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POM themed dinner

April 7th, 2009 · 14 Comments · breakfast, dessert, oats, polenta, salad, shrimp, tofu

Today’s food was all really delicious. I guess I’ll start with my POM inspired dinner. I actually had plans to make butternut squash risotto, but silly me didn’t realize that you had to roast the squash before adding it to risotto. Since that would take ages, I figured I can postpone this dish for a day (look for it soon!). Luckily, I just stopped by TJ’s on the way home from work, and picked up a package of tofu “just in case.” Good thing, because this dish was excellent!

Somehow my husband drank a whole bunch POM (perhaps too many of Adam’s excellent pomegranate margaritas were consumed?) but I found 1 lonely bottle in the back of the fridge and decided to make pom glazed tofu. Yum!

I stole the glaze recipe from here, and then baked the tofu at 400* for about 30 minutes, flipping once (and coating the other side with the glaze). The flavor was surprisingly subtle (because the glaze was crazy sweet) but paired very well with the tofu. I also made some whole wheat couscous on the side, and combined it with dried fruit (cranberries, blueberries, raisins) and toasted almond slices… and some snap peas for some green on the plate. I thought the dried fruit would complement the pom glaze nicely, and I was right :)

pom glazed tofu + coscous with dried fruit and almonds + snap peas

pom glazed tofu closeup

[~340 calories]

I continued my pom theme (unintentionally, actually) by having a warm slice of pumpkin chocolate loaf, 1/4 cup of Berryline coconut frozen yogurt topped with pomegranite syrup. Yeah, this was pretty much heaven. I love when healthy food tastes sinful! 😀

chocolate pumpkin bread slice + berryline coconut frozen yogurt + pom syrup

[~280 calories]


1/2 oat bran, 1/2 c skim milk, 1/2 c water, 1/2 banana, 1/2T flaxseed + Archer Farms cranberry pecan trail mix

[360 calories]

mixed greens, grape tomatoes, grilled shrimp, 1 polenta cake with parmesan cheese, carrot circles, sugar snap peas + 1T Annie's woodstock dressing

salad closeup

[320 calories]

BTW, the shrimp and polenta cake were leftovers from Friday night dinner, which I had no time to blog about.  I made this recipe for smoky shrimp and parmesan polenta cakes again, and it was once again crazy delicious :)

shrimp polenta cakes

shrimp polenta cake closeup

1/2 Odwalla banana nut bar

[120 calories]

Total calories consumed: ~1565


I resumed my 10K training and during lunch completed a 5.5 mile run (on the treadmill) + 0.5 mile walk. I started out a little slow (it’s been 3 days since I ran!) but quickly my legs got used to the activity and I was able to increase my speed (but didn’t crazy push myself as recommended). Here is what my run looked like:

  • 4 miles at 6.2-6.5 mph (increasing by 0.1mph every mile – I hate running at the same speed for too long!)
  • 0.75 miles at 6.6 mph
  • 0.5 miles at 6.7 mph
  • 0.25 miles at 6.8 mph

I felt like I could push it harder, but since it’s my first running day for the week, I’m sure my legs will appreciate not being shot. Workout stats:

  • Duration: 0:58 (+ stretching)
  • Calories burnt: 529 (35% fat)
  • Ave HR: 151 (78%); Max HR: 164 (85%)

After work I did Level 2 of Shred (because Adam joined me). I really wasn’t feeling it, but it felt good to finish what I planned on. Sometimes you just have to do it!! Shredding stats:

  • Duration: 0:25 (+stretching)
  • Calories burnt: 168 (50% fat)
  • Ave HR: 127 (65%); Max HR: 154 (79%)
  • Lastly, since my blender died (tear) do you have any recommendations for a new one? I’d love a Vita-Mix but it’s so expensive. Boo! :(

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    The streak continues

    November 7th, 2008 · 4 Comments · breakfast, NYC streaking challenge, polenta, salad, snacks

    Streak day 4, 7 days ’till NYC…

    Another excellent day today. Sorry if I keep starting these last few posts the same way, but I’m just always so excited about my good food choices and I feel great! Work is busy, but it doesn’t matter because I just feel good about myself which translates into feeling good about everything else. Ok, onto food… 😀


