Making it Monday

I have a fridge and pantry filled with groceries and 14 new recipes I’m really excited to try.  I hope there are some winners in there! Today is a pretty easy day at work and I finally have the day off tomorrow so I’m ready to get cooking.  What I need to focus on is combining carbs and protein for each meal.  I can’t just eat a banana for breakfast or just a piece of grilled chicken or fish for dinner.  I need to eat the banana with peanut butter or have some fresh veggies or brown rice with the chicken/fish.  I also want to try and stick with foods that are low on the glycemic index.  That’s easier said than done, but I will definitely do what I can.

Breakfast: Yogurt and Almond Apples

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Pre-meal BS reading: 186

Post-meal BS reading: 213

Ingredients:

-1 medium sized apple

-Orange zest (thought zest would taste better than rind)

-lemon juice

-cinnamon

-splenda

-greek yogurt

-almond slivers

I was pretty excited about this breakfast, but to be completely honest, I found it to be a total bust.  First of all, I didn’t understand how to stuff the apple with orange zest.  I guess I was supposed to core the apple, but since I don’t have an apple corer and don’t trust myself to carve apples with a knife, I decided to slice the apple in half and take out the core that way.  It still worked, it just wasn’t as pretty as it could have been.  I love cinnamon and figured that would have given it an apple pie taste.  After talking to my mom about the recipe while driving to work, I realized that I should have just baked it in the oven for about 10 minutes instead of microwaving it for 4 and it probably would have tasted better.  I generally don’t like plain yogurt but I didn’t want to add more carbs by going with something flavored and throw off the recipe.  I was very surprised to find that I did like the yogurt- it would have been way too sweet had I picked vanilla or honey flavored.  All in all, it’s probably safe to say that I will never make this breakfast again, which is a shame because I do love apples.  I guess I’ll stick to my homemade applesauce.

Lunch: Scoop of tuna salad and 1/2 grilled cheese

Pre-meal BS reading: 216

Post-meal BS reading: 229

I forgot my phone when I went to lunch today so I wasn’t able to take a picture of my meal, but it wasn’t too exciting.  Monday’s are tough at work.  There is no hot lunch for employees so the options are limited to tuna salad, chicken salad and lunch meat.  I didn’t want to have too much bread so I scooped about 1/2 cup of tuna salad onto a large lettuce leaf and then toasted one slice of wheat bread and added a slice of melted cheese.  I grabbed an apple to much on later and sadly my half hour lunch break went by way too fast.

Dinner: Crockpot Stuffed Tomatoes

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Pre-meal BS reading: 208

Post-meal BS reading: 225

Ingredients:

-4 large tomatoes

-cooked whole wheat rice

-ground turkey (I changed the recipe slightly)

-Italian seasoning

-28 oz can crushed tomatoes

-parmesan cheese

I really enjoyed this meal.  It was really nice to come home after an exhausting day and have dinner ready.  It was really filling, but I didn’t feel bad about eating it.  Hubby loved it as well.  Not looking forward to cleaning out my crockpot, but I do love the smell I’m greeted with as soon as I open the door.  Overall today was a pretty good day.  My blood sugar stayed around 200 all day which isn’t great, but at least I wasn’t over 300.  I have to admit that I had absolutely no energy today.  I’m thinking it was because of my breakfast.  I was yawning all day and as soon as I got home I wanted to take a nap.  At least I’m off tomorrow and get to sleep in.  I also have a doctors appointment that I’m excited about.  Looking forward to relaxing, cooking and eating 🙂

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