Surprise Delivery

In case you couldn’t gather from yesterday’s post, San Antonio was not the healthiest of trips. I always go with the best of intentions and end up failing miserably and overdoing it while I am away for work. While I know it’s not the end of the world, it’s frustrating that I can’t seem to master eating healthy on a business trip…

One good move I did make was on Saturday I decided to order a box of fruits and vegetables from Washington’s Green Grocer. I ordered a box from them one other time which you can read about here, and while I was overall satisfied, I wasn’t impressed enough to order it again since then, which was about a year ago.

When I placed the order from my iPhone, I think I misread something because I was under the impression it was coming Monday. My thought was that I wouldn’t have time to grocery shop and when I got home from my trip, I’d have a box of fruits and veggies waiting. After I placed the order though, I totally forgot that I did and there was no box waiting at home on Monday.

Yesterday, however, was a different story.

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When I saw the box sitting up against my door like that when I got home, I had NO idea what it was until I took a closer look and realized it was a box full of fresh fruits and veggies!

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This time, I was REALLY impressed with the value of the box. Everything was in excellent condition, and it cost $31.25 with delivery including all fees. I ordered a small mixed box, which includes some organic, some transitional, and some conventional produce.

Check out how much they packed into the box!

First up, the fruit.

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    • 2 grapefruit
    • 3 naval oranges
    • 3 red pears
    • 6 fuji apples

*Note: This time I requested NO bananas, because last time they were a little bruised up and I am super particular about my bananas for some reason, so I’m not sure what they gave in place, but there was definitely a ton in the box!

Next up, the veggies:

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    • 2 portabella mushrooms (already gone)
    • 1 bunch of carrots w/the greens
    • 1 head cauliflower
    • 2 avocado
    • 2 cucumber
    • green beans (in the bag)
    • green leaf lettuce

Quite a lot of produce for just $31.25 including delivery! While I don’t think this will be a weekly thing by any means, I do think I’m going to try to make use of it during particularly busy weeks. I also love the idea of having it delivered when I’m just getting back to a trip and won’t have time to head to the store so that I have no excuses to get back on track immediately.

Have you ever used a delivery service for produce and/or groceries? Would you?

No Strings Attached

When I was walking out of work last night, a coworker asked me if I had any plans for the night. I enthusiastically replied, “Well, I am actually pretty excited because I ordered a box of veggies from this company for the first time and its going to be home when I get there!” Then I stopped myself from going any further because of the puzzled slash pitied look I was getting. But you guys can appreciate it, right?? ha.

The company is Washington’s Green Grocer, and they are one I have been eyeing for a while. The basic premise behind the company is that they do delivery service of fruits and veggies, sort of similar to a CSA except that there is no commitment to do it every week, or ever again if you’re not happy. You can do it weekly, monthly, or just as you wish, which is what I did for yesterday. From the website, “Our priority and focus from the start has always been to provide excellent quality produce and locally and regionally produced products as well as stellar customer service to every customer while helping to grow, support and encourage sustainable local agriculture…and to have fun doing it!”

I’ve been toying with the idea of giving it a try for a while now, and this week I finally got around to it. You have to sign up for a box by 8pm on Tuesday, and then Wednesday they deliver the box to your door.

They have small or large, and “mixed” or organic boxes. The mixed box has some organic, some transitional (waiting on organic certification) and some regular produce, and the small box is designed for 1-2 people, so I went with the small Mixed and it cost $31.25, including delivery.

I was so excited to see how everything looked, and I have to say I was impressed that all the produce was in pretty good condition.

Here’s the fruit that was in the box:

  • 4 bananas
  • 1 mango
  • 3 bosc pears
  • 3 fuji apples
  • 3 navel oranges

And the veggies:

  • Butternut Squash
  • Red Leaf Lettuce
  • Yukon Gold Potatoes
  • White Mushrooms
  • 2 Red Peppers
  • Green Beans
  • 4 Beets

The only item I wasn’t super impressed with was the bananas because they were slightly bruised and a little beat up. One great feature of the service is that you can customize your box each week and have them not give you certain things and more of others based on your preferences. So if I do it again, I’ll opt out of the bananas.

