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This morning, I started my day off with my Monday tradition…a delicious green smoothie!

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This smoothie contained: 1 cup Light vanilla soymilk, 1 frozen banana, 1 tablespoon almond butter and a whole lotta organic baby spinach. YUM!

Mari has decided to start a Green Monster Challenge where she will have one green smoothie a day (as one of her meals) for a month. I’m going to do my best to participate but it’s going to require some creativity on my part 🙂

I had coffee with coconut milk creamer and almonds for a snack but forgot to photograph them, sorry! I am out of practice.

Since I had a smoothie for breakfast, I decided it only made sense to have oatmeal for lunch! Here was the star ingredient:

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I am really enjoying these Peeled Snacks dried fruit. The company sent me free samples to try and so far, I have loved them all!

The dried cherries were soft, chewy and not as sweet as dried cherries I have had in the past. That is my favorite thing about these snacks, which you can find at Starbucks.

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I loved having oatmeal for lunch…this might become a habit 🙂

Later in the afternoon, I had another cup of coffee (oops) and some yogurt.

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After work, I went on a 5-mile run and I was quite hungry when I got home. I had my usual Monday night pasta dinner!

023I had 1 1/4 cups of Barilla whole grain spaghetti, topped with Meijer organic pasta sauce (pictured below), steamed broccoli, a chopped up vegan burger and nutritional yeast. Plus a pita pocket with Smart Balance Light on the side.     022

This sauce was pretty good and I definitely liked the price and ingredients list. But the 365 brand I had a few weeks ago (roasted red pepper) has so much more flavor.

This wasn’t too shabby though!

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For my after dinner snack, I had to try out a new product I picked up at Meijer yesterday:

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These are basically like sandwich thins, only they taste like Thomas bagels and have a hole in the middle 🙂

I topped mine with peanut butter and chocolate chips! I splurged and got the Ghirardelli semi-sweet chips this time, yum.

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But apparently, I got a case of the “runner’s munchies” because I decided to bust out the Oatmeal crack Squares for another snack.

I had two little cups of cereal with soymilk before calling it a night (as far as eating goes) just after 9:00.

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I’m going to have to be careful with these this week. I can’t help it though…they were on sale for $1.67 at Meijer and I had a $1 off coupon. I got a $4 box of cereal for 67 cents!!

Hope you had a great Monday too! Now that my glycogen stores are definitely replaced, I can go to bed now, ha ha. Good night 🙂

First day of March

I love the beginning of the week and the month for many reasons, but yesterday was exceptional! I wish I’d posted about it last night but I ended up falling asleep on the couch before 9:00 🙂

I started the day off with a delicious green smoothie. This combo contained: 1 cup plain soymilk, 3 cups of spinach, 1 frozen banana, and a generous tablespoon of peanut butter.

A few weeks ago, Heather shared with me that she has made smoothies in her food processor before and had them turn out okay.

My blender is giving me trouble, so I gave the food processor a shot today.

It took a little bit longer for all the spinach to blend, but it didn’t get stuck and I didn’t have to add water to get it to start blending again. Success!

Mid-morning, I had some black coffee and nuts. Then I went to my Pound for Pound weigh in and got some measurements done too!

Lunch was leftover baked tofu that I made on Sunday night (just sprinkled on garlic powder, curry powder and sesame seeds) with some cauliflower that I roasted in the oven (sprayed with cooking spray, salt and pepper).

Oh yeah and a slice of whole wheat toast 🙂 I think this was even better leftover than it was the night before!

Later in the day, I started to get a sore throat (pretty sure it’s the constantly changing weather), and you know how it is when water just doesn’t feel good? I got the only other option I had (I was too warm to drink tea!).

I’m still doing good only having these once a week. Any more and I just feel “weird” and if I ever drink more than one in a day, my stomach hurts. I really need to just give them up already.

I snacked on some yogurt before my awesome 6-mile run after work!

Then I re-hyrated with some Powerade Zero.

This is definitely not my first choice, since it contains sucralose (aka Splenda), but I suppose it’s better than real Powerade with contains HFCS.

I’m just trying a few different things out to see how they work with my body. I’m definitely going to try coconut water next, per your all’s recommendations!

For dinner, I made Barilla whole grain spaghetti with a garden combination sauce. I added in my own red onion, green & red peppers, plus a Boca vegan burger for some protein.

After my dinner settled, I was doing some house work when the hunger monster struck, also known as my 6 mile run catching up with me! So I ate some of my favorite stuff in the world 😉

One slice of whole wheat toast with PB & chocolate chips.

Then 1/4 cup oatmeal with more PB & chocolate chips. This did the trick. I swear nothing fills my stomach or “sticks to my ribs” quite like oatmeal!

And yes, I stopped eating by 9:00. It helps that I got full and comfortable, then fell asleep on the couch!

How was your Monday? Any goals for the month of March?

Enjoy the process

Tonight for dinner, I made my favorite spaghetti with “meat” sauce.

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I was off work today so I really had the time to just enjoy the cooking process (and also get the entire house cleaned)!

For my sauce, I used Ragu Super Chunky Mushroom sauce (Josh’s favorite), chopped frozen broccoli and Smart Ground crumbles.

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My pasta is Barilla Whole Grain which is my absolute favorite of all the whole grain varieties.

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Normally, I would’ve eaten the whole recipe but I did remember that I recommitted to conscious eating this year, so I measured out a cup of cooked pasta which is a serving.

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This ended up leaving me enough for dinner tonight and lunch another day this week!

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Wow, to think I was going to eat the whole thing! So glad I caught myself 😉

If you didn’t see my last post, please stop by my new fitness-only blog, River City Fitness. This blog is going to be food only now!

