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.

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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.


Embrace spring

April 11, 2011

When I heard on the news this morning it was going to get up to 80 this weekend I knew flops and short sleeves were in my future. I can’t wait for warm weather! I am willing it with by open toes and no jacket today.

Breakfast was cereal.


-cup ff milk
-a little less then 1/2c grapenuts
-1/4c blueberry muesli
-5 cocoa almonds

I recently fed Dan grapenuts and he discovered even though he hated these as a child he enjoyed then now. If you haven’t tried them in adulthood… Do it!

Morning snack was a banana.. In hot sauce. “well, it needed it” -don’t tell mom the babysitter’s dead quote… No?


Lunch was eaten outside… of my office. It Lean cuisine chicken enchilada Suiza. As always the chicken in this is weird mush. I need to try smart ones brand I am told. (apparently I only tok a pic of the box. Oops)


Afternoon snack was baaaad. And by afternoon I mean right after lunch. It was baad but it was really delicious and left me feeling guilty! It was someones bday so they had brought the most delicious cupcakes! You know I love icing! This icing was amazing and tasted like vanilla ice-cream. Sooooo good! The cupcake was moist and amazing as well.


Why have I started my week with a cupcake binge?

Preworkout I tried to hold out since I had the cupcake but I ate a handful of nuts so I wouldn’t die on my run.


Fitness: today I was slated for 4.5 miles. From this week on out my mileage starts to get big. Makes me nervous with the running and my classes how my legs will feel by the time saturday rolls around and I have to do my long runs. After the run I was excited to try out my new DVD.


I tried some of Jackie Warner’s weight training on demand but they are no longer on there so I ordered this one that has 5 workouts to do on days when my run isn’t so long. Besides I have been doing the pushups for so long now I miss weights in my life. I did the 50 min total body circuit and I really liked it. It wasn’t hard enough to do on it’s own but coupled with a run I felt good about it. The ab and arms sections were the hardest parts.

After a hot run, hot dinner did not sound appealing so I made a salad. Modeled after the sour apple salad I had at Couch Tomato recently that I enjoyed.


-salad mix
-grilled chicken pieces
-apple chunks
-rf blue cheese
-pomegranate blueberry vinaigrette


The salad was delicious! Apple and blue cheese go really well together! This dressing was one I saw and snatched up a while ago and never opened. It only has 25 calories per 2 tbsp. It was a little vinegary but very light and refreshing.

On the side I had some everything bagel pretzels.


Determined to have a productive night tonight. I need to start packing for my trip to Boston this weekend. (My good friends are getting married and it should be really fun.) But before then I have a busy week of sports and working out.

I wish the warm weather would stick around…


Day of crushed red

February 15, 2011

I was going to have oats again today but grapenuts were easier.


-1/2c grapenuts
-1/2 banana
-skim milk

Morning snack was, yes, the other half of the banana and a peach.


First crushed red feature: Lunch was lean cuisine chicken parm. This one is a good not but not my favorite because it’s easy to make my own guilt free version of this that tastes just as good, if not better. The chicken is the biggest piece of any lean cuisine i think but the spaghetti is really soggy and over cooked.


I had 12 butter snaps on the side since it’s Tuesday and I won’t have dinner until later, I’m trying to get a few extra calories in. And I apparently forgot to snap these.

Afternoon snack was a ff blueberry yogurt with a handful of Kashi Good Friends.


Acme brand Fiber Max bar Pre gym. Looks and tastes the same as the real thing. You’re welcome.


Fitness: tonight is a looong night. Pilates, teaching spin, and then I have volleyball starting at 9:40pm. This is waaay past my bedtime. I am usually in bed by 9:15 and try to be asleep between 9:30 and 10. What can I say, my days are less painful with lots of sleep!

After the workout and before late night volleyball, I had dinner. Other half of grilled chicken package from last night with green giant cheesy broccoli and rice.


Feature 2: Lots of crushed red.


This is one of my favorite quick microwave meals. I only wish the rice was whole grain. So delicious anyway and only 370 calories for a ton of food.

Handful raisels for dessert.


Why my pics aren’t the best

February 10, 2011

My day is going to look pretty similar to yesterday food wise so bear with me…

I really wanted grape nuts for breakfast again… Soooo good.


-1/2 c grape nuts
-1/2 banana
-skim milk
-diff from yesterday, I had a coffee with sweet n low and the extra milk

Morning snack: 1/2 banana and instead of a peach, a nectarine.


Lunch was the lean cuisine pasta Romano with bacon.


With crushed red of course!


This one is good but I wish it had some chicken in it. The pieces of bacon are actually pretty substantial and the sauce is tasty but it’s missing filling protein and/ or some veggies.


Afternoon snack was an apple again but this time I spiced it up and made it a hot cinnamon apple


…and a handful of soy nuts.


Today I remembered my vita top! And I put it behind the camera (taking the pic with my iPhone 3G).


Thought I would show you what I was working with and why many times my pics have bad lighting or are blurry.. Especially compared to other blogs. As a new blogger, I am just using what I have. Right now my focus isn’t on how professional the photos look but more to give glimpses of portion sizes and show off good creations. Eventually… maybe… I will invest in a DSLR but for now my little point and shoot is serving it’s purpose. So I apologize if you think my blog is hideous to look at… But actually I’m not sorry at all.

