Food Log Summer 2017 Week 4
I've settled into a pretty consistent eating routine now. Two summer ago, I spent a lot of time making sure I had any groceries to cook all of my meals. Now, I'm still doing some meal prep, but not worrying so much about it. Here are some highlights from my week 4 food log:
I haven't made a dedicated grocery trip in a while. This week, I stopped by a neighborhood Safeway after visiting a friend. At the time, I had a ukulele in my backpack, so there wasn't room to fit as many groceries. The focus of the grocery trip was wholesome, no cook foods.
Here's what I bought and the status of each item a week later:
- Strawberries - Last week, I devoured a 1 pound container of strawberries. I find it harder to finish twice as much, especially because I didn't have yogurt this week. Compared to blueberries, strawberries need a little bit more prep, so these took me until today to finish. In the future, I'll probably buy a smaller portion.
- Bananas - Oatmeal + peanut butter + banana is my go-to meal when I don't want to cook, so these were quickly consumed.
- Peanut butter - I eat a lot of peanut butter. In a week, I finished about half of the jar. I strongly prefer Trader Joe's peanut butter because it is $1.50 cheaper for the same quality.
- Cashews - The bag is mostly gone. I had cashews + chocolate for dinner one day when I really didn't want to cook.
- Spinach - I made the bag into 3 lunches. Basically, I brought 1/3 of the bag of spinach to work and added instant noodles and protein. There were 3 types of protein I used: leftover sausage and duck from Lao Table, beef jerky, and canned tuna. Tuna is not that great, but the other two lunches were delicious.
- Milk - Oatmeal made without milk is sad, so I bought a pretty big container. I've been trying to drink more milk just as a beverage, so hopefully, I get through all of the milk before it spoils. I used to have almond milk, but it's bad for the planet and I want to get used to picking higher calorie options.
I didn't have much motivation to cook this week. The beef stew I made last week was incredibly satisfying on the first day. However, leftovers weren't nearly as good, so I ended up throwing out half of it. Two weeks ago, the sweet potato curry I made was sour and sad. Unfortunately, stew recipes always make at least 4 servings, so it's difficult to just feed one person.
One day, I had a light breakfast of blueberries, plain whole milk yogurt, and honey. Flavored yogurts have an absurd amount of sugar, so I switched to plain yogurt. I used to adamantly refuse to add sugar to foods (isn't added sugar bad for you?). I'm glad I've gotten over the fear because the yogurt itself was quite tart. It's amazing how a bit of honey transforms the whole bowl into a creamy treat.
For a more filling breakfast, I've been having almond butter banana toast with a hot cup of coffee. Amusingly, the almond butter jar in the background is actually filled with coffee. Leftover glass jars make great mugs. They have large capacity, heat tolerance, and a convenient lid.
Lately, I have also started having a special breakfast once a week on Friday morning. Instead of having a balanced breakfast, I treat myself to a pastry. I started doing this in week 2 of my food log. So far, I have had a cranberry cornmeal scone, a chocolate croissant, and a cinnamon bun.
The reason I only do this once a week isn't because Friday is a "cheat day." I don't think it's healthy to restrict eating all week just to use food as a reward for your self-restraint, and you should never feel guilt for eating a delicious pastry. Here are my reasons:
- At the end of the week, I'm proud of what I accomplished. Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and one of my favorite things in life, so I like celebrating with an extra special breakfast.
- Pastries aren't very filling. All desserts are high in sugar (or fake sugar), and I feel full for longer when I eat more calories from protein and fat. Note that my reason is not "pastries aren't very healthy." It is common knowledge by now that butter, white flour, and sugar aren't the most nutritious foods, but it's good to enjoy everything in moderation. As a side note, I hate "healthy" desserts that leave out all of the ingredients that make dessert worth eating. No matter what people say, they do not taste exactly like the real version unless you have dysfunctional taste buds (and many people with eating disorders do).
- I like having something to look forward to every week. Trying a different pastry every week is fun.
This meal was from some Mexican restaurant. I used to eat out incredibly rarely (isn't restaurant food super high in fat and sodium?), so going out to eat was pretty special, and I'd make sure to keep track of where I went. Eating out is no longer so stressful, so it was pretty easy to forget the name of the place.
I ordered pupusas, which are a traditional Salvadoran dish of a thick corn tortilla stuffed with a savory filling, and they came with curtido, a spicy coleslaw. The pupusas were good because in general, bread with hot meat and cheese is good. I wasn't fond of the coleslaw though because it had an incredibly strong, sour-pungent taste.
The bizarre lumps on the plate are tuna. This is a tuna melt with cheddar and whole wheat bread. Toaster ovens are convenient because they quickly toast bread and melt cheese without need for supervision.
To make a tuna melt, first, I lined a tray with aluminum foil for the toaster oven. Then, on the tray, I put tuna on bread and added cheese on top. I put the tray into the toaster oven. Baking temperature isn't as important as most people think it is, and I used 400 degrees. I'm incapable of just waiting patiently for 10-15 minutes for food to cook, so I went to take a shower in the meantime. In the end, the cheese was melty, and the bread was toasty.
Besides my morning pastry, Fridays are also a good day because we have free lunch at work. Pictured above is Mediterranean food. There's chicken, beef, yogurt, hummus, baba ganoush, tabbouleh, beets, and pita bread.
Want more food logs? Also, let me know if you're in San Francisco and want to hang out. My favorite things to do in the city are climbing and checking out new restaurants.