Tuesday, April 28, 2009
an apple that has been in the refrigerator since I was home for Spring Break in early March! Determined to get some nutrients into my oats, I got out the knife and started slicing. Luckily I was able to save over half the apple. Crisis Averted! Looks like I'm definitely going to have to start doing my own grocery shopping.
I cooked my oats in a half cup of apple juice and a half cup of water to make them even more apply and added in:
- diced apples
This was my first time having normal Quaker Oats after having McCann's Steel Cut Oats for so long. I have to say that I miss steel cut :( It's just so much heartier. I think I'll cave in and buy soon.
With a black Starbucks dark roast coffee and a multivitamin. It was actually really really bad coffee. I hate starbucks coffee but always attempt to convince myself otherwise. It's always ridiculously strong, no matter how many scoops I add! My roommate left a bag when she moved out though so I thought i'd give it another chance. Note to self: Give up on Starbucks! I'm definitely a Dunkin Donuts kinda girl.
On the side in my oats I had a tbsp of Naturally Nutty Butter Toffee PB. Yes, I finally let my self open up a new jar from my stash last night! After taking about an hour to decide, Butter Toffee won out and did not disappoint!
While you can taste the butter toffee flavor, it doesn't overpower the peanut butter taste. I was completely surprised of the creamy texture. Perfect peanut butter consistency! I couldn't really taste the hemp or flax seeds but they are noticeable in the spread. Those little seeds add in 670mg of Omega-3's per serving!
I have two more Naturally Nutty peanut butters to try - White Chocolate Coconut and Honey Roasted Cinnamon. I'm a big fan of PB & Co's cinnamon raisin so I'm excited to compare. It doesn't look like it will take me too long to finish this jar - I'm wishing I got the larger jar right about now.
After breakfast I hopped on the treadmill with a goal of 15 minutes and then I was gunna switch over the the bike for 15. Instead I ended up staying on for 40 minutes while watching Regis and Kelly. Jack from Lost was guest starring! Anyone else love that show?!
Here are my stats:
Duration: 40 minutes
Avg HR: 150
I couldn't find my Nike Plus sensor that plugs into my ipod so unfortunately I don't have any distance stats today! I hate working out without it now. Hopefully it's not lost!
Then I went upstairs and did my full abs workout and burned an additional 85 calories. It included:
- 4 minutes of planks
- 4 minutes of side planks
- front leg kicks
- 4 minutes of the one where you lay on the floor with your legs up and a weight in your hand and move it side to side. Sorry, I can't find the name for it! ( I call it the bus driver but I have a feeling that's not the real name)
I'm going to head out to enjoy this sunny day. It's supposed to be back in the 60s tomorrow! I'm a little relieved, I'm not ready for this 90 degree weather yet!
Monday, April 27, 2009
Here are my stats:
145 avg heart rate
My Mom only did 25 minutes but it's a start. Then she helped me unpack three of my bags of random stuff. If I do two or three a day I should be unpacked in a week! It's pretty important because I have absolutely nothing to wear. I'm stuck with only plain tank tops and running shorts for now.
Healthifying my Home Life Part 1: Start a Garden
Gardening is a great way to stay healthy while living at home! Other than getting me to be active outside, I will have fresh vegetables all the time once everything's ready for harvest.
I didn't get around to starting my own garden today but I went over to boyfriend's and worked in his garden. Gardening is hard work!!! I wore my hrm because I was curious how many calories I was burning. In an hour and 45 minutes I burned around 140 calories. Not bad!
We had to finish expanding his garden to get it to the right size so the majority of the time was spent ripping up grass with a pitchfork, throwing it in a wheel barrow, and then wheel barrowing it over to the woods and dumping it once it was full. I was supposed to do my arm workout today but I think the gardening arm workout will suffice!
After doing this we had to remove all the rocks in the dirt and wheelbarrow them away before we were finally able to plant.
Then we planted a few tomato plants and a few eggplants.
He already has a lot of stuff planted from before: asparagus, radishes, strawberries, onions, carrots, lettuce, peppers, and spinach.
After all that hard work, I went inside and made lunch. I was in the mood for a salad after working with the vegetables.
Here's my toppings:
- wheat germ
- cottage cheese
I'm off to head home, shower, and eat dinner. Have a good night!
It's summertime for me! I still can't believe I graduated. It hasn't really hit me yet! I feel like I'm on Spring Break or something and will be going back to school soon.
I gave myself a few weeks off before I start working so today my short hiatus from real life begins! Here's what I hope to accomplish today:
1) Plant tomato plants with the boyfriend
2) Start unpacking, going through, and organizing my stuff
3) Work out
4) Start my garden
It doesn't look like much but I have a feeling I'm not going to get to everything. Number 2 can take all day!
