Thursday, June 24, 2010

Summer Salad

Good morning everyone and happy Thursday! It's amazing how well my day turned out after my disaster of a morning. My boss was really understanding and let me miss a few hours of work without using leave, I enjoyed my Zumba class and felt energized and refreshed (taking a day off is sometimes a great idea), the gas was turned back on, and I cooked an amazing salad for dinner that was super easy and tasted like summer.

I basically got home from the gym feeling absolutely starving so I took out a baking sheet and put some asparagus, 1/2 sliced red pepper, and slices of tomato on it. I sprinkled the whole lot with some kosher salt and tossed it with 2 tsp of olive oil. Then I baked it for about 20 minutes.

In the meantime, I chopped up half a huge chicken breast into bite sized chunks, marinaded it with some honey mustard dressing, and then tossed it onto a non-stick frying pan on medium heat. Then put some romaine lettuce in my salad bowl and added some sliced onion and 1/4 cup black beans.

At the end, I basically tossed everything in the salad and added 1 tbsp of honey mustard dressing and it was DELICIOUS. I also ate a warmed piece of flat bread with it.

The points broke down like this:

Baked veggies with olive oil (2.5)
Honey mustard dressing (2)
Chicken (4)
1/4 cup black beans (1)
Flat bread (1)

Total points: 10.5

Not too shabby for an absolutely delicious and huge salad. Plus, I tend to overestimate my points slightly, and I count the dressing used for the marinade. And I typically don't weigh my chicken so I have to eyeball it. However, it gave me 3 servings of vegetables, two servings of lean protein, and two servings of healthy oil--so overall it was a very healthy and nutritious meal.

Anyway, this morning is weigh in so I will let you know what the verdict is. Honestly, this week, I am not too concerned with the number on the scale because I ate within my points and tried to get in a lot of healthy food and I worked out 5 times. So I know that I had a good week, no matter what the scale says :)

1 comment:

  1. That salad sounds delicious! You have a great attitude about your weigh in - good luck today!