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Holy Veggies

I just got my entire day’s worth of fruit and veggies in 20 minutes. Let me show you.

First, I had a Mexican Style Salad.

It had:

  • Red Leaf Lettuce, no slug (0 pts)
  • Fresh cilantro (0 pts)
  • New Jersey Corn (1 pt)
  • 1/2 cup canned black beans (1 pt)
  • 1 oz 75% RF Cabot Cheddar (1 pt)
  • Salsa (0 pts)
  • 1/2 serving baked tostitos (1 pt)

On the side, I steamed some broccoli (0 pts)

And then had 2 baby cucumbers sliced, and 1 cup of cherries.

Everything that I ate (besides the canned black beans, cheese, salsa, and baked tortilla chips) was organic and from a local farm. It was so filling and satisfying, and the whole huge meal was only 5 points. As you can probably venture to guess, I’m trying to use up all the fruits and veggies I have because I have a new farm share box coming tomorrow! Normally I won’t have a problem using up everything but because I’ve been traveling on the weekends, its been tough trying to use it all.

What are some of your favorite ways to add extra flavor to meals, without adding too many calories? Adding fresh herbs to a salad is one of my favorite ways to add tons of flavor with minimal calories. I also love to use garlic and vinegar in cooking, and salsa for salad dressings, dip, or as a topping on baked potato.

Gone Crabbin’

Hi! I’m just getting settled back in after the weekend away for Father’s Day. It turned out to be an awesome weekend but went by way too quickly, as they usually do. Friday night I picked my boyfriend up from work and we left DC around 7 to head to my parent’s house in New Jersey. It ended up taking us just over 3 hours, so we arrived around 10:30p, chatted a bit, and then crashed pretty hard.

For father’s day this year, my dad decided he wanted to do fishing of some sort, but after working out the logistics we all decided crabbing would be a better option. We had to get out there early, so woke up at 6am on Saturday and got in the car before 7 to head to the bay. I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but it was SO awesome. We couldn’t have asked for a more gorgeous day – it was in the 80s but dry, sunny, and just the right amount of breeze. Here’s a picture of my sister, her hubby Justin, and my mom on out boat, and you can see the gorgeous weather in the background.

Here I am, happy as a clam (or crab?)

We got taken out into the bay just after 8 and ended up staying out for 5 hours. They give you drop lines where you put the bait (whole fish that you cut up!) onto a hook and then drop it into the water. It’s not like fishing because you don’t hook the crabs, you just slowly bring them up towards the service while they’re eating the bait and then catch them with a net. We also had crab traps which you drop off the side of the boat after securing the bait in them, and then pull up periodically to check for crabs. Once you get the crabs, you put them into a bushel ont he boat, and then keep crabbing for more. It was really fun, and the 5 hours seriously flew by. I couldn’t believe it was time to go when it was, but we left with A LOT of crabs. Here’s a look at our catches of the day.

We ended up leaving with over 50 crabs! I was so excited to have a crab feast, but unfortunately didn’t get that great of pictures because I was very ready to eat them by then! We ended up boiling them with some of the crab seasoning we bought at the shop which was basically Old Bay. I use the term “we” loosely because my boyfriend did all the cooking, but I stood by and steadily handed him beer, a necessity alongside crabs, if you ask me. 😉 Here they are cooking and ready to be picked.

And a picture of our setup outside with newspaper down for easy cleanup.

My sister, Dad, and Grandma getting excited about picking! You can’t see it well, but I ended up grilling some fresh New Jersey corn to go with the crabs, and my boyfriend made an awesome potato salad with dill, mayo, vinegar, and mustard. My mom also whipped up some coleslaw which got good reviews too, but I’m not a fan of coleslaw so didn’t have any. It was such a fun day! I loved the simplicity of it all – sitting out on a boat with a string catching the crabs one by one, and then later eating what we caught. I’d never been crabbing before and the whole experience was awesome, the catching and eating ranking pretty similar in my book.

