Friday, October 16, 2009

Grocery antics

Yesterday we went shopping, and along with coming home with perhaps more tomatoes and cucumbers than I could imagine, there was also this monstrous pork loin that jumped in the cart and followed me home. By monstrous, I mean the thing is so huge I have to fold it in half to fit it in the fridge ! My plan is to cut it up into a couple of roasts, chops and cubes and store it in the freezer for many meals to come, something that I have done many times before , but never wit one this big. Are pigs now cross breeding with elephants ?? I researched the calorie count for this cut ( 4 oz is 160 calories) , so I will be good to go with my digital scale, chefs knife and cutting board later today. One helpful thing I have found is to label freezer bags with the calorie counts for each portion when freezing so you do not wind up with mystery meals or the need to hunt down the nutritional info later.

The day began with a Thomases Better Start English muffin with whipped cream cheese and a Yoplus lite yogert for 230 calories. I always get nervous when I plan this breakfast because I keep thinking it will not be enough, but I keep the faith and it always brings me to lunchtime without the growlies.After breakfast we got in a Wii fit workout and then tackled school.

Lunch was a pizza on an Aldi's Original wrap sprinkled with 1/4 cup shredded Italian blend cheese, 1 T bacon bits and 1 big mushroom, sliced. On the side was an apple and some celery and carrot sticks for 320 calories. I think this might be our favorite lunch here ! After lunch we did another workout and then finished our schoolwork for the day.

Mid afternoon I grabbed an apple and a Fiber Plus bar for 200 calories, and then set to double checking the grocery list, looking for a few more items for school next week and then finally shopping itself. Our produce market is a real explosion of so many different variety of apples now ! We bought a ton, and my house smells very apple-y. Not a bad thing !

Dinner was one of my crock pot go to meals- black bean chili with cornbread and tomatoes and cucumbers on the side for 460 calories. To make it I put a can of black beans, a pound of ground turkey and a large jar of mild salsa in my crockpot at lunchtime, and it is good to go at dinner. I served this with 2 tsp flax oil in the bowl because we have not been getting enough healthy fats, and my skin is starting to show it. Healthy fats are critical to yo0ur health, and have been know to bring dramatic changes in things you would not suspect. it was the use of flax oil and evening primrose oil that brought about the most profound improvement in my son's autism, and I will never ignore them. Since we have stopped eating oatmeal every day or boiled vegetables, I have struggled to find ways to include 2 tsp of healthy fat in our daily intake, so this was an experiment. It tasted very good !

We settled in for the evening , and later I grabbed my evening snack
2 rice cakes with whipped cream cheese for 150 calories. Sort of boring, but very satisfying !. Total calorie intake for the day was 1360- a little low, but I was not suffering. I learned in the evening that my new nephew is comming home today ! He had suffered seizures at birth and they discovered he had also had a small stroke during birth. He has been kept for observation for a week, but now he is totally stable and able to come home. I can't wait to meet this little guy soon !


Diane, Fit to the Finish said...

What a great idea to label the freezer bags with calorie counts. I just made some meals to freeze last night because my son has the
H1N1 flu and we may well all get it.

Take care,

The Incredible Shrinking Family said...

May he recover quickly and may the rest of you all remain free from the bug !

JC said...

I'm with Diane, great idea on putting the calorie count on freezer bags. Love that, wish I had thought of it. Have a great weekend.

Joanna@BooneDocksWilcox said...

Are pigs now cross breeding with elephants ?

Unfortunately, that's growth hormones.

I want to try your pizza.