to an organic cereal, then I’m certainly not going to shell out an extra $2 for the organic version. That, and I buy products I enjoy tasting, and many organic products … well … they can be kind of vile. To sumarize: I just never thought that organic products were really worth the extra money. How bad can certain ingredients in mainstream products really be for me? Last I checked, Mr. Medieval was chomping on a high fructose corn syrup free diet, and while I am I’m 90% sure I’m beating him in the life expectancy department.

And then I came across this review on “Would I Buy It Again?,” which contains the following statement:

“… What makes High Fructose Corn Syrup so evil is that science has shown that the high fructose corn syrup is more likely to stick to the fat cells in your body than regular sugar and therefore make you fatter.”

Ahmygawd.

AHMYGAWD FAT GET IT OFF GET IT OFF GET IT OFF.

Now, maybe it’s just a testament to my horrible weight-related neuroses, but on my following trip to the grocery store, I started reading labels, and practically everything I would usually buy contained the aforementioned enemy. So, I put it all back, because now that I know that mainstream products are actually doing me harm rather than just chillin’ in my body with a few benign, chemical friends, I don’t know if I can really go back to mainstream food containing High Fructose Corn Syrup. Will it actually make a difference in my health? Who knows, but I can’t in good faith pick out a food containin’ the H.F.C.S., anymore.

So, what did I chomp on yesterday, the day I exiled H.F.C.S.?

Breakfast (9 a.m.): 58 g. of Special K (200 calories) with 15 g. of Mini-Wheats (55 calories) and 2 oz. of skim milk (20 calories)

Alright, I didn’t make it through my blogroll until after breakfast. Sue me. However, if there was any part of my diet I thought would be devoid of H.F.C.S., it would be have the breakfast cereal marketed to women trying to lose weight. And, had they had it in stock at the grocery store, I probably wouldn’t have checked the ingredients on account of this assumption. So, it’s a good thing they didn’t have Special K in stock (I ended up picking up this variety Kashi Go Lean, instead), because when I checked the ingredients this morning on a whim, there was H.F.C.S., all up in the cereal I’ve been eating in copious amounts. Traitor. Ironically, the Frosted Mini-Wheats are clean.

Lunch (Noon): Amy’s Lower Sodium Vegetable Lasagna (290 calories); 1/2 an apple (30 calories); two Reese’s Miniatures (90 calories)

Normally, I wouldn’t have two frozen meals in one day (I had one planned for dinner, too), but seeing as how this was a lower sodium variety I figured doubling up on ye olde laziness dishes was OK. I had never had the Lower Sodium variety of the Amy’s Lasagna before, but I loved the regular kind and decided to give it a try. The sauce tasted much more like fresh vegetable puree than marinara sauce, which wasn’t a bad thing, it was just different; it made for a much sweeter sauce (though it was a “natural” sweet, not a “sugar” sweet, if that makes sense). The cheese, however, was fantastic: A nice mozzarella that I would have liked more of.

Snack (3 p.m.): Kashi TLC Pumpkin Pie Fruit and Grain Bar (120 calories); 1/2 an apple (30 calories); Tuna sandwich (150 calories)

I don’t usually buy bars; I tend to eat them like candy, and I just don’t find them to be that nutritionally worthwhile. However, after finding my usual lunch supplement (Yoplait Light) contained H.F.C.S., I needed something else to bulk up lunches/snacks. I’d heard good things about the Kashi bars, and they were only 10 calories more than my usual container of yogurt and had the same amount of protein, so I picked up the Pumpkin Pie variety. Oh, man—so tasty. The texture is a little odd—the bars are labeled as being “chewy”, but it’s actually a layer of chewy pumpkin flavor on top of crunchy grain bar—and this threw me off a little at first, but they legitimately taste like a lighter version of the filling you find in pumpkin pie. Also, this snack kept me hell of full; I went to the gym after class at 4:30 and didn’t have dinner until 6:45 (which is late for me), but even when dinner did roll around I was only a tiny bit hungry.

Dinner (6:45 p.m.): Lean Cuisine Hunan Stir Fry with Beef (260 calories)

Personally, I don’t find this to be the most filling dinner, but I was having a big dessert and wanted something light. This makes an excellent lunch, though, and it is chock full of vegetables, including plenty of broccoli and edamame. The saucy is tasty, too, a kind of generic, sweet Asian sauce that isn’t very spicy but which is pleasant in its own unassuming way.

