Gotta run!

This is going to be a quick post. I was procrastinating about making food for the party tomorrow and now I’m kind of against the wall, so I have to go to the grocery store and do some serious prepping so tomorrow isn’t too overwhelming before the party. So let’s go straight to breakfast!

1/3 c of rolled oats, 1/3 c skim milk, 1/3 c water, 1T cocoa powder + 1/2 banana all microwaved for a little over 2 minutes. Then I topped it off with a serving of TJ’s trek mix. Nice and warm (and chocolatey!) for this super cold morning. Sorry it looks like a brown mess…

I had an early workout today so there was no need for a pre-workout snack. I couldn’t decided on whether I wanted to do 2 workouts again, but figured it was maybe a little too obsessive so I had one workout that’s slightly longer than usual (75 minutes). At the gym I took a “Butts & Guts” class, which is kind of like an interval training boot camp style class – a mix of cardio and lifting. It was great! I then jumped on the elliptical for 15 minutes and finished my workout with a 15 minute abs class. I was done after that!!!! And I was hungry…

Lunch: leftover risotto from last night.

And a clemantine:

Then I got a craving for chocolate so I had a few squares…

And then I wanted to eat my second planned snack (hummus + crackers) but I couldn’t find the crackers anywhere!!! I know I brought them to work, but I looked absolutely everywhere with no luck. It’s funny because I planned to have the same thing yesterday but forgot the hummus at home. Today I had the hummus but no crackers. Hmm. I seriously considered eating the hummus with a spoon (I know, classy!) – I love hummus, but instead decided to raid my desk drawer for other goodies. I found this bad boy:

Nectar organic cranberry, apricot and almond fruit & nut bar. It’s basically kind of like a larabar. How cute is my paper clip holder?!

Here is what it looks like on the inside:

I ate about half of it and decided that it’s not what I really wanted to I put the rest away. (btw, it wasn’t very good). The search for more food continued. The whole missing crackers thing really threw me off! I found a bunch of instant oatmeal packets in the drawer and a packet of barney butter. So I made it!

There was more almond butter added after I took this pic (I ate the whole packet = 1 tablespoon). This stuff was just ok. I thought it would fill me up, and it did. I think what I really wanted was haloween candy everyone complains about but these are nowhere to be seen in my office. If we had them, I’d be complaining too because of all the temptation, but we didn’t, so I wanted some. I’m weird like that. Anyways, we didn’t have any halloween candy so I stopped eating… until dinner.

Dinner was pretty awesome. I’ve been smelling steak lately, every time I pass by a restaurant. So a few nights ago when we were at a grocery store we picked up some super lean beef. I marinaded it last night with some canola oil, ginger, garlic, soy sauce and some thai red curry paste. Today I grilled on on an iron grill pan for about 4 minutes on each side. But before that, I made some sweet potato “fries.” Cut one large sweet potato into wedges, spray with olive oil spray, bake in the oven at 500 degrees for about 25 minutes. I tossed it with some garlic and parsley when it came out of the oven and served myself a 1/3 of the fries (my husband had the rest). For another veggie, I sauteed some spinach with garlic and a tiny bit of chicken broth. It was super garlicky and delicious :) So here is my plate:

The marinade was amazing… the whole meal was amazing actually! I have some of the beef (same portion as pictured – a little over 3 oz uncooked) left for a salad tomorrow. It was hard not to eat the whole thing but I know I’ll be happy tomorrow! :) And then, even though I was probably out of calories for the day, because I knew I wanted some real dessert, I made 2 chocolate chip cookies (from TJ’s frozen isle). I figured if I didn’t have dessert tonight I would just pig out tomorrow, and that would be worse.

Here they are + a decaf vanilla tea.

Super buttery! They are 120 calories each, so it’s not that much damage. My husband stole half a cookie and saved me 60 calories right there :P My belly is happy now so I’m happy :)

Ok, I’m off to the grocery store! I’m making the spinach artichoke dip I made for the last few parties (it was requested by the hostess!) and a few other goodies. Stay tuned for the update on those!

Sweet leaning tower

I wanted to start this post by thanking everyone for their really nice comments. I am really out of the funk I went through the last few days. Dinner was super delicious, which makes the end of the day (well it’s no over, but it’s getting there) that much better! Yay for awesome healthy food!

I was so full last night before going to bed that I just could not stomach the idea of making food for today. Nothing seemed appealing at all. This morning as a result was kind of rushed. I wanted to keep chocolate, nuts and peanut butter (my offenders last night) out of the menu for the day. This made for a pretty bland breakfast :(

This combo was a cup of TJ’s nonfat yogurt, a bunch of strawberries, some kashi golean cereal, flax and a bit of strawberry sauce. It was “eh.”

