Try to stay calm.
There may be a bacon shortage. The LA Times reports that drought conditions caused a reduction in corn and soybean crops, which means less feed for swine… which means less bacon. Stock your freezers now.
HOWEVER… I bought a mere 2 slices at the farmer’s market to add just a little extra flava-flav to my food this week. And, I worked bacon into a meal today.
It’s a really stressful week. Today I craved comfort food, and having developed the habit of reaching for healthy comforts helped me keep it clean… and sticking with September’s What I Ate Wednesday theme: “Fall Into Good Habits.”
After a quick 2 mile walk, I enjoyed a Stuft Mama-inspired sandwich:
P28 Bread panini-pressed in the George Foreman with cinnamon and flax-scrambled egg whites, sugar-free strawberry jam, a little Daiya pepper jack. With a side of golden kiwi.
This is truly random. Certainly a Strange But Good candidate. Pre-baked lemon-dill salmon… mixed with ricotta cheese, a little cinnamon, and blackberries.
Strangely delicious leg-day fuel.
I spent my lunch break in the gym
blowing off some steam busting out some leg work. When I got back home all I could think about was a giant green smoothie bowl.
In my bowl:
- Vanilla protein powder
- Chocolate unsweetened almond milk
- TONS of spinach
- Liquid stevia
- Crumbled Zucchini Protein Muffin to top (recipe for that coming soon!)
Did I mention work is really, really, really stressful this week. It called for my protein-comfort snack: PB Cottage Cheese and celery (a riff on my childhood “ants on a log”).
I mix 1/2 C no-salt added cottage cheese with 2T of peanut flour, cinnamon, stevia, and butterscotch extract. Then I dip my celery. There may have also been a side of dark chocolate… shhhhh…
Clearly I can never get enough pizza. This week’s pizza meal’s base was my beloved cauliflower crust.
- Bacon (just a little bit…)
- Truffle oil
My crust “dough” felt a little too wet, so I added a little nutritional yeast. It worked well to soak up a little moisture, and it was really good!
Still working (it was a late night). So stressed I had no appetite. Late nights in college always meant Waffle House… so I made a healthier version of my old order – egg whites with red onion, jalapeno, and spinach.
Comfort food is the name of the game for this post. More smoothie bowls! Meal 7 was a Pumpkin-Chocolate Vitamix ice-cream-like concoction.
In my Fall Smoothie Bowl:
- Pumpkin puree
- Chocolate protein powder
- Cocoa powder
- Unsweetened chocolate almond milk
- Apple slices on top
Does my posting most of this on Instagram ruin the suspense? Oh! And the protein count for the day: 195.8g from fall clean eats!
What are you favorite healthy comfort foods?
Do you have a fall chill yet? It’s still pretty warm here (yay!).