Dessert (8 p.m.): Betty Crocker Warm Delight in Hot Fudge Brownie (370 calories); one pint of Vanilla Haagen-Daz (875)

Oh, yes. I think next week, though, I may have to forego my usual foray with these two; I’d like to spread my bonus calories through the entire week, and this really takes a big chunk out of my allowance (I used 890 bonus calories yesterday, which leaves me with 510. Blergh). Sometimes, I have no idea how I’m going to go out to eat and such without gaining weight when I begin eating intuitively—if this takes that big a chunk out of my calorie allowance, what is a dinner out going to daily calorie intake? Am I going to have to skimp every other day of the week just because I go out? I just honestly don’t know how I’m going to adequately judge how much I need each day, especially when I indulge.

Do you buy organic? If so, why?

Maintenance: Day Two

On a recent trip to the movie theater to see a film for review, I lost my beloved metal water bottle somewhere along the line. And today, I also left its Klean Kanteen-replacement behind at the movie theater. Fortunately, I realized shortly after I got back to my dorm that it was missing and was able to call the theater to make sure they put it aside/had it, but I  won’t be able to pick it up until Thursday. This is kind of a pain in the ass, as I drink a frick-ton of water and I literally bring my water bottle with me everywhere, though I apparently should not bring it with me to the cinema. Lesson learned. I hate not having a water bottle; I guess at some point I’ll have to go buy a bottled beverage so I can use the container for water. I hope the movie theater doesn’t throw it away, though, since I won’t be able to get it right away.

I’m having a hard time with my appetite this week for some reason, even though I’m eating a little bit more on a daily basis. I think it’s just stress; I have two papers due Tuesday and a midterm and Justice work, and it seems a little overwhelming at the moment. I’m tempted to just chow, but I would be so disappointed if I had to start dieting again right after having reached my goal weight.

 Here’s what I noshed on today:

Pre-Workout Snack (7 a.m.): 6 g. of peanut butter on bread (80 calories); green tea

Breakfast (10 a.m.): 58 g. of Special K with 26 g. of Strawberry Frosted Mini-Wheats and 2 oz. of skim milk (310 calories)

Normally, I don’t like to eat breakfast this late, but I didn’t make it out the door until around 8:15 a.m., and my 6 mile run took 1 hour, 23 minutes and 40 seconds (thanks, iPod stopwatch). I always follow up my runs with a stretch, so I didn’t get around to the breakfast until 10 a.m. I’m glad I started integrating a pre-workout snack into my day; I would have been famished post-workout today, otherwise.

Snack: Fun size packet of M & Ms (75 calories)

So, because I needed more temptation in my life, I picked up some fun size Halloween candy at the grocery store this Friday. I was little hungry at noon and lunch wasn’t until 1 p.m. (I pack my lunch on days I go the movie theater so that it’s easier to pass by the snack stand—I’m not going to buy something when I’ve brought food), so I dug into the M & Ms. Initially, I thought this was a bad decision, as there weren’t very many M & Ms in the pack and I figured I should have picked something more likely to tide me over until lunch, but it actually staved off the nom-beast pretty well; when lunch time rolled around, I actually was hardly hungry. Thanks, sugar!

Lunch (1 p.m.): Roast beef sandwich (170 calories); 1/2 an apple (30 calories); 30 g. of Parmesan & Garlic Cheez-Its (150 calories)

Yes, I am bulking up my lunch! Last week, I added yogurt to the lunch round-up, but this week I’m going the cracker route. Granted, they’re definitely not as nutritionally pumped as yogurt, but you have to treat yourself, right? Also, my mum sent me these crackers, and a good snack cracker is a terrible thing to waste. For those of you who haven’t tried this variety, though, go pick up a box right now; the garlic flavor is noticable but not overpowering, and the parmesan taste is nice and sharp and gives way to the flavor of a regular Cheez-it (I never would have expected Cheez-Its to take me on such a culinary adventure, but, there you are).

Snack (4 p.m.): Tuna Sandwich (150 calories); 1/2 an apple (30 calories)

Dinner (6 p.m.): 3 oz. of carrots with 24 g. of Sabra Roasted Red Pepper Hummus (95 calories); two Oscar-Meyer Light Franks on two slices of bread (260 calories)

This is a fairly decent dinner, but I think that once I’m done with the pack of franks in my ‘fridge, I’m going to replace this dish with a new dinner entree; there’s just … something about hotdogs I don’t trust. Also, they are mad high in sodium. So, unless I can find a decent, low calorie, organic hotdog, I’m going to have to find something new to nosh on for dinner. I’m thinking egg sammiches, which I can finagle with my limited kitchen options. Any dinner recommendations?

I think I’m going to conclude the evening with a nice bowl of oatmeal, though I forgot to find new toppings the last time I went grocery shopping. I have some ideas, though, after reading this post on Eat Clean Live Green; I wonder how nutella would taste in oatmeal?

Also, the “Healthy Living” tag is getting obese. I should probably just get rid of it as 90% of the blog concerns “healthy living.”

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