On Monday morning after being away from home for seven days, I was excited to be back in my own kitchen usually brimming with familiar, healthy foods. Though coming back to a nearly bare fridge creates a challenge.
Two and a half weeks into my 40-Day Freezer Challenge and I’m ready to dive back in. I poured nearly two cups of frozen pineapple (Freezer Challenge), half of a banana (brought with me on the plane), a big spoonful of cottage cheese, milk, and a dash of cinnamon into a blender to create a pina colada smoothie. A whole grain English muffin topped with buttery spread added the savory side to this meal.
I had spinach in the crisper before my trip and I knew it could hang until I returned. I layered reduced fat cheddar shreds, a handful of spinach, and a little more cheese between two 100% whole wheat tortillas and cooked it on both sides over medium heat in a pan coated with vegetable oil spray. A sad-looking avocado half survived, so I scraped off the browned surface, diced it, and stirred it into chipotle salsa. I polished off the four quesadilla wedges you see in the photo, plus one more. Baby carrot sticks played a supporting role.
Scarlet celebrated her second birthday 2 months ago and I’m still buying whole milk. On the rare occasions I drink milk, I do so with cookies, cake or pie. Today I accidentally ate four cookies instead of three. I popped one before taking the photo and plated three for the composition which I then ate. Oops.
At home today I jumped rope and lifted free weights. I like to get a caffeine rush an hour before my workout to push me through, and on occasion that means Diet Coke. Something is wrong with this picture. I should brew some iced tea to resist the temptation. The Diet Coke was a flowing during vacation as most of my family drinks it. I blame Steve for being my enabler.
And more chocolate. I made myself a second one too. I love these Carr’s Whole Wheat Crackers with chocolate hazelnut butter. They’re like comfort food, yet gourmet at the same time.
I used up some frozen meatballs (Freezer Challenge) and a couple of Aidells Habanero & Green Chile Chicken Sausages (Freezer Challenge). Steve eats hot sauce like ketchup, but since I wanted some leftovers for Scarlet’s lunch, we saved the spicy browned sausage for sprinkling on top while plating. Steve steamed broccoli for a side dish and spritzed it with buttery spray and lemon juice.
For dessert, I dipped ten dark chocolate chips into natural peanut butter.
I happily indulged my chocolate cravings today. Tell me about one food or drink you just can’t say no to?
Estimated Calories: 2385 (436 breakfast, 539 lunch, 670 dinner, 740 snacks)
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