Good afternoon bloggies!

First of all, head over to Iowa GIrl Eats’ Amy’s Kitchen giveaway to win some yummy Amy’s products!!

Last night I had a delicious pumpkin pie parfait for dessert!

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As usual, I mixed 1/2 cup of pumpkin with one egg white and some pumpkin pie spice and microwaved it for 4 minutes. While it was caking-up, I mixed a few dollops of plain Fage with vanilla extract and more pumpkin pie spice. Topped off with a plank of Kashi Pumpkin Spice Flax crunchy granola bar – yummmm :0)
I used the Farmer’s Market (I think that’s the brand) organic pumpkin instead of my usual Libby’s and noticed a difference – it cooked through more, but didn’t taste as good. I wonder why? Weird.
Breakfast was on the small side since I was heading to the gym pretty soon after:
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3 egg whites + plain LC wedge and Frank’s, half a Fuji with cinnamon, and half a multigrain English muffin with Truvia and cinnamon

I took it super easy at the gym:
  • 20 minutes on the stair mill at level 5, rolling hills setting
  • 20 minutes on the elliptical at level 7, random setting
  • 1 mile run in 9:29:
  • – Lap 1 at 6.0mph, incline 2
  • – Lap 2 at 6.2mph, incline 1.5
  • – Lap 3 at 6.4mph, incline 1
  • – Lap 4 at 6.6mph, incline 0.5
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Healthy tuna salad with iceberg in a Joseph’s wrap with frozen blueberries

I was feeling pretty bossy today a la a certain Snackface. Plus I was off to the dentist and wanted to feel good about myself before squirming in pain for 30 minutes.
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Status Symbol by Essie

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Boots by Steve Madden

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Outfit by Italy street market, Hanes, Forever 21, and American Apparel

After the most painful dental cleaning of my life and wondering what I ever did to offend this woman, I comforted myself with a pair of new jeans. Going back to school in a few days = packing in the shopping while I can.
Snackytime:
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Fuji with PB2!!!!

PB2 Opinion
Taste: I tried it on its own first – not exactly like peanut butter, but pretty close, and good in its own way. On the apple, I couldn’t tell the difference at all! 5/5.
Texture: Exactly like creamy peanut butter. 5/5.
Fill Factor: With an apple, I’m satisfied and sure it will hold me until dinner. 4/5.
Ingredients: “Roasted peanuts, salt, and sugar.” Nothing funky at all! Could do without the sugar, but no biggie. 4/5.
Nutrition:
Per 2 tablespoons, 50 calories, 2g of fat (0g saturated, trans, and polyunsaturated, 1g monounsaturated), less than .1mg of cholesterol, 80mg of sodium, 3g carbs (0g fiber and 2g from sugar), 6g of protein!. 4/5.
Overall: Loved it! I’m so happy I tried it out – I’ll definitely be ordering a jar! I can’t wait to try it in other things!
5/5.


See you all after dinner!
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Last night I obviously had a bedtime snack!

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Pumpkin Pie Parfait!

Also known has 1/2 cup of pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, and one egg white microwaved for 4 minutes, topped with plain Chobani mixed with vanilla extract and TruVia and sprinkled with a Kashi Pumpkin Spice Flax granola plank. Yum.

I really wanted waffles for breakfast but I opened the freezer and tried not to cry when there weren’t any :(. I was in a bit of a time crunch, so making some was a no-go. I settled.

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MultiGrain Cheerios with skim and frozen blueberries

I never had blue milk before this morning! I had a doctor’s appointment, after which my mom and I headed into New Haven to have lunch at Claire’s Corner Copia, a fairly famous vegetarian restaurant. Sorry for the BlackBerry pictures!

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I had the roasted vegetable salad with feta, which came with a grainy roll (not sure if it was multigrain or whole wheat?) and an iced tea. Honestly, it wasn’t good. The vegetables were pretty oily – so much so that the bed of spinach they came on got soaked. The veggies were cold. I don’t get cold roasted vegetables? They were also pretty tasteless because of the oil – I really don’t understand why people drench things in oil. It takes all the flavor out! Regardless, I was starving and ate all the veggies minus the peppers but left most of the lettuce and half the feta (there was a lot more than pictured). I also had half of the roll, which is a lot bigger than it looks. The roll was the best part! It was warm and so doughy, fluffy and chewy – perfect bread! I took the other half home.
After running some errands, I was still hungry when we got home, so I snacked on an exceptionally good Fuji before some nappage occured:

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Eventually I got up and made a random dinner:

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Egg white scramble with broccoli, onion, half an LC French Onion wedge and organic ketchup, plus the other half of my roll – half with strawberry jelly and half with the other half of the LC French Onion wedge

I heated up the bread in the microwave and it was still so.damn.good. Best bread ever? Maybe.
I was planning on taking today off from the gym, but I got so bored I ended up getting dressed, but then talking myself out of it again. I went back and forth for a while until Grey’s came on Lifetime and made my decision for me. Of course I got exhausted right after that so it was a good call. I just snacked on some carrots and sriracha:
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Andddd now I’m passing out. Good night!
PS. I’m super excited for breakfast tomorrow! Something new!

