I May Turn Orange

They say that one great rule of thumb for healthy eating is to make sure your meals are colorful. The different colors in your foods represent different nutrients, so the more colorful your meals are, the more varied the nutrients you’re eating are. I like to go by this rule because it’s obviously important to make sure you’re varying your food/nutrients, but it’s also very aesthetically pleasing to have all the colors and you “eat” with your eyes first.

That said, today’s lunch was a big fail in the colorful department. I had leftover Carrot Sesame Salad from last night, but knew that wouldn’t be enough, so I grabbed the old standby, a sweet potato with pico de gallo.

Carrot Sesame Salad:

Microwaved sweet potato with pico de gallo on top:

Lunch all together:

Funny because I brought an orange with me too and was craving some fruit, but I held off on having it because of the orange overload (not to mention the pumpkin in my oats this morning…) I was still a little hungry after eating this lunch though, so I took the plunge.

So now you see why I may actually turn orange. It hasn’t started yet but stay tuned. 😉

Luckily I have nothing orange on the agenda for the remainder of the day and though color-wise this lunch wasn’t a success, it TASTED delicious. The carrot salad was even better today because the flavor from the dressing really go into the carrots overnight.  And sweet potatoes are always amazing (though I really could have used the black beans today!). The oranges I found on sale for $1 at Whole Foods last night, so you’ll be seeing them a lot this week.

Back to work I go!

Overnight Pumpkin Oats

Morning!

I always get really jealous when I’m looking at other people’s blogs and see their delicious bowls of oats that look so good you wish you could have theirs instead of what you’re eating. So, last night I decided to make Overnight Oats by the books. I’ve made them before, but I usually use steel cut oats, and with those you have to cook them about half way (15 mins and they normally take 30), and then put them in the fridge overnight.

With true overnight oats, it requires no cooking. I used the Pumpkin Oats recipe from Kath Eats located on this page and they turned out SO good. This is definitely going to be my new go-to breakfast most days of the week because its so easy to throw together the night before and again, requires NO cooking. You use a ratio 1:1:1 of rolled oats, milk, and yogurt (any kind you like). Most recipes I’ve seen use 1/3 or 1/2 cup of each.

Here’s the bowl that I just devoured:

My bowl contained:

  • 1/2 cup of rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup nonfat plain Oikos
  • 1/2 cup light soy milk
  • 1/3 cup canned organic pumpkin
  • 1/2 medium banana, mashed
  • Toppings: 1 crumbled Weetabix biscuit and pumpkin butter

I love this pumpkin butter from Trader Joe’s. It’s not too sweet and adds great flavor to anything you put it on. Plus, heres the ingredient list: Pumpkin, sugar, honey, lemon juice concentrate, spices. It’s always a good sign when you can count all the ingredients on one hand.

And omg, this bowl of oats was sooooooo good. I am so excited I finally tried doing these the right way and know this will be a new staple in my diet. It’s also awesome because you can do so many different flavor combinations with the toppings (see the link above to Kath’s page for more ideas). The other best part is that I am so full, this will definitely tide me over until lunch.

Happy Tuesday!

Snacky and The Shred

I’ve kind of been looking forward to putting up a new post tonight since I put up the last one so that my gross chaffing marks aren’t at the top of the page anymore… 😉 Today has seriously flown by, kind of like the weekend. I was definitely in a snacky mood today (again) and gave in (again). But you’re supposed to listen to your body, right!?

Afternoon snacks after lunch:

Triple Chocolate Chunk Vitatop (toasted) and a sliced up Gala Apple. My favorite flavor of the vitatops but I like Fujis better than Galas. It was still good though!

I got home and made some popcorn before heading to Whole Foods. Lately, I’ve been doing a few tablespoons of popcorn kernels in a brown paper bag and microwaving it and I don’t think I’ll ever go back to the pre-bagged stuff! I love making the popcorn straight from the kernels because you can measure it out and top it however you like. Plus, there’s no extra chemicals in there since you know exactly what you’re putting on it!

