Posts tagged ‘parfait’

September 7, 2011

WIAW: Melon Baller

Sorry about yesterday’s bum post.  I guess that’s what happens when you’re in a bum mood.  Stupid hormones.  I digress…

I’m in a much better mood today.  We’re all one day closer to Friday.  My book club meets tonight.  And of course it’s What I Ate Wednesday time!  Woohoo!  Be sure to check out Peas & Crayons for other great meal ideas.  I stole this little ditty about Jack and Dianne WIAW from her site, and it helps explain why I love it:

What WIAW isn’t about
Comparison – Judgement – Restriction – Guilt
What WIAW is about
Celebrating one of the glorious things we all have in common: We all eat!
WIAW is about food and fun! It’s about making new friends, breaking out of a food rut, inspiring
yourself & others, embracing fruit & vegetables, finding new ways to eat your favorite foods, and so
much more ❤
Celebrate blogging. Celebrate Food. Celebrate Individuality.
[Cause over here, we like to party!]
Yesterday’s breakfast began with a rice cake, though I predict I’ll be having half an Eat.Think.Smile chewy bar before my other workouts this week.  I also had an Oikos plain, fat-free, organic Greek yogurt (mouthful) with almost a cup of raspberries and half a cup of Kashi GoLean cereal after my workout.
On Monday, I made a quinoa bowl with summer veggies that I plan to eat on all week.  I also threw in half a can of tuna (though I’ll be using a full can for other days this week).  This actually tasted much better than anticipated.  I’ll share more about this veggie bowl tomorrow.
Oh, I also had a few (okay… 10… exactly 10) raw almonds with lunch.
(Not Pictured) I ate a peach with a hard boiled egg for snack.  
loads of nutrients + a little fat + non-refined carbs + protein = perfection

Dinner was a simple dinner straight from the kids’ menu, but I don’t care.  It’s an organic chicken frank on a wheat bun with onions.  I assume I also had about 2 cups of cantaloupe.

As you can see, I do not have a melon baller.  But I’m loving this melon so much that I think I am actually a melon baller, if you will.  Eatin’ melon the flyyyyyy way… (You’re welcome.  You know you’re going to have this song in your head all day.)

I also had a hearty serving of all-natural peeb and some totally unnatural popcorn.  It was the last bag of the pack, so hopefully I’ll swing for something more natural next time!

Lastly (sorry… long post… too many saved words from the weekend?), I have not only been eating, but I’ve been eaten.  I have soooooo many verrrrrry itchy bug bites from the cookout this weekend.  It’s driving me bonkers!

What’s the best thing you’ve eaten lately?  Is that song in your head yet???

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August 31, 2011

WIAT&W

Ready to see what I ate Wednesday? Actually, I ate this Tuesday, but I’m pretty much having the exact same thing today. Big surprise, eh?

After nearly entering a carb-coma** Monday, I decided to hit up spin class after work Tuesday. I usually hate exercising out after work, but I needed the extra burn of spin. 24.4 miles later, I definitely felt the burn! I also did this pilates workout in the morning and strength training right before the spin class.

**Seriously, I don’t know what came over me, but I had the maniac munchies on Monday!

Breakfast was half of a chewy Eat.Think.Smile bar (80 calories) before my workout. Second breakfast included plain, fat-free Greek yogurt (95 cal) with Kashi GoLean (70 cal) and 1 cup of blueberries (85 cal). That is such a filling breakfast!

Lunch was a turkey, cheese, and lettuce sandwich on Great Harvest Bread Co. bread (305 cal). That bread is daaaaang good! I paired it with Green Giant Baby Brussels (50 cal). Those frozen sprouts come in convenient single-serving pouches you can pop right into the microwave.

Snack was 7 almonds (50 cal) and a pear (105 cal). I also downed a rice cake (35 cal) as I was walking out of the office. It was just enough to get me through my workout… barely.

Dinner was a Tex-Mex scramble that I like to call Tiffos Rancheros. It came to approximately 380 calories and was a great post-workout, protein-packed meal. I can’t wait to make it again tonight!

This dinner made me very happy.

I took 3 pics of dinner because I’m a dork in hopes that at least 1 would look somewhat appealing.

See the fat-free re-fried beans poking out?

This dinner would have made someone else happy (she loves scrambled eggs), but I don’t think she’d like the salsa!