Also, don’t forget to purchase some Musselman’s natural applesauce this month to support the NBCF!

Humidity is killer

My run this morning was quite hot and sweaty even though we went at 9 o’clock to avoid the heat. Actually, the temperature didn’t rise too much throughout the day, but it was so humid! Sometimes that can be as bad if not worse.

But we got about 4.23 miles in around 46 minutes. We used the Fartlek technique for a while but had to take a couple of short walking breaks due to the major sweat fest.

My next 5K is on Saturday!!

After I got back, I snacked on some mixed nuts and raisins. I actually combined these two myself (1/4 cup nuts + 2 tbsp raisins) to make a sort of trail mix…the only thing it was missing is chocolate, ha ha.

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These held me over so well, I waited and waited to eat lunch. Finally, around 12:30 I heated up some split pea soup (Health Valley brand, very good!) which I topped with the final two Ryvita crackers. I love using stuff up because it means I can go buy new stuff now 🙂

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I also started drinking this…

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Kombucha!

I had never tried this drink before but I saw it when I stopped into the World Market over the weekend so I decided to give it a shot. The smell threw me…it smelled like vinegar! But the taste was pretty good. It is hard to describe but its definitely not sweet. I drank about a third of the bottle and will probably work on it the rest of the week.

I didn’t realize it comes in more than one flavor, I must’ve had original?

I ate this orange about an hour after lunch when a sweet craving came on. Fruit works for me almost all the time when this happens 🙂

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Then for my afternoon snack, I tried a new yogurt from StonyfieldPomegranate Berry!

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I tried a few bites plain first, just to see how it tasted.

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It was so good! It was the same texture and consistency as the fat free French vanilla, which I really like for “regular” yogurt (as opposed to Greek, which is my preference). The flavor was excellent too, it tasted exactly like what it says it is and it wasn’t overly sweet like some flavored yogurts. I would definitely get this one again!

Topped with some See Sarah Eat granola

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We just finished dinner not too long ago. I made Barilla whole grain spaghetti (Josh had Smart Taste which at least has fiber added in I think?) and topped it with Classico sauce mixed with some spinach and Morningstar “meat” crumbles.

I can’t believe I seriously just mentioned four different companies in one paragraph!

I also had a side salad made of spinach, cucumbers, shredded mozzarella cheese and a tbsp of Newman’s Own southwest dressing (yum). Oh, and how could I forget garlic bread?!

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I did not eat nearly all of this, some went into a container in the fridge 🙂 Hooray for intuitive eating again!

What’s for dessert?

Now that I don’t keep ice cream or other “sweet treats” in the house, its always a debate over dessert (in my head). But it’s good to make myself think hard about something instead of just mindlessly eating it!

So, we’ll just wait and see what I feel like later on. Definitely some chamomile tea in my future 😉

Hope you’ve had a great day, thanks for stopping by. You stay classy, blogworld, ha ha…

Pretty healthy baked spaghetti

Here is the recipe for the Baked Spaghetti I made last night. I looked over tons of recipes on the web before finally deciding to just experiment and see how it came out.

What you will need:

1 tsp extra virgin olive oil

4 servings of whole wheat spaghetti (8 oz) – I used Barilla whole grain thin spaghetti

2 cups of spaghetti sauce – I used Ragu chunky garden combination

1 cup of chopped frozen spinach

2 cups frozen tri-pepper onion mix

1 tsp minced garlic

1/2 serving of Morningstar Farms Chik’n strips (you could use more, that was all I had left)

1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Start heating large pot of water on stove, add 1 tsp olive oil to the water (keeps it from sticking). Cook the pasta until almost done (al dente) or about 5-6 minutes. While the pasta is cooking, heat the sauce with the spinach, pepper mix, chik’n, and garlic until all the frozen ingredients have softened and the sauce well mixed with everything.

Here’s what the sauce looks like cooking:

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Drain the spaghetti. Place in an 8×8 baking dish, spreading evenly. Pour the sauce on top and push down a little bit with a spoon to see that it soaks into the spaghetti. Then add 1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese to the top. Place in the oven for 30 minutes or until cheese is browned.

Before:

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Tried a new cheese! I think it made the dish 🙂

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And after:

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It was really good! Also pretty healthy. This recipe serves four and using the ingredients I did, I believe it was somewhere between 350-400 calories per serving.

My only complaint is that it could’ve used some more kick or flavor. I think next time I will experiment with some spices. But overall, this hit the spot. That cheese was amazing! And I was proud of myself for making something on my own not following someone else’s recipe 🙂 Not that there’s anything wrong with that…

Happy Thursday!

Many thanks

Wow, you guys rock! Thanks for the awesome NYC suggestions. I can’t wait to go, take pics and then share them with you all 🙂

Okay, so I can finally catch you up on the past couple of days. Let’s take the way back machine to Tuesday night

The best brand of whole grain pasta I've had so far!

The best brand of whole grain pasta I've had so far!

 

What goes on top :)

What goes on top 🙂

Finished product with some red wine accompaniment

Finished product with some red wine accompaniment

Close up!

Close up!

I have to give mad props to Caitlin for the suggestion that a “quarter” size (around the top) handful of pasta is the right serving size. I always overdo it! This turned out perfectly 😉 I hadn’t had spaghetti in a long time, I’d sort of just gotten out of the habit of eating it. So this was very special. I hope to repeat it soon as I still have most of the ingredients (minus sauce).
Since there was only a scraped spoonful left, I had this for dessert:
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I stood in the pantry looking for another snack later on but nothing appealed to me, so I knew I really didn’t need one. I think getting some of my “red light” foods out of the house has really helped with that. Yay, victory!
I’m going to do Wednesday as a whole other post, so hang tight…