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Full Day Of Eating 13

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wp-1460465175791.jpgI always have a QuestBar handy for when I’m out and I’m hangry, iced coffee & a QuestBar really hit the spot.

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Grilled chicken and salad

Marisa’s Coconut & Berries Protein Bars

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Ingredients:                    

1 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened
¼ cup flax seed, ground
¼ cup flax seed, whole
¼ cup chia seeds
¼ cup hemp seeds
¼ cup chocolate chips, dark (Hershey’s 50% cocao)
¼ cup dried cherries, chopped
¼ cup dried blueberries, chopped
¼ cup dried cranberries, chopped
2 cups oats, quick
¼ cup super red powder
4 scoops vanilla whey protein (each scoop is 40 grams X 4= 160 grams)
30 grams honey
30 grams coconut oil

Preparation

Combine honey and coconut oil in a small bowl or ramekin & melt in microwave for 20-30 seconds, set aside.

In another bowl combine all ingredients and mix well. 

Add honey & coconut oil to the dry ingredients, mix until it’s combined.

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, pour mixture into pan and gently flatten evenly with your hands or a rolling pin. 

Refrigerate a few hours until firm.

Slice into 16 bars.

Nutritional Info:

Per serving:

Calories: 237
Fat: 10.9
Carbohydrate: 21.2
Fiber: 5.0
Protein: 12.4

Full Day Of Eating 12

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Hi everyone,
Hope you’re all doing well.  I went to work today and I thought I’d show you what I brought with me.    Yesterday I bought some new thermos containers that are stack-able and I also bought collapsible cutlery…LOL  They were too cute and I got them in my favorite color…purple.

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I’m sick with a cold & dry cough, so for lunch I made lentil soup and I had some canned sliced peaches that are packed in water.

Dinner: Is grilled chicken, feta, cucumbers, olives, grape tomatoes, celery & for dressing I have just balsamic vinegar.

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What do you take for lunch ? & dinner?

Shrimp Tacos

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This was a first for me and it was a great refreshing meal and everyone said it was a keeper.
I had fresh corn tortillas, I made a avocado black bean salsa with a side veggie of roasted asparagus with parmesan.

Ingredients:
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1 tomato, chopped

1/2 cup black beans, rinsed
1/2 cup corn
2 avocados, diced
1/4 cup lime juice
1/4 cup cilantro, minced
1 jalapeño, seeded, diced
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp salt
1 pound shrimp, raw, shelled, deveined

Preparations:

For Salsa: Combine green onion, tomato, black beans, corn, lime juice, and cilantro, mix well and set aside.

Make the Shrimp: Heat grill to medium.
Meanwhile, mix the olive oil, chili powder, salt, pepper, cumin, and shrimp in a large bowl.
Stir until shrimp are evenly coated with seasoning.
Grease grill with a wad of paper towels dipped in vegetable oil or non-flammable cooking spray.
Place shrimp on grill and cook until just opaque, about 1-1/2 – 2 minutes per side.
Cover to keep shrimp warm.

Grill the tortillas until warm and slightly charred, about 20 seconds per side. (Or heat tortillas in microwave according to package instructions.)

Spoon avocado salsa generously over warm tortillas, then top with 3 shrimp. 
Serve tacos with lime wedges on the side.

Full Day Of Eating 11 *Lunch Edition + New Job

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I’ve been a stay at home mom for the last 16 years and now that both my kids are going to be in high school this year I decided it was time for me to get back into the workforce.  
Well I got a part-time job working as a supervisor of a retail store, it’s been an adjustment at home since my kids are so use to having me around, also I’ve been trying to plan out my meals for when I go to work and to cook dinner for my family.  Ideally I’d like to use the slow cooker daily but I just don’t have a lot of slow cooker recipes that are low carb friendly, but I’m working on it 🙂

Below are just some of my meals and snacks that I’ve made for myself to take to work.
P. S. I just love my “on the go” plastic container, it’s got everything I need all in one.

Please share in the comments below if you have any suggestions or advice. Thanks 🙂

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Quinoa Tabbouleh

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Traditional tabbouleh is one of my favorite salads, but by replacing bulgar wheat with quinoa it provides more protein, amino acids and is an excellent source of iron and is also low carb and gluten-free.

Quinoa is one of my absolute favorite grains, it has a toasted nutty flavor and slightly chewy texture that makes it great on its own or in a salad.

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cup quinoa (cooked)
2 cups chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
2 cups chopped English cucumber
1 cup chopped green onions
fresh mint leaves, thinly sliced
2 tomato, seeded and chopped

1/2 cup sliced black olives
1/2 cup sliced green olives
1 carrot, julienne 

Dressing:
1/3 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

Preparation:
Rinse quinoa under cold running water. In saucepan, bring 1-1/2 cups water to boil; add quinoa and return to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until no liquid remains, 15 minutes.

Remove from heat; fluff with fork. Transfer to bowl; let cool. Add parsley, cucumber, green onions, mint and tomato.

Dressing: Whisk together lemon juice, oil, salt and pepper; pour over quinoa mixture and toss to coat.
Serve at room temperature or cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.  This salad is even better the next day, once the flavors have had a chance to mingle.

 (Makes 8 cups.)

Feel free to top it with feta cheese!

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Full Day Of Eating 10

Breakfast PB Banana 2015-15-7

Breakfast: I only had one slice because it was so filling plus I had a cup of coffee.  This Dempsters Thin is just 45 calories per slice, they’re very thin, that’s why I had made two slices, thinking it wasn’t going to be enough.  But I was wrong, my eyes were hungry.  I also use all natural, no sugar added Peanut Butter. YUMMY!!! 

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I had a great workout today Back & Biceps and I made myself a protein shake plus I made a pitcher of unsweetened tea.  It’s 64 oz and that’s my goal for today.  If anyone is interested in this ice tea maker here’s a link.

https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/house-and-home/iced-tea-maker-raspberry/885395200613-item.html?ref=item_page%3avariation

Chickpeas 2015-15-7Note to self:
30 grams of light feta is 6 grams of protein and 60 calories
1 cup of chickpeas is 11 grams of protein and s 215 calories

I could have 60 grams of feta and have 12 grams of protein and consume 120 calories.  I think that’s a better food choice.

Dinner 2015-15-7For dinner I made steak and cheese subs for the family but my was without the 9′ bun but I had all the toppings and roasted cauliflower on the side.  

Toppings were sauteed onions, mushrooms and peppers, mozzarella cheese, tomato, shredded lettuce & pickles.

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