All microwave dinner

January 25, 2011

Oats for breakfast seemed cozy on this cold winter morning.


-1/8 c steel cut
-1/2 c rolled oats
-tsp pecans
-salt, sweet n low
-half banana
-handful frozen mixed berries for TJ’s (mostly blackberries tho)
-water


The blackberries in this were awesome. Delicious sour kick to the oats. I have 2 whole bags of this frozen mixed fruit so pretty excited about that haha. Get ready to be sick of reading about frozen berries.

Morning snack-a-roo: other half of the banana.


Lunch was healthy choice tortilla soup with sun chips and of course Goya. Hot sauce is another thing that if don’t mention you can probably just assume it’s there, especially Goya with my lunches.


Anyway, This soup does not have enough chicken. The tortilla strips are good but it is not very hearty.


Afternoon snack of soy nuts and cocoa roasted almonds. I also had a coffee (no pic) which quickly perked up my tired afternoon.


Ever notice sometimes what a little bit of caffeine can do to your mood? That’s why I try not to drink it everyday. I like the energy and mood boost I get with the low tolerance.

Fake fiber one bar Pre gym in my cozy ugg that I wish I was wearing…


…instead of these heels.


Fitness: I tested myself in my pushups today. Instead of doing a routine I I’d as many as I could and then did and easier day. What I ended up with was 44-14-10-10-24. I can’t believe I’m only at 44 after so many MONTHS of doing this! I still plan to stick with it though… I will get to 100 one day! Aside from cursing the 100 pushup challenge, my other fitness was my regular Tuesday routine (see the my workouts tab).

Dinner was back to my roots aka totally prepared in the microwave– thanks to a few Trader Joe’s items.


Tuna in red panang curry sauce and Thai style lime pilaf.


Took a total of about 6 mins to put together and made 2 meals at about 420 calories each.


1. I started by heating the rice 2 mins in it’s pouch. Not sure why I bought this rice because its not whole grain, must have thought it was.
2. Mixed the TJ’s tuna pouch with a 100 calorie can of tuna (it didn’t look like enough meat and there was extra sauce so this was a good choice especially to be able to stretch it into 2 meals) and heated in microwave 2 mins.
3. Toss green beans in salt, red pepper flakes and garlic powder then heat in microwave 2 mins.

The rice was good but nothing special. If it were whole grain I’d buy it again but it wasn’t worth the lack of fiber.


The tuna was really good! It was in no way “hot” as described on the package (note the Goya addition. Would have been better with siricha (sp?)) As I said before I was glad I added more tuna to it!


Always enjoy French cut green beans.


All in all a good meal. I will enjoy it again… Probably tomorrow.

2 fish for dessert.


Btw When I eat this small serving of fish, I don’t really consider it dessert. Its basically just a palate cleanser after dinner. I’m not a psycho, I know what dessert is and I would not consider 2 fish it. But anyway its nice tonhave a touch of something sweet after dinner haha.

Gnight, pals.

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Turmeric education

December 15, 2010

Breakfast was a new peanut butter (you’re welcome for not eating oats, Sam)-Naturally nutty chocolate cherry pb. When I opened it up I was delightfully surprised that there were actual dried cherries in it.

-1 tbsp NN chocolate cherry pb
-ww bagel thing toasted

The peanut butter was good but I couldn’t really taste chocolate or cherry. The cherries in it were a nice touch though.

Morning snack banana.

Lunch was healthy choice again. This time cheese tortellini.

This was basically tomato soup with some spinach and a few tortellinis. It only added up to 180 calories so I had a Thomas’ Light English Muffin toasted and spritzed with Olivio butter spray which I then dipped into it.

Afternoon snack was a cut up apple.

Pre workout pb vita top. Speaking of which, so excited to order the new pumpkin spice vita flavor today!

Fitness: taught kick boxing tonight. Nothing special to report back on… My class never gets old for me. The hour goes so fast, I could go for longer.

Dinner escalated quickly. It started with TJ’s microwaveable wild rice… good stats, looked interesting, bad smell when I opened it.

On the stove I poured some frozen mixed vegetables and white beans in a pan coated with butter spray.

In the oven I broiled purdue baked chicken breast 5 minutes each side.

I mixed it all together and split into 3 servings (only 2 have chicken because that was all I had). It turned out a robust size about 430 calories a serving (590 with chicken). Mistake one, should have broken it into four servings if I wanted the chicken. 500 calories is enough for dinner.

