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 jalapeño 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.

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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.


Thanksgiving 2010

November 26, 2010

Going to make this post minimal words and lots of pics.

Basically yesterday I sat on the couch watching man v food marathon and football. and ate.

For lunch I had a roast beast sandwich with brown mustard lettuce and tomato on whole whhhhheat bread.

And now the good stuff.

our table and place settings:

Chef Sam cooked an awesome thanksgiving with all the staples!

  • turkey
  • green bean casserole
  • mashed potatoes
  • brown and serve roooooolls
  • turkey and stuffing carved up
  • cranberry sauce
  • sweet potato casserole

My plate:

my favorite dish is the greenbean casserole. mmmmm crispy onions

My extremely large glass pf wine that held approximate one half the bottle:

Some cute attendees:

Dessert: triple cherry pie, whipped cream, blue bell ice cream. Sam wanted a special shout out for blue bell ice cream she says its the best. it was very tastey with the cobler like pie. i loved the crisssssp on top!


Teeeeeeeth

November 17, 2010

Woke up this morning with really sore teeth. Waa. I kept my crest white strips on a touch too long last night and now my teeth are sensitive.

I drove to work contemplating what breakfast would be. I knew I wanted to incorporate fruit into it though, since this week has been lacking. Realization- coworker who didn’t like whole wheat bagel thins gave me her stash.

-whole wheat bagel thin
-naturally nutty cinnamon peanut butter
-pear

I toasted the thin (the only way I like these) and the peanut butter melted on. Sidenote: This flavor is my least favorite of the naturally nutty flavors and the oil doesn’t incorporate as well as it does in some of the others even though it’s no stir. The pear was hurting my sore teeth so I cut it up and proceeded with caution.

For a snack I dipped back into my fruit stash and had a perfect banana (not too ripe or unripe).

Lunch was an Amy’s frozen Tamale Verde. I don’t buy these often because of the price but I really enjoy them. At lunch i thought that I really should start plating these frozen meals for the blog but i’m thinking its more real this way. So ill stick to their packaging.

I of course doused this in Goya. Mmmm spice.

The tamale did not dissapoint it was good consistency and filling and the black beans inside- although a little sparese were good.  My one qualm was when heating this up the rice got nooked while the tamale was still cold in the midle.  The rice turned out slightly dry as a result.  It could just be the ridiculously powerful microwave at my office that I used.  It was still delicious but the rice NEEDED the goya saucing.

For a snack I had brought an apple but I couldn’t bear the thought of biting into it with my sore teeth so ate the rest of yesterdays Kashi Good Friends (1/2 a c about?) and added some pepitas i had at my desk. the pepitas added some salt which was good. and i still liked that i could much on the cereal for a while.

For my preworkout snack– Deep Choclate Dream Vita Top- hiding from the camera in my magazine holder at work. Lame? yes.. but i may make a game of this now haha. You will never know where it may show up next.. just sayin.

Today’s workout was my usual Wednesday routine. I taught my kickboxing class.  So many people there today– i loved it it gets me more pumped to teach the more people there are and i think more people enjoy it because if something gets too hard they can just blend into the crowd.  Does anyone else really enjoy classes with tons of people either when you are teaching it or when you are in it for motivation?

Afterward I went over to Jae’s for a lovely dinner he prepared.

He made chicken masala and it was delicious and he even made healthy substitutions for me as he always does.  He’s so good..

-chicken covered in a little flour
-garlic
-masala wine sauce
-mushrooms

On the side there was a baked potato (cooked in the microwave– about 10 mins for 2) with non fat sour cream, eggplant that he sliced up-  baked in the oven for 30 mins, a reduced fat crescent roll, nd of course.. tabasco.

And a glass of red wine that I stole from Chris who was not present. thanks, Chriiiiiiiiiiiiiis!

Jae left me with all the leftovers so I am pretty excited about that for dinner tomorrow or lunch.  Alright off to bed.. sans the white strips tonight!