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Un Mundo Cafe

Whenever I visit my hometown, a trip to Un Mundo Cafe is an absolute must. I’ve been to a LOT of coffee shops in my life, but this one is my absolute favorite. They offer great coffee and an even better mission. Not only do they support the growers of the coffee around the world (read more in their blog), but profit from the coffee shop goes to support a Christian after-school program for local children.

I started frequenting this particular shop when it opened just a few blocks from my office. It was in a nondescript old building in a fairly seedy part of town. I probably never would have known it existed if not for the volunteers who dropped brochures off in our office just prior to their grand opening. The first time I tasted their coffee, I was hooked. Obviously it tasted great, but reading their literature and talking to the staff inspired me to learn more about where my coffee was coming from. I actually credit Un Mundo Cafe with sparking my passion for fair trade. The shop recently relocated to a much more prominent downtown location and business has picked up. I get so excited every time I walk in and see that business is booming. The new location is actually right across the street from my old office. It’s probably a good thing I don’t work there anymore. I likely would have spent every dime I made on coffee, pastries and absolutely gorgeous handmade coffee mugs.

When I visit, it’s always a toss-up for me between a toasted marshmallow skim latte or a plain, black coffee. On this visit, I opted for black coffee because the name intrigued me and I was fairly sure it was one I’d never tried.

I couldn’t pass up a pastry. This fruit tart was as delicious as it looks. Trust me.

All of the baked goods are locally made and the ingredients are posted right in the displays. No mysteries and I can defintely pronounce everything on these lists.

I’ve heard the tea is amazing. I can just never make it past the coffee. 🙂

What’s the best place to eat or drink in your hometown?

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I had a ton to accomplish yesterday, but all I wanted to do was stay in my PJs, snuggle with Peanut, watch Bravo and read magazines. It took me a while, but I eventually got moving and ended up being SO productive. I think we all go through unmotivated spells at one time or another and they seem to strike when we have the most to accomplish. Here are a few things I’ve found can help get my rear in gear:

  • Make a To-Do List: Putting everything down on paper is a great place to start. Even if there are a lot of items, it still feels doable whereas having all of my “must do this, must do thats” swimming around in my head feels overwhelming. Once the list is made, I can prioritize the tasks and get to work. For me, there’s something so gratifying about crossing a task off the list with good ol’ pen & paper. For those of you who are a bit more “all tech, all the time” :), I know Kath is a big fan of todoist.com.
  • Move It, Move It: There’s something about exercise that makes me a to-do list tackling machine. I’ve read many studies about how upping your heart rate and releasing those happy hormones can make us more productive. For me, it has as much to do with getting my head in the game as it does with my physical response. Exercise makes me feel strong and empowered. If I’m doing a repetitive exercise (running, walking, elliptical, cycling), my mind will wander to developing a plan to accomplish the things I need to get done. I’ve also been known to compose blog posts in my head during this time. 🙂
  • Put Your Best Face Forward: I left my full-time job in December to stay home with Peanut. For the first couple of days, I stayed in my PJs all day, rarely brushed my hair and makeup? Forget about it! Peanut was taken care of. Beyond that I was largely unproductive. That’s when I decided to treat being a stay-at-home mom just like my desk job schedule. I made a commitment to getting out of my PJs (even if it is just changing into yoga pants, a t-shirt and flip flops most days), doing something with my hair and putting on makeup every day. It was amazing how much more I accomplished. Most people who work outside the home or go to school don’t really have the option of staying in PJs all day. However if you find yourself getting up 5 minutes before you have to leave, trying getting up 10 minutes earlier and spending that time on yourself. It has nothing to do with appearances to other people. It’s all about you and showing yourself know that you’re vested and care about you.
  • Fuel Up: To food bloggers this might be obvious, but you need the right foods as fuel to give you energy. Skipping meals is NOT a good idea, even if you’re busy.

