This was the perfect lunch – very filling, warm on a cold day and full of a variety of textures and flavors: soft turkey chucks, chewy kale, creamy squash, crunchy carrots and sweet-crunchy crackers with seeds for an extra layer of fun. (I think the little seeds are my very favorite thing about the Kashi crackers). My palate is SO satisfied and my tummy is very content 🙂
I’m so sad – this was the last of the butternut-kale soup (I ate 3/4 of the servings!) We will be making this again soon!!
I realize it looks quite gross, but it tastes marvelous!!
Carrots and Crackers on the side
Raspberry tea with soy milk
Lunch kcal ~ 480.
Thoughts on Morning vs. Afternoon Hunger
My trail mix oatmeal held me over very well. I was “hungry” around 10:00, which was my cue to get out my water bottle and start guzzling. An hour later in Physio I wasn’t hungry at all. Nor was I that hungry at 12:00 when I left campus. But when I got home at 12:30 I was ready to eat again!
It’s very interesting to me not only the difference between morning and afternoon in amount of hunger, but the type of hunger I have. Before lunch I have a true, growling stomach that gradually increases with an “I have earned this hunger” feeling, but all afternoon my hunger comes and goes very quickly with an “I better eat soon or I’ll get too hungry and things won’t be good….. did I eat enough lunch?” hunger. From about 3-9 p.m., regardless of what I eat, I’m hungry every 2 hours. I wonder if this is real hunger or if I am misinterpreting thirst like I have learned from my mid-morning water cues.
My breakfasts are pretty much the same everyday with about 450 kcal. My lunches are a similar number of calories but usually have different food groups present, namely more protein and veggies with less grains (but still some grains) and less dairy (but sometimes yogurt). I’ve tried all different kinds of lunches and some hold me over much better than others, but I’ve never been able to pinpoint a specific food group or food item that contributes to longer satiety. I wonder if I had the same bowl of oatmeal again for lunch what would happen. I think I will seriously try this soon just for kicks. Perhaps I’ll have an egg + veggie omelet for breakfast that day and see what happens.
OK, I’ve got to get started on Stats!!