Posted in Apple, Banana, Breakfast, Cinnamon, Hummus, Lunch, Peanut Butter, Produce, Sandwich, Sandwiches, Smoothie, Spinach, tagged allie bar, alliebar, Banana, Breakfast, chocolate whey, Cinnamon, Empire Apple, Green Monster, hummus wrap, Lunch, Peanut Butter, road bike, Spinach, triathlon on June 1, 2010|
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Is it just me or does today feel like a Monday? The holiday weekend threw me for a loop and I found myself running around my apartment this morning remembering the 10 billion things I had to do before I went into my internship at 8am. This time crunch left me little time to prepare breakfast and lunch so I went with a couple of easy go-to solutions.
For breakfast I had the heartiest portable breakfast that I know: A Green Monster Protein Smoothie. I use: 1 large frozen banana, 1 TBS crunchy natural peanut butter, 1 scoop chocolate whey protein powder, cinnamon, 1 cup vanilla soy milk, 5 ice cubes and ~2 cups of organic baby spinach. I know that this isn’t the prettiest looking thing, but these smoothies are delicious and satisfying. To be perfectly honest, it is basically a peanut butter, banana and chocolate smoothie that I add spinach to. The spinach is oddly refreshing and it never hurts to get some energizing greens in!My lunch was a bit lackluster, but it works. Usually my wraps are so large that I have trouble closing them, this one was a little…well, flat and crumbly. I packed a sprouted grain wrap with hummus, spinach, alfalfa sprouts and grape tomatoes, an Empire apple and an AllieBar.
I like the Ezekiel sprouted grain products, but these wraps do not hold up as well as other whole wheat varieties that I have tried. In an effort to use what I have and save money, I want to finish the bread/wraps in my freezer before making my next purchase.
In other news, I have a confession. Yesterday afternoon I dusted off an old friend:This little beauty has been hanging in the rafters of my garage for about 2 years now. I was a competitive swimmer for my entire life (I stopped after my sophomore year of college) and took up running after I retired from my swimming career. I entered several running competitions, including a half-marathon in the Fall of 2008. I had ambitions of entering a triathlon and received a road bike for my birthday. I rode it a handful of times but alas, my life went in another direction and storage/time to ride became complications that prevented me from training.
My dad helped me fill the tires and she’s good to go! I’m not making any commitments just yet, but I am debating entering a triathlon. I need to make sure that I train properly and learn proper nutrition for the training/competition. I did not prepare properly for my half-marathon a few years back, and it definitely took a toll on my body. That experience taught me the importance of proper training and listening to your body.
On The Go,
Have you ever trained for a competition? What advice/training did you follow?
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Posted in Almonds, Banana, Breakfast, Cheese, Chobani, Cinnamon, Nuts, Produce, Running, tagged Banana, Basil, Breakfast, broccoli, brunch, Carrots, Chobani Greek Yogurt, Cinnamon, coffee, grape tomatoes, Home, Memorial day, Omelets, orange juice, pre-workout food, roasted almonds, Running, stars and stripes, strawberries, sunflower seed butter, swiss cheese on May 31, 2010|
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Happy Memorial Day!!
I hope everyone is taking advantage of this beautiful weather and enjoying the company of family and friends! I also hope that everyone takes a moment to pause and remember the meaning of this holiday. I want to send a big THANK YOU to our troops and all of those who have devoted their lives to our country. You are constantly in my thoughts, and I am so grateful for your commitment.
Today has been a patriotic day for my food. One of the reasons why I love coming home is to use my mom’s dinnerware. I swear she has plates, cups and place mats themed for every major holiday. The summer months are all about the stars and stripes!I woke up this morning around 7:30am, and geared up to go for on a “Memorial Day Run” with my dad. Before heading out the door I had a light breakfast that consisted of 1/2 of a large banana, strawberries, sunflower seed butter and coffee (in my themed mug!) while reading my horoscope and completing the easy Monday sudoku puzzle in our local paper. Fun fact: I’m obsessed with sudoku. Every time I am home I retrieve the newspaper from our mailbox as soon as I wake up so that I can do the puzzle while watching the news and having breakfast.
My dad and I ran a surprising 5.5 miles (it has been an EXTREMELY long time since I have done this distance, 3 is usually my max.). The sun was hot during our run and we were BEAT by the time we returned home. My dad, aka The Breakfast Man, whipped up some omelets for brunch. My omelet was made with Swiss cheese, basil, mixed cherry tomato and broccoli with a glass of orange juice and a large carrot on the side (don’t ask, I was craving a crunchy vegetable haha). We had brunch outside on our patio and it was fantastic! I don’t want to be repetitive, but I LOVE COMING HOME! There is something distinctly special about family time and good food.The run took a lot out of me, and I decided that I needed a bit more protein. I extended this brunch with a 1/2 cup of Chobani Plain Greek Yogurt, strawberries, a handful of roasted almonds and cinnamon.The sun was out in full force today, thus the shadows in many of these pictures.