I used all of these strategies to get me going yesterday. I made my to-do list while feeding Peanut and eating my unphotographed oats. The first item on my list was RUN! I really wasn’t feeling it and tried every excuse I could think of to talk myself out of it. “My head’s still really plugged up.” “Is it okay to take Peanut outside with an ear infection?” “I think my hip might be hurting a little today.” “The front tire on the stroller looks a little low.” “I don’t think I have any clean sports bras.” ENOUGH! It was on my list and that made me want to go just for the sake of crossing it off. I bundled Peanut up (She was so cute in her little hat!), laced up and headed out the door. I completed Week 7, Day 1 of Couch to 5k which was a 5 minute brisk walk followed by 25 minutes of uninterrupted jogging. I was pretty slow, but felt accomplished when I finished. Peanut was asleep in the stroller so I backtracked my route and added 30 minutes of brisk walking to round out my hour. 646 calories burned according to my Polar F6.

When I got home, I showered, changed clothes, pulled my hair back and put on my Bare Escentuals. I prepared a quick lunch of baked whiting fish, black eyed peas and cucumber slices. Yum! Not very many calories, but very filling.

After lunch I cranked the tunes and got to cleaning. I vacuumed and moped the living spaces, unloaded and loaded the dishwasher, hand-washed pots & pans, changed bed linens and did a lot of declutterring. In the meantime, I did 6 loads of laundry and put them ALL away. I took a break for a cup of hot tea before tackling the bathrooms.

I may have a new favorite tea: darjeeling.

I’m a big fan strong black teas. The description on the box of this darjeeling said it was a black tea, but likened it to the muscatel grape so I was expecting something a little fruitier. What I got was a delicious black tea that was even stronger than the Twinings English Breakfast & Irish Breakfast teas are two of my favorites. It was absolutely delicious!

My husband called just as I finished cleaning his bathroom (gross!) and I switched to dinner mode. I had a second cup of darjeeling tea while I browned the ground beef for our Cheeseburger & Fries casserole.

~2lbs. extra lean ground beef
~1 can cheddar cheese soup
~1 can golden mushroom soup
~1 small onion, chopped
~1 bag crinkle-cut frozen french fries

Brown the ground beef with the onion. Stir in both cans of soup. Spread the mixture evenly in a 9x13x2 inch baking dish. Top with the fries, spread into an even layer. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 50-55 minutes.

Several members at my last Weight Watchers meeting absolutely raved about this recipe. I wish I could tell ya’ll that it was as good as they said it was. Yes, it was quick and easy and the ingredients were easy to find. Those are all plusses. My husband really, really liked it. I thought it was okay, but pretty bland and nothing really special. It might have been better with some added seasonings or if the french fries had turned out a little crispier.

With a side salad:

After dinner, we all curled up in the living and watched Survivor. Is anyone else watching? I won’t give anything away because I know there are a lot of DVRers out there, but WOW. Just wow.

What’s your most successful strategy for getting motivated?

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It was a crazy weekend and a dead-camera-battery Monday so I’m just getting back into the swing of things. Here’s a quick recap.

Friday: Husband was in an accident on his way to work. Dark+fog+stopped garbage truck=bad news. Everyone was fine save his sore shoulder/back and bruised ego. His company sent him home early from work to rest so I left at lunchtime to meet him at home.

Saturday: Went to the outlet mall near our house with my husband, cousin-in-law and his wife. They’re expecting in July and found some major baby bargains. Despite all of the adorable baby things, I only bought one pair of maternity jeans. I haven’t purchased even a single baby item yet because I know once I start, I won’t stop.

Sunday: Dinner theater with my mom, my friend and her mom. I had every intention of taking pictures, but everything on the buffet was greasy and gross looking. I did eat my body weight in their signature cheese bread! 🙂

Monday: Drive. Work. Drive. Sleep.

Which brings us to yesterday’s eats:

I was craving something really carby for breakfast so I headed to the cafe across the street from my office. I had a toasted blueberry bagel with a little real butter (Are you proud, Erin?) and cream cheese. That’s Twinings English Breakfast tea on the side. Yes, I realize this is not the healthiest breakfast, but man was it good!

