Wednesday, April 11, 2012

WIAW - Almost Clean Eating

If you read yesterday's post, then you know: we are on a mission to achieve clean eating! We have a hot date with a resort pool in 10's on!
Today's What I Ate Wednesday will show some pretty clean food...and some pretty sad food pics.  I totally spaced today on food photography.  I hope to make up for it with accurate calorie counts.
Mom - take pics of food not me!
Welcome to another WIAW party! This April Jen challenged us to serve up an extra cup of veggies. I think I came pretty close today.

Kashi Go Lean + Honey Nut Chex + Almond Milk + Berries
Coffee + Unhealthy Creamer

Springtime Raspberry Chicken Salad
Almond NutThins (in all honesty I should've done without these)

School Snack
Overnight Oats
1/2 cup oatmeal + Almond milk + berries + chia + protein powder
Kyle had his very first batch of overnight oats today. He sees me making them at least once a week, however he finally asked what I was doing last night! Silly goose! Now I have another OO fan to feed!

School Snack #2
Post 1.5 Mile Run Snack
Cara Cara Orange
Handful mixed nuts


Pretzel-Crusted Mustard Chicken + steamed green beans + asparagus

Now this doesn't classify as a 100% clean dinner.  I used pretzels to make pretzel-crusted mustard chicken...they are processed. Why'd I do it? Well I really like this dish for one! I requested it last year for my birthday dinner at Kyle's parents. But truthfully I had the pretzels here from Easter and I felt bad throwing them away.  Each chicken probably has 1/4 serving of pretzels, so I didn't think it did too much damage. Thoughts?

Total Daily Calories: 1,943.

I used the SparkPeople website to track my calories and my nutrient intake.  I was low in several nutrients, which kind of bums me out.  I was low in B12, calcium, Vitamin D, and Thiamin.  I don't eat dairy or beef, so I need to be more vigilant in getting these essential nutrients. 

The SparkPeople site did show me something.  I add honey nut chex to my Kashi breakfast for flavor.  I often consider cutting it out, because it adds about 100 calories.  However, I learned today that I get a lot of vitamins and minerals from the enriched Chex.  Plus, since it's a morning carbohydrate it is more likely to be used for energy and not stored.  Good news can stay!

Grade me: how would you rate and improve my day of eating? Seriously, tell us!

Love and constructive criticism,

Carissa & Kyle


  1. Looks like a great eating day! I eat mostly vegetarian, and struggle to get B12 too... I'm impressed that you take the time to enter it all, it would be so helpful to have the nutrient feedback like that. I try to eat lots of beans, nuts, veggies and add extras like ground flax, nutritional yeast and other seeds to catch some of those extra nutrients. Do you like yogurt? You could swap the almond milk for yogurt and get more nutrients that way, too. I'd give you an A! :)

  2. I think you did great! Other than the Coffeemate creamer (which you admitted!). I've swapped out Coffeemate for Coconut Milk creamer (which is fat free if you use the proper serving size).

    I take a B12 Supplement - my brother (a nutritionist) advised me to do that because there aren't many natural forms of B12 other than Beef, and a few other things but you'd have to eat a lot.

  3. I think you did pretty great! I take a vitamin B12, vitamin D, and calcium supplement just to help get my nutrients up, just in case I'm not getting enough. I guess the only things are the pretzels and creamer and salad dressing that is processed. You could try making your own salad dressing? But I'd say job well done :)

    1. Lisa - it totally never crossed my mind to make my own dressing! I do it all the time for dinner, but it would be just as easy for lunch! Thanks for the reminder!

  4. Cool website, guys!

    And I really like your nutrition. As far as B12 goes, you'll probably have to take a low-dose supplement if you don't eat much meat.

    Vitamin D, you're probably fine with as long as you get some sunlight (even just 15 minutes). I'd imagine that would be pretty easy in Orlando.

    Then, ( a good list of calcium-rich veggies since you're avoiding dairy.

    I don't remember about Thiamin, though. Probably dark-green, leafy veggies. They seem to be the catch-all for nutrients. Ha ha.

    Anyway, I love the website! Keep it up!

  5. I would say you did pretty well! The pretzels don't bother me because there are sometimes stuff like that which makes a dish. However I did notice that your OO are like 700+ calories? Your dinner was pretty light, but that seems like a pretty heavy snack to be having in the evening?! I find that upping my breakfast calories really helps for the rest of the day.

    As for vitamins - do you take a multivitamin? I would think that would help to some extent.

    1. Hey! Thanks for the feedback! My snacks are all combined into 1 calorie count since the website does it that way. The oats were 1 snack with the banana, orange, and nuts all separate. I do have a really small dinner, but it has been working for me this week. I def try to taper my meals and carbs at night.

      My probiotic that I take has a multi. I don't like to supplement too much but calcium is a necessity.

    2. Gotcha. I wasn't quite sure how all that worked out. That makes more sense now. I like small dinners, but comparatively your breakfast is about the same size as your dinner. Depending on when you workout, this may change, but just noticing..

  6. Least OOs are quick and easy to make. ;)
    Nice set of eats. I heard cornflakes make a good crust on chicken, too. Panko works really well, too.

  7. I think your day looks great!! I just saw a recipe on pinterest for pretzel crusted mustard chicken and thought it sounded really delicious!!


  8. You did really well overall! But if you are really shooting for eating clean, definitely ditch that Coffee Mate - partially hydrogenated oils and a whole lot of other ingredients that I'd have to wikipedia to see what they are - definitely not clean...although you knew that. Good news though! Coffee Mate just came out with an all natural creamer so you can have your creamer but hold the chemicals :) ...of course you could always just use skim milk. That's completely clean!

    Also the pretzels but you knew that too... I hate throwing food away too so I save stuff like that for when I have people over who don't mind eating processed stuff. They basically never go bad so you can just hang onto them for when you need snacks for guests. And keep your diet clean along the way.

    I second Lisa on the dressing too - so many ways to make your own so you know what's going into it! Sorry for the loooong comment! You are doing great overall and it's so awesome that you are trying to eat clean! I try really hard to eat clean myself and it truly makes a HUGE difference :)

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