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Fueling Foods

I have mentioned before that my work schedule has gotten really busy over the past few weeks. On those days where I am really busy, food choices are even more important because my foods need to fuel me for a long day.

When you are working late, it can be easy to mindlessly snack all day. Sometimes I do feel like I get even hungrier on those days. So I like to bring foods that will keep me full for a while. This is what I ate yesterday to keep me full and energized.

I started the day with a peanut butter waffle (recipe coming soon!) topped with hot apples, cinnamon, and a little maple syrup.

The apple on the waffle added some extra fiber that kept me full for several hours.

On the way to work, I picked up my new favorite drink from Starbucks, a skinny White Chocolate Mocha. I also added some cinnamon and nutmeg to it to give it a little something special.

Granted, this was decaf so I didn’t exactly get a caffeine boost. But it still gave me a surge in energy.

Breakfast kept me full for a while so I had a late lunch. I had some chili that my husband and I prepared last week (leftover chili is the best). I added some brown rice and some kidney beans for a little added bulk.

Not a pretty picture, but it was delicious! And it kept me full for a while as well.

I had an afternoon/early evening snack of a couple of hard boiled eggs.

I think that eggs get a bad rap. They are a great source of protein!

A little while later, I was feeling a little snackish again. I brought out my little homemade snack mix that I made that morning.

In the tupperware container were some Barbara’s Peanut Butter Puffins, some Trader Joe’s peanut butter filled pretzels, and some honey roasted peanuts. Can you tell that I love peanut butter? :) Because the eggs had done their job, I didn’t feel hungry enough to eat all of it. I just had the pretzels and about half of the cereal. Great munching material!

I did not get home until after 8:00 pm. I didn’t take a picture of my food, but my wonderful husband had prepared me a dinner of sweet potato fries and a lean hamburger patty. Yummy!

I will be honest and say that after dinner I was in the mood for something sweet, so I had a few of my husband’s Famous Amos vanilla sandwich cookies. They were so good!

The best thing about my busy schedule is that I stay very active at work. There are a couple of sets of stairs that I have to climb. The busier we are, the more times I have to climb the stairs. So I may not have had time for a workout, but it’s hard to feel guilty when my quads are feeling this sore! :)

What is your favorite snack or meal that keeps you full for a long period of time?

Scrambled Egg Muffins

I was in the mood for something a little different for breakfast this morning. I could live off the eggs and bacon that I have on countless mornings. But this morning I realized that I haven’t been eating as many veggies as I need to. Plus it is my day off (yay!) so I had a little more time to devote to cooking. So while I was thinking up ways to add veggies to my beloved eggs, I thought of many options. Omelet . . . frittata . . . and then I came to scrambled egg muffins. I love anything in muffin form!

I have to admit that I was crossing my fingers with this recipe. I was afraid that it would be a massive fail and I would have to come up with a backup recipe. (French toast, anyone??)

When these came out of the oven, they didn’t all look perfect. One of them fell a little bit and a few of them ran over the tins a little bit.

But never fear: this is a great recipe that is cheesy, full of veggies, and full of flavor. Feel free to experiment with other veggies. I did create a recipe that only makes four muffins. I did this because I am the only one who eats eggs in this house and 12 muffins seemed a bit much. Also a full batch of muffins would have pretty much wiped out my egg supply. And I was not ready for that. :) Feel free to triple the recipe if you want to make a full batch.

Scrambled Egg Muffins (makes 4 muffins)

2 eggs
2 egg whites
3 slices all natural bacon, cooked and crumbled into tiny pieces
2 oz. cheese of your choice (I used American)
1/8 c. red pepper, finely chopped
1/8 c. onion, chopped
1/4 c. chopped fresh spinach
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1/8 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. garlic powder
several dashes of hot sauce (optional) <— like I could have an egg dish without hot sauce ;)

Beat eggs and egg whites. Mix in veggies, spices, cooked bacon, and cheese. Pour evenly into four muffin tins. Make sure the muffin tins are well greased or they will stick. Bake for 18-22 minutes or until no longer runny. Be very careful not to overbake! Enjoy.

And here is a little kitchen tip from me to you: if you aren’t using all 12 of the muffins tins, fill the tins that you are not using with water. This will prevent the empty tins from burning. It works so well!

This morning, I had two of the muffins with a piece of buttered toast.

Great breakfast!

Egg-cellent!

First of all, I just want to thank all of you guys for the wonderful support over my last post! I love the support from the blogging community. It was really nice to hear that I’m not the only one who refuses to obsess over the scale. It makes me feel a lot less alone. :)

Apparently, I am obsessed with eggs.

