I’ve never been a wrap person (if I’m going to eat a tortilla, I always choose quesadilla style) but I thought I’d give it a try since I bought the “burrito size” tortillas from Alvardado Street Bakery yesterday at EarthFare.
Well, I’d give myself a B+ on my efforts. I put a bit of the leftover quinoa and bean casserole down, then topped it with a sauteed portabello mushroom and zucchini strips, and topped that with mexican shredded cheese and hot sauce. Looks pretty tasty!
I microwaved the tortilla to get it nice and soft, but what do you know – it ripped on me several times and my toppings fell out 🙁
Nevertheless, I baked it for 10 minutes to get it nice and crispy and it ended up being pretty successful overall!
It definitely held together nice enough for a photograph 🙂
On the side I had oranges –
And two dill pickles! (In a bowl so their juice didn’t get on the oranges 🙂 )
From above –
I’m actually perfectly full, although halfway through the wrap I didn’t think I would be. It settled nicely. Lunch was about 500 kcal, 11 grams fiber and 20 grams protein.
Walk, Run, Drive
Turns out there was a NAIL in my tire!! I’m quite thankful actually because the repair was only $24 and if there had been nothing wrong with it it would have been $40 for the diagnostic tests. And thankfully I didn’t need a new tire!
I ran around 3 miles through our neighboring neighborhood and then up to the dealership. I can’t put into words how beautiful and springtimey it was out there. Birds chirping, all the trees in bloom.
After picking up my car I decided to take Eat, Pray, Love for a walk. Yes, I read a novel while walking. It actually worked quite well! I know you guys will make fun of me, but it was a wonderful way to spend 30 minutes!
Then I buckled down for some Stats and Medical Terminology, which is how I’m spending the rest of the afternoon. Around 11:00 after my workout I got really hungry, so I had a small piece of pumpkin bread toasted with Smart Balance and a cup of tea. It held me nicely until I sat down to lunch at 12:45.
Did anyone catch Davidson on The Early Show today!? I’m sorry I couldn’t drive up to campus to participate, but the school sure is getting some attention this week! We’ve got a bunch of college friends coming to town this weekend for the Camden Cup Horse Race in South Carolina (the husband’s frat tradition). I went for two years and had enough of the drinking and vomiting at 10:00 a.m. (yes, last year the group beside us from another college had some guy throwing up when we arrived – gross!!!) I decided I’m not ever going again. But anyways, the husband is going and so are a bunch of his friends so they will all be arriving in time for the big game tomorrow night. We’re going to dinner and a bar to watch with a bunch of other alumni. Crossing my fingers it isn’t a blowout against our team – it would be nice to at least give the other team a good challenge – and even nicer to win!
i hate when wraps fall apart like that! you should try the trader joe brand whole wheat wraps, also the big burrito size, they are awesome flavor-wise and kind of soft so they never fall apart! i usually put them in the microwave for a few seconds and they are good to go.
I saw the early show this morning, it was sort of odd to see the union and not be a student. I’m going to the game…driving all the way to Detroit! but I’m so jealous that the trustees are paying for all the students, I wish I was still a student! Go cats!
Kath, I am a UW-Madison alum and I am very NERVOUS about playing your team! Davidson has been looking great during the tournament, and even though I am a Badger girl all the way, I do love all the Cinderella stories the tournament produces every year. I am sure it will be a very fun game for all of us to watch! Go Badgers! 🙂
I am unable to post anything on your blog becuase I am not a blogger. It doesn’t give the name option. Do you have an email address I could ask my question at instead?
The Cup is definitely a wild time. I had my fill of it in college (keg stands at 10am?), but my grandparents live in Camden, so I know that at some point I’ll be forced to break out the straw hat again and make an appearance. Congrats on your team’s success! I really don’t follow much college basketball, but I must confess that Davidson has got me watching!
does anyone see Kath’s “Southern Start” post on the BlogHer tab. Are they featuring her post???
How do you NOT run into things while you’re walking and reading at the same time? Amazing!
I really like making my own burritos and wraps, and I am a huge sucker for “grilling” them in a george foreman grill or a panini press. Maybe you could do it between a nonstick skillet and a cast iron pan or brick if you don’t have the former appliances. Anyway, you don’t have to add any fat and they get deliciously crisp on the outside and tender on the inside!
