Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Day 1: Success

I had a very successful day today. Ever wonder what that looks like? Here it is:

Morning Tea (as usual): chai/yerba mate latte made with skim milk (1/2c)
Breakfast: Kashi Honey Oat Waffle, toasted, with 1 T peanut butter and 1/3 c. fresh blueberries on top. Glass of iced green tea with 1 oz Pomegranate juice added.
Snack: 6 roasted almonds, 1 string cheese and a cup of iced green tea with 1 oz Pom juice added.
Lunch: big bowl of steamed fresh Lima beans with onions and ham. These are fantastic! If you have not gotten out to your local Farmer's Market yet, GO, and look for fresh Lima beans. My recipe & photo from last fall: Fresh Lima Beans. Also had a small square of homemade cornbread, and a half can of Enviga green tea soda (berry flavor, sugar free).
Snack: 1/2 of a Clif Nectar bar (cacao/walnut) and a glass of fresh watermelon juice (homemade... don't let those mealy, mushy watermelons go to waste!)
Dinner: Potato/Cheddar Crusted Cod fillet (store bought), 3/4 c. roasted fingerling red garnet yams, and 1 c. steamed mixed veggies (zucchini, yellow squash, green beans, carrots).
Snack: 5 freshly cracked filberts (hazelnuts)

Total calories: 1479

For exercise, I biked vigorously on my recumbent exercise bike for 30 minutes this morning.

I also:
filled in a new appointment calendar for the year (took me over an hour!)
made doctor's appointments for the kids (well checks, etc)
paid bills
washed, dried, folded and put away 4 loads of laundry
picked up and vacuumed the living room
washed all the dishes and cleaned the kitchen
filled out paperwork and delivered it
took daughter to her play group
made Pumpkin Custard (yummy... recipe below)
cut up a watermelon and made half of it into juice
took son to tutoring
made a real dinner

So I feel like today was a success, and I am giving myself one big green X. (I track my good and bad days on the calendar by giving myself a green X for an on-plan day and a red X if I go off plan (over 1600 calories).

There was only one thing on my plan that I did not accomplish: strength training. I will do it tomorrow, earlier in the day, so I am not too exhausted to lift by evening.

Hope your day went just as well! And here's that recipe...

Pumpkin Custard
(This recipe is adapted from the book Superfoods RX)
I love this stuff and my kids ALL love it too. It tastes just like pumpkin pie filling. Pumpkin is a superfood and is full of all kinds of nutrients, so your kids won't even know they are getting something healthy! This is one of my favorite fall breakfasts or snacks. It is easy easy EASY to make and the house smells fantastic while it bakes!

In a bowl, mix together:
1/2 c sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp ground ginger
Then add:
1/2 c Egg Beaters
1 15-ounce can of pumpkin
Mix together using a wire whisk.
Slowly add:
1 12-ounce can of evaporated skim milk

Pour into a 9 or 10 inch pie plate sprayed with Pam. (The 9" is what I used today; it gives a slightly thicker result.) Bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes. The center should be just slightly wiggly when you bump it. If it seems "liquidy" when jiggled, cook for 5-7 more minutes until it is more set.
Cool to room temp, then cover and refrigerate.
You can scoop it into a bowl to eat like pudding, but I always cut in into 8 wedges like a pie, and let my kids have a bit of light whipped cream on top. They think this is really PIE, but the calories are far, far lower and there is hardly any fat in this.
Nutrition for 1/8 of recipe:
112 calories
0.2 g fat
1.6 g fiber
5.7 g protein
16% RDA of calcium
174% RDA of Vitamin A!!!


~Crystal said...

Totally want to try the pumpkin recipe...YUM!!

MizFit said...

I LOVE the first sentence of your post.


that's MY GOAL for the rest of the week.

to be able to end each day with those 7 words.

Donna B said...

Glad to hear you had a great day. Sounds like a busy one as well. staying busy seems to help me stay more defined in my eating. Keep up the good work!

Linda said...

You kicked it! Good for you!

Do it again! Do it again!

skinnyhollie said...

Thanks for the custard recipe. I start craving anything with pumpkin this time of year, and this will save me a lot of calories!

new*me said...

okay........lovin' the sound of pumpkin custard!!!! Fall brings out the cook in me and it helps to make something that won't load on the pounds.

Now can I say~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

WOO HOO!!!! GO LYN!!!!!!! Fabulous day~! I hope you have a steady stream of days like that coming!

spunkysuzi said...

Congrats on a really nice day successful day ;) Staying busy is part of the solution i believe.

Anonymous said...

Love you blog, been following for a long time now - I just made the pumpkin custard this morning for the first time. It's excellent! I substituted pumpkin pie spice for the individual spices you listed and it's wonderful. Thanks for a healthy recipe that tastes like dessert!