Day 3 of the Real Food Challenge was a little easier. Kay went shopping and got us a bunch of “clean” ingredients and snacks for the next few days. She made me a delicious Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie for breakfast and marinated a steak for dinner. She’s the best.
Lunch was hard though. My coworkers wanted to go out, so I was really limited in what I could eat. I had a Chopped Salad with no dressing. I was nervous about what might be in there. The “Real Food” website recommends extra virgin olive oil, and other websites suggest only one or two other healthy oils. Everything else, like Cottonseed and Sunflower Oils, probably had pesticides sprayed on the plants. Anyway, when the Chips and Guacamole came out I couldn’t resist though. The chips were probably not “clean”. Ugh….
For dinner we had a marinated Flank Steak, side of corn, and salad. These past two days have been a first in terms of going over budget on my calorie intake, which is probably a good thing because I need to gain weight. What I should be doing is eating and burning anywhere from 2000 to 2300 calories though, instead of my typical 1800, as well as making sure they come from healthier sources of food with protein and fiber. Anyway, I feel much better than I did on Day 2.
Kay Smoothie = 300 calories
Banana = 90 calories
Chopped Salad = 563 calories
Pomegranate Margarita = 290 calories
Guacamole = 146 calories
Chips = 148 calories
Dried Apple Snack = 126 calories
Flank Steak = 720 calories
Salad = 123 calories
Corn = 306 calories
Calories Eaten = 2812
Calories Burned = 2218