Southern Feast

April 13, 2011

I continued my productivity into the morning and i cleaned my shower before going to work. I like to clean my shower while I’m already getting in there to shower. Weird? Makes it easier I think.

My legs are super sore today from the running, weights, pilates and spinning this week. I am really hitting all my workouts this week. Recently I’ve had to modify my schedule and not do it all.

This morning I decided I needed the muscle healing protein of eggs. I had a smart ones egg mcmuffin knock off with a packet of ketchup on top. Slightly rubbery but good in a pinch.


Morning snack was a nectarine I bought yesterday at the produce stand. And a few cocoa roast almonds.


Lunch was a sesame chicken lean cuisine. Another favorite. The only problem with this one is that it seems very small. I have to cut up the chicken to drag out the eating process a bit.


Out of the microwave:


My prep:


I have been kind if hungry all day. For my snack I had my last white cheddar rice cake, some grapes (there weren’t many left) and some nuts.


Vita in a meeting.


Fitness: usual wed. Taught my kickboxing class with extremely sore legs (I think from my Jackie Warner workout on Monday).

Dinner was a new concoction Parmesan/old bay/corn flake Crusted Tilapia and inspired my southern feast.


I mixed together the parm, old bay seasoning, and crushed corn flakes and dipped the tilapia in skim milk and then into the mixture. I baked at 475 for 10 mins. For sides I did canned collard greens, super market mashed potatoes and crusty ciabatta bread (had half with spray butter).


This was delicious!! The fish turned out flakey and tasty. The only change I would have made is not used Parmesan because you couldn’t really taste it.


This was also the first time I ever had collard greens. I bought canned Glory brand that were preseasoned and they were so flavorful! They tasted slightly like hame, had a little spice, solo good. They paired great with my faux fried fish and mashed potatoes.


The potatoes I bought are the ones near the chicken in the supermarket. I am nt sure the brand but the country mash are delicious without a ton of added fat.


Great dinner!

Dessert:


I’m finally full.


Productive

April 12, 2011

Really having a variety of breakfasts lately vs my normal routine of eating the same thing for weeks. Today I had Chobani Pomegranate Greek Yogurt and mixed with Kashi Good Friends cereal.


I love this yogurt! It is thick and creamy with tons of protein. It is basically plain tart Greek yogurt with the flavoring on the bottom you mix in. It’s delicious. Paired with some crunchy cereal I really enjoy it.

Morning snack was an apple and some mixed nuts.


Lunch was a tortilla crusted lean cuisine. I think it’s official that this is my favorite lean cuisine. The fish is so tasty and the rice has lots of corn and peppers and a delicious sour cream sauce. Perfect for hot sauce transport also. Out of the microwave:


Close-up:


My preparation:


I had a dr apt today and left work at 2:30. I had some grapes on the road.


Afterward it didn’t make much sense to return to the office for like 20 min so I ran some errands before my nightly gyming. I picked up some awesome cheap produce at this obscure stand on Ridge Ave which you will be seeing this week, got a pedicure for the wedding this weekend, went to the bank, and other odds and ends. Feeling productive.

I snacked on a fiber one bar and a small Dunkin donuts coffee with skim milk and sweet n low while running aforementioned errands.


Fitness: usual Tuesday routine of Pilates and teaching my spin class. I even had time to knock out my pushups which was not as difficult as i thought they would be since I lifted yesterday. I am still on w4d2 and in at 25-29-25-25-25. The last set should be 46 so I’ve got a ways to go.

Dinner was planned out to be quick (I’ve learned my lesson about starving on Tuesdays and needing food fast). I had spaghetti and meatball leftovers from Sunday.


-whole grain pasta
-baby Bella mushrooms
-grape tomatoes
-sauce
-pineapple teriyaki chicken meatballs
-some RF Parmesan
-side of sprouted soy crunch bread with spray butter


It was actually better today because the sauce had a chance to thicken up. Muy delicioso.


Birthday! …and lent

March 10, 2011

march 9 marks my 28th birthday. I am not a huge celebrator of birthdays (like people who have a bday month) but I like it to be acknowledged.. and I don’t mind gifts. haha

Today was also the first day of Lent. While I am not always the best Catholic, i do try to honor lent. Today I started 40 days of giving up peanut butter and peanut butter flavored things. I have been eating a ton of it lately so this is going to be a tough one.

For breakfast i really wanted those pb puffins but I promised to give them up, so i avoided.


-1/2 c grapenuts
-tbsp chopped pecans
-1/2 banana
-skim milk

I had the other half of the banana before going to lunch so I wouldnt be ravenous. Bad pic but trying to make it a little more interesting the just half of an overripe banana.


