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Rest Days.

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Everyone knows that sometimes you just need a rest day.  I had been doing about 8-9 miles everyday for the past 10 days and my body was starting to give me a hard time.  My hips, especially were tight and achy.  I felt as if I had arthritis!  Anyway, I proclaimed Thursday my rest day.  NO GYM for this girl. 

The day started out like any other day.  Filling & crunchy.

Fiber Select + cake batter protein milk.

 I don’t know what it is about this breakfast that satisfies my soul.  Maybe because I used to ALWAYS eat cereal as a kid.  It’s like for the first meal of the day, I’m back in a time when I had no worries or responsibilities…Cereal does it for me!  Granted, then it was more like Lucky Charms or Fruity Pebbles, but you get the picture 😉  What’s your favorite childhood cereal?

 Speaking of childhood, I brought my little pink lunch tote to work containing all of the following goodies:

Packed lunch.

A veggie tub filled with a rainbow of color

Orange pepper, cherry tomatoes, celery, cucumbers, & carrots.

Swimming in some apple cider vinegar mixed with Splenda.

Two dogs.

Hebrew National 97% Fat Free Hot dogs @ 40 calories apiece and 6g protein!  That’s a pretty good calorie to protein ratio if you ask me!

Flat Out Light with Sonoma Jacks Light Pepperjack cheese wedgie.

My snackTAXI is CLEAN!  Finally getting to use it.  No more ziplock baggies for me!! I’m working on getting these in MY SHOP.

Over my actual lunch break, I managed to hit the grocery store & the farmer’s market!  I prefer to buy farmer’s market produce because it’s usually much cheaper than at the grocery store. 

Here’s a shot of what I rounded up!

Fiber Select, Gardenburger veggie patties, 2 gala apples, 2 orange peppers, Walden Farms calorie free chocolate syrup, cherry tomatoes, portabello mushroom caps, Thomas light whole wheat high fiber english muffins, & sugar snap peas.
L-R: head of cauliflower, cantaloupe, strawberries, broccoli, cucumber, alfalfa sprouts, imitation crab meat, & light tofu.

When I got home from work, I put away all the groceries and made myself a snack.

1 gala dipped in 1 Oikos plain + 1/4 C. sf syrup + cinnamon.

Art in a bowl?

tasty.

Next on the agenda was to go support my Mom’s softball team in a home game at my alumni.  It was a beautiful day for a game!  When I arrived, they were in the 4th inning, losing 1-2.

blue skies!

Can anyone spot Momma Freckled Foodie????!

Yep! There she is!

They ended up making a killer comeback and winning the game 10-2.  I think I was the good luck charm because they were losing until I got there 😉  Momma Freckled Foodie agreed.

After the game, I headed home and made some dinnah.

Doesn't this look like an egg mc muffin?

I guess looks are deceiving!  This sandwich is actually a Gardenburger veggie patty with Sonoma Jacks & reduced sugar Heinz ketchup on a whole wheat light english muffin!

Along side my delish burger, I had some peas [& thank you].

vibrant!

I used to have serious pea issues.  Like any other kid, peas & I were enemies at a younger age.  What was an enemy food of yours growing up?

With my dinner, I drank the last of my iced birthday cake coffee.  Time to make another pot!

Okay, so I know I said today was a rest day, but I was antsy.  No one was home and I was bored, so I decided a little LIGHT biking was in order.  No harm in that, right?  Biking is a lot less hip rotation, so it didn’t bother me one bit.  I went downstairs and ended up doing this

bike stats.

while I watched the most recent One Tree Hill episode & facebooked.  So glad Brooke & Julian are back together.

I got a shower, packed my lunch for today, and had dessert.

dark chocolate banana baby.

After consumed, I hit the hay a happy camper. 

Happy Friday, loves!  To start it off on a sweet note for you, let’s announce the Golden Moon Tea winner!

Congrats, Barbara!  Please email me with your mailing address & contact info so I can send you your teas!!  If you DIDN’T win this giveaway, you can still try these awesome flavors, all of which are available in MY SHOP!

 

Pet Peeves.

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Pet Peeve #1: When people are pushy about religious topics & manage to shove their opinions down your throat.

With that being said, I give you the verse of the day.  These verses are posted everyday to give an encouraging word and start your day off on a positive note.  It’s just an aspect of my life that I find valuable and want to share with you, for no other reason but that.

