Arnold Thin

Substitutes

Hey! How’s your Friday going? Mine is goooood. It is absolutely gorgeous outside, so making it a little tough to want to be in the office, but I got out and took a nice long walk during my lunch break, so at least I got some fresh air. That egg and crab from this morning kept me full for a few hours so I didn’t eat lunch until almost 1! When I was looking in my fridge trying to figure out what to make for lunch, I spotted these:

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I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to do with them, but I’d bought them a few months ago and knew they needed to be used up soon, so I threw them in my bag. I’m not really into processed foods or meat substitutes too much, so I wasn’t sure what these would turn out like, especially given the fact that I’d have to heat them up in the microwave. I tried one of the strips plain and didn’t LOVE it, but the dish I threw together actually turned out really good. Eating them with the veggies and cheese made them totally palatable, and for 80 calories a serving (and just 1 WW point) I think they were worth it!

I grabbed some frozen tricolored peppers and threw them in the microwave, and then mixed them in with the heated Steak Style Strips. I added some RF cheddar (1 pt) and put them in a toasted over an arnold thin (1 pt) to get the cheese melty. I also topped them with salsa after the cheese melted, and had a sliced up cucumber from the farmer’s market on the side.

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The verdict? These were actually quite good mixed with everything! I don’t think eating them plain is a good idea, but if you add them in with other stuff they’re a great low-cal source of protein. And for only 3 points for this whole plate, they were great.

What’s your opinion on meat substitutes? Like ’em or leave ’em? In general I try to stay away from processed stuff but do indulge from time to time, especially now that I’ve given up meat. I mostly prefer beans, tofu, eggs, and tempeh for sources of protein, but every once in a while I don’t mind having these. I do love the sausage style crumbles and think they taste great plain or mixed in with other things, but I only eat meat substitutes a few times a month.

Crabby in a Good Way

So I wrote this title this morning but now I’m feeling SLIGHTLY crabby in a bad way because I left my camera at home with all my pictures from last night and this morning! ūüôĀ

Last night turned out to be a lovely evening. The boy got off from work early and brought home crabcakes from the restaurant, so we cooked dinner together and ate out on the balcony. Before he got home, I went on a 2.5 mile walk (in 38 minutes) around my neighborhood just to get out and move a bit. I sometimes forget how nice just walking around and exploring can be sometimes. We had some collard greens from the farm share that I wanted to cook, so as my sister Heather suggested, I grabbed an orange and cooked the collards with the juice from the orange and segments from the orange. We also made some bulgur with onions and carrots for a grain, and I had one huge crabcake (the boyfriend had two). We drank some wine and sat out chatting on the balcony, and then all of a sudden it was 1am! It was so nice to just sit outside because the night was so nice instead of in front of the TV like normal.

Even though I was up so late (I’m usually in bed by 11pm tops!) I forced myself to get out of bed and go for a run this morning! If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you probably know that I am NOT a morning exerciser. I sometimes try but can never get myself out of bed to actually go. But today was a bit different because I am going to my parents house tonight after work and won’t have time to workout, plus did a very light workout yesterday (the walk) so wanted to get in another good one before going away for the weekend. I woke up at 7am, put on my running clothes, and went! My biggest mistake was I didn’t even have a sip of water before leaving – – I’ll make sure not to do that again! The weather was PERFECT – sunny and clear and in the low 70s. Here’s the stats:

Distance: 3.11 miles

Duration: 30m:45sec

Avg. Pace: 6.0 mph

Avg. Speed: 9:59 min/mile

Calories: 361

When I set out I wasn’t sure exactly how far I wanted to go and ended up going a different route than normal. I ended up doing a 5k which is shorter than my normal runs but I was pressed for time.

