Cashew Heaven

July 6, 2009

I am so proud of myself for waking up at 5:30 am to do the P90X Pyelometrics DVD!  This girl does not set her alarm any earlier than 6am…period….except for today.  I felt great for the majority of today, but I’m feeling really drained at the moment.  Probably the combo of less sleep and a semi-slow day at work.  Apparently people don’t like to weigh-in the day after July 4th weekend…surprise, surprise.

Anyways, on to the food:

I had 1/2 slice of whole wheat tuscan pane (unpictured) preworkout, followed by the other half with cashew butter and a green monster post-workout:

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Heavenly!

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Maybe I should call this a brown monster instead of a green monster?  In the blender – 1/2 cup frozen strawberries, 1/2 frozen peach, 8 oz skim milk, 1 scoop unflavored whey protein, 2 handfuls spinach, and a PureVia packet.  I liked the PureVia yesterday, but it was a little too sweet with an aftertaste today.  I think I’ll be returning to my agave nectar from now on.

Breakfast lasted me until 10:45, and then I reached for my usual:

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Cheese stick!

Lunch was leftover grilled tinfoil vegetables (see recipe page) with 1/4 block of tofu and 1 oz shredded Parmesan cheese:

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Yum Yum – cheesy goodness!

I was craving sweets this afternoon, so I opted for a “chocolate peanut dream” flavored protein bar from the office at 3pm:

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Not as good as real chocolate and peanut butter, but a decent substitute.  I actually ate a second one at 5pm because I was feeling hungry and knew dinner would be at least another 2 1/2 hours or more.  I’m meeting Renee (another RD at my office) and one of her friends to celebrate her birthday at Zen Asian Fusion tonight.  I have no clue what I’m going to order since I haven’t been there before.  Oh, and I had some grated zucchini just now because I’m still hungry!  Grrrr for late dinners; guess it’s the price of good company. 😉

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Better go change – I don’t think scrubs qualify as casual dress….


Monday’s Bites

June 29, 2009

Today started with a slice of Trader Joe’s low calorie bread and ~1 Tbsp of light cream cheese before my 6:30am workout:

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Jim and I lunged and squatted out way through the P90X Legs & Back DVD (~1 hour) and then completed the 15 minute Ab Ribber segment.  Very intense, but in a good way.  Post-workout, I refueled with a mixed up bowl of cottage cheese, kiwi, sliced almonds, and Kashi GOLEAN Crunch cereal:

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I love kiwi!

Breakfast lasted me until about 11:30, but I knew I didn’t have time for lunch until 1pm – cheese stick to the rescue!

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Lunch was leftover tofu and veggies from last night:

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I chopped up a cheese stick for a little more staying power, and also had an apple on the side (unpictured)…

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…followed by one of these guys for dessert!

By 5pm, I was starting to feel a tiny bit hungry, but not enough for a real snack.  I settled on raw zucchini:

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This held me until dinner at 6:45pm:

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Egg & mozzarella panini (TJ’s low calorie bread with a smear of Earth Balance margarine) heated on my panini press.  YUM!  I might have had a piece of bread while this was cooking.  I wasn’t feeling up to veggies due to a rumbly stomach, but wanted something munchy – enter 100 calorie bag of popcorn:

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I feel totally satisfied and won’t question my sweet tooth’s current disappearance…I’m sure it will reappear soon enough!  Jim and I might be bowling with friends tonight, but I plan on abstaining from the pitchers of beer that will be floating around.  This girl is too tired for alcohol tonight!  Hope everyone else is doing well and full of energy! 🙂


Flying vegetables!

June 28, 2009

Breakfast

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Breakfast cookie with 1/3 cup oats, splash of Almond Breeze, 1/2 tsp cocoa, 1 Tbsp pbu on top, and a drizzle of agave…

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…and some egg substitute with low fat mozzarella tucked inside.

I also had a cup of green tea with skim milk:
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After breakfast, I drove to meet my dad at the regional airport. I am so upset – my camera died on the airfield today!  I took a picture of some of the other planes:

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…and the tail of the one we were taking…

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…and then the battery went dead!

It’s my own fault for not checking before I left.  We had a great time though – he even let me fly (or attempt to fly) for a bit.  The hard part was seeing over the dashboard because I’m so short.  Next time I need to bring a big pillow.

We made a pit stop in Gastonia to celebrate his and my grandmother-in-law’s birthday.  Lunch was a spread – roast beef, potato casserole, shrimp etufe, rice, okra, fried squash, salad, and rolls.  I had 3 oz or so of the roast beef, 1/2 cup of potato casserole, 1/4 cup of shrimp, a few pieces of okra, two small slices of fried squash, and salad.  I skipped the rolls and rice to save room for dessert – a Baskin-Robbins ice cream cake!  YUM!

After lunch, we flew for another hour or so and then landed to exchange goodies.  His birthday present for a huge bag of veggies from the garden, homemade pickles, and fresh zucchini bread.  Check out my crisper – totally packed!

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Flying vegetables!  – cucumbers, okra, yellow squash, and zucchini (it’s hiding underneath)…

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…and the pickles which I’ll open sometime this week.

