Friday, March 22, 2013

Clean(er) Eats

I try not to weigh myself more than once a week, but this week I was worried that my sore muscles would lead to weight gain the same way sore muscles led to weight gain when I first started running.  I know that sounds weird, but I read somewhere that sore muscles retain water to heal themselves.  The water your muscles retain makes you gain weight temporarily.  Eventually your weight will go back to normal, but in the meantime you have to deal with the horror of working out hard, stepping on the scale, and finding out that not only did you not lose weight from all your hard work, but you have gained it.  I'm sure you know where I'm going with this.  I got on the scale a few days ago and my weight was up by almost a pound.  (Insert string of expletives here. Get creative with it. I know I did.)

My official weigh in isn't until tomorrow morning, but I'm not feeling particularly optimistic.  I'm trying not to feel too discouraged, though.  I went to the grocery store today and picked up a cart-ful of healthy eats for next week to make sure that my meals are on point even if the scale doesn't show it.  I started with lunch today.  I made myself a Greek egg white omelette with egg whites, diced Roma tomato, spinach,  onion, grilled chicken, and reduced fat feta.  I ate it with a toasted Healthy Life bun.  The whole meal was only 359 calories.  Not bad!

Greek Omelette and Healthy Life Bun
I have been meaning to try the Spicy Shrimp and Polenta Medallions recipe from Black Girl's Guide to Weight Loss and today I finally bought all the ingredients.  I plan to make several modifications to the recipe to make it fit my needs more closely.  She is following a clean eating diet which advocates the use of healthy oils so she actually fries the sliced polenta in canola oil.  Properly fried foods shouldn't be greasy, but I am counting calories rather than following a strict clean eating plan so I don't want to add any additional calories to my meal with oil.  As a result I am using cooking spray to pan sear my polenta instead of oil.  Additionally, I bought frozen pre-cooked shrimp with the tail off so I really only have to season and reheat my shrimp.  I am most likely going to steam them in a Ziploc Zip'n Steam bag and call it a day.  I used microwave steam cooking bags a lot in college and they were amazing.  Since I'm only cooking for me I frequently want to make a single serving of food.  These bags make it easy to cook one serving of meat without having a ton of leftovers that I will wind up throwing away.  Here's how the recipe turned out: 

Most of the flavors in the dish were new to me and I was kind of proud of myself for trying something different.  I still have half the shrimp and half the polenta and plan to use both in other recipes later.  Shrimp pasta?  Beef and mushrooms with polenta?  Sounds like a plan.  

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