Can you guys guess how much candy I ate on Halloween? If you know me, then you know it’s not really that much. Unless there are Reese’s PB cups, I can usually resist a bowl full of candy.
Since today is What I Ate Wednesday, I’m sharing a full day of meals with you guys, per usual. Before we get started, though, I wanted to chat about calorie counting. I’ve written about the pros and cons of counting calories and using food tracking apps before, but I’ve been all over the spectrum personally with how I use it. I wanted to give you guys an update on what’s new with me, since I know this is a popular topic with great points on both sides.
I went several years where I tracked my food 80% of the time. Just because I “tracked” it doesn’t mean I necessarily stuck with a calorie goal, but for the most part I was logging in what I ate and looking it over at the end of the day.
Today, things are really different. I no longer track my food and I eat pretty intuitively. Mostly, I think I just got bored with the app. Every few months I may feel my habits slipping and might track for a week or so, but that’s mainly just to get me back in the mindset of really thinking about what I’m eating. My eating is certainly not perfect, but it’s what works for me and these things are always a work in progress!
I don’t regret the years I spent tracking my food because I think they gave me a lot of great insight into what’s in my food, what nutritional value is in each item, and what types of foods make me feel my best. Without all the tracking, I never would have known that a bell pepper has more vitamin C than an orange. Who knew? When I’m presented with a buffet of options, I’m better armed to make smart choices, so I’m glad I educated myself.
I mention this on What I Ate Wednesday because there are a lot of bloggers out there who showcase their meals and we all do things differently. The way I eat might not work for someone else and that’s ok. Please know that whatever I post is 100% what I ate that day, with no pre-planning or hidden agenda. So here’s what I had on Halloween Monday!
I had leftover breakfast casserole from Sunday. I tend to make my breakfast casseroles up as I go, but Sunday’s concoction was kind of a hybrid between this recipe and this one. On the side was some Trop 50 orange juice. I brought my OJ obsession home with me from travel season and it hasn’t let up yet. The trick now is to drink as much of it as I can before Riley takes it all. I got one glass out of the last gallon we bought!
I had two of these bad boys. Trader Joe’s has a spiced pumpkin scone mix with maple glaze and they’re amazing. I brought them into work so I wouldn’t be tempted to eat the whole batch by myself and they were a huge hit.
Later in the afternoon, I had a honeycrisp apple. Anyone looking for affordable honeycrisps, go to Trader Joe’s! They had a whole bag of them for under $4. They’re a lot smaller than most, but who needs a 1 lb apple anyway?
I forgot to pack a lunch (story of my life these days), so I had a spicy tuna roll from the campus dining hall.
Pre-dinner, I sat out on my front porch with a glass of wine and passed out candy to the 12 trick-or-treaters that showed up.
Then I headed inside for dinner, which consisted of leftover chili and cornbread from Sunday. Pic is recycled from Sunday, but it was the same meal.
A second glass of wine followed and I topped it all off with two miniature Reese’s pumpkins. And, in the interest of full disclosure, there was a third glass of wine….
What’s the best thing you ate yesterday?
What’s one candy you can’t resist?
Do you track your meals?