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Weekend dining

I got totally spoiled this weekend, getting to have dinner out with my friend Aleta on Thursday, lunch with Courtney and dinner with my husband on Friday and then dinner out Saturday, whew! But it felt good to not have to cook anything and to get out of the house for a change. The weather this weekend was just unbelievably awesome.

Starting with Thursday, Aleta and I met at Taco Bueno, which is sort of like Taco Bell, only with a few more choices. I stuck to the regular stuff though…tacos and chicken tortilla soup. I ordered the 3 taco combo (beef, a rarity, I need some iron though) with no cheese and a cup of the chicken tortilla soup, which is a relatively low calorie soup, especially if you pick off the cheese and tortilla strips (which I did).

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For some reason, that is the only picture I took of the food! I have to confess…I had a BITE of one of the cinnamon cheesecake thingies, mmm. But I managed to stop there. The food was pretty good and decently priced. I don’t know that its better than Taco Bell, but it seems to be fresher and they have more choices of sides and a salsa bar. So its different. Everyone needs a change once in a while 🙂

On Friday for lunch, Courtney and I went to a place I hardly ever get to go because Josh (my husband) doesn’t like it (what’s wrong with him?), Panera!

I ordered the grilled chicken caesar salad (an old favorite) with the dressing on the side and a whole grain baguette. I picked off the croutons too, I’m sure that saved me some calories. I only used 1/2 of one of the cups of dressing they gave me (the fork dipping thing really works, I’m telling you).

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I hadn’t had that salad in so long, it really hit the spot. I did good ordering this weekend, I must say 😉

Friday night, we went to my husband’s favorite restaurant, P.F. Chang! Would you believe that just a few short years ago, the hubby turned his nose up at Chinese food? I guess he finally found the right fit. He loves this place, as do I, and even though Chang’s is moderately priced, it always seems like a fancy dinner to us 🙂

I started things off with some decaf ginger peach tea, I love how they bring you the whole pot!

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Then, I was really craving some egg drop soup, so I had a cup as a starter. I really believe the tea and soup not only helped me stay warm (I always get cold in restaurants) but it also helped fill me up so I didn’t go overboard on dinner.

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For my main course, I tried something new! I ordered the ground chicken & eggplant which was in some kind of sauce that was really good, with brown rice on the side. Josh ordered some wok-seared mushrooms, so I had some of those too. Every bite melted in my mouth. This was an amazing dinner!

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After I cleaned this plate, I drank some more water + tea and thought for a few minutes if I wanted any more. I didn’t feel “full” per se, so I had just a little more and that satisfied me.

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And I ended up being able to take home HALF of my entree plus some brown rice that was leftover. I love it when that happens…it made for a really awesome race recovery lunch the next day 🙂

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Saturday evening, Courtney and I went out shopping with our friend Beth and she wanted to go to Panera for dinner, haha! Since I hardly ever get to go and they have so many options there, I didn’t mind going again so soon. This time around, I chose the “You Pick Two” and got half a greek salad (yum, feta) and half a mediterranean veggie sandwich. Plus an apple as my side.

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I love eating good, healthy foods! I mean, every now and then a slice of pizza or a hamburger is ok, but this is how I prefer to eat most of the time if I can help it. Even though you are risking high sodium with restaurant meals, I still felt like I made really healthy choices and my energy and body rewarded me for it.

There was also some Starbucks consumption this weekend, hehe. On Friday, I got a Skinny cinnamon dulce latte…when I was standing in line, I read the syrup bottles and of course the sugar free contains sucralose…so I think I’ll just stick to ordering nonfat and not sugar free from now on. It was sooo good though.

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Then Saturday night, a few hours after dinner and shopping, I had my first frappuccino in quite some time. I ordered the old fave. mocha lite and enjoyed every bit.

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Oh, one last thing…I had Panera for breakfast on Sunday too! Haha. At the run on Saturday, they handed out free Panera bagels, so I snatched a couple (one for my husband too, its the only thing he’ll eat there). Behold, the amazing Cinnamon Crunch bagel. It’s 430 calories and not exactly Crap Free, but oh what a treat!

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Hope you all enjoyed yourselves this weekend too 🙂

Leftovers

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Today’s breakfast was last night’s leftovers! I was going to save this for another day since I don’t like to eat the same things back to back, but it saved me a lot of time and it was really good, so I’m glad I did it. Everything is the same as yesterday except no grits (although Courtney did give me a package to take home with me for later, yay, thanks girl!). I seriously didn’t know I liked grits until last year. I just never tried them, I’d always heard they were bad for you. Another one of those misconceptions from my youth. They aren’t high in fiber like oats, but they do contain some vitamins and minerals worth getting. Including 45% of your daily Iron!

Here is the kind we had:

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Apparently, there are lots of other flavors, but I liked this one fine. They kind of remind me of mashed potatoes in a way only as a breakfast food 🙂 I was also pleased that even for instant, they have very few ingredients:

Ingredients

SPECIALLY PROCESSED DEGERMINATED WHITE CORN GRITS, SALT, CALCIUM CARBONATE, REDUCED IRON, NIACIN*, BHT AND CITRIC ACID (AS PRESERVATIVES), THIAMIN MONONITRATE*, RIBOFLAVIN*, FOLIC ACID*.

*ONE OF THE B VITAMINS

And the nutritionals aren’t bad either…

Nutrition Facts

Serving size 1 Packet (28g)

Amount per serving
Calories 100  
%Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 310mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 7%
  Dietary Fiber 1g  5%
Protein 2g  
Calcium 10%
Iron 45%
Thiamin 10%
Riboflavin 10%
Niacin 10%
Folic Acid 10%
  Not a significant source of Calories from Fat, Saturated Fat, Trans Fat, Cholesterol, Sugars, Vitamin A, Vitamin C.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat less than 65g 80g
  Sat. Fat less than 20g 25g
Cholesterol less than 300mg 300mg
Sodium less than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g 375g
  Dietary Fiber 25g 30g

Anyway, back to today!

Here is my agenda for today:

  • Anatomy & Physiology class
  • Lunch
  • Work
  • Meet Jessica for run at 4:30 (probably just do 1-2 miles)
  • Meet Aleta for dinner at Taco Bueno
  • Tea
  • Yoga
  • Bed

This will be my first time trying out Taco Bueno, so I’m excited. Anyone ever been there? I’ve heard its like Taco Bell, only a little bit better. My husband didn’t care much for it, but he’s a creature of habit and doesn’t like to break out of his ordinary too often. His favorite place is probably Taco Tico, which I have to say, is pretty dang good, remembering my experience there!

Time to get to it…Happy Thursday!