We ended up watching last week’s premier of Top Chef and then getting to bed pretty early. I woke up around 7:45 and went on a bike ride with my dad this morning. It’s funny because he loves to bike ride and always used to beg me to go on rides with him a few years ago and I hated it. Sometimes I would begrudgingly go and my butt would be so sore and I just wasn’t in any shape to be riding long distances. But yesterday, I actually asked him if he wanted to go on a bike ride today and he was so happy – my how the tables have turned! Here’s today’s stats:

Duration: 1h27min53sec

Distance: 17.03 miles

Avg. Speed: 11.6 mph

Avg. Pace: 5:09 min/mile

Calories: 751

It was a great ride – and it had been too long since my last one! My camera actually died so I didn’t take any pictures of my meals today, but my mom and I made everyone eggs after the ride with tomatoes, onions, spinach and cheese. I also cut up a canteloupe from the farmer’s market and mixed it with some blueberries – and we had some homemade biscuits that were left over from the crab feast. After breakfast we got on the road back and made it home in just over 3 hours. We’re now just relaxing and looking forward to True Blood tonight and laying low.

How was your weekend?

Limo Ride

Happy Friday afternoon! Just a few more hours and it’ll be the weekend. Woohoo! I had a banana (1.5pts) for a snack this morning because I got hungry around 11:30am… that’s what I get when I eat lunch at home instead of at work!

Lunch was a remake of Tuesday’s salad, in a wrap form with a few tweaks.

  • 1 flatout wrap (1 pt)
  • 1/2 cup black beans (1 pt)
  • 1/2 cup corn (1 pt)
  • 2 cups mixed greens (0 pts)
  • 1/4 tiny avocado (1 pt)
  • salsa (0)

On the side, I had the same as yesterday…

Tomatoes, Baby Carrots, and RF Cheddar Cheese (1 pt). I seriously love this combo.  The cheese makes eating the veggies so much better. Who am I kidding? Cheese makes everything better.

So if you follow me on twitter, (@bethsjourneytt) you might have seen that I got a ride to the airport in a limo on Monday when i was coming back from OKC. This limo, to be exact.

Here’s Kelly and I, one of my friends/coworkers.

And Kelly, Kobi, and I.

Even though the hotel name was on the side of the limo, it still felt pretty snazzy to be taken to the airport in it!

Have you ever been in a limo? When/where/what’s the story?

Not Alone After All

Can you believe it’s already Wednesday afternoon?? Crazy. I usually feel like the week drags by after a conference since I work all weekend, but not today! I almost forgot how long my oats hold me over when I add a little protein powder. I was full until after 1pm, so over 4 hours, without a snack! Love it.

Lunch was sometime you’ve seen before, and so, so good.

This monstroncity of a salad had:

  • 2 cups greens (romaine + radicchio)  (0 pts)
  • Grape tomatoes (0 pts)
  • 1/2 cup corn (1 pt)
  • 1/2 cup black beans (1 pt)
  • 1 oz RF Cheddar (1 pt)
  • 1/4 very small avocado (1 pt)
  • 1 serving baked tostitos (2 pts)
  • 2 lime wedges (0 pts)

It was AWESOME. Loaded with tons of veggies and protein, this salad had only 6 pts and was really fun to eat and delicious. I tasted it at first and it was a little bland, and then I remembered the lime wedges. Once I squeezed those over the salad, it really popped and made a huge difference in flavor!

What low cal additions do you like to make to food that add a ton of flavor? I love lemon and lime, vinegar (rice wine, balsamic, white, apple cider), garlic, and fresh herbs!

So time for another highlight from my trip to OKC. On Thursday night (the night my computer died), I had dinner by myself at this cute little restaurant called Nonna’s. It was probably the best meal of my whole trip, and I got to sit outside on the roof top. The weather outside was perfect and I brought along a book and really enjoyed my whole meal. Sometimes its nice to be by yourself and just relax and enjoy being alone! I ended up getting a Strawberry Salad which had candied pecans, sliced radishes, FRIED goat cheese, strawberries, and spinach.

