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Healthy Bites {and a Magic Cookie Bar}

{Virginia}

It was a grab and go kind of week so breakfast was a Kashi Chocolate Almond Sea Salt bar and coffee with Splenda and hazelnut creamer.



Despite it being a crazy busy week at work, I still got to enjoy lunch with some of my favorite clinnuts Thursday. I had a delicious salad of spinach, tomato, bell pepper, cucumber, carrots, mozzarella cheese stick (cut up), Ken's Lite Ranch dressing, and about 2 tablespoons of fried onion crispies.



A magic cookie bar (that magically found it's way into my hand after lunch) ...thanks to my friend Kim. I can never resist these when she brings them to work!  This is one of those irresistible office treats!  

I also had a mix of pineapple, strawberries, cantaloupe, blueberries and a mozzarella cheese stick.

Snack:  fruit (leftover from lunch) 

Dinner was one of my favorite salads:  spinach, strawberries, Apple, almonds, chick peas, Craisins, blue cheese, Ken's light vinaigrette dressing.



I also had a few bites of Cookies and Cream coconut milk ice cream. I bought this earlier in the week just because I was curious about it. Surprisingly, it's really pretty good-- if you like coconut flavor. One interesting fact is that this coconut milk ice cream has 7 grams fiber in 1/2 cup.  

Did you know the average American gets around 11 grams of fiber each day, but the recommendation is around 35 grams of fiber? Most Americans fall well below our recommended intake, which is bad news for us since fiber helps fill us up faster, keep us fuller longer, and stabilizes blood sugar levels to decrease cravings. Look for foods that contain greater than 5g of fiber per serving and fill up on fruits, vegetables, and whole grains!

To stay hydrated all day, I had: 94 oz water, 20 oz Powerade zero, Caffeine Free Diet Coke (12 oz), Regular Diet Coke (12oz), and my morning coffee (12 oz).

As for our exercise:

Kathleen and I went to our weekly Y-cross class (we missed you Rainie!).  We had a substitute teacher tonight.  We missed having Rod teach, but on the bright side, we were actually able to do the whole workout!  I can only speak for myself but when Rod teaches, I can only do about 60% of the class because I have to take so many breaks!  My goal is to be able to do 100% of Rod's class without breaks...one day!  

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