The Shred

Fridayyyy

Good morning and happy Friday!!! It came so fast this week… partly due to the short week and partly just from being busy!

Yesterday afternoon I ended up wandering around the Farmer’s Market and picking up a few things. I love how beautiful the produce is lately now that we’re getting into peak season.

Sweet Onions, Eggplant, and Garlic.

Tomatoes.

Cherries, Yellow and Red Plums, and Peaches!

Apricots and more plums!

Emily, Okra, Yellow Squash, Zucchini, and Hybrid Squash.

I ended up getting some okra, cheese curds, and cucumbers to supplement my CSA for the week.

And then, I went with my boyfriend.. and he got a brand new car!!! A 2010 Honda Accord in Silver with a black interior. It is soooo nice and I love it. We took a few on test drives and the new one drove so much better than the year or two old ones, so that’s the one he went with. Though its his car, there will be a lot of shared use, so I’m almost as excited as he is. ūüėČ

We didn’t get out of the dealership until almost 10pm and neither of us had eaten dinner.. big mistake! I should have packed a snack so I wasn’t so ravenous, but we ended up spotting a little Thai place right by the dealership and went in. It was actually Thai/Chinese fusion, so they started us out with chinese noodles and a thai cabbage dish.

The thai cabbage dish was really light and just had vinegar on it (and maybe a little sugar because it was sort of sweet). I ate a bunch of the cabbage, and then wayyy too many fried noodles. Those things are so easy to eat when they are in front of you and you are hungry! I ate more than 1/2 the bowl… Then I got Veggie Tom Yum, which is a hot and sour broth loaded with veggies.

For my main course I got two appetizers, the steamed veggie dumplings:

And a Squid Salad.

I ate the dumplings first and they were really doughy and didn’t have many veggies inside, but I basically inhaled them. After eating those, I moved onto the salad when my fullness set in. I only ended up eating the squid off the salad and a few bites of the veggies, which was delicious. I should have started with the salad and then moved to the dumplings, so I’ll keep that in mind for next time.

This morning I woke up feeling kind of gross and bloated from the late food last night. I decided to do the Shred Level Two to get the day started off right. Even though it’s only 20 minutes, it is HARD. I hate the 30 seconds straight of push-ups (x2) in Level One, so I figured this one would be totally do-able because it wouldn’t have the¬†push ups, but instead there were walkout¬†push ups¬†where you start from standing, touch the floor, walk your hands out into¬†push up¬†position, do a¬†push up, walk your hands back, and then stand up – even harder! I was sweating so hard but it felt really good in a weird way.

I threw together a nice yogurt bowl for breakfast after the Shred:

In the mix:

  • 1/2 cup nonfat greek yogurt (1 pt)
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats (1 pt)
  • ~1/4 cup fiber one (0 pts)
  • 1 peach sliced up

This was awesome. The peach was from my CSA share yesterday and it was one of the sweetest, juiciest, and most delicious peaches I’ve ever had! I seriously wish I brought another one with me into work so I could have it later today.

What are you up to this weekend? Any exciting plans? One of my best friends, Lianne, has a birthday today (HAPPY BIRTHDAY LIANNE!!!!) and mine was on Tuesday, so we’re doing a joint celebration tomorrow night, starting with a nice dinner with some close friends and then going out in DC. I cannot wait!!

Artichoke Ravioli with One Ingredient Sauce

Hey! Every day seems to be flying by lately.. I can’t believe it’s already Tuesday night!

Sadly my camera battery died and I’ve looked everywhere for the charger and can’t seem to find it! I’m hoping it is at work but if not you’ll be getting crappy pictures for the next few days.

I had an afternoon snack of nonfat cottage cheese with blackberries which held me over pretty well. I had grand plans to do a Brick Workout for the first time, which is where you bike and then run. I was going to bike 5-6 miles then run 2-3, just to see if I could do it. I keep my bike on my balcony for now because my lock just arrived yesterday so I haven’t gotten it into motion yet. I moved my bike out into the hallway and then without thinking, closed the door behind me and locked myself out! My front desk was pretty helpful but it took a while so it was getting kind of late when I finally got out to ride. I ended up deciding to do a mini brick and go for a longer bike ride and then do The Shred Level 1. It was intense! I biked 9 miles in 43 minutes, which means I’m getting faster and more confident on the bike! Then I came home and did the 20 minutes of The Shred and it was hard. I pushed through and was really happy when I was done!

