Arugula

Picnic!

Today ended up being such an awesome day! I didn’t come back for lunch because I didn’t really eat lunch today. Breakfast was so late and then I grazed over some of the leftover pastries until they were gone… so much for my tips on being good at potlucks/office meals!! ­čśë It was soooo hot outside today and sunny, so we decided to take an afternoon trip to Starbucks and I got a Grande Caramel Light Frappucino… first one of the season!

I never get these, but saw it on the menu and it just spoke to me. So good and really good against the hot weather!

After I got out of work, I came home and changed into my bike clothes to go meet my friends Amber and Meredith for a picnic in DC! I really wanted to get a workout in, so I decided to bike into DC rather than metro or drive, and ended up getting in 11 miles there and back! I had a banana before my ride because I was getting pretty hungry, and the ride itself went really well. Today’s round trip stats:

Distance: 11.00 miles

Duration: 54:25

Avg. Speed: 12.1 mph

Avg. Pace: 4:56 min/mile

Calories: 554

I was happy with these stats because about 2 miles was biking through DC so there was a lot of stopping at lights, dodging cars, going slow, etc. The parts on the trail were quicker, and then in the city slower, so I was pleased with the average pace and total distance I did.

The picnic itself was so fun! We walked over to a grassy area near the Potomac and set out a sheet to sit on and set out all the food.

I brought the Flat-Out Wraps, pretzels, tomato, and arugula, and Amber and Meredith picked up all the rest of the veggies (avocado, red bell pepper, sugar snap peas, sprouts, and carrots), crumbled goat cheese, hummus, and some wine! We all made wraps with the veggies, cheese, and hummus. Here was mine:

It had arugula on the bottom, tomato, avocado, hummus, and goat cheese. I rolled it up and then had some pretzels, sugar snap peas, and red bell peppers on the side.

Delicious! It felt so nice to have a healthy picnic with lots of veggies and snacks. The wine spritzers didn’t hurt, either! We had such a nice time with the three of us.

That’s Amber, Yours Truly, and Meredith. The three of us were college orientation roommates (so long ago!!) and now we all still hang out 8 years later.

Are most of your current friends from high school, college, post college, or another source (work etc)? I have a handful of friends I’m still in touch with from high school, but most of my closest friends are from college. I do have a few close friends I’ve met through work too but the majority are from GW! ­čÖé

Audience

Hey! It is so gorgeous outside today that it feels sinful to be inside all day. I did go outside for a quick trip to Starbucks and got an Unsweetened Venti Iced Green Tea. I always laugh (usually to myself) about how many words there are when you want to order something from starbucks. I always get them in the wrong order even though I normally get the same things.. better luck next time.

Lunch today was an oldie but a goodie, a “baked” sweet potato with black beans and pineapple salsa.

I just nuked the potato on the “Baked Potato” setting (about 3 minutes) and then added 1/2 cup canned black beans. I normally don’t rinse them when using them over a baked potato so they add some moisture. On top was some pineapple salsa from Trader Joe’s. This combo is awesome. If you’ve not yet tried it, you must. It’s so easy to just throw a sweet potato in your bag for lunch and nuke it at the office if you have a microwave.

On the side, I had a monster salad.

This had:

  • Arugula
  • Fresh Basil
  • Babybell Light Cheese
  • Radishes
  • Turnips

I’d never had raw turnips before Sunday night’s dinner when my boyfriend sliced them on a┬ámandolin. These ones are baby turnips so they are quite tender and really taste great on a salad. I also loved having the fresh basil – fresh herbs make such a difference in your salad. I don’t usually have fresh herbs around that much, but we bought a big container of organic basil for pizza night and I’ve been using it wherever I can ever since then.

I ended the meal with some strawberries

These were from the Farmer’s market yesterday and were so little and sweet! What a difference from the huge strawberries I’ve been buying at the grocery store recently. These almost melted in your mouth and had such a good flavor. Yum.

As I was putting my lunch together today, I had an audience. A few of my coworkers came in to the kitchen to watch me assemble it and were asking lots of questions about the ingredients, how often and where I shop, if I come up with ideas on my own or if I get them from my boyfriend (since he’s a chef!). It was kind of funny but also pretty flattering! I love that I’m now known as the healthy one and people come to me for food/nutrition advice and ideas. Makes me smile because this is such a 180 from my life 1.5 years ago.

Have you made any major changes in your lifestyle? Have others noticed? Do you like it when they say things or prefer they’d leave you alone?

Lunch in Parts

Sorry for the late and likely lame post! Work is extremely busy, plus lunch was eaten in parts, and all I know is somehow it’s already almost 4pm! ­čÖé I’m going to make this quick because I still have lots to do and not much time in the day!

Morning snack (around 11:30am) was a banana.

