Yesterday I said that there would be pictures in today’s post and I’m keeping my promise. You can click for larger pictures, I just put the smaller ones in here to take up less space. :D
For breakfast: Coffee with fat free creamer and one container of Yoplait YoPlus Yogurt with probiotics. I love this yogurt because it comes in yummy flavors like blueberry pomegranate and cherry. Even the fat free kind is thick and rich, not thin and watery like some fat free yogurts tend to be.
After breakfast, I had the urge to use my food processor for something. I don’t know why, but it was just an insatiable urge to food process- haha. So I went to work and made a chopped salad that I ended up eating for lunch.
These were some of the veggies that I had on hand that I put into the food processor: One carrot, coarsely chopped; one stalk of celery, coarsely chopped; one small jalapeño, halved with seeds and ribs removed; one piece of cucumber about 2in in length, halved with seeds removed and coarsely chopped; and half of a red bell pepper, coarsely chopped with seeds and ribs removed.
The jalapeño came right from my garden, harvested with other peppers about a week ago. I like to freeze them in a ziptop bag, labeled with the date, until they are needed. They keep for a while and I take them out in the fall and winter to add to chilis and soups. I run them under some hot water to soften them up before trying to slice into them, or just throw them in whole and pull them out later, in the case of hotter peppers.
Once the veggies were chopped to the right consistency, I transferred them to a bowl and stirred in some chopped chives (also from my garden), sliced scallions, and sliced baby heirloom tomatoes.
Look at these gorgeous tomatoes! I got them from Wegmans and I think they were locally grown…
To serve the salad for lunch, I put a few heaping spoonfuls over a bed of torn red leaf lettuce and baby arugula, added some sea salt and coarse pepper, and about 2tbsp of Seasons olive oil and vinegar. I also couldn’t forget about my black bean soup, which was finally ready after cooking 3-4 hours the night before, so I had a 6oz serving of that with some fat free sour cream and more scallions.
While I had the food processor out, I figured I could start on dinner. Why not, right?
I decided to make a vegetarian meatloaf. I didn’t use a recipe, I just basically made it up as I went. Chopped another carrot, rib of celery, and the rest of the bell pepper in the food processor; added the veggies to some chopped onions and garlic that I had leftover from making the black bean soup; and added some spices like sage and parsley.
I made the vegetarian mushroom gravy using mushroom stems that were saved and frozen. They were boiled in about a cup of water and when the water had gotten all of the mushroom “essence” out of the stems, I strained the mushrooms out and added a vegetable bouillon cube, more water, fresh sage and rosemary from my garden, a smashed clove of garlic, and salt and pepper. The rosemary, sage, and garlic were taken out when they had given up their flavor; additional sage and rosemary was added in with some pepper as a finishing touch. Wheat flour was used to slightly thicken the gravy.
The potatoes were diced and boiled along with some rosemary and a smashed glove of garlic, just for a bit of flavor. When done, I drained them and smashed them with three heaping tablespoons of fat free sour cream, salt and pepper, and chopped fresh chives. No butter was added, but they still turned out creamy and delicious.
After this was made, I went downstairs and worked out on the treadmill for a total of 38 minutes and 15 seconds, 1.75 miles total (7 laps), and at an average rate of 2.6-3.0mph. This was an 11 minute and a 3 lap increase from yesterday :D
Later on, Steve and I went to the movies with my parents and we saw “The Other Guys”, a stupid/slapstick comedy made made from the producers of “Step Brothers” (one of my favourite movies; I laugh my ass off every time I see it.) I thought “The Other Guys” was good, but I think parts of it could have been funnier than they were. :( They saw “Salt”, which I also wanted to see, but they said that the acrobatics and stunts were too unbelievable.
Oh… and I had some popcorn at the movies, too. We were running late to pick Steve up and I didn’t have time to pack a healthier snack, aside from the bottle of sparkling flavored water that I put in my bag. ;) I didn’t really even want anything at the concession stand, but the popcorn smelled so good and – to top it off – it was only a dollar at the movie theater with a coupon I got from being a Regal Rewards member. I ended up splitting the small bag with my mom, and of course she wanted butter on it. I put some in a little plastic tray for myself and I gave the rest of what was in the bag to my mom. It was satisfying, but not too much.
I ended up having a vegan veggie burger on a slice of rye with mustard for dinner, and a cup of vanilla-almond frozen yogurt with a lot of fresh sliced strawberries for dessert. I’ll save the meatloaf for tonight.
Calorie total for yesterday is estimated to be 200 for breakfast, 400 for lunch, 500 for popcorn at the movies (since it had butter on it), 250 for dinner, and 150 for dessert which should put the total at around 1450 calories. :D