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Posted on Mar 30, 2011 in Food | 6 comments


Hey y’all! (Okay, that felt weird. Not sure I can pull that off.) Good morning! Thanks for all your awesome tips and feedback on yesterday’s Weight Loss 101 post. I’m glad that people are finding it helpful!

I figured I hadn’t posted my sweet makeshift work-style breakfast on the blog in the while, so here’s my recipe for success:

2 slices of toasted Ezekiel 4:9 Flourless Sprouted Whole Grain Bread (80 calories apiece), plus:

1 – 1.5 tablespoons homemade cashew butter — throw some cashews in a food processor, let it whirl, and ta-da! (90 – 140 calories), plus:

1 tablespoon reduced sugar organic raspberry preserves (~30 calories), equals:

Pure deliciousness in my mouth. And for less than 350 calories, too! Give or take a cashew butter finger or two, that is…

Live it, love it. 😉 I was really, really sad when it was over and I realized I had eaten it all!

So yesterday at lunch my coworker who is following a clean eating diet program to lose some weight, was lamenting that she is getting really sick of the food that she’s been eating. She has some form of a salad for lunch pretty much every day and is having difficulty coming up with ideas that are both time-efficient to prepare (she has two teenytiny kids) and still follow the guidelines of the diet plan (whole foods, gluten-free.) My other coworker and I were trying to suggest other lunch ideas but weren’t getting very far. Do any of you have an idea for things she could eat for lunch that will vary it up?

I truly believe that any successful diet (and I’m using diet here in the real sense of the word – not as a means to lose weight, but as that which we consume in order to, y’know, live) requires variety. There’s that saying, “Variety is the spice of life!” for a reason, right? While I definitely go through obsessive food-phases (erm, oats, anyone?) It’s for this reason I find it incredibly hard to follow meal plans for losing weight, detoxing, whatever. I usually will glance at a meal plan once to take general ideas, but never actually follow it to a T (I’m the same way with recipes. I lovelovelove cookbooks… but rarely actually follow the recipes in them. I just like reading them. Is that totally weird? Hahaha.)

On the other hand, though, I do understand that it really can be difficult to have to come up with meal ideas on your own, especially if you’re pressed for time and resources. Dilemma, dilemma… How do you guys balance meal planning/following a diet plan with not getting bored/tired/sick of the food you’re supposed to be eating? Are you a recipe follower or more of a wing-it cook?


  1. 🙂 I’m the same way when it comes to cookbooks and glancing at recipes. It’s a great way to get inspiration to change it up. I’ve never followed a recipe exactly unless I’m baking!

    Your breakfast sounds and looks delicious!

    There’s gluten-free pasta. Is that allowed in her plan? If so, she can make a lot of easy pasta recipes filled with fresh vegetable pesto.

    I just googled and found this to learn more about gluten-free ingredients http://www.csaceliacs.org/gluten_grains.php… I see some possible ideas like homemade hummus, Indian curried lentils, quinoa vegetable soups…all of this could be made in bulk!

    • Thanks for that link, Grace! I passed it along to my coworker – I agree, I think there are some great possibilities in there! 😀

  2. I tend to cook fairly simple meals with few ingredients so I don’t use recipes that often- but if I am ever trying something new I always use recipes. I’m not really a creative cook 🙂 For lunches- I tend to bring leftovers from previous meals, but I’m a huge soup fan (hearty soups) and also some sort of vegetable assortment with marinara sauce is good either alone (make it super chunky) or with some cheese, over spinach or a grain. Warm meals for lunch tend to make me feel more full than a salad.

    • I agree. Sometimes I’m really in the mood for some raw veg, so a salad is perfect. But eating one every day?! Talk about a fast way to burn yourself out on a diet!! I’m definitely a huge leftovers-for-lunch kinda gal!

  3. I am the same way! I love buying new cookbooks and looking through them, but I rarely actually follow the recopes. It drives my husband crazy! I’m more of a fly by the seat of my pants type… It’s fun to know you are the same way!

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