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TGIF

Heya! Last night’s festivities turned out to be quite a bit of fun, but this morning was less so. I had a few of these:

Earl Grey Julip, which was basically a glass of bourbon on the rocks. yum. I also had two steamed veggie buns and a delicious salad to eat.

(Veggie buns are top right of the salad). The salad had shrimp, a citrus vinaigrette, and rice noodles on it. SO good.

The one win for the night was that I always tend to crave pizza after a night out, and last night was no different. BUT, instead of calling Domino’s like I usually do, I decided to make my own low-cal version of a pizza, with RF shredded cheddar on a flatout wrap with garlic. No picture but it was a victory none the less.

Today I made another Breakfast Parfait but reworked it a bit so it was only 3 points!

This had:

  • 1 cup of blueberries, microwaved for 90 seconds and then refridgerated overnight (1 pt)
  • 1/2 cup fiber one (0 pts)
  • 1/4 cup raw rolled oats (1 pt)
  • 1/2 cup nonfat plain yogurt (1 pt)

It was a little smaller than the one earlier in the week since I used half the yogurt, but it still kept me full for a few hours and tasted delicious. Plus, only 3 points for a breakfast parfait? Sign me up!

Lunch today was also really delicious and colorful.

This had:

  • 1 flatout wrap (1 pt)
  • 2 cups arugula (0 pts)
  • 2 fresh apricots, sliced (1 pt)
  • 2 tbsp goat cheese (2 pts)
  • 2 tbsp cherry craisins (1 pt)

On the side I had 2 sliced up baby cucumbers (0 pts)

And then a pink lady apple for dessert (1 pt).

This wrap was AWESOME. The arugula was spicy and peppery, so worked perfectly against the sweet craisins and apricots. Plus, the goat cheese was crumbled throughout and was creamy and rounded out the wrap perfectly. I got the apricots from my farm share yesterday and honestly cannot remember the last time I had fresh apricots! Dried, yes, but fresh? They are so delicious, sweet and juicy.  My boyfriend put a fresh goat cheese, apricot, and asparagus pizza on the menu at the restaurant, so I’m thinking about using the rest of them to make an at home version of that. Mmmm.

What are you plans for this evening? I am looking forward to tonight because I’m trying out an African Dance class with a few friends for the first time! It’s an hour and 15 minutes and I was told “Prepare to sweat!” so I think it’ll be a good workout, but something new and fun. I rarely ever do classes since I don’t belong to a gym, so doing this with my girlfriends will be a treat!

The Flavor Was There, But…

Hiya! Thanks for all your responses on my post from this morning. It looks like most people are morning exercisers, which makes me feel like I should be less lazy and just get up and go! To think about freeing up my evenings is pretty desirable too, and I think it is great to get my day started on the right foot. I can already feel how much more on track I am today than on days where I don’t work out.. an M&M here, starburst here… bite of whatever is in the office kitchen, etc.

So unintentionally I haven’t been to the grocery store in ages. I’ve been traveling for so many weekends and stopping at farmer’s markets here and there and just haven’t made the time to go. It’s made me go out a bit more than normal, but also get a little creative in the kitchen. For lunch today, I decided to make some black bean burgers.

Into the food processor, I threw:

  • 1/2 cup black beans (1 pt)
  • 1 tbsp parmesan cheese (1 pt)
  • 1/2 large carrot
  • 1/4 onion
  • fresh dill

I pulsed that until combined so it looked like this:

And then formed it into patties:

I realized once I started forming them into patties they were a little too wet. I should have added 1/4 cup of panko crumbs, and also rinsed and dried the beans better. I was in a rush though, so I just went with it. The texture of these was sort of like a thick bean spread, so when I heated them up they kind of melted a bit together. The flavor of them, however, was awesome. The fresh dill and parmesan make SUCH a difference – I think that’s the trick to delicious homemade veggie burgers.

I ended up taking a flatout wrap (1 pt) with some greens, and put the heated “burgers” on top and wrapped it up.

Again, the consistency was way off on these, but the flavor was awesome. It tasted great spread in the wrap. On the side, I had some more fresh broccoli (0 pts) from my farm share with some salsa (0 pts) to dip.

I had an apple (1 pt) for “dessert”

I am off to wrap up the day. Be back!