I was starting to feel a bit sluggish around 4, so I had a protein bar on the drive home.  It’s Healthwise, the brand we carry at my office – not natural by any means, but it did the job.  I don’t have a picture since I hadn’t made it home to change the camera battery yet.   After putting up my goodies, I set out to do the P90X Yoga – it was 90 minutes and no walk in the park.  I’m still flexible from my former dance/twirling days, but there were some moves I couldn’t master.

Dinner was fairly light due to the large lunch:

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Mixed-up bowl of squash, zucchini, onions, tofu, and mozzarella flavored with champagne vinegar and dill

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I couldn’t resist trying a slice of my mom’s homemade zucchini/blueberry bread.  It was really good, but I’m feeling a bit stuffed now.  Too many sweets in one day!

Well, it’s time for this girl to shower and wind down.  I hope everyone had wonderful weekends – I know I did! 🙂


P90X is here…what’s a wife to do?

June 26, 2009

The husband and I tried out the P90X chest & back DVD after my post last night – boy, am I sore today!  LOTS of push-ups – I did the majority of them girly style on my knees and have the bruises today to prove it.  Today’s tape was pyelometrics (lots of jumping around) and both of us worked up a good sweat.

I’ve decided to follow the exercise program with Jim, but I’m not so sure about the nutrition part.  The first phase is 50% protein – ridiculous!   I’m having a moral dilemma here – following it would go against everything I’ve learned as a dietitian about balance BUT I want to be supportive of the hubby.  What’s a wife to do? Suggestions or advice anyone?

Moral dilemmas aside; it’s time for today’s bites…

Last night’s post-workout snack:  Kashi Mighty Bites in skim milk

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BREAKFAST

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Breakfast cookie (1/2 cup oats, 2 Tbsp PBU, splash of Almond Breeze, 1/2 tsp cocoa powder) topped with another Tbsp of PBU – HEAVEN!

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Egg substitute with reduced fat mozzarella

MORNING SNACK

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cheese stick

LUNCH

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Salad with romaine, carrots, tofu, egg, almonds, and balsamic vinaigrette.  I planned on an apple for dessert, but decided on this instead:

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KASHI! 🙂

AFTERNOON SNACKS

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Lowfat plain yogurt with 1 Tbsp PBU

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Microwaved rye with 1 Tbsp PBU

DINNER

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Stir fry with edamame, tofu, sesame oil, garlic powder, and the last of my mozzerella cheese…

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1/2 cup total Kashi Mighty Bites/GOLEAN Crunch in skim milk…

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…and another slice of rye with PBU – I’m officially obsessed with this stuff! It is soooo good.  🙂

I had a DEXA scan today to retest my body composition (I hop on there every now and then for free – one of awesome perks of my job) – I’m down 2 lbs and 0.5% in body fat over the past month.  It’s a slow loss, but I’m happy to be moving in the right direction.  The weird thing is that my left arm has more muscle than my right – and I’m right handed!  Gotta even those suckers out!

Alrighty, I need to shower – Jim and I are probably going bowling with Chris tonight.  Should be fun! Hope everyone else is having a great Friday night! 🙂


I finally made PBU!

June 25, 2009

After my late breakfast, I went for a jog/walk – 4 miles in 55 minutes (I think I ran 40 and walked 15 or so).   I wish I’d woken up early because it was really hot by 10am (80-90 degrees?).  I wore sunscreen and a hat and still got burned – my skin is just super fair.  I keep touching my cheeks and they’re still hot 8 hours later….oh well, free blush.  I cooled down while reading blogs, and then fixed myself an early lunch since I had to be at my hair appointment by 12:30.

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I was craving fruit, so I made of bowl of lowfat plain yogurt, peaches, banana, almonds, and Kashi GOLEAN Crunch cereal.

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Up Close

I sat for almost 3 hours this afternoon for my highlights and trim, and then had a handful of almonds in the car on the way to the mall.

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My sister-in-law was supposed to meet me, but she never answered her phone.  I perused the sale rack at Anthropologie and tried a few things on, but nothing worked.  I get so frustrated being “well-endowed” and short.  I realize I can have things altered (and nearly every item I buy ends up going to a tailor) but it gets old…and expensive.  I did manage to find a BCBG shirt at Belk for $40 from $138 – gotta love a bargain!

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I could get away without altering this one, but it’s sleeveless and an inch off the fabric at the shoulders would make a huge difference.  I’ll probably spend the extra $10 or $15….sigh.  At least I found something fun though!

I worked up an appetite shopping and wanted something quick when I got home.  Decided on a salad with tofu, egg, romaine, carrots, tomatoes, roasted red peppers, and TJ’s reduced fat cilantro dressing.

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And a slice of rye bread with Earth Balance margarine:

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Microwaving it for 30 seconds makes it taste so much better!