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I switched back to healthy mode for my morning snack, a pear. I think it looks a little like a flower when it’s still in the slicer like that. Pretty & delicious!

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It was measurement day for our workout at work group. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it wasn’t nearly as bad as I though. Since the middle of February, I’ve gained 2″ in my waist, an inch in my thigh and half an inch in my bicep. The place that really shocked me was my hips. I feel like that’s where I’m getting bigger (thanks to baby), but it actually stayed the same. Since I’m in my 2nd trimester now, doctor says I shouldn’t do anything flat on my back, exercise included. There were just 2 ab stations that I had to modify yesterday.

***PRODUCT REVIEW***

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The fabulous Kristin of Stoneyfield Farm was nice enough to send me some Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt samples since I was having trouble finding it in the grocery stores near me. Yesterday I broke out the honey flavor and, lemme tell ya, I was impressed. The texture was really creamy and the flavor was rich. I loved that it was both fat free and organic. The 5.3 oz. containers are the perfect single serving size and contain just 120 calories.

I topped mine with a little Bear Naked Fit granola and a couple dried dates. I didn’t realize that the honey was in the bottom until after the picture so you can’t really tell what it looks like all stirred up.

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My verdict: I’ve never tried 0% Fage (can’t find it at my grocery either), but I liked the Oikos a lot better than that brand’s 2%. There was just the right amount of sweetness from the honey without making it overly sweetened like lots of other popular brands. I stayed full the entire afternoon and through my commute (from about 2PM – 7PM) without needing to eat again which is quite impressive. I’m going to speak with the manager at my usual grocery this weekend to ask them if they’ll pretty please start stocking this ASAP.

After work, I headed to my parents’ house to pick up the pooch. The yummy smell hit me as soon as I walked in the door: soup beans with ham. I know a bunch of you just wrinkled your noses and said “ewww” which is how my husband feels about them. These were a staple in my house growing up and we had them at least once every other week because my mom LOVES them. I hated them until a year or so ago and now I miss having them regularly.

My mom hooked me up with a container to take home since she always makes a huge pot. They came in real handy when I got home. My husband wasn’t at all hungry and I didn’t feel like making anything elaborate. My parents eat them with cornbread. I prefer mine served over brown rice:

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With a lovely, leafy salad:

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Dinner is served!

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Our kitchen table is becoming a catch-all because the mail basket is overflowing so, after I ate, it was time for sorting and filing. I’ve come to the conclusion that I HATE JUNK MAIL. It’s wasteful of natural resources and causes annoying clutter. I know about Catalog Choice to opt out of receiving catalogs, but if anyone knows of a good way to make the other stuff stop I’d greatly appreciate your tips.

Are there any foods that you hated/wouldn’t eat as a kid and now love?

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Yesterday was a really, really good day. Well, minus the 8 hours I spent at work. 🙂

I started the day with my very first yoga practice from Yogadownload.com. I chose Gentle Hatha #1, one of the free 20 minute downloads from the site. It was just the right length to fit into my busy morning schedule. My mind and body felt awake, refreshed and ready to start the day.

Breakfast was cereal with organic skim milk (not pictured because of poor 5:30AM lighting) and a Horizon Organic lowfat milk box in the car (not pictured because driving and photographing is dangerous.) 😀 Can you tell my body has been craving milk lately?

I spent the morning sipping Lipton Red Rose tea and plenty of cold water.

Lunch was organic whole wheat thin spaghetti topped with homemade meat sauce (leftovers from last night’s dinner).

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First afternoon snack was a Honeycrisp apple. My favorite! No picture because there was a sudden congregation near my desk and I didn’t want an audience for the photography session.

Second afternoon snack was courtesy of a coworker. She passed around Jell-o Sugar Free Banana Fudge Supreme cups and a can of Light Cool Whip. Healthy? No. Delicious once-in-a-while treat? Absolutely.

