December 21, 2007
Happy Friday everyone! It feels so great to actually have some time in the morning whereas being so rushed to get to school every morning by 7:15! I can actually sit and enjoy my breakfast without shoveling it in while watching the clock!! This morning I had my favorite again–-steel cut oats with banana and peanut butter. And a cup of coffee. I’m eating a pretty late lunch today (around 2) because I am going to a 12:00 bikram yoga class. I know that I will be having a snack in a few hours to keep me fueled up! Lunch will be whatever I can scavenge at my parent’s house and then dinner tonight is a suprise!! Even I don’t know!
About 370 calories…and I will be eating a snack later this morning!
I wanted to blog for a second on post-christmas eating guilt (or anytime for that matter!). Guys, I think one of the most important things we all have to learn is whatever happened last night or last week is in the past! Today is a brand new day and you can choose to do with it whatever you like. I don’t want to hear any of you ever beating yourself up for something that happened in the past because there is just no point—you can’t change it! The only thing you can do now is just go forward, exercise and eat right. And feel great!! I have been in many situations where I have either drank too much or eaten to much the night before and then (seriously) laid in bed all night long just beating myself up for drinking that milkshake or eating 2 desserts. The only thing that caused was dark circles under my eyes! This is the holiday season and all of us are only human doing the best we can. We all slip up from time to time. If you feel like you ate too much or had a little too much “fun”, then I suggest hitting the gym for a nice sweaty workout the next day. Its amazing how much better that will make you feel. And don’t get down on yourself–today is a new day!!!
December 20, 2007
Well here I go, guys! All ready for my last day of Meat Fabrication class before I can move down the hallway to Baking I next year (!). We have to completely fabricate (break down) a chicken and a fish today and we are on a timer so it might be a little stressful….so I made a really good breakfast that should last me a couple hours! I took out the steel cut oats I had made the other day and reheated them in the microwave with 2 ounces (a splash) of skim milk and a cut up banana. Then, I spooned in 1 tbsp of natural peanut butter and drizzled on some pure maple syrup to make my absolute favorite—peanut butter oatmeal. I had an orange on the side and a cup of Tazo Awake tea with a splenda and a little milk. I’m bringing my usual snack of fiber one + almonds with me but not sure if I will need it because it should be a really early day—hopefully I will get to go home after we deep clean the kitchen after the practicals at around 11. I have a good lunch planned out here then have cleaning to do and my friend is coming over at 2:00!
Breakfast was about 411 calories
Forgot to add this this morning! This is a picture of my oats that I make every morning…straight out of the tupperware to the microwave when I make it the night before! So easy!
December 18, 2007
My dessert tonight is kind of boring…the same thing I had last night—a 6 ounce cup of hot cocoa (1 tsp cocoa powder, 6 ounces skim, 1 splenda simmered on the stove) along with two of the tiny cookies I baked last night. I really didn’t need the cookies but just wanted something to nibble on while I wrote my recipes and studied for my quiz tomorrow. I should just throw away the other two so I won’t eat any more because right now they just look so tempting! My calories were lower today than normal (I think about 1750…I strive for 1850-1950 a day) because of my light lunch, which was more like a tasting than anything else.
Tomorrow for breakfast I have the steel cut oats I made tonight that I’m going to mix with 2 ounces skim milk in the morning and toss in the microwave with a banana to heat up and make creamy again. I also laid out the peanut butter and toasted up some walnuts to throw in their as well. If I eat what I have planned the calories for my breakfast will be about 376, lower because I’m using steel cut oats instead of regular ones.
Thanks for your questions/comments–keep them coming, I love to answer them!
A note on steel cut oats vs regular old fashioned oats: one serving of steel cut oats = 1/4 cup dry (140 calories) versus a 1/2 cup as a serving for regular dry oats (150 calories). I much prefer the taste and the nuttiness of steel cut oats but only make them whenever I have time because they take longer to simmer on the stove. Tonight though I discovered they really don’t take as long as I thought because I put 2 servings on the stove with some water and it only took about 15 minutes for them to be done! I think when you make them in larger quantities they take more like 40 minutes to cook but its very easy to just make a couple servings at night, package them up in individual tupperware and toss them into the fridge where they can serve as a couple day’s worth of breakfasts. I usually add a splash of milk in the morning before heating them up in the microwave to increase their creaminess. Try them sometime; they are addicting!
