I just finished my first week of clean eating with a set meal plan. It’s my first week of actually meeting the minimum calories of 1500. Suddenly forcing myself into six meals wasn’t as hard as I imagined but it did get a little tricky with the times and forcing myself to eat much, much more and… well, with the fact I suck at cooking.
The six meals are pretty simple but damn filling:
2-3 eggs with vegetables, 1/3 cup of oatmeal and 1/3 banana
1 slice of whole wheat bread with 3 slices of lean turkey breast
2 servings of tuna, 2 slices of whole wheat bread, kale, 1 serving of nuts
Whey protein shake
4 ounces of lean protein, 1 cup of vegetables and 1/4 cup of brown rice or 1 small sweet potato on workout days
Handful of blueberries, 3 tablespoons of Greek yogurt and 1 teaspoon of chia seeds
Can I say whey protein powder only in water is disgusting? It’s disgusting. I imagine the chocolate flavor in water would be worse than vanilla- yes, I think hot chocolate made with water is disgusting, as well. My embarrassing near-defeat came with the rice. Instead of meal prepping for the whole week, I decided to make each meal, so of course cooking 1/4 cup of rice in the rice cooker would be pretty ridiculous.
Our smallest pot, brown rice, some water, pop it on the stove… I started my salmon and vegetables a few minutes after the rice had the water boiling, and everything was going pretty well until everything was cooked- except my stupid rice, apparently. Water was nearly boiled off, and when I took a few rice grains to try, it was almost like chewing small rocks!
I ended up having to add water three times. Three! The bubbles were insane. In the end it took me nearly forty minutes to cook my damn rice. I am proud of two things, though; I had broccoli steamed over the rice without an actual steamer for the vegetables, and my salmon? Not raw in the middle!
Throughout the week I discovered the glory that is the green onion. As I admitted last week, I can’t season anything probably, so being able to throw some green onions into the pan with my simple salmon or chicken is great. A bad cook’s dream.
I’ve been enjoying red bell peppers, asparagus, tomatoes, celery, broccoli, kale and my green onions in my meals, I will be adding sweet potato to my grocery list Sunday morning. Nothing much else to add for my simple tastes! I’m lucky it’s been as easy as it has been-
Except for the damn rice.