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What I Ate Wednesday + Sugar-Free Week Recap

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Well, I survived #SugarFreeWeek!

Now that it’s over, I have to admit that it was easier than I originally thought it would be. I was tracking my eats and read the labels of everything processed (crackers, yogurt, etc.). If it contained sugar it was a no. If it was sweetened naturally, I ate a little bit of it. And by eating this way for a week, it reminded me that this was my actual diet! This is how I normally eat. It was no problem at all, to ditch the junk and eat fresh food, made from scratch, mostly veggies, fruit, grain and lean protein. I just needed a little kick in the you-know-what to snap out of my sweet treats habit, that I slowly developed over a few weeks.

For example, I made myself this super filling breakfast smoothie this morning.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup cooked rolled oats (leftover)
  • 1 oz chilled coffee
  • a tsp of peanut butter (Whole Foods 365 brand only has one ingredient: organic dry roasted peanuts)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • cocoa powder
  • cinnamon
  • a few vegan chocolate chips

Give it a quick blend and you’re good to go.

The chocolate chips were sweetened with organic cane juice, so I was OK with it especially since I only added 7 or 8 chips in total.

This was an amazing combo that I will keep in in my breakfast rotation, especially since I’m extreeeeeeemely slow in the mornings lately. Prep the night before, add milk and the frozen ‘nana in the morn and you’re good to go!

Other breakfasts included eggs, toast & fruit, or yogurt, kamut puffs and banana.

Lunch is always a tricky one for me, because the little guy is usually snacking pretty frequently, so I end up filling up on his snacks as well, such as grapes, bell peppers, cucumbers, crackers, hummus, cheese, raisins or Lärabars. So when lunchtime rolls around, I’m either starving, because my son wouldnt share, or I’d be full, because he didn’t eat his snacks.

I still make it a point to make our lunch (for habit purposes), and that could be anything from a PB&J, to grilled cheese, or more hummus and veg. When we’re out and about, we might pick up something from a salad bar, or yesterday little dude and I shared a Chipotle burrito bowl (see above).

Treats:

We got Starbucks on the weekend and my mind went blank about the whole no sugar thing.  The other sweet treat was whole wheat crepes, with a bit of whipped cream, fresh strawberries and homemade blueberry sauce.

Dinners are always simple.

Yesterday, for example, I was so happy to see chicken enchiladas in the freezer, after spending 3 hours chasing the little guy around the park and playground. I had no desire to spend time in the kitchen, and since I had done my prep work the week before, this worked out perfectly!

What did I think of going sugar-free for a week?

My diet is by no means perfect, and it might not ever be in someone else’s eyes. For others, my foods may look super healthy, I don’t know. Remember, my goal was not to cut out all sweets or treats. My goal was to eat more at home, from-scratch meals, made with real food. Yes, we did eat out a couple of times, but I stuck mostly to fish tacos and salad. Oh, and then there was Umami Burger in Costa Mesa on the weekend… Oh well.

I just needed to give my body a little space and time to wean myself off the added sweeteners and processed junk, to get back to my normal eating habits and I’m happy to report it worked!

Jenn over at Peas and Crayons is hosting What I Ate Wednesday, so make sure to check out some other fabulous bloggers’ eats.

Did you ever ditch sugar for an extended period of time? How did it affect you?

What are your fun eats of the week?

 

Recipe Fail & Veggie Challenge!

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Happy Weekend, everyone!

As previously mentioned, I was going to share a recipe, which I’ve been wanting to re-create since coming back from Europe.

Pork Tenderloin with Chanterelles and Roasted Veggies

Star of the show: Chanterelles!

I’m usually not big on pork, but when we had this together with our family, I just knew that I would have to make my own version of this.

BUT: I was a little disappointed with the way it turned out. The chanterelles and veggies were ok, but the pork just really wasn’t my thing. It was a little dry and only tasted like meat – no other more complex flavours, which is how I usually like my meat/any dish. And in general it just turned out a little too greasy and tasteless to truly enjoy it. :(

It still filled us up, but I simply cannot share a recipe that I wouldn’t make again. #FAIL

FYI: I worked with these ingredients: 1 pork tenderloin, 4 small potatoes, 1 cup broccoli florets, 1 cup (or more) green beans, 5 crimini mushrooms, 1 pepper, and 150 grams (or more, if you can afford them…) of fresh chanterelles. Also, some butter, olive oil, salt and pepper, 1 clove of garlic, 1 small shallot.

Sounds promising, doesn’t it?

It really looked better than it tasted, though…

Let me know if you have any ideas on making this dish tastier. My first step would be to eliminate the pork tenderloin. I think I’ve had enough meat for a while.

Speaking of eliminating meat, how about a fun challenge? Going meatless for 1 week! I’m going to start right now!!!

I will still eat fish and seafood, because they are delicious and deliver protein and essential fatty acids, but meat – no thankyouverymuch! I will tweet my eats once a day and then summarize next Friday, how it went. Feel free to join me on twitter @susoniadotcom for #veggieweek.

Good thing I had lots of veggies leftover. Great starting point. :)

Happy weekend!

Look What I’ve Found…

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Heirloom Tomatoes!

I was stoked to see they still sell them. I thought they must be out of season by now. But then, they probably come from some kind of greenhouse… :o

I also got some other funky stuff at Whole Foods:

From greens, over Tamari soy sauce, Kombucha, Power Cookies and Honeycrisps, to Nanaimo Bars for my guy. We bought a little bit from every part of the store…

A mountain of cheese! From bottom to top: Appenzeller, Cave Aged Gruyere, Robusto, and Cambozola.

This is why I could probably never become a vegan! I’m kind of a cheese-a-holic;-) I try to eat as plant based as I can during the day. Sometimes I only eat vegan dishes until dinner. Other days I start my day with eggs and cheese. it totally depends. For dinner I try to eat as balanced as I possibly can with the budget and time schedule of a working student. Usually some kind of lean protein, some greens, and a small amount of carbs (which I probably should skip in order to lose some pounds :shock: …).

I also bought this:

Dulse. I’m excited, because I wanted to try these sea vegetables for a while now. I just have to figure out what to do with them…

So, how’s the Get-Back-On-Track Challenge going?

It’s going well for me, so far. No flavoured lattes in the past few days. We only ate out once ( so far) on Tuesday, because that’s our movie date night (and I have a late class and don’t feel like cooking…). I had whole wheat pasta with tomato sauce and took half of it to the movie theatre home. We ended up watching Megamind, which was pretty funny. I certainly can identify with the evil genius character… muhahaha :evil:

What other movies are shown right now? Has anyone seen Harry Potter VII, yet? 

Enjoy your day and see you soon,

Susan