Since I could not squeeze in my cat nap, I took my (lack of) energy into the kitchen, along with my laptop, and channeled my racing mind into something constructive. I spent about 45 minutes sending out resumes before whipping up a fiberful and filling shake bowl, that kept me full for countless hours! It was just what I needed to power my 12 hour night shift.
Carrot Cake Protein Shake
(adapted from CCK’s Milkshake)
- 3 oz carrot, chopped and steamed
- 1 frozen, very ripe banana (if not very ripe, use the frozen banana trick)
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1/2 tsp Splenda brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4-1/2 tsp cinnamon
- slightest pinch of salt
- 1-2 packets Splenda, added sweetness, if desired
- water, or milk (for richer taste)
- guar and xanthum (optional)
I was going to top the bowl with raisins and chopped walnuts. Sound delicious, right? Instead, I crumbled a quarter of a Cinnamon Raisin Gnu bar (Gnu makes a carrot cake bar, but I’m not a real fan of it). The bowl serious hit the spot and I wasn’t hungry for almost 8 hours!
My shift began a little rocky. Not because I had a tough assignment, just because I was still in a funk, dwelling over the missed job. After getting my head back on straight, the night went great.
I brought the last piece of Eggplant Parm Frittata and topped it with Chipotle salsa. I brought a bundle of celery sticks for snacking, and loaded up on raw veggies from the caf. I even had a bite of a butterfinger cake one of the nurse made. (Come on… did you really expect me to pass up anything with the word “butterfinger” in it?) But it only added to my pride when I was one little sliver and done for the night! It was just enough to satisfy my sweet tooth and to say I had some!
Later in the night, I required something… I wasn’t hungry, but I couldn’t stop thinking about eating something. Rather than hitting up that cake in the fridge, I grabbed a dum dum sucker from the basket and few Teddy Grahams, and was completely unphased!
On my drive home, all I wanted was stewed tomatoes. I know it sounds odd, but I could just burst waiting to get my hands on that can! Upon arriving home, there were no cans of stewed tomatoes. I could have sworn I had a can! Diced? NO! Crushed? No. Fire Roasted? Gah! Where are my stewed tomatoes? Alas, I pulled a pepper out of the refrigerator and bit into it like an apple, in disappointment and defeat. I went with the flow and here I am. I just finished my shift up and am blogging away, dipping bell pepper and romaine into one of my favorite brands of sauce, Rising Moon Organics!
Hopefully, looking at a computer screen will tire me out so I can catch some Zs before tonight’s shift!
With the success of yesterday’s Carrot Cake shake, I decided to make it for dad, today! After his first swing he said, “Hey, thats pretty good!” Following another gulp, “Cinnamon… mmmm… and I can’t taste the carrots! ” Dad doesn’t like cooked carrots… at all… same as beets… so I love when I get those veggies and vitamins in him! Later, I received a text from dad, “Damn good shake.” I think he liked it!
I had a few beets left in the fridge and definitely wanted to utilize them before they started to go bad.
- 1 scoop vanilla protein shake
- 1/2 beet, peeled, chopped, and steamed
- frozen mixed berries and fruit
- 1/2 tsp SF orange jello powder
- 1 packet Splenda
I wasn’t hungry but, then again, I haven’t been hungry for two days, now. I needed to eat just to try to maintain normalcy. I topped it with pretzel sticks, shredded coconut… I was so indecisive. I wound up topping it with PB2, goldfish… I just couldn’t make up my mind. Probably because I wasn’t really hungry.
I got two call backs, today, for jobs. Guess what? I didn’t qualify because I don’t have experience! It so frustrating! I was getting really down on myself. I tried to channel my feelings into a brisk walk. When I arrived at Wawa, I grabbed a coffee
Since the jar of sauce was open, and today being National Pasta Day, I drained a bag of Tofu Shirataki Spaghetti, chopped up a bunch of spinach, and topped the lot with Garlic and Chantrelle Mushroom Pasta Sauce, and bit of Chipotle salsa for a bite! However, my body had other plans. My stomach started bothering me and I felt so out of it. Well, my dinner turned into rice cakes and crackers. I guess I have dinner for tomorrow.