I’m happy to have all this local and regionally grown produce on hand, though a little overwhelmed with the amount! I can’t imagine how much more stuff is in the large box – I’d hope not double! This is SO much more than my CSA had each week, and this was $31.25 v. the $26 for my CSA over the summer, which I had to do each week. I definitely think this is a better option for me than the CSA so I can just get it when I want to, no strings attached.

I wasted no time and broke into the veggies immediately to make a huge salad for dinner. I almost never just have a salad for lunch or for dinner because it’s usually not enough to sustain me, but this one was humongous.

Red leaf lettuce for a base, topped with wheat berries, carrots, sauteed mushrooms and onions, red pepper, green beans, and 1/2 a can of tuna packed in water, topped with 2 tsp olive oil and a splash of balsamic. The veggies from the delivery yesterday (red leaf lettuce, green beans, red pepper) were all delicious and tasted very fresh, so I know the quality is there.

The only thing I can’t figure out is whether that amount of produce is worth $31. I mean when I shop, I always browse the sales and rarely spend $30 on just fruit and veggies. I tried breaking it down based on the cost per item and got a little overwhelmed from trying to add it all up, so hopefully you guys can help me!

What do you think? Do those fruits and veggies look like they are worth $31 to you (also considering they are delivered to your apartment)? Do you have anything similar to this where you are from? Would you try it?

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!

Busy Day!

Hi! Today has been really busy, but pretty fun too. At 5, my coworker (and friend) Kelly and I did a trip to the grocery store to stock up on some breakfast foods for tomorrow. We are both on our company social committee so we plan monthly gatherings for the staff, and this month instead of happy hour, we are doing an office breakfast. It’s scheduled for tomorrow and we’re getting it half catered, and half cooking in the office on griddles and George Formans. Kelly and I picked up a bunch of eggs, breakfast meat, OJ, and some other random breakfast items that you’ll get to see tomorrow. Should be fun and I’m pretty excited that I don’t have to think about packing breakfast tomorrow, too!

After our grocery trip, I went to a Bikram class at my favorite studio in Alexandria, VA. The studio has a great deal where you can purchase a 12 class package for $125, so just slightly above $10 per class. This is such a great deal considering most places are $15-20 per class for a drop in, so I took the plunge and bought the 12 package class tonight. For me this is the best type of package because I’ve decided I want to practice Bikram 2ish times a week and not more because thats just what works best for my body right now. Tonight’s class was awesome! I felt so good during the class and held some of the postures for the full time that I hadn’t been able to hold before! It’s so cool to see myself change and be able to handle more and more each class.

After I got home from Bikram, the boyfriend and I ordered Chinese food delivery. We’ve been really bad about cooking this week and have gone out to way more meals than normal. That said, the Chinese food was good tonight and it was nice having it here to eat when I got home from class. I started with a cup of egg drop soup:

And then had Mooshi Vegetable for my main dish, which is a lot of shredded veggies with eggs and it comes with pancakes and hoisin sauce.

I had two of these and they were really good, but the veggies were super saucy and pretty salty so now my mouth feels a little weird. While I was eating them though they were quite tasty. 🙂

I’m off to catch up on the Biggest Loser finale from last night even though I found out the winner today because I couldn’t stay away from it on Facebook/Twitter. For those of you who watch it, what do you think about the outcome? I’ll give my full opinion tomorrow once I actually see the whole episode!

Simple Pleasures

Sunday night is always kind of depressing, except I did have some great stuff happen with work late last week so tomorrow will be more celebratory than most Monday mornings. That said, I can always use one more day of the weekend… though today has shaped up to be a pretty awesome Sunday.

One of the things that made today so fabulous was I took a nice long bubble bath after my bike ride and smoothie. It felt so nice just to chill out in a warm bath and read for a little while! I love how simple things like that can make your day. I’m going to have to remember to do that more often. 🙂

After my bath I made a quick AB&J Sandwich with a sliced up pear.