Have a great day! I’m glad it’s nice there because I woke up to snow in Iowa!
Just curious how many calories everyone eats for breakfast on average??
I need some advice! I want to make beets and parsnips for dinner, maybe roasted? Any good suggestions? I’m making an eye round roast with mustard, horseradish & beer. I never cook this kind of roast meat dinner, so I’m kind of at a loss with the sides. And I have never cooked beets ever, because I hate the creepy ones in the salad bar, but I want to give them another shot! Help please!
Hi all. For all those who encouraged me/us to drink more water a couple of days ago, thank you! I am on my third day of drinking 8-10 glasses and I can tell a difference!
I eat between 400-500 calories for breakfast every morning- I noticed that if I eat a really big filling breakfast I have more energy all day!
I’ve been one to root for Davidson this whole way……….UNTIL tomorrow! I’ve lived in Central WI my whole life and am a true Badger girl so I have to cheer them on tomorrow 🙂
Karen, I eat around 300 calories for breakfast.
Kath, I’m so jelous of your nice weather. It’s freezing in Boston and it won’t hit even 60 until May 🙁
That wrap looks sooooo good!!! It may have inspired me to take a grocery trip this evening!
I just read Eat, Pray, Love over the weekend.. in 24 hours. It was absolutely incredible and good til the last page 🙂
Delicious looking lunch as always!
Kath, have you read Skinny Bitch?
Karen, I eat anywhere from 500-700 calories, depending on how active I plan on being that day, or whether a mid-morning snack is needed (which is when I shoot for the lower amount.)
Kath, I hate when the wraps fall apart like that, but yours still looks so yummy! 🙂 The photo of you holding half of it is perfect and making me hungry for lunch all over again. haha…
Thanks for your responses above.
Oops…I forgot to add my own…I usually get about 250 calories at breakfast with a 100 calorie snack mid-morning, but I am thinking of increasing my breakfast to 400 calories and skipping the snack. Has anyone tried this?
Karen, like I mentioned I do 300 for breakfast and always need a snack a few hours later (btw 100 and 200 calories). I think it works better for me and keeps my metabolism going, but a higher calorie breakfast will probably hold you over longer.
Karen, I usually eat bt 400 and 500 calories around 8 am and it usually holds me until 12:30- but sometimes I eat a piece of fruit for a snack!
I eat about 300-350 calories for breakfast and always or almost always a 100 calorie snack mid morning.
I just like putting things in my mouth.
Hi Karen, I usually eat around 400-450 calories for breakfast and I workout beforehand so typically also have a workout snack around 100-125 calories. This together holds me over really well until 12:30 (I get up at 5)
Karen, I used to follow your current plan and switched to a 400ish calorie breakfast and cut out my morning snack. It worked for me, and keeps me fuller until lunch. Personally, the mid-morning snack just made me think about it all morning and count down until 10 am when I would eat it…I didn’t feel it did much for keeping me full.
But that’s just me- having snacks around makes me think about them, which makes me eat them. I JUST ate a granola bar, not because I was really hungry, but because it was in my bag for an “afternoon snack” and I just kept thinking about it…
I usually eat anywhere between 250-500 calories for breakfast. I find the biggest difference for me is adding a tablespoon of flax with my breakfast-it helps SO much with keeping full! But I enjoy having a mid-morning snack, gives me a little break where I eat it (and of course, check Kaths blog). Same thing in the afternoon (eating an apple as I type)
Roasted beets with goat cheese are amazing. We do sort of a beet/goat cheese neopolitan (little layer of beets, little layer of goat cheese). To roast all you have to do is chop off the top and bottom 1/4″ and fill a glass baking dish with water that comes about halfway up the side of the beet and add just a little splash of olive oil. Heat your oven up to 350 and cook until beets are tender enough to poke through with a fork (about 45 minutes). You’ll want to peel off the skin when they come out of the oven…and be careful, they’ll stain your hands! Buen provecho!
I was the same way. I would eat about 250 calories for breakfast then wait and wait and wait till 10:30 till I could have my snack. Now, I eat about 350-400 for breakfast at 6:30 and it holds me over amazingly (not really sure how) till 1, when I eat lunch.
