Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Lend me your brains and your recipes

So, I've been on an eating healthy kick ever since bathing suits started appearing in stores (and Cadbury eggs disappeared).  Fortunately, I like healthy food (I've been a vegetarian for 15 years and I do love veggies), but I also love bread/pasta/chocolate/cheese/butter/etc.  Lately, I've been keepin' it clean, although I'm getting bored with what I'm eating!

Today's lunch (I'm eating it right now!):

mixed veggies & quinoa with Bragg's aminos

Here are some other things I've been eating lately:

kale chips! (kale, olive oil, garlic, chili flakes, s&p, bake 20 mins)

low carb tortilla, one Morningstar black bean patty (crumbled), 
reduced fat cheddar, Greek yogurt, hot sauce

my new favorite thing: Quorn garlic & herb cutlet
plus broccoli and quinoa with Bragg's aminos

roasted yukon gold potatoes, baby carrots, and onions
(pre-oven here; I bake at 400 for about an hour and 15 mins)

There's an emphasis on quinoa because it is a complete protein (supplies all 9 essential amino acids), which is particularly good for those of us who don't eat meat.  I've also been eating sliced apples, cheese sticks, and trying to stomach eggs (though honestly, I think they're gross).  

And by the way, all the blogger hype about the My Fitness Pal app is totally merited.  That thing is amazing and has totally kept me on track for a week now!  It's free (!!), and it allows you to enter everything you eat (it knows 'em all and can tell you the calories, etc.), how much water you drink, which types of exercise you do/how much, etc.  I love it.

So here's where you come in: I need more healthy food ideas!  I'm getting bored with my routines and I think the key to being successful with this is shaking it up some.  I can modify almost any chicken recipe (using my beloved Quorn "chicken").  Help!  Tell me what you eat when you're being good!

Maybe if we share tips we can all look like this by summer:

Right??? :)


Summer Athena said...

i understand getting bored. however, i think i am sorta eating what you are except i am adding fresh fruit juices. i am trying this raw food thing (in moderation) but its tough and expensive.

Angela said...

I think it is going to take more than diet to make me look like the above pic. Although, I have loads of super healthy recipes. I sent you my lentil go-to right? My other most absolute fave is to put veggies in the processor to shred (Beets, radishes, cabbage etc). I make a slaw with fage yogurt (it's the only dairy I will eat), lemon or lime, a drizzle of EVOO, S&P. SO YUM! Super healthy and quick. I might add some seeds for protein and additional texture.

undomestic chica said...

I love that app! Although I eat nowhere near as healthy as you. I wish I could but I'm juts too picky. I'm not a good cook either so you wouldn't want any of my recipes. Good luck!

Amy said...

Did I send you this before? http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/israeli-couscous-with-apples-cranberries-and-herbs-recipe/index.html
Made it last week with quinoa. It was pretty good, just with a little different texture.

heather said...

where are you getting your quinoa? tj's has that frozen kind with some veggies in it that is really just pretty good as is. i am not much of a recipe keeper. it feels like every time i want to make something i look up the recipe again.

some things i would (and should again) do are substitute butter for olive oil and olive oil for lemon juice. for snacks, whole food items are best. i eat a lot of hummus (with carrot sticks is good). also nf cottage cheese with dried cranberries (cuz they're the cheapest dried fruit here, next to raisins) and slivered almonds. if you want to sweeten it up, you could use some sort of low sugar preserves or just a touch of honey. also, i make a lot of salads and love love love the little persian cucumbers they have at tj's. not really as good as being in turkey, but they're good for here!

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

Haha now I have "Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your ears..." Had to memorize that in sixth grade and it def stuck with me ;)

Anyways...my prob is def Mexican and Italian foods, both of which involve lots of cheese. And I love me some cheese. I've been trying to do smoothies, fruit as snacks, eggs (do you eat eggs?), and lots of small meals. I noticed that was working...which is exactly why I need to start obeying that diet again!

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

P.S. I love that I am typing diet food as I literally pile handfuls of M&Ms into my mouth at the same time! I just can't understand why my ass is so wide...hmm... ;)

nicoleciomek said...

I tried to post a comment before i left work, but blogger ate it - so i'll try again!

Ok, i am currently obsessed w/this smoothie: http://honestfare.com/latest-obsession-green-smoothies/

It is great for breakfast, lunch or a snack. Very filling and you can trade out some of the fruits. I always make it w/unsweetened almond milk as that is my favorite. I never put in the parsley and tend to use frozen strawberries/blueberries. Delicious and extra greens! Hooray!

This has got to be my #1 Favorite Stirfry and one of those things I make when I feeling lazy but want something healthy b/c it is ridiculously easy: http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/lemony-chickpea-stirfry-recipe.html

And this isn't necessary the #1 healthy recipe, BUT it is incredibly delicious! It is my favorite soup ever I think, and mainly healthy :) Just some cheese really... and the leftover soup is always incredible!


And since you are loving quinoa - and i am obsessing on 101Cookbooks - this is awesome too: http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/double-broccoli-quinoa-recipe.html

Ok, i'll stop now, otherwise I'll be here all day.

Happy Cooking!

bananas. said...

i don't know why but i find your morningstar taco funny. not in a mean way, promise! guess your limited as a veggie to certain things. looks good though!

i will have to check out that fitness site and maybe, just maybe, i'll finally keep up with logging my food intake. we shall see.

wilybrunette said...

kale pizza.

avocado and tomato on toast for breakfast or a snack.

baked potato with greek yogurt and cheese.

arugula with oil and capers for a salad

oh she glows...is a website i love with great healthy recipes (though they are all vegan, so know that)

ps: so jealous that you and micaela are meeting up in san fran! color me jealous.

Lindsey said...

wow, damn girl! That all looks so healthy and fun. I wish I had something that interesting for you, but I don't really. I love the Alexia organic spicy sweet potato fries if you are interested in those. Although, I don't know how "clean" those are. I'll try to think of some recipes for you that are vegetarian. Do you follow Gia's Skinny Recipes ... check her out ... she has some amazing looking stuff.


Jo said...

Cauliflower poppers...cauliflower, salt and pepper, paprika, capers, olive oil. Bake 'em and pop 'em! :)

My Fitness Pal sounds awesome! I've never heard of it. Thanks for the tip!!

sheba said...

fuuny, that's what i look like now! ;)

i don't like that myfitnesspal.com doesn't count strength training in your calorie burn, unless they've changed things.

love quinoa! but emil is a meat-eater so we don't have it often enough.

Kristin W said...

I really love the Quorn! I use myfitnesspal too. It's nice tracking things. Good luck with the healthy eating...I'm not very good with it myself!

Micaela said...

i eat the SAME THINGS over and over and half of it (okay okay more than half) is NOT healthy lol but this all looks good and healthy (like those tortillas? DELISH!) that i really should try these out-- ugh, i wanna look like kim please!

i make different kinds of salads and buy those pita pockets and eat them for lunch as a sandwich.

i'm going to try the fitness pal thing-- i'm convinced after our chat today!!! THANKS for our chat today :) i've missed you and feel so out of the loop with my claire. must catch up xoxoxoxo

Faiza said...

Yay for myfitnesspal! Find me on there, I am faizazarin. I love it for the specific counters like sodium, fat, carbs etc. It's wonderful.

Do you have a crock pot? I make a healthy and delicious vegetarian chili in my crockpot that is so yummy!