less than a week to go!
i’m missing gluten-free pretzels the most today, for some reason. i’m just craving them! at my finish, i will nominate one day per week to finish off the gluten-free snacks that remain in my pantry, then vow to never buy them again once they are finished. i will miss them, but my body will not.
breakfast: sweet potatoes, sausage, 2 eggs sunny-side-up. coffee with coconut cream.
lunch: big salad with chicken, avocado, strawberries, and sunnyseeds.
dinner: burger with onions, mushrooms, bacon. baked sweet potato fries.
results: today was what a standard day should feel like. i didn’t feel deprived of anything. i felt great all day. my energy levels are seriously sinking, but this is surely due to my work schedule. i sleep about 4 hours per night during the work week. i get up at 4am or earlier to feed juniper before i leave for work, then return home around 8-8:30pm. this is extremely unhealthy. it feels unhealthy every time i wake up, and every time i fight sleep at 9:00pm so i can get a few things done before bed… like, getting ready for work the following morning. ugh.. i can’t wait to start getting real sleep soon, after i’m done working outside of the home!
this baked chicken recipe saves us throughout the week. we bake 3 on sunday, then split them up for salads and such throughout the work week. so juicy and tasty. normally, i find chicken breast completely worthless. however, when prepared properly, i find it a delicious, inexpensive way to add some great protein do my lunches. i require tons of protein.
baked chicken breast
3 medium chicken breasts, free range and organic is preferable
1 cup orange juice, nothing added
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp salt
method: combine all ingredients in a gallon size baggie. allow chicken to marinate for at least 3 hours, or over night.
preheat oven to 375f. drain marinade from chicken and coat in olive oil.
place in a glass baking dish and bake for 45 minutes, until chicken is browned on the outside just slightly and cooked through. you want the juice to run clear when you poke it. remove chicken from oven and allow to rest before slicing. this will keep the juices inside of the meat instead of running out and making the breast dry.
don’t over-bake. chicken is done when thermometer registers at 165f. people think that chicken is dry, and they don’t like it because they’ve always had it when the bejesus has been cooked out of it. don’t do that.
your favorite greens
chicken breast, cut into strips
1/2 cup strawberries, chopped up
1/2 avocado, sliced
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/3 cup lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
1/3 cup olive oil
sprinkle of salt
sprinkle of pepper
method: whisk together lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper. set aside.
build your salad.
dress your salad with oil and juice dressing. i use about 1/3 of this recipe per salad, and save the rest for lunches later in the week.