I missed out on WIAW this week. It’s been a busy week with many late evenings out of the house. But there’s been some good eats, so I’m using this Friday to recap some of the goodness that’s been keeping my belly happy. I’ve been adding extra calories, since I, you know, officially made that a thing and all. I can’t believe how well its going, to be honest with you. I feel like a turtle without a shell in a briar patch. But I am actually liking this briar patch. More on that at the end. For now, some of my eats of the week.
Cereal and baking. I don’t think I remember how to make breakfast anymore guys….
Incase you are wondering, no I do not spend money on all this (glorious) baking I always seem to have. Believe me, I would NOT be having all these pieces of goodness if I had to buy them. Dan is always bringing me treats from the cafe he works at – at a rate that even I can’t keep up with!! So I always have a stash going at home that I take from.
When I’m not heading to a cafe, I seem to be in a cereal phase. The massive bag of Enviro Kids Panda Peanut Butter Puffs (how old am I?) I got on sale ($10 down to $4 whaaaaat!?) is helping with that.
Panda Puffs + Chocolate Love Grown O’s + banana + blueberries/strawberries + 2 big blobs of peanut butter + silk coconut milk + cinnamon
As you can see, I learned from my experiment last week that a bowl of cereal on its own does NOT satisfy me, so between that lesson and my current goals, I throw on two tablespoons of peanut butter. Peanut butter on cereal is weird. It doesn’t exactly spread around. But if you keep some on your spoon at all times you get the goodness in every bite. Works for me.
Pumpkin scone + double sided peanut butter + unpictured pear
Dan found me another sourdough cinnamon bun. Bless his soul. I can’t believe how much you can actually TASTE the sourdough in this baby. Its not like a “oh hey we made a “sourdough cinnamon bun” **cough cough with 90% white flour and a few tablespoons of what we think is sourdough cough cough.* No, these babies are made completely with SOUR-DOUGH.
There’s been a lot of sales on berries too, so I always accompany my baking with some juicy berries. The perfect bit of sweetness to balance out the….sweetness.
Sourdough cinnamon bun + berries + coffee out
And when I can’t decide between a yogurt bowl or cereal bowl…
Coconut greek yogurt + banana + peanut butter + side of panda puffs + coconut milk + cinnamon
Sandwiches!? Me? My goodness. Who woulda thunk!?
I’m still going strong on the veggie meats. I know, its weird. But I’m still going strong on bread and cheese, too. If that makes me any less weird.
Veggie balogna + mayo + ketup and dijon + monteray jack + tomato
In fact, another “strategy” I’ve been using to get in more calories (and relinquish any underlying forms of control while I’m at it), is instead of using pre sliced cheese slices, which is what I usually do, I’ve been cutting my cheese from a regular block. God that sounds so juvenile. I don’t know how to cut thin, and I want my cheese to cover my bread. So, this basically means… more cheese. But I don’t know how much more and I don’t try to figure it out. Also, more mayo. The more mayo, the better it tastes, let’s be real.
Oh chocolate milk. Chocolate milk is a pretty special thing for me. I only ever buy it for myself when I’m in a good place. And every time it feels… crazy. I know it is such a small thing… but it provokes a lot of feels. Before this week it had probably been a year since I had one last. There’s a place beside my theatre that sells these for one dollar, so I’ve been picking them up to accompany my sandwiches. The perfect combo of carbs and protein, so I hear.
Onion rings + miso gravy + superfood salad
I went out for lunch with my friend/colleague one day this week, to none other than my (our) favorite restaurant, Fresh. I got my beloved “healthy” (greasy deep fried) onion rings and miso gravy (the ones my own are based off of) and the superfood salad. Perfect balance. Total. Yum.
Remember my new find? Well good thing I stocked up because I’ve been chowing down on these jamaican sweet pototoes like the candy that they are. I also have a stash of really good quality organic-farmers-market-farm-to-table chicken and turkey sausages in my freezer, so have been going through them more quickly than I’d like. I’ve been having this super simple meal most days this week and am not sick of it. Made even more simple by my favorite seasoning: butter and salt. I know I could go fancier and add some different spices into the mix, but honestly? I just can’t get enough of the butter and salt combo. It’s my absolutely favorite.
Sausages will never photograph nicely. Never.
Organic turkey sausage + Jamaican sweet potato + steamed broccoli + butter + salt
When I’m feeling more adventurous, I’ve been finishing off my Thai Noodle Soup from Kat’s recipe. I made it rather spicy so my sinuses are feeling nice and detoxed.
Thai Noodle Soup with rice noodles and tofu
Desserts and snacks:
I seemed to have been gifted a lot of cookies lately (some I deserved, some seemed to have just curiously found their way into my freezer….), so I’ve been tackling that stash at a pretty steady rate. Cookies always taste better when you didn’t make them yourself. Probably because they aren’t #glutenfreeveganpaleosugarfree or made with stevia.
Chocolate Chip + Oatmeal/banana/chocolate chip cookies
So with this adding of calories and my weight lifting plan, I do want to try and make my bedtime “snacks” a little higher quality on the nutrition side – specifically to add in some protein before sleeping for recovery purposes. So far yogurt has been the main go-to, but I’d welcome other suggestions for delicious evening snacks that have some useful nutrients in them.
Greek yogurt + blueberries + candied ginger + chocolate chunks
In fact, I’d like to think about adding in more nutritious snacks and foods, in general, as I move forward. I definitely tend to go to the sugary things – as these were the things I restricted the most at my worst. And I’m totally okay with that. I can see I didn’t eat the “healthiest” this week, by which I just mean I had quite a bit of sugar each day and could have had more protein. But I’m low on groceries and desiring convenience, so again – totally okay. Going forward, however, I would like to think of more nutritient rich foods to stock up on to really give my body good things to recover on.
I don’t, however, have a problem getting in my fruit. Always fruit. A pear a night it how it seems to go.
Pear + cinnamon
So hows it all feeling? Well….I feel a little crazy right now.
I’ve tacked on about 3-400 calories to my average daily eats, and have easily made this increase each day. I don’t want to calorie count, and I hate that I just “know” this, but actually right now it is feeling okay to know (or rather “estimate,” because how can we ever actually “know”). It isn’t freaking me out. I know this isn’t enough to see any sort of progress yet, so bare with me. But for one week? That’s a darn good increase for me and my history of addition rates. And the fact that I’m feeling ready to keep adding? Werrr.
Physically I am feeling a weird surge of energy. Already, I am really hungry. Especially in the evening, though this isn’t too new. And I have quite a bit of energy surging through me. Like, literally, I can feel it in my body. I can only attribute this to the weight lifting and extra food?? It seems my metabolism is already speeding up? In the past when I have increased calories, I always remember feeling tired and sluggish… so this is quite new.
Mentally, again… feeling a bit crazy. I guess it just feels weird that all of a sudden this all just immediately felt good. Necessary. Dare I say, priority. It was like over night my “minimum” just changed and there hasn’t been any sort of guilt or self-hatred because of it. What’s going on? I don’t know!! I’ve never felt this motivated and… okay…. with the prospect of adding more food before.
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Suggestions for evening snacks for getting in some actual nutrition before bed??
Have you ever experienced a surge of energy when adding calories?