December 16, 2007
I decided to make myself a little bit of a special breakfast this morning, it being Sunday and all. I had leftover low fat buttermilk in the fridge from making last week’s scones so I thought why not whip up some buttermilk pancakes? I used the whole wheat pastry flour I had in the pantry but next time I think I would switch to white whole wheat four or regular whole wheat flour because the pastry flour was a little too tender. They still tasted great though! I made myself a slice of turkey bacon as well and sprinkled 5 grams of toasted walnuts on my pancakes along with a bit of real maple syrup. yum! I had a kiwi on the side 🙂 The entire meal was about 400 calories.
Breakfast is my favorite meal of the entire day…I love experimenting with new breakfast foods and cooking breakfast and eating breakfast! I LOVE oats but when I have more time I love to make homemade belgium waffles in my waffle maker, poached eggs on homemade toast, french toast, pancakes…I modify the classics to be healthier and never ever feel guilty eating them! Sometimes I even make breakfast for dinner…!
Whole Wheat Buttermilk Pancakes
Makes 6 pancakes
1 cup white whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp natural cane sugar
9 ounces low fat organic buttermilk
1 large egg, beaten
1 tbsp melted butter
1. Combine the dry ingredients, mixing with a fork.
2. In another bowl add the beaten egg, buttermilk and melted butter. Add to the dry ingredients–don’t worry if the batter is a little lumpy, just don’t overbeat it!
3. Heat up a skillet on med/high heat. Spray with canola oil spray or brush with melted butter. Pour batter and flip when bubbles appear around the edges. Serve with pure maple syrup 🙂
Per 2 pancakes: 229 calories, 7 grams of fat
Have a great day—I’m off to Whole Foods to do some grocery shopping! 😉
December 15, 2007
I slept in this morning till 8, which is late for me- I’m a huge morning person! Then, I made a quick breakfast of Quick Cooking Irish Oats made with 1/2 skim, 1/2 water, 8 almonds and 1 banana. I ate half of a huge navel orange with it and saved the other half for a snack! I keep a little stock of healthy breakfast items at Ryan’s house so when I get to come home I don’t have to rely on stale cereal and toast as my breakfast! That’s a good trick to follow; if you know you are going out of town or have somewhere else that you sleep sometimes, keep a breakfast stock with you! Toss a packet of quick cooking oats in your purse along with a piece of fruit and you have almost a ready made meal. For about 390 calories I feel satisfied…my favorite little coffee shop though is right around the corner here so there might be a stop there later on….. 😉
December 14, 2007
Happy Friday, everyone!
I hope your day is going well so far and you have something fun and relaxing planned for the weekend….I know what I’ll be doing—working! They have me scheduled to work tonight, tomorrow night and sunday night so hopefully I can bring in some more money so that I can keep affording to buy groceries! 🙂 My oatmeal was wonderful this morning (remember last night I made the overnight swiss oatmeal)? Well, it turned out sooo good and I think I’m going to play around with that recipe and be making it more often because it really held me over well this morning. I did eat my snack (fiber one + almonds, as usual) at 9:45 but only because I knew I wouldn’t be eating lunch til 1:30 and if I waited that long without having anything to eat I would starve!! I def. recommend you guys trying it out though…the yogurt made it all creamy and delicious..and of course the maple syrup added some spark!!!
For lunch today I made something quick and light because I’m going to be going running in about an hour. I toasted one of last night’s scottish oatmeal scones and slathered on 1 tbsp natural peanut butter and 1/2 tbsp raspberry preserves on top of it! SO GOOD!!! There’s just something about homemade baked goods that is really really wonderful..especially if you know they are healthy homemade baked goods!! I also had a pear and 4 ounces of 1% cottage cheese….and a tiny bit of dark chocolate ;). It filled me up but didn’t weigh me down…and was about 445 calories. This is significantly lower than what I usually eat for lunch, but again, I’m going to be running so I didn’t want anything too big! I’m also working tonight so I’ll have a little bit of a larger dinner to hold me over.
In school we made fried chicken wings, cornish hens stuffed with herb butter, seared and baked chicken breasts and some sauces to go along with them. I took a picture so you all would see what I could have eaten as my lunch! (not the smart choice though!)
Lunch we made at school….on the left those are potato wedges drenched in butter/drippings from the cornish hens, then going clockwise you have the fried chicken fingers and sauce and then the chicken breast.
