Playing Dress Up

I am pretending to be a food blogger for a day. I scavenge several food/fitness oriented blogs daily to poach their ideas for healthy meals and to share the trials and tribulations of being a “healthy” person who loves to eat. The days I spend at the office are 10.5 hours long. Add a commute (1 hr) and a possible stop at the gym (1 hr) and I am away from home for nearly 13 hours. I need lots of nibbles to get me through the day, especially since my delicate digestive system operates best with those small but frequent mini-meals that have become so popular in diet books. Packing food to take to the office that is healthy and satisfying and yet not so tempting that I break into my food stash and eat it all before lunch is a bit of a challenge. I have at my disposal a microwave and a refrigerator, so that gives me some flexibility. My normal menu features breakfast and coffee, a morning snack, a light lunch after my daily lunch-break walk, and then 1-2 afternoon snacks (because lunch–> 8:30 PM is a long time). I try to wait until I get home so Tyler and I can eat dinner together. I strongly believe shared meals are important, and dinner is a great time for us to relax together and share – food, company, thoughts on our days. Sometimes it’s hard to ignore my growling tummy, though ; ).

So, for today, and today only (unless I just love this) I will do my best to document a day in the life of an Office Snacker. My coworkers don’t seem to have a problem with eating 3 normal meals a day, so I feel like I am constantly snacking while they only indulge their appetites at lunch.

Breakfast (9 AM-10 AM):

Coffee with milk (heated in my home microwave, transported in a thermos). I could drink my coffee at home, but I prefer to sip it over the course of my first 2 hours or so at work. It’s a nice transition from home-work.

Bagel (homemade!) with 1 Tbsp Sunflower butter and cinnamon. I toast my bread products the night before, so they have time to cool off and stop being steamy. I smeared it with SB and stored it in a tupperware container overnight. I do my best to ALWAYS use reusable packaging. Bonus? The lid doubles as a mini-plate.

Calories: 290

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Morning Snack (10:45 AM)

Leftover coffee, poured over ice in my yesterday’s Starbucks cup.

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*1 Hour Walk*

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Lunch (1:10-1:25 PM)

I steamed shredded carrots, shredded daikon, bean sprouts, and a few pieces of broccoli and cauliflower with 2 Tbsp of Teriyaki sauce in the microwave. I often bring raw vegetables and steam them in the microwave, normally topping them with pasta or some other grain. This dish was sub par. Would have been better with actual sauce (non-watery), some noodles, and a sprinkling of toasted sesame seeds.  But, I got my veggies in and had a hot meal to warm my tummy.  Now I am looking forward to the delicious dairy and fruit snacks chilling in the refrigerator!

Calories: 120

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Snack 1 (2:50 PM)

A nice refreshing break: 1/2 cup canteloupe with 1/4 cup fat free cottage cheese. I experimentally topped this with a few sprinkles stolen from a pack of Kashi instant oatmeal that I found a little too wholesome. I don’t generally care for mushy foods — unless we are talking about ice cream or chocolate pudding, so these little crunchy nubs helped spice this up considerably.

Calories: 100

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Snack 2 (4:15 PM)

Yogurt! 1 full cup of plain fat free yogurt mixed with 1 Tbsp sugar free strawberry preserves, a dash of maple syrup for flavor, and a scant 1/2 cup of oats. I sprinkled a bit more instant oatmeal on top for crunch.

Calories: 200

~ Calories from oatmeal: 100

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Nibbles (6:00 PM)

Satisfying my sweet tooth with 1/2 a cup of blueberries. My last snack of the day.

Calories: 40

Gross Calories: 850
Calories Burned: 350
Net Calories: 500
Liquids: 25 ounces coffee + milk, 64 ounces water