Sorry Leia - No Eggs for You!

My total daily calories only came to about 1255, which would normally be too low. However, given the aforementioned carb-coma and calorie overload yesterday, my body just didn’t feel like it needed much else. (Thank goodness!) Sometimes you’ve just gotta listen to the belly!

Check out Peas & Crayons for other awesome eats and meal ideas!

Do you ever have “hungry days” when you just don’t ever feel full? Goodness knows I do!

What’s the best thing you’ve had lately?

August 24, 2011

WIAW: Sandwich Edition

Yeehaw y’all – it is wiiiii-aaawwww (WIAW) time again.  Before I share my eats of the week, I’d like to share the link to the awesome Peas & Crayons WIAW Blog Party.  I recommend you hop over to check out all the other great eats.

Breakfast for the week includes a pre-workout rice cake and a post-workout parfait.  The parfait is about 95 calories worth of non-fat, plain Greek yogurt, 70 calories worth of Kashi GoLean cereal, and 85 calories worth of blueberries.  It’s berry filling.  (Forgive my embarrassing pun, but there really are a lot of berries in there!)

Lunch is both simple and wonderful.  I hadn’t purchased Great Harvest Bread Co. bread before, but I am sooooo glad I did this weekend.  I got a loaf of the honey whole wheat.  It was delicious and contained only 5 ingredients!

I’m having one large slice with 1 can of tuna, 2 or 3 TBS chipotle yummus, 1 or 2 leaves of iceberg lettuce.  I pair my simple sandwich with side of sliced bell pepper or zucchini.

filling, fibrous, and fatty (healthy fatty, that is)

Snack has been pretty awesome.  It involves 1 peach and 1 half of a nutrition bar.  Want more information about the bar?  Well you can’t have it.

Just Peachy

Sorry – that was the bratty only-child in me.  I’ll actually be happy to share the details, but you’ll have to wait.  (Psssst… The details are worth the wait because it involves a delicious giveaway.)

I’ve been utilizing leftovers for dinner this week, but I haven’t been abusing them.  I had the same thing Monday and Tuesday, which was a grilled onion and chicken sandwich on more of that awesome bread with lite cheddar cheese.  That too went with a side of green beans.

I’m also having the same thing tonight as Thursday, which will be some sort of Shirataki noodle stir-fry.  I’m pretty excited to try those suckers out!  I’ll let you know what I think of them tomorrow.

Oh, and I definitely had some after-dinner treats.  Monday was a bar I can’t tell you about yet, and Tuesday was a 100-calorie bag of popcorn.  Mmmmm… salty goodness!  My last note, I was so proud of myself for turning down office sweets yesterday.  Woohoo!!!

Do you typically snack after dinner?  If so, what’s your go-to snack?

Also, thanks for all the sweet bday wishes.  You guys made it more special than a typical Tuesday!

August 3, 2011

What I Ate Wednesday: “Annie’ Knows Asian” Edition

It’s time again for 2 Wednesday things: inappropriate office jokes regarding the word hump and the always-popular, What I Ate Wednesday.  I’m excited to share my eats with you.  They aren’t pretty, but they are nutritious, filling, and delicious!

I’m back to my 3-part breakfasts.  I start with half a banana before my workout, and then I have an all-natural, vanilla, whey protein shake with water after the workout.

My real, sit-down breakfast includes more of my Love Grown Foods granola with all-natural, fat-free, plain yogurt.  I wish it were organic yogurt, but my grocery store doesn’t sell plain, organic, fat-free yogurt.  Bummer.

parfait

Lunch is the same Monday through Friday this week, and it’s awesome.  I’m having a whole wheat wrap with tuna, broccoli slaw, and 1 TBS of Annie Chun’s teriyaki.  Oh, and there’s also a side of peach.

lunch1

Annie – thank you for making my lunch both yummy and HFCS-free.  What can I say?  Annie knows Asian!

lunch2

Snack consists of cherries and 115 grams of 2% cottage cheese.  The fat and protein in the cheese keeps me satisfied for quite a while.  I’ve also been snacking when I get home from work.  Whoops!  I’ve kept it healthy, like the remaining half of the banana with 1 TBS peeb.

snack

Earlier this week, Kev and I had natural chicken sausages two nights, and I’ll get to enjoy a sweet potato the next two nights.  Kev wanted birthday steak last night, so I got half a filet.  I told ya’ my eats weren’t pretty this week!

dinner

Did you expect to see birthday cake as a dessert?  Although I offered to make a little something, I knew Kev would decline.  He doesn’t eat sweets.  Crazy, right?  You know what that means… more ice cream for me!!!

