Oatmeal: 250 (sipping style)
Pretzel Goldfish: 150
Peanut Butter Pond (for the fish!): 80
Mangoes: 250 (new to the dried fruit rotation)
Salisbury Steak: 150
Crouching Chicken, Hidden Spinach: 400
King-Size Spinach Bed w/Italian Dressing: 70
Thursdays and Sundays are my two most stressful days of the week. Thursday is Grocery Day (2 places) and the girls' activities: Kelsey - Irish dance, Genevieve - gymnastics, Shelley - driving me nuts (although that's really every day). Today, on top of my usual Thursday craziness, I added a dentist appointment ~ with Shelley ~ and 16 x-rays! Oh, and I was up at 5am with Shelley AND I took the girls to school (Brady had jury duty).
By the time we got home, I was exhausted. Although I had prepared dinner yesterday, it still needed to cook for 40 minutes. Shelley's mood was rapidly declining (she wanted to play outside with the girls and our neighbors, but I didn't), so I decided to feed her with the hopes of putting her to bed early. Instead, I fed myself. This was really bad because I had experimented with something new for my real dinner, so I knew I'd eat that, too.
In effect, the latter part of the day was quite a mess. My portion estimates were based on a collection of very faint memories of putting food in my mouth (ugh). The good news is I handled the stress much better than normal. I just couldn't quite hold back from scooping off the kids' plates and picking out of the dish tonight (hard habit to break, especially when the food is good). I thought the title of dinner was funny, but appropriate because of all the hidden nutrition.
Speaking of hidden nutrition, it's no secret I love leafy greens. I make these really big piles of them and put just about anything on top ~ or even eat them plain. I like cottage cheese on top of spinach, with chopped fresh fruit, sometimes nuts, and a sweet dressing. Lasagna, or other casseroles, are especially good, too. It adds a healthy bulk to most meals.
Overall, I survived my stressful Thursday ~ and even squeezed in a little fun. I added a new fruit (mangoes) to my rotation of dried fruit; Shelley and I shared pretzel Goldfish and some Peanut Butter with Flax and Oat Bran for lunch; and, thankfully, squeezed in an afternoon run for some much-needed sanity.