Monthly Archives: June 2008
Oh, the start to another week. It feels good but at the same time I’m getting anxious because my last day of work is Thursday and I won’t be back until the 21st!
My mid-morning snacks were some granola bites and a big red delicious apple but I completely lost the pictures of them, sorry!
This has brought me to an unfortunate conclusion. I think I may be lactose intolerant. It seems whenever I eat yogurt, cheese, etc. made from real dairy, I have some side effects that I guess I never contributed to that before. So I’m going to do some more research. It sucks though because this yogurt ruled today!
I went out for my walk, about 30 minutes to the grocery store where I picked up some tofu because they didn’t have the kind I liked at the one near my house. I also stopped at Starbucks for a grande iced decaf SOY latte ;-)
I’m about to eat some cashews as a snack while I finish my work for the day. Hope everyone has had a safe and happy Monday!
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After lunch I had to go out and run some errands and knew it was hot and that I’d be on my feet for most of it, so I took a snack with me (Kashi Autumn wheat cereal) and tried some Propel powder in my water bottle (berry flavor, pretty good!).
It took me forever to decide, but finally I settled on Jimmy John’s for dinner. I had the vegetarian sub with no mayo and some carrots on the side from home. Since we are blessed with the JJ/Starbuck’s combo, I got myself a grande coffee light frappuccino that I drank 1/2 of on the way home :)
We had a weird power outage for a couple of hours and I ended up falling asleep on the couch. When I woke up for some reason I was majorly hungry, so I went and heated up two blueberry muffins that I had made earlier in the day and topped them with some Smart Balance spread:
Then later on that night, I had some Very Cherry organic Rice Divine and some trail mix. I was very snacky that day for some reason.
Here is a pic of the blueberry muffins I made earlier that day, they turned out okay, weren’t too sweet except for the blueberries. I followed the recipe, except I used canola oil instead of vegetable oil because it was all I had. I also used slightly less sugar than it called for. Ok, and I used soy milk instead of regular milk, haha. I think next time I would rather use a different type of flour or try adding some spices for more flavor.
When I got home, I ate some carrots and hummus to even things out and because I was still slightly hungry (pizza just isn’t that filling to me unless it has a lot of veggie toppings).
Isn’t it funny how you go grocery shopping one day and then when it comes time for dinner, you can’t decide, so you opt for takeout? Ha ha! Right now I’m trying to decide if I want Subway or Jimmy John’s…
Lunch was a sunbutter and preserves sandwich on whole wheat with an apple and chocolate soymilk:
For some reason my computer is giving me a lot of trouble loading my pictures (not blogger) so I’m going to have to finish this up later I’m afraid.
Last night was a great night out with my friends! But first, let me catch you up with the rest of the day…
Before I left the house to run some errands, I grabbeda bag of Nature Valley granola bites:
I was able to get most of my errands done in the time I had alloted, so I was very happy. When I got home, it was after 1:00 so I was ready for lunch! I made some Barilla whole grain penne pasta and Ragu chunky garden combination sauce and added in some mushrooms, tri-colored peppers, onion and a chopped up Boca vegan burger for some protein; parmesan sprinkled on top!
Several hours later before I left the house to go out with my friends, I had 1/4 cup of trail mix just so I wouldn’t be starving when we got to dinner.
For my dinner, I enjoyed a ‘naked’ Vegetarian burrito (cilantro lime rice, pinto beans, salsa verde and guacamole):
Then an after dinner Miller Chill :)
Qdoba is right next to to Ce Fiore, a very cute and artsy yogurt shop that we were excited to try. I got the green tea yogurt and topped it with chocolate chips, nuts and blackberries. I asked the girl for her recommendation and she said either nuts or fruit, so I did a little of both ;-) The yogurt tasted amazing (I love green tea stuff) and the nuts and fruit each did something different with the flavor, so I’m glad I tried it both ways. I can’t wait to go back to this place again!
I was up and at it by 6:15 this morning before my alarm even went off. I knew I would be eating more cottage cheese pancakes, so I set the batter out of the fridge because it had become really thick and I made a cup of green tea and went back to bed and watched some tv :)
Then after about 30 minutes, I got up and made the pancakes. I ended up having to add some water to loosen up the batter and stir it a bit but it worked just fine. I made myself three smaller pancakes today, but they are hidden in the mound of strawberries I put on top of them! I also sprinkled a tiny amount of powdered sugar on top and spread the pancakes with just a little bit of sugar free strawberry preserves; chocolate soymilk on the side:
I have been running errands all morning but I have already gotten so much accomplished and it’s not even lunchtime yet! I was hungry when I got home to take a break, so I made myself a soymilk-banana-peanut butter smoothie, one of my all time faves now ;-)
Happy Friday! Gotta get back to ‘work’ even though it’s my day off ;-)
Today was like my Friday because I am off tomorrow, though I have so much to do it won’t feel like a day off. I’m finally checking out of the old apartment tomorrow, thank goodness! It will feel good to put that place behind us once and for all.
