Thursday, July 16, 2009

The almost perfect green monster & HFCS

I keep talking about my four-part plan to get to goal, but not writing about it. I'm still working on it, but I will tell you one part:

changing what I eat

I'm a creature of habit and in the past 17 months I've basically stuck to the same foods, with little variation. I have eaten the exact same breakfast for months and months. I can make in it in about a minute, it's pack full of protein and I love it.

It's my skinny-downed egg mcmuffin for 6 Points. Real egg (organic, free-range of course), real 2% cheddar, Thomas multi-grain muffin, low-fat Canadian bacon. But every morning? Day after day, month after month.

I know this is bad. I know the importance of eating a variety of foods. It's key in weight loss and in health. There's nothing wrong with my breakfast, but there aren't any fruits or vegetables in it. That means I have to pack them into the rest of my day. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't (usually I don't).

So after reading blog after blog about the green monsters I've been giving them a try. So far I've been less than impressed. Until this morning. I figured out what I didn't like about them and fixed it. I don't like super thick, not icy cold drinks. Yucky. This morning I had a monster and it was almost perfect, just a little too sweet. Tomorrow I'm leaving out the WW smoothie mix (too many chemicals anyway) and adding another scoop of goat whey (for an extra 15 grams of protein and 1.5 Points).

2 big handfuls of fresh spinach - 0 Points
One scoop goat whey protein powder - 1.5 Points
One WW smoothie mix - 1 Point
2 cups watermelon - 2 Points
1 small banana - 1.5 Points
1 cup water
2 cups crushed ice <-----aha! this is a key ingredient

Total Points = 6

This was good, except being too sweet. It made a really large portion.

I also whipped up a batch of fresh hummus this morning. Usually I buy it, but it only took a couple of minutes to make it. I didn't use a recipe, it was garbanzo beans, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and I threw in some sun dried tomatoes we had on hand, a little sea salt and pepper. Put all that stuff in the food processor, mixed it up and instantly had yummy hummus without any weird junk in it. No idea on the Points but I only use a little over a tablespoon on my wrap instead of mayo, so I count it as a Point.

Now off to face the battleground I call my work place. Lately I feel like I'm getting beat to death every day. Project managing isn't at all what I thought it would be. It looks so easy but it's really not. There are so many things to worry about on a project, and I feel like I'm being pulled in every direction. The good thing is I'm too busy during the day to even think about food. The bad thing is I'm too busy during the day to even think about food. :)
Dinner last night

In an effort to cook more and make a variety of food, I made a stir fry last night. Onions, garlic, Roma tomatoes (squeezed out the insides so not soupy), snow pea pods, red bell pepper, and a little olive oil and then I added the shrimp.

I couldn't decide what spices to use so my husband, trying to help, told me to try the Maui Sweet & Sour sauce he bought last weekend. I looked at the calories and fat and two tablespoons was 60 calories and .5 grams fat, or one Point.

As I was adding in the sauce, which tasted wonderful, my husband read the ingredients on the bottle (remember - he bought this stuff). He said, "oh NO!". What? Does it contain peanuts? (I'm allergic). No, the number one ingredient was...HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP. I doused our healthy vegetables and shrimp with HFCS. Nice. Yes, we ate it and yes, it was wonderful. Gotta love that HFCS.


spunkysuzi said...

Did i tell you i work at Tim Horton's i'm a supervisor :) Anyway they came out with the new iced coffee! And they put this very sweet vanilla base in. When i saw the box it comes in the very first ingredient is HFCS!!!!! Needless to say i don't drink them or if i do i don't have any syrup put in.
And green monsters rock. Yep you just have to figure out what you like in them and what you don't :) I've even got my daughter in holland drinking them! And she's not a vegetable person.

big_mummy said...

i love the green monsters too but i like it with raspberrys in and at first they arent green at all, they have to stand a bit for the green to come out- and i add the ice too (yum)

antgirl said...

I eat the same breakfast everyday, too. I changed it last year though from oatmeal to my egg sandwich - organic egg whites, whole grain bread & a slice of soy cheese. I put some salsa on it and always have fresh fruit with breakfast no matter what the entree is. I will vary what fruit I eat.

Jenny S said...

Wow... I read the ingredients to your green drink, and I was thinking (actually said out loud to my dh).. I can't believe what these gals are putting in a blender! Spinach?! I SO need to try that! I love spinach, and can drink some pretty nasty "health" drinks, especially when I know how good they are for me. Thanks for sharing, I will try that soon.