Posted in Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Work Day, tagged Amish store, Annie's Goddess dressing, Bare Escentuals, blueberries, cheese, coconut, Fage, Gardenburger, granola, ground turkey, oats, quinoa, salad, Tazo, tea, tomato, workout on January 23, 2009 |
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It was a pretty ‘meh’ day. Nothing bad happened. Nothing exciting either. Well, that is until I got home from work. More about that later. More oats for breakfast today! I topped them with blueberries & unsweetened coconut just like yesterday, but I actually had my camera today. That calls for two pictures! My tea of the morning was Tazo Awake. Typical.
That was followed by a productive morning of work. I’m halfway through a tedious special project. Won’t be sad when this one is finished. No picture of lunch because it’s identical to yesterday. Still eating the Easy Turkey Taco Quinoa Stew. Still not tired of it. It’s made me super excited to try new recipes from GreenLiteBites.
Around 4 I indulged in one of my new obsessions discovered thanks to you bloggies, Fage. I stirred in some peanut butter almond granola and man was it good! No salmonella worries for me. This granola is homemade at the Amish store using peanut butter they also make in-house. It added just the right amount of crunch and sweet to my yogurt. I think the tea is Tazo China Green Tips though I’m not completely sure. I’d probably had about 6 cups throughout the afternoon (all different) in an attempt to combat the freezing office temperature.
That held me through the rest of the afternoon and my commute. When I got home there was a box waiting for me on the front porch. I love, love, love getting mail and packages are like the granddaddy of all mail. I brought it inside and tore into it like a kid on Christmas morning.
Back in November I won a contest from one of my favorite sites, BellaSugar. My husband and I were flown to San Francisco and put up in the amazingly glorious W hotel for 3 days & 2 nights. As if that weren’t enough, I was treated to a relaxing trip to Bliss spa, lunch in The Rotunda at Neiman Marcus restaurant with the editors of the site and a hair consultation, cut & color at The Red Chair Salon. The highlight of the day for me was a Bare Escentuals makeover done by one of their National Makeup Artists. I started wearing Bare Escentuals about 3 years ago and have been faithful to the brand since then. It’s the only thing I can use that doesn’t make my face erupt into a minefield. They have so many great products and the quality is phenomenal.
As if the whole trip and day of pampering weren’t enough, Bare Escentuals sent me every product that they used during my makeup and a few extras. Remember by lipgloss mishap? I got two new tubes! They’re not the same color as the one I lost, but these are soon-to-be released colors and equally as fabulous. Guess what I’ll be playing with all weekend? Here’s a picture of the goods:
After all that excitement it was off to the gym with my husband and sister-in-law. She and I decided to try Tina’s 45-minute treadmill workout. I was still a bit tender from lower body work on Wednesday and sister-in-law was feeling the P90X workout she’d done earlier in the day so we decided to try the walking version. Well, 4.5 MPH for this girl is a jog so I did some running in there, too. Sister-in-law is 5’8″ so she was able to stay at a walk the whole time. It was great! We were both working hard and very sweaty by the end. I burned 447 calories.
My husband wasn’t hungry when we got home so I just threw together a quick dinner for myself. It consisted of a chopped-up Gardenburger Portabella veggie burger, freshly shredded mozzarella cheese, a few croutons, and a tomato cut into four wedges. All this was served over a bed of romaine and green leaf lettuce tossed with a little Annie’s Goddess dressing.
It was the perfect post-gym late dinner. I was so tired that I could barely keep my eyes open through the last bite so as soon as I was finished eating it was off to bed.
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Posted in Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Recipe, Work Day, tagged agave nectar, Amish store, berries, broccoli, chicken, coconut, Fage, granola, ground turkey, Honest Foods, Neal Brothers, oats, pasta, peppers, quinoa, tea on January 20, 2009 |
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The title of this post sums up my feelings on today’s inauguration. President Barack Obama. It has a nice ring, doesn’t it?
I wasn’t able to watch on TV, but I did manage to get my radio tuned in to the coverage. I was deeply moved and filled with an amazing sense of hope. There were many quotes that immediately hit home with me. Here’s my favorite:
“The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works.”
Okay. Back to food.
I totally restructured my routine today. I am hypoglycemic and have a lot of trouble keeping my blood sugar stable throughout the day. I get weak, shaky, nauseous and have passed out on more than one occasion.
The best fix I’ve found to remedy the problem is to eat a “mini-meal” about every 2 hours while I’m at work. Since I eat so often, I tend to stick with low-cal options and/or very small portions. I never really feel satisfied which leads to getting hungry in between “mini meals.” These are the times when I find myself gravitating toward the unhealthy snacks in the work kitchen like cookies, chips & candy.
