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Loving the farmers market veggies

My breakfasts and lunches have been kind of boring lately, so I haven’t been taking pictures of them. Lunches are basically leftovers of the meals below.

Last night, we made the corn on the cob that I got at the Farmers Market in Madison. It was delicious! I am glad it’s a vegetable I can make that Craig will also eat.

I topped one of my halves of corn with butter and Penzey’s spices. Then I just felt like eating it plain with butter and salt.

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corn on the cob, penzey's spices

I also made some Mmmm sauce and quinoa again. I’m just a bit addicted to Mmmm sauce!

quinoa, tomatoes, Mmmm sauce

Tonight, I was craving veggies again and wanted to use some zucchini, but didn’t feel like doing anything elaborate with it. I just cut some up, threw it in the pan and cooked it up some red pepper, garlic, and olive oil and put it on top of a little bit of pasta and Parmesan cheese.

pasta with zucchini, parmesean cheese, cherry tomatoes, red peppers

Breakfast this morning was red grapes, half of a banana chocolate chip muffin, and coffee with stevia. It was my first time trying stevia (I won some from a giveaway hosted by Allie at PickyEatingRD) and I thought it was ok. I have been using raw sugar lately and really liking the caramel flavor that produces in my coffee. But, it doesn’t seem to “melt” or blend well with my coffee.

I’ll try the stevia products again in some baked goods soon and let you know how i like it.

red grapes, banana chocolate chip muffin, coffee, stevia

It was raining out tonight, so no walk outside for us. :( I just went to the gym and lifted weights, biked while reading Women’s Health magazine, and ran/walked on the treadmill. Running felt good because I really got my heart rate up!

Time to finish my post on the town of New Glarus. I have so many pictures to share, so I hope you like picture filled posts.

Preview of Larry Crowne

Last night, I didn’t have time to blog because I literally went home from work, meditated, and then cooked up some tofu on the stove, ate dinner and ran to the mall to meet my mom to see this movie during a free preview.

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The movie was just ok. My mom enjoyed it and I think most of the older crowd in the audience did. I thought it was predictable and the story wasn’t one that I could relate to (unemployment, foreclosure, divorce), nor do I want to face those subjects when I go to the movies. I like to escape the bad news of the state of our economy, not face it head on. Definitely a rental–I wouldn’t recommend going to it in the theater.

Yesterday’s meals and fitness:

Breakfast–cinnamon raisin bagel thins with cream cheese. I used the last of my coupons to review these courtesy of Thomas and I loved this flavor. I prefer the thins over huge bagels now. They are great for sandwiches and perfect for breakfast.

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Snacks at work:

Coffee and poppy seed cake

coffee, poppyseed cake

A banana and my jeans on our “casual” day

banana and jeans

Lunch was a Morningstar black bean burger, red pepper slices, a vanilla activia yogurt and a string cheese.

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I got my workout in during my lunch break doing our 45 minute yoga session. I spoke to the teacher before class and it turns out that she teaches at my YMCA like I thought she did and then when I mentioned the yoga teachers I like there, she said that one of them is her mom! It all clicked because they look and speak alike! The thing I like best in their similarities is that they both like to put scented towels over our eyes during the rest session at the end. Our scent yesterday was lavender-which was fabulous!

I did miss doing some cardio and strength training after work though. :(

Dinner was tofu with Penzey’s Mural of Flavor again, a blueberry chobani and Pomegranate Green Iced Tea from Trader Joe’s.

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Are you looking forward to seeing any particular movies this summer? I am most interested in seeing The Help. I guess I am behind on what else is coming out, so The Help is all I can think of. I really want to read The Hunger Games and then see that movie, but I don’t know its’ release date. The hubby is reading it now on his kindle and then I will get to it next!

A very active day

Wow, what an active day! I am spent. You’ll see why, but maybe this much activity is normal for most of you.

At 1 a.m., Karma the cat woke us up with his meows and from that point on, I tossed and turned. When I did fall asleep, I was dreaming that I slept through my alarm or that I went to the YMCA for Body Pump and the gym was closed again. At 5 a.m., my alarm went off and I realized I hadn’t experienced what I had been dreaming about. It was really time to get up and get dressed for the gym!

I quickly got dressed and grabbed some cereal plus half of a banana for some fuel.

