Anyone else really feeling Friday today?
My sleep has been not-so-great this past week, so I am really looking forward to getting some rest. My church is throwing a Fall into Fun festival on Saturday, but that is all my plans so far. The festival should be a blast- games, tons of local vendors, music, and bounce-y houses. [If you’re located in the Columbia, SC area and want more details, let me know!]
Today’s post is compilation of eats that I had over my blogging break. My eating this past week has been quite dull thanks to being on an elimination diet, so reminiscing with past favorites before I started the elimination diet is doing me some good. You may recognize most of these from my instagram, but now you have the full story to go with. All of these eats were deeee-licious.
These chicken pitas came from a major craving to get Greek food. When I reminded myself that I could easily put together a dish myself, when had an epic dinner of chicken pitas with feta, onions, lettuce, tomatoes, and homemade tzatziki sauce.
You know what’s torture? We pass this giant chocolate dipped ice cream cone every time we go to the river front- which is several times a week! I’ve probably hinted at stopping for an ice cream cone 100 times, but we’ve always had our rowdy dog with us. When we finally had the opportunity to stop, I had 0 disappointments. I can’t wait to go back.
This black and bleu salad was a birthday gift from Newk’s Eatery. No, they didn’t personally ask me to stop by, but they rewarded me for being a part of their Round Table Club. Newk’s is one of my favorite restaurants thanks to their big salads, toasted baguette sandwiches, and AMAZING tomato basil soup. I was in the mood for red meat and stinky cheese (I <3 gorgonzola), so this salad was my freebie.
This dinner is called “Terry ate elsewhere”. Haha! For real though, I love making a simple omelet for myself when it’s just me. This guy had lots of dried herbs and gouda cheese. Another perk, Terry hates brussel sprouts, so I got have the other half of the batch to take with me to lunch the next day.
This salad was the bomb. I would drive back up to Charlotte just to have it again. I had this salad at Vida when I was there for one of my girlfriend’s birthday. The ingredients included “grilled red chile chicken served on a bed of mixed greens with jalapeño bacon, queso fresco, black beans, tomatoes and red onion, topped with cilantro bleu cheese dressing.” Happy tears.
Acorn squash soup (recipe) + sunflower seed butter on toast. I got this jar of sunflower seed butter on sale and it was my first time trying one without added sugar. It’s got a really different taste in my opinion, but I love it in its own way. Perfect for more savory meals. PS I’ve been adding a ton of dried oregano to my meals lately after learning about it’s role in cancer prevention.
Pumpkin cheesecake baked oatmeal (recipe) via Marina. Inspired by Cora, I made this for breakfast one day last week and loved it! Peanut butter was added during the last minute of baking, because why not add another favorite food to that wonderful line of ingredients?
Last but not least, this AMAZING breakfast-for-lunch I made after church one day. The pancakes were only mediocre (bad recipe), but the toppings for them made up for it. However, the eggs were insanely good. I added sauteed mushrooms and onions and then topped it with gorgonzola cheese. I was satisfied for hours!
Now you tell me-
What’s a super satisfying meal you’ve had recently?
Good morning folks. Today we’re talking protein at breakfast.
At the beginning of my internship, I really struggled with finding a breakfast that would hold me over to lunch. Normally I have a chance to eat snack in the mornings, but there are no guarantees. Plus, getting hungry for a snack at 8 am isn’t exactly ideal. One day while skimming through a copy of Today’s Dietitian, I ran across an article about protein at breakfast. I’ve been focusing on getting protein at breakfast for a while now, but this particular article suggested 30 grams of protein at breakfast “to help control appetite, increase satiety, and manage weight.” 30 grams?! For someone who doesn’t eat meat or protein powder at breakfast, 30 grams is a challenge! Here’s the full article.
For the sake of not wanting to eat my arm at 10 am in the morning, I’ve started to focus more on protein at breakfast. With some contemplation, I decided the easiest addition for me was Greek yogurt. I’m not really into yogurt for breakfast (I want warm!), but I could use Greek yogurt to top my usual pancake or oatmeal.
With an abundance of apples from my trip to the apple orchards, I decided to make an apple oatmeal recipe. I used my crockpot to make multiple servings, so busy mornings wouldn’t get in the way of a protein-packed breakfast.
I used this recipe from Sugar Free Mom with a few tweaks. I left out the butter and added two whisked eggs.
With a 1/4 serving of the oatmeal recipe, 1 tbsp of peanut butter, and ~1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt, the total protein amount is about 25 grams protein. Not quite the 30 grams, but much than the 12 grams or so I would usually get.
I want to experiment with homemade turkey sausage for when I want a more savory breakfast too.
Other ideas for adding protein at breakfast: cow’s milk (12 g per cup), soy milk (8 g per cup), cottage cheese (13 g per 1/2 cup), eggs (7 g per egg), peanut flour (5 g per 1/4 cup), whole grain bagel (varies, some have up to 13 g), cheddar cheese (7 grams per 1/4 cup shredded), protein powder (varies among brands), Greek yogurt (~15 g per 6 oz), liquid egg whites (7 g per 1/4 cup), ground turkey (22 g per 4 oz cooked)
So you tell me-
How do add protein to your breakfast?