Sunday, March 8, 2015

Grocery Overhaul

i told you it was coming and here it is!

my day did not start out very healthy....but in my defense i had zero food in my fridge and was planning on doing a major grocery shopping trip, which i did. so, how did i start my day? with a sugar rush...i ate a leftover confetti cupcake from sweet frostings bakery that i had picked up on a whim a few days ago. not the best breakfast that's for sure.

i tried to make up for it the rest of the day. while grocery shopping i picked up my favorite, a 12 oz iced americano with about two tablespoons of half and half as fuel for the trip, and then once i got home, i had a better breakfast. i had picked up some lean cuisine turkey sausage breakfast sandwiches for when the little one, won't let me make breakfast and i need a quick bite. i tried one out for lunch and they were delish! and at only 220 calories and with 15 grams of protein, i think these will be good to have around when i'm in a hurry.

for dinner, we headed over to my parents house for sunday dinner (a new tradition we're starting). my mom made a delicious chicken and mushroom dish in a creamy tarragon sauce that she served with a side salad (topped with red onions, tomatoes, feta and croutons which i topped with a french vinaigrette dressing) and some french bread. i did have a second piece of bread and an extra serving of the sauce. i also had one glass of chardonnay.

i spent the afternoon, prepping all the food i bought for the week so i have healthy snacks to grab when the little guy is crying for my attention. i put together smoothie packs for easy breakfasts (i just have to empty the baggy into the blender and pour 1 cup of coconut milk in and breakfast is served), chopped up a bunch of veggies to throw on top of salads, and poached chicken to top my salads. i also measured out single servings of the popcorn, dried chickpeas and almonds i already had at the house into individual baggies so i can grab those as an easy snack and don't have to worry about overeating.

my biggest downfall is bored eating and late night snacking while sitting on the couch. i'm hoping that by having everything measured out and lots of fruits and veggies all ready to eat, this will help curve my mindless snacking.

below's what i picked up at the grocery store along with some photos of my food prep. i also list the smoothie recipes/ingredients down at the bottom.

here's what i picked up:

on the veggie front:

red peppers
yellow peppers
brussel sprouts
sweet potatoes


frozen blueberries
frozen smoothie starter packs (carrot, mango, peach)

freezer items:

kashi greek pizza
kashi indian pizza
lean cuisine turkey sausage breakfast sandwiches
ground turkey burgers (these were fresh, but i froze them)

dairy/non-dairy type items:

unsweetened vanilla coconut milk
yoplait 100 calorie greek yogurts
feta cheese
laughing cow white cheddar
laughing cow onion and chive swiss

miscellaneous/snack items:

100 calorie whole grain english muffins
whole grain quinoa protein bread
sliced almond salad toppers
chipotle dried chickpeas
boom chicka pop (45 calorie/serving popcorn)
green tea
chai tea

i already had some frozen chicken breasts, pork chops and lean ground beef in my freezer from previous costco runs as well as eggs, so i didn't need to pick up much proteins this trip.

and for those of you who are interested, here are the smoothie recipes:

Blueberry Banana Smoothie

1/2 c frozen blueberries
1/2 banana
1 tbsp flax seeds
1.5 tbsp peanut butter
1 cup spinach
1 cup coconut milk

I pre measure out all of the ingredients except for the coconut milk and put them in a baggie and store it in the freezer, this way i don't have to add any ice to the smoothies, i can just throw the frozen baggie and a cup of coconut milk and blend.

Peach/Mango/Banana Smoothie

1/2 cup smoothie starter (frozen peaches, mangos and carrots)
1/2 banana
1 tbsp flax seed
1 cup spinach
1 cup coconut milk

*i meant to pick up some steel cut oats that i could throw into these smoothies as well for some added fiber, but i forgot. for those of you wanting to beef up your smoothies with a little extra fiber to keep you fuller longer, i would add 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup of the oats.

**depending on how thick you like your smoothies, add more or less liquid to the blender. you can also thicken your smoothies with greek yogurt, but i like mine more sippable as opposed to needing  spoon ;0)

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