    ‘Nuff said? Jk! This breakfast is not only extremely photogenic but is also extremely delicious! In this cup was about 3/4 cups of nonfat yogurt, 1/2 banana, a serving of TJ’s american trek mix, some kashi golean and Erin’s double chocolate granola. I definitely wanted more when I finished, but that’s because there was chocolate involved and I always want more chocolate 😀 This breakfast was slightly more calories than my typical breakfasts (the addition of granola was the extra) because I was planning on doing an 8 mile run during lunch and wanted to increase my calorie intake a little bit to fuel this workout.

    Pre-workout Snack
    Again, this one was a little bit on the larger size for a snack for me. Last night I made this little sandwich and photographed it before packing it up…

    Whole wheat “british muffin” (from TJ’s) with a tablespoon of spreadable fruit and a little over 1/2 tablespoon of natural pb (mix of chunky and smooth). The spreadable fruit made the muffin slightly soggy, but it was still pretty yummy and was definitely good fuel for later :)

    I’ve been meaning to do this 8 mile run since last Friday, but things just kept coming up. I’ve never run longer than 7 miles before, but the 7 miles didn’t feel like my limit, so I figured I should be able to do the 8. I still get nervous almost every time before I run. I don’t know why. I always do well. In fact, let me fastward to my workout today… I kicked butt! At mile 7 I kept on increasing speed at which point I actually had to slow down on purpose so as to not injure myself. I didn’t want to regret this run, but yeah, I definitely could have done this faster or run longer. Awesome! I actually forgot to look at the clock on the treadmill (yes I ran 8 miles on the treadmill! It was no problem for me, I was just watching tv the entire time)… but I averaged 6.4 mph, so maybe it took like 73 minutes or so?? I also did 0.15 mile walk for warmup and 0.15 mile walk for a cooldown… and I stretched after my run. I really wanted to make sure I wake up tomorrow and am able to walk 😀

    Do you ever slow down on purpose or do you just give it your all?

    LunchJustify FullLunch today was leftovers from last night: hamburger stroganoff. It was still super delicious!!!

    I also had a pear for “dessert.” It was super juicy and delicious!

    Afternoon snack
    I had a hair appointment after work so I decided to have a quick snack so I wouldn’t be starving when I finally got home. I tried a new kind of KIND bar: walnut & date.

    OMG, I am seriously in love with kind bars!!!! This is the second kind I’ve had one (well actually I tried another kind at a little tasting they had at Whole Foods and loved it too) and I love love loved it! Here is the picture of the bar up-close:

    See how there are huge chunks of dates?! You can actually taste the ingredients, which are basically dates, walnuts and honey (there are a few others in there but these are the main ones). Awesome! I can’t wait to dig into my next one (I kind of bought every kind they had in the store 😛 )

    My husband went out while I was getting my hair done so I was on my own for dinner. He doesn’t really like salads and I seriously crave them, so this was definitely a salad night! I put the salad together but then realized it was too low-cal, so I made little polenta stacks, inspired by Caitlin. For the salad dressing I wanted a nice balsamic vinegrette (I think it goes perfect with spinach) but we didn’t have any at home because I can’t stand any of the low fat kinds and I never bought the full fat version until my recent goddess dressing purchase. I brought the goddess dressing to work, so I couldn’t use it tonight, but it actually inspired me to make my own. I remembered the tahini in it and thought that’s maybe the ingredient that makes the balsamic vinegrettes that I’ve liked before cloudy. I started putting a bunch of stuff together and it came out really well! I was super inpressed with myself :)

    So here is dinner altogether:

    The salad had spinach, some grape tomatoes, 1/3 oz of dried cranberries, 1/4 oz of pecans, and 1/2 oz of goat cheese. This is a really great combo!

