My first day of eating extra calories went surprisingly well. I had more energy, didn’t crave unhealthy food, performed better during my weight training and slept amazingly well. This made a great change from the tired, cake-lusting girl who wants to pass out during workouts and lies awake at night due to hunger pangs. Admittedly, I had trouble making my last 200 cals since I was not AT ALL hungry after dinner, so I got a spoon and downed 2 tbsp natural peanut butter. Solved! The most surprising part was that I didn’t feel overfull at any point during the day. I attribute this to the fact that my carb intake was still moderate, and the majority of my calorie increase came from protein and fat. I am a big advocate for healthy fats such as olive oil, nuts and seeds. They’re great for so many things – fat-loss, muscle gain, skin health, memory and concentration, energy levels and cravings, to name just a few. Plus they taste great and make less exciting food more palatable.
This morning I whipped up a nutritious breakfast of:
- ½ cup smooth fat-free cottage cheese
- ¼ cup pumpkin puree
- 1/3 cup cooked brown rice (leftover from last night’s dinner)
- 1 tbsp natural peanut butter
- ½ scoop whey powder
- 1/3 cup fresh diced pineapple
For my mid-morning snack I enjoyed 2 of April’s pumpkin cocoa bars (I made a few tweaks as I had lots of different flours that needed using) with a protein frappuccino:
- 1 scoop whey powder (I used USN 100% whey in chocolate cream flavour)
- 1 tsp instant coffee granules
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- Stevia or other sweetener to taste
- ¼ tsp xantham gum
Whizz together in a blender and then gradually add ice until you have desire temperature and consistency. It tasted as delicious and felt as indulgent as a Mugg & Bean iced coffee. Hard to believe that nutritionally it was just another protein shake. Coupled with the Pumpkin Bars it was a snack worthy of a coffee shop!
Today I am presented with the task of notating the chords of all my songs for the people who have pre-ordered the album with the added extras. Not an easy task seeing as I use a capo on almost every song! But the least I can do for those who are supporting me in my career.
As for exercise, it’s a light-cardio day. Most likely 30 minutes at a medium pace on the ol’ elliptical machine.
Catch up soon!