It was divine. It came with a black pepper balsamic which I got on the side and used sparingly. For my main course, I got an appetizer that was a mango, avocado, and crab stack.

It was awesome! The crab was actually crab remoulade, and I would have preferred if it was just lump crab, but this is definitely something I want to recreate at home. It was really tasty and pretty to look at. Plus, the flavors went together sooo well.

My waitress gave me a basket of bread with the salad, and I had one piece and then pushed the bread bowl to the side of my table so I wouldn’t eat anymore. After I finished my salad, I started reading while I waited for my main course, and the guy at the table next to me started saying something. I looked up to see this

Birds! I was so glad to have my camera handy and the jumped into my bread bowl and started eating the rolls.

How funny is that!? I didn’t end up having dinner alone after all!

Crabby

Hiya! Sorry for not coming back yesterday, but blogging from my phone is kind of difficult because it takes so long to type! I had a pretty good day yesterday because some of my coworkers arrived in OKC so I had some friends instead of being on my own. It was a looong day, but a good one. The course wrapped up and went really well, and then I helped with a few other things and took a tour of the hotel where the rest of our conference is going to be held.

For dinner, we decided to go out to a seafood restaurant and it ended up being so fun! They had tons of different kinds of fresh fish, and we ended up getting this feast where we each got steamed snow crab legs, shrimp, corn on the cob, potatoes, and andouille sausage (I gave mine away). They put brown paper down on the table and then dumped the buckets down in the middle. It was so fun!! I love eating with my hands and getting messy (on occasion). Here’s a pick of the feast in the middle of our table

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The food was delicious! I loooove crab legs and hadn’t had them in so long. Plus the shrimp, corn and potatoes were delicious, too. They boiled everything together so there was also onions and different spices, so everything was super flavorful.

After dinner, we ended up walking around Bricktown a bit more and then stopping for frozen yogurt again. I forgot to take a picture, but I got cookies and cream fro yo and topped it with snickers and cookie dough. Definitely delicious, but not the healthiest. I left feeling really full from dinner and the fro yo, and a little bit sick to my stomach even though everything was good, I just ate too much of it!

This morning started EARLY and my alarm went off at 5:30am (ouch!). There’s a huge exam going on so it’s pretty low key since i”m not actually taking the exam, just have to stand by and make sure everything goes well. I went to the breakfast buffet again and got the same thing I had yesterday – a veggie eggwhite omelet with fresh fruit and skim milk. Having the stabilizing breakfast also helped my stomach feel a bit better even though I woke up at the crack of dawn. Coffee has been flowing as well, as I’m sure you can imagine.

So yesterday felt a bit indulgent with the big dinner + candy covered frozen yogurt, so I’m counting that as my splurge day for the week. I had a healthy breakfast and plan to try to be mindful for the rest of my trip. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to squeeze in another workout, but I’m going to try to get one in either later today or tomorrow. The days are just so busy that its going to be tough.

Hope you all got to sleep later than me and are enjoying your Saturday!! 😉

Last Night in DC

Hiya! Happy Tuesday (!?) night. I am running around like a crazy lady trying to get my life in order/ready for a business trip tomorrow. I didn’t get a work out in today because I had too much packing and random other things to do before my trip tomorrow morning, but my eating and water consumption has been very on track. Plus, I get to the hotel tomorrow and am by myself until Friday, when my other coworkers arrive, so I plan to try to get a workout in both tomorrow and Thursday.

Afternoon snack today was watermelon chunks (1 pt) leftover from the party yesterday.

I loove watermelon – it completely reminds me of summer and I love that its so juicy and messy. Not the cutest fruit to eat at your desk but as long as no one’s looking, it’s fine. 🙂 I also had 3 Wasa Crackers when I got home (1 pt)

I just ate them plain because I was hungry before dinner was ready, and 3 of these is only 1 pt. They are crunchy but a little on the bland side – but I like them.

