When the weather is as hot as it has been lately, (high of 96 today!), I pretty much always wake up craving a cold breakfast of some sort.
This morning, however, I woke up with one thing on my mind.
Underneath that pile of Jif, frozen blueberries and banana is a bowl of glorious, hot oatmeal. I haven’t had it in ages! Alongside a mug of hot coffee, it definitely hit the spot.
I think the fact that this breakfast sounded so good to me was partially due that today was my off day. My brain woke me up at 6:00AM, but my body just did not want to get up and get moving. I felt fatigued and sore…so I decided to forgo my plans to work out this morning.
I’ve talked before about my slight struggles with exercise guilt, and I must admit that I did have to talk myself out of squeezing in a elliptical session tonight. But I honestly am not sure of when my last real rest day was, and I know that in order to avoid another injury…I must give my body a break!
So rest day? Check!
After a leisurely morning of reading some awesome blogs (yes, that’s you that I’m talking about) I got ready and packed myself a day full of food! I had along day of school and classes and knew that meals and snacks would be essential.
I threw together a turkey sandwich, an apple, some pretzels with almonds, one of the last Palisade peaches (!!), a Kashi TLC bar, a Carbmaster yogurt and a tupperware with leftover chicken sausage and awesome roasted veggie salad.
Oddly enough, it all fit into my cool kid lunchbox.
As I was packing my day of food and uploading these pictures, I realized that one of the main reasons I love healthy eating is that it allows you to eat in such large quantities!
As I passed the student center and noticed the tempting odors of bagels and pizza, I realized that I could probably have just a single serving of one of those items for the same amount of calories as all of the food I packed myself for the entire day.
Seriously! I was thinking the same thing about my breakfasts. Consider this:
Let’s say I decided to cave and get a pumpkin muffin from Panera.
Well unfortunately, this one muffin ends up racking up around 580 calories, 22 grams of fat, and only 7 grams of protein!
Generally, I don’t count my calories. I try to estimate to make sure that I’m getting enough, especially when I’m training, but I am not militant about limiting my calorie intake. However, most of my breakfasts probably end up being anywhere from 350-400 calories and I try to aim for about 15 grams of protein in them.
And although 350 calories is significantly less than 580, I think that my breakfasts tend to be not only just as delicious, but often times much bigger and much more sustainable!
But for real, how awesome is it to be able to eat two or three times the quantity of healthy and nutritious food for way better benefits than smaller servings of junk food?
Don’t get me wrong, I am a huge fan of junk food on certain occasions!
But eating healthy makes me feel better, it makes me look better, it gives me more energy, and it definitely boosts my mood and attitude.
Anyone agree with me here?!
What’s your favorite part of healthy eating?