Sunflower butter

March 15, 2011

Its weird waking up when it’s dark all of a sudden again. I know it’s only for a bit but I liked the sun in the morning.

My parents bought me a ton of fruit when they came last night so there will be a lot eaten in the next few days. Similar to this double serving at breakfast.

Strawberry Pecan Oats


-1/8 c steel cut
-1/2 multigrain
-1/2 banana
-splenda
-tbsp pecan pieces
-on top 5 strawberries cut up

This was a good mix of flavors. The pecans added a sweet crunch and went well with the strawberries. The banana males the oats creamy.


Missed my snack because I was in a meeting.

Lunch lean pocket pretzel bread chicken jalapeƱo cheddar.


This was just as delicious the 2nd time. Love.


With a side of 20 butter snap pretzels and the other half of my morning banana. All dipped in hot sauce. Yes, even the banana. It’s good. Try it.


Afternoon snack was some amazing pineapple and strawberries from my parents.


Prerun vita top hugged by my birthday bear.


Fitness: I have volleyball today (so i cant teach my class) and a bachelorette party Saturday (difficult to fit in a long run) so I am mixing up my workout schedule this week. Today I ran my long run which was 5 miles. Mile Stats:
1- 9:27
2- 9:11
3- 9:26
4- 9:11
5- 8:59
Last .21- 9:39
Total: 5.21 48:12

Not great but not terrible. I am starting to see I will just be proud of myself for fishing the half instead of shooting for a time goal. It is my first one, I should try and enjoy it. Just a random thought.

After the run I had about a half hour to shower and get ready but i was oddly starving so i ate dinner instead.


-1/2 c grapenuts
-1/4 c blueberry muesli
-skim milk


I was still hungry after that so i thought i would try my newest purchase:


I made it into a fluffernuter.


-Slice of whole grain white bread
-tbsp sunflower butter
-tbsp fluff


Sunflower butter is delicious! The taste of sunflower seeds is subtle and it’s very creamy. I really like it as a pb stand in. I almost feel like I am cheating by eating it during Lent when I gave up pb… Almost.

More fitness: After, I walked with my friend Mike to the game. Some stats for that haha: 15 mins .76 miles. We won the game and walked back. So logged an extra mile and a half.

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Diet-to-go abandoned

March 4, 2011

I found another reason this morning that diet-to-go is not for me. I like to eat what I feel like eating. I froze 2 of the meals for when I feel like eating them later. And went back to pb for breakfast.


-last 2 slices carb style bread
-tbsp RF pb
-tbsp fluff
-tbsp sf jelly

I missed you.

For my morning snack I stole these clementines from my roommate. Thanks, Lauren! I had 3 since they are small.


Lunch I went back to diet-to-go because that’s what I had on hand at work. This was supposed to be Thursday’s but I thought it was a little too many calories for yesterday. Friday I generally eat a little more so I had the 470 calorie lunch which got downsized and then had some additions.

Hummus, Pocket bread, carrot and cranberry salad (added terra chips)


The hummus and pocket bread were good but overly bready and small. I didn’t finish the hummus it was a huge serving for the small bread.


I did not like the cranberry salad. Can’t really explain it, not for me.


I added the terra chips from the lunch the other day to beef up my meal.


Overall not impressed with this meal. Leftovers:


My afternoon snack was a box of Raisels I had in my work stash.


Pregym vita top and Brian being scary. Haha.


Fitness: it was on my schedule to run 2 miles today but I had said I would sub the 5:45 kick boxing class at the gym tonight. I managed to get there, run 2 miles on the treadmill in 26:33 minutes (!) and get to the kickboxing class on time! I did the run fartlek style so the quick pace i was trying to bang out would seem less daunting it worked Amazingly I wasn’t super exhausted afterward.

Lauren came to my class and we decided to order dinner afterward. I was craving the tuna sashimi I has the other day from Shan Chuan. Tekka Don and this time I knew to add green.


-tuna sashimi with wasabi
-brown rice
-mixed steam veggies
-dipping sauce (may have been general Tso)
-beer


This was epic as Charlie Sheen would say. Winning!

After I picked up Dan we stopped for dessert. Hot fudge sundae. They forgot the juts so I added chopped pecans I happened to have at home. Mmmmm.


spin rant…

February 25, 2011

Morning Fitness: actually woke up early this morning (5:10am) and went to a cycle class at the gym. Unfortunately it was a Johnny G trained instructor (I have this certification also, ironically, but don’t believe in following it exactly). You can tell when you’ve gone to one of these instructors because the class will have a focus of intervals, endurance, or hills and they might talk about your cadence or rpm. Anyway the classes are boring. The teacher today was doing an endurance class and he basically just had us ride out of the saddle 3 times for 20 minutes at a time. It was ridiculously boring!

