Last week I briefly mentioned the dreaded notion of “self sabotage”. We all do it. Whether we are gaming the weight loss or maintenance program we are on, or just blatantly going for it, we all sabotage ourselves with regard to our eating at one time or another, and another….
Lately, even during this challenging time, I have been a little more mobile during my work day. There have been a couple of days, especially during these hot summer days, that I was not comfortable taking my lunch with me. I didn’t want to leave it in the hot car, even with a freezer disc in it. I had to be resourceful and find some fast, healthy lunches on the fly. Here are my discoveries:
- Starbucks Chicken & Quinoa Protein Bowl with Black Beans and Greens. This salad is delicious and satisfying. The dressing is a super tasty medium-spiced chile vinaigrette. This salad is 420 calories/ 8 points.
- Pollo Loco Chicken Avocado Tortilla Wrap from their Meals under 500 Calories Menu. Easy to eat in a hurry, and satisfying. This meal is 480 calories/ 11 points. There are several other great choices on that menu as well.
- Don’t laugh. This really felt like I was cheating. Taco Bell Bean Burrito. 386 calories/ 8 points. Nuf said.
We are still in the dog days of summer. It is uncomfortably hot and muggy outside. I live in Santa Monica, CA, not far from the beach, but it has been in the 80’s by 11 am this week. I don’t have air conditioning. That said, I was looking for something easy to make for my meal prep this week that would not heat up my kitchen. I was inspired by a post I saw in one of the WW Facebook groups I follow. Someone posted a photo of chicken breasts with a jar of salsa verde, and the light bulb went off in my head. No recipe required.
First – a new product alert: From Trader Joe’s – Risoni. They advertise it as a legume based grain alternative, and is made with chickpea and red lentils. It mimics rice. The nutritional stats are 170 calories/ 4 points for a 1/4 cup serving. Check it out: https://www.traderjoes.com/digin/post/organic-chickpea–red-lentil-risoni. We made it as a rice alternative for dinner one night, and without added flavorings, it was a little bit of an acquired taste. I recommend playing around with added flavors such as garlic, herbs, onions, whatever you like in regular rice.
Using my old school slow cooker today, I started with 1 cup of Risoni, just under 2 lbs of chicken breast, the jar of salsa verde (my favorite is Herdez: https://www.salsas.com/herdez/products/salsas/salsa-verde/), some diced red onion, and a couple of tablespoons of Trader Joe’s Jalapeno Sauce, and just let it go on high for 3 hours. I’m going to shred the chicken to make soft chicken tacos using Ole Whole Wheat Tortilla Wraps. I’ll be topping my tacos with a slaw made from Trader Joe’s Cruciferous Crunch tossed with Bolthouse Farms Cilantro Avocado Yogurt dressing.
Thank you for stopping by today. Your comments, questions, and critiques are always welcome.
Take care of yourselves. Be good to yourselves. Make it a great week.
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