In My Kitchen

Quick view of just my meals from today.  There was a lot of snacking throughout…again, bottomless pit…and is driving me nutzo (which makes me think of the nut butter…which I want to try so badly!)

Same breakfast as yesterday except it was with blackberries, not blueberries.  And I used my quick oats.  Held me over longer than the old fashioned ones yesterday!  And I finished off the Justin’s AB Packet…I’m sad it’s gone.

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I tried to find a different way to eat my refried beans and all I came up with was as a dip again!  I mixed it with salsa and had some pretzels and carrots to dip into it.  Just as tasty as the sweet potato fries from last night, except crunchier!

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I had an eggplant to use pronto, but really wanted pizza.  What better than make a PIZZA OUT OF EGGPLANT!?  I started off with making the toppings:

  • spinach
  • tomato
  • bell pepper
  • onion
  • broccoli
  • cauliflower
  • zucchini
  • Cabot Sharp Cheddar Cheese

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I sliced the eggplant up, covered it in a breading with lots of spices, and baked them at 400 for 40 minutes, flipping half way.

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After they were done, I spiraled them out on a cookie sheet, spread out some marinara, then topped it with all my toppings.

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I added the cheese on at the last minute so it wouldn’t get burnt and it came out perfect!

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Sadly I couldn’t eat it like a regular pizza as the eggplant wasn’t crunchy/dry enough, but it was still as great eaten with a fork and knife!

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I thought about it afterwards, and I should have made mini eggplant pizzas with each slice, but at the time it felt like too much work since I was STARVING!

I’ve got a 5am wake up call for wood stork work out in the everglades!  I’m excited, but it’s going to be FREEZING!!!

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Here are some more of my Ask Me Anything! answers!  I hope you’re enjoying what I’ve provided you with so far!!!

What do you typically eat in a day? How many calories do you aim for in a day?

I try to eat a variety of foods throughout the day. I always have some sort of fruit with every meal and try to get in veggies with lunch, and always have them with dinner. I would like to focus on getting in more protein and fat, but it’s still a work in progress.

In a day I probably eat anywhere between 1600-2100 calories a day. I sadly keep track of the number of calories I eat, more often when I’m exercising than when I’m not, to make sure I’m getting enough to eat.

How much do you spend on groceries a week? What are you staples? Can you show us your pantry? What’s your favorite seasoning?

Oh boy. I don’t even want to know how much I spend on groceries per week; I just know it’s enough to probably feed three people for a week! The mass amount of things I buy each week is fruits and vegetables, but I probably spend a bit too much on cereal…creature of habit, and I just plain like it!

My staples for my pantry include things like:

  • Brown rice
  • Multigrain rice
  • Couscous
  • Old fashioned oats
  • Cornmeal (for polenta)
  • Quick oats
  • Dried fruits
  • Almond Breeze
  • Cookies/Snacks (Only Newman’s Own Organics and TJ’s of course!
  • Pretzels
  • Nuts (peanuts and cashews)
  • Bars (all hidden in that red bag)
  • Chocolate chips
  • Applesauce
  • Cocoa Powder

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  • Beans
  • Salsa
  • Whole Wheat Pasta
  • Canned tomatoes
  • Tomato paste
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jam/Spread
  • Crackers
  • Cereals
  • Granolas
  • Tea
  • Spices

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Produce:

  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Anything in season (kiwis, mangoes, pears, grapes, cherries, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, boysenberries, star fruit, nectarines, oranges, mandarins, avocado, cranberries, plums, pineapple
  • Tomatoes
  • Bell Pepper
  • Cucumber
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Squashes (spaghetti, butternut)
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Corn
  • Spinach
  • Asparagus
  • Eggplant
  • Portabello mushrooms
  • Brussell sprouts
  • Green beans
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Onions
  • Garlic

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(I have more fresh stuff, it’s in the bin in the fridge!)

  • Hummus
  • Laughing Cow Cheese
  • Fruits
  • Homemade granola
  • Tempeh
  • Tofu
  • PB
  • Cheese

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  • Morningstar farm burgers
  • Frozen Berries
  • Marinara
  • Frozen Vegetables

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And my favorite spice in CINNAMON!!!  I put it in and on everything!