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My coworker and I both worked through our lunch hours and left at 4PM to attend a fun foodie/charity event called Empty Bowls. It’s a national fundraiser who’s main goal is fighting hunger.

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We arrived about 15 minutes after the doors opened and it was already packed! First, we waited in line to select our bowl. All of the gorgeous pottery pieces are handmade by local artists and students from Wittenberg University.

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It was so hard to choose just one! I actually ended up with the 2nd bowl I picked up because I loved the shape and the colors of glaze.

My bowl:

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Coworker’s bowl:

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We then paid ($15 each) and got in another line for the food to fill our bowl. My coworker had an interesting observation about how similar these lines were to those you would see in a soup kitchen except that the lines at this event were made up of prominent businessmen and businesswomen, local political figures and Average Joe’s with big hearts and a little money to spare. I didn’t get a picture of the mass of people because there was just no good angle without someone standing directly in front of me. It was quite impressive. I think we were actually in this second line for about an hour.

Part of the serving table:

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Once we got to the buffet servers, we had to choose a soup to fill our bowl. Each one was donated by a different local restaurant. The choices were Vegetable, Potato Leek, Bowtie Pasta, Chicken Avgolemono (Greek), Chili, Broccoli Cheddar and Mariachi Chicken. They all looked and smelled DELICIOUS. My coworker and I both chose the Mariachi Chicken which was donated by my favorite Mexican restaurant! It was actually more of a layered dish than a soup. First, I had to spoon their “house” rice (OMG so good) into the bottom of my bowl. Then, there was shredded chicken with onions, mushrooms & peppers to put on top. The broth for the soup was then ladled over the top of those things and the whole concoction was topped with fresh, homemade pico de gallo.

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There was also a mini-salad bar with mixed greens and various toppings. I chose banana peppers, black olives, a little cheese and homemade Ranch dressing. I had a Texas Roadhouse roll on the side, but ended up not using the butter.

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We were chatting and eating when my coworker spotted the dessert table. Of course we had to check it out! I had the peanut butter chocolate cake. The piece was small which was a good thing because it was REALLY rich. I savored every bite.

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When we finished eating, volunteers from the event washed our bowls for us and brought them back. Leaving with an empty bowl is meant to be symbolic of the astounding number of people who go every day without food.

GIVEAWAY REMINDER: This is your last chance to enter my book giveaway for a copy of The World is Fat by Barry Popkin!

In other bloggie giveaway news, Rose over at On a Lobster Placemat is giving away a Quaker Robe & Slipper set.

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  • The average American uses 150 gallons of water every day.
  • 1 in 6 people on Earth do not have access to safe drinking water. 😦

How can you help?

  • Drink tap water instead of bottled water. It helps our planet and gives you a really great excuse to buy a cute, reusable bottle. WIN-WIN in my book! 😀
  • Be conscious of the water you use and try to reduce your consumption.
  • Share information about water conservation with your friend.

In honor of this special day, Nubius Organics (LOVE ’em) is offering 20% off all reusable bottles, including those that are already on sale. Just enter promo code WWD20 at checkout. The offer is good through March 23rd, so hurry!

Here’s a recap of my eats from the past two days:

Friday

I woke up STARVING because I didn’t eat much of a dinner last night. Two Kashi waffles with a little butter and lite maple syrup filled me right up. I’d really like to start posting pictures of my first-thing-in-the-morning meals. It’s still dark when I leave the house so I can just never get the lighting right.

I ate the last bit of my strawberries after getting settled in at my desk.

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I ate what was supposed to be my lunch about an hour and a half before workout time. Morningstar Farms Spicy Black Bean Burger, a wedge of Laughing Cow Light Swiss cheese and lettuce all on a La Tortilla Factor EVOO Tomato & Basil Softwrap. Here it is pre-rollup.