What are you looking forward to tonight?

Two Trips

What an incredible day it is outside! This was reason enough for not one, but two trips outside this afternoon. The first was to eat lunch in the courtyard. I used some of last night’s leftovers from the Veggie Fajitas and made a huge burrito like wrap.

This had:

  • 1 flatout wrap (1 pt)
  • 1/2 cup black beans (1 pt)
  • Leftover Fajita Veggies (1 pt)
  • 1 oz 75% RF Cabot Cheddar (1 pt)
  • Pico de Gallo (0)

It was delicious! I love reworking leftovers into something new so you get two different meals out of the same thing.

Nom, nom, nom. I also had the rest of the leftover Chinese broccoli from Sunday night (1 pt)

Plus an apple for my first dessert.

Trip two was to Yogen Fruz for some frozen yogurt. ‘Twas the perfect day for it. Today I mixed it up a bit and got chocolate frozen yogurt mixed with frozen cherries and topped with dark chocolate shavings… need I say more.

Incredible.

Not sure what tonight will bring but I’ll be back!

Don’t Be Scurred

Hello! This morning has been INSANE. A lot of random logistical stuff went wrong with the course so I was running around like a crazy person trying to fix everything. Luckily, it all worked out and everything got taken care of, but only after a good amount of panic and stress. They say all is well that ends well though, and it seems to be ending well, so I think we are OK.

Because of the craziness, I didn’t even have time for breakfast. I was planning on ordering room service or going to grab something once I had registration set up for the course, but because of all the issues I ran out of time. Luckily they had some green apples at the gym yesterday and being a lover of all things free, I grabbed one. I had it in my bag and ate it once I realized it was there.

It was not the best apple I’ve ever had – definitely a bit mealy, but you better believe I ate it completely down to the core. I also had two cups of black coffee, and practically tripped over everyone as I raced out of the room for our 12pm lunch break. I just decided to eat at the restaurant in the hotel for lunch, and they had a nice looking buffet for only 12.95. I surveyed what they had and there was a salad bar, baked potatoes, a veggie medley, some meat dishes, and bread pudding for dessert. I started off with two good sized plates. The first had salad with mixed greens, cucumbers, red onions, and tomatoes, as well as some of the veggie medley.

The second plate had a baked potato with some fixin’s.

At buffets, sometimes it can be hard to be healthy because they don’t have things you would normally ask for if you were ordering from a server. But, today I was my own advocate and asked for three things I didn’t see on the buffet.

1.) Salsa – My favorite topping for baked potatoes! All they had was sour cream, cheese, bacon, butter, and chives (all good but not the healthiest) so I just asked the guy behind the buffet if he had some salsa and he gladly got me that dish of it pictured above.

2.) Balsamic Vinegar – All the dressings at the salad bar were creamy and full-fat, so I asked my server for some oil and vinegar and she brought out extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar which was great because I could control the amount of oil and these two are actually my favorite dressing if I use any.

3.) Artichoke Hearts – They had a salad with artichoke hearts, cucumbers, tomatoes, ham, and some vinaigrette, and i piled it high on my plate before realizing there was ham in it. I loooove artichoke hearts and figured they must have them in the back, so I asked the guy behind the salad bar if I could have some plain artichoke hearts and he got me a dish full of them!

Notice though I asked each person for just one extra thing so I didn’t seem ridic – the server and two separate guys behind the buffet. I’m so glad I did because it helped me to have a delicious and satisfying meal while still staying on track. Don’t be scared to ask!

I did go back for Round 2 at the buffet and got a small bowl with more of the veggie medley and a roll.

I realize I didn’t have any protein with this meal really, so I hope it holds me over. I do feel really full right now!

Question: Do you enjoy buffets? Do you feel weird asking for special things since you’re not really being served in the traditional way? I normally tend to avoid buffets because I have a hard time controlling myself around them, but this one was small and only had a few options, so it felt do-able. I’d never really asked for special things before today but it went so well that I wouldn’t hesitate to ask again.

Hello from BWI

Hey guys! Hope your Wednesday is going well so far. I am currently sitting in the gate waiting to board my flight at BWI airport. I lucked out majorly getting to the airport today because I hit zero traffic even though I left at 8am, prime rush hour time. Since I was going against traffic (out of dc instead of into it) it worked out well.

