Pizza

Whipped Oats

So, back to normal, for now. 😉

I woke up early this morning to go for a run since I hadn’t worked out since Saturday. To be honest, I was kind of dreading the run before I went (mostly because I was awake before 7am, but partly because I hadn’t run in a week and I thought it was going to be hard!). It ended up turning out really well! Because of my dead computer, I couldn’t plug in my Garmin for the breakdown of stats, but I found this cool running calculator that can help you calculate pace or speed to figure it out.

Duration: 38:59

Distance: 4.00 mph

Avg. Speed: 6.16mph

Avg. Pace: 9:44 min/mi

Overall, a great run! The weather was perfect, a lot cooler than it has been for the last week or more. I think it was around 70 degrees and a little breezy. Amazing.

After I got back from my run, I was HUNGRY. Yesterday I saw this technique for Blended Grains, where you make your oatmeal like normal (or any other grain you want) then you blend it up. You can use a blender, food processor, or handmixer, and it basically gets really fluffy and turns into whipped oatmeal. I was thinking about it during my run, so figured why not give it a shot! It’s kind of hard to gauge the consistency of it from this picture, but it was really creamy and delicious.

I topped it off with some cherry craisins

And it was goooooood. For this bowl, I used:

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (2 pts)
  • 1 cup water (0 pts)
  • 2 tbsp egg whites (0 pts)
  • ~2 tbsp cherry craisins (1 pt)

I added the egg whites to give it a little protein and I couldn’t even taste that they were in there. I will definitely be blending up my oats or some other grains again – I loved the texture of these! I had a pretty huge Pink Lady Apple (1 pt) for a mid-morning snack.

Lunch was half successful, half not-so-much. Bad news first. I had some arugula in my CSA from last week that I wanted to use up (since I get a new box tomorrow) but it has so many tiny holes in it! I looked it up and found out that the holes are from flea beetles and I guess it’s common for them to eat arugula that is organic. That said, I rinsed the arugula really really well, but it was grossing me out as I was eating it.

I ended up picking the feta and blueberries off the salad and throwing most of the arugula out. 🙁

The successful part of lunch was pizza! I picked up these flatbreads at Trader Joe’s:

I heated up some spinach in the microwave and dried it off really well with a paper towel. I added some pizza sauce, the spinach, and some reduced fat mozzarella cheese to the flatbread and threw it in the toaster oven. The end result was this:

So good!! The point breakdown for lunch is:

  • Arugula (0 pts)
  • RF Feta (1 pt)
  • 1 cup blueberries (1 pt)
  • Flatbread (3 pts)
  • Pizza Sauce (0 pts)
  • Spinach (0 pts)
  • RF Mozzarella (1 pt)

So 6 total, which is not bad at all.

What are some of your favorite things to healthify? I love making pizza at home because it’s one of my favorites! Regular pizza can have so much fat/calories/points (which I still eat a bit too much), but making a healthy version at home is pretty easy and delicious. I also like to make my own fries at home, another one of my favorite unhealthy things that can actually be really good for you if you make it in your own kitchen.

Calling My Name

Morning! It is crazy hot here in DC… already in the mid 80s this morning and heading for the mid 90s by the afternoon! It wouldn’t be so bad if it wasn’t so humid, but it is what it is.

Last night my boyfriend ended up having the night off so we decided to do happy hour by the house. It was way too hot to run or bike outside and I was thinking about swimming, but then realized my pool is closed on Mondays. When he asked if I wanted to go to Kora for happy hour, I couldn’t say no…

We ended up splitting a small white pizza (which normally comes with sausage but we asked for it without).

It’s actually a lot smaller than it looks but just as delicious. I had a few glasses of red wine with my pizza and then had a vegan pasta dish, which was also quite small.