This weekend I took my parents and the boyfriend to lunch at a place called Shady Grove in Pittsburgh. It's located in the Shadyside neighborhood, which is one of my favorites. It has tons of cute shops and boutiques like Williams Sonoma, The Chocolate Moose (candy store), Victoria's Secret, Apple, and Prantl's Bakery. It was one of my number one running destinations while at school.
Shady Grove is a restaurant and bar. The day we went it was 84 degrees and sunny and Shadyside was packed with people walking around on such a beautiful day. Shady Grove has outdoor and indoor seating but since it was a 15 minute wait to get a table, we didn't request to be outside. We always go with whatever's quickest!
The inside was casual yet sophisticated. I loved how they had these metal trees as decorations throughout the place. They also had tons of huge flat screens. I'm sure this place is packed on game days! The lighting was pretty dark, but it set a nice ambience.
The menu included sandwichs, burgers, salads, wraps, and melts. They also have pizza but no one at my table ordered it. Everything looked so good that I was torn between options. Luckily, my Dad agreed to split meals with me. I ordered the portobello mushroom burger with feta and roasted peppers and he ordered the hot veggie sandwich, which is tomato, onion, basil, garlic, oregano, spinach, roasted red peppers, portobellos, marinated in balsamic vinaigrette with provolone, served on ciabatta.
We had half of each. They were both amazing! The feta was a little salty on the Portobello burger but other than that, I was completely satisfied with my meal. I substituted the fries for a side salad, took off the top of the burger bun, and ate my meal with a large glass of water with lemon.
Sorry about the lack of pictures of everything. I still feel weird whipping out my camera and taking photos of my food and the restaurant. Don't worry, Im sure i'll get used to it soon enough!
For breakfast this morning I kept it simple. I'm currently at the boyfriend's house and scavenged whatever I could find. This ended up being a small banana, smothered in almond butter with a small pear and cottage cheese, sprinkled with cinnamon.
If you have a food blog, how did you get used to taking pictures of your food around people? Do you still or ever feel weird doing it?
I'll leave you with a graduation picture. How funny is this? I graduated with the 3 stooges!
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Sorry for the lack of content but I've been so busy packing and traveling this weekend I haven't had enough time. Normal posts will continue tomorrow!
I found some more Melting Pot pictures on my mom’s camera that look a lot better than mine (and she got the dessert dish that I raved about!) so I thought I'd leave you with some more photos.
Have a good night!
The Melting Pot was kind of a disaster last night! I knew it was a fondue place but I didn't know ALL of the courses are fondue style. You have to cook your own food!
First they give you a menu and you can choose to order individual entrees that come with an entree and a salad or you could choose the "Big Night Out," which is a four course meal where you get the cheese fondue, a salad, an entree, and chocolate fondue for dessert. The only problem with this is that your table has to agree on everything. That wasn't happening at my table.
There were eight of us: myself, the boyfriend, the roommate, my parents, my brother, and my Nana & Pop. My Nana, Pop, and brother are the pickiest eaters though and like only certain things so we couldn't all order the Big Night Out. Also, they weren't exactly warm to the fact you need to cook your own entree! We ended up choosing the individual entrees and ordering chocolate fondue at the end.
Sorry about the picture quality. It's really dark in there and my camera was just not cooperating!
So after an hour of deliberation and a 10 minute speech by the waitress about how this place works, two fondue pots were brought out. You choose what you want to cook everything in - vegetable broth or oil. We chose the vegetable broth. It was really good, loaded with spices.
Then they bring out your raw entree, everyone gets skewers with a different colored handle, and you spear things one at a time and place them in the fondue pot, waiting 1-3 minutes for it took cook. This makes for a really long dining experience!
As I said, my Pop and Nana weren't exactly into cooking your own food and at first just started dumping their food into the pot without the sticks! Then everyone else's food takes way longer to cook.
I ordered the Vegetarian. It included tofu, spinach gorgonzola ravioli, eggplant, portobellos, asparagus, artichoke hearts, and a sliver of red bell pepper. It was really good! You also get a small vegetable bowl to share with the person next to you that includes broccoli, button mushrooms, and potatoes and a variety of sauces are placed around the table for dipping.
I actually liked cooking the food myself. I could only eat 2 things at a time (you were given two skewers each) and I had a tendency to eat way too fast so it forced me to slow down. Also, the meal lasted 3 hours so I never ended up feeling overly full.
Then it was time for dessert, the real reason I chose this restaurant! I ordered two chocolate fondue pots, s'mores (chocolate, marshmallow, and grahm crackers) and turtle (chocolate, caramel, and pecans). It was so good! They brought out little plates with all sorts of things to dip into the fondue: banana slices, strawberries, marshmallows, cheesecake, brownie bites, and rice krispie treats. Unfortunately, I was so excited about just digging in that I forgot to take a picture!
