my day, in graphic detail. . .

Happy

again!

Tuesday started out with a waffle, obvs. But not a whole wheat belgian waffle… a paleo waffle! Topped with frosting cake batter cashew butter and almond butter. I am still working out the kinks in the recipe, so for now you will just have to wonder… I will say that numerous eggs and coconut flour are involved, making these ridiculously high in fiber and protein.

coffee + breakfast + blogs in bed. 

After breakfast, I went to my Nutrition and Aging class. The lecture was really not stimulating. I thought I have would have a cool recap of it for you, but come to think of it, I didn’t actually learn anything. Except for the fact that our celebration over the decline of cardiovascular disease-caused deaths has been wrong. When people die, their heart stops. So, until a few decades ago, every time someone died due to an undetermined cause, we slapped a “heart disease” label on the death. Then, we realized there was a difference between dying naturally and CVD, and the term “natural death” was added in. And boom! Drastic reduction in deaths due to CVD.

Lunch was a sal sal. I’ve been having various salads for lunch every day since the weather is warming up. It just feels right.

I crumbled a large buffalo meat patty over the top but figured that would make for an ugly picture..

I have been obsessed with this salad lately! Why, you ask? The base of the salad dressing is bacon grease. I transitioned to turkey bacon a few years ago, and while I do love it, I forgot the magic that is real bacon. It is back in my life to stay. And, FYI, center cut bacon has more protein than.. uhh.. non-center cut bacon. I have made several variations of this, all of which I will share with you soon!

After lunch I went to my Physiology lab and got electrically shocked. It wasn’t as bad as when I accidently leaned up against a cattle line, but it was pretty close. We  were investigating human reflexes and my lab partner got a little carried away with the voltage… While the electrode was attached to my knee. I didn’t get to capture the epileptic-like twitches on camera, but I did get him to record my foot beginning to twitch once the voltage hits threhold and then twitch faster as the frequency is increased. I would upload the video, but I’d have to buy the WordPress upgrade, and it is 70$… So here’s a photo!

After lab I was hangryyy and made honey walnut shrimp. You know, that fried, sweet, super fattening dish at Chinese restaurants that is impossible to not eat until the plate is licked clean. Like literally licked because the damn sauce is so good. (Or is that because of the MSG?…) There is a place here in Davis, Wok of Flame, that makes it better than anyone else. The chef is clearly a genius because I’m pretty sure he puts a dash of vanilla extract into the sauce, which takes it to the next level. So, I did my best to copy that meal, only make it higher in protein and lower in sugar and oil. Success.

its-okay-to-die-now honey-walnut-shrimp

Recipe: Makes 1 serving

inspired by Closet Cooking

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp walnut halves
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/3 pound shrimp, or the equivalent of ~30g protein (peeled and deviened)
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/4 cup white whole wheat flour (there will be a lot leftover)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons light mayo
  • 1/2 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 tablespoon half half
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • THE SECRET INGREDIENT, a few drops NuNaturals vanilla stevia (or a few drops vanilla extract + extra drizzle honey)
  • 1/2 cup soba noodles, cooked
  • 1 cup broccoli, steamed

Directions:
1. In a small pan or pot, bring the water to a boil and stir in the sugar.
2. When the sugar water turns golden add the walnuts and boil for 2 minutes.
3. Strain the walnuts and set them on parchment paper to cool.
4. Heat the oil in a pan.
5. Dip the raw shrimp into the whisked egg and then into the flour. Shake off excess and place onto a plate.
6. Once all the shrimp are dipped and ready, quickly place into the hot pan. Fry the shrimp in the oil until golden brown, flip.
7. Mix the mayonnaise, honey, half and half, vanilla stevia, and lemon juice in a bowl. Reserve a small portion to coat the soba and broc.
8. Add the shrimp to the sauce bowl and toss to coat.
9. Toss the soba and brocolli with the rest of the sauce. Serve the shrimp on top of a bed of soba noodles and broc. Garnish with the caramelized walnuts.

 Satisfying.

After dinner and some studying I went to CrossFit with Zoe and we got worked by the WOD.

10 rounds of:

  • V ups
  • 200 m sprint
  • Thrusters

Each station was performed for as long as it takes the entire group to do the 200 meter sprint. We had to cut the workout off at 20 minutes because the next group was coming in  – but those 20 minutes were full force! Just the way I like it.

After that, I made a late night snack of a bowl of plain greek yogurt + NuNaturals vanilla stevia drops, shredded coconut, cacao nibs, and some PB Puffins. 

Then, a quick hot tub sesh with some friends and now bed. Good night.

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17 thoughts on “my day, in graphic detail. . .

  1. Looks like a fun day!!! (especially that natural death thing is interesting)
    Ah…your posts make me want a waffle maker every time…but I fear it will become useless once I go to university (residences) 😦

    1. Well, Im not eating full paleo, but I am definitely eating more paleo these days! I still find it important for me to get some whole grains in to fuel hard work outs and keep things regular 😉 . On lifting days, I eat one of my whole grain waffles for breakfast and on non-lifting I now have paleo waffles made from coconut flour. Also, paleo people dont eat dairy and I still eat cheese and greek yogurt. I definitely dont feel so great when I overdo the dairy, but having greek yogurt as a late night snack has been beneficial for me it seems. Protein all night to rebuild the muscles! I have been meaning to do a full on post about paleo vs non paleo and health benefits/cons, and all backed up with studies. It may take me a little while, but its definitely gonna happen. Thank you so much for the comment :)

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  2. Mmm that salad sounds so good. I love bacon and could never cut it out of my life! I can’t stand turkey bacon, just doesn’t live up to the real thing. That shrimp looks amazing. I’m so jealous I can’t make it cause I’m allergic.

  3. My Asian grandparents would always order walnut shrimp when I was younger! Brings back memories…haha. Hope you are well ladyyy.

  4. oh man, that waffle looks amazing! I love the lil’ squares cause their perfect for holding equal amounts of pb or cookie butter :P!

  5. Haha, I love your waffles in bed picture. My favorite! Thank you for sharing. Your post has whetted my appetite, and now I need to get creative and make dinner. I hope you have a wonderful start to your week!

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