It was exactly what I was craving and really hit the spot. Two slices of whole wheat potato bread, 1 tbsp almond butter, and 1 tbsp Crofter’s Asia. Simple, but delicious. I’ve learned my lesson many times to try to not go to the grocery store hungry because then I buy everything in sight. I already love grocery shopping (too much?) so if I go hungry, its just bad news. This sandwich was the perfect thing to help me from going overboard in the store. I got a bunch of produce (strawberries, bananas, raspberries, spinach, watermelon!) and a few other random things, but only spent about $35. My goal is to try to make it through the week without going shopping again, which should be very doable.

Funny that I say that, but then we actually ordered Indian Food for dinner. Neither of us felt like cooking and Indian food is cheap and fast… but no more going out/ordering food after tonight, either.

We got three dishes to share, and it came with basamti rice, naan and veggie samosas. The dishes were Alu Chole (chickpeas and potatoes), Mutter Paneer (peas and homemade cheese), and Bengan Bhurta (mashed eggplant and tomato cooked with Indian spices). I had one vegetable samosa (crisp turnover filled with spiced potatoes and peas) and some of each of the three dishes over basamati rice.

This is only our second time ordering from this indian restaurant, but it is so flavorful, comes really fast, and is always hot upon arrival and tastes fresh. Of these three, the peas and cheese were my favorite because the texture of the cheese was soft but not too soft, and it went great with the peas in the sauce it was in. I loved the chickpeas too, and the eggplant was pretty spicy which was a nice contrast against the other two dishes. Yum. And, the best part? There’s leftovers! 🙂

All the simple pleasures from today… a bubble bath, AB&J, and delivery, added up to an incredible Sunday. Now we’re sitting down watching The Lovely Bones (thank you Netflix!) so I’m going to get back to the movie.

Have a good night!

Nice Little Saturday

Hiya. I have nothing terribly exciting to report today except that finally having a day off has been wonderful! 🙂

I went to the mall and did a bunch of looking, but didn’t purchase anything. The mall was sooo crowded so the lines to try anything on or to get to the cash register were much too long for me. I did spot a Subway while I was walking around which is always a nice option when I’m on the go. I actually tried to find the food court but somehow got lost and found the Subway again so I figured it was meant to be. I got a 6″ veggie delite on wheat with pepperjack cheese.

I had them toast the bread with the cheese and then loaded on the veggies. Spinach, green peppers, red onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, and pickles. I also got some Baked Lays to go with it.

Yum. I haven’t had Subway in so long and I really do like it as a fast food option.

I did stop at Trader Joe’s on the way home from the mall, so not all was lost. I love Trader Joe’s but the closest one is about 20 minutes from my house, so I usually have to have an excuse to head out that way to make the trip. I got a lot of produce (blackberries, spinach, bananas, yellow bell pepper), frozen fruit and veggies, and some tart frozen yogurt that I’m excited to try. I also got a lot of other random stuff but hadn’t been there in a while so it was necessary. I ended up spending about $55 and am going to try not to go grocery shopping again until next weekend. I’ve been pretty good lately about using up what I have and not overdoing it at the grocery store, so hopefully this trend can continue.

After I got home from Trader Joe’s, I did Jillian Michaels’ Yoga Meltdown from ExerciseTV on Demand. I did two bike rides in a row yesterday and the day before so I didn’t want to ride again or run, but this workout is pretty challenging. It’s 30 minutes and its quick moving, so my heart rate was up and I was sweating, but I also got a lot of good deep stretching in. I had a quick snack after the workout before heading back out to do some more shopping.

This was ~1/2 cup nonfat cottage cheese from Trader Joe’s, covered with blackberries and more of the pumpkin flax granola from Whole Foods. I haven’t had cottage cheese in ages so when I saw it in Trader Joe’s I snagged some and it is delish.