Unfortunately this baby was as bruised on the inside as on the outside so I had to eat around the brown parts. ick.

Lunch was in parts, both pretty exciting in my book. First, I had a mini homemade pizza that I made after the main event on Sunday night with some baby carrots.

This had garlic oil, mozzarella, ricotta, basil, and parmesan. Not going to lie, it was a little dry because the crust was thicker on this one and heating it back up didn’t turn out as well as I was hoping. Pizza is pizza though and I enjoyed it. ­čÖé And some carrots on the side so I can say my lunch was semi-healthy. ­čśë

Part Two:

The leftover veggie patty from last night over a bed of arugula – had to try to cancel out the pizza! This burger was awesome today, though definitely better pan fried than in the toaster/microwave. It held together really well and tasted great. I’ll never be buying frozen veggie burgers again – these are so much better, cheaper, and really easy!

Tonight is Date Night so the boy and I are going out to grab dinner and get a few more plants for the balcony. I’ll show some pictures on here once we’re done setting it up, but its really coming together! I’m hoping to get in a run or some sort of workout before dinner but will be back tonight!

Manic Monday

Hey! I am completely swamped at work right now, which is actually great because I seriously cannot believe it’s almost 3pm! The day is flying by because its been nonstop, but that works for me. I have Bikram at 6pm tonight with a few friends, one of which is trying it for her first time! The reason I’ve been going so much is because I have a week unlimited that expires on Friday, so I want to take advantage of it as much as I can since its so expensive to go when you pay full price. I’m noticing improvements in my flexibility and my balance already, and I’ve only been 4 times! I can’t wait to see how my body changes as I continue to improve.

I did have time to break for lunch and have a delicious salad.

This salad had:

  • 3 cups arugula from the Farmer’s Market
  • 1 chopped Fuji apple, also from the Farmer’s Market
  • 1/2 cup chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 oz light feta from Trader Joe’s
  • 2 slices Martin’s whole wheat potato bread, overly toasted

I love it when there are as many toppings as base in the salad so that you’re never down to just greens. Even though this bread looks pretty dark, it was just over toasted, not burnt. It still tasted delicious and I can’t get over how good the texture of that bread is for the impressive nutritionals!

I also had a side of baby carrots.

Crunchy and added nice color to my lunch. I never loved baby carrots until recently, but now I can’t seem to get enough of them. I think I go through phases with veggies and these are in for now. ­čÖé

Hope your Monday is good. Back to the grind for me!

Yogen Fruz

I’m still dreaming about the Oats in a Jar from this morning… so, so good! They held me over until after 1pm and I wasn’t even that hungry by then, it was just time to eat. I had two yummy things for lunch today. First, I took some of the leftover soba noodles (not with the egg) and added in the marinated tofu and a little extra sauce.

I actually accidentally spilled a lot of it out over my desk, and luckily I had just cleaned my┬ádesk┬áthis morning so I knew it was safe to eat, but very close call. I ate it cold and it was so good. This sauce is something I’m going to have to try to re-create at home because it adds so much delicious flavor and has next to nothing in terms of calories. With my soba noodles, I had a salad with a base of fresh arugula from the Farmer’s Market.

The arugula is so fresh and peppery… I’m so glad I made this purchase! On top of the arugula, I cut up three radishes (also from the Farmer’s Market), added some spicy banana pepper rings, and fresh shaved┬áParmesan. Though you can’t see it, I also added the rest of the Kiwi Salsa to this salad which tied everything together. I brought in all my salad ingredients packaged separately today and it makes a HUGE difference in the freshness of the salad.

For an afternoon snack, I had a real treat today. I went to my favorite frozen yogurt place, Yogen Fruz, which I’ve written about a few times on here. I was in touch with the people over at Yogen Fruz and they asked me to come in and try one of their NuMixes to see what I thought. They have Pina Colada, Chocolate Almond, Lychee Green Tea, Chai Latte, Key Lime Pie, and Mint Chocolate Chip flavors of the mixes. Basically, they take their regular frozen yogurt, mix a flavor into it, and then add the toppings that go with it. Today I tried the Key Lime Pie kind, where they took the nonfat yogurt, added key lime flavor, and then top it with graham cracker crumbles.

It really tasted like key lime pie! I love how Yogen Fruz mixes the flavors into the frozen yogurt so the yogurt itself gets flavored rather than just the toppings (which they have plenty of, too). ┬áThe only thing I would change is that the graham crackers themselves were ground really fine, almost to a powder, and I would have preferred them a little chunkier.┬áFlavor-wise┬áthough, this was spot-on, and┬ádefinitely┬ásomething I’d try again.

I think I’m going to go on another bike ride tonight since its so gorgeous out and is supposed to rain all weekend (boo!). Other than that, not sure where tonight will take me, but my first day off in a while is so close, I can taste it!