My scale has crept up over the past couple days:
This is due to the fact that I’ve been pretty hungry when I got home from work these last couple nights, and so I’ve had some food. I’m not entirely sure why I’ve been hungrier, other than perhaps the running is starting to work. Or, would work, if I wasn’t stuffing my face at night. I also know I’m not eating enough protein in my day, and haven’t been since I started this blog, and that likely is causing the hunger as well. This hunger I would rate as more-so than usual (because I’m generally a little peckish when I get off work, but it’s a hunger I can ignore and just go to bed with), but (and this is an important distinction that I don’t usually make) I’m not so hungry that I should have eaten the amount I’ve eaten when I came home. So part of the weight going up is that I’m eating too much, and not the right things.
So in order to combat this, I think I’m going to try having a protein shake at night, whether I’m hungry or not, to combat the budding habit of destroying an entire container of hummus at 11 pm.
Hey! At least it’s not pizza! I just noticed that! It didn’t even occur to me to get pizza either night! THAT’S HUGE!
In the YouTube link above she gives the ingredients for a 64 ounce serving, one she shares with her husband. So a 32 ounce smoothie should do it for me.
Here’s the breakdown:
-4 Kale Leaves
-1.5 cups of flax milk (pre-blend at this point)
-2 rainbow chard leaves & stems
-1.5 cups of spinach
-1/2 cup blueberries
-1/2 shot glass of flaxseed
She says this last ingredient is optional, I have them, so I’m going to use them. Also, I’m adding a scoop of Sun Warrior protein powder.
According to My Fitness Pal, this makes a 553 calorie pre-bedtime snack. At first I was concerned about that caloric intake before bed. But I thought, well, how do my micro- and macro- nutrients compare before the smoothie and after? Let’s take a look:
Macros before incorporation of smoothie:
Sure the sugar and fat went up, but so did the protein and fiber, hell, the fiber nearly doubled. Let’s take a look at the micros:
Yeah. The smoothie stays. If you looked closely you would have noticed my daily goals for each nutrient was different between today and yesterday. That I’m sure is caused by the fact that I haven’t logged any exercise yet today (I took the day off the gym today because my hip flexor was killing me yesterday, and I want to run tomorrow, so I’m listening to my body and giving it a day of rest) so the app thinks I need less food to run on. Those goals will change as I log activity at work today. The caloric density of the smoothie is well within my daily maximum, so I’m pumped to try it tonight.