Archive for October, 2008
So I ventured over to my favorite cafe to get a make-your-own salad today and basically just threw $10 into the trash. I got what seemed like a delicious mix of beans & veggies over a bed of spinach and mixed salad greens with oil & vinegar. It was not!!! 👿 Everything tasted old and icky. Even the beans tasted sort of slimy…
- green olives
- garbanzo beans
- hearts of palm
I only ate about 1/2 my salad, which seems like a huge mistake right now. I feel absolutely foul right now. I had a couple of rye crisps to try to settle my stomach and 1/2 a Nature Valley bar, but that did not help. Really, really feel vile. C’mon people… fresh veggies!!! By the way… apologies on the poor quality of pictures. I’m using my cell phone since I’m at work and it does not take photos well.
Attention all readers!
On Saturday November 1st I will be holding a contest to give out a sample package of ZAP products to one lucky winner. The winner will receive a package of ZAP goodies including: 1 jar ZAP natural peanut butter, 1 jar creamy ZAP peanut butter and an assortment of ZAP protein bars. Please spread the word and stay tuned!! The contest will run from Saturday, November 1st – Monday, November 3rd at 6am. Don’t forget it’s daylight saving time this weekend so make sure you get your entries in in time. The topic: “What motivates you to stay healthy?” Be looking for the official contest post on Saturday!! Happy Halloween all!!
Sorry for the double post… i just wasn’t feeling blogging last night. Which also means that picture won’t be posted until this afternoon since I am at work and without my camera cord. It was a looong day yesterday and I was pooped by the end. Dinner was pretty simple stuff, but still good. Sometimes I just can’t handle cooking anything elaborate during the week. It seems like by the time I get home and changed out of my work clothes I just want to sit no the couch sometimes and have dinner brought to me. Of course that never happens though so I should quit dreaming unless I want to spend $20 for a delivery man to come ring my doorbell with food. 😕
Dinner was chili rubbed chicken breasts (pictured pre-baking). I used bone-in chicken breast because I think they come out soo much juicer than boneless. Boneless can often be too dry for my tastes… not the ideal chicken to bake with, that’s for sure! I rubbed the chicken with chili powder, olive oil, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper; making sure to get it allll over. I left the skin on to ensure that it didn’t dry out, but I lifted it up so that the spices were nestled underneath. I don’t actually eat the skin (gross), so I didn’t want to waste all that flavor on something that was just going to be tossed. In order to make sure everything cooked evenly and all the way through I cut 4 slits in each breast through the thickest parts all the way to the bone. This won’t dry out the chicken if you make sure to cook it on a low heat, but it will prevent that annoying pinkness inside.
I could hardly wait for everything to cook so I snacked on some tortilla chips and Utz salt & vinegar potato chips while everything cooked. There wasn’t much left in the Utz bag so I just finished it off… shhh it wasn’t mine. 😉
On the side I blanched some fresh chopped broccoli and frozen cauliflower in a big pot of water that was seasoned with a large, smashed garlic clove and a tsp or two of salt. When that was done I simply drained, tossed with some olive oil, Parmesan, salt and pepper and it was done. Easy! I also had some brown rice that had been cooked earlier in the week to round everything out. All in all a very quick and easy dinner.
I was definitely in the mood for a cocktail last night so I combined a splash of vodka, some pellegrino and a splash of Izze’s sparkling pomegranate juice. So good I went back for seconds after dinner while we watched The Office! Poor Michael Scott…. The bf was feeling a bit under the weather 😦 so I was solo in my cocktail drinking. I hope he’s feeling better for Halloween!! I also munched on a few more small handfuls of tortilla chips with my drink… 🙂
This morning I woke up to my special Halloween alarm (theme from The Nightmare Before Christmas), but for some reason I wasn’t feeling so chipper. I normally looove Halloween. I love the pumpkin carving, costume wearing, candy eating fun factor, so this was very out of character for me. I stumbled into the kitchen and could not decide what to eat. I hate eating when I’m grumpy… I never enjoy anything that I put in my mouth. I had some plain yogurt… didn’t satisfy me, a handful of Peanut Butter Bumpers… wasn’t feelin cereal, a big spoonful of my homemade Peanut Butter…
It’s hard to not be satisfied by peanut butter so I went back for another spoonful. When I got in the office I wasn’t exactly hungry, but I still wanted to snack on something – preferably something sweet. I didn’t want to start my day off too unhealthy though so I dug into my purse and got the Balance Gold Bar I had stashed in there. It was the Chocolate Mint Cookie Crunch flavor. Pretty good as far as Balance Bars go… Definitely not natural tasting, but considering the fact that I wanted to just get a pack of M&M’s out of the vending machine, I’m really happy I went that route instead.
Looking back I know my dissatisfaction with all my breakfast eats was due to my emotions. I try to pay attention to my body when I eat and listen to how hungry I am, but I’m human and sometimes when I’m upset I eat to try to make myself feel better. Pretty backwards because that usually just leads to not feeling well. In this case I definitely didn’t overdo it by any means. I feel totally fine, but I would prefer to clear my mind and enjoy my food instead of mindlessly eating.
