Instead of the usual food diary format I’ve been using, I wanted to just share a few of the meals I’ve been having while working on losing this weight. My breakfasts and snacks don’t change a whole lot–I have a rotation of a few different meals and that’s about it. But lunches and dinners are where I am trying to focus on changing things up.
I’m doing my best to avoid the old standby of frozen lunches. Here are a few of the meals I’ve had lately that have worked well.
#1 – Miso soup with pad thai rice noodles and green onions, and applesauce. I used a little less than half of a serving of the rice noodles. Calories: 146
#2 – Leftover baked chicken, cottage cheese and string cheese. Calories: 271
#3 – Cashew Carrot Ginger soup with sugar snap peas and 2 large sesame crackers on the side. Calories: 205
#4 – Leftover baked chicken with guacamole and cucumber, orange and yellow peppers. Calories: 242
#5 – Cashew Carrot Ginger soup with Sweet Kale Chopped Salad. Calories: 240
#6 – Sweet Kale Chopped Salad with cottage cheese and applesauce. Calories: 290
#1 – Baked chicken breast, steamed broccoli, baby red potatoes sauteed with garlic and onions. Calories: 337
#2 – Salad! A variety of lettuce with sunflower seeds, chopped carrot and celery, avocado, a few Craisins, sugar snap peas, leftover baked chicken and Trader Joe’s Spicy Asian Peanut dressing. A glass of wine with dinner. The Peanut Dressing was fantastic! Calories: 534
#3 – Fish tacos. I baked tilapia and used an Ancient Grains Wrap (100 Calories). Put in some lettuce, avocado, green onion, Peach Mango Salsa, Sour Cream, black olives and a little hot sauce. Also had some tortilla chips while dinner was baking. Calories: 566
#4 – Taco salad: lettuce, spinach, lean ground turkey, salsa, black beans, black olives, avocado and sour cream on top. Had some tortilla chips on the side. It’s a good hot summer day meal. Calories: 548
#5 – Another salad. In this heat it’s the best meal. This time we did steak salads. Greens, blue cheese, Craisins and flank steak on top. I weighed out the steak to 4 ounces. Calories: 454
#6 – We wanted to take Bella to the dog park and then hang out and have a picnic so I packed us sandwiches. Mine was a ham and cheese sandwich on a sandwich thin with mustard, half a Laughing Cow spread, mustard, spinach and then rice crackers on the side with pickles and olives and snap peas. Calories: 491
#7 – My stomach wasn’t feeling fantastic so I had kind of a bland meal that actually turned out delicious. I made some Uncle Ben’s Garden Vegetable rice with peas and carrots in it, mixed in leftover ground turkey and I had a cup of Miso Broth on the side. Calories: 328
#8 – We had a date night at an old favorite — Good and Evil Wraps! Love this place. They had a new wrap that I tried, the Rip City Wrap. It had steak, bacon, cheese, onions, lettuce, tomatoes and a delicious Cajun sauce in a spinach wrap.
This thing was so delicious! It was large, maybe slightly too big, but it was a gym night and I was starving and I ate the whole thing. I had to estimate the calories. Calories: Around 800-850
#9 – I made some red lentils, added some Trader Joe’s Thai Red Curry Sauce to it, topped it with baked tilapia and had steamed snap peas. Calories: 577
Currently I am stalled and not losing like I was when I first started this. I know I gained a bit on vacation (around 3 pounds, so basically everything I lost pre-vacation). I am down 1 pound but that’s it. Stalling sucks. I am hoping I can change something up soon to see another jump start in my weight loss.