I’m off to do a few tasks before heading back to school my apartment later today. WHOA! I actually typed school and it took me a minute before I realized that I just completed college and now am in the working world. So the song goes, times are a changin’. I think we will have an early Memorial Day barbecue before I head back. I have to take advantage of our charcoal grill while I can because it’s back to a cast iron grill pan when I return to my mini apartment!
What are your plans for Memorial Day?
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Posted in Dinner, Fish, Produce, tagged broccoli salad, Celery, Cinnamon, cooking, Curry, Dinner, Dried Cranberries, fish, lemon-dill butter, olive oil, Orange, pan-searing, roasted almonds, Tilapia, Yogurt, yogurt sauce on May 27, 2010|
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I love to cook but at the end of a long day I want a meal that is easy to put together. When I am pressed for time I often resort to throwing whatever vegetables, proteins and grains I have on hand into a bowl and call it a ‘big salad’. These dinners are okay once in a while, but they are boring and not something I consider a “real meal”. I have had a few of these throw together dinners this week and decided it was time to reconnect with my inner chef and get in the kitchen.
For dinner tonight I made Pan-seared Tilapia in a Lemon-Dill Butter Sauce and Crunchy Broccoli Salad with Orange-Curry Yogurt Dressing.
When pan-searing, it is important to have everything together before you cook the protein: “mise en place”. Before heating the pan for my fish I assembled the broccoli salad, prepared the fish and set out the lemon-dill butter and herbed olive oil for the finishing sauce.
For crunchy broccoli salad I combined about 3 TBS- 1/4 cup of plain low fat yogurt, the juice and a few segments of 1/4 of a navel orange, curry and cinnamon to taste. I added a large bunch of chopped broccoli, celery, dried cranberries and roasted almonds to the the sauce and placed the mixture in the fridge to chill while I cooked the Tilapia.
To prepare the Tilapia, I lightly dusted both sides of the fish with a pan-searing flour and cracked black pepper. I added about 1-2 tsp of olive oil to a sautee pan over a medium heat until a faint smoke appeared around the edges of the pan (You want to maintain a light smoke around the edges of the pan. If it becomes too smokey, adjust heat!). I placed the Tilapia in the pan for about 3-4 minutes per side until it was slightly golden and crispy. When the fish was finished I turned the heat off and added 1 tsp of an herbed oil and 1 tps of a lemon-dill finishing butter to deglaze the pan and create a butter sauce to spoon over the fish. This method generates a moist fish with tons of flavor!
It was a simple, elegant and refreshing dinner to have at the end of a long (and hot!) day. It was exactly what I was craving. Speaking of cravings, on the way back from my from my work trip we stopped off for soft serve!! Ice cream is my all time favorite food, and in the summer my ice cream of choice is soft serve chocolate-vanilla twist. Naturally, I always have to add rainbow sprinkles to make it a true summer treat! I was a very happy girl. Loving Summer,
What are your favorite Summer foods?
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Posted in Antioxidant, Apple, Bakery, Banana, Blueberries, Breakfast, Cheese, Chicken, Cinnamon, Dinner, Produce, Vegetables, tagged asparagus, Berries, Breakfast, caesar salad, Cheesecake, Chicken Marsal, Dinner, flax, Kashi Go Lean, Roasted Potatoes, Shrimp Cocktail, Soy Milk on April 17, 2010|
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Dessert (what was left of it when I remembered to snag a picture)
The boys did a GREAT job with dinner last night. They slaved over this meal all day, and all we had to do was show up! How lucky are we? When we arrived we were welcomed into their main foyer with cheese and crackers. After mingling for a while we were directed downstairs, where they had a long table set up with the “proper” plate and utensil arrangements and dinner was served….on paper plates with plastic forks and knives. Let me tell you it was SO difficult to cut that chicken in a graceful manner. It was such a thick piece of meat, I almost broke my knife and my fork pierced through my plate. So much for etiquette, but I think I probably ruined that when I took my phone out for pictures :). I didn’t really learn much about proper dining but it was fun to meet new people!
For an appetizer they had shrimp cocktail. There were a few plates like this on the table to share along with cocktail sauce. We were then given a first course of Caesar salad. The salad was extremely petite and a bit over dressed. I was having so much fun talking to my “date” that I only ended up having a few bites of this before the main course was served. For our main course we had chicken Marsala, roasted potatoes and steamed asparagus. This was the real selling point and “effort” of the meal and it was AMAZING. It was a huge piece of chicken but well-cooked, and the potatoes were so flavorful. For dessert we were all given full pieces of strawberry cheesecake. I forgot to take a picture so this is only my last bite’s worth of dessert. Needless to say I was excited about cheesecake and devoured the entire thing. I was a classy date.
