Not Even Sugar?!

When I was diagnosed with diabetes 14 years ago I met with a dietitian. At the time, we came up with a meal plan with a specific amount of carbohydrates for each meal and snack. Diabetes was so new to my hubby and me that I was very strict with the plan. I stuck to the carb amounts in attempt to keep my blood sugar at a great, steady level. Painfully so. In fact, I ate the same exact thing so many days in a row that my hubby couldn't let me do it anymore. He went to my favorite restaurants and collected menus and looked up my faves' nutritional information.

So, take in account, my fear of going into the food unknown AND enter that I am the pickiest eater (ever) and I have an interesting history with food. I should also let you know that I am a vegetarian. I eat dairy for protein. This has caused confusion over the years so I have resorted to telling people, "I don't eat anything with a heartbeat." I have baffled many over the years as I have declined fish ("Not even lobster?") and apps like the St. Louis favorite toasted ravioli ("Not even beef?"). Or how about the famous, "Can't you just take the pepperoni off?" No, it is sitting in a puddle of pepperoni juice.

Anyhoo, I had to reveal a few things about my life with food before posting today's meals. Even though I am picky, I am actually a pretty boring eater. I will also note that today was a day off of exercise so there are no pre- or post- workout snacks, etc.

Breakfast: Protein shake made with milk and chocolate protein powder from Costco. Delish. I usually drink this on my way to school. It is a convenient meal that is packed with protein, especially since I use milk instead of water.

Snack: My midmorning snack consisted of almonds. Plain, NO SALT (I loathe salt, yuck). High in protein and full of those "good" fats you hear about. Unfortunately, the serving size was tiny, but almonds offer a lot of flavor and they are surprisingly filling (even though the ziploc/plastic container looks pathetically empty when I put my 1/8 cup in there!).

Lunch: I love vegetables. For this meal, I was happy with tomatoes (enter vegetable/fruit debate here), carrots and broccoli. For protein, throw in a slice of cheddar which I like to tear and place on some crackers. Nice!

Mid-afternoon snack: I went with a Greek cherry on the bottom yogurt. My pickiness resisted Greek yogurt for a long time, but I LOVE it. When I found one that I love, why deviate?!

Dinner: Tonight I was naughty. I didn't have time to eat dinner due to a 3rd grade mom get together. So, I reserved those dinner calories for some treats and appetizers. A few faves: I had some spinach and artichoke dip with Triscuits and cheese dip with tortilla chips. 

What did you eat today?!