Posts tagged: hummus

Why Not?

By Katie, 9:50 pm

Hey, everyone! Can I just tell you how much I loved reading your Monday Confessions? :-D Isn’t there something liberating about acknowledging your own imperfections and realizing that others struggle just as much as you do? You all made me feel better about not flossing since apparently a lot of you don’t either! ;-)

Let’s see some food, shall we?

Breakfast

Strawberry-Banana-Almond Overnight Oats!

Last night I combined:

  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • 1/3 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 banana, sliced
  • handful of sliced strawberries

Popped it in the fridge overnight, then added some sliced almonds in the morning. Yummy!

Mid-Morning Snack

Well, before we get to the snack, let’s talk exercise. I went to the gym and did 3.5 miles of hill intervals, and later I did some upper body strength training and a solid ab workout. Three cheers for getting my strength training in even though I didn’t feel like it!

I also have an exciting announcement to make! As you may already know, I’m training to run the 10-Mile Broad Street Run in Philly on May 2. Well, my training plan has me building up to an 11-mile long run, which got me thinking…if I’m in the kind of shape that I can run 11 miles, what’s 2.1 more? So I’ve decided to run the Maryland Half Marathon on May 23!!! When I asked Dave if he thought I should run it, his response was, “Well, why not?” And I thought, “Exactly! WHY NOT?” I want to have more of a “why not?” attitude toward life! :-D

After the gym I went to campus to get some books for a research paper, and picked up some things at Trader Joe’s as well. Snacked on a Clif Z bar in between stops.

In the name of reducing my added sugar intake, I took a look at the ingredients:

Can you read that? Fourth ingredient: Brown Rice Syrup. Fifth ingredient: Tapioca Syrup. Sixth ingredient: Honey. Seventh ingredient: Evaporated Cane Juice Syrup. I don’t think those types of sweeteners are so bad, but it’s just a lot of them! No wonder my beloved Z bars taste so heavenly! At least the sweeteners are organic. :-?

Lunch

I was feeling a mega-salad today.

That glorious bowl contained:

  • spring mix
  • snow peas
  • grape tomatoes
  • red pepper strips
  • small fillet of Honey-Soy Salmon (leftovers from last night’s dinner – recipe forthcoming! It’s delicious!)
  • Pure2Raw Pumpkin Seed Kale crackers
  • dried cherries
  • drizzle of rice vinegar

I got a little picture-happy with that salad, didn’t I? :oops:

I also had a sliced apple with a Laughing Cow cheese wedge (which apparently browned while I photographed the salad!).

Really fresh and satisfying!

And for a little lunch “dessert,” two medjool dates.

Afternoon Snacks

This first snack is a new favorite! I got the idea from some lovely blogger out there, but unfortunately I can’t remember who it was. If you thought of this combo, I thank you immensely!

Wholegrain wrap smothered with hummus and topped with shredded mozzarella. Microwaved for 30 seconds so the cheese got all melt-y and delicious!

I also had two hard-boiled eggs, sprinkled with sea salt and pepper. A classic snack food!

Dinner

Tonight I showed some lovin’ to my slow cooker. Dare I say, the humble slow cooker may be one of my favorite kitchen tools. There’s something so simple and lovely about throwing a bunch of ingredients in, leaving the scene, and returning hours later to the magnificent aroma of a ready-to-eat meal.

Today’s slow cooker recipe: Taco Soup!

I was inspired by this recipe from Cooking with Trader Joe’s. I put the following into the slow cooker:

  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 package Taco Seasoning Mix (next time I’d use 1/2 packet)
  • 1 large can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can pinto beans
  • 1.5 cups frozen corn
  • 2 cups chicken broth

I cooked it all on Low for 5 hours, then pulled out the chicken and shredded it. Dave and I topped our Taco Soup with fresh cilantro, crushed tortilla chips, and a dollop of plain Greek yogurt.

Besides being a tad too hot for my taste, this was amazing! I made a big batch, so there will be plenty of leftovers. :-)

I also had a side salad with spring mix, sprouts, cucumber, carrots, and zucchini.

Evening Snack

A simple dessert.

Fresh fruit with Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter.

And because today was a bit dreary here on the East Coast, I will leave you with some brightness.

Beautiful flowers from the Hubs. :-)

Have you ever run a half marathon? What was your experience like?