Do you ever drink? I see you go out with friends sometimes and they drink, but normally you don’t. Do you not like drinking?

Oh boy…well, I do drink, it’s just very rare. There are several reasons for this:

1. I don’t like being drunk because it makes me feel too vulnerable. Now that I don’t have a significant other to watch out for me, even though I’m completely confident in my friends, I’m always afraid that someone will act out of place and I won’t know what to do because my head isn’t clear enough.

2. I just don’t like feeling drunk. Being dizzy, incoherent and lightheaded is just not my cup of tea.

3. I still have a bad mindset about drinking, as in drinking = empty calories. I know I would probably have more fun if I drank, as it would probably loosen me up a bit, but my ED mindset is still there and screaming that alcohol is empty calories and you’d much rather be eating food. Though sometimes, I’m pretty sure I would have more fun if I did.

I recently went Veg. However I don’t plan on giving up my yogurt any time soon. Do you consider yourself Lacto/Lacto-ovo vegetarian?

I am most certainly lacto-ovo vegetarian! I love my Greek yogurt, so it was hard to give that up! I don’t feel like integrating some milk products into my diet is a bad thing and try to buy organic as much as possible, as to make a bit of a less horrible effect on the environment. Most of the time I go with Oikos Greek yogurt; Great consistency and delicious!!!

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13 Responses to In My Kitchen

  1. Food Makes Fun Fuel says:

    You are well stocked with those pantry staples! I think if I run out of anything I freak out a little

  2. Tasha says:

    I love learning more about you! We are very similar! =)

  3. moretolifethanlettuce says:

    we all have those bottomless pit days! i want to try nutzo too, lol. exciting about the work in the everglades, have a great time!

  4. jenngirl says:

    5am wake up call? Get in beddd! :)

    Loved seeing your kitchen…and I love Pace salsa, it's just the best.

    I can relate–i don't purposely count calories anymore, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't know how many I ate in a day. But like you, it's kind of good, because I do know that I get enough each day.

  5. *Andrea* says:

    Love this post! I too spend a ton on groceries ;) i also hate drinking.. the empty calories (i'd rather spend them on a delicious brownie!!) and the vulnerability aspect.. but once in a while i crave a buzz haha.

    the eggplant dish looks great too!

  6. ktbwood says:

    love bottomless pit days! your body is saying.. FEEEED MEEEEE! that egg plant looks AWESOME girl!

  7. Amanda - RunToTheFinish says:

    Have you registered for teh Sobe yet? They sent an email saying it's going to fill up today, so I guess I'm going to get D and I registered

  8. Krista says:

    Loved a peek into your pantry/fridge! I'm nosy like that. ;)

    The eggplant pizzas look delightful, too!!

  9. findinghappinessandhealth says:

    yay for seeing your fridge/pantry :) love it…girl, you have so many staples!! haha. glad you mkae sure you are fueling yourself :) those eggplant pizzas look fantastic

  10. Run Sarah says:

    The eggplant pizza looks amazing, yum :) I loved seeing a peek into your kitchen too, we have a lot of the same staples.

  11. Tiffany says:

    i love the eggplant pizza creation! i'm not a huge fan of eggplant, but that makes me want to try making something like it. :)

    i also have the same feelings about alcohol re: empty calories, but i am trying to get past that. what's one glass of wine going to do? and it's a social thing where i can have fun with other people. or at least that's what i'm trying to tell myself haha. i love your 'ask anything' answers. it's great to learn more about you!

  12. Katie ♥ says:

    Justins Almond Butter is so good!!! Have you tried Blue Diamond Almond Butter, its good too!! Loving your breakfast!!

    I love all your food staples, I love Almond Breeze, Dark Choco Dreams PB is so good, and all your yummies are!! I love all the same things!!

    Have a great day!!!

  13. balancejoyanddelicias says:

    it's fun to see what you have in pantry and fridge! :D

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