  • Do you plan your meals out for the week, or do you roll with whatever’s in the house?

By the way, thanks so much for the book ideas!  I think I need to add Hunger Games, other The Girl Who… books, and Poacher’s Son to my list (just to name a few).  There were a ton of good suggestions!

July 8, 2011

Granola Fairies

Workout

I decided to work out again today since yesterday went pretty well.  I didn’t push it by hitting up some heavy weights at the gym, but I did do a full-body routine.  Yup, it was another freebie DVD from Jeannette Jenkins.  This one was the Blast the Belly Fat DVD, and I completed all 73 minutes of it.

hollywood trainer

I liked this DVD, but I wasn’t loving it.  I love circuits, and it is comprised of a warmup, three circuits, mat work, and stretching.  The first two circuits got my blood pumping, but I was dissapointed in the third.  I guess I just wanted a bit more strength training instead of just core toning.  I think there are some great core moves here, but I’m not one to work my obliques much.  (In my opinion, it makes your torso wide – toned, but wide.)

Latest Crave

I love my Mizuno running shoes.  I’m going to need a new pair of kicks soon though, so I have started shopping around a little.  While browsing the Mizuno site, I saw my latest crave.  Check out the Rider Running Tee.  Saawheeet!

tee

I usually wear faded soccer tees and shorts at the gym.  Yeah, I’m that girl.  Whatever.  It’s 5 a.m., and I’m there to sweat.  However, I do own a few cute tops and capris, and I have to admit – looking good leads to feeling good, which leads to a better workout.  Sooooo, if the hubby approves, I know what might be arriving in the mail soon.  You all know how much I love getting packages!

Love Grown Foods (or in my opinion, Likeable Granola Fairies)  

Speaking of packages, granola fairies over at Love Grown Foods sent me goodies.  It took me a while to review all the flavors, but I loved every minute of it.  As you all know from my WIAW post, I had Greek yogurt with fruit and granola every day this week.  (Don’t worry; I also tried a little nibble of each flavor sans-parfait since plain Greek yogurt can be overpowering.)

cranberry

Leia Likes Cranberry

I received Simply Oats, Apple Walnut Delight, Raisin Almond Crunch, and Sweet Cranberry Pecan flavors.  Let’s just say my homemade granola isn’t going to taste so good anymore after having the real deal.

Simply Oats + Oikos + Raspberries

Apple Walnut was delightful, but it was my least favorite.  The dried apples were okay, but it just wasn’t that flavorful.  Oddly enough, my hopes were highest for this one.   The original flavor was good too, but it wasn’t my favorite either because it was the least exciting.  If you’re in the mood for regular granola, this was pretty darn tasty.  It’s crunchy but a little chewy at the same time.

mango

Mango + Plain Greek + Apple

My second favorite was the cranberry flavor.  Wow!  Those aren’t overly sweetened Craisins; those dried cranberries still have a hint of tartness to them.  They were great plain and in the parfait.  I bet they’d also rock a baked sweet potato!

Yum, but I bet it'd be good on a hot n' soft sweet potato...

Berry Good

My favorite flavor was actually the one I was least excited to try.  Funny how that works sometimes, isn’t it?  Raisin Almond Crunch was like a York Peppermint Patty commercial, except I wasn’t transported to a snow covered mountain peak.  Instead, I was transported to a cushy chair by a fireplace with warm milk + this granola in one hand and chia tea in the other.  The spices were perfect, and they made me feel all warm n’ fuzzy inside (but not actually fuzzy – that’d be wierd).

food

Food Scale Strikes Again

The price and calorie-count usually keeps me from buying granola.  (Let’s face it – not many people can justify those calories unless you’re hiking the AT.)  However, I would totally consider buying this again.  The small serving size is surprisingly filling.  If you’re a granola fan, I highly recommend it,

Weekend Plans

We meeting friends at a beer  restaurant for dinner tonight.  Then Saturday starts off with a trip to the lake, followed by a local brewery outing with a buddy from out of town.  I hope our buddy brings some of his beer with him because he is a freaking amazing home brewer.  I can’t wait until he gets a job as a brewmaster somewhere.  I think I see another brew review coming next week!