Wil made us dinner for my last night – Lemongrass Bok choy soup. It was sooo good and so healthy! First, he chopped up some lemongrass. Have you seen lemongrass before?

I hadn’t! We actually got it a few weeks ago at the Asian Market, but as long as you peel the outside parts of, it has a long shelf life. He put it into a mix of water and veggie broth and cooked it for 20 minutes or so.

While we had a glass of wine on the balcony.

I know I said cutting out unnecessary drinks is one of my goals for the month – but tonight was necessary – its my last night with him until Monday! 🙂 I ended up having 2 glasses of wine, one before and one with dinner (total 4 points). It was actually quite good – Garganegna, a leftover bottle from the party yesterday.

Once the lemongrass had infused in the liquid for 20 minutes or so, he strained it out of the water/broth, and added in chopped bok choy, a fresh ear of corn, 1 package of Nasoya pre-cubed tofu, and 2 servings of rice noodles. It made an awesome, super flavorful soup that was so delicious.

The lemongrass really flavored the broth, but we decided it probably would have been better to leave it a bit longer to let out even more flavor. The entire recipe had 14 points, so half of it (what’s pictured x2) was 7 points. Very worth it and something I will definitely make again – though next time I would probably add even more veggies to bulk it up a bit.

So overall today’s eating was really good, though it does feel a bit weird to be counting points! My daily target is 24, and the break down is like this:

Breakfast – Oats w/Vitatop – 5

Lunch – Huge Salad + Grapes 5

Afternoon Snacks – Watermelon + Wasa Crackers – 2

Wine – 2 Glasses – 4

Dinner – Lemongrass Bok Choy Soup – 7

I still have one left so I’ll probably have a snack in a little bit. I still have a bunch of random things to do before tomorrow – finish packing toiletries and other random things I need (phone charger, camera charger…) so I have to get back to it!

What are your best tips for staying on track during business travel?

So Far So Good

Thank you so much for all your encouragement and ideas from this morning’s post on my goals for the month of June! I think I will do a weekly check in rather than monthly so I keep closer track of how I’m doing with the goals, and so that I will be able to adjust them a bit if necessary. The first week may be a little tricky for me since I’m traveling, but I plan to go back to WW next week, still count points as much as possible, not drink too much (except water!) and try to get 2-3 workouts in while out of town. There is supposed to be a pretty nice gym in the hotel so I will try to go there as much as I can when my schedule permits (not likely on Saturday + Sunday since I will be working 12+ hour days and busy from early morning to late evening).

Lunch today was awesome, and very point-friendly! I’m trying to use up as much as I can of what’s in the house since I’ll be leaving tomorrow, plus eating as many fruits and veggies as I can to cleanse out my system and start the month off right.

Doesn’t that look so good and colorful!? Plus, the whole enormous salad had only 4 WW points.

Onto my plate went:

  • 2 cups baby spinach (0 pts)
  • microgreens (0 pts)
  • garlic sprouts (0 pts)
  • Corn (raw cut off the cob) (1 pt)
  • 1/2 cup chickpeas (1 pt)
  • 1 roasted pepper (0 pts)
  • 1 serving Doctor Kracker Hummus Maximum (2pts) broken up

Check out all those toppings!

They made the salad fun to eat and delicious since there was so much going on. I’d never broken up crackers on my salad before, though the idea doesn’t seem too revolutionary, but it made for a nice crunch on the salad! Plus the fresh corn added a little soft crunch and sweetness, and the garlic sprouts a spicy garlicky flavor. On the side I had some grapes (1 pt):

So a total of 5 points for a really delicious and colorful lunch. I’ve also already had my 8 cups of water today and plan to keep on drinking, so so far so good for the first day of the month!

Question: What is your favorite low-ish point/calorie lunch? I’ve mentioned this many times before, but I LOVE baked sweet potatoes (3 pts for a large one) with 1/2 cup black beans (1 pt) with a big salad on the side loaded with veggies (0) – total of 4. This lunch was pretty awesome, too, so comes in as a close second.