AND/OR

Do you have a slow cooker? Do you use it often? What’s your favorite slow cooker dish?

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What I Ate – 2/6/2010

By Katie, 9:21 pm

Happy weekend, everyone! I hope you’re having a great one so far! :-D

My day was relatively low-key. I basically worked today so I can PLAY tomorrow!

Breakfast

I kept breakfast on the light side because my morning plans included a 90-minute session of Hot Vinyasa. Even though – as I’ve mentioned before – I have a stomach of steel, the idea of consuming a heavy meal before doing yoga in a 90º sweat box wasn’t very appealing.

Started out with a container of Chobani nonfat vanilla.

Then added some Kashi Go Lean and chunks of apple sprinkled with cinnamon. Plus a piping hot mug of (caffeinated) tea.

Eaten as such. :-)

Lunch

My yoga session ROCKED! This was my first time with this instructor, and I’d heard rumors that she was hardcore. Those rumors were true! I was sweating buckets and working like crazy. But I managed to hold my crow pose for a full three seconds! SCORE!

I came home feeling famished and immediately made myself something I’ve been craving for days.

A bagel sandwich!

The new bagel thins are all over the blog world right now. I definitely want to try them, but ironically seeing them on other blogs has made me desperate for a real bagel, with all its dense, chewy goodness. Good thing I’m not one to shy away from a craving. ;-)

That would be a whole wheat bagel with Applegate Farms roasted turkey breast, Laughing Cow cheese, and apricot preserves. Mega-yum!

Plus some greens topped with orange slices and dried cherries.

I probably should have added some more vegetables, but after sweating so much I was more in the mood for FRUIT. Perhaps because of the water content? I also chugged an entire bottle of water in a minute flat.

Afternoon Snacks

I spent the afternoon working on homework at Barnes & Noble. Keeping in mind my goal of reducing my food spending, I packed my own snacks. First I remedied the lack of veggies situation: cucumber slices, celery sticks, and cherry tomatoes, with Trader Joe’s Three Layer Hummus for dipping.

(That’s way better than it looks, by the way. The layers are traditional hummus, roasted red pepper, and zesty cilantro. I like them all mixed together!)

That held me over through the first half of my reading. I re-fueled for the second with a Tropical Fruit Tart Lara Bar (LOVE this flavor! :-) )

I admit, I didn’t stick to the no-spending plan 100%. :oops: I spent a little bit of $$ on a beverage…

Nonfat “Skinny” Latte with Sugar-Free Cinnamon Dolce Syrup.

Dinner

I didn’t get home from Barnes & Noble until after 7:00, which means dinner was late. 8-O Even by my standards! (On an average day I eat dinner around 7 or 7:30.) I could have thrown something fast together and eaten earlier, but I knew what I wanted to make and I would not allow the clock to stand in my way!

I consider this dinner to be my healthified version of what one might order off of the kids’ menu at a restaurant. ;-)

First up: Chicken tenders!

Chicken breast tenderloins that I dipped first in an egg bath and then in wheat bread crumbs…then baked for about 20 minutes. Served with Annie’s Naturals Organic Honey Mustard for dipping.

And then there were these beauties! :-D

They’re not French fries…they’re not sweet potato fries…they’re CARROT FRIES!

I first saw them on Thinspired, then again on Healthy and Sane, which ultimately led me to the original carrot fry post on Choosing Raw.  I even made them properly, using coconut oil. I’ve never used coconut oil before, so that was an adventure! (I had no idea it would come in the form of a solid, not a liquid!)

Rounded it out with some peas.

No joke, this totally looks like a healthier version of a meal I would have eaten as a kid!

Evening Snack

Dessert was DUNKABLE!

You know how I said that even though I grocery shop with a list, somehow random items magically appear in my cart? These Oatmeal Cranberry Dunkers would be Exhibit A.

To alleviate my guilt over purchasing yet another cookie-like product that I don’t need, I made sure to savor every bite of these. And of course, you can’t really eat “dunkers” without something to dunk them in. I went with a small glass on nonfat milk, although hot tea would be nice too.

What are you up to on this lovely weekend? Tomorrow I’m hoping to go for a long hike to enjoy the gorgeous weather. 8-) Then I might be going to see Alice in Wonderland!

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