Fitness: W4D1 100 pushup challenge. By the way you can find the challenge online at hundredpushups.com. Later I went to the gym psyched to do a spin class. I checked to make sure the instructor was good and it was someone I had never heard of so I thought I would try it out. This was the worst instructor I have ever had!! I feel bad saying that (usually i think of instructors as just somebody elses taste) but its true, I don’t think she took a spin class ever on her life! She didn’t even adjust the bike… so she was low riding. Then her class consisted of her pretending to ride in a neighborhood on a mountain. Visualizing the houses and the sites… Yeeeeah. I could only take 10 mins and I hopped got the hell out. Pretty much everyone else in the class did as well. It’s annoying me now thinking about it. I would have gladly taught! I then ran 3.4 ish miles of fartleks on the treadmill in 30 mins. It was kind of rough and I wanted to do more but I just wasn’t feeling well. Bad workout week. I have those every now and again :(. I also had a volleyball game later in which I was kind of awkward, but we won overall.

Dinner was yesterday’s leftovers with some additions.


-mango chicken sausage
-roasted portobella and asparagus
-garlic toast (slice carb style bread, garlic powder, spray butter)
-jalapeƱo mustard
-buttery pretzel snaps

The additions:


Handful of raisels to get the spicy mustard to stop burning my tongue. It’s so hot! And so delicious!


Yogurt Party!

December 16, 2010

I was selected to host an Athenos Greek yogurt “house party“. I apply for these all the time and this is the first one I was selected for! Yay! I ran to Walmart (only place near me they sell the Athenos yogurt) before work, aka really early so I could still arrive on time. They were in stock but only had honey and blueberry flavors. That was the start to my morning.

At work I made holiday oats that were a version of a blog I follow. Kath’s ComfOat and Joy. I stu,bled upon this recipe and as you can tell from recent binge eating of mints, I love mint! I used the mints you’ve seen and crushed then up.


-1/2 c rolled oats
-3 starlight mints crushed
-1 tbsp crushed pecans
-sprinkle of vanilla extract
-sweet n low
-pinch of salt
-water
-1/2 c silk nog

I then poured on silk nog but I poured a little too much without thinking. I like my oats to be a tad dry and these were swimming in nog. I do love nog though! They tasted awesome still, minty and delicious. 2 changes i would make 1 use the nog while cooking instead of poured on top and less of it. 2 pour the mints on at the end. Many of them melted into it which was good but I wanted crunchy prices of mint. Later these will be perfected!


I skipped morning snack since I overindulged with the nog. But when a coworker offered me a homemade green olive covered in a meatball and fried. I had to eat it. This was amazing Mmmm.


For lunch I put out the yogurt spread for the party complete with free yogurt and swag.


Instead of yogurt for lunch, I microwaved up a lean cuisine margherita pizza. I’ve enjoyed their pizzas in the past and this one did not disappoint. It was tomato, had some onion, cheesy and the crust was thin and crispy. I cut it into 4 slices to make it last longer and added some garlic salt and Goya. I love pizza, even if it’s a tiny lean cuisine serving.


Coworker Brian enjoying the yogurt. Haha


For my afternoon snack, I finally tried the yogurt! I chose blueberry because it only had 100 calories vs the 160 for the honey (I actually don’t like honey anyway). It was good. Very creamy and the blueberry topping was a good compliment for it. If I feel like yogurt it isn’t my favorite but I might buy it again if it comes to my acme. It had 11 grams of protein which is awesome!


Vita with holiday lobster:


Fitness: I was going to take a spin class tonight but when I got into the room the sub was a teacher I despise. There are only a few teachers that I absolutely can’t sit for a minute in their class and I stumbled into this. I then family guy style slowly backed out of the room and then ran away. I switched it up on the fly and started by banging out my week 4day 1 pushups… Yup been on this set for like 2 weeks now, not even close to completing it. Afterward I did the fartlek workout I did on Tuesday. 3.5 miles in 32 mins. It was a ton harder today. I think it was a combo of new treadmill, hotter in the gym today, and end of the week so my legs must me a little more tired right? Not sure but strange how it can be so easy one time and hard the next. After the running I jumped on the step mill (the stair master that is the actual steps) for 30 mins. I plugged in the weight loss program and it had some heart rate raising intervals in there but wasn’t as hard as the preprogrammed speed intervals that I normally choose when I am on this machine. That was alright with me after the fartleks though.

I was nervous about dinner… I really couldn’t bring myself to eat that rice from last night but when I got home I realized I had just scooped then veggies on top, so I was able to separate the 2. I reheated a chicken from last night, lots of beans and veggies, and a tiny bit of rice to try.


I put no salt, hot sauce and garlic on the veggies and a tbsp of light ranch dressing for dipping the chicken.


This was much better then yesterday. That variety of veg called “soup vegetables” is really good. It has okra, green beans, carrots, onions, corn, potatoes and tossed with the garlic and hot sauce was really good. The addition of beans makes it hearty. The chicken wasn’t as crispy since it was reheated but is still so good.


I still don’t know how I feel about the rice. I can’t really get passed the weird smell, which is out of character for me (well the only other thing I can think of is tofu shirataki that smells weird but I like that). I don’t hate it… But I also won’t be buying it again. I transferred all the veggies into one Tupperware and saved some the rice so we can try again after a few days haha.

For dessert I had 3 starlight mints. Now I’m packing for my cousins wedding this weekend and watching Charlie Brown Christmas. I am actually not a huge fan of the CB movies but it’s the only Christmas thing on right now and I really wanted some Christmas. Definitely need to watch Christmas Vacation this weekend! I usually watch it a million times and I’m I haven’t seen any of it this year!

Is there a Christmas movie you watch a million times during the holidays or can’t go without watching?


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!