Yes, I said it.

But first, yesterday. Nothing super special, aside from a day off from exercise.

Breakfast:

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1/2 granny smith with cinnamon, 3 egg whites with LC Garlic & Herb on WW toast

Lunch:

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Hummus and hot sauce quesadilla, steamed carrots and green beans with S&P

So simple but so so good. Steamed carrots are amazing. Fresh green beans are amazing. And all they need is a little s&p.

I also snacked on a clemmie on the way out the door to run some errands. Lack of physical activity + slight tummyache = late and comforting dinner.

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2 Kashi waffles with Peanut Butter & Co.’s Mighty Maple and a pear.

Have you seen Away We Go? I Netflixed it over a week ago but never got around to watching it until last night. It’s really good – not what I was expecting, but so good. John Krasinski is (aside from gorgeous) a great actor. I’d only ever seen him in “The Office” but he has a great range. It was also great to see Maya Rudolph in a non-goofy fun role – she’s great too. I didn’t expect them to have chemistry on screen, but they definitely do. They’re really cute. I highly suggest this movie!

I woke up this morning to some yoga – YogaDownload.com’s Shoulder Opener #1. Lovely. Then I made breakfast. Uh. Maze. Ing.

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Pumpkin Pie Parfait

Using Kath’s recipe as a base, I mixed 1/2 cup of pumpkin with 1 egg white with a tiny bit of TruVia and pumpkin pie spice and microwaved for about 4 minutes. I plopped a vanilla Chobani on top and then crumbled a Kashi Pumpkin Spice granola bar on top.
Now I’m watching Julie & Julia and loving it and wanting to go to Paris now more than ever. Plus i love Stanley Tucci.
The lobster scene is HILARIOUS. We actually did that last Christmas – steamed live lobsters. Well, my step-dad did. Grandma had the biggest problem with it, but she was also on her third cocktail so it may have been exaggerated.
“The day there is a meteorite rushing toward Earth and we have thirty days to live, I am going to spend it eating butter.” Yes, me too. Until then, I’ll cut back in order to live for that day.
Have a great day!

I hope everyone that celebrates is enjoying their night :0)

Dinner part two last night was muy delicioso:

HUGE chopped fuji, Fage, Kashi Heart to Heart

Sooo good. I really liked splitting my dinner into two parts.  I got more in nutrient-wise and didn’t snack again before bed – my apple crisp kept me really satisfied the rest of the night.  I didn’t sleep any better though :(.

I woke up and waited over an hour to eat breakfast, which ended up being a shocker.

Just kidding.

Pomegranate Chobani with Kashi Heart to Heart

I waited til around 11:30 to head to the gym.  My quads were kind of tired this morning, and so was the rest of me, but I figured I’d get into it.  On my way over, I figured I’d do 4 miles.  However, I’m officially bored of the treadmill.  I ended up doing a circuit, per usual:

  • 2 miles in 18:28
  • 10 minutes walking at 3.5mph at incline 8
  • 15 minutes on the stair mill
  • 15 minutes on the elliptical

I was STARVING and cranky when I got home.  My quesadilla could not cook quickly enough.  It’s ugly, I warn you.

La Tortilla Factory wrap with 1/2 cup black beans, diced tomatoes, plain LC wedge, guacamole

Told you.  Is it too late to ask Santa for a quesadilla maker?

For next time: leave out the diced tomatoes, add back in the salsa, maybe Fage in the wrap?  And definitely some Frank’s.

My brother and I watched Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (again) while we waited for dinner .. 3 hours later.  I snacked on some fruit:

banana, grapes, clemmie

Christmas Eve dinner was so good!  I had a baked (in the oven!) sweet potato that tasted like it had butter and maple syrup on it – but not, just nature.  I might write an ode to the sweet potato one day …

Anyway, I also had some green beans with salt and pepper and Omaha Steaks scallop and crap stuffed sole.  YUM.  I heart seafood. No pic.

My step-dad picked up some French ice cream and sorbet dishes from a French bakery nearby.  Honestly, ice cream in the winter does not appeal to me at all.  There was vanilla and chocolate ice cream and raspberry and strawberry sorbet.  I had a taste of my brother’s vanilla – odd texture and way too sweet.  Almost chemically – ick.  Instead, I heated up some apple crisp – shocking, I know.

1/2 a fuji and a Kashi Pumpkin Spice Flax granola plank

I don’t know why I waited so long to try the Pumpkin Spice Flax flavor – it’s so good!  I guess I’m just in love with Honey Toasted 7 Grain.  I’m going to wait to taste it on its own before I do a full review.