Gorgeous

Today is amazing outside!! Oh my gosh. It is almost 90 degrees but dry, sunny, and amazing. Take a look at the view from my balcony. First, our pool:

And next, Reagan airport and the Potomac:

Ahh I can’t wait to get out there to enjoy this weather!

Today started with a 9am Bikram class that felt SO good. I really think the 2x a week idea is perfect for me. I woke up at 8am and went right away without eating, because they tell you not to eat right before you go and I wasn’t about to wake up too much before 8am on a Sunday! 🙂 I did drink a big glass of water before I went and then drank 2 bottles of ice water during the class. I had a new instructor today and he was amazing. He explained a few of the postures and did demonstrations of one’s I’ve never had broken down before so I got some awesome pointers from him. It was a great way to start the day and left me feeling cleansed, energized, and HUNGRY.

I got home and immediately ate a piece of toast with some Crofter’s Europe.

Then the boyfriend made us breakfast while I took a shower and cleaned up a little bit. There was an awesome ingredient today that I’ve never heard of before – Garlic Sprouts. Here is what they look like:

Garlic sprouts, also known as green garlic, spring garlic, young garlic, and baby garlic is immature garlic that hasn’t yet developed the garlic bulb that we typically think of when picturing garlic. They are about the thickness of green beans, but a lot longer and curly, as you can see. They are crisp and very similar to texture to green beans, but have a very potent garlic taste. I saw them at the Farmer’s Market on Thursday and had never seen them before, so I picked up a bag of them after having a taste. Just a tiny little bite BURSTS with garlic flavor, so these are definitely not for people who don’t love love love garlic like I do!

To use these today, we just chopped up a few since they’re so strong and added them to the white potatoes (also from the Farmer’s Market) to make a hash. I requested an egg white omelet (he had regular eggs) and we used corn (cut off the cob, not frozen for once), green onion, and a little more of the garlic sprouts for filling in the omelets, plus he had provolone but I did mine cheese-free.

Garnished with some of the veggie filling and some microgreens. He also had some toast but since I had the bread right after Bikram, I didn’t have more. I added some Sriracha to my omelet.

I also sliced up an apple that was meant for sharing, but I ended up eating it all.

An awesome meal and start to the day! I haven’t had an omelet in ages even though I eat eggs a lot, and this one was delicious.

We are having a Memorial Day gathering tomorrow (I’d say party but there aren’t too many people coming…) so we have to do some errands today to get ready as well as clean up the apartment. Hopefully I’ll still be able to soak up some sun and get everything done.

Have you ever tried garlic sprouts? What is the most unique ingredient you’ve ever found and cooked with? Or do you shy away from that stuff and just stick to what you know?

Blog to the Rescue

Let me preface this post by saying I failed miserably after this morning’s post with making more of an effort to cook at home. That said, we did have a really fun day. We got a bunch more plants for out on our balcony and did a little more thrifin’. I don’t think that’s actually a verb but in my world, it should be. I realized they have books at Goodwill for $1.59 and they had a lot of new looking best sellers. I am going to start stocking up there when I go because I love having books lined up to read.

We stopped at a cute little Mexican hole-in-the-wall after a few hours of errands, and had a nice meal sitting outside. Though the day was overcast, it was still pretty nice out and sitting outdoors to eat was ideal. We got the standard chips and salsa to start, with a side of guac.

The chips were still warm and delicious. The salsa was a little thinner than I like it, but the flavor was awesome. And the guac was just perfect. I perused the menu and was happy to see they had vegetable tortilla soup. I’ve only ever seen chicken tortilla soup on a menu so when it said veggie soup, I got excited and decided to order it along with a salad.


It did not disappoint! The flavor of the broth was sooo good, and there were peppers, onions, and other veggies in the soup. Also, a little bit of cheese and fresh cilantro on top. yum. The salad I got with it was pretty good too.