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I was trying to decide what to do about being lunchless when my coworkersaid she was calling in an order to the fancy hotel bistro across the street and would pick it up after our workout. Clearly, it was meant to be. 🙂

Our workout at work today had tougher cardio stations than normal and I could feel the burn. My favorite exercise today was the BOSU trainer plank. I was grateful to have food on the way when I returned because I was hungry.

I had the spicy vegetarian rice rolls. All I can say is HOLY WASABI! They came with a veggie blend (tossed in balsamic vinegar) and their homemade chips. I ate everything except the onions from the veggie salad and about 1/2 of the chips. I’m a little worried that these will become an addiction. They were sooooo good.

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I had an afternoon craving for something sweet, but the only thing available in the office was candy. I ran over to the cafe across the street for a chocolate chip oatmeal cookie and ended up with a cup of unsweetened raspberry iced tea, too.

It always feels so good to leave work on a Friday evening. There’s just something so exciting and freeing about knowing you have those 2 days ahead of you for fun. I called a few close friends and family members during my commute to share our baby news. Everyone was thrilled and offered lots of encouragement.

I wasn’t even a little bit hungry for supper. I had toast with butter and jam at some point, but no photo because I was really into the Ohio State vs. Siena basketball game. The outcome didn’t help my bracket any, but man that was a good game! I’m not usually a big fan of basketball on TV, but that’s changed a bit since I’m in the office pool this year. 🙂

Saturday

I slept in a little and was worried that the grocery would be crazy busy since I was going a couple hours later than normal. I ate some Kashi waffles and was out the door.

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The grocery was actually quite peaceful. I had freedom to browse without being crowded or pushed along by the flow of cart traffic. This resulted in some new products which I’ll be reviewing here soon.

After the grocery, I stopped at the bank and then the local coffee shop for a light iced java chip frappe. It’s one of my favorites.
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By the time I’d put groceries away, I was hungry for lunch. I tried something new and made my organic whole wheat couscous in the microwave per the directions from the box. It worked perfectly! Actually, I think it turned out even better than on the stovetop. I added some black beans and Tastefully Simple Mild Red Pepper Salsa.

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I also had VeggiePatch Veggie Nuggets with mustard for dipping.

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After lunch, I headed outside to do some reading for my Nutrition & Wellness Consultant at-home study. That’s where I spent most of the afternoon into early evening. The sunshine felt great! We didn’t have an “official” dinner. I just did a repeat of lunch because it was so yummy and then hung out with my husband until time for bed.

Just FYI, this is where I’m blogging and blog reading today:

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I have some water (in my reusable bottle of course) and fresh iced sun tea for refreshment. Those are clothes drying on the line in the background. That’s one of my favorite parts of warm weather. I love the way they feel and smell. The real perk is that it’s more eco-friendly than the dryer. Plus, it cuts down a LOT on our electric bill.

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I got an e-mail yesterday that I have to share. I get so frustrated when I’m trying to tear off a sheet of aluminum foil or plastic wrap because the roll always seems to fall out. Apparently, there’s a really easy fix for this. I was skeptical after reading it because the solution seemed so obvious. I checked as soon as I got home to see if it was true. Sure enough, ….

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Yes. There are “push here” tabs on either end of the boxes. When you press them in, little tabs are inserted into the hollow part of the roll so it can’t escape from the box.

I checked every box I had that contained a roll. My aluminum foil, plastic wrap and and Press ‘n’ Seal boxes also had the tabs. The parchment paper and wax paper boxes did not.

Please tell me I’m not the last one to figure this out. I’m guessing not since my friend past the e-mail along, but it could just be because she knows I’m slow sometimes. lol

On to yesterday’s eats!

I had a disagreeable stomach most of the morning so I pieced on some of my pre-prepped strawberries when I got to work, then stuck with just water and hot Lipton Red Rose tea for the rest of the morning.

Around 10, I had a Babybel Light cheese wheel and some Gliding Calm tofu dipped in yellow mustard.

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That kept me full for quite a while. I was working away when I felt my tummy growl and decided to feed it with some sliced peaches.