I met my friend Laurie at the 5:30 a.m. Body Pump class. I was tired, but once class started, I woke up. It felt good to get a workout in by 6:30!

I fueled up some more with cereal and the other half of the banana plus a bit of coffee and coconut water. The TJ’s cereal was just ok–not mine or Craig’s favorite.

It was my first time trying coconut water and I liked it. I figured I needed something like that after Body Pump to get some electrolytes into my system.

cereal, coffee, coconut water

I am glad I got my clothes ready for the day & my yoga gear packed last night, because then I had to meditate for 25 minutes after I showered, dried my hair and put on makeup.

I didn’t get to work until 8:30 and right away, I hit up the free coffee upstairs and found an unexpected piece of cake made by a volunteer at work. She was so cute–she said “since you’re one of the first ones here, I’ll give you this too.” She put the flag in my cake for flag day!

coffee, cake and flag day flag

Lunch was a turkey and provolone sandwich, a peach chobani, and lots of red pepper and carrot slices.

chobani peach, carrots and red peppers, turkey sandwich

After lunch, it was time for my second exercise session of the day–yoga! However, we had a substitute teacher and she combined tai chi, yoga and pilates. Oh man this killed me. The pilates work got me sweating! I am sure the stretching helped my post body pump aches and pains.

I also foam rolled at work just to be safe.

foam rolling

And after work, I cut the grass for about 45 minutes. Luckily, this was my last activity of the day and now I am plopped on the couch and relaxing!

Dinner was a strawberry smoothie with soy protein powder, Chobani strawberry yogurt, frozen strawberries, and skim milk.

strawberry protein smoothie

That wasn’t enough for my very hungry tummy, so I cooked up something quick and made the gardein thai trio I got the other day.

Gardein Thai Trio

I liked it and would buy it again. I only ate half, so I’ll have the other half to look forward to for lunch tomorrow.

We’re watching Master Chef and I kind of have a crush on Max. :) I hope he stays on the show for some eye candy!

After such an active day, I am definitely declaring tomorrow a rest day! Looking forward to reading and lounging on the couch.

Lovin’ my rest day

Even though I loved having a runner’s high yesterday, I’m loving my “rest day” from the gym. Sometimes it just feels good to come home, take my time making dinner and rest by reading and plopping my butt on the couch. I won’t lie though–I am really looking forward to yoga tomorrow night. It may mean that I switch my 25 minute run to Friday, but it’s way worth it because my body needs yoga badly this week.

I am so excited that tomorrow is my Friday! This week flew by! :)

Breakfast–cereal and coffee. Same old stuff you’ve seen on here for weeks!

cereal and coffee

Lunch was a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, lots of carrots, red peppers and a peach chobani. I finally got some veggies in my lunch box and they tasted so good. I couldn’t believe I polished off all of those carrots. I think it was a total of three chopped up? Crazy, huh!

carrots, red peppers, peach chobani, pb&j

I ran to Aldi after work and stocked up on lots of produce so I could make a yummy dinner!

Oh and I got some string cheese, so I had to snack on that when I got home. Seeing string cheese in the fridge tonight made my husband so excited. Our cat Karma also loves it when we open string cheese wrappers. He’s crazy and will run up to smell the wrapper and hope we drop some cheese on the carpet.

string cheese

When I meditated tonight, I had to add five minutes onto my 20 minute routine and breathe before my actual meditation session. 25 minutes twice a day sure adds up, but hopefully it will help me in the long run.

Dinner was a salad with grape tomatoes, sunflower seeds, tofu and a bit of mozzarella shredded cheese.

I marinated half of the tofu in Frank’s red hot sauce and some Penzey’s spices.

tofu marinating

Beautiful and delicious salad!

tofu and salad

Dessert was a Moser Roth english toffee milk chocolate bar from Aldi. Do you like to shop for produce at Aldi? I realize I have to watch what I buy there in terms of packaged foods (hello, high fructose corn syrup), but I love their prices on produce. I didn’t have luck with fruit tonight in terms of quality, but there were some good veggies to choose from.

Going to keep this post short and sweet! Night!