VOD:

“I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end He will stand upon the earth.”

– Job 19:25

Breakfast was an old classic filled with fiber & protein.

Greek yogurt + SF Log Cabin with Fiber Select for crunchy topping.

Lately on the way to work, I’ve been hitting crazy amounts of traffic.  I’m not sure why because I haven’t had issues since winter when the weather conditions weren’t so great.  There have been no accidents, rain, or anything else that would hinder the flow of traffic, but somehow people FORGET how to merge onto the highway. 

Pet Peeve #2:  Drivers who are NOT passing but are content to drive in the left lane, staying even with the people in the right lane & allowing NO one to pass. I lie.  Pet peeve #2 is simply drivers with no common sense in general.

Desk lunch.

 Can you tell I ❤ Fiber Select?  It’s like honey, cinnamon, crunch, and oatmeal flavor all rolled into one filling cereal.

I packed a typical veggie tub of cucumber fries, cherry tomatoes, orange pepper, cauliflower, & 1 single celery stick (from the middle of the bunch, the whitest of the white!) with some homemade honey mustard for dippage.  Then I blended some chocolate mint protein milk (Optimum Nutrition Chocolate Mint + water/ice) for eating with my cereal come lunch time. 

Pet Peeve #3: Being called a “vegetarian” at work because I eat healthy.  Don’t get me wrong, I have absolutely nothing against vegetarians or vegans or any type of eater for that matter, but it’s annoying when the foodie-uneducated just make assumptions and even after CORRECTING them, continue to call you the “vegetarian-weird-health-food-eater“.  Hellooooo, do I get on YOUR case for eating McDonald’s everyday for lunch? No?!  Then leave my veggies, protein shake, & cereal alone, please! Thanks. 

Orange snacky.

These two partners in crime were consumed after work before hitting the gym.

Cinnamony & microwaved.

At the gym, I tried really hard to stay focused on interval work while I was on the elliptical to get the most out of my workout .  I stayed on that sucker for about an hour and 3 minutes doing about 9 miles & burning 710 calories.  No, I don’t aim for a calorie burning goal, more like a distance goal.   

Pet Peeve #4: The girls at the gym who do ABSOLUTELY no work.   They simply walk around sipping their water bottles, talking to all the guys or yapping on their cell phones.  DRIVES ME NUTS!  Who can afford to pay for a gym membership and not even TRULY use it?! Anyone else feel my pain on this one?

After cardio, I hit the machines for a quick circuit:

  • 4 sets of 15 sit ups on the incline bench
    (totals: 60 right elbow to left knee, 60 left elbow to right knee, & 60 middle)
  • 3 sets of 25 hip adductors (110 lbs.)
  • 3 sets of 25 hip abductors (110 lbs)

By the time I got home, I was craving veggies as usual.

I sliced up some cauliflower, sprayed a non-stick baking sheet with Pam, re-sprayed & sprinkled with garlic salt & pepper.  I popped the tray in the oven for about 25 min. at 375º.

  

roasting action.

 

While it was roasting, I ate the last little bit of my noodles (less than a serving!) 

 

Fiber gourmet rotini with Light Ragu.

and threw together a kitchen-sink salad as Iowa Girl would say, with all the veggies I could find in my fridge.

 

topped with homemade honeymustard.

 I found this gorgeous bowl in the cupboard and decided it was DEFINITELY blog worthy. 

 

gorgeous!

Later on, I found out that the bowl was my Mom’s great grandma’s and that if I ever touched it again, I could consider myself crucified. Note to self:  don’t blog bowl search within the FF household.

Before I knew it, a “ding” went off in my head to check the cauliflower.  Perfect timing!

holy deliciousness.

I washed it down with a shamrock shake chocolate mint protein smoothie. Optimum Nutrition strikes again!

Chocolate Mint.

Using the xanthan gum that THIS doll sent me, this shake was so thick and creamy.  Janetha B.  YOU ARE THE GREATEST.  Thanks so much.  I will be ordering this. 

Then, I packed my lunch & my girl Mandy came over to watch past OTH episodes and catch up since it had been awhile since she saw it last.  We watched the episode when Hailey’s mom passes away & it ended in tears for us. 

What to do when you’re feeling sad?  HAVE DESSERT, of course 😉

I made Mandy a thin mint milk shake with vanilla ice cream, girl scout cookies, & some peppermint syrup + milk.  For myself?  Why, I TOO indulged in a girl scout cookie flavored dessert 😉

Boo yahh.