I used a little olive oil and some black pepper on this. yum. I use the regular setting on the microwave for popcorn and it works fine but sometimes I have to add an extra 30 seconds on to the time. It’s also way cheaper to do popcorn this way.. the entire bag of kernels (which has 40 servings!) was only $1.37!

Whole Foods was really good, too. I hadn’t been there in a looong time, and I just love their produce and their fish section (and pretty much everything else).  I got some leeks, oranges, blackberries, sweet potatoes, bananas, and baby spinach from the produce section, mussels from the fish section, and then Light Silk Soy Milk, Oikos nonfat greek yogurt (big container and the mini ones that have just 70 calories each!), and a bottle of Verdejo. I’m sure I’m missing something but those were the highlights.

I had wanted to get a workout in but time was slipping away, so I decided to do Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred. If you haven’t tried this workout, you must. They are quick 20 minute workouts but they are HARD. There are three levels that supposedly get progressively harder, but I think they’re all pretty hard but different. I was surprised when I tried Level 2 and thought it was easier than Level 1! I like doing them for a quick quick-your-butt workout when you don’t have much time, but you’re supposed to do it every day for 30 days and you should get drastic results if you go by the books. I’ve never done that before, nor do I plan to, but I like to throw these in to mix up my work out routine. I hadn’t done it in a LONG time, and it felt really good (and just as hard as I remember!)

I found this recipe for Carrot Sesame Salad a few weeks ago that I’ve been wanting to try and I finally got it together tonight to try it. I took 4 large carrots and used a veggie peeler to peel them, and then ribboned them with the peeler. It was kind of hard to get the hang of, but once I figured it out it was smooth sailing. I modified the recipe slightly, and used 2 tbsp rice vinegar, 2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce, 2 tsp sesame oil (the recipe calls for 2 tbsp), 1 tsp sugar, and 1 tsp each white and black sesame seeds (the recipe calls for all white, but I wanted to add a little more color).

I thought it turned out really good! There was a LOT of dressing for the amount of carrots, and I used more carrots than the recipe called for, so next time I’d either half the dressing recipe, or double the carrots. Not for the nutritional value (the dressing was light, especially after I cut down the oil), but because there was literally dressing pooled at the bottom of the bowl. The flavor was really good though, and I never thought to ribbon carrots before and use them for a salad so was excited to try something new!

I had about 1/3 of the carrot salad (1 1/3 large carrots worth) and then the leftover Moo Shi Vegetable from last night.

There was only one pancake left, so I just used that and then ate the rest with a fork. See how there’s sauce spreading out from under the Moo Shi thats out of the pancake? It was SO saucy. That was after I heated it up and poured (what I thought was) all the extra liquid out of the bowl. Really good flavor but too much sauce… a trend tonight I guess!

I’m gonna go relax and watch Nurse Jackie in a little while! I am loving this season so far (though its only been one episode before tonight!) Do any of you guys watch it? What do you think?

Be back tomorrow!

Battle Wounds

Just a quick post to check in and show you my battle wounds and my lunch. My collar bone is hurting SO bad. I think I really made it worse when I absentmindedly toweled it off today. Take a look:

I feel like I should wear a turtleneck, but there are two issues with that. One – I don’t own a turtleneck and two, it hurts to have anything over it. Funny how the rest of my body is OK with the long distance run but my collar bone is rebelling. I’ll keep applying neosporin and hope for the best.

Lunch today was something new. I found these at the store last week:

California Turk’y Grillers by Morningstar Farms.  It has avocados and tomatoes blended into it, and these things are so easy to heat up. I don’t eat them a lot but its nice when you’re scrambling to pack something quick in the morning (and haven’t gone grocery shopping in a while…). I toasted an arnold thin with a slice of soy cheese on top, and then nuked this griller for 1 minute. I put it on top of some sprouts on the bun:

I also had the leftover veggies from last night’s shrimp and veggie dish. I added some soy sauce, ginger, and rice vinegar to them and let it soak overnight.

