The three Fs

What’s up with the title? Well read on, then you’ll find out ๐Ÿ™‚
Why today has to be Monday? Regardless I got up even earlier than weekends..LOL. My body got used to my morning workout routine. Yeah, after 3 months getting up at 4:30 am, my body adjusted to it, especially if I went to bed before 10 pm. Who needs an alarm if you have your own alarm?

Anyway, after yoga, I had the usual soy milk with chocolate protein powder and I grabbed 1 banana as well.

In the meantime, I cut out 2 big oranges and 2 small apples for my afternoon snacks.

oranges, apples, luna bar

For my breakfast, I brought 2 slices of the whole wheat raisin cranberry bread I made yesterday.

The bread was pretty good especially after I toasted them in at work. Yup, the office room where all the designers work at has a toaster. We’re the only ones in the office have it hehe. Sometimes other people come into our room when they want to toast their bread or bagels.

Also I decided to bring Luna Iced Oatmeal Raisin Bar.

9 grams protein, 3 grams fiber

only 180 calories! 70% organic too!

I had this bar in mid morning around 11 am because I was already hungry and usually I don’t eat my lunch until 1 pm. The bar is a bit too sweet for my taste, given I am not a sweet tooth type. I didn’t have the picture of the inside, sorry. My co worker who sat next to my table was in today, so I don’t want her to look at me weird taking the picture in the dark. Anyway, as the name described, pretty much an oatmeal bar covered with white sugar glaze with some raisin bits and hint of cinnamon. For those who likes sweets and cinnamon, this bar is for you. Just not for me. I am not a sweet tooth type nor cinnamon type. Regardless, I still finished it. I was starving, anything goes in haha. In fact this bar only has 180 calories and 70% organic too! Also I got my additional protein intake for 9 grams. That’s adding 27 protein total so far (the protein drink has 18 g protein for 1 scoop). Heck, it hold my hunger until lunch time! Perfect! I wasn’t stuffed when I had my lunch today.

After lunch I usually have my first fruit serving. I had the oranges first. Blast, the oranges were not that great. Some of them were a bit bitter, so I ended up not finishing it.

look pretty juicy but actually some were bitter and a bit dry. Didnt finish all of them

And I had my second fruit serving around 4:30 pm, which were the apples. Oh gosh, those Fuji apples were crunchy, sweet, juicy and delicious! I’m a fruity and fiber girl hehe. I love crunchy apples and hate mushy soft apples.
yummy crunchy and juicy fuji apples

I got home and my husband was cooking dinner already. Actually, my brother cooked the remaining whole tilapia that he bought on Friday. And of course it’s another steamed fish again!
steamed whole tilapia, boiled lettuce and stir fry cucumber- the boys did it!
The best thing is I didn’t have to cook anything after I got home today. And the boys did pretty good job with cooking healthy meals! Better than ordering take out or pizza, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

So whatever I had for dinner today will be tomorrow’s lunch.

Back to the title of the post: The Three Fs. It refers to my food today as Fruity Fiber Foods. Majority of my foods today contained lots of fibers (vegetables) and fruits. There you go ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m sure some of you who are impatient enough just scroll down to the end of the post to find this out huh? Oh well, it’s getting late and have to get up early tomorrow for workout.

Onto the dinner part

Ok here I am again, continuing from the earlier post. Sooo, after peeking into my fridge to figure out what’s for dinner, I made mixed vegetables in chicken stock soup (from boiling the chicken bones yesterday) and stir fry green beans with button mushrooms.
Oh, I also baked one zucchini and heat up Korean spicy seafood and rice cake (it was left over from my brother’s dinner).

stir fry green beans, mixed vegetable soup, baked zucchini, korean spicy seafood and rice cake stew

Dinner is ready!

Looks healthy, eh?

I wasn’t that hungry during dinner, maybe because I had this yogurt mix around 4:00 pm while catching up on FlashForward TV series on abc.com

plain low fat yogurt with dried apricots, dried cranberries and kashi go lean crunch cereals


So for tonight I didn’t even have my brown rice as it might be a bit too much for me. I don’t like the feeling of overstuffed.

Speaking of which, earlier I was mentioning that I made whole wheat raisin-cranberry bread, right? Well, it didn’t turn out as good as what it used to be. Partially, it was my fault for tweaking the recipe a bit. Original recipe that I usually use calls 1 large eggs (or 2 small eggs) and 1/2 cup non fat dry milk powder. Today, I tried to tweak it by not including the egg and the milk powder, reduced the flour by 1/2 cup (even mixed some white flour as well). The result? The bread was a bit too soft. The dough was a bit sticky and it didn’t rise as much.

whole wheat raisin cranberry bread


looks nice but it could be fluffier

Weekend is here!