Deep chocolate Vitatop topped with a mixture of Oikos greek yogurt + Walden Farms calorie free chocolate syrup + SF peppermint syrup.  Duhh.  Heavenly.

Sooo guysssssss that was my night….now, tell me…

What are some of YOUR pet peeves?

Allen’s Vegetables + Recipe Contest!

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Exciting news in the wonderful world of vegetables!  The largest privately held vegetable company in the nation, Allens, Inc. has announced that it will be holding a FEAST YOUR VEGGIES ON THIS recipe contest in which the finalists will be judged on innovation, flavor, and visual appeal for a chance to win a ONE YEAR SUPPLY of Allens brand vegetables. 

Runner ups will receive a SIX month supply!  In celebration of the contest, Allens was kind enough to send me three of their tasty blend to try out! 

Allens is a family-owned and operated company, which I’m a total fan of and are headquartered in Siloam Springs, AR with a wide variety of canned goods and frozen blends, along with seasoned blends and original varieties.  Almost anything you can think of!  Greens, beans, hominy, cabbage, carrots, peas, succotash, and potatoes.  I didn’t even put a DENT in the full list!  The three cans that I received included:  Seasoned Pinto Beans with Vidalia Onions, Seasoned Green Beans & Potatoes with Vidalia Onions, and Squash with Vidalia Onions.  Good thing I like vidalias, huh!? 🙂

Squash with Vidalia Onions

First up was my favorite.  I absolutely LOVE squash.  I love it even more when I don’t have to prepare & season it myself! The convenience of these cans which are already seasoned to perfection make quick and easy side dishes that make pulling together a healthy dinner easy peasy. 

Each serving is only 25 calories!  That’s probably for the better since I could eat the entire can in one sitting.  No shame.  Haha.  It’s okay!  They’re vegeeeeeetables.  The only thing you have to be careful of is the sodium content.  Being canned, I expected those stats to be a lot worse, though!

Another weird note:  I liked this cold!  Straight from the can.  I’ll bet it’s yummy warm though, too! 

Seasoned Pinto Beans with Vidalia Onions.

Seasoned Pinto Beans with Vidalia Onions.  This had mexican dish written all over it.  As you may remember, I used mine to make bean burritos

Perfection!

and mexican salads!  Deeelish.  The onions in these canned goods aren’t overwhelming and strong.  They’ve got more of a subtle sweet taste that only adds to the spices and beany flavoring. 

They’re packed with protein & fiber, as you can see:

And contain 20% of your DV Iron in just 110 calories!

Last but not least, we’ve got the Seasoned Green Beans & Potatoes with Vidalia Onions.

Seasoned Green Beans & Potatoes with Vidalia Onions

Being that I’m not particularly a fan of white potatoes, I tossed those from the can and just ate the green beans and onions.  Don’t worry!  They didn’t go to waste.  I microwaved them for about 1 min. added a splash of milk and butter, mashed them, added a dash of parsley, and served them to the ff sister, who DOESN’T even like onions, but LOVES mashed potatoes.  She asked me when I had time to make homemade mashed potatoes?! Haha.  When I told her they were from a can containing a food that she despised, she couldn’t believe it!  That’s how mild the oniony taste is.  The green beans were good by themselves too!  If you like home cookin’, these seasoned blends are for you.  They taste buttery and homemade just like the ones you get on holidays with rare family get-togethers.

However, unlike the fat laden dishes around the family table,  this green bean medley has just 40 calories per serving along with 10% of your DV Vitamin C!  Sodium again, is a little high, but what do you expect from the canned stuff?

As I was trying these products on their own, I was conjuring up alllll kinds of different ways I could use them in some KILLER recipes.  I know you guys are creative, so now is your chance to be rewarded for it!  Here’s how to enter:

To enter the contest, all you have to do is complete an entry form online or you can send a post card or 3X5 index card with your name, address, and contact information, along with your original recipe to: The Allens Feast Your Veggies on This Contest c/o 6110 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus Ohio, 43231 or you can post it on Allens’ Facebook wall!  You’ve gotta hustle, though!  Contest ends May 15, 2010 and winners will be chosen June 1st!   For more information, checkout the website!  Thanks for the info, and hooking us up, Lesley!

Centennial Ball: Wardrobe Help?