A few hours later I had my first cup of coffee with half and half and some agave nectar, and this guy:

How cute is the picture? I like zbars a lot, but aside from the picture, this flavor didn’t excite me much. Here is a shot of the bar inside (I guess they all kind of look the same though):

Then I went to the gym and made up my 4 mile run. I started at 6.5 mph and worked up to 7.2 mph. Not bad. I also did about 0.15 mile walk at 4.3 mph before I started running and the same distance and speed to cool down. I wanted to take a stability ball class after that, but there was a substitute instructor there so I pretended like I just walked in to grab the jump rope and left. Sorry, I don’t want to waste my time. This woman (substitute) is no good, and I just could not deal with a boring workout. So I took a quick shower and went back to work. I decided I’d come back for a sports yoga class offered later in the day. This class is soooo good. This is the only yoga class I think I ever truly enjoy. The 45 minute class just seriously flies by.

Anyways, since I knew my yoga class wasn’t that far off, I kept the lunch on the small side. I just ate the leftover bulgar and butternut squash medley I made on Sunday.

It was still very good, but I think different from when it was fresh. I brought a HUGE apple to have with it but held off on eating it until after yoga. I had it with a lite string cheese as you can see here:

Hmm, that apple doesn’t look as big in the picture, but trust me it was!

Sorry up until that point my food was kind of boring, but let me tell you dinner was the bomb! I usually have an ingredient in mind when I look for a recipe (unless I just randomly come across something I just have to make). Tonight’s dinner came from a search for a meal with fresh mozzarella. We bought a bit hunk of it a few weeks ago when we made a roasted tomato and fresh mozzarella pizza for my husband’s parents and I noticed a few days ago that a bunch of the mozzarella was still in the fridge. We can’t let it go to waste! So yesterday for lunch, I used an ounce of it in my sandwich and today I made Risotto with Fresh Mozzarellla, Grape Tomatoes and Basil from Cooking Light. I made just 4 servings worth, substituted some spinach for leeks, and used almost 1/3 more chicken broth than the recipe called for (I wanted it to be super creamy, not at all crunchy so it just took more liquid to get it there). Oh, I also “made” my own half and half by combining cream with skim milk, and I only used 1 tsp of oil instead of 2 tablespoons. There is just no need to use that much oil sometimes. It was super creamy and dense as is.

Man, this stuff was good! Here are a few shots of the ongoing process for you. It’s hard to take pictures when I cook, because either my hands are dirty or it just doesn’t look appetizing. But here we go:

A lot of stirring involved here. This was super easy to make but I basically was stirring the broth into the rice for maybe 40 minutes (adding a little bit at a time until it absorbed). It was surprisingly relaxing, although maybe if I were in a different mood it could be frustrating. Today it was no problem because I wasn’t that hungry and was in a yogi mood after that yoga class :)

Here are some of the mix-ins waiting for the rice to be ready (basil, grape tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and s&p):

And my first bite of the final product:

Yum!!! Again the picture completely does not do this justice. It had melty cheese, fresh tomatoes, creamy rice and quality balsamic vinegar. Seriously decadent. My husband said it was one of the best meals I’ve ever made and also the best risotto he’s ever had in his life. Not a bad review, heh? :D

Here is a close-up of the risotto before it was drizzled with the balsamic vinegar:

I may just have to have the leftovers for lunch tomorrow…

And then
because I felt really good about myself (no more being moody!) I had dessert. I can’t go a day without eating some real chocolate! (that zbar didn’t count)

A dark chocolate “lollipop.” How can you resist this? I couldn’t :)

And that’s it for today’s eats.

Oh, I’m going to a Halloween cocktail party on Friday. The hostess said to bring some food since she bought too much candy already. Any suggestions? I want to make/bring something savory and healthy.

Stressful day :(

UGH, today was just awful awful. I’m sorry I’m not much fun today. Work was stressful and busy so I never made it to the gym. This in turn stressed me out even more, which led to some bingeing. Boo! Before the final fall, I did have some yummy (and healthy!) food. I’ll let the pictures do most of the talking and will resume this blog tomorrow on a more positive note. Hopefully I won’t lose any of you…

Breakfast: 2 kashi golean waffles with Barney Butter almond butter packet, 1/2 banana and 1/2 peach + coffee of course. One of my favorite breakfasts!

Pre-workout snack (the workout never happened): 1/2 TJ’s European nonfat yogurt, some sliced strawberries and sliced almonds + a few chocolate and pb chips:

Lunch: chicken (from the deli), fresh mozzarella, pesto and roasted red peppers + a simple mixed greens and shredded carrots salad and the rest of the peach from breakfast:

I also finished the brownies (there were 2 left) as my second snack of the day.

And here is dinner: ww pasta, grilled chicken, asparagus, sun dried tomatoes with vodka sauce:

This tasted better than it looks :)

Then was my first dessert for the night: some TJ’s chocolate covered edamames:

And then I broke down and ate everything in sight… for hours, while watching the Biggest Loser. Productive I know!

No workout today. So much for making up for this past weekend. Bluh! I’ll do better tomorrow. Seriously! Good night!

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