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So yesterday’s cardio workout was good, except my weave (hair) was NOT cooperating. I have crazy curly hair, and the humidity was making it super poofy/unwilling to stay in a pony tail. I think I had to stop around 3 times just to fix my hair…. no good. Anyway, I will post the workout once I successfully complete it without stopping/hair issues. After the gym, I spoke with my friend Becky who runs races/does triathalons. I want to do a 10k, and there’s one coming up in June but I’m worried that could be too soon. She thinks I’m ready, but I don’t know I’m still not sure if I will be if I only have a month and a half to train. We’ll see, we at least decided to run a 5k together in May which will be fun!

Anyway, moving on to eats. Last night’s dinner was AMAZING. I sauteed some kale, half an onion, and the rest of my can of salmon in a pan with canola cooking spray and topped it with a homemade spicy almond butter sauce. It was so pretty, and I’m so sad my phone’s camera is on the fritz/my camera is dead. Hopefully I’ll get to put up more pictures in the future… technology is not making it easy. For breakfast, I made a carrot cake bowl that I found in ChocolateCoveredKatie. I probably should have steamed another carrot, so I’m thinking of trying it again tomorrow. Today’s lunch is also pretty and super colorful. I made a salad of kale, onion, celery, soy chorizo, tomato, and red pepper spread, along with a slice of rustico. I nuked it in the microwave for a minute (I didn’t feel like making dressing/didn’t want to overdo it with the pepper spread so I was worried about it being too dry and bland as a salad). The result? Yummy steamedish veggies that I paired with a serving of low sodium V8 juice.

I’ve got to say, I am loving having food because I am just a cooking machine right now.  Tonight might be a freezer food meal, depending on whether or not I’ll be allowed to attend this beginner’s yoga class with my Groupon.


I love when my kitchen is stock-filled with groceries. My breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack options are endless… but sadly sometimes I overdo it. Last night for example, I went on a crazy snack binge. Besides dinner, I had celery sticks with roasted red pepper dip, 2 slices of toasted bread with almond butter, a small handful of cereal, and goodness knows what else…  This seems to happen whenever I’m bored, and last night I was indeed bored and just happily overwhelmed by the amount of food.

Well as usual, I need to get “back on that horse” and quit being so indulgent. Today’s breakfast was a yog bowl with Puffins Cereal (which I’m in love with, probably because I’m a crunch addict), flax, frozen pineapple, and a couple of almonds. I then snacked on some seaweed snacks and kumquats throughout the morning… I don’t know what it is about work but I just keep eating and eating… Def a situation that needs remedying.

For lunch, I had a delicious salmon salad sandwich. I used to HATE fish salads; they smelled weird and it’s hard to like them when you hate mayo. Well I found the solution to my fishy salad hating ways: greek yogurt. I combined the canned salmon (which from TJ’s is delicious/wild caught alaskan so win), a couple of dollups of greek yog, 1/2 tsp of nutritional yeast, and a whole ton of sweet and hot mustard. I chopped up some celery to add some crunch to the salad, then toasted two slices of rustico bread and bam: Fishy Salad Sandwich.

After work, I’m going to try this crazy treadmill workout I found in Fitness magazine.. it’s 60 minutes long so I may collapse afterwards. Wish me luck.

Last night I had to go somewhere for work to take pictures and conduct interviews. Before I could do so, I had to sit in on a workshop and dinner. They offered me a slice of mushroom pizza, so I accepted. Granted pizza for sure is not on my diet, but the fact was it was free… and I won’t have my food stamps renewed for another 10 days. After the work event I headed to the gym for some cardio: 15 on the bike, 15 on the elliptical, and 15 on the stairmaster. By that time it was already 9 so I decided to head home (which is 40 minutes away). Dinner was at 5 so by the time I got home/right after a workout I was a little hungry. I munched on a couple of rice cakes, a celery stick with some eggplant garlic dip, a slice of pineapple, and a couple of dates.

Today was another free food kind of day. It was a coworker’s last day, so we all ordered sandwiches from a neighborhood deli. I couldn’t pass that up, so I ordered a hummus, roasted red pepper, avocado sandwich on multigrain. The sandwich was good but 90% sure there was little to no avocado. Everyone also brought in some sweet treats.. and I couldn’t resist. That cookie pie? cake? was staring at me. I had a small slice and man, it was delicious.