I had dinner with my mom at McAlister’s Deli where I enjoyed the Veggie Spud, which is a giant potato with black olives, green onions, red onion, usually tomatoes-but they don’t have any because of the contaminated ones, and topped with mozzarella cheese and a side of salsa. I’m glad I finally tried it, I have been eyeing it for a while. I ate it all except for about 1/4 of the peel. It’s a good thing too because I would need the energy!
We spent 2 hours cleaning out the apartment again, I still can’t believe we had that much left over there even though I spent so much time working on it already. But it’s done now and when I got home I enjoyed some snacks…
Right when I got home, I needed something cool and refreshing, so I popped open my new container of Good Karma Organic Rice Divine in “Very cherry” and it was very good! This same brand also has a carrot cake flavor which I must get the next time!
A slice of 100% natural wheat bread with 1 tbsp of Nutella:
It’s bedtime! Good night everyone :)
I left my yogurt in the fridge at home, darn it! But luckily I think I brought enough other stuff that I won’t need it. But I was really ready to try it, oh well, another day ;-)
Walked for 5 minutes (increased speed by 0.2 every minute, from 3.0-3.8)
Ran 3 minutes @ 5.2 mph, walked 2 minutes 4.0 mph
Ran 3 minutes @ 5.4 mph, walked 2 minutes 4.0 mph
Ran 3 minutes @ 5.6 mph, walked 2 minutes 4.0 mph
Ran 3 minutes @ 5.8 mph, walked 2 minutes 4.0 mph
Ran 3 minutes @ 6.0 mph, walked 2 minutes 4.0 mph
Walked for 5 minutes (decreased speed by 0.2 every minute, from 3.8 to 3.0)
I just had a mini Clif bar in chocolate brownie, I swear these things were such a great invention (only available at Target, as far as I know). I just wish they had more flavors, but I do like the three they have (chocolate chip is my favorite, which surprised me).
I will be back later with more pics!
I got up this morning and saw the recipe for “Cottage Cheese Pancakes” sitting on my counter and I thought, what the heck. I need to use up the eggs I have in my fridge anyway…so I made them (2, and then stored the rest of the batter in the fridge) and topped them with spray butter and fresh blueberries and had a side of Morningstar veggie sausage and some chocolate soy milk.
They turned out so good, I loved the texture and the flavor too of course! Here is the recipe (from The Cottage Cheese page via the former Fast, Fresh and Fit) with my specifications in parentheses:
Cottage Cheese Pancakes
This one is really delicious, especially with the addition of the recommended ingredients.
2-3 beaten eggs (I used two)
1 cup cottage cheese (I used Friendship 1% whipped cottage cheese)
Honey or a couple of teaspoons of sugar, to taste (I squirted just a little bit of honey in)
1 cup uncooked oatmeal (I used Bob’s steel cut oats)
Optional, highly recommended ingredients: banana, a sprinkle of cinnamon, a splash of vanilla (I did all of these)
Grab your handy blender and dump the ingredients in, in the order they appear (otherwise the mixture will get all chunky). So, eggs in first, then start the blender. As it’s blending, pour in the cottage cheese, then the banana if you’re using it, then whatever sweeteners and spices you like, then the oatmeal. Once this is nicely blended, cook as you would pancakes, in a nonstick pan over medium-low heat. I love these plain or with fruit, but you can put syrup on them too, just like regular pancakes.
I just drank a cup of green tea and didn’t take a pic, oops! I’ll be back later with the rest of the day. Happy Thursday blogworld! :)
Lunch was leftover tofu stir fry, a whole wheat dinner roll from Whole Foods (yum-o), and a huge red delicious apple (my favorite kind). This lunch was very filling and rather perfect even for leftovers:
I just got home not too long ago and I immediately went for a serving of my chocolate tofu pudding. The batch before this one was definitely better, I will have to remember to use firm tofu next time, this particular kind of silken was just too soft so it’s more like a drinkable pudding than the consistency I prefer. But it still tastes pretty good!
After this I thought I was hungry so I poured a small cup of Kashi Autumn wheat cereal but I ate three pieces and decided I wasn’t hungry after all, plus I’m not too long from going to bed now. So I did not eat this whole thing:
I woke up this morning feeling refreshed, probably because I wore myself out yesterday and slept hard because of it! I feel good about everything I managed to get done yesterday though even if I’m sore today :)
But I had a nice filling and refreshing breakfast this morning, toast with Peanut Butter & Co’s cinnamon raisin peanut butter (I have really enjoyed this, can’t wait to try their other flavors!) and sugar free Smucker’s strawberry preserves (I loooove this Healthy Life 100% natural whole wheat bread!) and a smoothie made with vanilla soy milk, a whole banana, a packet of instant breakfast in chocolate (no sugar added-chocolate is the only flavor that comes this way unfortunately-I get a generic brand) and some ice. Good way to start the day!
I haven’t yet decided what my workout will be today. Not sure if I want to go to the gym to do weights after lifting boxes and stuff last night, but we’ll see. I brought my stuff just incase!