For breakfast today I was inches away from making a green monster and granola bowl but decided that blender clean up was not worth it. I went back to something I haven’t had in a while: Kashi Go Lean Crunch, Soy Milk, Banana, Berries, Flax and Cinnamon. I use to eat this almost every day, especially in the summer months. You know what? It wasn’t as good as I remember it being, I’m disappointed in my breakfast choice today (hate that feeling!). I also had a big Fuji apple on the side, which I think made my stomach a bit upset! I’m having a rough start to my day.
I’m off to work, and couldn’t be happier because it is a rainy day. The bakery should be pretty busy this afternoon, and I can’t wait to have a little change of pace from school. I only have a week and a half left and I’m so excited to finally be finished.
What do you eat when you can’t decide what you are in the mood for? (For any meal/snack.)
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Posted in Bread, Cheese, Lunch, Produce, Sandwich, Sandwiches, Thoughts, Vegetables, tagged Carrots, Green Grapes, Hummus, Lunch, multigrain bread, Sandwich, Spinach, swiss cheese, table manners, Tomato, Turkey on April 16, 2010|
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When it comes to making sandwiches and wraps, I am full of issues. I want to add so many topping that I can hardly close them and eat them in a civilized manner. Some examples of this are:
This is BARELY closed.
I will never learn... Could not get it closed.
How many things can I put between two slices of bread?
Today, I didn’t even try. It was one of my rare days where I had time to make lunch at home and I wanted to take advantage of my warm toasted bread. As soon as the bread popped out of the toaster I slathered Cedar’s Original Hummus on both sides and added slices of Swiss cheese to melt on top. I added my other toppings: turkey breast, spinach, mushrooms, Roma tomato, sprouts and cucumber and ate it as is. I decided that it would be much more enjoyable to eat it like this rather than trying to push it down and wrap my mouth around it. I ended up cutting each slice in half to reduce the mess-factor and happily ate my “sandwich” (can you still call it that if it isn’t actually sandwiched together?). This was to die for. I LOVE (strong emphasis) toasted bread. It brings out all of the flavors in the nutty grains and has the best texture, that is sturdy enough to hold all of my toppings. I also think there is nothing like warm hummus and melted cheese. It is so…cozy, I only wish I had some cool avocado to lay on top of it, then it would have been the ultimate sandwich. I had some green grapes and a big carrot on the side. It was such a relaxing and delightful lunch.
In fact I was so relaxed that I ended up having a piece of chocolate and a cup of tea right after then promptly took a nap! I NEVER take naps, but it was just one of those days. I’m getting ready to go to the etiquette dinner this evening, which should be entertaining. To be honest, I’ve never really learned what all of those forks and spoons are for. I’m sure my bad table manners don’t stop there either. In fact I know they don’t. If you were sitting with me eating that sandwich today you would have probably been repulsed by my messiness, as my toppings were falling EVERYWHERE!
Living and Learning,
Have you ever learned proper dining etiquette?
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Posted in Almond Milk, Amazing Grass, Apple, Banana, Breakfast, Cinnamon, Granola, Nutrition, Peanut Butter, Produce, Pumpkin, Smoothie, Spinach, Superfood, tagged Amazing Grass, Breakfast, Galaxy Granola, Green Monster, SIAB, Smoothie, smoothie in a bowl, spinach smoothie on April 13, 2010|
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I had every intention on making a big beautiful bowl of oatmeal this morning but I was craving a green monster. When I woke up I felt extremely tired and my head was slightly pounding. I needed something that required minimal effort and that was cool and energizing to get me going. I decided to mix up my ingredients a bit and I’m so glad I did. This bowl was thicker and more flavorful! I loved it.
Into the blender:
1 large frozen banana
3 frozen strawberries
3 ice cubes
1/3 can pumpkin
1 scoop GREEN Amazing Grass Superfood
1/2 scoop Chocolate Whey Protein
~3/4 TBS Peanut Butter
Cinnamon (SO KEY!)
1/2 cup Almond Milk
1/2 Cup Water
2 handfuls of spinach
I really need a better blender. I find myself constantly shaking the blender and pushing everything down through the process. It takes me way longer to blend the ingredients than it should. I topped it with some Galaxy Vanilla Almond and had a big Jonagold on the side. I’m not sure if I actually wanted that apple but I wanted more crunch after I finished the bowl! The one downside about making smoothies for breakfast is that I always want something solid to go along with it, where as oatmeal fulfills all of my meal texture/flavor requirements. Hopefully I’ll get back to the world’s greatest breakfast tomorrow!
My roommate and I are having a special dinner tonight and I can not wait. Hopefully I’ll be able to sneak a few photos!!
Do you like certain foods when you aren’t feeling up to par (headache/illness/lethargic etc)?
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