I tried them all. The banana slices and rice krispie treats were probably my favorite dippers. I had the S'mores pot in front of me and you couldn't really taste the marshmallow once it's mixed but it was good either way.
So would I recommend the Melting Pot? It's definitely an interesting experience if you have people who are up for it. I think it would be great for a couple, rather than a large group. The food was good, I just wish I had been prepared knowing you had to cook it yourself. If I go back, I think I would just go for appetizers and dessert.
Off to get ready for graduation, graduate, and then drive the 6 hours it takes to get home. I filled up three cars with all my stuff. Not looking forward to unpacking!
The quest to healthify my home life officially begins tomorrow!
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Gotta make this quick because I got sidetracked last night and never started packing... I want it to look like I did something when the parents get here! Then I'll let my mom pack :)
On my quest to use up all my refrigerated food before tomorrow, I took stock of my inventory this morning when deciding on breakfast and discovered that I still had a serving of my pure maple syrup left!
I LOVE LOVE LOVE maple syrup. It's a good thing it's so expensive because I'd use it everyday otherwise! It's just so good. I really don't understand how people can use that fake stuff. It doesn't taste anything like maple syrup! I'm looking forward to home - my Dad buys a giant jug of it online so we're always stocked up. I think a maple tofu dinner is in my future!
My breakfast this morning obviously had to include maple syrup, and the frozen strawberries I had took out to defrost last night. Strawberry pancakes were calling my name!
I think pancakes get a bad rap. I used Bisquick Healthy Heart pancake mix, egg beaters, and almond milk and added some wheat bran and strawberries. Strawberries were inside as well as on top. Sounds fairly healthy to me! If had time to really healthify them I'd make them from scratch and use whole wheat flour.
With iced coffee and a multivitamin.
It's gunna be 84 degrees today and I found out the gym is closed for the weekend. Guess I'll be running in the heat again! I plan on getting out fairly early though so hopefully it's not too bad. Have a great Friday!
I probably won't post again til tonight after my Melting Pot experience. I'm excited! Has anyone ever been there?
Friday, April 24, 2009
So two words about my daytime run… never again! I ended up getting out a little after 2pm and wow it was hot! It was definitely my hardest run as of yet. I think I’ll stick to my morning workouts. On top of all that, I think I got sunburn! Well to look on the bright side, at least I got my daily intake of Vitamin D.
Here are my stats
Time: 36 minutes
Distance: 4.4 miles
Avg HR: 157
Then I did strength training in my living room while watching Yes, Dear (I love sitcoms!).
3 sets, 15 reps of
overhead dumbbell triceps extensions
3 sets, 10 reps of
I use 8lb weights for all the moves except for lateral raises, which I use 5lb-ers because they’re tough! I burned 118 more calories doing these, bringing my grand total to 403.
Snack & Dinna Time
I made myself a bowl of my favorite granola in the world. My Mom made me an Easter basket (yes I’m 21 and still get an Easter basket) full of natural and organic foods this year! She’s the greatest! The funniest is when she tells me she was scared I’d be disappointed in not getting any candy. Real food trumps candy any day!
Now I just want to say I’ve never been a huge fan of granola. I’m not a snacker so it always takes me like 8 years to finish the bag. Not the case with this! I present you with Gaby’s Gourmet Granola in Banana Chocolate Cherry.
Made with organic grains, bananas, and hemp seeds! I love hemp! It gives it such an interesting taste.
I had it with a little unsweetened vanilla almond milk and the rest of my cashew butter. That’s 2 jars done in 2 days – I’m on a roll! I told myself I won’t open up a new jar until home on Sunday though so I’m holding out. I still have half a jar of crunchy Barney Butter left.
This blog is already inspiring my eating habits because I realized I eat too late to post my dinners! So today I made sure I’d have dinner ready by 7pm. It was a very orangey meal. Bbq baked tofu, mashed carrots and parsnips, and baked sweet potato fries.
The mashed carrots and parsnips are really good and simple to make! Just boil water, add cut up pieces of each and boil until soft, around a half hour. Then mash with a fork and add a little butter and whatever spices you’re in the mood for. I usually add nutmeg and cinnamon.
The answer to today’s question is…
False! Pancetta is a cut of salted pork belly that closely resembles bacon and is a key ingredient in the popular pasta alla carbonara. Don’t confuse this with panettone or panforte, which are both sweet Italian cakes.
I’m Italian and I’m ashamed to admit that I had no idea what pancetta is. I do love me some panettone though!
Have a great Friday night! Mine will be spent packing the last 4 years of my life up because the family is arriving tomorrow!
Also, check out the awesome salsa/sauce giveaway over at Lucky Taste Buds!