Thursday, December 2, 2010

The Size of My Palm x How High?

Bahaha, I am thinking about lunch. I've decided to focus my efforts on eliminating gluten from my diet and limiting meal size to roughly the size of the palm of my hand.

What to eat, what to eat? No, I did not transform into Super Organized Woman and bring my lunch from home today. So I'll be wandering over to the local food court with a friend of mine. I was thinking about rice with peanut sauce, or what she and I call the "Two dollar lunch." It's not on the menu, but the thai place will sell you a scoop of rice and a ladle of peanut sauce for about $1.60. The "One dollar sixty cent lunch" doesn't roll off the tongue, though, hence the "two dollar lunch."

So, the two dollar lunch actually comes pretty close to fitting on the palm of my hand. But it's a pretty tall pile. :) And there's no protein in it, either. Or is there? Peanut sauce - hmm, peanut butter = protein. Not much, though, I'd say. Here's a recipe from

2 tablespoons smooth peanut butter

2 tablespoons soy sauce
1-2 cloves garlic, minced or chopped
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon brown sugar
juice from half a lemon (can be less, depending on your tastes)

I say this needs some chili oil for kick. Google tells me there's about 8 grams of protein in 2T of peanut butter. I'm supposed to be shooting for 60 grams of protein per day. This isn't going to cut it! This amazingly cool website says there's 8 grams of protein in 3 ounces of tofu.
Clearly, I'm going to have to spend a lot more time thinking about how to up my protein intake...


  1. There's a lot of protein in fish. If you prefer vegetables, most beans have more than 10 grams of protein per cup. These include soybeans, black beans, kidney beans, pinto beans and black eyed peas. A word of warning though, you're going to have a tootin' time. :)


  2. Thanks Cassiny! I'm learning so much more about protein needs and how to meet them. It's obviously something you need to do a lot of planning around - especially if you don't want to base a lot of your diet on protein shakes.