Saying no, and really meaning it

Hi darlings. How was your Friday? Mine was really fun. I ate well, had a great workout and ended the evening with some friends. What more can you ask for? :) I’ll jump straight into yesterday’s eats and explain the title of my post as I go.

Breakfast was really simple: 1 piece of organic sprouted grain toast with peanut butter and blueberries + side of fresh blueberries and cantaloupe. I cut the bread into little pieces for fun, not because of the small bites tip the RD gave me (I think it will be necessary for my treats only).

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Mmm, melty pb. Yum :)

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Then I got to making lunch. Our fridge and freezer are starting to look bare so I couldn’t even combine any leftovers into anything worth eating. The good news: I had all the ingredients for stir-fried tofu and bok choy in ginger sauce I’ve been meaning to make from The Best Light Recipe book. I got this book from my friend Katy for my birthday and I love it!! It talks about technique, compares different healthier alternatives to each other, provides recommendations for product brands, and lastly walks you through their thought process on how they made the full-fat version recipe lighter (what worked and what didn’t). I especially appreciate this last part because I hope to start thinking like that on my own. One day :)

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This is what my meal was supposed to look like. Pretty, no?

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Here is what it actually looked like in a to-go container. Not as much of a looker (btw, I also made some quinoa on the side) but man, was it delicious!!!! I really LOVED this dish and cannot wait to make more meals from this book (next up on the list – blueberry muffins. Mmm)

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Pre-workout snack (workout was 4.5 mile run on the treadmill + 0.5 mile walk + 16 minutes on ET. Sweaty and awesome!):

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And here is the day’s treat of the day. No I did not eat the whole tray ;) These are cookie topped brownies from Another One Bites the Crust (recipe was found through Soap & Chocolate… thanks, Diana!!) and well, you can probably guess from these mouth-watering pictures that they are awesome!

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I substituted nonfat yogurt for apple sauce, thus de-veganizing this recipe a bit, but otherwise followed it to the T. I tried cutting down on sugar a bit but after tasting the batter, added the rest of it as per the recipe. It didn’t seem like a healthy treat while I was baking it, but now that I think about it, it’s definitely much healthier than your typical brownie/cookie. It’s made with ww pastry flour and there is no butter. Still quite a bit of sugar but it won’t be a treat without that. I brought most of these guys to work and packed a little piece for me.

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So here is where the title of this post comes from. Mid-afternoon I enjoyed this little guy with my tea. It was delicious! I ate it at my desk but tried not to do any work while eating and really concentrated on the flavor of this and the whole experience. Literally the second I finished it, my co-worker got a package from his mom with HUGE cookies from Tom’s Mom’s cookies. These cookies looked absolutely incredible but I just finished my treat and didn’t need another cookie. Instead of being afraid that I’ll feel deprived later if I didn’t have any, I took a cookie, put it in a ziplock bag (keep them in my desk drawer for “emergencies” like this) and put it in my desk drawer to enjoy on Monday. Done and done. My co-worker tried to convince me to have some right away, but I said no and really meant it! I didn’t want it right away. I’m sure this cookie will taste better on Monday when I can truly appreciate it :)

On my way out the door, the co-worker stuffed a cookie in my purse to “take home to Adam.” It got a little beaten up so I gave the whole part to Adam and threw the cookie crumbs into a yogurt for a pre-dinner snack (I was starving and dinner was going to take 30+ minutes). Adam loved the cookie so I can’t wait to have it on Monday :D My little snack was perfect for me.

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Oh and do you see those Oreos in the background? Adam picked them up for our Rounders “party.” If you’ve seen Rounders (and if you haven’t – go rent/buy it right away – it’s an AWESOME movie) you’ll know why. I didn’t have any! HFCS, no thanks. I wasn’t even tempted. I sent the rest of the box home with friends. No need to have them in the house.

Ok, onto dinner. The star ingredient was okra, which I picked up at the farmers market last week. These guys are pretty funky.

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When I saw okra, I immediately thought of cornmeal crusted oven baked okra. Not sure why. Maybe this meal Kath had really stuck in my mind, although I actually don’t remember reading about it. I did a bit of searching for the recipe and of course stumbled upon Kath’s version of it. I decided to copy her side dish too (substituting lean ham for bacon and omitting the dates that we didn’t have) :) Here is my whole dinner:

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Closeup of the “fried okra”:

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Collard greens, organic kidney beans, lean ham:

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I was really excited for this meal but the okra was kind of bland tasting. I added a bunch of hot sauce to the egg/milk mixture but I guess it wasn’t enough. I think you need to season the cornmeal because it’s kind of tasteless. Overall this meal was fun though :)

For accountability reasons I should also mention that while watching the movie with our friends I also had a glass of red wine, a 100 calorie pack of almonds, some reduced fat smoked gouda and roasted cashews. This was consumed over the course of the night and I was truly hungry so I feel fine with eating what seems like a lot. Looking back at my meals it’s possible that I actually didn’t eat enough during the day (although I felt satisfied throughout the day) so I think it all evens out at the end.

How was your Friday night? Have you seen Rounders? Do you like oreos?

I’m off to do a quicky 2 mile run and then get ready for a pool party. Let’s see if I get the guts to wear a bathing suit today. Hmm.

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