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Red Flag

Today was an incredibly long day at work so I am going to make this post brief. I’m exhausted!

I did want to share today’s health tip: know your “red flag” menu items. Avoid restaurant items such as battered, bottomless, breaded, cheesy, buttery, creamy, crispy, fried, etc.

menu from Farm Burger

I am torn about this one. While I do agree that those things can be bad for you, who doesn’t like something bottomless, cheesy and fried every once in a while? 🙂

I don’t eat those types of food all the time and that is not because of the amount of calories in them. It’s because if I eat too many fried foods, I feel like crap. I can feel the difference in my body when I eat something that is overly processed and greasy. I guess the moral is all things in moderation!

Tonight my husband and I had my FAVORITE healthy version of fast food.

Lean ground beef on a Farmer’s Market bun and fries that are baked and taste amazing. This is my favorite bun ever. It is baked fresh at the Farmer’s Market and only has about five ingredients. And it has a sweet, buttery taste that is out of this world. Yes, buttery is a red flag word and I just don’t care. This menu has less calories and grease than fast food, but it’s even more delicious.

I do have to admit something. After the health tip about making sure to eat breakfast, I did something I never do: I skipped breakfast.

I know . . . it’s a shock. But I had a good reason, I promise. I had a horrible migraine this morning (that I had to work through) and I was feeling extremely sick to my stomach. When I got to work, I took something for the nausea and eventually I started feeling better. But I did not eat anything until around 11:00 am, at which point I had some Peanut Butter Puffins (dry) and pineapple. It was tasty, but not super filling.

I definitely felt the difference in my body as a result of not eating breakfast. I was hungry all day and felt like I could have eaten off my own hand. It’s a good thing I didn’t bring more snacks to work because I would have eaten way too much. Remind me to never do that again. I don’t really need a reminder though. But today was seriously not normal for me. Even when I am not that hungry in the morning, I always eat something no later than 10:00 am. Live and learn. 🙂

What is your favorite healthy version of junk food?

Get your fruit!

I really, really, really tried to follow today’s nutrition tip. And I did . . . sort of. Just not to my liking. I’m a perfectionist. 🙂

Today’s nutrition tip is to get 2-4 servings of fruit a day. Most of the time (like today), I probably get the minimum (at least). Fruit is easier to eat for me than veggies, but I still don’t get as many servings as I should. Since today is Thursday, my fruit and veggies supply were not near what they were last Friday (grocery day). We follow a strict grocery budget. So for the sake of our bank accounts (and to avoid any waste), I buy only as many fruits and veggies as I will need for the week. So by Thursday and Friday, I am struggling to get my quota.

I started the day by thinking that I would make a Gingerbread Smoothie. It is a tasty, nutritious way to get some fruits and veggies in my body. However, I ran into a problem: we were also running out of nonfat milk. I needed a cup of milk for my smoothie. We had about a quarter cup of nonfat milk and (very surprisingly) we had about three quarters cup of whole milk. I figured that I could just use both of them in my smoothie and the taste of the pear, vanilla protein powder, cinnamon and nutmeg would cover the taste of the whole milk.

Umm . . . not so much. I didn’t really mind the extra calories of whole milk, but I did mind the taste. The smoothie had a horrible taste that I couldn’t place at first and then I realized that it was from the whole milk. I guess I am just used to the taste of skim. Unfortunately, that was a waste of fresh fruit because I couldn’t drink any of it. It was that bad.

I did carry some fresh pineapple to work for a snack. 1/2 cup of fruit is a serving, so I would guess that I had two servings of fruit with this pineapple.

Pineapple is probably my favorite fruit. I love warm weather primarily because it means lots of pineapple! The only place I like to get pineapple is the local indoor Farmer’s Market. You get to pick out a fresh pineapple and then they will peel and core it for you. The machine that does it is so cool and it’s worth it to get the pineapple just to check that out.

With my pineapple, I ate some Trader Joe’s peanut butter filled pretzels (love those!). I meant to eat an apple as an afternoon snack, but somehow I never got hungry enough for that. So I had two servings of fruit today. Not bad, but not great. Maybe I should have eaten some of my Stuffed Blueberry and White Chocolate French Toast. That would have counted as a serving of fruit, right? 😉

So how do you manage to get your required servings of fruit?