Now I’m watching Love Actually per my self-imposed tradition and heading to bed.  Merry Christmas!

Dinner was soooo great! Did you guess what it was?

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Spaghetti squash!

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The smaller half filled my snowman bowl – 2 cups of stringy squashy goodness!
I cut my squash in half, filled a pyrex dish with about an inch of water, and put both sides rind-side up. 40 minutes at 350 degrees later, I had the most amazing faux pasta!
We were out of tomato sauce, but my mom made me some out of diced tomatoes and spices. I added half a pack of TrueVia and some fresh garlic.
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Spaghetti squash with tomato sauce and parm, plus steamed brussel sproutes with S&P

I added more sauce and parm after the pic. I was really craving marinara and parm, but not necessarily pasta. When we were at the grocery store yesterday, I made sure to pick up my first spaghetti squash for a healthy alternative. It was great! And I’m so glad I still have the other half of the squash to devour :0).
Dessert followed quickly and was just as delish!
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Peaches, Fage, granola, cinnamon, and vanilla.
  • A little over a cup of frozen peaches (the last of the bag)
  • 3/4ish cup of Plain 0% Fage
  • 1 Kashi Honey Toasted 7 Grain granola plank
  • Cinnamon
  • Vanilla

SO SO SO GOOD. I heated up the peaches for 2 minutes and then threw everything else on top. The yogurt melted and absorbed the sweetness of the peaches, vanilla, and cinnamon. Nomnomnom I’m sad that was the last of the peaches now, but I think I’m going to stop at the grocery store tomorrow for a few other things I forgot to pick up the other night. I also have to finish my Christmas shopping! With approximately 0 dollars. Why am I always broke??

I’m still not full – those five miles are finally catching up to me. I’m going to head to the gym early because I’m headed into New Haven to (watch my friend) shop. Early to bed! … After a snack.

So after I was starving for dinner and sitting in traffic trying to get a mile across campus, I was relieved to finally reach the dining hall.  I should not have been.

I just wanted a huge salad, as I’ve been craving the past few days.  The salad bar (at the “best” dining hall) had NOTHING.  I almost cried.  I loaded my plate with iceberg, broccoli and mushrooms, thinking at least salsa and hummus could save this salad.  Nope.  There was neither.  REALLY?  There was sriracha that I poured on – something I’ve never seen on campus before – but no hummus or salsa.  So angry. I spotted some french onion soup and grabbed a bowl.

I ate a few bites of the most bland salad ever before giving up on moving onto the soup.  It was ok, considering it was definitely condensed from a can filled with sodium.  If only my mouth hadn’t been on fire from the sriracha I poured on trying to get some flavor on that hot mess of a salad.  Fail.  I ate a small apple and downed my water, trying to fill up for my meeting so that I wouldn’t be starving.  I was actually satisfied and made it through my hour plus-long meeting just fine.

But as soon as I got home I made a huge snack – giant yogurt fruit bowl time!  I think this is how I got through chapter …
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1/2 cup plain 0% Chobani, a kiwi, half of a Red Anjou pear, two strawberries, and half a Kashi Honey 7 Grain granola plank.

Glorious.  Justttt what I needed.

I was low on grains today?  Weird for me.  This counts.

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Kashi, I want to build you a shrine.  Everything you make is just so amazing and I love the fact that I can feel good about eating it.

I love my fruit and yogurt bowls because they take a while to eat and are so big!  And obvs delicious and healthy.  I could live on yogurt and fruit bowls and veggie hummus platters.  Really, very easily.  With hunks of grainy bread thrown in for chewy goodness.

I tried something new today – Meatless Monday.  Just testing it out.  I was totally fine without eating any meat today but I’m not sure about my protein intake.  The yogurt and granola bar were the only significant sources, I think.  Unless a z-bar has as much protein as a few slices of turkey.  Doubtful.

It’s 9:29 and my roommate and I are in bed watching Intervention.  Perfect end to Monday.  Goodnight!

This has just been such a longgggg weekend – and not in the sense of having extra days off.  Friday was our initiation!!!  So now my job as pledge mommy is over :0(  But I have a lot more free time :0)  Friday’s eats were boring anyway, so the pictures will do. I did 40 minutes on the stair stepper in the morning before my class, reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma!

I love Fridays for a few reasons.
1.  It is Friday, universally loved by all.
2.  I only have two classes, and no work.
3.  It is my grocery shopping/errand day!

