Happy Wednesday everybody…
Workout & Breakfast
Yesterday morning I grabbed a half a banana with peanut butter as a pre-workout snack before heading to the gym.
At the gym, I hit the elliptical for 30 minutes, then to the treadmill for a fast mile run, and I finished off with leg weights. I felt pretty darn good after that one.
When I got home I made myself breakfast: a smoothie packed with yogurt, blueberries, strawberries, banana, mango, spinach, and a splash of Welch’s 100% grape juice.
I don’t have food photos from lunch or dinner because I ate at work and being we were in meetings, it would have been kind of awkward if I started snapping photos of my food. I can tell you though I spent time in the kitchen yesterday morning prepping my healthy SCD friendly meals.
For lunch, I made Thai lettuce cups much like these ones but the only veggie I included yesterday was the carrots. For dinner, I made a chicken and veggie sauté. I sautéed carrots, zucchini, and mushrooms until thoroughly cooked and soft, then added the chicken. For sauce, I whisked together honey, fresh orange juice, and a dash of ginger. I poured the sauce over the cooked veggies, sprinkled with salt and pepper, gave it a stir, let it cool, and packed it in my Pyrex to go. I had two super delicious and healthy meals yesterday. It was worth the extra effort for sure.
Amidst the work meetings yesterday, there were chocolates and candies being passed around. I can’t tell you how bad I wanted to reach into that bag of chocolates and savor every last chocolately bite. I think chocolate is what I miss most while on this diet. Of course I didn’t eat any of the chocolates, but I was feeling a little “deprived” at the end of the day, and had a hankering for something sweet. Lately when I want something sweet, I have been eating a bite of peanut butter with honey, but last night, I really wanted something else. So, although I worked late and wasn’t home until late, I decided I was going to make myself a batch of SCD cookies.
I found a recipe from this site, tweaked it the slightest bit, and got to baking. Here’s the recipe:
SCD Cinnamon Cookies
- 3 cups almond flour
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/2 cup yogurt (SCD homemade)
- 3 eggs
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp ginger
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 saccharin “sugar” packets**
- Preheat oven to 300°
- Mix all ingredients together
- Spoon walnut-size cookies onto a no-slip mat or parchment paper covered baking sheet about 2 inches apart
- Bake for 12-15 minutes or until cookies begin to turn golden brown
So, how did they turn out? Well, they aren’t even close to being in the same ballpark of deliciousness as a Nestle chocolate chip cookie, but they did a pretty good job of relieving me of my sweet hankering. They have a hint of cinnamon and their texture was sort of like an airy but slightly crispy pancake or muffin top (kind of hard to explain). They were a tiny bit bland, so I ended up making myself an even more special treat by lightly spreading peanut butter and a touch of honey to the cookie. They were pretty good when eaten plain though too, just not what I am used to when it comes to cookies. If it’s a choice of cookie or no cookie, I would take this cookie. I have to confess….I ate WAY too many of these last night. I think I was really missing my treats and just went overboard. Yes, the Dietitian just admitted that she over-did it on cookies; pretty embarrassing. My body is not very happy with me today. I am a little down because I worry that I set myself back on my healing progress. I have been feeling SO good lately, and the last thing I want to do is back track. I’m trying to stay positive. Today’s a new day. I know I will be okay!
How about this for positive, it’s Wednesday! Half-way through the work week. I hope you all have a great day. I will catch up with you later.