Here comes my rant… I see the point of the Johnny G method if you are spinning everyday or if you have a gym dedicated to cyclists and spinners. However at the average run of the mill gym people are doing all kinds of things. I doubt many people are taking spin everyday and if they are it is very easy in a cycle class to fit it to whatever it is your workout routine is calling for that day (I.e. if its a hard die turn up the resistance). The beauty of spinning is it is so customizable no need to make it a dedicated endurance class. Thus it is pointless to follow the Johnny G method when people are really just looking for a fun workout– mix it up, make it fun, and people can motivate themselves to make it as hard or easy as they want. The end.

Anyway, the workout was boring but it worked for me today. The lame “endurance drills”, if you can call just telling people to ride for 20 mins straight a drill, worked for me because my legs were so sore they were getting easily tuckered out and raising my heart rate. I guess it worked out but I will try to avoid that teacher in the future may only give him another chance to redeem himself.

While getting ready for work I had some instant coffee. Not as good as the starbucks via.


Breakfast was a quick grab since I wanted to get to work on time and thus leave on time. I grabbed my last slices of cinnamon raisin sprouted bread and i put a tbsp of pb and a tbsp of fluff into a plastic baggy (not ideal btw). I toasted the bread and waaa-laaa cinnamon raisin fluffernutter. I have thought of so many vehicles to consume fluff and pb these days. And sorry, still not sick of it. Sugary peanut buttery goodness.


Morning snack was an apple.


Lunch was reworked leftovers from Jae’s thursday night dinner.

  • Moroccan spiced pork
  • hot and honey mustard
  • on half a piece of whole wheat naan
  • side of butter snaps (one serving at 120 calories)

I also had a chocolate covered strawberry that a coworker had gotten for her birthday. and (the moooore you knoooow) it was 50 calories- someone looked it up. not me, I swear.


Afternoon snack was a Samoa Cookie fiber plus caramel, coconut, fudge bar. Still in love.


Before meeting my roommate for happy hour I decided to eat light because i anticipated eating again after boozing. I had a bowl of cereal with grapeNuts and fiber plus cinnamon thingys. The ,ox was a good one.


I also had a rice crispy treat.


We went to Drinkers in rittenhouse and drank some delicious pitchers of blue moon. Then my friend pat though it would be a good idea to get 10 hotdogs and 10 tacos. I think I had like 7 tacos. Sick, sick display, but delicious none the less. Unfortunately or maybe fortunately… I was three sheets to the wind at this point and stopped shooting photos


Determination

February 23, 2011

I am determined not go to the grocery store this week (maybe Friday). I had a bunch of fruit and milk (this usually drives me there) and a few items I can make into dinners. It’s hard when what you have isn’t exactly what you want but I’m going to make it work.

My point leads me to breakfast because I’m out of my morning banana. Which rules out making oatmeal or grapenuts since I need my banana with those. Well not need but like. Thus, I made a fruity fluffernutter with a side of vitamin and coenzyme q10.


-2 slices carb style bread
-1 tbsp RF pb
-1 heaping tbsp marshmallow fluff
-1 tbsp sugar free raspberry jelly

Like a fluffy delicious cloud.


Morning snack was an apple (luckily I have one more of these for the week).


Lunch was campbell’s savory chicken with brown rice soup and a bagel thin with spray butter.


I was excited to see brown rice in a soup! These Campbell’s soups with whole grains are awesome. Better sop it up now before it’s summer and I’m over soup.


Afternoon snack was a little bit of nut mixture, then the last of my yogurts (gasp!) with kashi good friends sprinkled in. This has replace my second serving of fruit lately. Going to have to get creative on snacks the next 2 days.


You’re welcome.


Vita top hard at work banging those keys.


Fitness: wed routine teaching at the gym (pronounced like dime with a g).

Lucky for me it’s Jae’s week to make dinner so that saves me a bit as far as grocery shopping.

I snacked on some really firm tasty tomatoes with salt and pepper while Jae prepared our feast.


And drank this diet pepsi.


-pork in Moroccan 35 spice
-chunky applesauce
-roll
-mashed sweet potatoes
-mixed veggies
-portobella stuffed with tomatoes and part skim cheese

The pork was thick and tender and juicy and spicy all at once.


Paired nicely with the applesauce.


The sweet potatoes were made with a little butter, s & p. Mmmm.


The roll and veg were really good too.


The mushroom could have been a meal on it’s own. Twas a delight.


I couldn’t even clear my plate. I ate a bout 2/3. Lots of leftovers. You’ll see haha.


Dan’s Birth

February 3, 2011

…day! Happy birthday, little guy.

My camera battery was still dead today so excuse the iPhone photos.

For breakfast I went back to pb, jelly, and fluff. Sooooo delicious.


Morning snack was an apple.


Lunch out courtesy of a work vendor. We went downstairs to our local cafe. They didn’t have the hummus for my usual veggie wrap, so I improvised. This is their fajita wrap without the cheese and sour cream. I ate the first half (this is the leftovers. You get the picture).


