Posted on Wednesday!
Yesterday started off normally enough. Breakfast was a bowl of TJs Frosted Maple and Brown Sugar Shredded Bite Size Wheats. Quite a mouthful.
This cereal comes in at 200 calories per cup, dry. Thats on the upper level of acceptable in my book, but I do love the light sweet coating of maple/brown sugar ‘stuff’. I topped the cereal with strawberries and skim milk.
So I have recently switched to organic milk. Organic milk should be devoid of the synthetic growth hormones, pesticides, and antibiotics found in regular milk. Organic milk should also come from cows with ‘access to pasture’. Yes, organic milk is more expensive (approx $3.50 for a half gallon vs. $1.50). However, for someone that lives alone and barely goes through a half gallon of milk a week, this price increase does not make a huge difference. I also realize that just because it is labeled ‘organic’ does not necessarily mean its the absolute best, most fresh milk coming from the happiest of happy cows. No, ‘organic’ is a business too.
There is tons of literature out there on this, and many argue that organic milk has no benefits whatsoever.The argument is that regular milk is also tested and regulated and does not contain dangerous levels of any of the aforementioned bad stuff.
What to do? For now, I have decided to go organic. Hormones, pesticides, antibiotics, and unhappy cows just don’t seem like things I want to mess with.
My day was spent working hard in my little cubicle. I had a chocolate chip Clif Z-bar around 10AM. I also had some Yogi ginger tea.
Lunch was leftover mac and cheese. Ellie Krieger’s healthy mac and cheese made with butternut squash to be exact. Find the recipe here. I added some TJs chicken sausage and spinach to my mac. The first time I made this, I really liked it. However, this batch, which I made over the weekend, just wasn’t the same. It was dry and something seemed a little off. I did use rice pasta the first time and whole wheat pasta the second time. Maybe that was it? I also enjoyed a small serving of TJs dark chocolate covered raisins with my lunch.
Knowing I was heading to the gym right after work, I had a banana with almond butter around 5PM. I finally hit the gym around 7PM and pounded out about 3 miles on the treadmill. After that, it was back to the apartment to relax, clean, and chat with The Boy. He is in NOLA this week – I’m jealous!
For dinner, I had a berry smoothie (also threw in a handful of spinach and about half a serving of protein powder). I also had half a whole wheat pita with hummus, greens, and avocado. And some BBQ Pop-Chips on the side.
Looks a little sad, but it was tasty!
For the rest of the evening, I half watched ‘House Bunny’ and half read ‘Wicked’.
House Bunny, really?
Really. Hey, I was in fact a sorority girl in college. Give me a break.