Dinner and book discussion

Last night, I didn’t blog because I went from work, home to meditate and then to meet Karis for dinner at Noodles and Company. This was our first time meeting in person after writing e-mails back and forth over the last couple of months. How fun to meet another blogger in person, especially because we are interested in a lot of the same things! She even was sweet enough to bring me two books I am really looking forward to reading: A Year of Sundays and A Homemade Life.

After a great dinner discussion, we headed over to the New Berlin Public Library for their book discussion on Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver

It was fun to hear what others, especially those coming from a different demographic, had to say about their impressions of the book. What I took away from the book was that growing as much food as you can helps the environment, your budget, your piece of mind and it’s a fun process. I am looking forward to hopefully expanding our patio container garden a bit this summer. Oh and I can’t wait to try some of her recipes inspired by what she grew on their farm.

I wasn’t too hungry this morning so I had Post Great Grains Cranberry Almond Crunch cereal and some coffee.

coffee, Post Great Grains cereal

I was tired again today so I had an almond latte and some raw almonds for a snack mid-morning.

blue diamond almonds; almond latte

Lunch was a pb & j sandwich. I used Smart Balance peanut butter and it’s really yummy.

clementine, pb & j, chobani peach

After work, I meditated and snacked on half of this KIND bar.

KIND plus bar

Then I met up with my friend Angie at the gym for some weight lifting and the elliptical. It was nice to catch up with her and chat while working out. So different to be working out without music blaring in my ears too.

I was so hungry by the time I got home at 7! I quickly chopped up some stuff and added to quinoa that was already cooked. It was basically the same quinoa combo I made the other day.

quinoa tomatoes, feta, red peppers, kalamata olives

And now I just lost to my husband in Wordfeud. It’s so addictive to play and I keep saying it’s my “Alzheimer’s prevention” because I don’t play enough word games. I am surprised my hubby likes it because he doesn’t like Scrabble. It’s fun to compete against him, even if I just lost to him big time. Oh well–there’s a new game starting now and I better get my thinking cap on.

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Night!

Snow snow, go away

I had a snowy ride into work today–I did not enjoy waking up to see snow on the ground and big flakes in the air. When is this winter weather going to end!? I am ready for flip flops, spring coats, walks around our neighborhood and biking outside.

Today’s work day was good. I was dependent on others to get tasks done and most of them were accomplished today, a day early. Love when that happens.

I started my day off with Eggo nutri grain whole wheat waffles and a banana.

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Snack at work was a trail mix bar, a kit kat and a latte.

Lunch was a whole wheat tortilla filled with pintos, a bit of cheese and red peppers. I also had more carrot sticks, red peppers, an applesauce and an Athenos strawberry greek yogurt. My verdict on these greek yogurts is that I do prefer Chobani over Athenos. I don’t think I am a big fan of the separate fruit filling that you have to mix in. Don’t know why, but it seems that Chobani’s blends better.

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After work, I picked up Craig and we got dinner. He was getting his oil changed. His idea of the perfect dinner was McD’s. Mine, not so much. I had a bite of his chicken sandwich and was truthfully grossed out. I opted to go to Panera bread and ordered a you pick two of french onion soup, a meditterean veggie sandwich and an apple. Much better! Tasted nice and fresh.

Fuzzy picture courtesy of my husband’s Droid phone because I forgot my point and shoot camera.

Panera

My husband went to a basketball game tonight with his sister and I was going to head to the gym and then relax. Unfortunately, I laid down for a bit and an hour and a half later, I had been out on the couch sleeping away like a baby. This is a sign I need to go to bed earlier once again.

Speaking of, I missed my workout today as a result. So, maybe I should become a morning workout person more regularly?

Check out this article from Women’s Day featuring healthy living bloggers on 10 morning workout motivators. I am trying to find that balance in my schedule and it may be better for me to get to bed early and get up early to accomplish my workout.

Rewind to yesterday afternoon and evening–I enjoyed an Awake tea with a pump of mocha (my friend told me she enjoys this combo and she was right, it’s tasty) and the new Starbucks logo was on my sleeve. I managed to get two cute t-shirts from Old Navy totally free (no tax or anything) because of a $10 coupon I got from my Banana Republic card. Now I get to spend that at Gap, BR and online too.

Starbucks new logo

Dinner last night was Potbelly’s smoked ham and swiss sub.