Today is a special day as I finally finished my P90X Lean Routine with Yoga X! I am so happy that I’ve gone thru this fitness program for straight 90 days and I didn’t even miss a single workout!

Anyway, after my 90 minutes yoga session, I made a protein drink by mixing plain soymilk and Designer’s Whey Chocolate Protein Powder.

I was so hungry (who guess Yoga could drain your energy that much??) so I ate the super ripe banana.

After I refueled my belly, I cut up some apples and washed grapes for my daytime snack or dessert, whichever you want to call it.

And they were a bit too much for me to bring, so I packed some for my hubby too. Can’t be too selfish, right? I admit I can be selfish sometimes when it comes to food portion (only the healthy ones though..haha).

Of course I didn’t forget to bring the egg white pancake I made the night before. ๐Ÿ˜€ And don’t worry, I didn’t bring all of them, spared some for my hubby too. But I had one extra more…hehehe… *sneaky mode*.

very fluffy and light pancakes EVER!

After I got to my workplace, I did my usual morning ritual a.k.a getting the hot water for my morning green tea. I always love Stassen Pure Jasmine Green tea.

This is my work desk. Good thing I work in a dark room so nobody around me saw me taking picture hehe

The tea has a very strong and aromatic jasmine. Don’t underestimate the power of tea bag! ๐Ÿ˜€ And I always drink it plain without any sugar. The bitter the better.

Around 10:30 am, my belly demanded to be refilled so I grabbed Odwallaยฎ Berries GoMega Superfood.

Took this at my work desk. So thankful for the dark room. Otherwise my coworkers will think I'm a weirdo

It’s a bit sweet for my taste, but for majority of people shouldn’t be. It also has a very strong grain taste as it contains ground golden flax, organic rolled oats, organic oat flour just to name a few. And it also has lots of dried berries (cranberries, blueberries, raisins) -I could even taste chunks of them. The best thing is, theres NO REFINED SUGAR. Majority of the ingredients are organic. One little thing is it has a slight bitter taste to it, probably because lots of grains it it, but it didn’t bother me much. It kept my belly full until lunch time! ๐Ÿ˜€

When I got home, I saw my brother already started cooking dinner. Perfect timing because I wasn’t quite in the mood of cooking. Went upstairs, changed clothing, sat in front of my computer, surfed a bit and I felt hungry. Too bad the dinner wasn’t ready yet, so I munched on Kashiยฎ GoLean Crunch cereal (sorry no pic, too hungry to take pic haha). 30 minutes later, dinner is ready!

My brother prepared all these. Isn't he amazing? White rice for the boys, mine is brown

my brown rice, steamed whole tilapia, left over roasted duck, boiled gai lan

My brother was nice enough to go to an Asian market and got the fish and made this amazing steamed tilapia. It only tastes good if the fish is fresh, otherwise the meat will be very bland. The procedure is very simple.

You just need:
1 fresh tilapia fish (check the gill. If it’s more reddish then it’s fresh. Otherwise, pick another one)
couple slices of gingers
lots of green onions (julienne, separate the green and the stalks)
Lee Kum Kee Seafood Soy Sauce
Oyster sauce (just drizzle a bit over the fish)
1/2 tsp sugar
some salt (rub on the fish)
couple drops of vegetable/cooking oil

Directions:
-Rub the salt over the fish so it’ll give it more taste. Let it sit for about 10 minutes
– Sliced the gingers thinly and insert them into the fish – gingers and seafood goes hand in hand
– Pour over the seafood soy sauce, oyster sauce (just a bit), cooking oil, sugar and the julienne scallions
– Steam over medium high heat for about 15 minutes (for smaller fish) and about 20-25 minutes for bigger fish. This one is a bit big, so we steamed it about 20 minutes.
– Turn off the heat, pour in the remaining scallions (the green part), serve and enjoy!

Pour over the sauce on the rice is yummy!

The only thing I didn’t have was the roasted duck, left over from my brother’s lunch. It was too greasy for me and I don’t like duck meat as much. After dinner I felt I want some kind of after dinner snack and I remembered the last piece of my birthday cake.

Chocolate Strawberry Cake

I was debating whether I should finish it all or just eat half of it. This is not quite my favorite food, so I cut it into 2 pieces. One for me and one for my hubby. ๐Ÿ™‚

I picked the left one..