Okay, so I’ve been reading a lot about ABU and PBU on various blogs and decided it was time to make some of my own:

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1 cup Skippy Natural PB + 2 cups unsweetened almond breeze = PBU

It turned out a little watery, but even watery this stuff is AWESOME!  Emily is a genious!  I had a Tbsp or so straight off the spoon and also used it to make my breakfast cookie for breakfast tomorrow.  I will be dreaming of it tonight for sure.  Oh, and the peanut butter spurred a chocolate craving, so I had a few Ghirardelli dark chocolate chips:

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YUM!  I love dark chocolate because just a little bit satisfies.

Kenan just went psycho – the UPS guy dropped off the P90X DVDs my husband ordered.  MAN that was fast!  I have to go check these things out…


MIA and back in action

June 25, 2009

I know I was MIA yesterday – no excuses really, I just didn’t feel like blogging.  Here’s a recap of Wednesday:

Breakfast

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1/2 cup egg substitute with a bit of sea salt

Morning Snack

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cheese stick

Lunch

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Green beans, 1/2 cup couscous, 1/4 block tofu, pat Earth Balance margarine, & 1 Tbsp champagne vinegar…

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…hard boiled egg…

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…and an apple.

Afternoon Snacks

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Kashi bar around 2:30pm

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Fresh cucumber slices…

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…and 1/2 cup yogurt with homemade strawberry glaze around 5pm.

Dinner

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carrots and hummus

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homemade pizza (see recipe page)

I had good intentions on Wednesday – went for a 45 minute walk during work and planned on working out when I got home, but I talked myself out of it.   I watched DVR’d episodes of The Cleaner instead – slacker.  This was followed by some mindless munching  – Kashi crackers with peanut butter, cereal, Kashi cookies, sunchips, and a few mini Twix bars.   Technically I should say binge instead of munching…munching sounds so much better though.  Moral of the story – I have to blog every day even if I don’t feel like it.  Also, I am allowed to take a day off from working out, but shouldn’t feel guilty and let that turn into eating unnecessary stuff.

Enough about that…today I will not continue yesterday’s cycle.  Wasn’t feeling that hungry because of all the junk last night, so I decided on a light smoothie:

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– 1/2 frozen peach

– 1/2 frozen banana

– 8 oz skim milk

– 1 scoop unflavored whey protein

– 1 tsp agave nectar

Very refreshing!

Now I’m ready to take on the day.  Today’s agenda includes working out, a haircut/highlight, hanging out with my sister-in-law, and whatever else I feel like accomplishing.  Glad to be back! 🙂

PS – Check out the Real Simple & PURE Bar Giveaway from Kristin at Iowa Girl Eats!


Catch up…

June 19, 2009

I didn’t have time last night to post dinner – after running my errands, Jim and I decided to watch the Carolina/Arizona baseball game downtown.  I grabbed a super quick bite to eat – leftovers…

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Panini with tofu, hummus, and mozarella cheese along side sauteed green beans in olive oil and balsmic vinegar.

We met up with his best friend and girlfriend (Chris and Donna from the wedding last weekend) at none other than…Hooters.  Classy, right?  I had two Miller Lite draft beers.  The alcohol spurred my hunger, but I resisted the appetizer temptations and ordered carrots with light ranch dressing instead.  Decided I’d be better off with that and a small snack when I got home.   The game ended up being a blow out, so we left during the 7th inning.  Thank goodness, because it was already 10:30 by then and way past my bedtime.  I ate this once we made it home and was in bed by 11pm.

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1/2 slice whole wheat Tuscan Pane bread and ~1 Tbsp light whipped cream cheese

I hate getting in bed that late when I know I have to be up at 6am.  Not only was it a late bedtime, but Kenan woke up four times throwing up during the night.  He’s fine now, but needless to say, I’m feeling pretty tired today.  So tired in fact, that I made my breakfast this morning while drinking a glass of 1% milk….

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…but forgot to put it in my bag after I took a picture!  This is what I had planned on eating:

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Overnight oatmeal with almond breeze/yogurt base topped with almonds and Kashi Go Lean….looks good, right?  Well, that didn’t quite happen. I realized it when I got to work – luckily, I keep a stash of stuff there, so this was what I had instead:

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1/2 cup plain nonfat yogurt, drizzle of agave nectar, 1/2 cup Kashi GOLEAN and a Kashi Honey Almond Flax bar at 7am, followed by a snack at 10am:

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Coffee with ~2 oz skim milk (caffeine jolt!) and a cheese stick

I went for a 25 minute walk at noon and then had lunch:

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1 can chunk light tuna, ~1 Tbsp reduced fat mayo, ~1 Tbsp TJ’s relish, and a small chopped apple

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Leftover veggies from the party on Wednesday – I didn’t eat the tomatoes because the first one was mushy and had that nasty off taste.  I was planning on eating my other Kashi bar as dessert, but I was too full off the veggies and tuna.  It ended up being a snack at 2pm:

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and I had the rest of my carrots in the car on the way home at 3:45:

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…followed by a dinner appetizer at 4:20

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whole wheat Tuscan Pane bread and light cream cheese

I’m not sure what we’re going to do about dinner tonight.  Both of us are beat from the interrupted sleep, but grilled salmon sounds really good to me.  I’d like to get in a workout before then, at least some strength training since I never got around to it yesterday.