Today I decided to try eating less often, but eating foods that pack more of a punch. I’m very happy to report that the experiment was a huge success!
I’m backtracking a bit to my last post, but this is what I ate today at work:
- 8:00AM: 1/2 cup steel cut oats w/ 2 Tablespoons unsweetened coconut, 1/2 cup blueberries & 1 stick organic agave nectar
- 12:30PM: 1 serving of Quick Quinoa Turkey Taco Stew from GreenLiteBites.
- 3:30PM: 1 container Fage greek yogurt with 1 stick organic agave nectar & 1/4 cup Amish peanut butter almond granola
The only things I had between those times were plain water and unsweetened hot tea. Overall I took in less calories than an average day because I never felt hungry and didn’t graze between meals. Normally I’m starving after my hour commute and have to have a snack as soon as I walk in the door. Not today. It was almost 8:00PM when we sat down to eat dinner and I was just starting to get a little hungry.
For dinner I made Creamy Pasta Primavera from KraftFoods. I tweaked the recipe quite a bit. I used broccoli instead of asparagus because it was on sale. I added red pepper flakes to the chicken & veggies because we like a little heat. I also used whole wheat pasta and light cream cheese. I didn’t think it was an A+ recipe, but my husband loved it.
Several of my food and product choices today were made based on things I’ve seen and read since discovering the food blog community. You’re all so amazing, inspiring, fun, kind and extremely welcoming. THANK YOU ALL! (((((virtual hugs)))))
Speaking of great bloggies, Angela over at Oh She Glows is having a fabulous giveaway. Up for grabs are some yummy-looking products from Neal Brothers (for Canadian readers) or Honest Foods Country Squares (for US readers). Check it out!
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Posted in Breakfast, Dining Out, Lunch, Weekend, tagged apples, Breakfast, cornbread, Dinner, Fage, fish, jam, Luna bar, peanut butter, rice, salad, snack, toast, Wii on January 17, 2009 |
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I’ve only been at this food blog thing for 4 days and already I’ve had a failure. Well, not a failure in the food. Just a failure in my camera preparedness. I promise to do better in the future.
First, my battery was completely dead this morning when I made my peanut butter & blackberry jam toast. Nothing exciting. Same thing as yesterday morning. Afterwards my husband and I headed into town to run errands. He dropped me off at the grocery while he went to get a hair cut. I had a pretty successful trip except that they were sold out of organic honeycrisp apples because there was a sale on them this week. Boo. On a happy note, I did save $55 with coupons. That made me happy, but my real victory of the day is that my grocery has started carrying Fage! They only had two containers left and I bought them both. This probably doesn’t seem like a big deal to many of you, but it is to me. The closest Whole Foods to me is almost 2 hours away and the closest Trader Joe’s is just over an hour. The natural & organic food section at our grocery is just one very small corner of the store and doesn’t carry a great variety of brands. It makes me sad.
My husband met me outside after I’d checked out and helped me unload the bags into the trunk. I was really hungry so I grabbed one of the Luna bars I’d just purchased. They were on sale this week and I was inspired to try a new variety, Cookies ‘n Cream Delight, after reading this post over at Eating Bender. I think this is now my favorite flavor ever from Luna. It really does taste like an Oreo cookie. I’m glad I bought two on this trip and I’ll be buying more later. The camera battery was still at home on charge so no picture.
After the grocery we came home and I did some cleaning and laundry. My parents and my mom’s friend drove down and we went out to late lunch/early dinner with them to celebrate my dad’s birthday. There’s a restaurant near us that he loves called the Old Canal Smokehouse. I truly think the only reason they visit is so they can eat there. lol
Camera faux pas #3: I forgot to take it to dinner! It’s really a shame because this restaurant is heavenly and I would have loved to share pictures of the food. Guess that just gives me an excuse to go back soon. I started with a side salad of mixed greens, cheese & the most delicious sun-dried tomato dressing in the whole world. I really wish they’d sell it by the bottle or give me the recipe. My mom and I split an entree of red snapper with foccacia salsa made of diced tomatoes, sliced black olives and some various peppers that made it a little spicy. On the side I had wild rice. I also had one of the baby cornbread loaves they’re famous for serving.
Not much else going tonight. We didn’t make definite plans because we weren’t sure what time my parents would be coming. There was a Wii rematch following yesterday’s annihilation. This time I dominated! Right now we’re relaxing and watching National Treasure 2 while I catch up on blog reading. I hope everyone is having a great weekend!
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