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Cinco De Mayooo

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El verso del día:

“No esté preocupado por nada, pero en todo, por oración y petición, con acción de gracias, presenta sus peticiones a Dios. Y la paz de Dios, que sobrepasa toda la comprensión, protegerá los corazones y sus mentes en Jesucristo”.

- Philippians 4:6-7

Translation:

Verse of the Day:

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

- Philippians 4:6-7

I figured I needed a little Mexican flare included in today’s post in honor of Cinco de Mayo :) 

Yesterday started out with the typical cereal & protein milk breakfast:

It’s like cereal & smoothie combined!

1 scoop Optimum Nutrition cake batter whey + ice + water + frozen strawberries mixed with my Fiber Select.  I’m sorry again, if you’re bored by my breakfast, but I love cereal! <3

Lunch was consumed around 12:15PM at my desk.

Veggie tub.

Carrrots, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, and broccoli & cauliflower on the bottom.

Flat Out Light, Sonoma Jacks Light, & honey mustard tuna salad.

For the tuna salad, I mixed 1/8 C. sugar free syrup with mustard, then added some diced orange pepper and about 3/4 can of light chunk tuna.  At my desk, I made a cream cheese roll up with my wedge of Sonoma Jack’s & Splenda. 

When I got home from work, I needed a snacky

carb + protein.

This snack has been winning me over these days…Oikos greek yogurt mixed with 1/8 C. sf syrup & cinnamon with a gala apple for dipping….Swoooooon :)

I would love to say I worked out for the next two hours, but I had bigger plans in mind.  It WAS my Dad’s birthday, and we didn’t get to have his birthday dinner last night since my Mom and sister both had softball games. I sneaked around and got some things done while he thought I was working out, since that’s what I do everyday after work!  I did go down to start biking, so he wouldn’t think anything was up, but as soon as he left to take the little sister to her game and I got to work!

Step 1: Mix the batter – added 3 eggs, 1/2 c. oil, & 1 1/4 c. water.

I also added my own SECRET ingredients!  Don’t worry Dad, I didn’t lie to you, there was no chickpeas, spinach, or hummus involved ;)  (He actually asked me before he ate it to make sure! haha)  Just some Hershey’s chocolate syrup for some extra moisture and a few chunks of Hershey’s chocolate bar stirred into the batter!  I wouldn’t be eating it, needless to say, so I just wanted to make sure it tasted delish for him.  I wasn’t too concerned about making it healthy. 

Icing: 2 c. powdered sugar, 1 tbsp. marshmellow, 1 tbsp. peanut butter, 1 tbsp. crisco, 1 tsp. vanilla, & milk (until reaches desired consistency)

My Daddy loves chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting, so that’s exactly what I wanted to give him!  Poor guy didn’t have much of a birthday celebration, since he had to work all day & was running around keeping up with schedules all night .

It was SOOO hard to squeeze the icing through the TINY design tubes!

Thennnnnnn, I cleaned everything up, ran to Giant to pick up his faves: Diet Green Tea, Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup ice cream, Riesins, and some sugar free cinnamon rice pudding!

I came home and made some dinner:

Steamed broccoli with Light Ragu for dipping.

I went for quick and easy since I didn’t want to clean up TWICE.   While I was waiting for the broccoli to steam in the microwave, I packed my lunch.

Cinnamon sugar chickpeas.

For protein, I added some chickpeas to a bowl and stirred in some cinnamon & sf syrup. 

Allll together, now.

Dinner is served!

+

this bad boy for good measure :)

my little orange friend.

After I was finished with clean up, I went downstairs to bike for about an hour and some odd minutes burning about 330 calories, until the family started arriving home.  Then, I showered, and got my gifts together!  We finally got to sit down with my Dad to relax and celebrate! 

We sang “Happy Birthday

Love ya, Dad!

Gave him his gifts:

new sneaks!

From my Mom, he got these New Balance sneakers along with a new gold cross pendant for his chain that had been broken. 

Here’s my card :)

This was the funny/cute one that I got, but I also gave him a more sentimental one that I’m not going to share on the blog.  I couldn’t decide between the two, so I got them both!

Anyway, I was so excited to give him his gift from me, and I was so glad he loved it!

Our seats!

He’s a huge Steelers fan, so I got us tickets to go to one of the pre-season games in September against the Carolina Panthers at Heinz Field.  We actually went to one last year (my Father’s Day present to him!) and had a blast together.  I never really get time with him the way I’d like to, so this was kind of a selfish gift, but I know he’ll have a blast, too!

The night was finished off with cake & ice cream for the family, and this beauty for me:

love this psu mug!

It had Diet V8, frozen fruit, & spinach in the mix.  YUM-O.

Happy Cinco De Mayo, errbody! ;)

Cabot Reduced Fat Cheeses

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Cabot Cheese was kind enough to send me an awesome package of some of their reduced fat cheeses for me to try out and review for you guys!  I know you’re probably shocked to hear that since cheese is usually off limits to dieters.

cuteness!

Everyone knows that while eating healthy, lots of saturated fat is a no-no.  However, lots of the most tasty foods, such as cheese, are also the ones highest in fat.  Cabot Cheese has made it possible to still enjoy the nutty, hand-crafted flavors while still maintaining your diet.  In fact, low fat dairy is highly recommended when trying to lose weight because it has been proven to help your body burn fat! 

There are even several varieties to choose from, so your tastebuds will never get bored!  In the 50% Reduced Fat category, there is

Reduced Fat Sharp Cheddar

This stuff has a nutty taste, and a great texture.  Not grainy, like some cheeses I’ve tried in the past.  It also melts really well! I could use it in pasta sauces, mixed with eggs in omeletts, or broiled over veggies in the oven!  Amazingly gooey and tastes heavenly all melty.

Reduced Fat Jalapeno/Pepperjack

As you probably know from my daily posts, I have pepperjack light cheese wedges almost every single day, so most of your are fully aware of my love affair with pepperjack cheese!  This stuff is seriously AWESOME .  If you’re looking to add a little spice to your life, this cheese is the way to go.  It even won the U.S. Championship Cheese Contest in March 2007!  Try it in a quesedilla with black beans & onions!  MMmm!
 

Reduced Fat Omega-3 DHA Cheddar

Each one-ounce serving provides 32 mg of renewable, vegetarian source of Omega-3 DHA – giving you 20% of your 160 mg daily requirement of DHA.  Incase you’re a little “behind on the times” ;) Omega-3 DHA is important for normal development and crucial for brain, nervous system, and eye function throughout life.  Alll with the same great taste as the original!  I couldn’t tell the difference!  I loved it grated over my salads at meal time!

You can check here to see where Cabot cheeses are available in a store near you, or just do it the easy way and shop online!  Thanks so much, Sara for giving me a chance to get the Cabot experience! :)

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