All togethe

The lunch was really good. I am definitely a fan of these California Turk’y burgers… they are tasty, juicy, and so easy. Winning combo in my book. I prefer homemade stuff of course but in a pinch these work and I have 3 left so you’ll be seeing them again! I also love rice vinegar, soy sauce, and ginger together, and use that combo a lot for flavor on anything.. it works well!

I’ll check in later… hope Monday is treating you well!

Monday Morning Blahs

How is it already Monday morning!? I love going to visit family, but the weekends just fly by when you travel. Blah. It’s raining and gross outside and is supposed to be like this tomorrow too. Double blah. Buttt… later in the week it says its going to be sunny and in the 80’s… so that is definitely something to look forward to.

Last night we ordered Chinese food, and I got egg drop soup (hot and sour for him) and then we split the steamed jumbo shrimp and veggie moo shi.

I had my soup and some of each of the entrees… love that moo shi veggie! It has cabbage, mushrooms, broccoli, baby corn, water chestnuts, and egg, and its in a sweet-ish sauce (but not too sweet). It comes with pancakes and hoisin sauce… yum. The shrimp and veggies at our chinese restaurant are SO good, too. They shrimp are jumbo instead of those little ones you get from a lot of Chinese restaurants, and the veggies are so fresh and crunchy. After devouring my plate, I went back for a second Moo Shi Veggie pancake… delish.

I am in major need of a grocery for fresh fruit, veggies, yogurt, milk, and a bunch of other things. I wanted to make overnight oats but I had no milk or yogurt, so I whipped up some pumpkin oats this morning instead. I found this at Trader Joe’s:

It has Rye, Barley, Oats, and Wheat and I tried it this morning for the first time. I added ~1/2 a cup of pumpkin when it was done cooking, and then sprinkled some pumpkin pie spice on top.

Though it doesn’t look super appetizing, it really was! These multigrain oats have a really good texture, and I am so happy to have canned pumpkin back in my life. I’m going to try them in overnight oats form if I can convince myself to go out in the rain tonight…

Good news is I am not feeling sore AT ALL from Saturday’s 10 mile run. I didn’t need to take advil yesterday or today and haven’t had any pain, besides the chaffing on my collar bone. When I showered this morning I forgot about it, and I rubbed the towel really hard on my chest while drying off and now its re-opened. 🙁 Ouch. Nothing  a little neosporin can’t fix, I hope…

Off to work I go!

Back in the District

Hi! I just got back to DC and am happy to be home and relaxing for a few hours before going to sleep! I ended up sleeping in really late today (~10:30am) so had no time for the gym because we had to run to the grocery store and then over to my boyfriends mom house to whip up brunch. We ended up staying up later than planned last night, so I didn’t blame myself for sleeping in.. plus, its Sunday and I ran 10 miles yesterday sooo…

For brunch, we decided to make blueberry pancakes, scrambled eggs, grits, bacon & sausage (not for me), and some fruit. We picked up this awesome pancake and waffle mix

It made really fluffy pancakes, and all we had to do was add water or milk (we used 1/2 and 1/2 and it worked great). I want to try to find this mix at a grocery store around here. I hadn’t had pancakes in so long!

We also got Hodson Mill’s corn grits

Which was also super easy to put together. Just add water, a little butter, and some salt and they are ready in 5 minutes. Here was our spread:

Pancakes (some with fresh blueberries, some plain), cantaloupe and strawberries, bacon/sausage, scrambled eggs, and in the pot you can barely see:

The grits! Here was my plate:

One big blueberry pancake, some fruit, a little scrambled eggs, and a little grits. I also picked up a Chobani strawberry at the grocery store and put it on the pancake and ate the rest out of the cup… my first time trying the Strawberry and I really liked it. I went back for some more fruit an hour or two after but that plate really filled me up! We ended up staying for a few hours just chatting and laying low, and then before we knew it it was 5pm and time to get on the road. Visiting family for a weekend always goes by so fast, doesn’t it?

