Since I finished graduate school one of my (many) goals was to raise the bar on my day-to-day eating habits. While in school, I got a little lazy. It was not so much that I was not eating healthy, I was just going for fast and easy. Almost every Sunday I made soup which I ate most of the week and froze. At one point I counted and I had 12 kinds of frozen soup … great, but boring. Heck, half the time I was too lazy/busy to even make a salad, at most I would cut up some tomatoes or cucumbers and have them on the side. That was dinner most nights, or I would have some wonderful frozen item from Trader Joe’s http://www.traderjoes.com/ … but while good, it really got old. And breakfast, well that was yogurt at my desk with a granola bar of some sort … boring! Lunch, lunch was also at my desk and something that I bought … wrap, soup, salad – good but more money and calories than needed.
So, I’ve challenged myself to try to raise the bar. I plan to start with breakfast and dinner and move on to breaking my “walk out to grab something” lunch habit. I know lunch will be more difficult since I am generally in the office from about 6:30 am to 6:00 pm and a 10 minute break in the middle of the day is sometimes too good to pass up.
Here are some of the initial results.
Breakfast (at my desk) – Yogurt with ginger almond granola, raspberries, and blackberries. Verdict? Much better, still simple, but more satisfying. Later that week I had cherry yogurt with dried cherries, blackberries and vanilla yogurt.
Dinner – Chicken sautéed with peppers, green pea, served with saffron pasta (from Soulard Market) in a spicy peanut sauce. The sauce was a breeze, just some Sriracha sauce (http://www.huyfong.com/no_frames/sriracha.htm), peanut butter, soy sauce mixed with pan juices.
Admittedly, this is just a start, but I am enjoying the challenge. After almost two weeks of “better” breakfasts, this weekend I invested in some bowls so I am not washing out coffee cups. Next up will be lunches …