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“Trust me, I’m a doctor”

I think I have a thing for doctors. I’m a big fan of Dr. Drew Pinsky, he just seems so genuine and caring. I also love Dr. Oz and what he is doing for people to improve their health.

When it comes to healthy vegan soups, Dr. McDougall is the man!

001I’ve had several of these selections before but this was my first time trying the Lentil Couscous.

I love both of those things, so I figured it was a win-win.

002And I would be right! This soup was delicious.

At first I thought I had put too much water in but after letting it sit for several minutes, it had thickened right up :) 

I enjoyed this cup of soup along with an apple.

003 My afternoon snack was a Silk soy yogurt.

005Which I had with a cup of coffee. I tried to just drink tea today (I’ve been alternating to reduce my caffeine consumption) but it didn’t happen.

One day at a time, I guess!

004This was more like dessert than a snack 🙂

Check out the awesome run I did an hour later! Guess it was good fuel?

What is your go-to pre-run/workout snack?

Brrrr…

It has been beyond cold here the past couple of days. Which stinks because now the snow can’t melt! Oh well, this coming week will be in the 30’s and 40’s…HEAT WAVE!!

This morning I had two mini bagels with peanut butter and jelly, plus some delicious Jasmine tea.

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I think I have a new favorite 😉

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Then I finally went to the grocery store. I used up a lot of stuff around the house this week but I’ve still got a lot more to go so I didn’t have to get too much.

I picked up something for lunch while I was out 🙂

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I love being able to pick something up that says Vegan on the front. And you all know how much I love Dr. McDougall’s!

I had this soup with a pita pocket (with just a touch of Smart Balance Light) and an applesauce.

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The soup was really tasty! It had lots of flavor and I loved the sweetness of the fruited pilaf. I’ve been craving Indian food since yesterday so this worked. Although I still want to visit an Indian restaurant very soon!

I have another flavor of soup to try later this week 😉

Tomorrow is my best friend’s 30th birthday so tonight we’re going out to do karaoke!

Got any fun plans this weekend?

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Feeling soupy

Today, the high was in the mid 30’s, so in other words…it was soup weather!

For lunch today, I tried a soup from the Wolfgang Puck line. It took me a while to find one that didn’t have dairy in it.

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Seeing his face on the can always makes me think of Caitlin, ha ha. She correctly pointed out how creepy he looks 😉

This soup was really good!

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It was different than any tortilla soup I’d had before (not real spicy) but it was still thick and pretty filling. I would get it again.

A few days ago, I also tried another soup, the last in my stash from Dr. McDougall’s.

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This one was really good too! Honestly, the only one of this bunch I didn’t really care for was the split pea. Sad, because that’s usually one of my favorites.

My favorites from Dr. McDougall were the vegetable, lentil and roasted red pepper tomato.

What are your favorite soups?

Fireproof

Our Wednesday night potluck went off without a hitch. Or a fire, thank goodness. But let’s back up.

Since I had oatmeal for dinner on Tuesday night, I went with a different breakfast.

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I stole one of Josh’s Lenders bagels and topped it with peanut butter and a sliced banana. The bagel was really plain and left me wanting more. I need to get some of my own – any good recommendations for vegan-friendly bagels?

Snacked on some almonds a few hours later…

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For lunch I tried another Dr. McDougall’s selections. No broken bowl this time!

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The lentil soup was really good! I’d put it in my Top 3 of this brand. Only one more to go (will be lunch on Friday).

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Before my workout, I munched on half a Clif bar and had the other half afterward.

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Unfortunately, it was raining like a mug, so we were forced to take our workout to the dread-mill. But we did a good 3 miles and then some abs afterwards.

When I got home, I was a little hungry and knew dinner would be an hour later than normal, so I had a spoon of PB.

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Like the Christmas tree background?

Suzie models it better.

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Our potluck this week was Mexican themed. We had some bean dip (with lime tortilla chips not pictured, but eaten heavily).