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Verse of the Day:
“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death— even death on a cross!”
Philippians 2:5-8
 
This verse reminded me of something brought to my attention in Sunday School a few weeks ago.  We need to have a servant’s heartSelfless love.  Thinking of others first ALL the time and humbling ourselves.  Which, ironically was what our preacher spoke on this past Sunday.  God must be trying to tell me I really need to work on this!
Yesterday started off like any other day.  I began it the best way I knew how. 

cereal & strawberry cake batter protein shake.

Work was work, and the only thing notable about the time I was there was my epic lunch & iced Birthday Cake coffee.

sweet bean dip + veggies.

 bean dip = 1/2 C. fat free refried beans + sf log cabin.  perfect protein dippage.

all stacked up.

tub of veggies = broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, cherry tomato, yellow pepper, & cukes (on the bottom layer).

Oh yeah, and I spoke with the MFFS (middle freckled foodie seester).  We’ve been planning a weekend trip for me to visit her at school for awhile now, and this weekend seemed to be one of the last opportunities.  She will be coming home in like 2 weeks!  This Saturday also happens to be their Centennial Ball, which she invited me to on Saturday night.  SO EXCITING.  Call me lame, but I missed out on the whole college experience and I’d technically be graduating this year!

Anyway, I need help.  Not sure what type of dress to look for?  Votes are welcome & appreciated!!

I think numbers 2 & 3 are my faves.  What’s your opinion?

Anyway, when I got home last night I changed into workout gear & headed out to the gym.  After an hour & five on the elliptical at various levels (I did some intervals at 7, 9, 10 & 11), some ab work (planks, v-ups, & in-and-outs), I left for home.  Again, I wasn’t hungry for a snack between work & the gym?  I think my lunches are doing a good job of keeping me full!

When I got home, I was craving eggs for some reason, so I cooked up a broccoli, laughing cow, mushroom, & onion omelett with Egg Beaters!

Step 1: saute veggies in water & PAM.
Step 2: Add Egg Beaters.
Step 3: Cook until golden brown.
Step 4: Plate omelett & serve with reduced sugar ketchup.

I had these two cucumber butts to use, since they were on their last legs:

butts.

Soooo, along side my omelett, I had a lettuce-less salad topped with raspberry balsamic vinaigrette that I made from SF Raspberry Torani syrup & balsamic vinegar.

veggies? check!

 After dinner, I showered up and did some laundry/dishes.  I also packed today’s lunch and finally sat down with my dessert & laptop to watch Biggest Loser and upload some bloggie pictures.

healthy gourmet.

Since it was such a hit last time, I decided to reinact yesterday’s dessert, only I spruced up the presentation a lil bit.  It’s simply a deep chocolate Vitatop (100 calories) topped with chocolate mousse (aka plain greek yogurt mixed with calorie free chocolate syrup) and a plump, juicy strawberry. MMMMMMM.

Before I forget!! The winner of the Custom Choice Cereal giveaway isssss…

Congratulations, Broccoli Hut!! Please email me when you get a chance so I can help you redeem your prize.

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood….(who else used to watch Mr. Rogers!?)

Hope you enjoy it!

I’m A Murderer.

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Verse of the Day:  

“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.” 

– Luke 19:10 

It’s official.  I have slain a live animal.  On my way to the gym yesterday after work, I hit my first squirrel 😦  I swear it came from out of no where!! I was just about in tears.  I was praying that it didn’t suffer at all and I’m pretty sure it didn’t, considering I looked in my rear-view mirror and saw something pretty ugly.  This is going to sound absurd, but the blogger in me seriously contemplated going back to document aka photograph the accident so you guys could mourn the animal death with me. HA. 

Anyway, I guess we’ll start at the beginning

Breakfast yesterday was pretty boring.  But cereal is exciting for me!  Any other cereal lovers out there?! 

in my new, hand-painted bowl!

In place of milk, I use water blended with 4 ice cubes + 1 scoop Cake Batter Optimum Nutrition protein powder.  LOVE that protein! 

When I got to work, I sipped on this AWESOME iced Caftea Birthday Cake coffee I mixed with a little SF Vanilla Torani Syrup at my desk. 

My snackTAXI is in the washing machine, so I shamefully opted for a ziplock baggie for my wrap!  Don’t worry, though, I use them over & over again!