This was vegetable agnolotti, which is similar to a ravioli in that its a stuffed pasta. Because it was vegan, it had no cheese and was just stuffed with tons of veggies! The sauce was a housemade red pepper coulis (with no cream) so the dish was very light. This is something I’ll definitely try to recreate at home sometime soon. Twas a fun night, and a rare occassion I get a weeknight with my beau, so I enjoyed it.

This morning I woke up BEFORE my alarm went off, which never happens to me. I looked at the clock and was wide awake and realized it was before 7. Though unplanned, I decided to go out for a run and take advantage of the day before the heat set in. The run was great, and this time I remembered to drink a lot of water before going out which was a much better idea than the last time I ran in the morning and left without taking a sip. Here are today’s stats:

Distance: 3.20 miles

Duration: 31:45

Avg. Speed: 6.0mph

Avg. Pace: 9:56 min/mi

Calories: 373

Though I don’t think I’ll become a consistent morning exerciser, I’m loving getting my workouts in first thing. I feel like it sets me up to have a good day and make better food decisions since I don’t want to “waste” my workout from the morning.

After I got home, a blueberry breakfast parfait was calling my name. Last night, I heated up 1 cup of blueberries in the microwave for 1 min 30 seconds. I refridgerated it over night so it chilled, and looked like this in the morning:

Into a tall glass, I layered:

  • 1 cup of chilled blueberry syrup (1 pt)
  • 1 cup of nonfat plain yogurt (2 pts)
  • 1 serving of vanilla protein cereal (2 pts)

That was a sample I had received a while back and hadn’t yet tried. I really loved the texture of the cereal – much crispier than regular cheerios a bit “airier” if that makes sense. The parfait turned out great!

The plain yogurt was creamy and provided a nice contrast against the sweet blueberry syrup (which had nothing but blueberries!) and the cereal added the perfect amount of crunch. This is one of the best breakfast parfaits I’ve ever made/eaten.

I think you could do the microwave fruit trick with lots of different kinds of berries/fruit – raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, etc. The microwaving gets it melty and syrupy, and then chilling it makes it almost jelly like. SO good.

And the background on the parfait is a view of my pool, which was also calling my name this morning.

But work won out on that one… 🙂

Are you a morning or an evening exerciser? What’s your pre workout routine. Do you eat/drink before you go?

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! 🙂 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. 🙂 And some carrots on the side so I can say my lunch was semi-healthy. 😉

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!

Pizza Night

Today has been such a fun day but I am so sad it’s already almost 10pm and tomorrow is Monday aka back to work! I am sooooo sore from my back-to-back workouts yesterday and don’t worry, I definitely take the whole day off and ate enough to make up for all the calories burned yesterday. 😛

My boyfriend had off too, so Wil and I did a little shopping and got some new plants for the balcony which was fun. Grocery shopping, Target, Crate and Barrel outlet (!!!) and a few others. We went to lunch at a Thai restaurant but I forgot my camera so couldn’t take any pics! I had a shrimp appetizer that was 3 shrimp each wrapped in a wonton wrapper and fried, which was served with sweet and sour sauce. It was SO good, perfect mix of crunchy from the wrapper, sweet from the sauce, and soft from the shrimp. For my main course I had the spicy eggplant dish which was awesome. It had tofu, eggplant, red and green peppers, onions, and a few other veggies. It was in a light garlicky brown sauce with basil and was so flavorful and delish. I had some leftovers but I don’t know what happened to them. I may have left them at the restaurant. Sad!

Then dinner was awesome. We ended up making pizzas at home, and my boyfriend whipped up the dough from scratch.

We spread out the crusts and had more cheese than necessary.

Mozzarella, Basil, Provolone, Romano, Parmesan, Ricotta, and Crushed Organic Tomatoes. Here is the 5 cheese pizza with torn basil ready to go in the oven.

And all done baking:

We had a salad with arugula, radishes, turnips, and a citrus vinaigrette, which was delicious, but the pizza was definitely the star!

We ate out on the balcony because the weather was perfect for it, and I had a hefeweizen with a slice of orange alongside my pizza and salad.

