Today I had a few cravings pop up, which was a little unexpected because I’d been doing so well at curbing hunger. I learned another lesson, though – I can now satisfy a craving with a tiny amount of something, which is new for me. Before, if I wanted ice cream, I’d get a big bowl of it. I guess it felt like a way to treat myself. Today after lunch I was craving something sweet. I had a couple of pieces of the boys’ Reese’s peanut butter cereal, and that was enough to give me the taste of sweetness and hold me over until dinner. I was really excited about that, because it again shows me that this is more than just a diet, it’s a lifestyle and mindset change.
Breakfast: Blueberry Pancakes with Turkey Bacon, Fresh Fruit and Blueberry Ricotta Spread (360 calories)
I haven’t had pancakes in a while, so this was a nice treat. I didn’t even use the syrup. I mainly ate the pancake plain because it was pretty flavorful on its own, although I did spread a little of the blueberry ricotta mixture on some bites – it was a nice complement to the pancake! I seriously want to buy Freshology’s turkey bacon forever because it is SO much better than any of the kinds we’ve tried from the store! Theirs is much more similar to regular bacon, whereas the other kinds we’ve tried have been like cardboard or something – crisp, with no chewiness to it at all. Anyway, I rounded out the meal with peaches and kiwi. Good stuff!
Lunch: Chicken Tortilla Soup with Side Caesar Salad (230 calories)
This felt like a lot of food for 230 calories! I loved that they gave me little tortilla strips – they provided a nice texture to the soup and made it feel a little like I was getting soup out at a restaurant. It was slightly spicy and I *think* I could taste some cumin and paprika in it. It was right up my alley, and I’d eat it any day! The Caesar salad was good too, and had cheese shavings with it. I love me some cheese!
Dinner: Apple Sweet Soy Sauce Glazed Pork Loin with Butternut Squash and Sauteed Swiss Chard (370 calories)
I had mixed feelings about this meal. The pork was well flavored and tender – I have never been a big pork fan, but I’m learning to actually like it while on Freshology! The squash was slightly sweet and had a slow heat/spiciness to it. It was really good paired with the pork, and I think I liked it better with bites of the meat than on its own. The flavors of the two together just really worked. I wasn’t a big fan of the swiss chard, but that’s just me not really liking cooked greens as much. The flavor of it was really nice, but the texture threw me off.
Dessert: Chocolate Caramel Cookies (200 calories)
These cookies were SO soft! It almost seemed like cake, which was perfectly fine with me! There wasn’t much caramel in either of my cookies, but the chocolate alone was really satisfying. It had a very slight saltiness to it which offset the sweetness perfectly. Can’t really go wrong with chocolate!
Don’t forget, I’ll be back tomorrow with my second video update!