After the run, I wanted to use my leftover crab cake from last night for breakfast. I made it into two smaller ones because the size of the restaurant crab cakes is huge, and just cooked it up in a pan. I toasted an arnold thin and put the browned crab meat on top, and then pan fried an egg with nonstick spray. I actually bought some eggs at the farmer’s market last night on my way home from work, and so I was looking forward to eating them for breakfast today. All of the eggs are a slightly different size since they’re fresh, so I of course picked the biggest one. When I cracked it into the pan, I noticed there were two yolks! I love how the yolk makes a sauce on¬†whatever¬†you’re eating if you leave it runny, so I did not mind one bit.

So 5k run and delicious Eggs Chesapeake for breakfast. What did you do to kick off Friday?

Sweet Potato Black Bean Burgers

Lunch today was a new creation that you must try. 3 ingredients total – so simple, healthy, and delicious.

What you need (for one serving):

  • 1/2 cooked sweet potato (1.5 pts)
  • 1/4 cup black beans (.5 pts)
  • 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs (1 pt)

Directions:

1.) Wash and poke holes in a sweet potato and microwave it for 5 minutes. OR use 1/2 leftover baked potato

2.) Put 1/4 cup canned beans and the sweet potato in a food processor and pulse until combined

3.) Put mixture into a bowl and add the panko crumbs.

4.) Mix until combined and form into patties.

If I was eating at home, I would have cooked them in a pan, but since I brought them with me to work, I microwaved them for 45 seconds and then threw them into the toaster. I served them open faced on a toasted arnold thin

And then added a spoonful of salsa onto each patty.

I served these with a side salad of romaine and radicchio with chopped garlic sprouts

And then leftover broccoli from the chinese restaurant

Oh my gosh, these burgers are amazing. And they take no time to prepare, especially if you have leftover sweet potato to throw in there. You probably know by now that sweet potato and black beans is one of my all time favorite combos, and I’ve just started making my own veggie burgers, so I thought why not a black bean sweet potato burger? I’m so happy I thought of this and tried it!

Total points for lunch today was 3 (burgers) + 1 (arnold thin) + 0 (salad) + 1 (broccoli – just a guess bc of the sauce which I mostly washed off) = 5

So much food for the points. You’ll definitely be seeing these burgers again, if not in your own kitchen, on here!

Happy Wednesday!

I’m Baaack

Hello! Sorry for the blogging hiatus, but I’m back and plan to be on regular schedule going forward, blogging after breakfast, lunch and dinner. As I mentioned during my trip in OKC, the powercord for my laptop broke, so my computer died and I had no way of charging it. It made it really tough to blog because typing long entries on my phone was semi-painful, plus having to take all the pictures on my droid instead of on my camera. I basically gave up after Saturday morning, but wanted to share a few highlights of the trip.

First, the frozen yogurt place. It was called Peach Wave, and was SO cute and delicious. Here’s a picture of the inside of the shop:

It was a self-serve frozen yogurt place, and they had 16 flavors of frozen yogurt to choose from!

Plus tons of different toppings, from fresh fruit, nuts and granola

to every kind of candy you could ever want

I went there twice during my trip to OKC. The first time I went the healthy route:

Plain tart yogurt with raspberries, kiwi, mochi, and organic granola. It was sooo good and the fruit was super fresh. The next night (no picture) I went the candy route, and got cookies and cream frozen yogurt with oreos and cookie dough. SO good, but definitely not the healthiest.

Instead of¬†recounting¬†every detail from the last four days, I’m just going to summarize what went right and what I need to work on for my next business trip (one in July and a big one in September coming up).

Good things:

  • I went to the gym 2x and got in great workouts and strength training
  • I ate a lot of fruits and veggies the whole time I was there
  • I ate a healthy breakfast every single day, either egg whites and veggies or oatmeal, plus lots of fresh fruit
  • I ate at the buffet for several meals, and didn’t overdo it ONCE (This one is HUGE for me)
  • I got back on track after indulging on weekend meals yesterday and ate really healthy even though I was traveling/in airports all day. Breakfast at the hotel of egg whites with veggies, skim milk, fresh fruit, and an english muffin. Lunch was at Moe’s and I got the Personal Trainer, which was basically a salad with black beans, veggies, rice, and pico de gallo. I opted out of cheese and the tortilla bowl, but did get chips on the side. Dinner was a Grilled Veggie Wrap and a fruit cup that I bought at the airport and ate on the final leg of my trip.