Tonight I’m headed to a friend’s house to cook up an appetizer and cookies, while she makes the entree. Can’t wait to be with good friends and get our healthy-food grub on.

I have to say, lunch may be my favorite meal of the day. It really breaks up my work day, and recently my lunches have been on point.

Today I combined the following:

1 cup of Trader Joe’s Roasted Red Pepper Soup

1/2 cup of kale

1 Spinach Garlic Chicken Sausage from Trader Joe’s

1/4 cup of cooked quinoa (1/8 uncooked)

and it was magically delicious.

Because I’m pretty sure my friends get annoyed about how I constantly talk about food… I had to tell someone about this lunch.

SO TASTY! I know it may not look gorgeous (the black bean salsa got everywhere when I transported it) but YUM.

Lunch was a soy chorizo and pickled onion sandwich on a whole wheat english muffin (with some spinach for an extra nutritional umph), celery sticks with black bean salsa, and a pickled egg. So colorful and just…. so good. I definitely plan on making this again, maybe for lunch tomorrow.

Tonight it’s sushi at Yakitori Boy in China Town with the bf (before we head to the Cut Copy concert). On Wednesdays, their rolls are only 2.50; you can’t beat that!

Today I DID IT! I ran 3 miles, no stopping. I know to most people this doesn’t sound like much but to me it IS. I am NOT a runner; I am NOT athletic. One of my goals for leading a healthier lifestyle has been to participate in an actual running race. It’d be nice to be able to accomplish something athletic. It’s been a struggle because I find myself getting discouraged frequently; so many of the blogs I read have these women who can run 5 miles+ no sweat. Also my friends seem to run with ease, even after they haven’t worked out for months. For me it’s not easy, and I’m still pretty slow. I actually refuse to run with the bf (who’s one of those people who can up and run 5 miles) until I feel fully confident that I can run at a good pace. My goal is to be ready for a 5k by April 16; there’s a 5k for Clean Air in Philly for only 30 bucks so I feel like it’s the perfect opportunity to get my feet wet. Hopefully the fact that I’ve been training on a treadmill won’t completely hinder my performance. I know it’s better to run outside, but I happen to live in a pretty bad area and it’s dark by the time I get home/I never feel like up and running after work and the 40 minute drive. Well, hopefully come April 16th I won’t make an ass out of myself and actually complete my FIRST race.

After my run, I hopped on the elliptical for 30 minutes of high intervals and increasing resistance to give myself a nice rear-end/thigh workout. I don’t focus as much on speed on the elliptical as much as strength and endurance, and it helps when I have a Cooking Light magazine to leaf through while going at it. When I finished on the elliptical, I ran around the gym using various weight machines working out my twiggy arms. Since I started working out my arms have already started toning up, but it’d be great to see more definition. After two hours, I scooted my butt into my car and headed home because I was STARVING.

Tonight I decided to keep with the tortilla theme. I made a sort of rueben burger with a whole wheat tortilla, chopped up turkey burger, mushrooms, saurkraut, TJ’s sweet/hot mustard, and some goat cheese. I kid you not this thing was out of this world! SO good! A little messy but wow… definitely a repeat, for sure. Sadly no can do for lunch tomorrow, gotta use up some leftover refried beans! I may try combining the beans with saurkraut… in some kind of weird burrito. We’ll see.

I also tackled roasted brussel sprouts. I googled recipes all over and decided I could just throw a bunch of stuff on them and hope for the best. I’d make them again but they were completely overshadowed by my wrap/nowhere near as good. Here’s the recipe I used in case you’d like to give a try.

Roasted Brussel Sprouts


1 package of brussel sprouts

1 tbsp of olive oil

1/2 tbsp of sea salt

1/2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar

2 tsps lemon pepper

2 tsps garlic powder


Preheat the oven to 400. Cut the ends of the brussel sprouts and then cut them in half. Toss the brussel sprouts with the rest of the ingredients. Put into a pam sprayed-pan. Pop in the oven for 30 minutes. Take out and munch away.

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


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)


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:

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


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


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.