W30 Round 2, Day 9: Plan. Prep. Repeat.
WHAT I ATE
I knew I had the leftover Kitchen Sink Frittata in the fridge but I just wanted something fresh out of the pan today. I got up in good time but I was too tired last night to put my grocery list together so I took 10-15 minutes before the kids got up to get that done. The store is closer to their school than our apartment so it makes zero sense to drop them, come back, make the list, and go back. But that meant that I was going to be crunched for time to make a warm breakfast. UNLESS IT’S MY FAIL-PROOF MINI PROSCIUTTO EGG SKILLET. 🔥 So that’s what I made: 3 slices prosciutto, 2 eggs, into the toaster oven you go. Chunks of creamy avocado are a nice contrast to the salty, crunchy prosciutto plus I get the healthy fats. I cut up a mango for the kids and it was big enough that there was plenty for all 3 of us to each have a good serving. I like a mix of fruit, for taste and color, so I threw in some blueberries. Breakfast done, shoes on, out the door, school run, groceries, home again.
It was 17 degrees when I went grocery shopping and all I kept thinking about when I was walking to the store was a warm cup of something when I got home. Ok the Nutpods latté. I wanted my latté. But I just got busy and then I wanted to get in a quick workout and then it was lunch time. So I didn’t need a mid-morning snack today after all.
It was time to finish the Chicken Tikka Masala. And DANG that’s a tasty dish! I think it’s one of those better-the-next-day dishes. Or 5 days later as it were. JUST before I had to throw it out. 😳 I found the snow peas I had bought for something else I never made so I chopped those up and threw them in a hot skillet with some ghee and got a nice blister on them. Then I added some of the fresh cauli-rice I picked up from Trader Joe’s the other day. A little shake of Primal Palate’s Adobo Seasoning and then it went in the bowl. Chicken on top plus a big dollop of chilled coconut milk and a sprinkle of cilantro leaves. It was dope.
Although lunch was a good amount of food I was a little hungry before I went to pick up the kids. So when I got home I definitely wanted something to tide me over until dinner. I picked up these Epic Salt & Pepper Pork Rinds at Whole Foods this morning and I was so excited to try them! But I was cold from walking home in 22 degrees and kinda wanted my latté. So I had both. And a handful of apple chips. Weird combo, let me explain. The pork rinds were delish but a little heavy handed on the pepper for my taste. So the apple chips cooled it down. And the latté was just for fun. I think the pork rinds might fall under “junk food” but I bought them just to try them out. I like Epic and wanted to see what their new product was about. I was easily able to cut myself off and I don’t plan to have them again until after January 30th. I did see on Snapchat that if you need a snack then a good rule of thumb is to make it a mini meal: a little protein, some carbs, and a little fat. I mean, I did get in protein, fat & carbs but I’m preeeetty sure they didn’t mean like this.
I put the salmon in the fridge last night so they would thaw overnight and be ready to cook tonight. This is my new favorite way to make salmon. I just dump coconut aminos on the pieces and throw the pan in a 400 degree oven for about 8-10 minutes. I turn on the broiler and broil for a few minutes until there’s a nice crust and it hasn’t overcooked. Shake a little more of the coconut aminos on top and it doubles as a dipping sauce and it drips down. YUM! The kids absolutely LOVE this salmon – the smallest fillet is all that’s left. I reheated the leftover roasted green beans and the sweet potato and topped the latter with a dollop of chilled coconut milk and a sprinkle of cinnamon. For how simple dinner was, it was incredibly delicious. I would definitely serve this to guests! If I ever had any…
WHAT I PREPPED
On my grocery run I picked up a few items I hadn’t planned on. The first was a big bunch of Swiss chard. It looked gorgeous and I remembered Nom Nom Paleo’s Swiss Chard with Raisins, Pine Nuts and Porkitos. I usually use a mix of regular and golden raisins but in my label reading I saw that there are added sulfites in the golden raisins. That’s a no-go. But the regular raisins work so I’ll just use those. Salty and sweet and a great change from the braised kale & carrots from last week. My morning green this week!
HOW I FEEL
I know that these are the days when your pants may feel tighter but I’m either not experiencing that bloat this time around or I’m past it and didn’t realize it because this winter I’m living in my fleece-lined leggings. Either way, HIGH FIVE! I miss baking a little but I kinda don’t want to ingest all that sugar. It’s like you can’t unlearn what you now know after reading It Starts with Food and The Whole 30 Book. I have a bag of Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 Baking Flour that I’ve been looking forward to using but just because I can make my favorite cookies gluten-free doesn’t mean all that sugar’s not in them! I know I’m thinking about Day 31 when I should be focusing on finishing Day 9 strong and preparing for Day 10. One day at a time. We’ll all get there!
As for something I did for myself today I got a workout in! At home! My legs are strong but I felt like I needed to ease my arms back into it. So today I did 2 workouts I found on Pinterest and they were GOOD. I’ve done the kettlebell one several times and it’s a glute/ab burner. And then I found a decent 10-minute abs circuit that I loved. Like loved to hate. 45 seconds of side planks after the weighted Russian twists was rough goin’ but I made it. Here they are in case you want to check them out. For the KB workout I used a 25# KB for the squats and then a 15# KB for the rest of the circuit. The ab workout was body weight only. You can Pin these from here or click through to see the each workout in its entirety. No, you don’t do bicycle kicks and elbow planks for 10 minutes. Click through!
How are you guys feeling? Just barely hanging in there or slaying daily? Keep at it!
ps: No matter what I do I can’t get my closing to go under the workout links so c’est la vie!