Better luck next time:

  • I overindulged on dinner for the last three nights of my trip – Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (Friday night was the crab feast, Saturday we went to Mexican and I had way too many chips and salsa, a margarita, and shrimp fajitas for my meal, and Sunday was the worst. We ate at the hotel bar and ordered chips with blue cheese melted on them, crab mac and cheese, and some other random snacky items – everything was shared but it was way too much and way too unhealthy and I woke up HURTING yesterday)
  • I only went to the gym the first two days – I should have tried to squeeze one more trip in over the weekend to get myself refocused
  • I didn’t drink enough water after the first few days
  • I overpacked (not a huge deal, but my suitcase was really heavy and I only wore 1/2 of what I brought!)
  • I drank too much coffee and now I feel myself craving it again when I hadn’t had it regularly for a few months before this trip
  • I had a few too many drinks on the trip – I’ll leave it at that

I have another major highlight of the trip to share – a trip to an incredible art gallery (and I’m not really into art but this was amazing). I’ll save pictures of that for another post so this one doesn’t get out of control!

Today I am back to the grind. I still have to unpack since I didn’t get home until almost 10 last night, as well as go grocery shopping and just relax a bit so I can get my life back in order. I had an egg white puff breakfast sandwich this morning for breakfast.

I used 1/3 cup egg whites and microwaved them in a bowl for 1 minute. I added a bit of spinach which wilted from the hot eggwhites, and then some sriracha, all on an arnold thin. It was really good but I was hungry a bit later, so I dug into a banana that I bought yesterday for a snack on the plane and didn’t end up eating.

Back to work to sort through my millions of emails and catch up on everything I missed from being out of the office!

I know I’m a day late, but what was the highlight of your weekend? If nothing exciting happened, what are you looking forward to NEXT weekend? I have one of my best friend’s Bachelorettes on Saturday night in Atlantic City! We are staying at the Borgata and will be living it up and I can’t wait. All our best friends from college will be together for the first time in a while.

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!

Party Time

Today has been such a fun day but I am so sad this day and the weekend in general are wrapping up! Yesterday was a bunch of running around doing errands to get ready for the party, and all day today was cooking, cleaning, picking up some last minute things, and then having people over! We had about 15 people total (including us) and Wil cooked up a storm. I had a stabilizing and light breakfast because I knew there’d be heavy eating later in the day, but didn’t want to NOT eat so that I overate when the party started.

This was 2 egg whites microwaved into a puff on an arnold thin with some melted cheddar, a little sriracha, and half a banana sliced on the side. I just poured the egg whites into a bowl that I had sprayed with nonstick spray and then microwaved them for 1 minute and it puffed up into the perfect size for a sandwich.

Then, we got geared up for the party, which started around 1pm. Here’s a peek at the buffet:

Grilled Veggies + Fried Chicken. Wil made the fried chicken by marinating it overnight and then frying it in a wok of oil and then finishing it in the oven. I didn’t have any, but heard it was incredible!

And that is the grilled veggie plater up close. It had eggplant, yellow squash, zucchini, and roasted red peppers, plus some olives. We grilled the veggies last night in balsamic vinaigrette and then shaved some romano cheese over them today.

Cucumber Salad, Potato Salad, and Homemade Biscuits.

The cucumber salad just had cucumbers and red onions, and was marinated in white vinegar, a little sugar, and some salt. It was very tasty and light and so easy to throw together, too. The potato salad was incredible, but not so light. It had olive oil mayo, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, salt, pepper, dill, and mustard. It was sooo good, but I tried to go easy on that and heavier on the cucumber salad.

