Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The power of protein

My go-to lunch has been cottage cheese with bacon bits and sunflower seeds. It has lots of protein, I like the flavor and it fills me up awhile, and, well, bacon. However, for the past few days, I’ve been feasting on leftover egg, tuna and chicken salad from my Saturday lunch. Yesterday the egg salad didn’t go down well because it had some big hard chunks of egg white and they got stuck.  

Today it was the chicken salad (or tuna, not sure which and they looked and tasted pretty similar). I noticed something today. The chicken/tuna salad has more protein than the cottage cheese/bacon/sunflower seed combo, and today it stuck to my ribs much longer. By now I’ve usually had the first of my midafternoon snacks, Greek yogurt, and thinking about the second one, string cheese. However, I’m just now thinking about getting the yogurt from the fridge, which is a longish walk across the building. Right after my cup of coffee I’m brewing right now—Emeril’s Big Easy Bold in my Keurig brewer.

Maybe there’s something in this solid protein. I was a little less hungry this morning because I had a pretty good dinner last night—leftover meatloaf from Mimi’s CafĂ© with a little more mashed potato and gravy added. That may be a better meal choice than pistachio nuts.  

I have another day’s worth of chicken/tuna salad. After that, perhaps I’ll try mixing tuna or chicken with cottage cheese to get the best of both worlds. Oh, and bacon.

See you tomorrow.

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