Save your enthusiastic congratulations, chicklets. There’s no wedding in my immediate future.
The post’s title merely refers to what I’ve been eating — or more to the point, what I haven’t been eating.
I’m still rocking the morning smoothies, changing it up with new ingredients … though I have yet to try making one with coconut water. Wednesday morning’s entry involved a frozen banana, Greek yogurt, almond milk, cocoa powder and peanut butter.
I’m still loving my Greek yogurt. The other day, I stirred chives and a crushed garlic clove into some plain Greek yogurt for a delicious take on dip for raw veggies. Thanks for all your great snack ideas, by the way.
What I haven’t been eating — at least this week — are my beloved donuts.
Even though I’m doing Weight Watchers, I’ve found myself at Dunkin’ Donuts several times a week. The rationalization? “I can eat anything I want, so long as I have the Points for it.” (Depending on the order, I could have a sweet afternoon pick-me-up for 4 to 9 Points.)
True — but the donuts have made their appearance in my diet at the expense of other, more nutritious choices. And this week, it caught up with me. I posted my first gain at my weekly weigh-in. It wasn’t much — less than a pound — but I want to nip that trend in the bud. In the bud, I say.
So I’m cleaning up my diet. Switching up the WW plan I’m following to the one where you only count Points for things that aren’t fruits, veggies, meats, grains and fat-free dairy products. (Weight Watchers calls them Power Foods.)
That means I’ve been eating A LOT more veggies, fruits and even grains. I boiled a pot of brown rice Wednesday for the first time in YEARS. It had been so long, I wasn’t sure how much water to use or how long to cook it.
But you know what? I’ve noticed that I’m not constantly thinking about my next bite. Focusing on real foods instead of higher-carb junk leaves me full.
It also means I’m spending more time in the kitchen, which leaves less time for writing — and that’s not ideal. It’s one of the reasons I couldn’t sustain a paleo/Whole30-type diet. I enjoy cooking until I HAVE to do it … and then it just becomes one more resented task to check off my to-do list.
To keep that from happening, I’ve taken to prepping a bunch of stuff early in the week, so I have stuff ready to grab and go all week long. Some folks call it “Sunday food prep” or “a weekend cook-up.”
I’ll cut up the veggies I plan to eat raw, roast a couple pans of veggies — brussels sprouts, green beans or asparagus, butternut squash — boil some quinoa and make a recipe or two, often from The Lean Green Bean. (I still love Lindsay’s Greek Black Bean Burgers, and Tuna Quinoa Cakes.)
Any of you like to do weekend food prep? If so, what are your go-to recipes? Please share them in the comments.