I had the rest of the dried fruit from yesterday, and some crunchy rice snacks we picked up from the grocery store in the car. We also got some drinks for the road (Sugar-Free Rockstar energy drink and a bottle of water for me) and made awesome time on the way home, even though we hit some traffic. The Droid has an awesome navigation feature where it tracks traffic and tells you how long it will take you to get to your destination factoring in traffic. It shows you where the traffic is and when it’ll be over, so being aware of the traffic pattern made it much more tolerable.

Now we’re home and just ordered some Chinese food… gonna lay low and watch some TV. I’ll check in later. Hope you had an awesome weekend and are recharged and ready for tomorrow!

Hanging in Hampton

Whew! What a day. We left around 1pm to make the should be three-hour drive, but got caught in a TON of traffic. We ended up getting to my boyfriend’s mom house around 4:45, but it felt like so much longer because traffic was so bad and frustrating! Luckily I had a few snacks in the car to ward off the crankiness that otherwise would have definitely hit hard… 😉

A banana

And a 100 calorie pack of Almonds and Walnuts. I also grabbed some dried fruit when we were getting gas with figs, pineapple, mango and papaya and ate about 1/2 the bag. No picture though!

We hung out for a while at the house and then drove around this new section of town and found a cute Italian restaurant called Bensi. It was only 11 days old but seems like a welcome addition to the town (they are really in need of some nice restaurants!). We talked with one of the partners, and they have 20 locations in NJ and this is their first location in VA, but our meal was excellent – especially for an 11 day old restaurant!

They served this to start, which had peppers stuffed with bread crumbs, olive oil, and cheese in the far left, olive oil with salt and pepper in the middle, and sliced cheese to the right. They also served a bread basket, and a bowl of salad family style.

Here was my first plate:

I may have gone back for another serving of salad and bread… or two 😉 But overall this was a great first course. I love it a.) when things are free, b.) things are served family style, and c.) when its delicious! The salad was bottomless so we got another bowl to split between the four of us and it was really fresh and good. For my main course, I went with the grilled salmon.

It came with broccoli and potato of the day (which was smashed potatoes with bacon and cheese and cream) but I asked to sub a baked potato and they did that no problem.  I also asked for extra mango salsa which came with the salmon as it was, and poured one of those two containers over the potato. Mango salsa is one of my favorites, and this one was really fresh and went great with the potato and over the salmon. I ordered a glass of Sauvignon Blanc on the side from Chile

Overall a really good meal. We usually cook when we visit with his mom, but they like meat and I don’t like to be too high maintenance so with my new fish-only policy, so I was a little nervous. Luckily, my boyfriend suggested we go out to dinner, so it was easy for me to get what I wanted and not have to seem picky. We’re now drinking a few beers at the hotel (Miller Lite for me) and taking it easy. I checked out the hotel gym and it is REALLY nice, so I’m thinking about paying a visit tomorrow. I don’t want to do anything too crazy because of my 10 miler tomorrow, but maybe do the elliptical for a little and some weights… but we shall see.

(PS: notice two darkish spots on my collar-bone?? I got really bad chaffing from the run today and those two spots are RAW. I had a zip up hoodie on during the run that I unzipped a bit once I warmed up, and I think the zipper must have really irritated my skin. It hurts!! But, that’s the worst of my post run injuries, so I can’t really complain…)

Yay for having internet at the hotel.. didn’t think I’d be able to update tonight! Hope you are having a fabulous Saturday, and I’ll check in tomorrow!

Double Digits!!!

It’s official – I ran 10.0 miles for the first this morning!! My first time ever crossing into the double digit run category, and it feels SO good. The first two miles were a little rough – it was super cold out and my Garmin took forever to locate the satellites so I was standing outside chilling to the bone while I waited for it to figure out where I was. 😛 My knee was bothering me a little bit during the first two miles, but after that it was smooth sailing. I ran on the Mount Vernon Trail again, but this time went the opposite way from the way I normally go, and the scenery was beautiful! I’ve stopped listening to my ipod while running (mostly because I can’t find the charger for it) so its kind of nice just to pound the pavement and really clear my head. Here’s the proof:

Run Stats:

Total Distance: 10.00 miles

Duration: 1:39:47.82

Avg. Pace: 9:58 min/mile

Calories: 1184 (!!!)