At work on your birthday, Lunch Club will take you out to wherever you want to go. Since I am having 2 meals out today (and this makes me slightly anxious) I wanted to go to a place where i can find out the calorie count and get something delicious, filling, and healthy. I chose Red Lobster. I don’t go there often but I love seafood and their website has an amazingly detailed nutritional information section. Dream! I planned out my meal before going and it was great.


-the highlight of trip: cheddar bay biscuit! soo melty and cheesy and fabulous.


-garden salad sans the croutons with balsamic vinagrette on the side (used the fork dip technique)


-blackened mahi-mahi with a double side of broccoli


They later brought me some ice cream with whipped cream and hot fudge.. i had a few bites of this as well. I couldn’t turn down free ice cream.


In the afternoon, I had the other half of my pint of strawberries.


Birthday vita top! In the flowers my department got me.


Fitness: i wasn’t going to not workout on my birthday!

Flashback to last year when I couldn’t work out because my eye was hit by a soccer ball and i was forced to do no physical activity for 2 weeks! I felt so guilty going out to eat. Tear.

Anyway, I taught my kickboxing class as usual.

For dinner I really wanted frozen yogurt. I love it and my life has been missing it since Saxby’s closed in Manayunk (psst, i hear a new place is opening in April!!). A quick googling earlier in the week led me to here: Sweetgreen. Not exactly close to my house, but not too far either. They seemed to have some healthy and delicious sounding salad options and more importantly tart forzen yogurt!.

I made my own salad with:


-mesclun mix
-spicy quinoa
-cucumbers
-peppers
-whole wheat croutons
-baked falafel
-curry pineapple yogurt dressing (fat free)


This was really good! The dressing really only tasted like curry, which was a good thing. The quinoa had a bit of a kick… Also good. I got the falafel which was tasty too. I would have preferred shrimp or chicken but they were out of shrimp and since it’s Ash Wednesday I stayed away from the meat.

It came with a side of wheat bread.


And as I said I really came for the tart yogurt. I splurged for the large with coconut, blueberries, and blackberries. This place was good, no pinkberry but, decent yogurt. They didn’t have that many topping choices. I think their schtick is locally grown stuff so the fruit selection was lacking.


I also had a stick of Kinder Bueno compliments of my friend Pam who just came back from Argentina and knows of my obsession with this hard to find in the US candy bar.


This was the perfect birthday dinner for me. I like to have a special treat on my birthday but if I go wild with fried food and a huge meal and tons of cake I will just feel guilty and gross. This was a good balance.

Thanks everyone for the birthday texts, calls, and facebook messages! Hello 28.


Diet-to-go

March 1, 2011

A while back I purchased a Phillydealyo for Diet-to-go. The next few days you are going to see what this plan looks like…

$45 for a 5-Day Low Fat Meal Plan

Diet-to-go as they describe it is “a calorie-restricted food delivery company. From our chefs in the kitchen to their customer service reps on the phones, they are obsessed with providing you the healthiest, most affordable and best tasting calorie-restricted meals on the planet. Diet-To-Go’s goal is for you to love their meals so much that achieving your goals of losing weight, maintaining weight or improving your overall health and well-being becomes much easier.”

The deal: five (5) days of Low-Fat Traditional or Low-Fat Vegetarian meals for $45. See the website here: http://phillydealyo.philly.com/deal/philadelphia/diettogo . The regular cost is $101.99.

Per the website, I will get 5 days of meals (3 meals a day) that total 1,200 calories. They also recommend adding 2 glasses of milk a day. I chose the Low-Fat traditional.

The change for me… I usually eat between 1300-1500 calories a day. I also have a lot of snacks. This program may be a little light for me and without any snacks I may be hungry between meals too. I am going to try and follow the program, I mean its only a few days.. we shall see. FYI, this isn’t something I am interested in doing all the time– too much money for me but I am excited to see how the food is and maybe get some ideas from their meals.

I picked up on today (Tuesday) after work and made my first meal for dinner.

Herb crusted whitefish with creamy polenta, broccoli florets, and sesame breadsticks.


All I had to do was take out the lemon and breadsticks and heat in the microwave for about 3 mins then squirt the lemon on the fish. I served with my usual side of skim milk which was actual also recommended by deit-to-go.


It was really good! The fish was a big portion of white, flakey and tastiness. It reminded me of tortilla crusted fish lean cuisine but much bigger and fresher. The lemon worked well with it also but it needed a little salt.


The polenta was something different I wouldn’t normally make for myself and reminded me of grits. I liked.


Broccoli was broccoli. A little chewier then if I made it fresh but good addition.


The breadsticks were packaged and pretty lame. Would like it better and could have been healthy if it was a whole wheat roll or something but I still ate them… Obvi.


All in all I really liked my first diet-to-go meal. I am skeptical about some of the upcoming meals but I won’t spoil the surprise.


