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Again, it’s been forever since I’ve blogged… Mostly because my life has been consumed with applying to jobs when I have any free time. I’ll be a better blogger one of these days, but either way wish me luck on the job hunt!

Workout Plan

Monday of this week I headed to yoga. I bought a groupon a few weeks ago for 10 power vinyasa classes. What I didn’t know… they’re hot. It’s not quite bikram, but the room is heated to 95 degrees which is still no joke. So far I’ve taken 2 classes and I LOVE it. It’s hard, it’s sweaty, but completely rewarding. My body gets a good workout, and it gives me the opportunity to work on my balance and focus.

I’ve also decided to do a 10k Training Plan. I’m not currently signed up for one, but if I want to run a half (preferably in the fall), I really need to up my running game. I’m using Hal Higdon’s 10k, with some minor changes. Saturdays won’t be cross fit, they will most likely be my rest day instead of Friday, and I’m switching my easy run day from Thurs to Tues. Also for Monday’s Stretch, I will be going to yoga classes. So far so good this week! Hopefully I stick to it.

Food Plan

Last week I was running pretty low on food, and when I got my food stamps I wasted no time going to Trader Joe’s. I get 200/mon in food stamps, which I attempt to budget. I budgetted 100 for TJ’s (because I’m considering doing a cleanse), but I definitely spent 130… oops. I picked up all kinds of goodies/a plethora of fruits and veggies. I feel like recently I’ve been baking toooooo much and need to cut the calories/overeating down. My plan so far? I’m giving up desserts, except for fruits (and this bean brownie recipe I’m trying out). I’ll be doing this for a month or so, so to be continued…

Anyway, thanks to my grocery store binge I’ve been eating pretty well (it’s been 2 days, but you know..). I’ve had the same thing for breakfast twice, but I sorta love it. And last night’s dinner was great: TJ’s veggie burger (so good and hearty), two slices of whole wheat rustico bread for a bun, tomatoes, and a side salad of tomatoes spinach and cabbage with a dollup of hummus. I drank some coconut water on the side, and had frozen banana ice cream with 2 dates (pureed frozen banana with 2 tbsp of almond milk).

Back to the dessert I’m diggin…. Cookie Dough Oatmeal!

Cookie Dough Oatmeal

Ingredients

1/4 cup steel cut oats

1 tbsp almond butter

1/2 tbsp vanilla protein powder

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 packet of stevia (i use a little less)

pinch of salt

1/2 cup of almond milk

toppings: whatever you’d like, I had strawberries yesterday, blueberries today… mm.

Directions

Combine ingredients in a bowl. Stir well. Then nuke it in the microwave for 2 1/2 minutes (depends on your microwave, mine is really old/weird).


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This weekend, my friend Eleanor is visiting me. She and I have been good friends since high school, so it was so great that she decided to come see me in Philly! She’s more of an meat eater than I am, but I decided to cook vegetarian for her. I made her vegetarian sloppy joe’s with tempeh, paired with some kale chips. Surprisingly enough, she liked it!  This morning we went out for brunch, Eleanor’s favorite meal. We went to North Third in Northern Liberties. We ordered mango mimosas and omelettes. All of our mimosas did not have enough juice in them whatsoever, which was pretty disappointing. I ordered the mushroom and spinach omelette with goat cheese, which was decent. I really loved the fact that I could taste the goat cheese. The restaurant was pretty funky, and it looks like it would be a great place to grab a drink.

After brunch, we headed to Fresh Grocer and loaded up on fruit. We picked up blueberries, raspberries, grapes, pineapple, blackberries, and chocolate dip. Needless to say, we spent the afternoon “fruitting it up” while watching “Black Swan.” I also picked up some coconut water, and I love it, just the bit of refreshment I  needed.

Tonight it’s mexican food! I’m excited to see what Philly has to offer!

Today I completely freaked out. Had a good start to my morning with some overnight oats that were nice and chocolately.

Cocoa Overnight Oats

Ingredients

1/2 cup of rolled oats

1/2 tbsp of unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 cup of almond milk

1 banana

Directions

Combine ingredients in a bowl. Put in the fridge overnight. Open the next day and eat.

 

Later on this morning I had a meeting, and afterwards  I decided to treat myself to a chai. I gave up coffee drinks for lent so I opted for a tall soy chai latte. Not only was that sucker expensive, but after I drank it I discovered it’s 270 calories. That’s ridiculous! Most grande skinny lattes are less than that. Anyway I was freaking out for a good hour, debating about whether or not I should skip lunch, etc. So I had an unnecessary calorie freakout, but then I figured I’d kick it into gear with cardio this afternoon and just have my polenta mini pizzas, instead of the mini pizzas and celery sticks with almond butter. It doesn’t completely make up for the chai latte blunder, but it’s certainly not the end of the world. Lesson learned, check calories before purchasing/relax a little bit.