After I took pics of the buffet, blackened shrimp was added for those of who don’t eat chicken. I bought blackening spice and just coated the shrimp in it and then seared it on a flat grill pan with a little butter. Here’s a picture of my plate:

Some blackened shrimp, cucumber salad, grilled veggies, potato salad, and a biscuit. I definitely had some more shrimp, veggies, and cucumber salad, and maybe another biscuit or two. All of the food was soooo good, and the company even better. We spent some time at the pool and the weather was PERFECT. Clear, sunny, and not at all humid.

I’m so sad this weekend is over because I have such a busy day ahead. Tomorrow is my only day in the office, and then Wednesday I am flying to Oklahoma City for a conference. I always struggle with being healthy on conferences, but I really want to do well because I feel like I’ve been slacking a bit on healthy eating/exercise. During this whole weekend, I only worked out one time (Bikram on Sunday) and usually weekends are when I get the most working out in.

I’m going to try to get a workout in tomorrow while also getting ready for my business trip, and then hopefully get a few workouts in while I’m in OKC. Once I get back from OKC, I’m in full fledged get-to-goal weight mode because I really need to lose these last few pounds and get to goal so I can become lifetime and stop paying for Weight Watchers. I’ll probably be eating a lot stricter and posting points for a lot of my recipes, which I don’t usually do. I’ve been more in¬†maintenance¬†mode for the last few months, but the truth is I still have a few pounds left to go and I really need to start crackin’!

What was the highlight of your Memorial Day weekend? For me, definitely today’s party! It was so fun and nice to spend time with friends eating good food and in the sun.

Smells like Shamu!

Today is a gorgeous day outside, so Emily and I decided to go for a walk before lunch to soak it in. I work right near the White House so we have this loop we like to do and there are always so many tourists. For some reason, it always cracks me up when I see people on Segways:

Though I guess its a good way to explore a new city (but walking would be better!). And it’s really spring time in DC.. flowers are starting to bloom! So exciting.

And here Emily and I are enjoying our quick walk outside:

Do you notice how my collar bone wounds look even worse!? It seriously looks like I got attacked by a vampire or something of that nature. Last night when my boyfriend got home, he goes “Wow! Those look so bad!” before “Hi” or anything… thanks chef! ūüėČ

Now onto my eats, but a little story first.¬†Several months ago, I brought leftover shrimp in for lunch and heated it up in the office kitchen. I was really self-conscious about it smelling like fish, so I asked a few people if it smelled while still in the kitchen. They said no (probably¬†just to be nice), so I came back to my cube and before I could even sit down, not one, but TWO people said, “OMG! What is that smell!?” And someone else, “EW! It smells like Shamu!” (I, too, laughed a little at the second comment). So, embarrassed, I darted back to the conference room and ate my lunch in there with my head hung low (not really). That was the first and last time I’ve ever brought fish in for lunch.

So, sad part here is, when I make fish for dinner, I can’t bring leftovers in for lunch the next day so it messes me up (aka the mussels from last night). I pulled out some of the leeks before adding the mussels last night and set them aside for lunch today, but then had to figure something else out for the main event. I went with another one of those Turk’y California Grillers by Morningstar Farms.

I toasted an arnold thin, spread on a wedge of Laughing Cow cheese (1/2 on each side), and put it on top of a huge bed of sprouts. I also cut up an orange on the side.

And had some leftover leeks from last night:

‘Twas a very satisfying lunch, and much more balanced colors than yesterday, no?

The laughing cow cheese worked really well on this sandwich, definitely better than the soy cheese earlier in the week. The flavor just made the griller pop. And these oranges I got at Whole Foods and so juicy and delicious. Yum!

Do you have things you will eat at home but not at the office? For me, its fish that needs to be heated, but I’ve had canned salmon or tuna before no problem. I also won’t make butter popcorn in the office because I think it smells so much (in an amazing way) and every time someone else makes it, I want it, so I figure it’s not really¬†fair for me to do it. But I looove fish and popcorn at home (though not usually together)!

Check ya later!