May 17-18 Food Diary

May 17th

I made a brunch for my family of caramelized banana steel cut oats (always a hit!), went shopping, started the long process of unpacking my suitcases, and went to dinner with my boyfriend. I also went shopping at Whole Foods and was met with catastrophe: no Beyond Meat chick’n strips! They’re my favorite source of protein and I have them EVERY DAY back in Berkeley. And this Whole Foods carried them during winter break, so this was a bit of a shock ūüė¶

I ended up buying Gardein chick’n strips and they were just… soggy, and with worse macros (aka lower protein per calorie). Not to mention a pain to cook: beyond meat tastes great straight out of the box. Curses!

I also made my first cashew cheese: smoked “gouda”! I still have yet to photograph it, but when I do, I’ll share it–and the recipe too.

No one likes soggy chick’n strips.

Breakfast: 270 cals

  • Steel cut banana oats with protein powder

Lunch: 380

  • Cashew smoked gouda & crackers
  • Yellow squash and Gardein chick’n strips
  • Almond butter and granola

Afternoon snack: 100 cals

  • Tea with soy
  • Dark chocolate covered almonds

Dinner: 620 cals

  • Restaurant black bean burrito with tomatillo salsa, guacamole, and tortilla chips

Night snack: 25 cals

  • Godiva dark chocolate pearls

Total: 1390 cals, ~56g protein

May 18th

In the morning I FINALLY got back to the gym, after a 10 day break thanks to finals and move-out–I’d done 2 bodyweight workouts during those 10 days, but I couldn’t stand another day away from weights. My hip’s still acting up, so I did arms, and sadly my numbers fell a bit on what I could lift. ūüė¶

I’m chalking it up to being tired after a hectic week, and I’m going to try to get my protein intake back up to ~80g. I decided to try¬†yet another new brand of protein powder–so far¬†I’ve tried Sunwarrior, Vega sport, Sprouts’ soy spirulina, 3 different kinds of hemp, and more–and went for Plantfusion chocolate this time. I am IN LOVE with the post-workout chocolate peanut butter milkshake I made with it. So creamy, and with none of that chalky protein powder flavor! (Though this protein powder does not perform well in oatmeal, sadly.)

So creamy and decadent!

I met up with my bestie G of P&P¬†in the afternoon,¬†and although we’d originally planned to go to a cafe, we didn’t have quite enough time… so I ended up dragging her to another¬†Whole Foods (since it was in the area) for a) dinner ingredients and b) to search for my beloved chick’n strips. And they had them in stock!! I ended up buying 4 boxes. And G had¬†endless patience despite my¬†wandering (prancing?) around the store ūüôā

I made a bit of an experimental salad for my parents for dinner, and they gave rave reviews! I thought they’d be put off by the cashew ranch dressing (they’re very¬†gourmet and somewhat picky), but quite the opposite: my mom went on and on about how great it was and how she wants it on everything! I did discover that the kale I bought was way too dry and curly, though–it disintegrated while I tried to massage it. Whoops.

Massaged kale with roasted sweet potato, black eyed peas, and smoky cashew ranch dressing

Breakfast: 230 cals

  • Dates and almond butter

Lunch: 260

  • Oat bran porridge with banana, flax, protein powder, and Grape Nuts

Post-workout: 270 cals

  • Chocolate peanut butter protein shake

Dinner: 320 cals

  • Kale salad with roasted sweet potato, black eyed peas, smoky cashew ranch dressing

Night snack: 360 cals

  • Homemade thin mints
  • Tea with soy

Total: 1450 cals, ~61g protein


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