So this run was a lot slower than the pace I usually keep, but I was going pretty slow for the first few miles because I was so cold (it was 34 degrees when I started, but wind chill was 26!) but after I thawed out a bit and warmed up, I was able to pick up the pace. I’m sooooo happy that I’m in the double digits now!! And, excited because I’m not sweating my 10 mile race thats two weeks from tomorrow. 🙂

Pre-run I fueled up with this:

1 Thomas Bagel Thin toasted with 1 tbsp dark chocolate dreams peanut butter and some sliced strawberries. yum! I brought these along for fuel on the run (190 calories)

I ate all but one of them. I liked these.. they kind of remind me of those little gummy coke bottles I used to get at the penny candy store when I was kid (anyone??) but they are a lot bigger than the jelly beans so a little harder to eat while running. I liked the flavor though and would definitely try them again. Post run, you’ll never guess what my body was craving…

A Green Monster! This one was the usual… light soy milk, 4 frozen strawberries, frozen banana, a few frozen pineapple chunks, and lots of spinach. I needed a bit more liquid once I started blending it because it was too thick so the blender was getting stuck, and I had used the last of the milk and had no juice or anything. The only option was water, so I added a little, and it actually worked and you couldn’t even tell there was any water in it. Good to know!

After my GM, my boyfriend threw together breakfast sandwiches for us.

This breakfast sammie has:

  • A toasted arnold thin
  • 1 over easy egg
  • 1 slice of soy cheese
  • Morningstar Farms sausage style crumbles

So good! I love these sausage style crumbles.. they seriously taste like the real thing.

We are off to visit my boyfriends mom for the night so have a few hour car ride ahead of us and will be staying at a hotel tonight. I packed my gym clothes in case I want to go loosen up the morning, but I’m going to play it by ear. I won’t have any internet access so it’s going to be impossible for me to check in, but I’ll be back tomorrow afternoon/early evening.

Happy Saturday!!!

Taco Night!

Hi! Today was a really fun day. I love Fridays! The day at work seemed to crawl by but then all of a sudden its now midnight, so not sure what happened there. 😛

I made a really random concoction for lunch because I had some Organic Broccoli Slaw from Trader Joe’s that needed to be used, but it ended up working out really well! Last night, I put some of the broccoli slaw in a tupperware and added some rice vinegar, soy sauce, and minced ginger. I shook it up and let it soak like that overnight, and then packed this as well:

I mixed the salmon and the marinated broccoli slaw together and tada…

It actually turned out great! The asian flavors went really well with the slaw and the salmon, and the crunchy slaw was a good contrast in texture. I love it when I throw together really random easy combinations that actually work. I also sliced up a fuji apple that I ate on the side:

Its funny to me how much more substantial fruit seems when I slice or chop it up rather than eat it whole. This apple took so much longer to eat than if I just ate it on the core, so I think I might start trying to slice it up regularly. I love Fujis because they are so crunchy and delicious!

For an afternoon snack, I sliced up 3 plums (last of ’em that needed to be used up!)

And I also had the last bag of cocoa almonds that I scarfed down too fast to take a picture, but I think you have an idea what those look like by now 😉

After work, I got to have my health date with Amber that got cancelled Wednesday. We try to get together about once a week and either go for a run or work out in my gym, and then make a healthy dinner. It’s so fun because I get the best of both worlds – hanging out with one of my best friends AND getting in a workout and healthy meal (and glass of wine!).

Tonight, we ended up going swimming. There is a pool in DC that is free for DC residents ($4 for VA residents like yours truly), but it is SO nice. Here’s a picture I snapped from the top:

The lanes are 50 meters long (Olympic sized), and there are several lanes available to swim in. The lanes are marked with signs that say “Fast” “Medium” and “Slow” and there are tons of kickboards and other swimming equipment available. There are really nice locker rooms/showers and also a hot tub to use! For all you DCers, its in the Tenleytown Area, right near the metro across from the Whole Foods. It’s called the Wilson Aquatic Center.