Hopefully the rest of my Halloween turns out OK. ‘Til then I’m just gonna “fake it ’til I make it”. I know if I put on a happy face, things will come together. 😉
For some reason I was absolutely starving today at like 11:30, but I tried to hold off as long as I could. Unfortunately that was only until 12. 🙂 Oh well. I normally like to eat a little later so that it breaks up my day better and I have fewer hours between lunch and when I get to go home, but somtimes things just don’t work out that way. Today was definitely leftover day! I brought a nice big tupperwear with some of my leftover Carnival Squash from yesterday… I couldn’t quite finish the whole thing because of all the extra nibbles from the brother’s Grocery bounty. 😳 I’m so glad I didn’t though because this was so so good heated up for part of my lunch!! You guys should really try Carnival Squash if you haven’t already. It looks exactly like acorn squash, but splashed with tons of colors! I would say the flavor of the squash is similar to acron squash, but has more of the mealy texture (in a good way) of a sweet potato or baked potato. It’s flavor has hints of honey and almost a nuttiness to it that I can’t quite put my finger on. I guess I’ll have to buy a few more to figure it out. 😉 I actually googled this kind of squash this morning because I was a little curious to see if it’d be listed as an acorn hybrid or something because of the identical shape and found this great website. This site gives so much valuable information on the different varieties of squash, when to look for them, how to store them, prepare them, etc. Such a good resource!!
I also brought the rest of my Chicken Broth and Veggie soup in my thermos. The picture isn’t that great, but there’s a better picture of the original product in this post: Chicken Soup for the Soul. It was just as good and comforting as I remembered! 😆 Oh and an apple (of course), that I forgot to snap a picture of.
I just wanted to take a quick moment to say thanks to Caitlin from “See Bride Run” for writing such an inspiring post last night. If you guys haven’t read it yet, or don’t know about her blog, you should really check it out HERE. She explains her motivation for healthy eating, good exercise and just some general thoughts on how to bring more happiness to your life. Fantastic post Caitlin!! 😀
I am soo loving this week’s BSI! I have to say that I haven’t really given pears much thought when in the grocery store. Nothing against them, they just don’t automatically come to mind the way say, apples and bananasdo. After a quick workout on the treadmill this morning, I chopped up another small pear that I had ripening on the counter and threw it into a bowl of the pre-made Banana Oats I had made earlier this week. I think this is my favorite oats combo yet. I added a little vanilla rice milk to reconstitute the oats, heated it up in the microwave and dug in! 😀
- 1/3 cup oats, milk, water
- 1/2 banana, sliced very thin
- 1 small pear, diced (about the size of 2 ping pong balls)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- dash ginger powder
- dash nutmeg
- pinch salt
Of course I had some of my ZAP peanut butter along with it… so good! I really like the kind of gritty feel that pears have in your mouth. They’re so much softer than apples that when I heated them, they almost melted into the oatmeal. Underneath the softness though you can actually feel the tiny fibers in the flesh on your teeth and it makes for a very texturally pleasing bowl of oats!!
I met my little this afternoon!!! She’s in 10th grade in a vocational high school in NYC and is super adorable! Since today was the first day we met all of our little and had ice breaking activities for 2 hours. I was actually a little nervous at first because I wasn’t sure what she would be like, if she would like me… etc. So happy with my match though – I think we will definitely get along!! For her own privacy reasons I don’t want to post too much about her, but I will definitely tell you about the program as a whole. We have our next meeting in 2 weeks and I believe we will be doing exercises to teach them about business ethics. Basically the program is supposed to get the kids ready for applying to college, etc. Their school actually mandates that they do real internships in hospitals, offices, etc. So cool – internships/work was not even on my radar in high school.
I got out a bit late because I had some work to finish after the program was done, so I was really hungry when I got home. It was literally torture waiting for everything to cook since I was making baked tofu and squash which take soooo long!! I filled my Carnival squash with a new twist on rice pudding… I even snuck in the BSI! Thanks for posting such a great one Itzy!
Pear-Spiced Rice Puddin’:
- 1/2 cup brown rice, cooked
- 1 small pear (not sure what kind)
- 1 tbsp vanilla rice milk
- 2 tsp honey
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- dash nutmeg
- pinch salt
After roasting the squash for 40 minutes in the oven, I put the filling in the squash and broiled for an extra 5 minutes. I mixed in some of the squash with the rice pudding to spread out the sweetness and it was so so good! Carnival squash is a little sweeter than acorn squash… or at least mine tasted sweeter.
I just made a few pieces of bakes tofu with a simple rub of olive oil, vinegar and teriyaki sauce. I used my homemade BBQ sauce to dip the pieces in. Finished everything off with a salad of the last of my green leaf lettuce and a big stalk of celery.
The brother came home with goodies from the store, so even though I was kind of full I sampled some of his yummy Green Mountain tortilla strips and Green Mountain salsa – definitely my favorite brand of salsa x1,000 . Plus a Mother’s cheddar rice cake. 😀 Totally stuffed!!!!