Potbelly sandwich

Then Craig and I went to the Guided Meditation class. It was interesting and I am glad we went. Basically, I won’t be using this type of meditation in the future, but I think visualizing through listening to a CD or podcast could work for some people over the technique I use.

We meditated a couple of times in class and during one of the sessions, I was transported to Bacharach, Germany, looking over the city and sitting in the vineyards.

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Bacharach was the first stop on our honeymoon in Europe a couple of years ago and it holds a special place in my heart, so it’s no surprise that my meditation session that involved picturing a place resulted in me going there. Aaah, I wish I could go there right now to drink some riesling and eat riesling gelato (which I really did and it was delicious).

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Anyway, back to reality. Bedtime is approaching and since one of my new goals is to get to bed earlier, I better go get ready.

TGIT

(I started writing this during lunch yesterday, so I will just leave the title and references to Thursday on here. TGIF now for the rest of the world!)

TGIT=Thank god it’s Thursday, which is what I will be saying for the next three weeks! I am looking forward to having the next three Fridays in a row off. Tomorrow, I want to get some more Christmas shopping done and also just relax a bit. I may or may not set the oven for an hour and clean as much as I can in the house.

For breakfast, I had a bowl of Oikos plain greek non-fat yogurt with honey and sliced almonds. I can’t get enough of almonds. Maybe that is a sign of a deficiency. I know that my magnesium levels are low. Maybe it’s the calcium in almonds that my body needs?

yogurt with chia seeds, almonds and honey

I had almond poppyseed bread again for a snack at work.

Lunch was what I had for dinner yesterday since it was easy to pack up leftovers and put them in the fridge to grab for lunch today! Love when I can do that! So it was brussel sprouts and two slices of pizza again. I had some Newman’s Own Organics chocolate creme cookies for dessert.

brussel sprouts and pizza

Dinner was a veggie masala TJ burger on an Arnold’s Thin. I had some sliced red peppers on the side.

veggie burger and red peppers

Dessert was a pb dough ball.

dough ball

Thursday night yoga class was exactly what I needed. I really need to do more yoga at the Y, as I love it. I just wish more of the classes worked with my schedule. A Sunday morning yoga would be perfect, but for now, they don’t offer it. My body felt very stiff tonight. Maybe it is all of the stress lately. My right side especially hurt during the many lunges and hip stretches. It hurt so good to stretch!

I wanted to post this yesterday, but stress got the better of me and I fell asleep on the couch at 8:30 and then went to bed at 10 something. My body just shuts down at the end of the week.

Practicing my Thanksgiving dish

Hooray! Thanksgiving is tomorrow and that means I have a four day weekend! Can’t wait for Pumpkin Pie, Green Bean casserole and Sweet Potato casserole tomorrow. Oh and a few glasses of wine. ;)

Breakfast today was Total Blueberry and Pomegranate cereal with some POM arils on top.

Lunch was the rest of my Subway sandwich, baby carrots, red peppers, Newman’s Own Organic pretzels and Newman’s Own Organic chocolate chocolate chip cookies.

This was my first time trying the pretzels. I asked Newman’s Own Organics if I could review some of their food and they sent me a huge package of various items. I’ll be reviewing them over the next week/weeks. The pretzels were hot as they say on the package, but they weren’t overwhelmingly hot. The heat reminded me of jalapenos or Frank’s Red Hot sauce.

I was tired after work and took a little nap. Then, I got to work in the kitchen. I wanted to try out the recipe I am making for Thanksgiving tomorrow to make sure it was ok. I am making Oh She Glow’s recipe Mandarin and Maple Spiced Quinoa.

The recipe calls for toasted almonds and pecans. Until about a year ago, I wasn’t really much of a cook or baker. Reading food blogs has helped me with my confidence in the kitchen and I guess writing my own blog also has done the same. I confess that I hadn’t toasted nuts in my life until tonight. My co-worker scared me a bit today, saying that it was hard to do. I just tried it anyway and set the oven for 350 degrees, coated the pan with cooking spray and then coated the sliced almonds and pecans too. They were in the oven for about 10 minutes and I flipped them over a couple of times. They turned out perfect! I am going to toast nuts for recipes more often. It’s so easy. I put the heated oven to good use and baked some brownies too.

I measured out the ingredients, followed Oh She Glows’ recipe on my iPod touch and it was really easy to make!