    My dressing consisted of (I think):
    – 1 teaspoon of EVOO
    – 1 teasp
    oon of tahini
    – 1 teaspoon of balsamic vinegar
    – 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
    – 1/2 teaspoon of honey
    – S&P to taste

    And then the polenta stacks… I cut up 1/4 of a polenta log into 4 circles, baked them in the toaster oven for about 8 minutes at 350 degrees, topped them with 1/2 oz of cheddar cheese (I was going to use fresh mozzarella but it went bad :( ) and broiled it for a few more minutes. Here they are out of the oven:

    And put together, on the side of my large salad:

    And ouf course I couldn’t end the meal without dessert so I had 1/4 serving of TJ’s chocolate covered edamames. Yum!

    And that brought me to 1650 calories exactly for the day. Funny how that worked out!

    So here are my goal results for today:

    NYC streaking challenge – day 4:
    Calories (1200 – 1650) – DONE – 1650 exactly
    Fitness – DONE- 8 mile run + 0.3 mile walk
    Water – DONE – 8 cups
    F/V – DONE – banana, mushrooms, pear, kind bar (dates), spinach, grape tomatoes, slices tomato, cranberries

    And that’s it for today. Do you like the new format (breaking it up into sections)?

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    Back on track

    October 28th, 2008 · 4 Comments · breakfast, polenta, shrimp

    Oh I feel so much better today… and my belly is happy :) Here’s the recap of today’s eats:

    Breakfast was banana themed: 2 leftover whole wheat banana pancakes with a tsp of maple syrup on the side, 1/2 cup of TJ’s nonfat European yogurt with 1/2 sliced banana and raisins + a cup of coffee with half and half and 1 1/2 sugar packets. I need to buy some agave nectar for the office. I hate consuming white sugar (that’s not part of baked goods) and thankfully I’ve weaved myself off of Splenda. Sorry, this picture is not appetizing, but it was pretty delicious :)

    My stomach was still freaking out a bit (I’ve decided I ate something bad this weekend and that’s why I’ve been feeling weirdly full) so I had a pretty late snack. It was super simple and made me feel a little better.

    The fresh peach paired very nicely with the creamy ricotta. I used 1/4 cup to fill this peach. Good stuff!

    Onto my lunch workout. Due to lack of exercise over the weekend, I’ve decided to make it up over the last 3 days. I will double my workouts for the next 3 days (well, 1 day is down already :D). So here is the schedule:

    Monday – lunch – spinning class; after work – Group Power class
    Tuesday – 4 mile run + pilates class (not sure if I’m going to split this into 2 workouts or just bang it out in one notch)
    Wednesday – lunch – spinning class; after work – weight lifting workout
    Thursday – lunch – 8 mile run
    Friday – lunch- Journey to the Core class
    Saturday – TBD – some kind of cardio
    Sunday – rest day

    A little while after spinning I put together my delicious lunch: 1 1/4 oz of smoked salmon and a wedge of light laughing cow cheese on Ezekiel english muffin with grape tomatoes and an apple on the side.

    Sandwich close up:

    The apple was meant to be for dessert but I actually really enjoyed eating it with the sandwich. It was a nice sweet and salty combo!

    And a little while later I ate my last pumpkin chocolate chip cookie. They’re finally gone! I’m actually happy about that.

    Man, my manicure is looking rough already! Seriously I think my nails reject nail polish. I got my nails done just 2 days ago. Anyways, I digress…

    As planned, after work I took the Group Power class at my gym. This class is the best! After 60 minutes of good old lifting to the music, I finally felt back to my normal self. Yay!

    Dinner came from the Cooking Light September 2008 issue. I knew I’d be home a little later so I looked through the “superfast” section of a random magazine I had lying around. I’ve made a few things from Cooking Light’s superfast section before and they are always (as the title implies) superfast and always delicious. 100% of them have been amazing! Tonight we made the smoky shrimp and parmesan polenta cakes and served it with some steamed asparagus. It literally took less than 10 minutes and was super delicious!

    Fresh asparagus:

    Polenta cakes topped with spaghetti sauce and parmesan cheese:

    And the final product:

    Make this! 😀

    And to finish this wonderful meal off, I made a quicky dessert: about 3/4 serving of Stony Field’s vanilla frozen yogurt, 3 sliced strawberries and 1 square of dark chocolate melted. Perfection!

    I’m very happy right now and am looking forward to another healthy day tomorrow. Yeah!

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