Something very strange happened yesterday.
I woke up not wanting to eat anything. That’s not too odd. Often I prefer to wake up and hit the gym first thing, without breakfast. That has had to change for two reasons:
- My heavier lifting, longer workouts mean I’m hungry about 3/4 of the way through
- My 7th meal would end up being at midnight since meal 1 wasn’t until 930 or 10a (way too late for me)
That’s why this morning I ignored the part of me that wanted to skip breakfast before my workout and shoveled down my “oats.” When I returned from the gym it was time for meal 2 and I still didn’t feel like cooking or eating. Nothing sounded appealing, and that didn’t change throughout the day. I reworked my spreadsheet at each meal just trying to find something that sounded tasty.
This never happens. I always at least enjoy the process of cooking. Maybe I’m getting sick? I hope not!
Sorry for the blah intro to the 3rd installment of the “Food, Fun, and Fitness” What I Ate Wednesday. I’ll bust out of this funk by next week. I can assure you that (most of) my food still tasted good… I just didn’t feel like eating it.
The day started out as usual with a glass of my BCAAs mixed with ~2T of apple cider vinegar and water.
I’ve been repeating some of my favorite protein-filled breakfasts lately (like this Blueberry Protein Tart that I’ll be eating again tomorrow). There have been a few crave-worthy meals! Today I did my Paleo Oatmeal again, but this time using peanut flour instead of protein powder and vanilla instead of almond extract.
The second meal of the day is a little weird, but it’s what I could get down post-workout. Today was shoulders and glutes. I pushed it to the limit and after my workout all I wanted was something to drink.
These Isopure drinks are great because the entire bottle is 40g of protein! I drink 1/2 at a time.
That was accompanied by an apple and my sorry attempt at sunflower seed butter. It was a nasty sticky mess (which didn’t help my lack of motivation to eat). #fail
Lunch was really, really good. One of my comfort foods is an egg sandwich, so I made just that. I scrambled some egg whites with garlic and basil before stuffing it between 1/2 of a protein bagel.
The awesome people at P28 sent me a bag of bagels to sample and I am addicted. It’s the first time I’ve had a bagel in years. You definitely have to toast it, but who eats a cold bagel anyway?! They are chewy and nutty and have 28g of protein per bagel. Now I need to get my hands on the sliced bread and the rumored new product – wraps!
On my bagel I spread a mix of sriracha and cottage cheese before adding the egg, then stuck it in my George Foreman for a quick press. Served with a side of roasted cauliflower, coated in a quick sauce of nutritional yeast, paprika, garlic, and rice vinegar.
This actually hit the spot.
This was the least satisfying thing I had all day. I wanted a chocolate protein shake. I wanted it super creamy, like a milkshake. This did not hit the spot. I won’t even go into details.
I’m still irked.
Again, I couldn’t think of what to make and didn’t want anything. So I went to my new staple – an Indian tempeh stir-fry. I ate the same thing for dinner yesterday, and I ate it last Friday too. It’s bizarre for me to repeat a meal so often, but it’s damn good. This ginger-spiced, garlicky dish comes together quickly, and is easily changed up with different sides or mix-ins.
Last Friday I served it over parsnip rice, Monday night over a ton of fresh spinach, and last night I added zucchini and red pepper to the mix.
Confession: I tried to serve it over zucchini “pasta,” but I can’t figure out how to work my new spiralizer.
My carb source with it last night was a sweet potato + cinnamon.
Recipe at end.
Eh. I didn’t want meal 6 and I knew I was going to clear my protein goal for the day. So I skipped it. Sorry, Coach.
Dessert is not a meal I ever skip. Tonight was a bowl of Pumpkin Protein Dough with blueberries that I microwaved for ~15 secs with a bit of sugar-free maple syrup.
There’s not much of a recipe. Here’s what I mixed together:
- 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
- 2T of pumpkin puree
- 1/4 C cereal
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ginger
- 7-8 drops liquid Stevia
- Almond milk (maybe 2-3T?)
Stir together and let is sit in the fridge for 30 mins to let the cereal get soggy and form a dough-like texture. Nosh away!
Indian Ginger Tempeh Stir-Fry
- 1/2 tsp coconut oil
- 1 T ginger, minced
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 T green onion, chopped
- 1/4 C red pepper, chopped
- 1/2 jalapeno, minced
- 1 tsp garam masala
- 1/2 tsp coriander powder
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 1/4 tsp cayenne
- 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
- 2 T rice vinegar
- 1/4 C water
- 1 serving tempeh, crumbled or grated
- 1/2 zucchini, cubed
Add spices and vinegar, stirring to combine. Add water, tempeh, and zucchini, again stirring to combine. Simmer until liquid evaporates, ~5 mins.
Plate and enjoy!
Makes 1 serving (easily doubled).
This day of eats was entirely vegetarian, and I managed 145g of protein.
Do you ever just not feel like eating?
What do you eat before working out? Anything?