Lunch was some steamfresh broccoli topped with reduced sugar ketchup with 3/4C. egg beaters + reduced sugar ketchup mixed, along with a La Tortilla Factory low-carb high fiber wheat wrap with a wedge of Sonoma Jacks pepperjack cheese & Splenda. 

I opened my mail when I got home from work to find this exciting package from Lainie at Eggland’s Best

100 Winning Recipes!

It’s the 2010 Pillsbury Bake-Off 100 Winning Recipes Cookbook!  Just a little reminder, you can actually WIN YOUR OWN by submitting a recipe on the Eggland’s Best site, as I announced in this post, by April 30th

After scanning through the pages, I got changed and hit the gym for an hour of cardio on the elliptical.  For some reason, I wasn’t hungry for a snack between work & the gym today. 

On the way home, I stopped at the grocery store, mainly because I was craving a big bowl of veggies for dinner and my produce stash was completely depleted.  

Dinner.

It was a huge, beautiful bowl with just about each color of the rainbow represented 🙂  Broccoli, cauliflower, yellow pepper, tomato, cucumber, and spring mix on the bottom.  I topped the bowl with homemade honey mustard (1/4 C. SF syrup + mustard to taste) mixed with 1 whole can of light tuna.  

Post dinner plans were to shower, pack my lunch, and relax.  Our house was finally alllllllmost finished.  Now all that’s left to do it put the trim back on.  The hardwood floors are in, the hallway/living room is painted, and all of our photos have been re-hung! Check it out:

 

Hallway.

Living room.

Other side of the living room.

After admiring all the beauteous additions to our home (props to Poppa Freckled Foodie!),  I decided it was time for dessert.  I picked up some fresh strawberries at the grocery store, and knew exactly what I wanted to make. 

Deeelish.

Sliced strawberries + frozen deep chocolate Vitatop topped with Oikos mixed with Calorie Free chocolate syrup from Walden Farms. 

Holy yum.

For some reason I prefer my Vitatops cold/frozen as opposed to warmed in the microwave? All I know is, this was the perfect ending to my Monday!  I caught up on Dancing With The Stars and One Tree Hill while consuming this, which only made it that much more enjoyable.  There’s some crazy stuff going on in the OTH world!!  Totally scandalous 😉 

Any OTH fans out there?  I missed part of the episode, so fill me in!! Maybe I’ll watch it online tonight 😉

 

Golden Moon Tea Review & Giveaway!

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Thanks so much to Sylvia from Golden Moon Tea for sending me some of their traditional, Tigerwing 5 Flavor Sampler to review!  Golden Moon also has many different loose leaf varieties of tea, in fact, that’s what they specialize in!  However, I don’t have a steeper (I know, what kind of blogger am I!?!), so they kindly sent the bagged version for me to try.  This tea is organic and contains Yerba Matte in each teabag!

Tigerwing 5 Tea Sampler

  • ChocoMint
    A Delicious, Powerful Rocket to Wow
  • Taro Vanilla Cream
    Free Your Mind, Free Your Heart
  • Coconut Kava Cream
    Upload Your Spirit Into the World
  • Calmation
    See All. Know all. Don’t care.
  • Crouching Dragon, Hidden Dragonfruit
    1/2 Dragon, 1/2 Tangy, 1/2 High Energy and Not So Good at Math

This weekend, I made it appoint to try them all! I’m definitely a tea/coffee drinker, and LOVE a strong, flavorful blend to start out my morning on the right foot to sip along with my breakfast!

Typically I prefer Green Tea, flavored with fruit, but I tried to keep an open mind 😉  I knew which one I wanted to try first and second because they caught my eye!  I LOVE chocolate + mint together, so I figured it would be a safe bet.  The ChocoMint ended up being my favorite!  It was subtle, but enough that I could distinctly pick out BOTH the mint and chocolate flavors.  Not overpowering in the tea, but easily detectable. 

Second, I sampled the Coconut Kava Cream, but I’m a cocoNUT.  I was hoping for a strong coconutty taste in this one, almost tropical to taste, and I was not let down ONE bit.  The rich, dark taste with a HINT of sweetness was perfect.  I did take the sweetness in mine to the next level with a touch of Splenda, but it was like a dessert! 

I was not a fan of the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragonfruit tea for some reason.  It was infused with pomegranate and dragonfruit, two things that I typically can appreciate, flavor-wise.  It’s known to promote focus and energy along with helping to reduce cholesterol, cancer risk and arthritis.  I think my issue with this flavor was that it overwhelmed the tea. 