Mistake two, I then tried to spice it up by taking about 1/3 of an Oikos non-fat Greek yogurt and mixing it with turmeric, cayenne pepper, and “no salt” salt (sounds weird… It’s low sodium salt).

The idea was good. Definitely needed some type of sauce because the rice still smelled weird, but I went a little heavy handed on the turmeric. Apparently a little goes a long way. I only have turmeric in my cabinet because Dan uses it in his famous (in my mind- i love it!) chili. I probably should have asked him before I poured a heaping amount into the yogurt. It was not good. I ended up eating the crispy baked chicken, which, as always, was awesome. I tried to get through the rice and veg but just couldn’t. It was a big dinner anyway so I guess I’m “eating intuitively” by stoping mid meal? I tried putting some curry powder to tone down the turmeric (did not work), but hence the yellow color of the remnants:

You win some, you lose some I guess. I will probably fear turmeric for a while now. I feel like I can’t make a real decision if I like the rice or not but I will try it tomorrow sans sauce. Thank God I didn’t put sauce over all of it!

Beware of turmeric.

Cleansed the palate with this sliver of Lauren’s birthday pumpkin cake. The icing was so good I knew I had to back away before I scraped the whole cake. Cake was good too but I have a weakness for icing. It’s an unhealthy obsession actually. So they make cakes anywhere there are 90% icing? Dream.


Burning off weekend feasting

December 13, 2010

First off, I bought this at Starbucks yesterday and I love it:

Other than that, seems like a boring day today, at least until my loong gym sess. And all my pics are from the iphone because i was charging my camera battery and left it at home.

Breakfast of oats. These smelled delicious but were a little boring compared to my oat experiments last week.

-half banana
-1/8 c steel cut
-1/4 c multi grain
-salt, cinnamon, sweet n low

Morning snack other half of the banana.

Lunch was a chicken carbonara lean cuisine with crushed red pepper.

This is one of my favorite lean cuisines! Delicious cheesy, bacony sauce and lots of chicken. Spiced up with crushed red.. Looming in the background.

Afternoon baked apple snack. I got this apple in one of my lunch boxes last week. I don’t usually eat red delicious, I think they are grainy textured and not tart enough for me but thought maybe I would like it better “baked”. And by baked I obviously mean in the microwave. it was def better baked. I still need to get some cinnamon to keep at work!

Holiday vita top:

Fitness: went to MLS in Bryn Mawr to use more of my Philly dealyo classes. I got there early enough to run 5k on the treadmill…I was pretty slow and did it in about 27 mins. I don’t care for the treadmill but this was less painful then my last treadmill 5k. I finished by walking for .8 mile and made it a nice round 4 miles. After that went to boot camp. Another pretty good bc. This class was completely different from the last one, which i have mixed feelings about. I missed the kettlebells, she used two 5 lb weights instead and did a ton of reps. I thought 5lbs wouldn’t be enough but she really pumped out lots of reps. Again, there were some good cardio moves but they still used the step class moves more then I like. I hate step class! The ones she used today were easier and less dance-y, so i liked that. I got in an hour and a forty today which was needed after the binge this weekend. I have a feeling this may be a theme of the coming month. Now I am feeling really tuckered out so hopefully I will sleep really well tonight.

Snappy dinner since I was starving post gym and had a longer drive home since I went to MLS. I popped this Trader Joe’s spicy Kung pow chicken in the microwave. Drink was skim milk as always.


It had chicken, white rice, mushrooms, carrots, broccoli, and peanuts in a Kung pow sauce. It took about 5 minutes to heat up… It was recommended to heat for 8 mins and then let sit for 2 but I was way too hungry and impatient for that.


It was good. I especially liked the peanuts in it. The mushrooms were delicious too but there weren’t enough of them. The broccoli was plentiful which was nice, as was the chicken. It was not spicy…I had to kick it up myself with this:


I was still a little hungry afterward so I had a handful of raisins. About 50 calories worth.


Now in bed really tired with tired legs. Goodnight!


Red beans and rice soup fail.

December 6, 2010

Looking at my google calendar at work this morning and feeling a tad stressed. I have a busy week ahead of me. Lots to do at work, holiday parties, fitting in workouts, other errands that are popping up, etc.

Trying to get everything i can done today!

For breakfast I got 2 scrambled eggs from the restaurant(?) in my work building. With a side of ww bagel thin toasted and sprayed liberally with butter spray.

