I took this jar of butternut squash soup into work on Monday along with two slices of the olive bread loaf we snagged at the farmer's market last weekend.
Tuesday more of the same but I decided to slice up the bread and toast it in crouton form since I tore the bread up and dropped it in the jar anyway (see below)!
**I reserved the seeds, dried them overnight and toasted them with a spray of olive oil, cayenne pepper and cumin, yum!!**
I baked this guy cut side down at 375 degrees for about 1 hour in a casserole dish with an inch of water. I sprinkled the top with salt before putting it in the water.
This made 2 servings at about 150 cal/serving. 2 full jars, meaning just under 2 cups per serving. This is a lot of soup, especially with the bread thrown in.
What I loooove about the olive bread (when not in soup) is that the olives add enough flavor to it that it doesn't need any add-on to be tasty. No need for butter, cheese, meat, veg etc etc (though Tuesday night's indoor picnic dinner did feature all of those things, minus butter-to be posted soon)
Finally, my newest cereal fave: Fiber-One 80 calorie Honey Squares. These are sooooo yummy at just 80 calories/cup!
've been putting 1/2 cup into my Overnight Blueberry Oatmeal Jar (much crunchier than puffed corn!) and taking 1/2 cup in a ziploc baggie to work as a "dessert" snack.
Anyway, I finished up my night with 6 miles on the treadmill (grr, I was looking forward to a light workout) and a very spare dinner of popcorn, pumpkin cake dessert and a few little snacks and I have ended my day only about 100 calories over my goal NET 1200ish/day. I'm sure the scale will not be impressed tomorrow but then, I guess what I've learned through the blogging process is that I can go up a pound or two (or 5!) here and there but I can always get it back under control by being careful.
Here's a bit of a personal tale, a reward (or a cruel joke?) for those who have reached this far into this entry. As someone who has lost a lot of weight and then watched it all come back pound by pound, I am consistently afraid that every gained pound represents the first in a long slide of pounds back to my original weight. However, I've been keeping the weight I'm at now (a historic low) for about 6 months, give or take 2-3lbs. Still, I don't feel that I have a good sense of control when it comes to high calorie splurges and I take in a LOT of calories overall (usually approximately 1700-2000) for my height (5'2"). This leads to a LOT of exercise. Now, as much as I've said that I hate exercise, I have a lot of energy and it's obvious when I take a day off of the gym because I get edgy and jittery just from my own adrenaline. Unfortunately, I know that over time, my workouts will have to decrease in intensity and I hope that I can keep my calorie counts lower to compensate. I guess we'll see as I keep blogging!