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Upgrade

June 17th, 2010 · 17 Comments · breakfast, dessert, ice cream, sandwich

I was looking through the pictures of today’s eats and realized that there was a recurring theme throughout. Almost everything I ate or did was a version of something you’ve seen before on the blog. Except this time it was upgraded. :)

BREAKFAST

The typical FFL english muffin with almond butter and fruit – upgraded!

FFL with almond butter, 2% greek yogurt, mango and a raspberry for garnish. So much more fun! :)

Freshly planted flowers. This time – full out blooming. Upgrade! :)

The tree that’s shedding all sorts of branches and green stuff… um, downgrade. Boo.

LUNCH WORKOUT

My favorite yoga class of all time. This one does not need an upgrade. It was perfect – as always. :)

LUNCH

Leftover sizzling haloumi with roasted asparagus and grape tomatoes – still incredible. Go here for the visual if you forget what it looks like. 😉

AFTERNOON WORKOUT

I finally went to Body Pump at Healthworks today!! It used to be my absolute favorite class at my gym (Fitcorp) but they canceled it and I miss it terribly. Seeing Tina‘s arms in her recent post gave me the kick that I needed. I used to be a machine at that class and I’m happy to say that I still got it! :mrgreen: I seriously had a grin the entire time during class… although let me tell you – this does not mean that I was slacking off. It was hard. My muscles were seriously shaking for at least an hour after the class. Awesome!

I was also super happy to finally have a few minutes to check out the facilities at the Back Bay location of Healthworks. I used to belong to the Chestnut Hill location right after it opened (6 years ago). I seriously thought it was like going to a spa every day. I brought girlfriends there just to show them around… and of course they always ended up joining. I was so sad to leave it when I moved to NY. The outdated Bally’s with meat heads at every corner was definitely quite the contrast. Anyways, I knew everyone always raved about Healthworks (and they have Body Pump after all so I will definitely be going back there, thanks to some free passes I received at the Healthworks Blogger Bash) but it was so great to finally see it for myself. Everything looked new (!!!) – it was super clean and well organized. I could see the numbers on the weights (yeah, Fitcorp’s weights are so old, on Saturday at bootcamp I used what I thought were 12lb weights because they seemed a bit bigger than the 10lbs… only to find out later that they were also 10’s but just a different shape. No wonder when it got hard and I picked up the “lighter” 10’s – it was still hard. Doh! :roll: … a definite upgrade). I had my camera but I didn’t want to be the weirdo taking pictures of the gym but it is awesome. Q-tips, cotton balls, hair dryers with all the attachments (like the diffuser!) in the bathroom – I just love all the girly touches (it IS a women’s gym after all). If you live in the Boston area and have never been to Healthworks yet, I recommend that you try it. Here is a 3-day pass that you can use. Anyways, sorry if it sounded like an advertisement – I just get excited about stuff like that (and no, Healthworks is NOT paying me or providing me with compensation in any form to say all this stuff).

DINNER

Remember the sandwich I had last Thursday on a pretzel baguette? I loved the bread but not the turkey with an unknown origin. Today mid-afternoon I stopped by the farmers market to pick up some dinner ingredients, including the yummy pretzelBaguette.

Fresh mozzarella, heirloom tomato, sun-dried tomato pesto on a pretzelBaguette

+ some (dying) snap peas

This dinner was definitely an upgrade from last week’s sandwich. It was so incredibly fresh, simple yet delicious… and made with all local ingredients 😀

TREAT

Sour cream ice cream made healthier – upgrade! I subbed oikos nonfat greek yogurt for sour cream (but still used half-and-half). It froze a tad bit harder than the one with sour cream but still tasted very creamy and delicious.

I topped it with my favorite froyo toppings – mango + pecans (and a few raspberries we had left). I was in heaven. 😎

OTHER SNACKS

2 medjool dates (they were super fresh and SO sweet and moist…mmm) + some fancy nuts I’ll blog about soon. :)

And the final upgradeeating quality food, slowly and truly enjoying it, instead of hastily stuffing whatever I can find into my mouth… and crying about it later. This is day 8 of good eating that I can be proud of. Yes, I’m counting 😉

Any upgrades in your life recently?