I ate eggs THREE times today. I didn’t really plan it in advance. But we were running low on groceries and there were very few quick options.

For breakfast, I had an egg and two egg whites scrambled with cheese and hot sauce. With my eggs, I had half a small pita with a little butter and strawberry preserves.

For lunch, I had a fried egg sandwich with mustard and hot sauce.

I think I have had three of these this week! I think I could eat these every day and not get sick of them.

An afternoon snack consisted of three hardboiled egg whites.

I guess I got my protein quota for the day!:)

Don’t worry, I did eat things other than eggs. Other snacks for the day included:

a small pita with the last of my Naturally Nutty Vanilla Almond Butter,

and some peanut butter granola (this stuff is AMAZING).

My dinner was a hamburger patty with ketchup and mustard and some sweet potato fries.

You can tell by my meals when I am running low on groceries. Suddenly, there are fewer fruits and veggies. Luckily, I went to Publix and Whole Foods tonight so that I could stock up on some items.

While I was at Whole Foods, I just had to buy myself a pecan pie cookie.

These cookies are the BEST cookies I have ever tasted. And I love that there aren’t any preservatives or fillers in them.

I did save my cookie for after my workout though, mostly because I was planning to work out right when I got home from the store and I didn’t think it would be the best pre-workout fuel. ;) 45 minutes after I got home, my muscles were sufficiently worked over by Jackie Warner and that cookie was the best cookie I have eaten in a long time.

Speaking of workouts, I was kind of excited when I did Jillian Michael’s Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism workout yesterday. It is a very tough workout and there are several moves that I have to modify because I can’t do the full version. There is a move called a “180 jump.” You basically start in a squat position and jump a full 180 degrees to the other side. You do these jumps for a minute or two. Up until now, I have only been able to jump 90 degrees. But yesterday, I was actually able to jump the full 180 degrees! I was so excited, especially after my last post. Regardless of what the scale says, I can tell that I am getting stronger. Those are the results that I can get on board with.

Breakfast for Dinner

What a day. What a day. It’s been quite the busy day.

Corey has been out of town for the past few days and he gets home tonight. Yay!

The day started with breakfast.

some puffins and shredded wheat with strawberries

And at work, I was met with one crisis after another. There are some days at work where (unfortunately) I have to devour my lunch as quickly as possible. On those days, I always make sure and pack something that is quick and easy. Today was a yummy lunch of leftover pizza from last night. I ate it cold which is so tasty.

Isn't leftover pizza the best?? It's just as good cold as it is hot.

I did bring a spinach salad to eat with it, which I technically ate as a snack a couple of hours after my lunch. That was how busy work was.

gotta get in those veggies

A snack was a simple container of cottage cheese. Am I the only one who can eat this stuff plain?

Thank goodness for easy portability and built in portion control.

I was so glad when work was over. I picked up Callie from daycare and she was utterly exhausted. When I got home, I knew that I needed a good workout. I decided on some old-fashioned step aerobics. Believe it or not, I received a step and a DVD over a year ago and I have yet to use it. How crazy is that?

old school step workout!

I don’t know what took me so long to wipe the dust off the DVD or stepper, but I’m glad I did. I still don’t have all the moves down, but it was an awesome workout. I sweat a LOT in just thirty minutes. I guess I will add that to my cardio repertoire. It’s nice to mix things up a little bit. I can’t stand being bored in my workout routine.

After that strenuous workout, I was starving but not in the mood for anything super heavy. Actually, I was kind of in the mood for eggs. Mmm . . . breakfast for dinner. So I came up with a kind of breakfast pizza.

Yes, that's hot sauce on top. I put that stuff on everything!

And what breakfast would be complete without bacon?

crispy deliciousness

The breakfast pizza was so tasty with some pasta sauce, cheese, and the egg. The perfect light dinner.

Breakfast “Pizza”
English muffin or small pita split in half
several tablespoons pizza or pasta sauce
2 eggs
cheese of your choice (I used American here, but you can use Mozzarella, Parmesan, etc.)
seasonings to taste

Split English muffin or pita in half. Toast in toaster oven. Spread pizza sauce on English muffin and put spices (such as garlic powder, oregano, red pepper, etc.) on sauce. Place cheese on the sauce and heat in microwave or broil in oven until melted. Meanwhile, fry the two eggs in nonstick pan until desired doneness. Place one egg on each English muffin or pita half and enjoy! So yummy!