Breakfast: Peach Yogurt Smoothie, 4 egg whites, 1 whole-wheat English muffin.
I've never been a smoothie fan, and today was no exception. I tried to drink half of my smoothie, quit, and elected to go for a Starbucks Vanilla Frappachino instead. Great, I'm already cheating on my meal plan and it's not even 9am. The egg whites and english muffins are more successful, except I can't possibly finish all my eggs and probably only eat 2 of them.
My boyfriend gladly finishes my smoothie and eggs.
I pack up the rest of my day's snacks and head to work.
Snack 1: 1 apple with 1 handful of unsalted almonds, 1/2 cup low-fat Greek Yogurt.
Hard to really go wrong here. I noisily munch on my apple and hope to not disturb those around me. I'm pretty shy when it's time for the almonds: I pull out my bag of a measly 12 almonds and hope no one notices. I almost cry when the girl in the cube next to me takes out a package of almonds that has at least 50 in the bag. I feel like I'm on candid camera. I open up my greek yogurt and it's gross. I cheat and add my afternoon snack (clementine) to the yogurt to mask the taste. A friend stops by and asks for some clementine. I kindly oblige, but secretly curse him for eating one of my limited food items for the day.
Lunch: Roasted Red Pepper and Cucumber Tea Sandwich on Pumpernickel Rye, 1 celery stalk, 1 Tbsp natural peanut butter.
I'm embarrassed to eat my sandwich and wait till all my co-workers are away so no one sees me eating an open-face sandwich with cucumbers, roasted red peppers, and spreadable cheese. I hate celery so I forego that "snack". Do people really think celery tastes good? Also, this meal plan was clearly not written for a working woman. How am I supposed to commute with 1 tablespoon of peanut butter?? Since I don't have any celery as a vehicle for eating the peanut butter, I postpone the peanut butter for my afternoon snack.
Snack 2: 1/2 cup 1% cottage cheese, 1 sliced nectarine, 8 whole-wheat crackers
Ew. I will not eat cottage cheese. Since I already ate my clementine, I decide to coat my whole wheat crackers with peanut butter and call that my snack. I know right away that I probably didn't buy the crackers intended by the meal plan because they actually taste good - kind of like shortbread cookies. I'll have to remember to buy some yuckier tasting ones that the cookbook authors would approve.
Dinner: 4 oz baked chicken breast, 1 cup steamed cauliflower, 1 medium sweet potato with 1 tbsp whole-grain mustard.
Despite the small quantity of chicken, I was actually pretty happy with this meal. I seasoned the chicken with some of my favorite spices, and used the mustard on everything. I was only a little sad when my boyfriend had three times as much chicken as I did.
I'd call this day a success. The meal plan says I only had 1549 calories, and that was assuming I ate all their yucky cottage cheese. All I want is a chocolate chip cookie.