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My first REAL ice cream

May 23rd, 2010 · 34 Comments · baking, beef, breakfast, Eat, drink & be vegan, Ellie Krieger, ice cream, Mexican, muffins, Oprah magazine cookbook, snacks

I’ve had ice cream before. I’ve had good ice cream before. But, I’m going to go out and say it – you haven’t had REAL ice cream until you’ve made your own! Homemade ice cream takes ice cream to a whole new level. It’s actually hard for me to think straight right now – that’s how good my little ice cream making project went today. All right (collects herself), let’s back up a bit…

We got an ice cream machine from my parents-in-law this past Christmas. Around the same time we started our kitchen remodel, but that didn’t stop me from making my own frozen yogurt. It was a good first try. Pretty yummy but the recipe definitely required some tweaking. That was my first and last attempt at making a frozen concoction… until today!

I actually finally dug a whole in our freezer big enough to fit the ice cream bowl into a few days ago, but receiving The Oprah Magazine Cookbook from my parents-in-law for my birthday (thank you!) and locking eyes with the sour cream ice cream recipe sealed the deal for me. I had to go buy ice cream ingredients. Stat. [Recipe can also be found here, I used low fat sour cream and a little less than 1 cup of sugar.]

Introducing my new love 😉

Mix all the ice cream ingredients and pour into this genius machine. Let it run for ~30 minutes.

I think someone wanted ice cream even more than I did 😆

Try not to eat it all right away. It really should spend at least 4 hours in the freezer to reach the perfect (hard) consistency.

I lasted 1 hour. So what if it was a little softer. 😉

My first REAL ice cream :mrgreen:

Can you see how creamy it is?

OMG – amazing. Incredibly smooth and slightly tangy. Maybe it’s the sour cream that put it over the top for me, since you know, sour cream probably runs through my veins (being a “Russian” and all), but Adam thought it was pretty phenomenal as well. I am doing everything I can to keep myself away from the kitchen (read: freezer). This could be trouble!

If you don’t have an ice cream machine (although you should really start making space or saving for one – whatever reason has stopped you from buying it), no worries. I got a whole lot of other deliciousness to share with you. Let’s begin with…

BREAKFAST

I love leisurely mornings – they allow me to start the day with fresh baked muffins, like these zucchini spelt muffins from eat, drink & be vegan cookbook

The recipe made 4 larger muffins and 8 smaller ones. I also added about 1/4 cup of chopped walnuts to the batter. For those of you who count calories – the larger one is ~255 calories, the smaller one is ~170 cals (just counted it so that I wouldn’t be going overboard on calories without even realizing it). I enjoyed one larger one with some local organic strawberries and coffee.

And then I went a little crazy with picture taking (it’s kind of the theme of today’s post actually – too much time on my hands? 😉 )

Hello, strawbs!

So pretty.

And so moist and delicious!!!! Dreena is right – don’t let the healthy sounding name discourage you – these are such a treat for your taste buds. Also Adam approved.

LUNCH

The rest of the morning flew by so I just thew together a random Mediterranean-inspired spread.

Fresh cucumber slices, Foxboro Co fromage blanc, jalapeno stuffed olives, Samira’s baba ganoush, Sofra beet tzatziki, edamame “hummus,” grilled peppers and zucchini and When Pigs Fly olive bread. Phew! 😉

Adam and I shared this platter.

It was a fun lunch with lots of flavors and textures. :)

And yes, I went crazy taking pictures again. 😀

Earlier this week I received from the company a sample of Lipton Pure Leaf ice tea for my review. I thought these would be perfect to accompany a summery-ish lunch.

The Pure Leaf ice tea is sweetened with stevia and has zero calories. I received 2 flavors: lemon and raspberry. Unfortunately I did not enjoy either one of these. They were extremely sweet and very “fake” tasting. Thumbs down from this blogger. Adam still polished them off but said he prefers diet Snapple. I’ll stick to water.

MID-AFTERNOON SNACKS

Luna Protein chocolate cherry almond bar (I received in the Healthworks swag bag)

It tasted like a candy bar. I liked it. The ingredients list appears to be all natural too. Excellent :)

A while later – 1/2 fitness bread with light cream cheese, lox and grape tomatoes

+ an orange (unpictured)

DINNER

Although I really wanted ice cream for dinner, I behaved like an adult and made a real dinner – Ellie Krieger’s steak tacos with cucumber-avocado salsa to be exact (recipe can be found here)

Dinner came together in minutes and was extremely flavorful. These tasted pretty authentic to me. No cheese or sour cream needed – just lots of fresh flavors (mmm, lime + avocado).

So much good eats! I wish everyday could be this healthy and delicious.

Have you ever made your own ice cream? What’s your favorite kind? I think we’re going to do a chocolate/m&m combo next (Adam’s childhood favorite) and then junk-free oreo cookie ice cream. I love that I can use all organic high quality ingredients and that the mix-in possibilities are endless. :)

* Only a few days left to enter the cookware giveaway!*

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