Calmation was simply delightful.  This is like relaxation in a cup.  The lavendar and creamy vanilla taste of this beverage completely calm the mind and allow you to savor each sip.  If you’ve got a sweet tooth, I recommend this flavor! 

Loaded with antioxidants, which will help improve your immune system, the Taro Vanilla Cream tea has a slightly watered down taste to it.  I would definitely use two bags next time.  I think the vanilla taste was actually more prevalent in the Calmation blend than this one.  Maybe because of the lavendar enhancement?

This fabulous tea can be bought in my SHOP!

Golden Moon is so generous, that they have offered to giveaway one tin of their famous Tippy Earl Grey tea to one lucky Freckled Foodie reader!  For entries to this giveaway, which will end on Friday, April 30, 2010, you have FOUR options:

  1. Check out the Golden Moon website and leave me a comment with the name of the tea that you’d most like to try.
  2. Become a fan of Golden Moon Tea on Facebook.  Then leave me a comment telling me you’ve done so.
  3. Tweet about this giveaway or link back on your blog and leave me a comment telling me you’ve done so.
  4. Add me to your blogroll.

 

SnackTAXI Winner & Weekend Hilights!

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Verse of the Day:

“Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.”

– Hebrews 7:25

I know you’re all super psyched to find out who won an adorable snackTAXI, so I gueeeeeeeeeessss I won’t keep you in suspense for any longer 🙂

Orrrr maybe I will. 

My weekend didn’t exactly go as planned, but it was fabulous none-the-less.

Plans:

Friday: Movie with a friend ended up being a chill night

after I snacked on these: 

Chococonut Granola Bar from Nature's Path

 +

 

Pitted date = nature's candy.

for fuel and hitting the gym. 

Saturday: Softball tournament with the fam ended up being a trip to Lancaster with my girl, Mandy for some shopping.

Abercrombie is seriously dangerous for my wallet.

 We spent most of our time at the Park City Mall, but we also hit some adorable vintage stores beforehand and I used the bathroom in a Health Foods store, where I couldn’t resist buying some of these bars:

SCORE.

Two of the very same dress, because they were on a GREAT sale & I couldn't decide between colors.

Gnu Bars!

I also got to pick up my painted cereal bowl from Jen’s Potery Den,

The crackle paint is my fave.

which I’m pretty pumped about.  It turned out pretty cute, don’t you agree?

move over, Anthropologie 😉

 

Sunday: Rest day ended up at the gym, then finishing up work on the house,

Little sister Freckled Foodie messing with the drill!

& then a movie night with Ry. 

Epic.

We saw “Date Night“, which I thought was hysterical.  Tina Fey + Steve Carell is a winning combination. 

Eats were sporadic, yet delectable and for the most part, well-balanced.

I took part in some chocolate eating, naturally 😉:

Banana Fudge Vitatop = 100 calories.

Diana's Banana Babies = 130 calories.

Some GREAT salads with some produce I picked up at the Farmer’s Market on Friday during my lunch break:

Alfalfa sprouts, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, cauliflower, & broccoli with Raspberry Balsamic Vinegar.

Broccoli, carrots, alfalfa sprouts, snap peas, tomato, & homemade honey mustard.

andddddd a NOT SO GREAT $10 salad from the Saladworks at the Food Court in the mall.

Skimpy on the toppings! Green beans, baby spinach, carrots, chickpeas, cherry tomatoes, and cucumber with balsamic light on the side.

The crusty wheat roll that came with it was pretty yummy though.  It came out all warm and soft on the inside with a flaky crust.  Washed down with Diet Green Tea.

Guess it’s just proof that if you want something done right, you’ve gotta do it yourself! 😉

Some other random eats from the weekend included:

Fiber Gourmet Rotini + Green Beans & Light Ragu.

Strawberry protein shake poured over 1 C. of Fiber Select for breakfast.

Simple breakfasts are what I crave.  I ❤ cereal, what can I say?!

Loupe eaten 1/2 at at time 😉

Scooped out with a spoon!

Gala apple.

Sweet, crunchy and juicy!

And nowwwwww the snackTAXI winner.  Since you’ve been so patient 😉

CONGRATS, TAYDOR TOTT 😉 Please email me your address so I can ship you your own snackTAXI!

