Wow, the last couple of weeks have been a whirlwind. The first week I was away on a business trip to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. My trip started out with the TSA confiscating my yogurt that I packed to snack on while traveling. I guess I forgot that would be included in the liquid category. Luckily I still had some low fat cheese slices with me and a few apples. I also packed some oatmeal to eat for breakfast each morning so I wouldn’t be tempted to consume pastries and bacon. The pastries I’m okay walking away from but the bacon…oh…bacon. Need I say more? 🙂
I feel like I did pretty good with my food choices while in Florida. It’s always hard when all of your meals, except my oatmeal for breakfast, is eaten out. As you know, even if you order grilled chicken, you never know if the chef/cook is really just grilling it plain or throwing on a load of fat laden butter or other condiment and I’m not a big salad person. If I’m going to indulge in a salad, I like fancy ones – like the Thai Chopped Chicken Salad from Panera or the Chopped BBQ Chicken Salad from The California Pizza Kitchen. I don’t like garden salads with plain, boring dressings. Here at my house I eat my veggies in my green smoothies, in stir-fries or by roasting them. Occasionally I’ll eat them as a snack – like cucumbers or carrots with hummus. Vegetables in those forms are hard to find at restaurants, especially when you don’t have a choice on where you’re eating.
Right after my work trip, I took a weekend cruise to Nassau, Bahamas. I got sick on the cruise with a cold virus. Body aches, fever, sore throat, runny nose, cough – all of it at once. I slept all day Sunday in my cabin. When I got home on Monday, I was in bed for the full week. No energy to get up and cook or even make myself a meal. I relied on frozen food I had in my freezer for my family to eat while I was gone and canned soup. Clean eating went out the window. I’m now putting a plan in place to start storing some healthy, homemade meals in my freezer. If anyone has any good-for-the-freezer meals, I’d love it if you shared them.
Yesterday was my first day back to work. I had enough energy today to actually hit the grocery store and tonight I made my first homemade meal in 2 1/2 weeks. It felt so good.
We enjoyed BBQ Turkey Sloppy Joes. It’s not a 100% clean recipe, as I used a bottled jar of BBQ sauce. You could make your own to keep it clean. I spotted a bottle of BBQ called Maine Apple from Charley Biggs. I loved the apple flavor in my sloppy joe and after a discussion with my son, we decided next time I make these I’ll chop up an apple and put it in the mixture.