I don’t think I’ve shared one of my weaknesses: the McDonald’s Shamrock Shake. Yes yes yes I’m fully aware of how gross McDonald’s is, but I can’t resist the creamy goodness of the Shamrock Shake (or the Big Mac sauce.. but that’s another story). Because I gave up fast food AND sweets for lent, the Shamrock Shake is a no-go. I’m also trying to forbid McDonald’s completely from my diet, which isn’t hard considering I have it maybe once every six months. But St. Patrick’s Day makes me think of the shake more than anything, probably because I hate all other foods associated with St. Patrick’s. Despite my Irish heritage I can’t stand any of the foods and the fact that I’m not a big meat eater doesn’t help. So the only food I enjoyed with this time of the year was my dearest Shamrock Shake; you are missed my friend.

This morning for breakfast I decided to try and make a healthy green monster version of my Sham Shake. The result? I mean it was good, but next time I’ll substitute mint leaves instead of peppermint extract. I only went with the extract to avoid wasting a bunch of mint leaves. Also it still was nowhere near as creamy and sweet as the Sham Shake, but i figured that would happen. Had I used vanilla froyo maybe it could have been done, but sadly that doesn’t fit in with my lent promises. But hey, give it a try if you want a green and nutritious boost to your morning. I would have something else as well, although it’s filling it’s not quite filling enough for breakfast (I had another pumpkin quinoa muffin).

Green Monster Shamrock Smoothie

Ingredients

1 cup of spinach

1 cup of vanilla almond milk

1 tsp of vanilla extract

1 chopped up frozen banana

1/2 tsp of peppermint extract (do not do a full tsp, ick too pepperminty)

Directions

In the following order, place in the blender: spinach, bananas, almond milk, vanilla extract, and peppermint extract. Blend until smooth. Drink it up!

And for more green monster recipes, check out: http://greenmonstermovement.com/

Now back to my tortilla struggle…. I still have SO many left! For dinner last night I made a delicious quinoa burrito. It was filling and flavorful, and it took maaaybe 3 seconds to make. I paired it with a couple of celery sticks and black bean salsa (desperately trying to eat my celery too). I even made another one for lunch today (along with a celery stalk/peanutbutter), took no effort. Give it a try! And I apologize for the classy paper plate/bad pic (photography/using a real camera are things I need to embrace still).

Quinoa Black Bean Burrito

Ingredients

Almost 1/2 can of TJ’s Refried Black Beans with Jalapenos (you can change the amount, it’s up to you!)

1 serving of Chevre Goat Cheese

1/2 serving of cooked Quinoa (so about 1/4 cup cooked)

1 tortilla

2 tsps of hot sauce

3/4 cup of mushrooms

2 tbsp of veggie broth

Directions

Cook quinoa (see box for details). Meanwhile in a skillet, combine black beans, broth, and mushrooms. Cook for around 5 minutes or until warm. Place cooked quinoa, cheese, and bean-mushroom mixture in the tortilla and sprinkle with hot sauce. See, easy-peezy.


Seriously the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations refuse to end! This past weekend was yet another all day event complete with green beer and good friends. The downfall? Beer isn’t exactly diet friendly and when you’re out all day…you eat out. Luckily I ordered a veggie burger on a whole wheat bun with a side salad so that’s not exactly anything to fret about. But the next day I wasn’t feeling too hot so we ordered pizza (veggie with white sauce on a whole wheat crust). So my lent promises kind of went out the window this past weekend. But…. it’s looking like this weekend will be a calm, nice weekend complete with tons of eating in! I also haven’t felt up to working out these past few days (terrible stomach pains) so I’ve had to slice my calorie intake… luckily my appetite hasn’t been very high.

But last night/today I got it together. The bf and I cooked some salmon last night which was delicious. Just a simple dill sauce and some salmon filets. Today I made eggplant parm once again because I needed to use the rest of the tomato sauce. But for lunch tomorrow made myself a nice veggie quesadilla with chicken sausage on the side and for breakfast, I made pumpkin quinoa muffins. They’re pretty delicious and moist, but not very sweet (good for me maybe not good for some). My only complaint would be that I needed to add some kind of dried fruit (sadly I hate raisins and am out of craisins) to add some more texture and flavor.

Pumpkin Quinoa Muffins (Adapted from Carrots and Cake)

Ingredients

1 cup of whole wheat flour

2 tsps vanilla extract

1/4 cup of brown sugar

2 tbsp smart balance light butter

1/2 can of pureed pumpkin

1/3 cup of chopped almonds

1/2 cup of cooked quinoa

1 egg

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine ingredients in a bowl. Pour the mixture into muffin trays. Cook for 25 minutes. Take out and let them cool. Spread some butta or something else if you need a little extra something ;). Makes around 12, Save the rest for breakfast!

