Thursday, April 29, 2010

Rabbits knocking at my door

I had a dream last night where a couple of bunny rabbits came to my door and asked that I stop eating to many veggies because I was taking veggies away from them. I think it had something to do with watching my son play Rabbits Go Home on the Wii and trying to use up greens yesterday. Sometimes dreams are just you mind repeating the events of the day in a colorful way.

Breakfast was cinnamon fruity oatmeal (pear, apple and blueberries) topped with a quarter cup of cottage cheese. I am not sure if I like this combo as well as oats with seeds or nuts.

Lunch was Quinoa Orange Basil salad over romaine, watercress and dandelion greens. Grains over greens seem odd ? It's really not, and with the right kind of grain you can get a wide range of nutrition. Quinoa , however is something else. While treated like a grain, quinoa is not actually a grain.Instead it is a member of the same family as spinach and swiss chard.
It was revered as an important food by the Incas. It contains a complete protien and is high in lyscine,which is needed for tissue growth andrepair.This could make a great breakfast alternative for growing children or those working on strenght training.Because quinoa is a very good source of manganese as well as a good source of magnesium, iron, copper and
phosphorus, this "grain" may be especially valuable for persons with migraine headaches, diabetes and atherosclerosis. Magnesium also relaxes the blood vessels, thus promoting cardiovascular health.One word of caution- if you are on an oxolate restricted diet, avoid quinoa as it is high in these. So Quinoa falls into the realm of other rabbit habits!

Dinner was attack of the vegetables- grilled chicken breast with roast veggies ( eggplant, asparagus,zucchini,mushrooms,peppers, broccoli and butternut squash mix) and Doubly Delicious Greens
Doubly Delicious Greens

1 large bunch bok choy -- chopped
1 large bunch Swiss chard -- chopped
1 medium onion -- coarsely chopped
2 cloves garlic -- chopped
1 can diced tomatoes (no salt) -- (15 ounce)
2 cups shiitake and/or baby bella mushrooms -- sliced
1/2 teaspoon dried Italian herb seasoning

Place bok choy, Swiss chard, onions, and garlic in a large steamer and
steam until almost tender, about 10 minutes. In a large pot add tomatoes,
mushrooms, steamed greens mixture, and seasoning. Simmer over low heat
for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serves 8.

We got in more boxing, walking and ab work. I noticed yesterday that Nick is beginning to develop somewhat definable abdominal muscles and it looks cute ! He is also beginning to get noticeable muscles on his shoulders and neck ( cannot remember the names of these). It looks funny to see his body begin to get some kind of definition ! I am not so sure about my own body. Things feel tighter in my abdominal region and my clothes fit different, but I have not taken my measurements or dropped a size that I am aware of, so I am not sure. Just carry on, knowing that something is happening .


Diane Fit to the Finish said...

With all that healthy eating good things are bound to be happening. Is Nick excited to be able to see some definition? My son works out with weights and has started running. I think it's so fun!

Great looking food. I'm going to try quinoa very soon!

Marisa (Loser for Life) said...

Funny about the rabbits! LOL!

Everything looks so good and wholesome!
I'm glad that Nick is seeing the results of his hard work, too :)

The Incredible Shrinking Family said...

Diane- so far Nick only seems to notice that he is "getting smaller" . Whenever he does anything with weights he kind of rushes he movements rather than do them slow for the resistance. It's totally the wrong way to do it and I keep trying to slow him down ( and laughing under my breath when he turns his head because t is so funny to watch him !)

Marissa- it is really fun to see results on him. The resiliency of youth and all that- as we age things just do not become as obvious quickly it seems.

blessedmama said...

I had no idea about the information you shared on quinoa. I'm learning so much from you! Just keep doing what you're doing, eating healthy, watching portions and exercising, and things will change for the better. You're doing a great job!

Julie said...

Too funny! Dreams are so weird sometimes!!
Looks like a good eating day!! Good for you!!

Kristina said...

You should do a progress pic and put it on here so we can see the diff in you. You have been doing so well! And those roasted veggies look FAB!!!