Now that school has started, it’s more important than ever that I stay focused on making great food choices. The most important way that I can do that is to stay organized, which means planning and preparing my food the night before. Since I leave the house at 7am every weekday, making my breakfast and lunch the night before is a MUST.
I’m proud that this has become a regular part of my routine, and it makes me feel so on top of things to be so prepared. I thought I’d do a bit of a photo food journal so you could see what I have in the lunch bag for tomorrow.
Breakfast: 246 calories
Lunch: 401 calories
Wrap filled with deli turkey, spinach, tomato, and laughing cow wedge*
407 calories may seem like a lot for lunch to some of you, but since I’m going directly to the gym after work, I need to make sure that I’ve got plenty of energy to burn off all those calories on the elliptical machine. Plus, they say that eating the larger meal in the middle of the day is great for weight loss.
*I made this wrap almost every single day in the summer and I never got tired of it. I made it for my dad and my sister and they loved it, and now I’ve made some other variations on it for school. Since it was such a hit (and so easy and low cal/healthy), I thought I’d break it down for you.
La Tortilla low carb wheat tortilla, 1 wedge Laughing Cow herb & garlic, spinach, tomato (not pictured here), thin-sliced deli turkey.
The steps are ridiculously easy, but because you may not have made your own wrap before, here goes:
6. Wrap that thing up! I use aluminum foil sort of like you would a burrito because it keeps it nicely contained and avoids messiness. Because the worst thing in the world for me would be to spill lunch on myself and then have to go teach a room full of teens.
I did this all in about 15 minutes, so there really isn’t any excuse for me not to make sure I’m eating right by preparing my food ahead of time. My lunch is all ready to go and it’s even chilling in the lunch bag as I type this:
And because I don’t want to leave this day incomplete, I’m going to show you the gorgeous dinner I made for myself tonight, and you can just pretend that I am going to eat it tomorrow night.
Dinner: 307 calories
I bought Trader Joe’s salmon burgers and I can’t say enough about them. Each one is only 110 calories, 1.5g fat, 3g carb, and 21g protein! Not to mention that they’re delicious! I just pan fried them with a tiny drop of oil. I added the burger on a bed of spinach that I had dressed with Newman’s Own Lighten Up Low Fat Sesame Ginger Dressing. I also added 3/4 of a cup of that brown & red rice medley I found at TJ’s a couple of months ago. The result? Nothing short of gourmet!
I will definitely be enjoying this meal again.
Daily total: 954. (I’d add a snack in there somewhere to bring my totals closer to 1200).
Can you believe all of this well-balanced, healthy, scrumptious food is less than 1000 calories? It definitely makes me wonder why I ever stray from eating this way. It’s so tasty, makes me feel so good, and it fuels my body so well.
I hope you got some ideas from this food log. It was fun presenting it to you.