Whenever I make wraps, I ALWAYS end up eating basically the entire thing with a fork cause it all comes tumbling out. Maybe I’m a bad wrap maker.
Glad to hear it was nice out! I’m in Ireland now and it felt like the first real day of spring – the birds were chirping and daffodils are blooming!
I usually eat smaller breakfasts – 200-250, but I NEED to change this. Today I had a 250 calorie breakfast (oatmeal w/ walnuts and cinn) and ate a LARGE egg salad sandwich for lunch, along with some veggie chips. It didn’t have a lot of mayo but I’m sure my lunch was 650 calories. Surely I would be better off moving some of those calories to breakfast, but I am still having a hard time moving to the equal sized meal plan, even though I know it’s better for me. I’m just so used to a larger dinner (in today’s case, probably the same size as my lunch, but usually I find that when I add up dinner and dessert (I don’t always count, but I estimate), it’s a solid 1/3 to 1/2 of my calories. Of course this is why I don’t lose those last 5-10 pounds! 🙂
You microwaved tinfoil?!
haha Kath! I went to the Camden Cup a few years ago when I was in college….its INSANE! I don’t even think I ever saw a horse but its a fun excuse to buy a new sundress!!!!
I am a terrible wrap maker.
I think I eat 300 – 400 calories for breakfast. To be honest, though, I try not to add them up. I usually don’t eat a snack before lunch.
I just wanted to share this link since we have been discussing artificial sweeteners lately:
Interesting to learn that splenda actually has calories (at least a tablespoon of it does!).
I think the trick to the wrap is to keep the foil on- keeps it warm and keeps the stuffing in.
I’ll make wraps to eat at work for lunch and I toast them in the foil in a toaster oven (I love that we have a toaster oven in the office kitchen) and it works out perfectly.
Wow, I really can’t compete with Kath’s level of precision: “breakfast was roughly 441 kcal”. (Roughly, eh? At least she elided the fractional kcal, I guess! 🙂
I should say first that my goal is healthy living–specifically, heart health–not skinny living. Of course, the second follows to some degree from the first, but mentally they are quite different. I am very careful with what goes in my mouth, but don’t really worry about how much goes in; I eat until my stomach (and legs) are happy.
Anyways, having made those disclaimers… I run in the evenings and when I get home I usually don’t feel like a huge dinner. But when I wake up, I am ridiculously and ravenously hungry (and often said hunger wakes me up). Therefore, breakfast is ginormous and plural. A typical morning goes down like this: a cup of oats, a sprinkling of raisins, a piece of toast, a big mug of joe, and the better part of a cup of skim between the oats and joe. Then a few hours later, tea, more toast, and either a couple of egg whites, some fruit, or plain non-fat yogurt. So, you guys are the experts. What does that add up to? About a G?
I am 5ft 4 and about 105 pds and have approx 600 cal breakfast, 700 cal lunch, 400 cal afternoon snack and 600 cal dinner. Basically, I eat 2300 cals a day (sometimes a lil over, sometimes a lil under) and have maintained on this, being active for 45 min-60 min, almost every day, for quite sometime. At some point, I need to add cals to gain a little weight or reduce activity. But this is where I have been at for months – calories/weight wise.
Jill - GlossyVeneer says
So, do you really carry a book around while you are walking? I’ve wondered when you mentioned reading magazines if you carried them around or if you listened to some kind of audio version. I’m such a klutz, I’d probably hurt myself or run into the back of a parked car or something! 🙂
I normally eat a 400 cal breakfast and it holds me over perfectly until lunch…
Thank you everyone for your suggestions and personal examples =)
I agree that putting more calories in the morning makes the most sense- you are fueling a better part of your day! You have inspired me to increase my morning calories to about 450-500. I am going to try this out tomorrow and see how I feel. The thought of having a more ‘consistent’ energy level appeals to me!
Just curious, by 45-60 min of activity do you mean exercise at the gym or activity throughout the day and do you have a sedentary job other than that or also live an active lifestyle?
Hmmm…weird. I have a large 400-500 calorie breakfast and I can’t make it past 11am! That’s with Kath classic oatmeal! (I eat at 6:30am).