July 6, 2011

What I Ate Tuesday & Wednesday

It’s WIAW time again!  Yay!  These are pics of what I ate yesterday, but I’m eating the exact same thing today (except one or two very minor changes), so you get the idea.

My first breakfast was a hard boiled egg.  So nutritious, yet so yummy!  Second breakfast was fruit, nonfat Greek yogurt, and Love Grown Foods Granola.  Tuesday I had blueberries, and today I’ll be having mango.  This was my first time buying a mango; I didn’t realize how friggin awesome it is!

parfait

Parfait = Morning Bowl of Goodness

Lunch is simple yet awesome.  It’s just a turkey sandwich, and though it lacks sufficient turkey, it still hits the spot.  It’s Applegate Farms roast turkey, grain mustard, lettuce, and delicious whole wheat bread.  I packed it with a juicy pear.

sammich

A Lovely Pear (Pun Intended)

I normally don’t buy much deli meat since it’s often bad for the environment, over-processed, full of sodium, and blah blah blah.  However, when you want a sandwich, you want a sandwich.

sammich

Simple and Satisfying

Snack is another simple yet awesome concoction.  Veggies and organic hummus make a mean snack.  Tuesday I had carrots, but I will have celery today.  I’m sorry celery, but carrots kick you butt.

scale

I measure carrots for fun. Dork.

I made up a new recipe tonight for dinner.  It was really good, if you’re into odd foods.  I was inspired by Thai Kitchen’s spicy red curry and all the junk in my fridge.  Sadly, the curry wasn’t so spicy, but luckily, it was still delish.

bowl of noms

Curry in a Semi-Hurry

Two chicken breasts, one can of beans, red quinoa, a large zucchini, carrots, a little leftover tomato, celery, some red bell pepper, and a jalapeno all came together to make this dish.  As you may know, I love chicken packets and leftovers, so I’m happy this will feed Kev and I for two nights.  Sweeeeeet.

kev bowl

I stole a pic of Kev's man-bowl.

I had a jalapeno corn muffin after dinner Tuesday (recipe to come), but I bet I’ll have some ice cream Wednesday.  Yup, I an evening muncher.  I don’t recommend or advise it, but I’m not ashamed!

As always, thanks for reading, and be sure to hop over to Peas and Crayons to check out other great eats and meal ideas!

What was the best thing you ate today?

June 9, 2011

What’s Up Doc?

Here’s a little post about the general things going on in life.  It’s the little positives that make us happy, and hopefully it’s the little negatives that we learn to ignore.  Well, I am in a good mood, and that is really helping me focus on all those little positives.

I’ve been hitting the gym regularly this week, and I even went for a walk with Kevin Monday after work.  It was incredibly hot and humid outside, but I’m not generally one to turn down a good stroll.  Today, my running buddy and I enjoyed another Three-mile Thursday, which I mention in my June workout post. 

That covers fitness, but what about nutrition?  This week has been all over the place.  I’ve been munching like crazy!  Does anyone else go through phases like that?  I just seem hungry all the time, and trust me, it’s super frustrating!

My three-part breakfasts have included a pre-gym rice cake, a post-workout egg (organic and hardboiled for easy transportation), and an at-work parfait.  The parfaits are great!

parfait

Beautiful!

Non-fat, plain Greek yogurt with peaches and toasted maple oats make for a winning combination.  Heaven in a bowl… or a Rubbermaid container.

mix

Miss Mix-A-Lot

Lunch hasn’t been as pretty, but it works.  It’s 1/2 a can of tuna on an English muffin or in a wrap with dressing or kalamata olive hummus.  I couple that with a little side salad.  The dressing is Annie’s Light Gingerly, which is a new fav of mine.  I’m on a never-ending quest to find the same ginger dressing used by Japanese restaurants, so if you know the brand, please share!

lunch

Plain, Boring, Yet Healthy

 Snacks have been all over the place this week.  Granola bars, apples, and/or hummus with broccoli or summer squash have all made one or more appearances.  Hopefully I’ll get all this snacking under control soon.  I think I’ve been eating a little more than necessary due to stress and boredom.  I  know, who is stressed and bored?  This girl.  Work’s a drain, I tell ya!

