Monday morning I woke up with some extra time to spare before heading to the conference. So I decided to make my breakfast out of the swag I got at the conference the day before:
I had a chocolate vitamuffin topped with a packet of Barney Butter (almond butter) and a packet of dried plums (4 in the packet). While the breakfast tasted good, it was a bit too sweet for me and would have been better as an afternoon snack. When I left the hotel I got a medium soy latte to pump up the protein content of my meal:
I covered all the nutritional components: fiber (vitamuffin & dried fruit), protein (soy milk & almond butter), and healthy fat (almond butter).
The breakfast held me over really well. Lunch was eaten again at the expo 🙂 I tried to have different foods than the day before – it’s always fun trying new food products!! And there were tons to try.
In the afternoon I went to two fantastic sessions, the first was blogging & beyond and the second was treatment techniques for eating disorder patients. I learned a lot during these two sessions.
After these sessions I went to more NE specialty group meetings. The first was the Author’s meeting and the second was the Internet & Business Technology meeting. These were some of the most useful sessions.
After the sessions, I met up with my roommate Pam, her brother, and his girlfriend for dinner. We were staying with them that evening, and leaving the next morning. The group chose the steakhouse: Capital Grille. They all love the calamari there so that was the appetizer for the table. It had spicy peppers in it, and was really delicious!
Here’s my portion, plus I took a little more 🙂
For my entree, I decided to have steak, especially since I had fish the last few nights and we were at a steakhouse. However, I was disappointed they didn’t have a petite filet on the menu. The normal filet mignon was 10 ounces, I asked Pam if she wanted to share and she was very pleased to do so. The table also ordered steamed asparagus and mashed potatoes. Here’s my plate:
We decided to order 2 desserts to take home: cheescake and coconut pie. I had a small sliver of each when we got back to their house (sorry forgot the photo!).
I felt good about my choices on this day, obviously it’s a little different than I eat normally. But I made good decisions, and enjoyed all my food!
Nutrition Tidbit: Steakhouses
- Start with a house salad, with the dressing on the side to take the edge off your hunger.
- Choose one thing to splurge on: fried calamari, mashed potatoes, potatoes au gratin, bacon or creamed spinach. If you are having more than one, make sure to keep portions small.
- The portions of meat are too large, opt for a lean cut such as a filet mignon and share with a friend!
- Aim for 4-6 ounces during the meal.
- Load up on a healthy green vegetable such as steamed asparagus or spinach to bulk up the meal.