That looks delicious!! I love improvising wraps, but I hate it when they fall apart so I bake them so they’re crispy and it never happens. =)
Tara, that’s not wierd, I read somewhere it takes your body about 3-4 hours to digest so it makes sense. I have breakfast at 7:30 (same amount of cal as you) and I usually need to eat something by 12:00 so I’m the same way
Nate, if you are really interested in calculating your calories, you can do it much like Kath does by using Calorie King’s database. It’s free to everyone, not just members, and has the calorie amounts for TONS of different foods. Lucky you, eating plural breakfasts (that’s my favorite meal of the day!). Your breakfasts sound yummy to me! 🙂
This is kind of an odd/random question, but do you know if weight that’s been on for a short period of time comes off at the same rate as weight that has been on for long time? It’s probably different for each person, but just in general? Thanks!
you sound like my bf. his typical breakfast is a banana and an orange, 1/2 cup steel cut oats, and a piece of toast with peanut butter. then, if he ran in the morning, he will have 2 more pieces of toast with peanut butter and another piece of fruit like 2 hours after the first breakfast…
Lauren- If it is truly weight gain and not water gain, then it wil come off at the same rate as a long term gain. A pound is still 3,500 calories whether it’s been on your for a week or 10 years.
Ashley – I have a sedentary job (sit at my desk ALL day!), but I do 60 min of cardio via spin class or elliptical nearly every day.
I’m 5’9″ and 110 pounds. My day usually goes like this: 400 cals for breakfast (granola, milk, banana). A midmorning snack of an apple and nuts or something – 200ish calories?…lunch is always a pb and j (i’m waiting for the day when I get tired of this…my coworkers think I’m insane…yesterday I tried changing it up and had an egg salad sandwich and then wound up eating the pb and j i brought a couple hours later cause my body was craving it. weird) and another snack of about 200 cals and then dinner is around 700…i grew up eating large dinners so that’s when I’m hungriest. I’m an attorney but don’t go to court or anything..I guess they don’t want me litigating yet – Thank God! so I sit at my desk all freaking day writing motions and other legal docs. It’s incredibly exciting. I usually go to bikram yoga 2 to 3 times a week (90 mins.) and if not then 45 minutes at the gym. Yoga helps keep my sanity.
It’s so interesting to hear about everyone’s personal examples of how they eat to maintain (or sometimes lose). I feel like this just shows how individual eating is and how you shouldn’t compare your height/weight/meal size to others because you really have to do what’s right for you.
Courtney S says
No matter what I eat for breakfast, I’m hungry at 11:00am! I like to think that’s because I’m a morning person.
I realized, however, that this ONLY happens when I’m at work. On the weekends, or when I’m home working (I’m a grad student), I don’t get hungry until much later – sometimes not until 2:00. I think it’s because work is not as stimulating! Anyway, I used to eat about 300 cals at breakfast and I’ve increased it to about 450. It definitely helps and Kath’s oatmeal is BY FAR the best way to stay satisfied until lunch.
Nate…to be a boy! To NEED two breakfasts!
Wow – I can’t believe you’re going! We’re watching Uptown with a bunch of other alumni. And I’m sure you know it’s Carolina Cup weekend so all of those guys will be in town. Have fun!!
Peripheral vision! (And I look up every minute or so)
I haven’t read it but it’s in my pile! In Defense of Food is next…
I used to eat 350 kcal or so for breakfast and have a 100 kcal (or so) snack at 10:00. I would LIVE by that snack. Thinking about it all morning. Then I tried having a bigger breakfast – and bam – suddenly I didn’t have to “worry” about hunger all morning. It was one of the best decisions I ever made for my eating self.
The tinfoil went in the oven!
The 441 is just the number CalorieKing spits out – which is why I add the “roughly” 🙂 Love your plural breakfast concept!
Jill – GlossyVeneer,
Yup, I carry it. My biceps do feel a little tired by the end but I don’t notice it while I’m walking.
I always think that weight follows the “first on, last off” principle, but I’m not sure about “quick on, quick off.” For water weight, that surely does apply but for real pounds, I doubt it.
I’m always hungry at 11 a.m. too – but I consider that the warm-up for my lunch at 12. I like to get a little hungry so it tastes good!