Your “Tasty Tuesday” Primer (5/29/12)

29 05 2012

Happy “Tasty Tuesday,” GymGeeks!

I don’t know about you guys,  but I’m always on-the-go.  Because of this,  I plan at LEAST three meals ahead of the one that’s coming up.  Perfect example:  knowing I’d be on the road for at least three hours on the way back from Fort Lauderdale to Orlando, I had the perfect plan in place for my lunch, my mid-day snack and my dinner (knowing I had zero food in my fridge, so nothing could spoil while I was out of town).

For that reason,  I actually took a long-winded route using the Florida Turnpike, since the choices at the service stations sure beat the hell out of pulling over at a random exit on I-95 and having the choice of McDonalds, Wendy’s, Burger King or all three at a truck stop.  I was able to run in, grab a turkey wrap from the “healthy choices” kiosk, a bottle of water and get back on the road.  Also, knowing that I’d be going shopping almost the recond I got back into town,  I had one of my homemade protein bars ready so I wouldn’t shop hungry.  This stopped me from taking advantage of the special on a whole turkey sub at the Publix deli and allowed for a more sensible dinner instead of carb loading.

With that in mind,  the posts and tweets today will revolve around how to survive (nutritionally speaking) on-the-go or in a pinch for something to eat.  I have a great recipe (if you want to call it that, since it’s so freakin’ simple) for your mornings, as well as how to survive a vacation.  Having spent the last few days down in South Florida catching a Miami Marlins game, going out to dinner with my parents (not to mention dinner on Friday with my brother & sister), I know I was able to avoid some pitfalls, so I want to share that knowledge with my GymGeeks.

Hope everyone had a great weekend…now let’s get back to work!

What’s In My Cart This Week (5/5/12)

5 05 2012

Since I want to practice what I preach (I hate when people can’t back up what they say in these blogs/articles), I’ll let you in on what I’m going to be going through this week

Remember:  never go grocery shopping hungry!  You’ll end up with the always-delicious (but always-loaded with fillers) Publix sub or some other pre-made lunch.  I plan on eating some fish tacos at a local restaurant before stepping foot into my local Publix.  Remember my rules for survival today if you’re going to do the same!

Without further ado…

    • 6-8 Chicken Breasts
    • 2 lbs. Salmon Fillets
    • Fresh Salsa (I avoid Pace/Newman’s Own because the liquid-to-veggie ratio is pretty weak)
    • Lettuce
    • Tomatoes
    • Cucumbers (2)
    • Peppers (you can usually find a tri-color three pack at your local grocery store)
    • 2 lbs. apples
    • 2 lbs. pears
    • 5 bananas (for my overnight smoothies.  Potassium has been linked to restful sleep)
    • Bag of oranges
    • Blueberries (the ultimate sweetener for my morning oatmeal)
    • 1 Whole Pineapple (for what they charge you for a pre-cut, you can hack away for half the price!)
    • Carrots (I like to get them whole, then cut them up as sticks for lunches)
    • Wild Rice or Quinoa
    • Cottage Cheese (I usually go Fat Free or 2%)
    • Carton of Egg Whites1 gallon organic skim milk (no antibiotics; one of the things I HIGHLY recommend getting organic)

I know what you’re thinking: I go through a HELL of a lot of food in a week.  In fact, truth be told, I may need to go back another time during the week to supplement the list.  Since I eat a small meal every 2-3 hours, it’s necessary to stock up on the good stuff to avoid having to hit up the vending machine or cafeteria at the hospital.

So…what’s in YOUR cart?

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