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Dietitian Eats: WIAW (9/30/15)

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I can’t believe tomorrow marks October 1st! This year seemed to fly by for me so far. I am pretty excited for fall weather and Halloween decorations (they are probably my favorite).

So, today was a bit crazy with what I ate. I had a snack and lunch all planned out; however, my day didn’t seem to go as planned. This morning I just had a quick bowl of KIND cinnamon oat clusters with unsweetened almond milk. Not typically something I would buy; however, I got them as a sample and was not in the mode for my regular smoothie.  Usually when I eat cereal (which isn’t too often) I am starving within 2 hours. That is usually when I would have my snack. Today, my 1st counseling appointment got pushed back so I just ended up eating lunch later. I was starving before my appointment so I snacked on half of a Cliff-Z bar. Again, not something I would typically buy, but they were a sample I had. Not too bad on sugar, but usually I go for more fiber and protein in a snack bar. But things happen 🙂

Lunch today was a vegan chili I made over the weekend. I was super glad I made a ton because the past few nights I didn’t feel like making extra food for my lunches. Basically, I just threw in low sodium vegetable broth, homemade gravy (tomato sauce) with tomatoes from my garden, broccoli, faro, brown rice, chickpeas, peas, and parsley into my crockpot. I let that all simmer for a couple of hours. Again, a lifesaver when it comes to lazy meal prep during the week. I also had apricot-applesauce (no-sugar-added). I am loving these Charles & Alice cups. They have a mango flavor which is also one of my favs! I like them especially because they are made with real fruit and don’t have any junk added. Plus, when I don’t feel like chopping up an apple or pear, I can just grab one of these.

Since I ate lunch kind of at a weird time, I didn’t have my normal snack (I had packed hummus and gluten-free pretzel crisps). That being said, I was starving when I go home. I ended up grabbing some sliced carrots, ShopRite artichoke hummus, and pumpkin tortilla chips (new from Aldi’s for the season). My plate looks a little skimpy because I forgot to take a picture until everything was half eaten. Whoops 🙂 I run a walking group at work so I usually like to have something small before I go. If not, I come home starving yet again. I didn’t really have much for grab and go so I had some new granola I just bought. I like Bakery on Main because it has 9g of fiber, 7g of protein, and 7g of sugar (I look for less than 10g). I also like the there is a short ingredient list with things I recognize

With grad school, working 2 jobs, and balancing my private practice, I am not much in the mood for cooking an all-out meal tonight. Instead, I am going to make a smoothie with unsweetened almond milk, kale/lettuce (from my garden), frozen fruit (mangos and raspberries tonight), chia seeds, and my plant-based protein powder. I also plan on snacking on some fresh anise (fennel) I got today. I love smoothies for a quick (and balanced) meal replacer when I don’t feel like making a whole lot.

Thinking back on today, I know I need to pack some more grab-and-go type snacks. Sometimes I will have multigrain cheerios mixed with almond slivers or a pack of nuts or some kind of bar (I also like the fig bars so something sweet!). This helps if I am busy at work and can’t sit down for a snack.

How did your day go today? Did you pack your snacks/lunch?


Author: PorrazzaNutrition

Hi there! My name is Felicia Porrazza and I am the owner and Registered Dietitian behind PorrazzaNutrition. Outside of my business, I teach nutrition at Bucks County Community College. In my spare time, I love to to knit, make string art (see below), test new recipes, and keep active (hiking, biking, lifting, gardening... anything really!). PorrazzaNutrition is all about bringing wellness to YOU through in-home and virtual nutrition services. This means you can show me products you have questions about or have me there to guide you through a new recipe! I hope you will join me on your healthy lifestyle journey and kiss the diets goodbye!

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