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I had to run to the Green Machine at lunch to get “allowance” money for my husband and I. The bank branch closest to my work is conveniently located inside a grocery store so I hit up the salad bar for lunch. My container looked like this:

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The largest compartment was the salad made up of:

  • spinach
  • yellow, red & orange peppers
  • cucumbers
  • diced tomatoes
  • bacon crumbles
  • chopped hard boiled egg
  • black olives
  • mozzarella cheese
  • chickpeas
  • a few jalapeno pepper slices

I really need to start being more strategic when I build my salads for photographic purposes. The healthiest stuff is always on the bottom and it looks like I only have “extras.”

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One small compartment held summer coleslaw. I find this ironic because it’s not summer. From what I could tell, it was cabbage, red onion, diced tomatoes and diced cucumbers in a typical slaw dressing. Pardon the runaway chickpea.

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The other small compartment was broccoli & cheddar pasta salad.

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I ate the whole salad and about two bites each of the pasta salad and coleslaw. They were disgusting! The coleslaw was mostly onion (which I don’t like) and the pasta was still a little crunchy. Not sure what I was thinking when I got those two. I typically don’t even like creamy salads. Oh, well. I’ll know next time.

***Product Review***

I was really thirsty after making my salad and decided to grab something refreshing. I was thinking POM Wonderful because I’m addicted since receiving my samples, but I found something on the shelf below that looked interesting: POM Light Tea Pomegranate and Hibiscus Flower Green Tea.

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It was excellent! I had hibiscus flower tea for the first time when I visited San Francisco in December and have been on the lookout for similar products closer to home. This was the perfect blend of pomegranate and hibiscus flower flavors. It wasn’t overly sweet, but it wasn’t bitter either. I will certainly be buying more of these. It’s a perfect warm-weather beverage. I’m eager to try the other flavors, too.

This is from the back of the bottle:

Paradise found. Flavor breezes through our all-natural Pomegranate Hibiscus Light POM Tea. It’s a lightly floral green tea made from the finest Far East tea leaves. Our tea is gently brewed, and brims with powerful pomegranate antioxidants and the tropical nuances of sweet hibiscus.

There are two 8oz. servings per bottle. The nutrition information per serving is as follows:

Calories: 35
Total Fat: 0g
Sodium: 0g
Total Carb: 16g
Sugars: 8g
Erythritol: 6g
Protein: 0g
Caffeine: less than 2mg

On to dinner! This was a special one. Why? Because I didn’t cook it. My husband planned the menu and volunteered to do the work. I eagerly accepted the offer and sat at the table to chat while he prepared everything. I enjoy cooking and it helps me relax after a day of work. It’s still nice to have that break every now and then.

He pounded out some chicken breasts, dipped them in egg whites, breaded them, cooked them on the grill pan and then tossed them in some homemade buffalo wing sauce. These were served on Arnold’s Whole Wheat Sandwhich Thins with lettuce and light ranch dressing.

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with steamed asparagus on the side, drizzled with EVOO.

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Ta da!

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I cleaned up the kitchen and then we settled in to watch The Big Bang Theory. We both think this is by far the funniest show on TV right now. I was in bed and asleep shortly after it ended.

Eating Bender is giving away not one, but TWO fabulous prizes to celebrate her 1st Blogiversary. Fabulousness!

In honor of National Nutrition Month, the health nut is giving away a reusable “Eat Right” tote from the American Dietetic Association. So cool!

I’m in the market for another BPA-free water bottle.I have one SIGG bottle which I love, but it seems to have disappeared *cough*myhusbandtookittoworknevertobeseenagain*cough*. I’d like it to be at least 32oz, easy to clean and nonbreakable. Anyone have brand suggestions?

