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!

I hope you’re all having a great first day of 2010!

Let’s rewind to last year …

I snacked on a pear:

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It matches my mat!

I cooked for dinner! Cooked REAL FOOD!

Curried Chickpeas, adapted from this recipe.

  • 1 can of chickpeas
  • 3/4 c onion
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 c spinach
  • 1 tsp dried basil

I sprayed a skillet with Pam and sauteed the onions until they were transparent. I threw in the chickpeas, spinach, and spices and cooked on medium heat until the spinach was wilted, about 10 minutes. I also sprayed the pan/chickpeas/spinach with more Pam as they cooked.

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Sorry for the blurry pic, my camera battery is dying!  

I also made lemon ginger tofu, based on this recipe:

  • 1/3 box of cubed, super firm tofu – about 3 oz.
  • 1 tsp dried ginger
  • 1/2 tsp TruVia
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • Lemon juice

I threw all the dry ingredients in a small bowl and used some leftover lemon to squeeze for the juice – probably about 3/4 of a lemon – maybe 1/4 cup of juice?

While I was prepping the rub and the chickpeas, I pressed my now-defrosted tofu, including this piece in the shape of Connecticut:

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Coated in the rub: (Can you spy the CT cube?)
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Then I baked at 375 for 30 minutes, flipping the cubes halfway through cooking:

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Tofu shrinks.

I also steamed some brussels and plated everything:

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The chickpeas are good! I still have half of what I made, but I think I’ll add more onions and some peas to the leftovers. With the lemon ginger tofu, there were too many strong flavors going on. I didn’t eat the tofu with dinner and threw it in the fridge to save for later.

Throughout the night, I had some pumpkin pie:

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And later on, a granny smith with cinnamon:

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Breakfast was light and exactly what I was craving:

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3 egg whites, LC French Onion wedge, salsa on a La Tortilla Factory wrap

Before the gym, I had the other half of that Kashi GoLean Roll Chocolate Turtle bar:

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Gym:

  • 30 minutes “rolling hills” level 7 on the stair mill
  • 30 minutes random hill level 10 on the elliptical

3pm Lunch:

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Sweet potato, black beans, plain Chobs, guac, and Frank’s

Surprisingly, I’ll leave the guac out next time.

I’m hungryyyy and I can’t decide what I want! Salmon and veggies? Leftover curried chickpeas? Lemon ginger tofu? Yogurt with fruit and cereal? AHHHHH so many options!

Actually, my hair doesn’t smell like curry. I showered after the gym. But it did!

For the new year: new fun purple layout! I also updated my Bar Bucket List and Product Review pages – check them out!

I also just accidentally bought 3 copies of ecto … hope they can/will take the extra two charges off my debit card … considering that’s about half my bank account.

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!