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Hey folks! Coming atcha with another new series here! Ever wondered what a veteran THMer eats in a day’s time? You’re about to find out!
Like the “Let’s Have Tea” post from earlier this week, today’s post is inspired by one of my favorite (non-THM) food blogs, Pinch of Yum. Lindsay periodically posts “What I Ate Wednesday” posts chronicling the food she ate on a particular day (we assume Wednesdays?), and even though we’re in different food niches I always read those posts because I just love seeing what other people are eating. Nosy, much?
I actually had a similar series – called “What’s on My Plate” (or WOMP) – going on back in the day, but those posts were just a conglomeration of food pictures taken throughout the week and didn’t give a clear picture of what I actually eat in one day’s time. I thought that doing things a day at a time might be less overwhelming for you and for me, so here we go. Hopefully this will become a monthly thing.
These particular pictures were actually taken back in July right before I left on a trip to South Carolina, and I’m just now getting around to posting them. I was trying to clean out the fridge in preparation for being gone and was also making some stuff ahead for Ryan to eat while I was away. I was all set to have a normal day at home and photograph my completely on-plan meals for this post, but then my husband came home from work and offered to take me out to eat for something special before I left on my trip. How could I refuse?? You’ll find out more about our evening and what we ended up eating further on down. 😉
Keep in mind…
- As you’ll see, 3 out of my 4 meals for the day ended up being THM E meals! I do this periodically and my body seems to respond well to it, but I get a good balance of S meals in a week’s time as well. Vary those fuel types!
- Different people need different amounts of calories, so what’s good for me might need to be tweaked for your body and/or activity level.
- My food is not usually quite this pretty. 😛
BREAKFAST (THM E – Carbs)
Easy Chocolate Oatmeal – salt, THM stevia, cocoa powder, and 2 tablespoons of collagen stirred into the oats after cooking – topped with half a sliced banana, a dash of half and half, and just a drizzle of Kroger natural peanut butter (my new fave natural peanut butter!). Hot tea with THM stevia.
- Carbs: oats + moderate amount of banana (keep to 45g net carbs or less in an E meal)
- Protein: oats + collagen
- Fats: half and half and peanut butter (watch the amounts to keep to 5 grams of added fat or less in an E meal)
Throughout the day I had more hot tea and lots of water to drink.
LUNCH (THM E – Carbs)
Operation Clean out the Fridge. 😛 Leftover pinto beans cooked up in the Crockpot with all kinds of onions and spices and goodness + chopped fresh spinach and tomatoes + low fat sour cream + strawberries + the last of some sourdough cornbread I was experimenting with (weird but strangely good) topped with cinnamon, Sweet Blend, and low fat cottage cheese. I might’ve added a dash of unsweetened cashew milk too to moisten the cornbread; I can’t remember.
I didn’t follow a recipe for the beans but you can check out page 210 of Convenient Food for something similar.
This lunch was a bit big. The beans really filled me up!
- Carbs: pinto beans + cornbread (I know it looks like a huge pile of beans in the picture, but we use pretty small dinner plates.)
- Protein: pinto beans + cottage cheese
- Fats: I didn’t add any fats to the beans or cornbread, so the only fats would’ve been a few trace fats from the low fat sour cream and cottage cheese.
SNACK (THM E – Carbs)
Again, trying to clean out the fridge, so this was the last slice of lean lunch meat wrapped around the last of the skim ricotta cheese and some spinach that was going bad + a few pieces of watermelon I cut up for Ryan to eat while I was gone in South Carolina + a small piece of homemade cinnamon raisin sourdough toast with a dab of butter on top.
- Carbs: watermelon + toast
- Protein: lean lunch meat + skim ricotta cheese
- Fats: trace fats from the skim ricotta + dab of butter
Watermelon is pretty high in natural sugars so I believe 1 cup is the recommended serving size on the THM plan. I only had a few pieces, so I don’t think I overdid the carbs with the small piece of toast.
I’m really pleased with how this cinnamon raisin sourdough bread is turning out; maybe sometime next year I’ll post it as part of a sourdough series once I have some more experience under my belt. 🙂 Trim Healthy Mamas, there are just enough raisins to get that cinnamon raisin experience – not too many. 😉 Even Pearl uses a few in her Sweatpants Oatmeal recipe!
SUPPER (F for Fail?)
This is where it gets interesting. 😛 Ryan got home and so kindly suggested we go out to eat somewhere! I didn’t have anything big prepared; I was just going to make breakfast burritos with scrambled eggs, low carb wraps, mayonnaise, cheese, that kind of thing.
“Let’s go to Chick-fil-A,” he said. “Great,” I thought. “I can get their grilled wrap that’s supposedly sort of low carb and on plan.” So we drive to the Chick-fil-A but the parking lot is under construction and the store is closed.
Plan B: find the nearest Greek restaurant, because we both love Greek food. We found a little hole-in-the-wall place a few miles away, so away we went! We ordered, and about an hour later, we finally had our food. Not sure what was up with the wait, but it was pretty good. (At that point I was glad for my slightly-more-substantial-than-usual afternoon snack.)
Typically at restaurants my strategy is to order meat + veggies for an on-plan meal. I stuck to that for the most part, but we did get a falafel appetizer because I had just seen Dawn’s THM-friendly falafel recipe and had never had any sort of falafel before. I’m pretty sure the Greek restaurant’s falafel was off plan, for the oil it was fried in if nothing else. I also snuck a piece or two of pita bread – also off plan. For my main meal I got gyro meat with tzatziki sauce and a Greek salad and pawned the rice off on my husband. The meat and salad was on plan as a THM S as far as I know.
Altogether with the falafel and pita bread, it was probably a THM F for Fail, but it was yummy, I got to try a new food, and we went on a date, so it was a win in my book. 😉 I didn’t eat a basket full of bread or a big dessert – only a few bites of off plan stuff – so the damage was minimal.
After we went home Ryan and I went out biking for 8 miles to burn off some of that greasy restaurant food. When we came back I had a few strawberries and a few bites of homemade vanilla Greek yogurt before bed (Fuel Pull).
You tell me!
What’s your newest food obsession? What’s that current something you can’t get enough of? Comment below!
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