It had grilled shrimp, hearts of palm, baby corn, red cabbage, lettuce, and tomato. I got the dressing on the side, but actually ended up pouring the rest of the salsa over the salad which was perfect. The pieces of tomato in the salad were huge, and two of them were a little on the soft side. I ended up just putting them on the rim of the plate and not eating them, but the rest of the salad was awesome. The grilled shrimp were super flavorful and delicious, and I definitely would not have complained if there were more of them!

After running around doing errands all day, we decided to cave and order Indian food for dinner. I looked everywhere for the menu but could not find it anywhere. I didn’t know the name of the restaurant so I couldn’t even look it up online. Then I realized I could search my blog for Indian food to find out the last time we ordered it, and look up the number in my phone from that date. And it worked! Indian food is now on the way thanks to blogging. 🙂

I’ll be back tomorrow – hope your weekends are going fabulously!

PS: I’ve finally sort of gotten my head around Twitter and have started tweeting when I put up a new post. If you’re on there, follow me @bethsjourneytt!

Surprises! (And a New Winner)

Happy Friday afternoon! Today has been an awesome day for a few reasons.

First, it’s amazing outside. Mid 80’s, sunny, and not at all humid. Awesome.

Second, I had a fabulous lunch but did a really bad job photographing it.

This mega salad had:

  • Tons of farmer’s market spinach
  • 1/2 cup wheat berries
  • 1/2 cup corn kernels
  • 1/2 cup black beans
  • 1/2 an avocado
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar

Look at all those toppings!

The fail part of this was that I had some Baked Tortilla Chips that I forgot to take a picture of (1 serving) and made an awesome dressing to go with the salad. I mixed together salsa + greek yogurt and drizzled it all over. It wasn’t very pretty (the color of the dressing), but it tasted great. This salad was awesome, huge, and so filling. I couldn’t even finish it all and that rarely, if ever, happens to me.

Third, my boyfriend surprised me at work with flowers!

And some veggies from a new Farmer’s Market that just opened in DC!

He know’s me pretty well, eh?

He brought microgreens, red and white radishes, black bok choy, and two bunches of kale!

Good job!! 🙂

And to follow up on the post from this morning, here are the answers to which wins for each, diet or exercise.

1.) Lose Weight – Diet – As research makes clear, trimming calories from your diet is the most direct route to a smaller size. It’s much easier to cut 500 calories from your diet every day than it is to go to the gym and burn 500 calories. Both diet and exercise are essential for keeping weight off, however.

2.) Boost Energy – Exercise – Exercise causes the brain to pour out invigorating neurotransmitters like dopamine and norepinephrine. People who train consistently report surges in energy.

3.) Reduce Risk of Heart Disease – Diet – Omega-3 fatty acids from oily fish lower hear disease risk by up to 64 percent. Working out does strengthen your cardiovascular system, though.

4.) Prevent Diabetes – Exercise – Achieving a healthy weight through diet and exercise is the biggest defense against diabetes, but exercise has a slight edge. Active muscles gobble up glucose from the blood for fuel, which helps keep blood-sugar levels stable.

5.) Prevent Cancer – Both – Eating a mostly plant-based diet and exercising regularly remain the gold standard for warding off cancer. The more consistently you workout, the greater the protection.

6.) Improve Mood – Exercise A 20-minute session can perk up your mood for up to 12 hours! It may also be as effective as mediacation for treating depression in some people. And exercise can lead to changes in the brain that strengthen your resolve against stress.

What do you guys think? To me it seems like each thing has an element of both exercise and diet, but its good to know that making healthy lifestyle choices can make a huge difference in your overall health. I found this information pretty interesting!

And the NEW KIND BAR Giveaway Winner is… #18, April, who said:

“I’m already a subscriber and have never tried KIND before! The Almond and Coconut sounds delish!”

Congrats April!! Please send me your shipping info to bethklein at gmail dot com and I’ll have the KIND Bar people get you out those bars to try.

Whew this post ended up being longer than expected, hope your Friday is going great too!!

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