And a diet snapple:

I was in a meeting and missed morning snack time. Lame. lunch I was too busy to actually take today… I ate a healthy choice red beans and rice soup at my desk. It was no bueno. I added suicide hot sauce but it needed salt which makes me cringe because I know how much sodium is already in canned soup. I would have liked it to be less brothy and more red bean and rice-ish but I guess that defeats the purpose of soup.

I was hungry again throughout the afternoon.

Banana.

Pistachios.

Vita that I didn’t have time to get creative but kept with the holiday theme!

Fitness: I took an hour long spin class at the gym tonight. It was not my best workout. Not sure why, just one of those days when it was hard to push myself. Does anyone else have those days or weeks?

I ran some errands including buying my toys for tots gifts for work. Then came home and made dinner.

-Leftover whole wheat pasta and sauce sprinkled with crushed red and garlic
-purdue baked chicken cutlet (broiled in over for about 6 mins)
-broccoli tossed with salt and parmesan (steamed in microwave with a splash of water for 4 mins)

I love those pursue chicken cutlets they are convenient and taste bad for you.. In a good way because they aren’t. You can heat them straight up in the microwave for 1.5-2 mins but broiling them makes them crispier. Tastes like chicken fingers- you can imagine they’re fried. Delish. Broiled cutlet:

Now thinking about packing for NY since I am busy this week. Keyword thinking, way too hard to pack this far in advance. gonna read some more intuitive eating. Im only about 12 pages in but I think I am what they describe as a careful eater:

I somewhat agree so far but I am not sure I can change the way I’ve been eating for the past 7 plus years. And I think it is fine to have a knowledge of how many calories you consume. Especially in this day in age where there are so many scary stats at restaurants. One day you think you’re eating a turkey sandwich and being healthy only to return to your desk to look up the stats online.. And what you ate was upwards of 1000 calories. Then you cry. Yes, this actually happened to me….twice. Now I always look up what im ordering at bear rock cafe and panera. Everytime.

That’s good advice! (a league of their own quote)


Hot run, not so hot yoga

December 2, 2010

Breakfast this morning was oats again. I’m on an oats kick. Probably cause it’s so cold out side and they are warm and cozy and filling.

Today I spruced them up and made peanut butter banana oats!


-1/8 c steel cut
-1/8 c multi grain
-1 1/2 tbsp PB2
-1/2 banana
-pinch salt
-packet sweet n low

These were peanut buttery and bananay- which makes them super creamy- and crunchy from the steel cut.

For snack I broke out my final fruit natural. I don’t really like these. And I don’t really like grapefruit. I have always wanted to like it, it looks good, it’s good for you, you get to eat it with those fun spoons, but it’s too bitter. I drained the juice and tried to like it. No go.


I sprinkled with sweet n low. Still no.


I got 2/3 through and gave up. I just don’t like grapefruit. I washed out the bitterness with the other half of my banana.

Lunch was tuna noodle casserole leftovers with some added Goya.


The leftovers were not quite as good as the orig. The soup got a little mote watery. It noodles were still good tho, maybe better.

Afternoon apple.


Preworkout vita. I despise the movie elf but going with my holiday theme, here ya go:


Fitness: I went back to MLS Fitness for running and hot yoga. I hopped on the treadmill for a 5k. It was rough. I did it in about 8:57 pace. The treadmill is so boring! I liked this one had a loop you watched yourself go around but I was staring at it so the time passed very slowly. It was also waaay too hot in the gym so I was dying. It was pleasant. I just kept telling myself only .6 miles left… .5…. .4, you get it. Ew.

I was extremely ready to stop and go to hot yoga. Well it was yoga, with a heater- not necessarily hot. I think it was hotter in the gym. Regardless, the class was really good! Moved quickly, lots of hop openers (which I like), and some of the hardest balancing poses I’ve ever done! Anyway I like the combo of running and yoga even if I was expecting it to be hot yoga. I just need to run outside and I can take or leave the heat but I really need some triangle poses and it would have been perfect.

For dinner I had Jae over so I cooked up a bunch of whole wheat pasta and chicken snausages.


My plate:


-little pasta
-sauce
-crushed red
-salt
-parmesan

Pasta= 1 c-ish:


Sausage covered in sauce:


-biiiig scoop salad mix
-tomatoes
-balsamic vinegar
-ff feta

I’ve been drinking about 2 cups of milk with dinner every night. Kind of boring for pictures so just FYI.

Rest of my night… Couch/ tv with friend Jae and roommate Lauren – shower – pack for NY – bed.

While I was packing I ate a few of these… It’s an addiction I need to get rid of them!


(more holiday ambience… Busted out my snowflake blanket haha)