My lunch….you can’t see it but there is a tablespoon of peanut butter on that scone. so good 🙂
another raw chicken picture…I’m sure you all love these! Here I was attempting to tie up the cornish hen for the oven after I stuffed it with a compound butter made from fresh chopped herbs and butter all blended up. Very messy!
**a special thank you to Danielle and Cathy who have been talking up my blog on Kath’s site. Thanks so much guys!!!
December 13, 2007
Hi everyone! Sorry this post is coming a little later than usual but class didnt end til later today then I had to run home, eat lunch and then run back out to the grocery store to grab one last ingredient for tonight’s dinner! (you will see that later though!)
For starters, I switched up my usual banana/walnut/peanut butter oatmeal this morning by adding a chopped apple instead as the fruit. It turned out pretty good- sort of like a big bowl of peanut butter on apples (one of my favorite snacks!) but I think I still prefer the creaminess of the banana with the oats more. I ate my usual snack around 9:30 then didn’t get to eat lunch until I got home at 1:30! I was so hungry! Today was chicken day at school and we had to de-skin and de-bone 2 whole chickens…I was up to my elbows in chicken goop for most of the morning, and let me tell you, it’s so much harder than they make it out to be when you have to take every single little bone out and make it look all pretty like the already packaged boneless, skinless breasts you buy at the grocery store! Next week for my final exam in that class I have to produce perfectly boneless skinless chicken breasts and thighs out of a whole chicken, so today was just for practice. I cut myself with my boning knife also and that’s no fun….
but anyways, on to lunch!
I resisted the fried chicken fat (seriously!!) that the Chefs were frying up at school. They basically just took all our leftover chicken fat and fried it up so it looked like little pork cracklings! gross!!! We also made Chicken Breasts Chausseur (a classical style chicken dish with a rich reduction sauce and mushrooms) and stuffed chicken thighs. I tasted the sauce for the Chausseur and it was tasty, but very very rich!! of course!
When I got home I made my own lunch…I tried a new product today called “Yve’s Meatless Lettuce Wraps” because I saw them featured in a self magazine a while ago. I put 2/3’s cup of it on top of 1 cup of baby spinach and drizzled a little low fat organic salad dressing on top. I also had 2 tablespoons hummus (beginning to see a trend? hummus is one of my favorite foods!!) with about 6 baby carrots and 15 kashi crackers. I had 4 ounces of fage 0% yogurt with a bit of raspberry preserves in it on the side. In the picture you will see an orange but I actually swapped that out for a banana, bringing my entire lunch to about 528 calories. It was okay. I wouldn’t buy the meatless lettuce wraps again and I threw out the rest…I just don’t like processed things very much and thought this might be different but it wasn’t. Its just the texture that really bothers me I think. It was tasty, but I would rather have whole, natural foods! Oh, well.
I’m doing a bunch of cooking/baking here this afternoon as well as hitting the gym for the weight lifting later on. I have tons of recipes to write for school tomorrow and cleaning to do as well! There’s always something! Good thing I’m super excited about the dinner I’m making tonight…..I can’t wait to show you!!
Here are some pictures 🙂
huge pile of chickens my team “broke down” (de-boned, de-skinned..the works) today. I broke down 2 of these…cutting my finger while I was at it! yuck!
A heart attack waiting to happen….fried chicken skin. no thanks!
My lunch…note that I did swap out the orange for a banana at the last second 🙂 I love bananas!
December 12, 2007
Tons to do today! I have a very busy afternoon full of recipe writing, studying, running and cooking….and then I have to work tonight (I’m just a hostess at a restaurant here). For starters though, I ate another awesome oatmeal breakfast this morning before school. Peanut butter, walnuts and banana…my usual! So good and kept me going for about 3.5 hours till I had my fiber one + almond snack. We cooked lamb at school, so I didn’t eat lunch there. I just really don’t like the strong flavor of the meat, although the couscous I made smelled pretty good! (I had to taste it while I was cooking but I didn’t eat it for lunch).