Lauren’s birthday, wooo

December 14, 2010

I tried to make my oats less boring this morning. Started with this rosey bowl that gave them a rosey glow. Just kidding that just happened.


-1/8 c steel cut
-1/4 c multi grain
-cinnamon, salt, sweet n low
-1/2 banana
-frozen pomegranate seeds on top

Frozen fruit on top makes it tons less boring.


1/2 banana for morning snack.


Fitness: since today is Lauren’s bday I had my spin class subbed for the night and got my gyming done at lunch. Fartlek training. Wikipedia calls it “Fartlek, which means “speed play” in Swedish, is a form of conditioning which puts stress on the whole aerobic energy system due to the continuous nature of the exercise. The difference between this type of training and continuous training is that the intensity or speed of the exercise varies, meaning that aerobic and anaerobic systems can be put under stress.” I did a variation of this but with 10 min warm up and 10 min cool down at 6.5 instead of 6.0.

I’ve only done this workout a handful of times and it’s usually pretty hard. Today I ran it quite easily. I was waiting for it to get hard but it never really did. Probably should have pushed myself a little more. In the end I went about 3.6 miles on 32 mins. Pretty slow but that’s what the workout was set up as.

Ate a soup at my desk for lunch post workout. Healthy choice lentil with goy a in it. It’s just ok. I like the plateful spinach initial but I really prefer Indian preparation of lentils as opposed to soup. Has good stats though and filling and conveniently heats in it’s own container.


Afternoon snacks were cut up pear and 100 calorie bag of popcorn.


I love popcorn and I always want it when people make it in the office which is inevitably at least once a week. However, if I eat it before a workout thats all I taste the entire time. Same deal with hummus, can’t eat it before a workout. Do you have anything like that, that just doesn’t sit well with you while working out?

I ran some errands after work (feeling productive!) and then met Lauren at home to drive to McCormick & Schmick’s in center city where we met Jae to celebrate Lauren’s 28th birthday. We drove past the infamous “Christmas Village”- actually made me was to check it out. Looks amusing.


I started with some wine, bread, and a single chilled shrimp. Delicious. Wish the bread was warm though :(


I was very excited that they had calorie counts on the back of the menu! The menu changes daily so not everything was listed but this gave me a good base. I chose the cedar roasted salmon with Northwest berry sauce. It was on the back (partly why I chose it) and it had 470 calories.


The sauce was really good but I wished there was more of it. Veggies were good too and lightly sauced which was refreshing.


I also had some of the mashed potatoes Jae and Lauren ordered and they tasted really whhhhhipped, buttery, and amazing. had to pry myself away from those.


For desert we shared the upside down apple pie with cinnamon ice cream. It was lacking in the ice cream serving department. Def needed more! The pie was good though. The crust was really mushy, in a good way, and blended into the apples.


Jae got a foamy cup-o-kine-o.


He’s so “cool”. Haha


It was freezing out tonight. Especially annoying we tried to be good and parked not with the valet but in a parking garage down the street. We trudged over there shaking and complaining. At the end of the night they ended up both being $18 grrrrr. Anyway now I am cozy in my bed. Mmmm


Busy= missing posts

December 10, 2010

Back tracking to Thursday… It was super busy. Another all day meeting.

Started the day with oats.

Cheesy pear oats

-1/2 c multi grain
-1/8 c steel cut
-1/4 c ricotta (end of the cheeeeeeese so I ate it in the container)
-pinch salt
-pumpkin pie spice
-sweet n low packet
-half pear
-water

Lunch was a horrible experience. I took one sandwich that ended up being covered in dressing.. Nightmare. I switched it out for this ham and cheese on rye with mustard.

Pear side:

I ended up removing some of the bread when I realize it might be honey mustard dressing on it. I also got rid of some of the cheese, you couldn’t taste it on the sandwich anyway.

The leftovers:

Some chips… So hard to resist.

Banana for a snack before the holiday party.

At the holiday party I had 3 hor devours that I didn’t get pics of. I would have eaten more but I was busy being the company photographer. A bacon wrapped scallop… Awesome. A cheesesteak spring roll…awesome. salmon and cream cheese lollipop… Awful. Waaaay to much cream cheese… it was all you could taste.

Dinner plate:

-tilapia
-green beans
-eggplant and roasted tomato
-mashed po-tots

The dinner food was excellent. It was the best of our company holiday party that I have attended. For dessert o had a small pumpkin bread thing.. I was not too happy about this, i am pumpkined put this season and an awesome peanut torte bite thing. It was creamy and had peanut pieces in a delicious crusty shell.

Throughout the night I had 2 glasses of merlot. Managed to sneak a pic of one:

At the after party at Iron Hill Brewery I had a raspberry wheat beer that was great. Need to go back there for a tasting.