Snack Attack

Hey everyone! I hope you’re having a good Thursday so far!

My fruit breakfast was so delicious, but it left me hungry about 2 hours later…and, in my rush to get out of the house on time, I forgot my Fage yogurt snack! So, around 9:30, I found this peppermint patty to nibble on…

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A couple of hours later, I was starving! I had seen a few diabetes nutrition consults but didn’t have time to stop for lunch, so I had this Glucerna bar from our stash of office samples.

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After my two morning snacks…I wasn’t really hungry for lunch. I had a break for a couple of hours this afternoon. I got to come home and do some laundry and some cooking…Since I wasn’t really that hungry, over the course of the afternoon, I nibbled on some sweet potato chips…

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And fruit….

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Sort of an unusual day of eating for me, but I think it reinforces to me that I really need my protein with breakfast…starting out with fruit only, I just felt hungry all day.

This evening, I did a presentation on Eating Well for Optimum Health at our local National Kidney Foundation office….doing speaking engagements like this is one of the highlights of my job – I absolutely love it! There were probably about 15 people there, and we had a great discussion. This afternoon, on my break, I had time to throw together a lasagna- I hadn’t made one in a while…I made it with lean ground beef and whole-wheat pasta. Since I knew I’d be working late, I thought it would be nice to come home to a pre-made dinner. When I walked in the house after my presentation, my sweet husband had brought me these….

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He is so good! I’ve been tired (and a bit grumpy) the last few days and I think this is his way of making me smile!

Dinner was homemade lasagna, garlic bread, and a yummy salad.

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A couple of Questions and Answers from the last couple of days…

1. I can tell you don’t count calories, but what are your eating guidelines? For example, Cristin at Eat Like Me recomends and follows the Food Pyramid guide, which have been very helpful. Thanks.

I don’t really follow any specific guidelines. I don’t count calories, but my estimate is that I average around 2000 calories most days. I try to always eat lots of fruits and veggies. I try to have a lean protein, a healthy carbohydrate, and a fruit and/or vegetable at each meal. And, I really focus on eating mindfully and listening to my hunger and fullness cues…that has been huge for me personally….stopping eating when I’m “comfortably satisfied”, not “stuffed” or even “overly full”. Hope that helps a bit.

2. Hi – new reader – just wondering — do you make your own sweet potato fries or buy pre-made?

I do a little of both- with my burger last night, I made them homemade…just a sliced sweet potato drizzled with EVOO, salt and pepper, and roasted at 400 degrees for about 25 minutes. I also often use the frozen Alexia brand…love them and they are so easy.

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3. I love mangoes but have no idea how to choose them. Any tips?!

I go by the texture. If the mango flesh gives slightly when you apply a little pressure- it is usually ripe. If it feels completely firm, I pass. I also usually smell it- don’t know if that really helps but I feel like I can smell the ripe mango smell when it is ripe.

Thanks as always for reading!

Goodnight!

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10 responses to “Snack Attack

  1. Mia {runs and rests}

    I’ve mentioned this before but again – I like how you adjust your meals/snacks by listening to your body. Like you, I don’t count my calories but I think I need to up it these days. Race training makes me hungrier.

  2. Oh that is so cute! Your husband is really nice to do that!!

    Hope you feel better!

  3. Glad you had fun at your speaking arrangement! Things like that (and counseling children) are what I am most interested in when
    I think about being an R.D.

    http://eatventures.wordpress.com

  4. Hi Andrea!
    I love Peppermint Patty’s too…something about them just always tastes so good.

    Care to share your recipe for lasagna? It looks so good!

  5. So, where’s the rest of the lasagna? 🙂

    I was wondering if you use any cookbooks for making meals for 2. I am asking about the lasagna because it’s usually something I make, but my recipie serves 4-6. I’ve discovered that I tend to overeat because there’s so much food and I hate wasting stuff (my family made me eat everything on the plate as a child).

    Do you tend to just make dishes for two, throw food away if you know it’s not going to be eaten, or save for leftovers?

  6. What a sweet guy! Mu husband does the same thing when he knows I’ve been having a rough week….or just because.

    I definitely need my protein. I get shaky without an adequate does!

  7. Yum, I love lasagna!

    I have a little to add on the mango selection…

    First off, it is a little bit of a personal opinion on the point at which it is ripe enough. If you like it a little thicker (think apple) go for the firm, green ones. I think most people prefer them a little more ripe, though as they are more sweet, and have a soft, creamy texture.

    To get to that point, you will be looking for the skin color changing to be darker and more red. Note: some varieties keep their green color (so don’t go only by look). Even with some skin color change, it will stay probably about half green. You also want to look out for dark spots (like you would check a banana).

    Also, as Angie mentioned, it will be softer to the touch and will tend to give off a very sweet smell as it ripens. It is basically the same as selecting an avocado.

    Enjoy!

  8. P.S.
    Also like avocados, if the mango is not yet ripe enough, you can put it in a brown paper bag on your counter to accelerate the process.

    All this mango talk has me craving a Mango Lassi. Hmmm, I might have to add that to an upcoming menu.

  9. great answers, girl! i love your food philosophy.. and those sweet ‘tato fries 🙂 alexia products are the best!

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