When I was little, I watched “Sesame Street” like every other kid…. except all my favorite characters weren’t so typical, I remember loving Oscar the Grouch, Ernie, and most importantly the Count. I remember thinking the Count was hysterical and even enjoyed his counting games (which is funny to think of now because math may be my least favorite subject ever).

Well now I need the Count’s help. In order to make headway into losing weight, healthy eating and exercise is a must. That’s already part of my Lenten Plan, but part of weight loss is reducing the amount of calories you’re consuming…So I think I may try my hand at the dreaded “Calorie Counting”. According to the USDA’s personalized plan I should be consuming around 2200 calories a day. To be honest, I have no idea what my calorie consumption currently is.. but I’m going to attempt to count. Tonight I’ll be picking up some supplies (cup and teaspoon measurers). Hopefully the Count will be good to me! I’m aiming for a goal of 1200 calories consumed most days (which will incorporate my activity)… we’ll see if that’s manageable or if I’m starving myself.

Anyway on to breakfast… had myself a yog bowl:

1 serving 0% Chobani Greek Yog

1 tsp flax

1/2 cup of mixed TJ’s frozen berries

1/4 cup of TJ’s pumpkin granola

1 tbsp of TJ’s almond butter

…. Whole lot of deliciousness and I’m full! This morning I also resisted to urge to stop by WaWa for my 3/4 coffee 1/4 latte combo.. and instead brewed up some coffee at work with a tbsp of low fat creamer (15 calories). Despite my Lenten binge last night, I think I’m off to a great start!

So it’s been awhile since my last blog. I went to DC to visit family and friends and had a wonderful time. Got to fill up on some Chipotle (their vegetarian option is not only the cheapest BUT it includes GUAC!) and Sweet Green, probably my favorite place on Earth. Not only are all their fruits and veggies organic and from local farmers but their froyo is fantastic. I got it twice… both times with peach butter, walnuts, and cinnamon apples.

if you’re ever in DC make sure to stop by!

Moving on… I’ve been eating pretty horrendously recently. My weekends are the worst as far as my diet goes: my portions are too large and the food I’m eating isn’t the most nutritious. This weekend wasn’t too terrible.. except for the fact that my ravioli portion sizes were ridiculous, and the bf and I splurged on some bar food.

When I came back I went grocery shopping (list is coming up) and spent up all of my food stamps… although to be fair, I didn’t have as much because I used a bunch for events like the Superbowl and Valentine’s. So last night I was surrounded by all of these groceries but instead I decided I needed something quick and delicious. I cooked up some of TJ’s Vegetable Gyoza and my last apple chicken sausage, sprinkled some TJ’s low sodium soy sauce, and that was dinner. For dessert I sprinkled half of a grapefruit with cinnamon and broiled it in the toaster oven for 8 minutes. Popped it out and ate it.

After I ate I got an idea:I’ve been dying to try overnight oats, so why not make them for tomorrow. I saw what I had in my pantry, put some stuff together, threw it in the fridge, and hoped for the best. I took them out of the fridge the next day and brought them to work and wow… I’m going to need to eat these more often! I thought the texture would creep me out as well as the cold temperature (I’m weird about food’s temperatures) but it was really really good.

Last night another idea came to me:The Baba Ghanoush I bought apparently expires on the 24th so I knew I had to use a bunch of it.. so why not in an egg salad? So I’m happy to report that today has been great thanks to my prep work last night.. both the overnight oats and egg salad sandwich were a complete success and I couldn’t be  happier!

Berry Dericious Overnight Oats

Ingredients

1/2 cup of whole wheat rolled oats

1/2 cup of unsweetened organic soy milk

2 prunes (chopped up)

1 tbsp of flax seed

1/4 scoop of Chocolate Amazing Grass

1/4 cup of frozen berries

Directions

Combine all of the ingredients in a container. Store in the fridge. Take out the next day and eat.

 

Simple Baba Ghanoush Egg Salad Sandwich

Ingredients

2 slices of TJ’s whole wheat rustico bread

1 egg

1 tbsp of Greek yog

1 tbsp of Baba Ghanoush

1 dash of cayenne

1/2 cup of spinach

Directions

Place egg in a pot of water (make sure it is pretty much immersed in the water). Set to boil. After it boils let it cook on medium for a couple of minutes. Remove from heat and let the egg in the water cool. When the egg has been hardboiled, remove it from its shell and place in a bowl. Add the greek yog, cayenne, and baba and mash it all together. Toast the two slices of bread, spread the egg salad, add the spinach. Enjoy.