I’m a bit shocked to be sitting here at 7:00pm with time to blog. I thought for sure I’d be working on a group project all evening long, but after 3 productive hours in the library, I have time to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate – unsweetened vanilla almond milk, vanilla extract, semisweet chocolate, cinnamon – and blog :)
I also had a few extra minutes to make a semi-special Sunday dinner tonight. While at school, I eat a vegetarian diet because 1) I don’t want to spend the money on fresh wild fish, and 2) I don’t want to deal with the “hassle” of cooking it just for one person.
Well, for some reason – in my mad dash around TJ’s in my sweaty running clothes today – 2 wild salmon filets ended up in my overflowing basket.
I let the fish thaw in the fridge [not on the counter, people!] while I was at the library, and after 20 minutes of easy prep, I had a healthy protein-packed dinner ready for one.
I proved myself wrong.
1) TJ’s price of wild salmon is really reasonable. I got 2 filets [0.8 lb.] for $8. I ate 1/2 of a filet for dinner. Four servings @ $2/piece – can’t beat that!
2) I can hardly call slapping Soyaki sauce on a piece of fish and throwing it into the oven for 15 minutes a “hassle”.
I take a fish oil supplement almost every day, but my philosophy is real food > supplements.
How often do you eat fish?
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I mentioned above that I eat a vegetarian diet at school [well, 99% of the time]. Many non-vegetarians are curious about how us veggies are able to get sufficient protein. No need to worry. Americans, as a whole, exceed the RDA for protein.
However, after recently learning that I have hypoglycemia, I’ve been interested in incorporating more protein into my diet to stabilize my blood sugar.
Where do I get my protein?
Beans: 2-3x per week
Greek Yogurt: 2-3x per week [I prefer plain 0 or 2%]
Milk: 5-6x per week [cereal + lattes]
Quinoa: 2-3x per week
Nuts: every day!
Eggs: rarely; though, lately I’ve been eating ~2 hard boiled per week .
A few of my favorites:
- quinoa + black beans, avocado, fresh salsa & goat cheese
- quinoa + Greek yogurt, apple or pear, dried cherries, agave & cinnamon
- peanut butter toast w. a small cup of milk
- Annie’s macaroni & cheese [w. peas!] + a tofu dog
Gotta get organized for the week…
Of Possible Interest:
- What to Buy and What to Skip at Trader Joe’s
- How much protein do YOU need?
Divide your “ideal” body weight* by 2.2 to determine your weight in kilograms, then multiply that number by 0.8 for your daily protein allotment in grams.
*“Ideal” Body Weight:
Women: 100 lbs. for 60 inches [5 feet] in height + 5 lbs. for every inch over 60 inches
Men: 106 lbs. for 60 inches [5 feet] in height + 6 lbs. for every inch over 60 inches