Dinner last night was pretty awesome though.  I’m American, but I swear my tummy’s German.  Chicken brats with Brussels sprouts are an amazing combo.  Deeeelish!

dinner

Dinner is a Winner

Sadly, because my hunger is as controlled and predictable as a tornado, I wanted a little something extra in about an hour.  Whole wheat bread with peeb (peanut butter) to the rescue!  I think there needs to be a peeb super hero.

Lastly, another small positive that made my day…

action
Action Shot – Sense the Excitement

My Amazon order finally arrived!  Woohoo!  I’m such an Amazon nerd, it’s not even funny.  Well… that picture’s kinda funny, but that’s not the point.  I got 4 packages of organic red quinoa and a new armband for my iPhone.  Now I can finally run with tunes! 

yay

Presents from yourself are still presents!

Now that I can jam out while jogging, I need some jams.  What are some of your favorite running/workout tunes? 
 
PS – I’m featured on Fitblogger today, so check it out!
May 18, 2011

What I Ate Wednesday #2

Heavens ta’ Betsy!  Thank goodness it’s Wednesday!  No, there’s nothing special happening today, but it’s hump day.  My week has been draggggginnnngggg, so I’m pretty ready for Friday.  As I said yesterday, I’m also getting fired up about my 5k Saturday morning.

Today marks another What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW) <– I prefer to call it “wiee-awww” instead of saying out the letters like “W.I.A.W.” – but that’s just me.

I kicked off the day with another 3-part breakfast.  I had a pre-gym rice cake, which I couldn’t help but dip in a wee bit (approx 1 tsp) of peanut butter.  Here’s another odd pronunciation for ya.  In my house, peanut butter is shortened to P.B.  However, instead of saying P.B. and J. or something normal like that, it is pronounced “peeb.”  It’s shorter, cuter, and more fun.

Back to breakfast… after the gym, I had my GNC natural vanilla soy protein with water.  Now that I’m at work, I’m having cruddy coffee (work coffee = ick) and a yummy parfait.  It’s nonfat, plain Dannon yogurt (Sorry, my grocery store doesn’t carry plain organic yogurt.  Bummer!) on top of ¾ cup Kashi Go Lean cereal and 1/3 a pint of sliced strawberries.  I love berry season!

Breakfast (Part Three)

Here is what lunch will be.  I actually took this yesterday because I’m eating the same thing for breakfast and lunch all week.  I usually do that.  This week I made a big pot of it Sunday so that I can grab-n-go every morning.

Lunch Bowl

It includes 1 white onion, 1 pint of sliced baby ‘bella mushrooms, and a bit of garlic cooked in 1 TBS oilive oil.  It also has one can of organic diced tomatoes, 2 boxes (10 oz each I think) of frozen spinach, 1-2 tsp oregano, and 1 can of rinsed garbanzo beans.  Mix all that with 3 servings of cooked quinoa.  It’s cheaper, more natural, and healthier than boxed frozen lunches.  Eat that Lean Cuisine!

Snack will be a big one.  I’ve been ridiculously hungry all week, so snack has been 1 pear and 1 Cascadian Farms Organic Chewy Vanilla Chip Bar.  I won’t buy those again.  They’re like pitiful excuses for Rice Krispie treats.

Dinner will be an organic chicken breast with 1 serving of brown rice, ¼ a white onion, 1 a sliced jalapeno, and ¼ a sliced green bell pepper.  I’m not sure yet if I’ll put sauce on it, but I do have some yummy General Tsao’s stuff in the fridge.  We’ll see, but you get the gist.  Lately I’ve also been gorging munching on 100-calorie bags of popcorn at night.  One day I’ll actually get my own popcorn maker so that I can make the natural stuff and add my own ingredients, but I’m not there yet.

By the way, here’s a pic of last night’s dinner.  I’m not linking to the recipe because I changed it around a bit, and it wasn’t that awesome.  I’m just posting because it’s pretty.  Balsamic beans and greens over baked microwaved poatatoes.

Nothing is ever to pretty to eat.

Would you guys like me to post other lunch bowl recipes and ideas?  I’m a huge fan of Sunday-prepped lunches.  What’s your go-to lunch?

PS – I did my weight routine this morning, which still got my heart rate up a little bit.  It took 50 minutes.  I plan to walk a bit tonight (if it’s not raining) before baking muffins.  Yup – the non-baker is actually baking tonight.  Stay tuned for a recap of potential kitchen mishap!

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