I hope all of your weekends were as sweet as mine!  Even if everything didn’t quite go “as planned” 😉

Happy Monday!

Isn’t it nice to be appreciated?

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Verse of the Day:

“It is written: ” ‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will confess to God.”

– Romans 14:11

How awesome is it to realize that someday everyone will bow down to Him?!  That is going to be QUITE the sight, if you ask me 🙂

Also, I realized this morning, I totally forgot to show you all the beautiful flowers that our office gave me for “Administrative Assistant’s Day” 🙂 

Aren't they sweet!?

Nothing like a gorgeous set of flowers to brighten up a work day! 

I love the heart that it is shaped into!

Oh, and now my bamboo has a buddy 😉

Date Night.

Anyway, it’s FRIDAY! Can’t wait to start the weekend.  Only about 7 more hours to go!  Tonight, I’m going out to see Date Night with a guy friend after my workout at the gym.  I’ve heard good things and hope it lives up to the ratings!  I love Tina Fey and Steve Carell, so I’m thinking it can’t be bad!

Back to yesterday’s eats.  When I got home from work, I had a snack wrap of laughing cow with sugar free blackberry jam on a flat out light.

pre-jam.

+

golden delicious.

Not as good as gala, but it did the trick and fueled me with some carbs for my workout!

I befriended my stationary bike, yet again, trying to avoid the same workout two days in a row (elliptical/gym machines).  I biked for about an hour, catching up on my Facebook page & watching “Friends“.

I decided it was time to refuel after burning off about 300 calories.

enter: orange carb. 

sweet tater.

I’m digging how clear my photos have been thanks to the glorious sunshineee.

enter: sweet protein.

fat free cottage cheese

1/2 C. = 70 calories, 0g fat, 12g protein.

Eaten straight from the container. I know, classy, right?

 What can I say?  I was home by myself and I didn’t feel like making extra dishes.  There were already several waiting for me in the sink from the family that were used while I was at work. Yippee.  Probably ate 1.5 servings + some drizzled crack SF Log Cabin. 

I was bored with nothing else to do, so I went back to watch some episodes on the laptop.  I also downloaded the new Robert Pattinson movie, “Remember Me” while I biked for another hour, burning another 300 calories

Time for more protein!  And I had some cake batter on the brain.

Protein Shake

Small handful berries + spinach + 1 scoop Optimum Nutrition cake batter whey protein.

SLAMMIN’.

I also knew I needed some veggies in my life, so I opted for some steamfresh cauliflower out of the freezer.

I wanted something creamy, so I blended the cauliflower with some Sugar Free syrup & cinnamon for an oatmeal tasting flavor.

Cauliflower soup!

Sounds & looks gross, tastes awesome.

Almost looks like applesauce?

Next time, I’m going to microwave some chopped apple & add it to the mixture.  I think that’ll be like apple cinnamon oatmeal!!?  YUMMMMM.

Next on the checklist was a shower.  A much desired one at that.  I could seriously fall asleep in the shower or bath.  Anytime.  Not in any other than my own, obvi.

I jumped into my coziest pair of sweats and decided to embark on some coffee making for refrigeration and successful iced coffee creation later down the road.

Caftea.

This was no ordinary coffee though,

this was Caftea Birthday Cake coffee!

brewing!

UHHHHHmazing.  I knew just by the aroma that it was going to be fantastic.  Buttery, sweetness filled the air.  You can buy this in my OpenSky Shop if you’d like to try it!   SERIOUSLYYou’ll love it.

I settled down and unwound, sipping my coffee, by packing my lunch.

the line up.

Typical suspects: Veg tubsliced yellow pepper, broccoli, cherry tomato, carrots, and cucumbers; FF cottage cheese+sugar free syrup+cinnamon; Fiber Select for crunchy cottage cheese topping; Homemade honey mustard for veg. dippin’

I also realized, I have not been photographing my breakfasts.  NOOOO this does not mean, I’m not EATING them.  I just am usually in a rush in the morning, trying to get everything ready for work and forget to snap a pic when it’s something I don’t have prepared ahead of time.  As of late, it’s been the same thing every morning anyway, because it keeps me full for EVER and tastes yummy everytime.  Simply a protein shake with 1C. Fiber Select mixed in.  The shake trumps milk on my cereal because of the 24g of protein!  Don’t worry, it’s got Calcium, too!

