|Lentil Tostadas 400 Calories|
I have a lot on my mind today! First, this was my delicious Mini Meal 1. As many of you know, I like savory breakfasts and this one sure hit the spot. I marinated some collards and cilantro in the juice from canned tomatoes, balsmic vinegar, cumin and nutritional yeast. I warmed 1/2 cup of lentils,chipotle and braggs, made a quick pico from diced canned tomatoes, onion, cilantro, crushed red pepper flakes ( substituted for fresh chilies ) and a touch of balsamic. I defrosted 2 T of frozen corn and topped it with 2 t of my Southwestern Sauce ( my badly textured, but oh so yummy homemade vegenaise ). I dry fried the corn tortillas in my cast iron which created contrasting crunchy texture.
I switched things up just a bit yesterday, creating two snacks to equal 400 calories instead of a mini meal. A simple green smoothie ( banana, spinach, chia ) and this Oatmeal Breakfast Cake.
This recipe was created with maximum nutrition for the calories. I only call it a cake because it resembles a cake. I used the microwave because I don't like turning my oven on for small baking projects. It came out pretty good, as long as you are looking at it as an energy source and not dessert or pastry. Does that make sense? I am not someone who is really into sweets as those who have tried some of my breakfast cookies can attest! Add more of the sweet stuff if you need to.
Microwave Apple Oat Breakfast Cake
1 small apple
¼ c old fashioned oatmeal
2 T chickpea flour
2 t psyllium husk
¼ t cinnamon
Tiny pinch nutmeg
Tiny pinch salt
70 calories worth of protein powder
½ c water
1/16 t stevia powder or 1 T sweetener ( or more if you want )
3.2 grams fat
38.6 g carbs
8.3 g fiber
25 g protein
My dinner last night was really good. Lentils, brown rice pasta topped with a serious veggie marinara. I used 1.5 oz of pasta. For my last mini meal, I made Carob Banana Ice Cream. ( frozen banana, peanut butter, carob, cinnamon ).
I had a total of 1900 calories yesterday and worked out for an hour.
As long as I keep it under 2000 and work out for at least an hour, I should start losing weight! Or so Fitday says.
It's interesting to me because so many people restrict their calories down to 1200-1400 a day. I KNOW I would lose weight if I did that, but I also know myself well enough to be realistic about my ability to keep that sort of lifestyle up for the long haul.
Do any of you count calories? What would you estimate your daily intake is?