Apr 252017
 

The hard part of any diet is being creative. It’s so easy to get into a rut and eat the same thing for days and days…Before you know it, you’re completely burned out on eating salads every day and all you want is a big burrito or slice of pizza!

When I decided to try limiting my carb intake, I struggled to find quick and easy lunches I could take to work. When I’m home it’s easy to figure out something but I needed stuff that was easily packed ahead of time.

I bought some containers that have compartments to make it easier to transport several different things without a big mess. I love this and this! So far they work great! No leaks, no mess. The dual compartment ones I have are fabulous. In one side I put some roasted veggies, the other side hummus or tuna salad.

So here are a few of my lunches and snacks I’ve been enjoying lately:

Lunches

Lunch #1

I do these “rollup” things. I take some sliced deli meat (it varies, ham, roast beef, turkey or pastrami, and sometimes I mix and match them together) with a slice of cheese and a little mustard and roll it up. I usually pack 2 for lunch. Sometimes I have pickles and olives with it.

Then I had some roasted veggies on the side. I love roasted veggies! And they are surprisingly filling. I usually do broccoli, onion, Brussels Sprouts, and carrots. (Sometimes I’ll add some sweet potatoes or butternut squash but I’m trying not do that right now.)

 

Lunch #2

I made some tuna salad. I took a can of tuna, added some mayo and mustard, diced carrots, diced onion, diced pickles and some seasoning. Instead of crackers I took cucumber slices. One day I had some cheddar slices with it and another day I had string cheese.

Lunch #3

I got some chile lime chicken burgers from Trader Joe’s that are super low in carbs and calories. I have a patty with cheese and some roasted veggies.

I also got butternut squash to add to my roasted veggies.

Also, some riced cauliflower and turkey meatballs. Yum! (Although the above photo is more for dinner than lunch.)

Lunch #4

Big salad with lettuce, carrots, avocado, Chipotle dressing and the pre-cooked chicken fajita strips (bought on a whim because they were marked down and they were actually pretty good!).

 

Lunch #5

Kind of of a hodge-podge of things. A hardboiled egg, some chopped ham, and roasted veggies.

Snacks

Snack #1

Plain Greek Yogurt with sliced strawberries.

Snack #2

Sliced apple with string cheese.

Snack #3

Pickles, black olives, jalapeno stuffed olives and some pistachios.

Snack #4

Cheese, Salami, olives.

Snack #5

I got a package of the Sargento Balanced Breaks–cheese, nuts and dried fruit. I could have easily made my own, but they were on sale so I picked up a package. They are a little higher in carbs than I’m looking for (12grams) but they are good for workout days.

I also had some celery and peanut butter that day.

Thoughts

I’ve gotten some pretty good ideas for more lunches and snacks that I’m going to try in the coming weeks. I think it’s important to switch things up each week so it doesn’t get monotonous and boring. When I was trying to lose 100 pounds 10 years ago I ate the same damn lunch every single day. Every day. No deviation–a turkey and cheese sandwich on low calorie bread with a serving of wheat thins. Man was I sick of that!!!

So I will do another post in a few weeks with other ideas I’ve tried!

QUESTION: What are your favorite snacks and lunches right now?

Apr 172017
 

On Saturday it seemed like Spring was finally here! It was sunny and warm out! Which was nice because it’s been a particularly rainy (and snowy!!) winter here in Oregon –just on Friday it was hailing!

We’ve done this hike once before. And just like that first time, we had a hard time finding the trailhead. (Here is the hike info: Gresham Butte-Butler Creek Hike.) This time we somehow found the OTHER trailhead for this hike.

I took a photo of the street sign so we could remember where this trailhead is.

From the entrance we started going up hill pretty quickly. It was slow and steady, nothing too crazy. It definitely got my heart pumping though!

It was probably about 60-65 degrees out and the sun felt so wonderful! Logan was loving it, Bella was happy to be outside. I was feeling pretty good physically, even though the hills were a challenge. Slow and steady.

We got to the top of the massive hill and stopped for lunch. Seriously, the hill was so steep! I wish the photos did it justice.

I packed us low-carb lunches. Michael had a low-carb wrap and I skipped the wrap and just did my meat and cheese wrap with hummus and carrots, olives and strawberries. It was a good and filling lunch (but after the hike I kind of crashed).

Logan got a bottle and then we let him run around a bit. I posted a video on Instagram if you’re interested.

Bella was so happy to be out in the woods! (So were we.)

After lunch we hit the trail again. It was a steep down hill hike.

We saw the creepy old school bus in the woods!

I knew we were both going to feel this hike the next day because of the downhill part! My glutes were really firing as we descended!

Logan fell asleep about 5 minutes before the end of the trail:

Here are my calories and stats for the hike:

The hike was “short” (we could have made it longer) but it was a workout! Look at our elevation and my heart rate:

It was a really nice workout outside in the sunshine for a change! Logan slept the whole way home and Michael successfully transferred him to his crib without waking him up. I gave Bella a bath because she was caked in mud from the hike!

And that’s about when I crashed. I just didn’t have enough carbs (and maybe fat too?) for the hike. This was the first time since starting my diet that I crashed after a workout. I had some peanut M&M’s, a glass of milk and waited to see if that helped. Not quite. So I had some caffeine (diet soda) and 3 ritz crackers with peanut butter on them. I took a short nap and then felt a whole lot better. I’m a bit disappointed in the bonk, but….live and learn.

To wrap up this post I’d like to share a few Easter photos because Logan looks adorable. 🙂

Happy spring!