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SNAP Challenge Day 6 – Creativity

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On Day 5 I ran out the door to work without eating breakfast. Was I tired of eating my oatmeal and raisins? Or was I subconsciously trying to stretch my food until the end of the week? I’m not certain. The day began with a meeting that ran much longer than planned, but somehow managed to have lunch at 1 p.m. – the earliest I’ve eaten lunch all week. Instead of hummus for an afternoon snack, I had a banana. Before work concluded a few emails shifted what would be a quiet long weekend  into a semi-working weekend. Spinach is one of my favorite vegetables, but I didn’t want spinach salad for dinner. I discovered the second package of turkey I purchased had not been opened yet; I cubed some of the turkey meat and sautéed it and the spinach with olive oil and a few spices.

Dinner Day 5

Dinner Day 5

Lessons Learned

boiling brown rice for dinner

boiling brown rice for dinner

  • I am trying to strike a balance between being worried about the amount of food on hand and nourishing myself so I can function throughout the day.
  • Preparing the spinach differently was a good idea.
  • I’m glad I remembered the bananas. I was going to only consume 1/2 a banana. Eating a whole banana was a treat!
  • The soup will be gone on Day 6 after lunch. I checked after dinner – I have plenty of oatmeal on hand. I may use it as a replacement for the soup on Day 7.

Questions posed to me on Day 5 and my answers:

  • Q: Have you done any cooking during the SNAP Challenge?
 
  • A: Not really because I prepared my meal at the start of the week. I primarily reheat the entrée, boil rice and prepare salad and/or veggies.

 

  • Q: Are you getting enough to eat?
  • A: Actually, I am, but I think it is because of the food I chose to prepare and the portions I am consuming.

 

  • Q: How is your energy level?
  • A: My energy is pretty good during the day. At the end of the day I am tired, but I don’t think it is a result of the food that I’m eating this week. It’s more due to my schedule and the tasks on my to do list.
sautéing spinach

sautéing spinach

Day 6 will be a full day including running errands, attending a training class and volunteering in another cooking class. I will also need to apply a bit more creativity to my meals moving forward. Day 6 will be the end of my tasty hummus and raisin packages. I’ll have to sort out what will  be snacks on Day 7.  Perhaps grapefruit sections?

Be well,

Technicolor girl

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Tina Patterson

About Tina Patterson

Follow the adventures of a single female diner as she navigates her way through all things dining related – cooking classes, beverage tasting classes and events, exploring restaurant menus, and more! Trip Advisor Top Contributor. Open Table Top 250 Contributor.

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