grilled salmon

A Few Meals

I’ve been making a summer salad lately that is really good! The first time I made it, I blanched the asparagus (2 minutes in boiling water and then into cold water) and mixed it with cherry tomatoes from our garden, fresh mozzarella, chopped onions and Italian dressing. It was really tasty.

This time I made a greek version. Asparagus, onion, tomatoes and then made a greek dressing, added kalamata and black olives and feta. It was delicious! I love this salad and it’s a nice way to use up asparagus instead of just grilling it.

So we had the greek salad, some naan bread and Michael grilled some lamb chops. (He marinated the lamb chops in olive oil with fresh onions, mint, rosemary and thyme.) The lamb chops turned out perfectly on the grill!

The next night we had some friends over for dinner. Michael got some fresh salmon (with the skin on) to grill. Michael seasoned the salmon with salt, pepper, lemon juice and fresh thyme.

 

Our friends brought various veggies to grill that they bought at the Farmer’s Market. They brought zucchini, corn and Walla Walla Sweet onions.

The veggies were just seasoned with ghee, salt and pepper. Everything turned out so perfect! The salmon fell off the skin in perfect chunks, it wasn’t dry at all and perfectly flavored.

Dinner was outstanding and our new favorite meal! We can’t wait to recreate it. It all went so well together and the grilled onions were to die for! If you’ve never done it before, do it asap.

Look at this feast:

I’m going to be thinking about that dinner for a long time. I mean, it’s all simple, healthy things but it was all really stellar. And of course, the fresh salmon was a million times better than the frozen farmed salmon we get from Costco. I know, it’s convenient and cost-effective, but after having the good stuff…I don’t know if I can go back!

For dessert we grilled up peaches and topped them with whipped cream. That was all we had. The whipped cream was nice and went well with the peaches (and low in calories) but I think next time it would be better with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and some granola on top.

Yum!

Challenges of Day Three

Day Three was pretty good. I wasn’t feeling the gnawing hunger I felt on Monday. I think swapping the snacks was a good idea. You wouldn’t think it would make much of a difference whether I ate my almonds at 11am or 3pm but apparently it did! Lesson learned.

I appreciate the reader feed-back so far! I got a comment from Chris yesterday who is also doing the Four Hour Body Diet/Slow-Carb Diet.  He corrected my list in saying that the first part of the diet you aren’t supposed to drink any milk. Later in the diet when you want to start bulking up you can drink milk. I don’t think either of those things will be an issue for me. I don’t plan on bulking up (or doing this diet long-term).

I didn’t memorize the book because I kind of hated everything about it. I’m doing this Slow-Carb experiment solely to support Michael and kind of learning more about it as I go. I suppose I am not taking it all that seriously, perhaps I should, but I’m still a skeptic. And I don’t think I will lose any weight on this diet, either.

BREAKFAST:

3 egg whites, 1 egg scrambled

Black Beans

3 Turkey Sausage Links

Salsa and half a serving of sour cream


Breakfast was the same on Tuesday as it was Monday. Eaten at 7am. I wasn’t hungry for a snack until almost 11.

Calories: 306    |    Carbs: 11g     |     Protein: 35g

 

SNACK:

10 Raw Almonds

Cashews

I realized on Monday that I needed to swap my snacks because almonds in the afternoon weren’t as filling as the hummus was. Snack was eaten at 10:30am.

Calories: 139    |     Carbs: 6g     |     Protein: 5g     |    Fiber 2g

LUNCH:

Cobb Salad:

1 hardboiled eggs

Salad

Veggies

Chickpeas

Chopped turkey and ham slices


Lunch was tasty and really filling. I loved the Cobb Salad and I’m surprised I haven’t eaten these for lunches before now.

Eaten about 12:30pm. I wasn’t hungry for a snack until about 3:30pm. I was surprised at how much more full I felt with this lunch compared to Monday’s lunch. I think it might have been the addition of the egg?

Calories: 406    |     Carbs: 31g     |     Protein: 39g     |    Fiber 10g

SNACK:

Hummus

Sliced Cucumber


The snack was eaten right before I headed to the gym.

Calories: 116    |     Carbs: 11g     |     Protein: 5g     |    Fiber 3g

 

WORKOUT:

At the gym I ran about 3.5 miles on the treadmill. I was initially worried that I wouldn’t be able to run at all because of the diet but it was alright. I ran about 2 miles before I started to feel like it was a struggle.

After running I spent about 25 minutes doing weights. I went easy on the weights because I was planning on biking into work on Wednesday and didn’t want to be too sore.

Gym Stats:

Time: 1:21
Calories Burned: 605


I had a snack in the car of peanuts and almonds.

DINNER:

Salmon with Tomatoes and Basil

Asparagus

Steamed Broccoli


I was hungry when I got home from the gym but I wasn’t dying.  I munched on some cheese and black olives while I made the salmon. I made the Salmon and Tomatoes with Basil again–this time using more garlic.


Michael sauteed the asparagus in Grape Seed Oil and garlic and I topped it with pepper and fresh Parmesan.


I also discovered that my Goddess Dressing is okay on the diet! There is ZERO sugar in it, so I am very happy about that. I topped my steamed broccoli with a little dressing and ate every bite. I was full the rest of the night.

Calories: 562    |     Carbs: 25g     |     Protein: 46g     |    Fiber 11g

My Thoughts about Day Three: It went well, I felt satisfied with the food I ate. I’m happy the pre-workout snack worked well and kept me full. I did notice that once I was done eating dinner I craved dessert. I was full from dinner and definitely didn’t need any more food but I just wanted something sweet. I didn’t have anything and was kind of disappointed about it when I went to sleep. 🙁

Totals for the Day:

Calories: 1796    |     Carbs: 98g     |     Protein: 153g     |    Fiber 30g