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Before it came out of the microwave, Court said it looked like dog food, so we kept talking all night about “how good the dog food tasted” ha ha.

For our entree, Beth made delicious black bean tacos, which I think turned out great.

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She went the extra mile and purchased the taco shells that stand up on their own. These are so much easier to eat and don’t fall apart nearly as much, I highly recommend them!

Mexican style veggies on the side. I topped my tacos with lettuce, tomato and taco sauce (not pictured).

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In lieu of dessert, we enjoyed this (not Mexican) bottle of wine 🙂

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I hadn’t had Riesling in a while…it was yummy! Tastes more like champagne than wine to me. Not as strong as Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio. I’m still a red girl, but this was pretty good.

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While sipping wine, we watched “Trekkies” which I had never seen. Made me feel sort of okay about being a fan of the things I am because I am not that bad. Right?

What are you an obsessively, totally geeked out fan of? Confess!

Need a yoga mat? Check out the Aurorae giveaway over at Hangry Pants 🙂

Short work week

I can’t believe Monday is already over and I only have to work one more day this week, woo hoo! Sorry for those of you who have to work more than that though. I’ve been there.

Breakfast this morning was oat bran (cooked with water) with peanut butter and a sliced banana. Simple and delicious.

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It was also quite filling! My mom took me to Starbucks this morning (becoming a Monday tradition!) and all I could bring myself to drink was a black coffee. But I really enjoyed it, which got me thinking…that is how I prefer it 😉

Mid-morning I snacked on some carrots + hummus, always a good thing.

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Good snack, bad picture.

Then for lunch, I tried another soup from Dr. McDougall’s!

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I was pretty impressed at how much soup this was, my bowl almost wasn’t big enough!

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This was my favorite one so far! Look at all the veggies:

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I would definitely get this one again! Lots of veggies with barley and lentils mixed in. Pretty filling too.

I snacked on a grapefruit after Exercise Science class which was very interesting today, all about overtraining.

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I normally don’t eat this much fruit in a day but my mom gave me this a while back and I wanted to eat it before it went bad. It was delicious!

I also had a second snack later in the afternoon which was like a homemade trail mix with mixed nuts and raisins. I think next time I’ll add a few chocolate chips too (sorry no pic).

After work, I hit the gym for a quick upper body training session. It was one of those days when I only had 30 minutes to work out and I could’ve easily just blown it off but instead I made due with what time I had!

  • Warm up: 5 minutes walking on the treadmill
  • Chest presses: 20# dumbbells, 1×12, 1×8, 1×8
  • Military shoulder presses: 15# dumbbells, 1×10, 1×8, 1×8
  • Bicep curls: 15# dumbbells, 1×12, 1×10, 1×12
  • Tricep extensions: 20# dumbbell (1), 1×12, 1×8, 1×8

For dinner,  I had a repeat of last night’s black bean burger only this time I had a potato and salad with it (sorry no pic again, I was lazy today).

After I ate, my friend Candy came over for a walk. We did 3.3 miles, which I know for a fact thanks to Map My Run, a really great website for mapping distances.

How do you determine distances? Do you use a website, a Garmin, pedometer, etc?

I was feeling pretty hungry tonight so I snacked on two slices of Ezekiel 7 grain bread with peanut butter and chocolate chips. I’m good now!

Hope you had a good Monday friends 🙂

Not my favorite split pea soup

Last week, I tried another selection from the samples Dr. McDougall’s sent me.

Split Pea soup is something I never would’ve tried in my previous life but once I finally did, it quickly became one of my favorites!

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I heated this up alongside a slice of whole wheat toast, which I dipped in the soup.

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The taste was okay, but I prefer a thicker split pea soup. This was very brothy. I think I prefer ones like Health Valley and Amy’s brand which are “creamier” in texture.

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I can’t wait to try the rest of the soups. Thanks again, Dr. McDougall’s 🙂

What is your favorite soup?

It’s hard for me to narrow down but I’d say split pea, vegetarian chili and minestrone are all on my list!