Bottomless Pit

Monday is the toughest day of the week, right? Luckily mine flew by pretty quick. I started off the work week with the usual coffee (yeah, about that cutting out caffeine thing…) and a peanut butter, pumpkin butter, and banana sandwich on Nature’s Pride whole wheat. LOVE the pumkin butter! Thank you Trader Joe’s.

PB & J

I was planted in my desk chair all morning (boo…), so was very happy to get up and stretch my legs during my lunch break.

I packed a spinach-sliced pear-blue cheese-pecan-and cranberry salad for lunch.

Pear, blue cheese, and cranberry salad

But the office is freezing, so I also picked up some hot broccoli soup in the cafeteria.

soup

And rounded everything out with some Dr. Kracker apple crackers. These crackers are a little bit sweet – they have dried apple in them!

Crackers

I was STARVING throughout the afternoon, so I snacked on a KIND fruit & nut bar and a mini luna bar (I don’t usually have two energy bars at once, but my snack drawer needs re-stocking!)

Kindbar

luna bar

I was feeling kind of blah when I left work (it was cold and dark by 6pm!), but I knew going to the gym would make me feel better. I read US Weekly and People while be-bopping on the elliptical for 60 minutes. Reading about the latest Jon & Kate Plus 8 drama made the time fly by….

Dinner was leftover Coconut Cauliflower Curry. Yay for leftovers and saving money!

Coconut Cauliflower Curry

And dessert was the remainder of the pumpkin swirl bread topped with greek yogurt and pumpkin butter. Mmm, carbs.

pumpkin swirl bread

This morning I woke up bright early for a 7:15am spinning class. Well, actually it was still dark when I left the apartment…I was rushing and only had time for coffee beforehand. MISTAKE. After 45 minutes of hill intervals I wanted to eat my arm. I immediately grabbed my breakfast from the locker room and chowed down on a vanilla oikos yogurt with a crumbled pb&j lara bar. I can eat a lara bar in about 4 bites (this girl is NOT a nibbler), so crumbling the bar over yogurt seems to make it last a little longer.

Oikos and lara bar

My early morning called for a cappuccino at my desk and an apple around 10am.

Cappuccino

Apples

An hour later I was STARVING again. I don’t know what is going on with me, but I’m a bottomless pit. I grabbed a tub of low-fat cottage cheese and a box of raisins as a snack.

cottage cheese

Early afternoon was full of errands and meetings, but by 2pm I was hungry again. Time for some more leftovers! I added a lot of hot sauce to my coconut cauliflower curry, just the way I like it.

Leftover curry

Hmm, leftover curry doesn’t exactly photograph well.

I’m sure I’ll probably need a snack before dinner time….

In the News

Check out this yummy vegan chocolate-peanut butter cup recipe from Alicia Silverstone’s new book.

Another point for the Mediterranean Diet – a new study purports that it can prevent depression.

Finally, from the NY TimesWill cutting calories (drastically) help you live longer?

Question: If cutting your daily calorie count by 25% meant that you could live much longer, would you do it?

  • I think I could cut my calories if it meant living longer. Some days I love to divulge but other days I feel like I’m eating to fuel after a certain point and not because I’m actually hungry or want the food.
    That vegan peanut butter cup recipe looks delicious

  • ohhhhh your eats look delightful! i am especially a fan of the swirl bread and salad – cosi has a similar salad and it is a fabulous go-to when i am in a rush!

    YES I WOULD DO IT. i need all the time i can get to travel the world 🙂

  • Darien

    I feel you with the bottomless pit… I think it’s the slightly colder weather. My insatiable hunger would make it hard for me to cut calories, even knowing I could live a bit longer!

    Also, thank goodness it’s pumpkin season. I had a slice of tasty pumpkin bread from the greenmarket last week. Must try coconut cauliflower recipe… looks good!

  • Darien – I feel ya. I start whimpering when I go 3 hours without a snack. I think I would be very cranky if i tried to cut calories. On the other hand, it would be pretty cool to live to be 100+….

    The curry is SO good, ahhh. If you make it, you can even add more veggies. Carrots, bell pepper, butternut squash, apple – I think they would all be delish additions!

  • Jul

    Wish I could cut my calories! But knowing me, I’d go nuts at the end of the day and eat everything in sight.

    Nope – it’s slow, steady, gradual calorie reduction (via eating whole foods) for me. I think!

  • I don’t know. I have my calories reduced now trying to lose weight. I wouldn’t want to keep it up forever (although sometimes it feels like it!)

  • Lizzy

    cutting cals to live longer, hmmmmm probably only cause then i can see all the wonderful things i want to see when i get older! ha

    http://saladdiva.wordpress.com

  • OOOH the cauliflower coconut curry sounds delicious! I’m a fan of turmeric myself – I’ve been making crackers from my leftover juicer pulp and I always add turmeric to the mix! Sounds like a healthy soup you’ve got there! And very autumnal. 🙂

  • That pumpkin swirl bread looks SO delicious!

  • Maggie

    What?! Pumpkin Butter?! I’ve GOT to get me some pronto! I wonder if anyone other than Trader Joe’s sells it? I don’t have a TJ near me 🙁

  • Maggie – if you can’t find pumpkin butter near you, you can make your own! check out this recipe: http://www.glamour.com/health-fitness/blogs/vitamin-g/2009/10/afternoon-snack-make-your-own.html

  • Ellen Collis

    OMG, I HAVE to eat a little something before I work out, so I totally feel ya on that one. The salad looks delish–as always, and I’m definitely going to track down some apple crackers now–never had them!

    http://www.firednfabulous.blogspot.com/

  • yes, the dr. kracker crackers are SO good! whole foods has ’em. last time i checked they also had pumpkin cheddar flavor, mmm.

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