It had grilled chicken, peppers, and onions in a panini pressed wrap. I spooned on salsa and hot sauce. I had a tiny 70 calorie bag of chips on the side (not pictured).


In the afternoon, I snacked on a slice of sprouted wheat cinnamon raisin bread topped with spray butter.


The vendor came bearing gifts! This was my favorite one… A Starbucks-like tumbler. I posed my vita top with it. I was embarrassingly excited about this haha.


Fitness: I had a pretty nice (treadmill) run today. 3.5 miles in 30 mins. Then I walked/ jogged to make it 4 miles in 37 mins. After the run I took a yoga class. The class was actually pretty hard. She did a lot of balancing poses in a row which had my legs tiring and cramping up. It also felt good to stretch out after the run. Run then yoga combo is a love of mine.

By the time I got home, I was REALLY hungry so I was glad to have leftovers of Jae’s jumbalaya from yesterday. I think I forgot to mention their were white beans in this also. Tonight leftovers had no sausage and only shrimp (must have scooped poorly yesterday). It was again really good though!


I also had a slice of the ciabatta from last night toasted with spray butter.

And a side of olive bar mix. A few cubes of cheese, mushroom, red pepper, and o’ course olives.


Now my legs are feeling like jelly and it’s time for bed. I haven’t gotten to wish Dan a happy birthday because his phone is dead! Waiting to do that and going to bed.

Hap b, Danathon!


Coollld as iiice

February 1, 2011

You’re cold as ice to me! Singing that as I scraped the obnoxious ice off my car this morning. Really had to chip away at that. So annoying.

I made breakfast at home before coming to work.


-2 slices carb style bread
-1 tbsp reduced fat pb
-1 tbsp marshmallow fluff
-2 tbsp sugar free raspberry jelly


I love pb and fluff. This was delicious! I scaled down the servings of the pure sugar and pb to make this an about 250 calorie breakfast. The bread was high protein and fiber so that helped keep me full.

I snacked on an apple mid morning. And a coffee. Both ofnwuicho forgot to snap pics of apparently… sorry. just shows, been needing coffee thus far this week. I think I’m missing some sleep.

Lunch was Amy’s enchilada with Spanish ice and beans and some baked tostitos.

This amys isn’t my favorite. It needed salt but I am always hesitant to add salt to frozen meals. I would still buy again but I would start with the other varieties first.


Chips were good for sopping the beans.


And suicide hot sauce for my hotness.


Half blueberry pint and some nuts for afternoon snackage.


South beach diet choc pb bar Pre gym.


As an aside if you haven’t noticed I’ve been eating a little more on Tuesdays. I don’t get home until 8 on tues and am always ravenous. So, I am trying to eat a little more during the day so I don’t binge when I get home and am rushing to make dinner. So far it is working out. I’m only adding an extra maybe 100 calories but I think it helps.

Fitness: W3 D2 of 100 pushup challenge. I manhandled this one. Well not really but it was manageable. Tough at the end when I had to do 25+, but i was able to do 33. I kind of just want this challenge to end! But I am sticking to it. Aside from that I did my normal Tuesday workout (see my workouts tab).

So I mentioned making Mac n cheese on Sunday and I was saving the recipe for when I served it. Today I realized I wasn’t serving it because it’s Jae’s turn to cook. So I had it for dinner.


-whole wheat Mac n cheese
-imitation crab (I ate it cold this time)
-broccoli, snap pea, and broccoli slaw
-extra hot cocktail sauce (!) and some light peppercorn ranch for dipping


Now for the Mac n cheeeeeeese (pronounced as in old school) recipe


-whole wheat pasta. I chose shells cause they reminded me of velvet shells n cheese.
-fat free cottage cheese
-nutritional yeast (just discovered this from the blog world. It is super good for you and has a cheesy nutty flavor)
-ff cheddar i used slices but shredded would have been perfect as well.
-whole wheat flour (for thickening)
-salt, pepper, cayenne, nutmeg for spice

1. Cook your pasta as normal
2. Put cottage cheese in a pot on the stove
3. When it becomes smooth stir in nutritional yeast (to taste. You actually can skip this step if nutritional yeast scares you but u wanted to try it and it seemed like it couldn’t hurt)
4. Stir in cheddar.
5. Add spices to taste
6. Stir in ww flour to thicken to your liking
7. Pour over cooked pasta

This Mac n cheese is guilt free and turned out to be a really good healthy version. Dan was skeptical and approved! If your skeptical about the cottage cheese, it actually becomes smooth and is the “cream” in your dish. And if you don’t care for the nutritional yeast omit it. I am not sure it added much flavor.

The leftover version was good too. The Mac stuck together a little more and was delicious and whole wheaty.

Next time I make this I will top with shredded ff cheese and bread crumbs and bake in the oven a bit.