I made an eggwhite sandwich to take on the road which was the same as I had Monday morning, except no sriracha. I also brought along grapes, an apple, sliced cucumber, and baby carrots for snacks. I ate the breakfast sammie in the car but haven’t had any of the snacks yet. I’m blogging on my phone so ill come back with pictures tonight once I get to Oklahoma City.

I have a long day of traveling ahead of me because I lay over in Atlanta And then have my flight from Atlanta to OKC. Wish me luck!

College Again?

Today has been a little bit of a slow start after last night’s festivities. It was a fun night and celebrating was in order because one of my best friends graduated from law school yesterday!! Let’s rewind a bit, shall we?

After work, I came home and made a quick snack to tide me over.

Almond Butter + Crofters Europe on Whole Wheat Potato Bread with a glass of Almond Milk. Then I went and got a pedicure since the pool opens this weekend, plus my eyebrows done. It was fun and while getting my toes done, I finished reading Harvesting the Heart by Jodi Picoult. This book was pretty slow to start and took me a while to get into, but then it got really good and I couldn’t put it down about half way through. She’s one of my favorite authors and I’d never even heard of this book, but I found it in my Community Book Room.

After that, the boyfriend and I went and got a bite to eat at Hamlet, a bar/restaurant close to our apartment. I had a few glasses of wine, and got a fire roasted artichoke to start.

I shared, but probably ate about 2/3 of this. It was pretty good but I would have liked it to be cooked a bit more so the edible parts were a little softer. I also ordered a half salad:

Which was pretty big for a half size! It had greens, candied pecans, cashews, dried cranberries, tomatoes, avocado, and goat cheese. I ordered the dressing on the side but didn’t use it because there was a lot going on in the salad as it was. It was delish! The only problem was it had chicken in it and I didn’t realize it until it came out the first time, so I had to send it back.

After that, I went and met the new JD in DC for some drinks at Madhatter. It was a lot of fun and I felt like I was in college again – not getting home until after 2am! I can’t even tell you the last time I was out that late. It felt like being back in college! Here’s a pic of us girls at the bar:

Jess (the law school grad!!), Lianne, Me, and Katie (Jess’s little sis).

And that’s one of Lianne, me, and my vodka soda. 😉

Since I got home so late, I slept later than I have in years – until almost 12!! I woke up earlier than that but wasn’t feeling so hot so made myself go back to sleep and when I woke up for the final time I was feeling pretty good. I decided to have a stabilizing breakfast (slash lunch) which was actually delicious.

I pan fried an egg and melted some cheese on top, and then placed it on a bed of microgreens for an egg sandwich.

It was on Whole Wheat Potato Bread and reallly hit the spot.

I also had a sliced up apple to go with the egg sandwich.

Yum. I have been slacking a lot on cooking lately but I’m hoping to get back into it this weekend. I am so excited to have 3 days off and my boyfriend actually has the whole weekend off too! Not sure exactly what today will bring, but we might go thriftin’, shop for a few more plants, and get geared up for a little Memorial Day Party that we’re having on Monday with some friends by the pool. Today is kind of gloomy and overcast, but tomorrow and Monday are supposed to be really hot and sunny, so hopefully I’ll log some hours by the pool. 🙂

Happy Saturday!

Poached Eggs with Avocado? Yes, Please!

Hey! This week is seriously flying by.. I feel like I say that every week but this time I really mean it! I’m going to make this pretty quick because, and I know I say this every night lately, I am TIRED and want to really make an effort to get to bed early. Check up on me tomorrow to hold me to it. 🙂

I did Bikram after work today and it was HARD. There weren’t too many people there even though this class is usually busy, but I’m guessing that’s because they were out celebrating Cinco de Mayo. For some reason today, I felt like I could barely breath! After the first few standing postures I had to sit down for a little bit – it was strange because I took yesterday off and it wasn’t humid at all today. I am going to take tomorrow off too and go for a nice long bikeride because I still haven’t tried my new seat even though its installed. I’ll go back to Bikram on Friday, which concludes my week pass, then I’m going to take a bit of time off from it because its expensive and I’ve really been neglecting biking, running, and weight training. Also, it is such a huge time commitment with the workout itself plus getting there early and showering after, so I’m looking forward to having a little more free time most evenings.

