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.


Vita top sandwich

February 22, 2011

Despite going to bed hungry last night, I had a normal amount of hunger for breakfast this morning. Funny how I can sleep it off.

I had a banana that was on the way to being over ripe so I got creative and invented this.

Vita Top Sandwich


-1 vita top heated and split in half
-1 tbsp RF pb
-about half banana thinly sliced (I ate the other half)


This was delicious. Very messy but oh my gaaa. Melty chocolate, pb and sweet banana. Soo good. Will probably be experimenting with these again. I am thinking a vita top cornbread sandwich is in my future.

Morning snack was a tiny apple I got from panera (way to small to eat on it’s own) and some mixed nuts and soy nuts.


Lunch was a pepperoni pizza lean pocket with some special k garlic and herb crackers. Hot sauce of course.


I am realizing that lean pockets are not very filling for me even when paired with a side of crackers. I am usually still hungry afterward. I should probably try pairing with a side of veggies instead.

Afternoon snack was a yogurt and kashi good friends topping.


I had a fiber one bar and some green tea made with water and one snl before heading to the gym.


Fitness: another day of W4 D1 of pushups and my usual Tuesday routine. I did a ton of hills today in spin. Hard/ great workout.

Dinner had to be quick because i get home late one Tuesdays and don’t like to waste time cooking and still hit my bed time. Getting home at 8 and still needing to eat, shower, and blog before bed at 9:30 (when I like to at least be in bed I would love to be asleep by then also) is a time crunch.

So after that rambling… Dinner was a TJ’s pasta Italiano and Gorton’s filet.


The meal was quick, made in less then 10 mins. I sprinkled with Parmesan and crushed red.


I ate half of the package of pasta, one filet, and some toast with spray butter. This was good, lots of different veggies- not enough eggplant though!- and easy to make (just slapped on stove but could have used in microwave) but too small of a portion. I was def hungry afterward.


It drove into the arms of dessert. Last piece of dark chocolate with sea salt and a few Swedish fish.


Hot jumbalaya!

February 2, 2011

Title courtesy of the movie mrs. Doubtfire, if you didn’t catch that.

Uneventful day until dinner.

Breakfast was a toasted apple cinnamon fiber one muffin with spray butter and an apple.


Morning snack was half a pint of Blueberries. This batch was better then the other. More tart berries. And a few cocoa roast almonds.


Lunch was a safe way brand chicken and wild rice soup. I think I have officially decided i don’t love wild rice. The aftertaste is weird. This soup was good though. Lots of carrots but not enough chicken.


I had some special k garIic herb crackers on the side. These were delicious and only 90 calories for 24 chips. They donthave much fiber or protein but I bought for the volume.


Afternoon snack was the other half of the blueberry pint.


Later I was still hungry and had a handful of soy nuts.


Vita top in my winter coat.


Fitness: normal wed routine (see my workouts tab). Today I added a bunch of moves I learned from 6 week 6 pack. For some reason when was the leader of these they didn’t seem as hard as when Jillian Michaels leads but still nice to mix up the class a bit.

Dinner was a lovely meal and nova bball. Watch at Jae’s. he made a jumbalaya type dish. It was awesome!


Hoot jumbalaya:
-Spanish rice with peppers and onions
-shrimp coated in Moroccan spice
-mango and jalapeƱo turkey sausage

sides:
-stuffed mushroom with tomato and mozz
-garlic bread

The jumbalaya was a good amount of spiciness.


The stuff mushroom was a delicious addition as well.


I went back for more garlic bread because it had a crispy crust and a soft middle. Sooo good.


Glass of vin on the side.


Then nova beat Marquette. Nice little dinner.

Pardon the photos. Not that my photos are ever that spectacular but my battery died today so these are from the iPhone.


Burn burn burn it up

December 19, 2010

After my weekend binge (sooo many cookies, 2 fast food stops, wedding hor devours, etc), I knew I had to get back on track this week. I felt like eggs so on my way into work I stopped at McDonalds (yeah, yeah fast food again but it was with good intentions) and got some scrambled eggs. That’s it, 170 calories of eggs. When I got to the office I opened them up and they had thrown a biscuit in there as well. It smelled so good. I looked up the nutritionals for it and opted out. I took the biscuit and immediately tossed it so I wouldn’t be tempted.

I toasted an Arnold multi grain sandwich thin and made a sandwich with the egg and Goya hot sauce. Delicious. I really need to just bring egg beaters and some Pam to work and make my own eggs in the microwave. Da well, this is delicious in the mean time.

I was freezing in my cube and drank the last of a berry tea bag I had during my normal morning snack time.

I ran an errand at lunch and picked up my gift for tomorrow’s Santa’s Sloppy Seconds we’re having at Lunch Club. Excited to see what everyone gets (it’s like white elephant I guess). While out I was able to pick up lots of seasonal teas! Peppermint, pumpkin spice, and more eggnoggn’. I returned to have a chicken noodle soup lunch.

With a side of ranch rice quakes. First time I’ve had the ranch. These were delicious, not too over powering…just right.

Afternoon snack I broke into the peppermint tea. Unfortunately the tea is caffeine free but it is very minty, which i like. And I had a banana.

More Vita holidays:

Fitness: i needed a looooong workout today after the weekend. So I decided to redo last Monday’s gym session. I started by doing pushups for the challenge (yes, still week 4 day 1:( ). I then ran for 30 mins on the treadmill, doing fartleks. These were tough, whenever I wanted to slow down I thought of cookies burning up (burn, burn, burn it up up upppp) haha. Stats:


After that i went to bootcamp class. The hour in there goes so fast! Today she used the bosu ball which was different and really exhausted my arms, abs and legs with different moves. She also used the kettlebell, which I have come to really enjoy. Another great hour and a half gym session and I still was home by 7:30.

I was starving when I got home. I made quick dinner of leftovers. Mixed veggies and white beans from last week, a little TJ wild rice, Morningstar chikn’ patty.

Condiments:

I love these veggies, lots of variety, excellent with hot sauce.

I also have had a love affair with chikn’ patties for a while. Mostly because they are so easy. Just heat in the microwave for 1-2 mins.

I decided I do not like this rice. I threw away most of the bag but kept trying it. It’s okay mixed with other stuff (you know, when the flavor is masked). Anyway I will definitely not be buying this variety again.

I really wanted to try my baking again so I had a cake ball and a cookie after dinner. Both were sooooo good today!! The cake ball was really moist and creamy. It tasted undercooked form the moisture of the jelly- in a good way. And I love the combo of chocolate, raspberry and white chocolate. These are awesome. The cookie is also delicious! They are very fluffy and cake-like and the pb and dark chocolate chips are so good in it. I am so proud of my guilt free desserts. Next time I will have to calculate the exact nutrtionals on these. There will be a next time.


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.