I ended up swimming laps for about 40 minutes (with a few breaks, no longer than 20 seconds) and did 17 laps in total (34 lengths of the pool), which is just over 1 mile. 16.5 laps (or 33 lengths) is a mile, but I never like to get out from the deep end so I always do the extra half lap. I love swimming because its such a different workout than running, but still such a great cardio and total body workout. I feel like when I’m in the water I’m so focused on just getting to the other end of the pool, not so much on how hard I’m working, but every time I stop my heart is beating so fast and I’m out of breath. It’s also non impact, so it gives my body a nice break from the stress I put on my joints from running.

After we finished swimming, we sat in the hot tub for a little while to chat and relax, and then decided we were super hungry so took quick showers to get the chlorine off and headed to Amber’s! It was deemed Taco Night by her boyfriend, and all the food was already prepared when we got there! Amber is a pescatarian too so its great eating with her because its never a question that healthy, veggie or fish options will be available. Here’s our table all set up

Two glasses of red wine, two plates of tacos, guacamole, salsa.. yum. The chips entered the scene shortly after this picture was snapped. Here’s my plate:

I had two tacos with corn tortillas. Each taco has veggie taco meat, chopped tomatoes, broccoli slaw (it had to be used up so I brought it!), white cheddar cheese, and some guac. I also had rice and black beans on the side. With that plate, the glass of wine, all the chips with salsa and the remaining guacamole, and the four glasses of water I drank during dinner, I was STUFFED! If I did it all over I probably would have had less chips and only one taco because I was feeling way too full at the end, but when its on Mexican food it never seems as bad… hmm.

I am exhausted so am going to hit the hay! Tomorrow I’m waking up early to run, and then we are getting on the road to visit my boyfriends mom in southern VA. I’ll check in after my run and hope your weekend is off to a great start!

And the Giveaway Winner Is…

Good morning and happy Friday!

Last night after work I was wandering towards my friend Steph’s place looking for some quick food to grab, and I saw this placed called the Couscous Cafe on 20th Street NW. The sign outside said Falafel Sandwich and a few other things, and I walked by it, and then turned around and went back to get the falafel that was calling my name. I walked in and told the the guy I’d never been there, and he said I was missing out and made me the best falafel sandwich. It had fresh homemade falafel, hummus, lettuce, and tomatoes in a pita wrap and it came with a salad.. all for $6.99. It was SO good, but then I left my camera at my friend’s house so I can’t show you pictures until later. 🙂

This morning I had a doctors appointment who I hadn’t been to in a year and she didn’t even recognize me! It felt so good to be told by a doctor how much healthier I am and how proud of me she is. When I left the doc’s office, it was POURING. Luckily I had checked the weather this AM and it said chance of rain so I threw my umbrella in my bag, but as I walked to my office, I could feel my shoes getting DRENCHED.

There is literally water pooled in the bottom of these. Thank God for the 5 pairs of shoes that have accumulated under my desk…

On the way to my office, I stopped by Starbucks

A grande extra hot skim latte. I never have lattes (because they are so $$!) but this was a treat (and a reward-to-self for going to the doctor ;)). Once I got to my desk, I threw together a yogurt bowl for breakfast

I found canned organic pumpkin at the grocery store!! i like Libby’s pumpkin the best but cannot find it ANYWHERE so I was so happy when I spotted this in the store on Wednesday. I mixed 1/4 of a cup of pumpkin with 1/2 a cup of nonfat greek yogurt, and threw in some sliced up some strawberries and a Weetabix biscuit. Along with my latte this made for quite a filling breakfast…

And now, onto the good stuff.. the Oikos winner! I used the random number generator at random.org, and pulled #21…

HundredTenPounds: Subscribed! Carmel sounds fantastic!

Congrats Lisa! Please email your mailing address to me at bethklein@gmail.com, and I’ll have the Stonyfield people send out your prize stat!

TGIF! Anyone have any exciting plans for the weekend? I’m scheduled to do a 10 miler in the morning (though I don’t know if thats “exciting”) and then going to visit my boyfriends mom near Virginia Beach for the night. Should be fun!

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