Monday, September 14, 2009

Menu Monday

So what do we all think about Menu Monday? Thumbs up? Thumbs down? It's probably kind of boring to read, I confess. But, it's nice to see how things add up, you know? I think I will give it a couple more weeks...and then might give it a rest. :)

Today's Menu

Post Workout
Whey protein, creatine

Ingredients:
chocolate whey protein (whey protein isolate, salt, carbogen, lecithin, cocoa, natural and artificial flavor, sucralose, Enzyme Matrix™ [lactase, lipase, bromelain, glucoamylase, invertase, alpha-galactosidase, Protease 3.0, peptidase, amylase, Protease 4.5, Protease 6.0, Protease AM, CereCalase], Aminogen [patented bioactive polypeptide enzyme system])

creatine monohydrate

Breakfast
Ezekiel cereal with pumpkin, almond milk, milk and egg protein, Stevia, and cinnamon

Ingredients:
pumpkin
cinnamon
Stevia packet (inulin fiber, Stevia)

Ezekiel cereal (organic sprouted whole wheat, organic malted barley, organic golden flax seeds, organic sprouted whole barley, organic sprouted whole millet, organic sprouted whole lentils, organic sprouted whole soybeans, organic sprouted whole spelt, filtered water, sea salt)

milk and egg protein (Protein Blend [Calcium Caseinate, Egg White, Whey Protein Isolate], Vitamin and Mineral Blend [Calcium Phosphate, Magnesium Oxide, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Potassium Citrate, Ascorbic Acid, Ferric Orthophosphate, dl-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate, Niacinamide, Zinc Oxide, Copper Gluconate, Vitamin A Palmitate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Ergocalciferol, Folic Acid, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamin Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Biotin, Potassium Iodide, Cyanocobalamin], Natural and Artificial Flavor, Soy Lecithin, Papain, Bromelain, Sucralose)

unsweetened vanilla almond milk (purified water, almonds, tapioca starch, natural vanilla flavor with other natural flavors, calcium carbonate, sea salt, potassium citrate, carrageenan, soy lecithin, vitamin A palmitate, vitamin D2, D-alpha-tocopherol [natural vitamin E])

Lunch
Banana taco, salad

Ingredients:
banana
strawberries
peanut butter (peanuts, salt)
whole grain tortilla (whole wheat flour, water, oat fiber, soy bean flour, cold pressed canola oil and/or safflower oil, contains 2% or less of the following: baking powder [sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium bicarbonate, corn starch, monocalcium phosphate], sea salt, yeast, xanthan gum, guar gum, citric acid, sorbic acid, calcium propionate [to maintain freshness])

mixed greens (I don't know what kind they are)
spinach
tomato
cucumber
egg
organic french dressing (canola oil, water, tomato paste, apple cider vinegar, sugar, sea salt, xanthan gum, garlic powder)

Diet Pepsi (carbonated water, caramel color, aspartame, phosphoric acid, potassium benzoate, caffeine, citric acid, natural flavor)

Snack
yogurt with whey protein, strawberries, walnuts, and Stevia

Ingredients:
plain nonfat yogurt (cultured grade A nonfat milk, pectin)
strawberries
walnuts
Stevia packet (inulin fiber, Stevia)
chocolate whey protein (whey protein isolate, salt, carbogen, lecithin, cocoa, natural and artificial flavor, sucralose, Enzyme Matrix™ [lactase, lipase, bromelain, glucoamylase, invertase, alpha-galactosidase, Protease 3.0, peptidase, amylase, Protease 4.5, Protease 6.0, Protease AM, CereCalase], Aminogen [patented bioactive polypeptide enzyme system])

Dinner
Bhoona with brown rice and a plum

Ingredients:
bison stew meat
tomato
pineapple
garlic
onion
rice vinegar (water, rice)
olive oil
garam masala (salt, spices, autolyzed yeast extract, dehydrated garlic, dehydrated onion, red pepper)
chili powder (chili pepper, spices, salt, silicon dioxide [to make free flowing], garlic)
organic coconut milk (organic coconut, water, less than 1% guar gum)
brown rice
plum

Diet Pepsi (carbonated water, caramel color, aspartame, phosphoric acid, potassium benzoate, caffeine, citric acid, natural flavor)

Snack
I confess, I wanted something decadent tonight. This is what I came up with. It wasn't the best choice for "whole foods" but it hit the spot.

Banana Fudge Vitatop with peanut butter, cottage cheese and a sprinkle of cinnamon and almonds

Ingredients:

Vitatop (water, whole wheat flour, egg whites, chocolate chips [sugar, chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, soy lecithin as an emulsifier, vanilla], maltitol, organic evaporated cane juice, erythritol, cocoa [processed with alkali], soy protein isolate, soy fiber, oat fiber, inulin, banana puree [bananas, ascorbic acid], leavening [sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium bicarbonate], soy flour, lecithin, natural flavors, cinnamon, xanthan gum, sea salt, dried honey, fruit juice, natural grain dextrin, vitamin A, itamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, folic acid, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, biotin, iron, zinc, pantothenic acid, vitamin B2, vitamin B1, vitamin B3, calcium, maltodextrin)

peanut butter (peanuts, salt)

cottage cheese (cultured pasteurized grade A skim milk, whey, contains less than 2% of modified food starch, salt, potato maltodextrin, calcium phosphate, artificial color, mono- and diglycerides, guar gum, xanthan gum, artificial flavor, vitamin A palmitate, vitamin D3)

cinnamon
almonds

Whole foods (foods with ONLY 1 ingredient): 23
Other foods (foods with more than 1 ingredient): 16
On the fence foods (natural, but more than 1 ingredient): 7

Since my total number of food varies from week to week, I decided to look at percentages. The first Monday I counted foods, I ate:

65.4% whole foods
11% on the fence foods
23.6% other foods

(76.4% whole/natural foods)

The second Monday I counted foods, I ate:

50% whole foods
15.2% on the fence foods
34.8% other foods

(65.2% whole/natural foods)

This week, I ate:

53.6% whole foods
17.1% on the fence foods
29.3% other foods

(70.7% whole/natural foods)

So I did the best during week one, and haven't improved much. LOL

Next week I am going to make an effort to have 80% whole/natural foods.

2 comments:

Gritsy said...

Might I suggest trying Zevia. Zevia is the first all natural, 0 calorie stevia sweetened soda in the world! No ASPARTAME & no Splenda. It tastes very good and its at Whole Foods. Six delicious flavors including Cola, Twist, Root Beer, Ginger Ale and Black Cherry.
- Margaret
PS If anyone wants to try ZEVIA to review it on their website please feel free to email me at margaret at zevia dot com.

admin said...

It all depends on what you want to achieve, Abby.

You can't really burn fat and put on muscle simultaneously. Burning fat needs less calories and gaining muscle needs more calories.

It definitely looks like you're getting plenty of good, wholesome foods in there, though - which is important for health in general, and whether you're trying to burn fat or build muscle. It looks good!

How do you feel eating these foods in comparison to what you've maybe eaten in the past? That's the most important question.

Good luck, I hope you achieve you goals. Keep at it.

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