The pizza was incredible. I can’t even remember the last time we made pizza at home and its so much fun to pick your toppings and have it exactly how you want. So, so good and perfect for tonight.

Hope you had a fabulous weekend. What was the highlight?

Thriftin’

Sadly, my day off is over! It always seems to fly by before you know it! Even though the rain ruined our original plan, we didn’t let it ruin us. We decided to go thriftin’ because there’s still a bunch of random stuff we need for the apartment and going to thrift stores can be fun!

I found this one store online called Unique Thrift Store that was apparently the size of a Target and worth the trip, and we ventured out. There were a bunch of sneaky vendors at the beginning before you got into the proper thrift store that had a bunch of cool stuff that was not too cheap and caught our attention immediately. Once we realized they weren’t part of the “Customer Appreciation Day” (where everything was 25% off!) we quickly moved on, and this was no joke. This store was enormous, with rows and rows of household stuff, furniture, books, games, clothes, shoes, etc. Unfortunately, the furtniture wasn’t very good looking (we are in search of *the perfect* coffee table) and the household supplies (which we honestly don’t really need any) left something to be desired. We made a rule that we had to find at least two things to purchase in order to buy something at the store, and though Wil found one random spoon he wanted, we walked out empty handed.

We then spotted (in the same parking lot!) this Asian grocery store that we decided to stop in. It seriously blew my mind. They had tanks with live eel, shrimp, dungeness crabs, mini lobsters, and other fish, which were all SO CHEAP. They had rows and rows of produce, some I had never heard of before, and then aisles and aisles of asian groceries. I was so overwhelmed, I didn’t even take any pictures, and I zoomed from aisle to aisle focusing on random segments. At one I point I decided to get stuff to make sushi because of their fresh fish, rows of rice, and many difference kinds of seaweed, but then I aborted mission and tried to find soba noodles, but got distracted by tea. I want to go back to this place and have a game-plan, because we walked out with lots and lots of random things, but nothing that really went together. In terms of produce, we got a melon, white sweet potatoes, cucumbers,mango, avocado, and yams, and then crystalized honey, tea, tapioca flour, spices, skewers for the kabob, Sriracha hot sauce, and some other randoms. It was such a cool experience, and we were the only white people in the whole store, but I want to go back with a plan!

After that we ventured to another thrift store and actually found a good coffee table, some art for our wall, and some new grill utensils. All of the furniture was 50% off, so we got the table for $20! It’s a little low to the ground for my preference, but it works.

After we returned from our day of thrifin’, we decided to go to happy hour at Kora. They have some great happy hour specials, and its walking distance from our apartment. I started off with a glass of Malbec, and the bartender decided to put the whole bottle near my glass ‘in case I wanted more.”

That never ends well. 🙂 I got some bruschetta to start (which was $5 for happy hour!) and it was delicious.

The bread was toasty, the tomatoes juicy but perfectly firm, and the pesto perfect with the dish. Yum! We then split two tiny pizzas.

The first was a white pizza with provolone, mozzarella, and spinach (we asked for it without sausage).

The second was a margarita pizza with fresh mozz, tomato, and basil. Both were outstanding! They had a pizza oven that was in perfect view from where we were sitting at the bar, and the crust was crispy but perfectly fluffy. The cheese was all melty, and the toppings were perfect on both pizzas. So good! They were pretty small, so splitting two did not feel too indulgent (they were also $5 each for happy hour!)

Then we ended the meal with a Beet Salad.

It had roasted red beets, arugula, walnuts, gorgonzola, orange segments, and an orange vinaigrette. It was the perfect way to end the meal! The walnuts were toasted and everything just went so well together. This one was not on the happy hour menu but we were in the mood for some greens, so it was delicious.

I’m off to watch Nurse Jackie and make it an early night so I can get ready to go to work tomorrow (what’s that!?)! Have a good night!