Day Two and still going strong

I know, two days isn’t very long in the grand scheme of things. And it’s going to get harder … but, just for today, I’m going to bask in another day of relatively great choices.

For breakfast, I tried my first Classic Green Monster. (I wrote a column about it for the newspaper, so I’ll post a link to that column tomorrow, once it goes live.)

Long story short: I loved it … and it made me feel good — no, better than good. It energized me and made me feel ready to take on the day.

Lunch was the Black Bean & Zucchini Quesadillas I’d planned to have yesterday. I’ll probably end up having them again later in the week, because I still have part of a can of beans. (Thought today’s batch would use them up.)

I stopped at Walgreens on the way to work because I needed tissues and Afrin. No way did I want to spend another shift blowing my nose on paper-thin Kleenex every few minutes. What I didn’t need was the Black & White Kettle Corn from Popcorn, Indiana. It lurked near the checkout and was a steal — a single-serve bag for 99 cents.

Yes, I bought a bag. I tried putting it in the drawer to snack on at some point in the future, but it kept calling to me. As far as nutritious snacks go, it could have been worse: 140 calories, 11 or 12 g of fat and 1 g fiber. My other pre-dinner snack was a couple of rye crisps with the rest of the Greek Veggies from the Safeway deli.

For dinner, I trotted out an old Atkins fave: Steak, grilled on George, with zucchini and mushrooms … fried in a little REAL butter. So much more flavorful than the fake stuff!

I probably should have stopped there. But I wanted dessert. Enter the chocolate-avocado pudding Roni blogged about on Green Lite Bites a few days ago.

Now, I wasn’t quite as impressed as Roni. That may be in part because, despite stopping to scrape the sides of my Ninja several times, there were a few avocado chunks left in my pudding. (I think they were stuck underneath the Ninja’s bottom blade. Next time — if there is a next time — I’ll pull up the blade and scrape beneath it, too.)

I finished off this bowl with a shot of light whipped cream and dug in. The first couple of bites were so-so … but it grew on me with every subsequent bite. By the time it was gone, I was torn between wishing I had more and thinking I should have stopped after eating half the serving.

It’s definitely a rich, indulgent treat – not for every day consumption.

Hmm … I wonder if I could sneak it into the Boyfriend’s diet?

When I got home from work, I wasn’t very hungry, so I put planned snack No. 2 (cottage cheese, banana and almonds) back in the fridge. I did, however, have a mug of milk with two Butterfinger hearts.

So I ate mostly according to plan today — only the candy and the kettle corn weren’t included in the original. And for some reason, eating those things didn’t make me want to throw in the towel and start munching on everything in sight.

I really think it’s because the foods I did eat are healthy and full of nutrients. I won’t even pretend to be surprised about that today. 😉


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