I usually don't do food blogs. But when I was eating this Greek inspired salad today I
though why not share it with you.
2 cups Spring Salad Mix.
2 oz chicken breast, diced.
1, 4 inch piece of English cucumber sliced
4 large black olives, sliced
2 ,4 inch pieces of hearts of palm.( Optional )
2 or 3 thin slices of red onion
1 oz. feta cheese
4 cubes of croutons.
1 tbsp. Caesar fat free dressing.
Total calories 236. Fat, 10. Carbs, 17. Protein, 21. Sodium, 1.021.
The feta cheese, black olives and hearts of palm, raised the sodium pretty high for me. But I loved all those ingredients in a Greek salad so I adjusted all my other food in my other meals to keep my sodium under the required amount.
But one can leave out the hearts of palm, and reduce the sodium by 281 gr. Total sodium then 740 gr. for the salad.
Here in Salem, Or. the weather has gotten warmer . I call it salad weather..
Salads and warm or hot weather go together.
When is cool, I want warm comfort food.
I love salads. There are so many things one can add to a salad to make it a filling, tasty meal.
One item I usually add is cheese. In fact I like cheese in or on many foods.
I have to watch how much cheese I eat. There is hardly a cheese I don't like.
Here are a few of the cheeses I have in my fridge right now.
I try to limit my cheese to once a day. And only 1 oz. Guess you could call me the big cheese. If I was given a choice of what food I could take to a deserted island, I would have to have cheese.
Speaking of other foods I have to have on hand are potstickers. I keep vegetable and chicken ones in the freeze at all times.
Over the weekend I made my version of Egg Foo Young, no gravy, and fixed the potstickers, and some garlic shrimp. My BF, Jimmy, said it was the best Chinese food he has eaten. I think what made it so good was we knew exactly what was in the food and how it was prepared.
Here's a picture of my Egg Foo Young.
I posted this recipe on Spark. If anyone is interested.
I started out this morning with 2 scrambled eggs, and a small piece of toast. 5 oz low sodium V-8 juice. 280 cal. for breakfast.
Then the Greek style salad. 236 cal. for lunch
I will have Spicy Thai Noodles with Shrimp , 385 .cal. for dinner.
Night time snack, 1 cup black grapes. 100 cal.
Total for the day 1, 001 calories.
My calories range is 1, 000 to 1.200 per day.
I can't go over 1200 calories per day or I gain. And that's with all the exercise I do too. Go figure. But I really do get enough to eat. I can't imagine eating more.
One thing I don't do is see that I have extra calories left for the day and look for something to eat . Just because you haven't used up all the daily calories, doesn't mean you have too. And it doesn't mean you bank them for another day either.
Unless you have some place to go and you know you are going to really over eat that day., it won't hurt to have extra calories to splurge on some thing really special.
As long as that doesn't become a habit.
It's time for that Spicy Shrimp dinner.
Not that I am hungry, it's only 6:30 pm. It just seems the time I should fix something to eat. If I wait too long, I will get out of the mood and resort to a quick snack. Not getting the proper nutrition that I need.
One habit I kept from living in Miami for all those years and all my jaunting back and forth to Italy, and Europe is eating later in the evening.
I prefer to eat about 9:00 , but don't like to be cooking that late.
Seems I need a chef. Ha, like that is going to happen.
I go through periods of not liking food. I get tired of the same regular foods.
I want variety. I usually turn to eating ethnic foods. Foods from other countries.
Lately I am into Asian. That includes Chinese, Japanese, and Thai.
There is lots of variety , many different styles of cooking and a vast array of ingredients.
In 9 days I will have my 2 year Spark anniversary.
You can bet I will post a blog about that.
So till then, take care.
Stay positive and believe in yourself.
Thought for today: "If I could predict the future or change the past, I would lose the gift of the present. I can concentrate my powers fully here and now, for now is all the time I have--or need."
Peace and Love,