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*takes deep breath*

That’s the first time I’ve had a chance to do that since my last post. Work is still hectic, but that makes the day go by fast so it’s all good. I’ve been pretty tired in the evenings so it’s been dinner, workout, a little reading and then bed. To make up for my lack of posting this week I have something exciting in store for early next week. It may or may not be my very first giveaway! 😉

Here’s the recap of my eats:

I’m now on a Kashi cereal kick. I had GoLean Crunch Tuesday & again this morning with organic skim milk. No pic since it looked the exact same as Monday.

I’m still digging the Horizon Organic milk boxes and they’ve been an every morning commute treat this week.

TUESDAY

My super sweet coworker knows I love tea and brought me an extra that she picked up at Panera. She forgot what it was so I had to be a bit adventurous. I’m pretty sure it was hibiscus flower or something along that line. I wish I knew because it was good and the perfect cure for my icky morning tummy syndrom. The picture is very unexciting, but I took it anyway.

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There were no leftovers from Monday night’s dinner. Poor planning resulted in the need to bust out another frozen meal. This one is my favorite Lean Cuisine called Sesame Chicken.

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Tuesday means lunchtime workout at work. I’m really enjoying the sessions. Still not an extreme burn, but nice toning exercises mixed with just enough cardio. It’s also nice to get to know some of the other ladies in my building better. I’ve also discovered that I really, really love the Bosu trainer.

I’ll be really sad when the pineapple is gone. It made a perfect post-workout snack. Maybe it will reappear on the grocery list for next week.

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My husband was dressed and ready for the gym when I got home so I changed and we headed out. I did about 30 minutes on the elliptical, bench pressed ten reps at a lightish weight and then stretched while my husband finished his workout.

Dinner was taco salad, a quick and easy favorite in our house. I topped my bed of romaine and green leaf lettuces with seasoned lean ground beef, salsa, reduced fat sour cream and shredded mozzarella cheese. I know, I know. I was going to add jalapeño peppers, but my husband (who loves spicy stuff) put a few on his salad and cried when he took a bite. lol

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WEDNESDAY

I had a large vanilla creme (noninterference from my boss this time) as soon as I got to work. Basically just a latte without the espresso. Slowly but surely I’m quitting the coffee. Today marks one week completely coffee free! Notice I didn’t say caffeine free. I’m still relying heavily on tea. I can’t have herbal teas (doctor’s orders) which really stinks. Herbs aren’t regulated by the FDA and there are just too many questions and conflicting studies about their effects on pregnant women. I know Yogi makes a prenatal tea, but even that got the thumbs down when I asked. My go-to this week has been Lipton Red Rose.

I ran errands Wednesday at lunch and brought back a salad from the grocery salad bar. It was made up of mixed greens, chopped hard-boiled egg, diced tomatoes, chickpeas, jalapeño peppers, cucumbers and two kinds of cheese with Kraft Light Ranch for fork dipping.

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Dinner was a favorite in our household, chicken meatballs! The recipe came from The Biggest Loser Cookbook and they’re actually called Muscling up Meatballs. I usually just eyeball everything except the ground chicken and eggs so they never taste the same twice.

At my bridal shower this time last year we played a game where I had to guess my husband’s responses to questions they’d asked him ahead of time. One of them was “What is his favorite meal that you (meaning I) make?” His answer? Chicken meatballs. 🙂

Our side dishes were Annie’s White Cheddar Mac & Cheese and steamed Italian vegetables.

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Thursday eats weren’t exciting so no pictures. Lunch was a repeat of Wednesday’s dinner. My snacks were Annie’s White Cheddar Bunnies and a banana, both of which you’ve seen before.

It was so cold and windy yesterday! My poor husband worked outside in it all day and had serious trouble getting his body temp regulated once he got home. My cousin called last night to tell me she’s pregnant with baby #3. Her due date is one week ahead of mine. We’re waiting a little longer before we tell anyone except our parents, my sister-in-law and all of you. It was sooo hard not to spill the beans! One month from today I’ll be 12 weeks at statistically out of the woods for any major complications. That’s when we’re planning to share the news with everyone else.

Do you have any fun plans for the weekend?

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