 

Reminder!  Only a few days left to enter my snackTAXI and Custom Choice Cereal giveaways!! If you don’t act quickly, you might miss out on Danica’s giveaway of these neat Furochic reuseable gift wraps!

Happy Friday to you all!  Any exciting weekend plans?  In my future, I’m seeing Date Night, gym plans, softball games, and outdoor adventures for the weekend! 😉

Quick Note!

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Eggland’s Best is having a Mother’s Day Recipe Contest!

All you have to do is click here & submit:

  • A full list of ingredients with amounts/measurements.
  • A description of how to prepare the recipe.
  • Any additional notes and suggestions.
  • The number of servings your recipe will yield.
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    Entries must be submitted by April 30, 2010 for your chance to The winning recipe will win 3 months free Eggland’s Best eggs and cookbook of the Top 100 Pillsbury Bake-Off recipes! !  Not to mention, YOUR recipe will be featured on the Eggland’s Best homepage!

    Thanks to Lainie for the heads up on this neat contest!

     

     

    The Skinny Chef!

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    There are many types of “heathy eating” cookbooks on the market right now, but this one from The Skinny Chef , Jennifer Iserloh, is much more than that.  She knows what it’s like to fluctuate and struggle with stubborn excess pounds, but she has accumulated several tips for success along with lip smacking combos that she wants to share with America! It’s a guide for a healthy LIFESTYLE (NO YO-YO DIETING included ;)), defeating several common myths on the topic:

    Secrets of a Skinny Chef!

    Myth #1: Healthy, nutrition-packed meals don’t taste delicious »
    This myth has real staying power. I’m sure everyone has a story where they’ve eaten something that wasn’t exactly tasty just to please a health-conscious friend. But healthy cooking doesn’t have to be flavorless, strange or exotic – you can use ingredients that you already know and love plus many others that you’ll find in a regular grocery store. So leave it to a chef – make that the Skinny Chef – to introduce you to decadent tasting, nutrition-packed, home cooked meals that you can enjoy guilt free!

    Lean Chicken Enchiladas.

    Myth #2: Cooking healthy foods is expensive and time-consuming»
    Most people rarely cook at home, so the thought of getting started in their own kitchens seems daunting. What people seem to have forgotten are the pleasures of using their hands to prepare and enjoy simple, delicious meals at home, made from scratch with seasonable produce in the same amount of time it takes to get to the drive-through. Trust a professional chef and recipe developer to make even the beginning cook a star in the kitchen and provide the seasoned cook with new ideas for their trusted recipes!

    Banana Cream Pie.

    Myth #3: I need to completely change my life to take advantage of this book’s lessons »
    The book is really a how-to eating manual that provides a framework to adapt and use outside of these recipes. While my strategies may change your life, I actually encourage you to start with very small, manageable changes that make sense right now.

    Steak & Potatoes.

    Not only does she EXPLAIN why these statements are false, but she PROVES them through her 100 delectable recipes from cover to cover of this book.

    Frozen Coconut Yogurt.

    I mean, honestly, who’s mouth ISN’T watering after oogling the pictures of her masterpieces throughout this post?

    The fun doesn’t stop with just recipes, however!  You’ll also get the low down on:

  • Six Principles to Healthy Eating – Understand the simple guidelines that underlie what you should be eating, guidelines that work for everyone in every situation.
  • Skinny Secrets – Tap into more than 100 secrets taken from my experiences working in restaurant kitchens, as a private chef, as a recipe developer and lifelong home cook.
  • 100 Delicious Recipes – Just because it tastes good doesn’t mean it’s not healthy. Throughout my recipes, I will show you that eating healthy isn’t as hard or time consuming as you think.
  • Healthy Shopping List – ready to print out and take to the grocery store so that you’re never at a loss of what to put in your cart.
  • Cooking Secrets – specialized tricks from professional cooks that will make your foods taste amazing, without adding on pounds!
  • The best part is?

  • NO calorie, fat, or carb tracking
  • NO weird diet “foods”
  • NO insane workouts
  • NO pills or potions
  • Just vibrant, tasty, healthy food you’ll love!
  • Thanks to Aimee and The Skinny Chef, I received my very own Secrets of a Skinny Chef book in the mail recently!  I can’t wait to start cooking up some Skinny Chef recipes!

    For your OWN copy of this awesome book, you can order online and have it shipped right to you from any of these places!