So... I was recently reading something over at The Free Slave a discussion on healthier eating, what it means to embrace health and issues of class and nutrition. And no, Max Julian wasn't prescribing weight loss or embracing fat phobia, but talking about what it means to care for one's body.
Anyway, I started to think about my journey in dropping sixty pounds and realized it had basically been bite by healthy bite. And, while I do indulge in outrageous produce and amazing fish (both costly- like those additive farmer's market organic peaches which were seriously almost two dollars apiece), I also cook meals on the cheap. A favorite meal is this:
Its simple and cheap. Vegetarian beans, whole wheat tortilla, green onions and tomato. Its low calorie, packed with protein and takes about three minutes to pull together. As a new mom who runs many miles a week, I eat a lot of these. I am spoiled, because I harvest the veggies from my garden and found an amazing sale on veggie, fat free, refried beans. Its as easy as this:
See how ghetto I am? I am eating the core of the tomato... yes, I also eat skins of fruit and potatoes as well. I usually bypass salsa (unless it fresh and I have made it) and toss on red pepper flakes instead. Then its a flip of the wrist and this is what you have for literally less than a dollar per adult meal. Its full of protein, has lots of crispy fresh veggies and is totally filling. I guess you could add some dairy if you are so inclined- but as I lean towards the vegan I adore this particular all veggie version. I have to say, so does the Commander and I reluctantly share the beans and tortillas with her everytime I make this. And no, she doesn't want her own- she wants mine.
I also love this meal as it is really less then four points (for you cult followers) when you get down to it and its fabulous fuel for my longer runs. Plus, its is the perfect working mom meal. I can juggle the Commander, the Little Dog and whip this up with one hand. Ahhh... perfection.