I decided to make myself a nice steaming cup of caramel tea. No seriously, Talbot Teas makes chocolate and caramel and nutty teas that really taste a lot like dessert! For $12 a cannister and at least 20 nice big servings, it's a great deal! Though it's looseleaf so you have to have an infuser (super cheap, found in all home-goods stores!)
Tip: for a more savory dessert tea, add a little milk or a little sweetener.
Moving right along...
Note: breakfast was both nutritious and healthy but because I went back for seconds, I can't call it successful defensive eating. =( Why? I wasn't even hungry! But at least I am admitting it, maybe next time I wont do it!
5-grain Blueberry Breakfast: This is about 2/3 cup 5-grain cereal, two generous handfuls of blueberries (fresh or frozen-thawed are both fine! and one big handful of some sort of fiber cereal (dry mix to the left). Top it off with 1/3 cup hot water and maybe a splash of milk (a little less appealing after the liquids-right).
I can't make this out to be more than 200 calories. Pretty satisfying!
I can't stress this enough: this Chopped Veggie Mix takes all the work out of salad making. And also all the expense.
Here's what you get for about $5: carrots, celery, green bell peppers, jicama, broccolli, red and white cabbage and raddish. All told, I would call this about 3-4 servings. If you bought even one of each of these veggies, you would run up a bill of $10 and probably have leftovers. AND spend time chopping them. Thanks TJ =)
(Don't have a TJ's near you? Buy veggies and chop them up on Sunday night. They'll sit in the fridge for 3 days. Hint: Jicama and small carrot pieces are high maintenance and the broccolli pieces will look like florets. Throw in a red bell pepper, cucumber and some bean sprouts for an easier chopping experience. Then add some beans.)
To this I added 3 slices of leftover herbed turkey breast and 2 servings of fat-free Feta cheese (leftover from dinner on Saturday). Use any sort of low-cal dressing (45 cal or less/serving).
Final Tally: 250 calories on the outside, $3.50 (maybe $4 if you use fancy turkey or dressing!), veggies, protein, dairy = full tummy!
I also took along a medium sized grapefruit for "dessert". Though, after a blueberry/chocolaty breakfast, it hardly felt like that.
We'll talk again after dinner. The plan is to work out for an hour and eventually make brussel sprouts.