Sunday, March 23, 2014

Salmon Sunday

Salmon was had for Saturday dinner, and with a piece leftover, I knew exactly what to do with it!

Got myself another slice of pumpernickel and shredded the salmon on top, with a side of fresh cantaloupe and a cup of jasmine green :) Nice, balanced lunch on a lazy Sunday!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Tuna on Rye, Big Bear Style

Top o' the weekend to you, blogosphere!

I am fresh off a trip to the Big Bear Natural Foods store, stocked up on all sorts of tasty-but-healthy somethings. First thing I did after getting back was make this:
The tuna is actually Trader Joe's, but the bread is from a newly purchased loaf of pumpernickel rye - got a loaf of just plain rye too, curious to see the difference between em :P But the tomatoes and the tea in the background were also courtesy of Big Bear, so I can thank it for at least 3/4 of my lunch :P And I got some canned chicken and salmon too, so I'll be sure to try those as well :)

I had never been one for canned tuna as a kid, but as I've come to enjoy fish more as I've gotten older, I figured it was time to give it a try! Cause it's packed with protein, comes in a can, and goes great on some hearty bread like this :) Perfect combination of manfuel! Balanced out of course with the flowery-smelling jasmine green tea, but that stuff is freakin tasty :P

Monday, March 17, 2014

Pumpernickel Power Lunch

The lazy guy returns!

This week I was fortunate enough to spend some time hanging out with my good friend from Wolf it Down, and in addition to getting up to some awesome adventures, I also was able to get some excellent advice on the nutrition-exercise balance. I highly recommend reading through this post, as it's been quite helpful for me as well.

I've certainly been through my ups and downs when it comes to a healthy outlook on eating right and exercising, and much of the past year has unfortunately consisted of a bit too much obsession. Counting calories, pushing myself too hard with workouts, and not allowing myself to enjoy foods or indulge occasionally - while it's definitely important to be mindful of what you are putting into your body, and while regular exercise can have a number of positive effects on a person, I am now realizing just how true it is that moderation is key.

I'm resolving now to give up on counting calories, instead aiming to do what feels right - healthy both from a physical and mental standpoint. That means getting enough nutrition through a balanced and varied diet - no more cutting out certain food groups for the sake of limiting calories. This lazy guy lunch is what I hope to be just the first step.

What we have here is a turkey-cheese-and-tomato sandwich on some hearty pumpernickel bread. Previously I would cut out cheese (while also not having an alternate source of dairy, resulting in not enough calcium and Vitamin D), or simply munch on turkey and fruit without the bread (not supplying enough fuel to my body). However, these are all healthy ingredients, and a reasonable portion - supplying fiber, protein, and healthy fats, plus enough energy to keep you going.

I used a slice of havarti dill cheese, which went perfectly with the pumpernickel, and the tomato slices (with some extra on the side) were a refreshing accompaniment. I'll definitely have to hit up the Big Bear Natural Foods store again, as this was my last slice of pumpernickel! And I'll undoubtedly be stocking up on more healthy-and-delicious foods to construct my lazyguysomethings in the near future :)