After my lunch, I ran out and got some gummy bears because I wanted them. Good reason, right? 🙂

Afternoon snacks included an apple

And a Chobani 2% Strawberry Banana

I am loving the 2% flavors recently. I think they taste great, are a little thicker than the 0%, and really stick with me longer.

When I got home, I was REALLY hungry, so I wanted to make something fast. I quickly decided on eggs, my favorite quick meal.

This is two poached eggs, served over 1/2 a medium sized avocado, with two slices of toasted whole wheat potato bread. Poaching can seem intimidating – i know it did for me before I learned the right way, but its really so quick, easy, and its great that you don’t have to add any butter or oil to cook them in.  Jenna did a post on it here, but my method is a little less precise. I usually do it in a pan, as long as its deep enough for the water to cover the eggs, and the three secrets to poaching perfect eggs are:

1.) Add vinegar to the poaching water

2.) Bring the water to a boil and then down to a simmer before putting the eggs in

3.) Crack the eggs in a dish and then pour into the water, don’t crack them directly into the water

I leave it for about 3-4 minutes and don’t cover it, and then use a slotted spoon to remove them from the pan. They turned out exactly how I like them, with the yolk oozing all over once I broke it.

Mmmm. This was exactly what I wanted and was in my belly 15 minutes after I came up with the idea. 🙂

Night!

Day Two

Hi! I just got back from Day 2 of Bikram in a row and it is amazing. Tonight was actually harder than last night! I think yesterday I was soooo scared going into it, so I was surprised that I could handle it and left feeling like a million bucks. Today, I felt like I knew what I was doing a bit more, so I went into it a little overconfident. Not like I thought I was going to be the best person in the class (at all), just completely confident I could handle it.

But, today I actually had more trouble staying in the room the whole time, even though yesterday I didn’t even think about leaving once. There were two things that made a difference in this. First, no one left during class today, so the door never opened to let any cool air in (which is how its supposed to be) but yesterday I got a few breezes which helped me stay cool. Second, I left my water bottle at the studio yesterday, so I just filled it with cold water today once I got it, rather than the ice I had it filled with yesterday. The bottle ended up getting a little warmer that I would have liked. Definitely bring ice water!!

I did sit in the front row today so I was in front of the mirror which was awesome because I was really able to watch my postures and make sure I was doing them right. There were a few postures I could go into deeper today than yesterday, and I felt a lot more comfortable with the sequence since I did it yesterday. I am definitely going to take tomorrow of, but am thinking about doing a week unlimited at a new studio next week and trying to go as many days as I can. The improvement from yesterday to today alone with my postures makes me excited to see the progress over more time. It’s pretty amazing watching your body transform and being able to do new things!

For a snack around 4:30p at work, I had a bowl of nonfat cottage cheese (~2/3 cup) with a chopped up pink lady apple.

Having the bigger lunch today definitely kept me full for longer than usual, so the day was almost done when I finally got around to having my snack. After work, I ventured over to the Farmer’s Market and bought some produce.

Baby kale, arugula, a bunch of cilantro, 4 fuji apples, and turnips. I got all of this for around $20 which I felt like was a good deal! I was going to skip the kale this week, but the sign said its their last week for spring kale, so I had to pick up one last batch of it. If anyone has good kale ideas for me, please let me know! I’m definitely going to make kale chips and I am sure more massaged kale salads are in my future. 🙂

After Bikram, I had an unpictured popsicle and I drank an orange G2 Gatorade during class, which I think helped me stay in the room! Once I got home, I wasn’t really that hungry, but I wanted to have something. Kind Bars sent me a few samples to try, so I tried the Almond and Cashew bar.

I had never had a Kind Bar before, though I’ve seen them in Starbucks, and this was DELICIOUS! It was chewy, but also crunchy because of the almonds and cashews in it. The nutrition facts are really good, too – 150 calories, 9g fat, 4g fiber, 4g protein and then a bunch of vitamins. The ingredient list is also pretty short: Dates, Almonds, Cashews, Honey, Glucose, Milled Flaxseed, Soluble Dietary Fiber, and Natural Flavor. I have a few other flavors to try and am really looking forward to them!

I’m off to catch up on the DVR. See you tomorrow!

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!