I really like having the time to myself on Fridays to run errands, ESPECIALLY grocery shopping – my favorite activity!  Here are most of my goodies:

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Organic romaine, carrots, pepper turkey, sugar snap peas, Chobani Strawberry (x 4), Chobani Pineapple (x2), giant tub of plain Chobani, Laughing Cow Light Original Swiss, Laughing Cow Garlic and Herb, cucumber, Cortland apple (x5), Red Anjou pear (x2), bananas, stawberries, grapes, kiwi (x4), eggs, and unpictured dried apricots.

Check out the awesomeness of this ginormous Chobz:

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Fab.

Saturday

After initiation, I woke up and made a beautiful and delicious fruit and yogurt bowl that somehow escaped the camera’s eye … Anyway, it was:

  • 1/2 c plain 0% Chobani
  • 1/4 Red Anjou pear, chopped
  • 1/4 giant Cortland apple, chopped
  • 2 big strawberries, sliced
  • 1/2 kiwi, chopped

IT WAS AMAZING.  So sorry no picture.  Don’t get too upset – I had it later on too.

For lunch, I met up with my dad and my brother for my dad’s birthday lunch (that was two days ago) at Dakota, a steakhouse.  I opted for the salad bar for my meal and it was great! .. Aside from a server who I think was on drugs.  Normal.  Again, no pic, but the ingredients were delicious and plentiful:

  • Lots of dark lettuce (maybe Bibb?)
  • peas
  • cucumbers
  • cottage cheese with dill?
  • mushrooms
  • shredded carrots
  • banana peppers
  • craisins
  • chickpeas
  • steamed broccoli
  • marinated/pickled beets
  • marinated green beans
  • marinated artichokes

It was just so great and incredibly filling.  For some reason, the only time I really eat cottage cheese is from the salad bar at restaurants.  Just something weird I noticed about myself.

After lunch, I realized I was right near Mecca (aka Whole Foods), which I haven’t been to in months = sacrilege.  Yes, I had just gone grocery shopping yesterday at Big Y.  But it was called for.  After wandering around for legit over an hour, including begging an employee to check in back for Stonyfield’s Pumpkin Pie yogurt a few more times (empty shelf = 😦 ), I came home with this:

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I’ve been craving almond butter, but don’t want to pay $10+ a jar so Justin’s packets were the perfect solution!  I’ve been meaning to try Kombucha and remembered that The Hungry Yogini said the strawberry is a “starter” flavor.  Too bad when I got out of the car, it fell and started spraying everywhere outside.  Oh well, it didn’t break and seems fine – I can’t wait to try it!  I tried the tea last night – it’s really good!  I put a PureVia in it and tonight I think I might add some milk just to see.

Dinner last night was another giant salad, this time from the dining hall.  Obviously, no pic.  ‘Twas:

  • Iceberg (thanks UConn, for the many vitamin-filled offerings)
  • jalapenos
  • cucumbers
  • kidney beans
  • chickpeas
  • baby corn
  • broccoli
  • artichokes
  • salsa

Yum.  I don’t know why I’ve been craving salads lately but they’re obviously not a bad thing to crave and my body just wants veggies I guess.

I was planning 5 miles yesterday, but I was exhausted from initiation and the days leading up to it, plus it was pouring all day so I just rested – and it was great.  After dinner, one of my best friends relaxed in our common room all night.  I had my new Tazo, we watched P.S. I Love You (so sad and great) and Almost Famous (favorite.movie.ever).  In between the two, I re-made my yogurt bowl from breakfast:

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1/2 cup plain 0% Chobani, 1/2 kiwi, 1/4 Cortland apple, 1/4 Red Anjou pear, 2 large strawberries, 1/2 banana, 1/2 crumbled Kashi Honey Toasted 7 Grain granola plank.

From the morning edition, I added the banana and granola.  Banging.  I don’t eat pears enough.  Or kiwi.  AND I KEPT THE SKIN ON.  Delish – just like an apple!  Fibrous and chewy.

Sunday

This morning we had our annual philanthropy event to benefit CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), a softball tournament.  On our way over to the fields, we stopped at a different dining hall for breakfast.  No pic, but I had plain old Cheerios with skim and a banana, plus two small slices of canteloupe, and coffee with milk and Splenda.  All of the food we had all day was donated by area restaurants – pizza, wings, and calzones.  I packed lunch:

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Arnold’s 100% WW Sandwich Thin with pepper turkey, Laughing Cow Light Original Swiss, and romaine – the usual.  Plus some dried apricots.

Yum-o.  Dins was another unpictured d-hall salad made up of:

  • Spinach (yay nutrients!)
  • alfalfa sprouts
  • cucumber
  • mushrooms
  • broccoli
  • salsa
  • roasted red pepper hummus (so excited – hum suspiciously disappears from the dining hall on weekends)

I also had a piece of cinnamon raisin toast (drool) with some Promise spread.  That was about two hours ago and I’m already feeling a little rumbling in my tummy :0(.  Giant salad, why did you disappoint me??

Off to snack, have our exec meeting, and go to the gym!