Lessons Learned – Frugal Novice

Lessons Learned

Cliff Notes Summary: Today I had my favorite breakfast so far… but also ventured off of the Freshology food a little bit, learning two valuable lessons. And C tried to eat my dinner again!

Breakfast: Lemon Poppy Seed Muffin with Vanilla Ricotta Spread, Canadian Bacon & Fresh Fruit (360 calories)

Like I mentioned, this has been my favorite breakfast so far. I am a bread person. Muffins, tortillas, a good loaf of French bread or some Ciabatta – you name it, I like it! Having a muffin felt like a treat, especially since it didn’t at all taste like a diet muffin. It was soft and just the right density, and the lemon flavor carried through really well. I heated up the Canadian bacon and it was a good complement to the muffin. Again, I saved the fruit for last – the pineapple was ripe and the tangerines were nice and tart!

Lunch: Chicken & Roast Corn Chowder with a Side Salad (340 calories)

So, here’s where I went off course. If you know me, you know why. I hate corn. Hate it. I can tolerate it in things where I can’t really taste it, but if it’s the star of the show, I’ve got a problem. I was hungry, but knew I would just pick at the chicken so I made the executive decision to… gasp… eat something else. I was nervous, honestly! I went with a friend to our local health food store, where they offer lunch. I had four ounces of tomato basil soup (no cream base) and a chef’s salad, which included chopped chicken for a little protein, and had radishes, zucchini, sprouts and other veggies (some of which I may have set to the side. Like olives. Maybe). It came with a dill dressing and a scoop of guacamole. I gave the guacamole to my friend because I wasn’t sure if that would be too high-calorie.

Here’s where I learned two lessons. 1: It is SO nice having Freshology be my meal planner and calculate all the caloric and nutritional information for me. I knew I liked it, but I didn’t realize how much I love it until I had to try to figure it out on my own. 2: I am becoming a better eater in general. The portions I’m getting used to eating with Freshology helped me realize that no, I didn’t need to dump my whole tub of dressing out on my salad (which I SO would have done, pre-Freshology). Instead I used just a little, trying to envision about how much I get with salads on the plan, and then I gave the rest to my friend so I wouldn’t be tempted. This made me even more excited about being on Freshology, because I feel like I’m not only eating healthy during the process, I’m also training myself for how to eat long-term.

Dinner: Rosemary Pork Tenderloin with Wild Mushroom Quinoa & Broccolini (330 calories)

Brian and I are big food TV fans. We watch Top Chef, and a lot of the shows on Food Network, and because of that I’ve heard a lot about quinoa. It’s a really healthy quasi-grain stock full of essential amino acids, calcium and iron among other things. It had mushrooms in it, but the texture of the mushrooms was not too prominent with the quinoa, so I liked it just fine. The hearty texture of the quinoa was really nice with the pork, which was tender. I hadn’t had broccolini before – it’s a cross between broccoli & Chinese broccoli. It has longer stalks and the heads aren’t quite as full. I liked it, but I do like regular broccoli better because the stalks are my least favorite part. All in all, a great, filling dinner.

So, you’ve seen how much was on my dinner plate. It’s a full plate. Now let’s take a look at what the guys ate tonight:

This was J’s plate, hence the hot dog sliced in half and no bun. I took a look at the packaging, and figured out that one hot dog with a bun, plus a serving of ranch-style beans, would equal more than the amount of calories in my whole plate of food!

Dessert: Flourless Chocolate Cake (150 calories)

I love chocolate, and it’s probably one of my biggest weaknesses. I was pretty thrilled to get chocolate for my dessert tonight! To give you perspective on size, these cakes were probably each about the size of 1 1/2-2 small Reese’s peanut butter cups. So, kind of small but not absolutely tiny. They were delicious – rich and decadent, and totally something I would love to have for dessert anytime. This was a good lesson in portion control too because in the past I totally would have eaten way too many of these. When I ate a good thing, I wanted more. Now I’m learning to enjoy a little of something good, and let that be enough.

Except sleep. I’d like a lot more of that.

Note: I received food from Freshology to facilitate my review. I was not compensated monetarily. All opinions shared in this post are honest and are entirely my own.

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  • Natalie August 10, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    Hi Christi!
    Love how you are documenting your experience with Freshology. You went to one of my absolute favorite places for lunch today, and ordered my favorite plate – the chef salad. I love how everything there uses fresh, healthy (and organic, I think) ingredients, and it’s all yummy! Any time we visit, we go there for a meal. In fact, Todd’s uncle used to own the place… several owners ago. :-)

    • Christi August 10, 2011 at 11:27 pm

      Natalie, that’s so cool about Todd’s uncle having owned it at one point – I don’t think I knew that! I’m so glad we have a place like that to eat in town. That salad IS really good!

  • Kimberly August 11, 2011 at 8:10 am

    OOOOOH!!!!!! The food looks SO GOOD! No wonder that is your favorite breakfast. That would be mine too. YUMMY!!!!

    To think you had that and I’m having a bowl of Lucky Charms. Ha Ha.

    • Christi August 11, 2011 at 1:15 pm

      It is definitely shaping me up into a better breakfast eater! :)

  • Amanda August 11, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    That breakfast looks delicious!