I went to a Sports Authority because I had a coupon for $10 off from the Cherry Blossom 10 Mile run from a few weeks ago and wanted to get some bike accessories. I bought a gel seating pad that fits over your seat, a new water bottle, and a new sports bra. I also stopped at Target and bought a bunch of other stuff I didn’t need, making up for buying nothing at the mall. 🙂

I was pretty disappointed when I got home and realized the gel seat cover doesn’t fit over my seat! Argh. I’m going to try to return it but I already ripped the cardboard it was attached to. 🙁 Ah well hopefully they’ll still take it back. We then decided to order some indian food for dinner from a restaurant we’ve never tried before. I hadn’t had Indian in ages and really didn’t feel like cooking, and we were pleasantly surprised with the food! It came in 30 minutes and was hot and delicious! Wil ordered Lamb Vindaloo, and I got Palak Paneer (spinach with cheese) and Okra that was cooked in a spicy sauce. We also got a huge thing of Basamati rice, some naan, and veggie samosas that came complimentary with our order. Here’s my plate:

I had one veggie samosa, and basamati rice covered with spinach and okra. Everything was delicious! There was also unpictured yogurt sauce which was super necessary because everything was spicy so the yogurt sauce went with it perfectly and cooled it off. I really missed Indian food and am glad we found a good, cheap place that delivers! I have leftovers of both the veggies, so I just combined them into one container and will look forward to those one day soon.

Hope you’re having a nice weekend, too!

Back At It

Morning! Back to the grind and to work after the holiday. I made a few changes this morning that I think I’m going to try to stick with, but first, last night’s eats.

It ended up being very relaxing and low key, exactly what I needed. We decided to order Thai food from our favorite place, Neramitra, and it was not as good as usual. 🙁

I got the Tom Yum soup with seafood

And the Pad See-Ew with veggies:

x2. I never get noodle dishes, but it spoke to me on the menu, so I went with it. The noodles were pretty greasy, even though this is supposed to be one of the lighter dishes on the menu, and the soup has much less seafood than usual. I should have gotten the veggie soup because then they load it up with lots of veggies like baby corn, mushrooms, zucchini, cabbage, etc. Better luck next time. 😛

Last night, I had set my alarm for 7 because I was contemplating going out for a run this morning before work. The alarm went off and I got up (for once!) but was not feeling going out for a run. I remembered that I had tried a few of the On Demand workouts from Exercise TV, so I decided to take a look. I found two workouts, the AM Yoga (10 minutes) and the AM Stand-Up Ab workout that I decided to give a try.

I loved the yoga workout. I am a complete novice when it comes to anything yoga, and this was very beginner friendly and involved lots of stretching and deep breathing. I felt so awake and loose when I was done with it. The ab workout just wasn’t my thing. She was moving way too fast in some of the moves, and I wasn’t coordinated enough to keep up. I like stand up ab routines because they put less stress on your back, and Jillian Michael’s has one on there that I really like, so I think I’ll stick with that one instead of the AM Stand-Up one. I really want to try to get up a few minutes earlier and do the yoga in the morning. My goal is to do that every day this week, and today was day one. 10 minutes earlier shouldn’t be too hard, especially since that means getting up at 7:30am, not some ungodly hour like 4:30 or 5. 🙂

I made some true overnight oats last night and found another can of organic pumpkin hiding in my pantry! That was an exciting discovery.

These overnight oats had:

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup nonfat Oikos greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup light Silk soy milk
  • 1/3 cup canned pumpkin
  • Toppings: blackberries, crushed weetabix biscuit, and 1 tbsp Almond Butter

Really satisfying and I was proud of myself for changing up the toppings. 😛 Sad part is that I had no bananas at home, so couldn’t mash one into it. The banana mashed in there really gives the whole bowl a sweetness you don’t get when its left out and makes the texture a bit creamier, so I need to get on that stat. The good news is I am running really low on Almond Butter so my very first Oats in a Jar is quickly approaching. Stay tuned!

Question: Have you added anything to your morning routine that helps you feel more energized throughout the day? I’m not a morning person, so I can’t get up most mornings to do a workout before work (trust me, I’ve tried), but I think doing a quick 10 minute yoga routine is do-able and will help me relax a bit and wake-up in the mornings.