Wednesday, September 26, 2012

What I Ate Wednesday Edition #1

Welcome to my first edition of:

This weekly food diary is a way for me to look back at my healthy (or not so healthy) eats for the day. I also hope it inspires me and others to get out of a rut and make things a little fun. Wednesday's are always my run club night, so I've had to plan my meals accordingly. Hopefully, I can show you how to eat healthy even if you are pressed on time.

Today I was presented with the opportunity to sway away from my food plan. I woke up early, made my lunch and snacks for the day and then input my entire day of food into my tracker on my Anytime Health profile.

Side Note: I started at our local Anytime Fitness gym last year and do not use their website as much as a I should. It has a great food tracker that I'll be using for my Wednesday eats so you can see how my day stacks up.

Anyways, I tracked all of my food, got to work, went to eat my mid-day snack and realized I forgot my lunch. How many times have we all done that before? Luckily I had an apple in my desk so I didn't perish. Come lunch time I was ready to drive to Pizza Pizza, but I stayed strong and drove home to eat my homemade lunch there. My body does not function well when I don't have my morning snack with some protein. I can see why I was starving and was craving bad carbs.

This was my day:

Breakfast (7:30 am):
  • Whole wheat English muffin with no-salt margarine
  • 2 poached eggs - 1 whole and 1 egg white
  • Small coffee with a splash of skim milk and 1/2 tsp of sugar
  • Glass of water with liquid chlorophyll
  • Vitamins

Snack (10:00 am):
  • Apple

Lunch (12:00 pm):
  • Rosemary ham sandwich on multi grain rye bread, with arugula and dijon mustard
  • 3 strawberries
  • Oikos Greek yogurt

Snack (3:00 pm):
  • 8 ish dried apricots, small handful of unsalted walnut pieces
  • Banana

Pre-Workout Fuel (5:30 pm):
  • Cherry-Pomegranate Nutri-grain bar
  • 1 ounce low fat cheddar cheese

Dinner (8:30 pm):
  • Arugula, tomato saute; I cooked up some brown rice and then put it into my frying pan with a tsp of oil. I added grape tomatoes, arugula, lemon juice and some crushed red pepper flakes. I sauteed this for about 5 minutes. I then took it off the heat and added some light feta cheese and my 3-6-9 omega oil supplement. I do not calculate my omega oil supplements into my calorie total for the day as it is a vitamin replacement.
These are my nutritional details for the day:

Calories: 1734

Fat: 51.3 grams
Sodium: 1616 grams
Carbs: 259 grams
Fibre: 28 grams
Sugars: 84 grams
Protein: 72 grams

Calories burnt during run: 750

What does your day look like when you have a busy schedule? Do you stick to a plan or just wing it?

I hope you all had a great Wednesday!


Monday, September 24, 2012

Comfort Food

I'm sure you can all relate. When I think of Fall I think of all my favourite comfort foods; alfredo pasta, creamy soups, cheesy casseroles.. yum! The one thing that I know we all struggle with is the extra calories and bloating that go along with these delicious meals.

So it was time to dig through my recipe drawer and dig out some healthy fall favourites to keep me in check and avoid making some of these favourite calorie-laden foods.

One of my favourite recipes my Mom used to make in the fall/winter months was stuffed peppers. Although this isn't considered a healthy living fail, it can be loaded with sodium and greasy ground beef.

I found this lighter take on the traditional recipe on the Weight Watchers site:

Stuffed Peppers with Mediterranean-Spiced Quinoa

I must say, these peppers are to die for. Instead of making them vegetarian (which is delicious too), I use ground turkey to keep my "meatatarian" husband happy. These can now be classified as one of my comfort foods, and I'm sure once you try them will be one of yours too!


A couple things to note about the recipe:

  • It makes way to much filling, you could almost add two more peppers and fill them. Instead, I line the bottom of the dish with the remaining of the filling and will serve it on the side of my plate.
  • It calls for cooked quinoa, when you should be using uncooked quinoa.
  • The regular recipe calculates to 7 points plus, with the ground turkey you are looking at 10 point plus per serving.

Nutritional Details:

378 calories
14.5 grams of fat
45.9 grams of carbs
18.6 grams of protein

Hubby rates this recipe a 4 out of 5 stars.

What are some of your favourite comfort foods? Can they be lightened up too?

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Hello and Welcome!

Well, it's finally done. My blog is here! After lots of planning, designing and most importantly deciding what I wanted to blog about, its finally complete.

I had created this blog back in 2010, but never got to the point of launching it. Looking back, I don't think I really had much going on in my life to talk about. Since 2010, lots has changed in my little world. I am now married, lost weight on the Weight Watchers plan, and am now proud to call myself a runner. So deciding on my blog title was easy this time around. Run.Love.Pug encompasses everything in my life at this moment. Everything I am passionate about. Everything I want to write about!

I hope this blog will inspire you as I write about my triumphs in running, cooking & baking, and everyday life events. During my journey I have been inspired by many great bloggers, and it kept me going as I read about their successes and unfortunate fails. It was nice to be able to relate to someone even if I had never met them before. This is what I am hoping I can do for you.

This week I hope to post a recipe or two. Running is also my priority this week as I am nearing the end of my 18 week marathon training program. Race day is almost here, only 27 more days to go.

On that note, I have to hit the pavement soon as I have a 30 km run to do today.

Thanks for taking the time to read, and once again welcome to my blog!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Coming Soon!

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I hope to have it launched by the end of September, so please come back soon!

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