Pre workout, I ate a packet of Barney Butter (90 calories) and then afterwards, I made a Green Monster. I hadn’t had one in SO long and was craving one!

This Green Monster had:

  • 1 cup light soy milk
  • 2 big handfuls of spinach
  • 1 packet organic wheatgrass
  • 1 small frozen banana
  • 2 handfuls of frozen mixed fruit (mostly strawberries and honeydew melon)

It hit the spot bigtime. ūüôā

After that, I decided to whip up another batch of Wonton Skin Ravioli… this time though I got a good match with the sauce and the filling. I took 1 cup of frozen artichoke hearts and defrosted them, and then pulsed them in the food processor. I added 1/4 cup ricotta cheese and pulsed it together, then added some salt and pepper, and that made the filling.

Once the filling was done, I put on a pot of water to boil, and by the time I had made 16 ravioli, the water was boiling. I threw them in the boiling water in 2 batches for 4 minutes. While those were cooking, I made a delicious sauce, Red Pepper Coulis, that had ONE ingredient. Roasted Red Peppers! I took two whole roasted peppers and pureed them in the food processor. My mom used to make this to go with with swordfish and I never liked swordfish much but I loved the sauce… and it really doesn’t get much easier! I heated the sauce in the microwave and poured it over the ravioli, and then grated some fresh parmesan on top.

It was SO simple and so good! Literally start to finish, including making the filling, stuffing the wontons, cooking them, and making the sauce, was less than 10 minutes. And it was delicious. I love artichoke hearts and haven’t had them in so long! I picked up a package of frozen organic artichoke hearts when I was at Trader Joe’s over the weekend and was really looking forward to using them. Yum, yum, yum.

I wanted something sweet after that, so I made a quick dessert that was amazing.

A triple chocolate chunk vitatop with nonfat frozen yogurt, drizzled with almond butter. This looks like more fro yo than it was – those scoops are hollow. ūüôā Perfect way to end the meal.

Now I’m gonna catch up on the Biggest Loser… see you all tomorrow!

Pancake Heaven

Morning! I hope your week is off to a good start… mine is! I got to take my time getting into work today because I am working late tonight, so I woke up and decided to do the Shred Level 1. Jillian Michaels is not pleasant to wake up to, but I was very happy when it was over. I love how its only 20 minutes so its easy to squeeze in and it kicks my butt. It’s really the only strength training I’ve been doing lately, so I have to step it up because I’ve only been using 3 pound dumbbells. I know that sounds SO light and easy, but I promise you it is still very hard with the 3 lb weights. There are a few moves where I wish I had a little bit heavier weights though, so next time I have a chance I’ll pick up some 5 lb dumbbells.

Is it sad that what gets me through my workout is thinking about what I will eat after I’m done? You don’t know have to answer that, I already know. ūüôā Today I dreamed up some pancakes during my workout, and got to making them immediately after I was done. I’ve been using this mix:

Its sort of random that I’ve been using gluten free… I just found this all natural mix at Target on sale so I bought it. I don’t think it tastes that different from regular pancake/waffle mix, its just a little sweet. I decided to experiment a little bit and made the batter with:

  • 1/4 cup of pancake mix
  • 2 tbsp rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup light soy milk
  • 2 tbsp egg whites (I used AllWhites)

It turned out great! Adding the rolled oats added a nice texture to the pancakes and this recipe made 2 good sized ones. The batter seemed a little on the thin side when I first mixed everything together so I was a little nervous, but it thickened while standing when I was waiting for the pan to heat up.  They came out great and I finished them off with some delicious toppings.

On top I put:

  • 1/4 cup nonfat greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp almond butter
  • 1 small sliced banana
  • small handful of dried cherries (from the bulk bins!)

Amazing! I love experimenting with things and not going exactly by the box. Adding the oats and changing the ratio of liquid a bit made these have an awesome texture and added some whole grains. They were heavenly!

I’m off to work for a few hours and then heading back to the¬†conference¬†hotel in the afternoon. I should be back on my regular blogging schedule starting today. Happy Monday!