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Day 3: Smoothies and Snackiness

For breakfast this morning, I had something I hadn’t had in quite a while…a smoothie!

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Then I quickly realized why I haven’t had it in a while. My blender really sucks, I think I need a new one stat. However, several stops and stirs later, this finally blended up to be a good one.

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This smoothie contained: 1 cup plain almond milk, 1 frozen banana, 1/4 cup frozen cherries, a few handfuls of spinach, 1 tbsp cocoa powder, and 1/2 tbsp maca powder. The maca gave it a weird aftertaste again, I’m not sure how to mask it better. 

Mid-morning at work, I had a cup of coffee and some nuts.

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I really love the taste of natural almonds, more so than roasted or salted ones.  That’s not true of a lot of other nuts!

For lunch, I had another leftover black bean burger on a salad with salsa.

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Plus a gala apple and Bora Bora bar, which I don’t think fits into the challenge but it helped round out the meal!

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It tasted really good too! I may have to try another flavor once this challenge is over 🙂

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For my afternoon snack, I had 1/2 cup of granola with a splash of unsweetened rice milk. This was sort of a last minute decision this morning when I was packing my bag, but it ended up being great!

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I also had two cups of tea this afternoon as it was quite chilly in the office with the air conditioning on.

After work, I went for a 2 mile run, stretched and did some abs. It felt good to work up a sweat again, it had been a few days!

I am happy to say that I haven’t had a diet soda in two days, even though today I wanted one really badly. But then I remembered the headache and stomach troubles they give me. Not to mention they cause food cravings.

Thankfully, I made something even better when I got home: a POM Seltzer 🙂

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So refreshing and tasty, without all those nasty chemicals and artificial sweeteners!

For dinner, I heated up some leftover beans & tomatoes from last night and threw them on a sweet potato with some leftover veggies on the side.

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Then while watching House and 24 with Josh (well, he watches, I blog and straighten my hair, ha ha) I snacked on some dried apples and oats with peanut butter.

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The snack monster started to creep in, so I came upstairs and brushed my teeth. I have to use a special $16 toothpaste in the evenings to protect my teeth from cavities, so trust me I don’t want to waste it!

Day 3 = Totally awesome.

What are your tips for dealing with “snackiness?”

#Fitblog time!

I am so excited to get to participate in the #fitblog chat on Twitter tonight. For more info, check out this link: http://katywidrick.com/fitblogchat/

But let’s talk about today first!

For breakfast this morning, I had oats (made with Silk almond milk and water) topped with almond butter and blackberries. It was delicious 🙂

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On the way to work, I had to get gas ($2.85/gallon, ugh) which is way too close to a Starbucks. So I got a grande coffee with soymilk.

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This was good, but I’m realizing more and more that it’s something I can live without. At least I know I don’t “need” it every day. So coffee is going on the backburner for now!

Mid-morning, I snacked on some Peeled Snacks dried apple, which I received for free from the company.

003Even though I did receive them for free, I promise you that I really like these. I like that they aren’t sweetened with anything and that they come in portion controlled bags.

For lunch, I had leftover bbq tofu on a salad 🙂

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And a banana!

006  Afternoon snack was some vegan jerky. I love these things!

007 I ate my snack kind of early so I got hungry again and decided to drink that carrot juice I didn’t get to last week. I’m so glad I had it!

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After work, I made a pit stop at Whole Foods and picked up a few things I need for my girl’s night potluck recipe for tomorrow 🙂

Then I drank a refreshing POM + Seltzer.

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Then I got started on dinner, which included these:

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And this:

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Oh yeah and this too:

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I made some refried bean + avocado roll ups with taco sauce 🙂

014 I’m sure I’m not the first person to do this but it made me feel good to sort of “create” something on my own without relying on a recipe.

I also steamed some green beans with a little bit of Smart Balance Light.

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After dinner settled and I did the dishes, I was thinking about heading out for my run. But my legs and feet hurt! Like just standing up to do the dishes was rough.

So I decided to skip it and go first thing in the morning. Sometimes you just gotta listen!

Instead of running, I enjoyed a glass of wine…

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And a small serving of oat bran with almond butter and chocolate chips (x2)!

019Five more minutes. I’d better get back on Twitter, hope to see some of you there!

When something is telling you to skip a run, do you? Or do you push through it?

Easter 2010

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…” (1 Peter 1:3, NIV)

What a beautiful day!

I decided after the 10-miler yesterday and being a special day and all that I should have a special breakfast this morning. Which usually means…pancakes!

I called on the Pumpkin Pie Pancakes recipe from my Vegan Planet cookbook. The last time I made these, I substituted a lot of ingredients but this time I stuck to the recipe for the most part, only substituting applesauce for oil.

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I also cut the recipe in half so I wouldn’t have a lot of leftovers. They were so very good. Dense and yet still fluffy. I think the Silk almond milk helped too!

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I topped them with Dark Chocolate Dreams and sugar free syrup (trying to use it up) and had blackberries and coffee on the side 🙂

When we got home from church, I was really hungry and knew we were having a late lunch so I snacked on some mixed nuts.

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Lunch was nothing too special, except of course for the company. Anytime I have a disappointing restaurant/food experience, I always remember what my friend Carrie says: “So what if it’s not the best meal you’ve ever eaten, going out to dinner isn’t really about eating anyway, it’s about socializing, you can eat when you get home.”

We went to Our Best, which is a lot like Cracker Barrel with their southern style country cooking. Today was buffet style which was kind of disappointing because they usually have more veggies to choose from on their “regular” menu, but I just went with it.

I started off with some salad and a roll.

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When I went back through the line, I was sad to see the only thing really “safe” for me to eat was corn. My husband yelled at me from across the room not to eat the green beans – they were cooked in meat juice, he found out for me.

So corn, more salad and another roll it is!

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Believe it or not, I actually got pretty full. It wasn’t the best or most diverse meal ever, but I felt blessed to celebrate with our families, which definitely made it a special day 🙂

After lunch, I did some serious grocery shopping and since it was so warm and sunny outside, I said what the heck to another…

027 I am an addict. I need to at least start making these at home to save some money, right?

For dinner, I made a tasty Indian dish I found at Whole Foods.

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The only thing I dislike about products like this is that they aren’t as big as they look. The box said 2.5 servings but it was really more like 1.5 once I cooked it.

However, it was very good! Spicy, just the way I like it 😉 And still cheaper than an Indian restaurant.

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I had some leftover peas and 1/2 of a Greek pita (I’m multicultural today) on the side.

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As I am blogging, I am enjoying a POM spritzer, which is just POM wonderful juice and some seltzer. I’m going to write a longer post about POM at a later date since the company sent me some free samples 🙂

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Time to do some housework, homework and soak in the tub before going to bed. I’m still not too sore from the run yesterday, just some tightness in my quadriceps.

Hope you have had a blessed and beautiful Easter weekend 🙂