I was very hungry at the end of school today and rushed home and made a fantastic lunch of my own here! I made a hummus plate (1/4 cup hummus) with 2 ounces of sliced bell peppers and 15 kashi crackers to dip as well as some roasted acorn squash that I roasted yesterday afternoon. I had one cup of Pacific brand Creamy Tomato Soup on the side and a sliced pear. All for about 500 calories. (plus a bite sized organic dark chocolate for dessert, of course!!) It was a very good, very filling lunch and I now feel prepared to tackle the rest of the afternoon! Its 85!!! degrees outside so I’m just going to do a 40 minute run on the treadmill in a couple hours. I have a great dinner coming up tonight that I can’t wait to share with you guys! Stay tuned 🙂
“breaking down” a lamb leg at school today…this was taken during Chef’s demo. My hands were frozen solid after about an hour of cutting frozen lamb meat!!! (not to mention my chef instructor keeps the classroom set at 62 degrees because we are dealing with raw meat all day—can’t wait till Baking class next!)
December 11, 2007
This morning for breakfast I had a huge bowl of oatmeal made with 1/2 cup skim, 1/2 cup water, vanilla extract, a dash of salt, tons of cinnamon and 10 grams each of walnuts and the new freshly ground peanut butter i got yesterday from whole foods. I sliced up and mixed in a medium sized banana as well. It was great—this breakfast really keeps me going all morning at school, all for about 425 calories. I make the oatmeal the night before and put it in the fridge, then in the morning I just slice some banana into it, toss some nuts on top and heat it quickly in the microwave for 45 seconds. Delish!
December 10, 2007
Well, so last night I turned in around 10:15…hoping to get about 7-8 hours sleep. nope! I didn’t fall asleep til FOUR IN THE MORNING! and I had to wake up at 6 for school! So, I’m running on two hours sleep right now 😦 Not healthy and not fun. I think I couldn’t sleep last night because I hadn’t done any exercising yesterday; all I did all day was just sit on an airplane, and my weekend was a little stressful visiting sick grandparents. Hopefully tonight will be better….I’m actually going to lay down for about an hour soon then see how I feel because I really wanted to exercise today. And—I am going grocery shopping!!! My favorite thing to do!! I go to whole foods and the regular grocery store. Whole foods to get all the “special organic” things I love like peanut butter and the regular grocery store to get my produce because its a heck of a lot cheaper!
For breakfast this morning I was exhausted and knew I needed some fuel. I made power oatmeal with 1/2 cup oats, 1 cup water (we are out of skim milk) and 2 ounces 1% cottage cheese. I made the oatmeal last night then this morning heated it up with a banana and the cottage cheese. I also added some peanut butter and walnuts for a little more oomph! It was really good and that, along with a large cup of coffee (I usually always drink tea in the mornings…) helped me get through my crazy morning at school! My breakfast was about 425 calories. I brought along my usual snack of 1/4 cup fiber one and 7 almonds. I think I’m the only one who snacks at culinary school but I have to in order to keep myself going for the 5 hours I’m in the kitchen! Speaking of school……today I made:
Herb Stuffed Pork Chops with Sauce Charcuterie. Tomorrow I’m going to start bringing my camera along to school so I can show you guys what “really” goes on there and take some photos of the stuff I make. I actually did not try the pork chops today…I know, I know, I should since I made them but the thought of nawing on a huuuuge pork chop stuffed with thanksgiving-like stuffing was enough to make me gag this morning. The looked good though and the other 2 guys on my team devoured a couple of them, so I think they were okay 🙂 I wish you guys could have seen me though….I actually was SAWING the pork to carve out the pork chops! It’s really down and dirty there and there’s no room at all to be squeamish…you just have to put on your gloves and dive in. I was quite a site after the sawing adventure, that’s for sure! Its especially interesting for an ex-vegetarian! note: I was a vegetarian up until the time I lived in France last summer. I still only eat meat about once a week–I just prefer plant food I guess 🙂
When I got home around 1, I made the quickest, tastiest and healthiest lunch I know on limited sleep AND limited groceries! I put together a fast peanut butter and jelly sandwich on sprouted grain toast and ate it with 4 ounces cottage cheese and a cut up apple(and a tiny piece of dark chocolate of course for dessert!–all for about 500 calories)
Now I feel a little better but hopefully a quick power nap can restore me even more…..
My “school-bag” aka knife kit and lunch 🙂
My favorite dark chocolate–organic and 70%. yum!
*gosh, that picture turned out terrible and does not do the chocolate justice! I’m pretty new to this whole thing though and hopefully will have all the photo stuff sorted out soon…