Thursday, September 24, 2009

1 New Recipe, 4 Miles, Avocado fun and Sammy Chat

Thanks again for all of your fabulous soup ideas! Please add recipes to my comments if you don't mind (or links!) - i'd love to try them!! To backtrack, Tuesday I ended up at 1,849 calories, 202 carbs, 69 fat grams and 98 protein grams. Again – high on fat – SO WEIRD! I used to have the hardest time hitting the minimum. I guess on days when I have reduced fat (not fat-free cheese) I need to watch the olive oil – good to know! (this is what happens when I track AFTER and not before!). Here’s what I ate.

Yesterday was pretty blah. Got up, went an alternate route to work leaving at 7:15 a.m. because our bridge is still out. Stupid bridges. I got in on time though – WOO – and got to work, having an English Muffin pizza + dove chocolate for breakfast. Followed by a mid-morning snack of yogurt!

During lunch I went to the gym in my building for a 4-mile walk (4 mph) whilst reading The Girl Who Stopped Swimming. It’s SO GOOD – I’m trying to finish it before this weekend as our book club meeting is next Wednesday! For lunch I had a new recipe from Cooking Light – Curried Tuna Pitas. Here’s my variation for ONE serving:

3 oz. drained water-packed chunk light tuna (1 can)
1.5 tbsp fat free mayonnaise
½ tsp curry powder
1 tbsp celery, finely diced
2 tbsp sliced almonds (14 grams), diced
1 pita pocket cut at top (removes ¼ of it)
Sorry the pic is SO bad - i'm going to make it again soon so i'll take another!

Combine mayonnaise and curry powder. Stir, then add celery and almonds. Sprinkle with salt and pepper as desired, then stuff into pita. Serve. Each pita has 271 calories, 24 carbs, 9 fat grams and 17 protein grams. You could easily cut this back by only using 7 grams almonds (what the recipe called for!), or you could beef it up some by adding more celery, lettuce, tomato, etc. I liked it how it was though – nom nom nom. I’ll be making it again – too easy not too! Oh – you should know that it called for ½ tsp of celery seed but I couldn’t find that spice to save my life (could have SWORN I had it).

In anticipation of this lunch not being enough, especially with the walking, I brought a fabulous sandwich – my new fave – garlic hummus, turkey, reduced fat provolone and avocado on wheat. YUM! Here's a half... i'm so addicted to the avocado!

I cut my first avocado Wednesday night – so easy and SO good. The sandwich comes out to 294 calories, 29 carbs, 13 fat grams and 24 protein grams. It could easily be cut down by using 1 tbsp of hummus rather than 2, and by using a slice or two less turkey. It REALLY filled me up though! After work I bypassed the gym and headed home for movie night with Austin. Me and Austin made Oh Livin’s Summer Garden Pasta (still a FAVE!) and settled in with some cat cookies for dessert. Great day!

What is your favorite sandwich right now?
Do you prefer your sandwiches in tortillas, bread, bagels or other?!

I ended up at 1,760 calories, 211 carb, 62 fat grams and 95 protein grams. Here’s what I ate. Today should be a good day! I have LOTS of cardio to do though - which means lots of reading - yay! Hope you're having happy Thursdays!


Anne said...

I love me some avocados. Num. Problem is I always eat way too much. Those things a loaded with calories but so worth in moderation!

The sandwich I am currently loving is a Toasted Cheese, Tomato, and Avocado Sandwich from Betty Crocker's Everyday Vegetarian Cookbook.

Here is the Taco Soup recipe:

Therese said...

Yum your breakfast sandwich always looks so yummy.

I have issues with avocado. Everytime I buy one its never ripe for some reason. I guess I need to figure out how to tell if its ripe because once I cut into them, the meat is hard (TWSS...I couln't help myself).

Monica said...

You know I am obsessed with anything glad you like it! That is mine and Andy's favorite sandwich!

Big Pissy said...

I LOVE avocados!!!

I've found the best ones at the Trader Joe's in Midtown lately. :)

Fave sammie: turkey, cheddar/jack, lite mayo, vine tomatoes, avocado on Sara Lee 100& whole wheat with honey bread (only 45 calories a slice!).

april said...

That sandwich looks really good! I like big soft pieces of bread :D

Older April said...

I would kill for a sandwich right now! I prefer wraps...not really but the carb content is lower ;)

LOVE avocados!

melinda said...

I have been reading your blog for a while and love it. I just started a new job and there is a gym in my office building! I was wondering, when you work out at lunch, do you also shower? Then do you eat at your desk? I think I want to start working out during lunch!

Andrea@WellnessNotes said...

I am obsessed with wraps on Alvarado Street Sprouted Grain tortillas. I usually spread them with a wedge of Light Laughing Cow cheese and then add lots of spinach, tomatoes, avocado, and turkey plus whatever else I can find. Sooo good... :)

homecookedem said...

My favorite are grilled wraps! This summer I was addicted to crack wraps!! I love anything wrap with something creamy inside like avocado or hummus, a little cheese, and some protein. Yum, yum, yum!!

Anonymous said...

That reminds me that I have an avocado in my fridge that needs to be eaten.

Your english muffin pizzas look good. What is that stuff on top of them though? A spice?

Whole Body Love said...

Bread, tortilla or pita...all depends on my mood! My new fave is AB or PB in a pita. I then dip the pita in vanilla yogurt...yup I'm a wierdo.

Mica said...

Turkey and avocado always plays nicely together in sandwiches! (I really like honey mustard thrown into the mix.)

Anonymous said...

I am definitely a sandwich girl. Wraps are always WAY too dry for me unless drenched with sauce (which probably isn't exactly good for you) hahahah... needless to say, bagels are also too try for me too!!!

heh have you tried avocado smoothies?? They taste like melon!! I like my avo's in sushi OR as guac, nothing in between! :)