Rate my Meals - 2010-02-20

February 20, 2010 · 5 comments

I took a couple of snaps of my meals from yesterday but then never got around to posting them. I ate OK - leftover chicken fried rice omelet for breakfast, bagel with cream cheese and a bowl of soup for lunch. Dinner was half a wrap and a few boneless chicken wings from Buffalo Wild Wings. Wife’s leftovers. She’s good about boxing up half her food when she goes out but unlike me she has the discipline to actually do it at the end of the meal. If I’m going to take that approach then I need to tell the server to do it right away - just bring it to me half in the box. Then it’s less likely I’ll eat everything.

Since it’s Saturday and I stayed home all day (except to go grocery shopping - yay for fresh food) I was good and had no fast food or dining out meals. You can kind of tell I went to the store after breakfast. :-)

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Roasted Beets

Breakfast was a bowl of Quaker Instant Oatmeal with Raisins and a splash of milk, a cup of mandarin oranges in light syrup and a half a bagel with peanut butter. Yes, it was the only half left. Again, my wife strikes. She just eats half a bagel at a time and it ended up I caught the last half.

Later towards lunchtime I went grocery shopping and bought a half pound of calamari salad (that’s squid if you don’t know) and served that up over a bed of baby greens along with some purple kale just to make it look pretty. Yes, I didn’t eat it I only bought it for the photo. What have I turned into? I’m taking these things with a camera phone, it’s not like I’m looking to get published. The things I do for my readers, I tell ya… Oh, and I also had 6 Triscuits with the salad. I splashed the greens with just a little balsamic vinegar.

Dinner was sauteed beet greens and stalks (a little garlic, a little salt and pepper, and yes a little olive oil and they taste great), roasted beets (oh oh more olive oil - but I tried to go easy on it), a few pieces of wild rice meatloaf (store bought, I didn’t make it from scratch) and some angel hair pasta. A small salad with a little drizzle of poppyseed dressing and a glass of skim milk.

I only ate 2 of the 3 beets. I love roasted beets though. I used to only like pickled beets and I think that is because when my mom made beets she boiled them and they were nasty. So for years I only thought that picked beets tasted good. Sort of in the same way I never knew you could get lamb medium rare until I went to a restaurant that asked how I wanted my lamb cooked. “I have a choice?” I asked and once that medium rare lamb came out it was like I discovered a new food group. Awesome. Then sometime after I moved out my parents really developed a great food sense and now they can be counted on to deliver a wonderful, tasty spread that over the years has included roasted beets. But better than mine.

Anyway, a yogurt for dessert. It’s only 8:15 so I’m writing this a little earlier than I would like. Going to make some hot tea to take my mind off of late night snacking.

So how do you think I did? Click a star!

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seth February 20, 2010 at 11:06 pm

I can’t say that I’ve tried all of those things but you do have a knack at taking pictures of food! Looked pretty good today to me. I was wondering if you had a calorie count on what you eat. Sometimes I wonder if you are eating enough. I feel that we are being so critical on everything you eat — but I guess that’s why you are doing it like this.

This is off topic but how do you prepare an avocado to eat. They are kind of intimidating to me but i bought one and didn’t try it because I didn’t want to eat it raw. I guess that’s like your purple kale.

Let me know.

John's Weight Loss Blog February 21, 2010 at 9:02 am

@seth When I started taking these pictures I did also record my calories, which I was able to do for a few days but then I fell off doing it. It’s so hard for me, particularly when you add things like the store bought meatloaf and the calamari salad. I did my best running this day through the DailyPlate just now and it added up to about 2,000 calories which is actually a little lower than I think I should be eating at my current weight. Still, I think portion sizes could have been cut down. I easily could have split that half pound of calamari salad into two meals, I would have been fine with one less slice of meatloaf, etc. Then add a few more healthy snacks during the day.

As for the lovely avocado, that sounds like it would make for a good article that I should write sometime. But basically, it’s super easy and you can be as simple or complex as you want. For my money there isn’t much better than an avocado sprinkled with a little coarse salt. Cut the avacado in half, remove the pit (chop down on the pit with your blade so that it sticks in along the edge of your blade and then twist the blade to remove the pit - easy), sprinkle with salt and after the salt melts just eat it with a spoon. Once you get comfortable with that you can remove the “meat” whole with a spoon and then slice up in attractive slices. Or mash it up and use as a shmeer for toasts. Or make guacamole. A billion things you can do, but I’d start with just eating it with a spoon.

AndrewENZ February 21, 2010 at 11:56 pm

If I’m going to eat half a portion I have to box it at the beginning of the meal or it just doesn’t happen!

Greg February 22, 2010 at 6:36 am

I know many people who always eat half a meal and box the second half. I usually flop when I try that, too.

Ian@HomeWorkoutBlog October 21, 2010 at 3:10 am


I love bagels and peanut butter.

And instant oatmeal is seriously underrated.

Now it’s time for a midnight snack!


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