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Daily challenges

June 18, 2008 - Kathie Evanoff
Tuesday is always my busiest day at work and this day was no exception.

After spending nine and a half hours at work, I was exhausted by the time I got home. Fortunately, my husband, who is newly retired, had the foresight to make a crock pot meal so that he also could get some things done that have been plaguing him. As a hobbiest woodworker, he is currently building a dresser for our granddaughter to complete her “grown-up” bedroom renovation. It doesn’t seem that long ago that she was surrounded by pink ruffles and princess décor, yet feeling that she’s outgrown that scene, informed her mom that she was ready to move on. So gone was the Disney-themed bedroom and out came the horse figurines and Hannah Montana posters. This doesn’t mean, of course, that grandma and grandpa are getting any older. The challenges with a busy day is finding ways to eat healthy and stay within the mypyramid guidelines. Sometimes I win the challenge, and sometimes I don’t, but I always give it a good effort. Tuesday morning began with a quick breakfast of simply whole wheat toast with peanut butter and jam. The jam was part of the 15 jars I made over the weekend from local strawberries. I always use the low-sugar method of making jam, according to the recipe on the pectin packages, but not only because it uses less sugar, but also because I think it brings out more of the flavor of the fruit. But because I had such a light breakfast, I was pretty hungry by lunch. A co-worker and I ordered out and I opted for a grilled chicken and vegetable pita wrap, which was quite tasty and filling. It got me through the rest of the afternoon, which was quite needed because it was such a long day. I was surprised to find that my husband put so many vegetables in his crockpot dinner, not being a fan of vegetables himself, but the dish was loaded with potatoes, carrots, mushrooms, asparagus and onions. It was a good, comfort-food way to end a long and busy day.


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Breakfast: 2 ounces grains; 1 ounce meat (peanut butter); 1 tsp. healthy oil (also peanut butter); 1 cup dairy (glass of milk, not shown); 45 discretionary calories (sugar in tea and jam)