I took a bite and found out the cake HAS GONE BAD!! Good thing I haven’t swallowed my first bite when I saw the fluffy white thread on part of the cake.

See that fine white thread near the strawberry chunks and the cream?

SO GROSS and I lost my appetite completely! But I still craved that after dinner snack so I had a cup of Kashiยฎ GoLean Crunch Cereal again (no pic, too lazy to go back to my room and got the camera). Ok I guess that did the trick and my belly wasn’t demanding anymore food after that.

What’s going into the belly?

Today was a little windy and chilly in Southern California, despite the bright sunlight during the day. Anyway, it was a nice weather to take a nap and off from work..haha. But no, I still went to work. Gotta keep the paycheck coming in right?

Ok now onto my food for today.

MORNING & AFTERNOON
As usual, I got up around 4:45 am to do my Day 89 P90X Lean Recovery week. Gosh, I can’t believe I almost done with my P90X!

– 1 cup of plain soymilk mixed with 1 scoop of Designer’s Whey Chocolate Protein Powder
– 1 medium banana (not pictured, I was too hungry to devour it after my P90X Cardio X workout this morning)
– 1 cup of Kashi Go Lean Crunch Cereal – I love this thing and I can eat it as my snack. But my body is pretty sensitive to any crackers or dry cereals. If I have a little too much, I’ll develop a canker sore in my mouth, even though I drink lots of water afterward.

After finished my post workout meal, I cut up some fruits for me and my hubby for lunch. Pretty much my day to day lunch is a left over from the night before dinner plus cut out fruits. Pretty simple yet healthy ๐Ÿ™‚

simple yet healthy


From top left clockwise: pickled cucumber and jicama in lemon juice, sliced 2 small fuji apples, 1 slice of homemade whole wheat flaxseed bread (this is for my breakfast at work, along with my cup of green tea), grapes & orange (for after lunch dessert), and the lunch (brown rice, yu-choy sum veggies, some minced beef and my mom’s homemade chili paste)

And I also didn’t forget to bring my Larabar® Peanut Butter and Jelly, which I got as sample from them. I got total 4 bars to sample, but unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to take pictures of the other 2 ๐Ÿ™ Yeah, I only have 1 left after I had this for my mid morning snack.

The flavor I had today is Peanut Butter and Jelly. I am not a sweet tooth person and majority of other protein bars I tried were either very sweet or very sticky. This one, however, is DELISH! It has a nice sweetness of the dates and the a hint of tangy from the cherries. I could even taste the cherry pieces in there as well! One thing that I am a little not too fond of it is the density of the bar and also after having it, I feel like my throat feels a little dry and I had to drink 1 1/2 12 oz of water to wash it off. But overall, this bar is pretty good. One thing that I like the most is the simplicity of the ingredients. It only has: dates, peanuts, unsweetened cherries and salt. HOW SIMPLE IS THAT! NO gibberish chemical names, NO unpronounced ingredients, NO evil sugar, NO high fructose corn syrup just to name a few. The sweetness comes naturally from the cherries and the dates! Love it! I’d say this is one of my favorite!

DINNER
I realized I didn’t have much stuff in my fridge so I decided to have a High Fiber Dinner. Yup, the name said it all. I’ll cook a bunch of vegetables and very minor meat. So here it is:

Clockwise from top left: left over minced beef, boiled broccoli and bok choy, edamame, pickled cucumber and jicama, baked carrots, grape tomatoes.

Man those are SOOOOOOO GOOD! I was stuffed and there were still left over too! So I packed them to become my tomorrow’s lunch ๐Ÿ˜€

colorful lunch!


Hungry yet?

Don’t worry, my hubby also has the same thing. I made quite a lot so even after we packed the food for our lunch, there was still 1 bowl of boiled bok choy and broccoli left.

I remembered I only had 3 slices left of my whole wheat flaxseed bread and my hubby took all of them for his breakfast this morning.

Argh, only 3 left and they were gone after I came back. Hubby took them for breakfast.

So I decided to make an egg white whole wheat pancake! I got the idea from Jessica. It looks so good so might as well I tried it. I didn’t really follow the recipe to the t, but the basic ingredients are the same (egg white (I used 3 eggs because the ones I have are pretty small, wheat flour and milk (I used plain soymilk). I also added a bit of dried cranberries. It made 9 mini pancakes. They were really fluffy and light! I can eat just like that. No need syrup, honey, butter or anything. ๐Ÿ˜€

Yummy!

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