This morning I had a delicious waffle with blueberry and raspberry compote, topped with a dollop of Cool Whip Free. I also had my Starbucks Espresso & Cream Double Shot Light.
Mid morning a friend needed some moral support, and it called for comfort food. I stopped and picked up a Starbucks Pumpkin & Cream muffin and two tall skinny vanilla lattes. Even though we split the muffin it was still a calorie splurge (a deliciously, sinful one!). It was my first taste of pumpkin for the fall season. I'm waiting until closer to Thanksgiving to make Eat Yourself Skinny's mini pumpkin cheesecakes. Perhaps I should have ordered a tall nonfat pumpkin spice latte instead for only 200 calories, but tears cry out for comfort food.
Since I splurged on a decadent snack I decided I had better show some restraint for lunch. I tried to stick to half a cup of cream of tomato soup with 4 saltines and half a grilled cheese sandwich. However, I went back for seconds on the soup. It was delicious. I was able to cut calories, rather than flavor, on the grilled cheese by spraying the bread with Parkay spray. I sprayed the pan with PAM. I know it seems odd to make half a grilled cheese sandwich, but I knew I could not withstand the temptation if I made a whole sandwich. I literally cut the slice of bread and cheese in half before I grilled it. I saved 110 calories so there is a method to the madness.
Low calorie eating does not mean starving so I carefully planned out a balanced meal for dinner. I don't think a fish fillet and half of Amy's Mac & Cheese will fill me up enough. I know I will be tempted to eat double the serving of mac & cheese so I plan to round out the meal with steamed green beans. If you feel deprived trying to eat a lower calorie intake, then chances are you are not getting enough fruits, vegetables, and water in your diet. I know it's tough. Vegetables aren't necessarily at the top of my list either, but they are loaded with nutrients. If you want to feel good and feel satiated, then vegetables are a must. Now I'm off to get my workout in. I need to make sure that muffin doesn't go straight to my muffin top!
Here are all the nutrition facts on my meals for today thanks to www.sparkpeople.com:
|Eggo Homestyle Waffle, 0.5 serving||95||4||15||3|
|Agave Nectar syrup, 0.34 tbsp||20||0||5||0|
|Blueberries, frozen (unsweetened), 0.25 cup, unthawed||20||0||5||0|
|Raspberries, 0.33 cup||20||0||5||0|
|Cool Whip Free, 1 tbsp||8||0||2||0|
|Doubleshot Espresso Light, 1 serving||70||0||0||0|
|American Cheese, 1 slice (1 oz)||106||9||0||6|
|Milk, 2%, 0.37 cup||45||2||4||3|
|Saltine Crackers (Saltines), 6 cracker||77||2||13||2|
|Campbell's Tomato Soup, 0.75 cup||135||0||30||3|
|Bread, Sara Lee Delightful Reduced Calorie 100% Multi Grain, 0.5 serving||45||1||9||3|
|Green Beans (snap), 12 beans (4" long)||20||0||5||1|
|Costco's Sea Cuisine Tortilla Crusted Tilapia with Chipotle & Lime, 1 serving||180||10||6||16|
|Amy's Kitchen Macaroni & Cheese (9 oz.), 0.5 serving||205||8||24||8|
|Starbuck's Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffin, 0.5 serving||245||12||32||3|
|Starbuck Skinny Vanilla Latte (tall), 12 oz||90||0||14||9|
|1200 - 1550||32 - 56||163 - 236||60 - 127|