I think (hope) it will be a hit tomorrow. Except for my mom and Craig, all of the guests attending Thanksgiving lunch have never tried Quinoa before.

It’s a great dish for fall. I had commented to Craig that it would be good for breakfast and then I reread Oh She Glows’ post and she said the same thing.

Mandarin & Maple Spiced Quinoa with Cranberries, Apricots and Almonds

Chewy, crunchy, and subtly sweet, this dish captures Autumn all in one delicious spot.

Adapted from ED&BV.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup quinoa, uncooked
  • 1 & 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots, chopped
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup toasted almonds
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp mandarin juice
  • 1/2 cup mandarin slices, from can or fresh
  • 1-2 tbsp pecans, chopped & toasted
  • 1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp sea salt, to taste
  • Cinnamon + maple syrup + sea salt, to garnish before serving

Directions: Add your quinoa, water, cinnamon, nutmeg, sea salt, and mandarin juice. Bring this mixture to a boil and then reduce to low and simmer for about 12-13 minutes. Now stir in your chopped dried apricots and cranberries. Cook on low, covered, for another 5 minutes. Stir in your oil, almonds, and maple syrup. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary. Stir in the mandarin oranges very gently. Pour into a bowl and garnish with chopped pecans, a drizzle of maple syrup, cinnamon, and sea salt. Makes about 2.5-3 cups.

What are you making for Thanksgiving?

Have a great holiday!

I heart Fridays

Aaah, Friday, how I love thee. I will also love Wednesday of next week, since it will be a “Friday” before a four day weekend.

We don’t have much on our agenda for the weekend, but I made a fairly big to do list today. I will try to accomplish almost everything!

Breakfast today was Total cereal and coffee. I ate a quick breakfast so I could spend more time making a healthy lunch for Craig and I.

I made us both ham and cheese sandwiches on Arnold’s Thins. Additionally, he had a Yoplait yogurt and I had red grapes, a Stonyfield smoothie and pita chips.

After work, I headed to the YMCA. I logged 32 minutes on the elliptical and lifted some free weights. The machines were so busy tonight that I figured I would rather wait until the weekend when it’s quiet and I don’t have to wait around to do my circuit.

I had a craving for pizza for dinner so we had a frozen one. I made it a little healthier by adding broccoli and red peppers to my half (Craig is grossed out by broccoli, unfortunately). Wow, that was so good! I am going to add both of those veggies every time I eat pizza now!

Of course I had to have dessert. I have been ignoring my pumpkin ice cream all week, so I had a little bowl of that. Maybe I want to save my pumpkin cravings for Thanksgiving.

Speaking of, my mom and dad are hosting turkey day and my mom is not clear about what she wants me to bring. She will make the pumpkin pie and sweet potato casserole. My mother-in-law will bring the green bean casserole, which is what I was going to bring. I planned on finding a healthy version of  it to make. Now that is no longer an option. I want to bring something healthy–any ideas? I guess I will be searching food blogs this weekend to look for something. That or I can just bring wine! Honestly, holidays sort of frustrate me and it shouldn’t be that way. I don’t find them relaxing and I never even have to host any parties!

I’ll stop venting and cross my fingers someone comments with some healthy recipes to share.

Tomorrow morning, I want to get to the 8:45 yoga class, Starbucks to enjoy the buy one get one free holiday drinks and then Craig wants to buy a new toilet at Home Depot. We want one that is more green and uses less water. All I want from Home Depot is a spice rack to mount on our pantry door! Love the differences between male and female priorities in a household. My co-worker and I were discussing that this morning. I want to decorate and organize, Craig wants to make the house green and improve manly things.

Have a lovely weekend!

Restful evening

Tuesday is my rest day from the gym. I needed it today after feeling quite sore all over from yesterday’s Boot Camp. My thighs, quads, triceps and especially my abs (from the scooters) hurt. It wasn’t the same soreness I got from Body Pump at the Y, but was a close second.

For dinner tonight, I wanted to challenge myself to Tina’s Cookbook Challenge. Alas, I realized that unlike Tina, I don’t have that many great cookbooks. I like pictures–I am a visual person. Mine lack pictures. I do have some checked out from the library, but figured those didn’t count. I looked through the two below and decided I didn’t like anything I saw and was craving quinoa anyway.

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