Thursday, February 23, 2012

What I Ate Wednesday... (Ash Wednesday Edition)

OK....So I know it's Thursday, but I was being super lazy yesterday and didn't get a chance to post my WIAW post actually on Wednesday. Oops. OH welllll.
Breakfast before I left for work was something different than I am used to having in the morning. Yay for trying new things! On Sunday when I went to Trader Joe's I picked up Honey Apple Butter because I was inspired to eat my quinoa bread with something other than cheese (especially since my stomach has really been bothering me lately.. TM dairy?) Sooo I decided to hold off on the greek yogurt and made myself 3 eggs whites on one piece of quinoa toast and put Honey Apple Butter on another slice of quinoa toast with my big cup of low acid coffee. BOY was this absolutely amazing. One of the most satisfying breakfasts I've had in a while. The egg was filling and protein filled, while the Honey Apple Butter was the sweet and sugary jumpstart I needed for my morning!

Since it was Ash Wednesday, and I am Catholic, I was attempting to "fast" yesterday, meaning not eating in between meals and having your two meals not equal the biggest one. Because of this, I did not have my normal 10:30am Luna Bar, and I waited until lunch to eat again. Thankfully I was really busy making binders for new store procedures at my internship that I wasn't constantly thinking about eating!

Lunch was pretty good. Leftover pasta salad from Monday night that my mom made for us to eat while we tailgated the game. It's pretty good:
-Whole Wheat Tortellini
-Grape Tomatoes
-Teeny Mozzarella Balls
-Balsamic Vinaigrette
All marinated nicely together.

I also had a Luna Bar with lunch because I didn't particularly like the Berry Applesauce I brought with me.

On the way home, I knew I was going to hit a boat load of traffic due to the bridge construction on my way home. So I broke my no snack rule for the day and munched on an apple on the way. When I got home, though, I made the most delicious dinner:

Roasted Sweet Potato Fries, Roasted Zucchini, Fresh Mozarella and Tomato Salad with Basil and Balsamic Vinegar.

Yum yum yum. All I did was coat the veggies in olive oil, sprinkled on some salt and pepper, spread it all out on a baking sheet, and popped it in a 375 degree oven for about 30 minutes. So worth the wait.

For dessert, a 100 calorie dark chocolate bar from TJ's and a handful of organic animal crackers.

.... ok ok I had a midnight snack of a piece of quinoa toast with Honey Apple Butter. I told youuu I can't get enough of it!


Monday, February 20, 2012

GMO's and Cereal Woes

Good Monday Morning,

For many people in the US, today is a National holiday and a day off from work. Not for this girl. Today I was up and at 'em at 5:25am. Early bird gets the worm right? Started off today with a delicious blueberry greek yogurt, high fiber joe o's, and banana. And a huge coffee of course. I switched to a low acid trader joe's brand of coffee, and I am very impressed. It's much smoother than what I am used to. I love it.

Yesterday, I had a horrible epiphany when I was two bowls deep into my Joe O's and banana with skim milk. I was reading the ingredients on the box because I was bored and was appalled when I read, there as ingredient number THREE, "modified corn starch." NOOooooo. I was SOO upset when I read this. 2 and a half weeks ago I swore off all genetically modified ingredients and highly processed foods. Up until this point, I would have to say I have been doing a decent job at doing so, being very label conscious and avoiding foods out at restaurants and games that I know have chemical additives. But these Joe O's I had bought 3 weeks prior to yesterday, back in a time when I wasn't aware of the chemicals companies add into our foods without our knowledge. I wasn't being cognicent of labels at that time for these ingredients either, so when I saw those three words on the side of the cereal box I had been eating from for the past two weeks I was sooo bummed. Actually more angry than bummed. It was somewhat infuriating that despite my efforts to keep such ingredients out of my diet, they managed to sneak their way in. This is EXACTLY what the movie Food, Inc. was talking about. Companies can just put that stuff into our food without letting consumers know what they are actually buying. There have been multiple attempts at laws to be passed requiring companies to label their food with a GMO label on the front so that the public knows exactly what they are getting. So far none have passed, and this instance only made me that much more of an advocate for such laws.

I was able to move past the incident, threw out the rest of the Joe O's and made my way to Trader Joe's later that evening. I was VERY attentive at all of the labels for everything I was buying. I spent a good 10 minutes scanning all of the cereal boxes for the one that had the most natural ingredients. That happened to be (ironically) High Fiber Joe O's. With 6 grams of protein and 9 grams of fiber, these little O's have a pretty low sugar count and organic ingredients. At $2.99 a box, I'd say it was a decent buy. I also wanted to buy some low fat cookies to snack on this week. After a bit of a search, I found Organic Animal Crackers! I have always been an animal cracker lover, and with all organic ingredients and just 120 calories and 2 grams of fat per serving, how could I go wrong? They are delicious, and slightly lemony which was a nice flavor boost from the original kind I used to eat. I also purchased more Quinoa, but this time (because of a recommendation from a Trader Joe's employee) I opted to purchase the Tri-Color Quinoa. He said it had much more flavor, and it has an extra gram of protein. My only hesitation was that it was a dollar more than the kind I purchased last week. I decided to splurge a bit and get it anyway, just to try it out. I'll post later about how that goes!


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Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Weekend That Went On and On...

I am bummed that I haven't posted in awhile. The point of the blog was to keep myself on track and to be mindful of what I am eating and doing each day. Well that went right out the window this past weekend. Way too many birthday celebrations, graduation celebrations, and other goings on to have stayed on track with being healthy. Eating wasn't too bad... drinking was...womp womp. I have switched to drinking vodka sodas with a splash of orange juice though in order to be more calorie conscious while out with my friends. So that's a start right? Monday was my start to a good week. I've even gone to the gym everyday since Saturday. What?? Gym on the weekend. Yep. Haven't been running as much though, mostly quick aerobics and then strength training afterwards. I've become obsessed with the machines at my gym. I feel so intense... even though I probably look like I have no idea what I am doing on them!

Yesterday was my long day of class, and I decided in my second class of the day that there was no way I was making it through that entire day without falling asleep. So...I skipped my last class to bake cookies. Ooops. In my defense, I got more done in those 2 hours than I would have ever gotten done otherwise. I made it to the liquor store to buy a gift, the grocery store, AND bed, bath, and beyond, not to mention that I was halfway done baking my first kind of cookies by the time class would have just been letting out. soooo I think it was worth it :) I went to the grocery store specifically for vanilla, but I have recently learned that I am absolutely incapable of entering a grocery store and just purchasing one item. Somehow I always wind up spending at least $30 every single time I go. I got really great stuff though that I actually didn't realize I needed until I got there, so it's fine.

When I got home, I was sooo excited to bake!! It had been about a week and a half since I had baked anything (a long time for me), so this cookie baking was going to be fun. First I made the easiest cookies in the world, Cake Cookies. Before I was on this "no preservatives/artificial ingredients" kick, I loved these things. They're devine. Like little bitty chewy cakes that are so sweet and delicious. Ask me if I ate any dough.... I DIDN'T. Self control at it's finest. I used "Funfetti" cake mix to make the cookies. Literally all you do is pour the mix into a bowl, add two eggs, 1/3 cup of vegetable oil, mix together, pop in a 350 degree oven, bake for 10 minutes...and Voila!! Cake cookies. I rolled mine into tablespoon sized balls and used non-peril rainbow sprinkles on half and rainbow sugar crystals on the other half. They were so colorful and fun!

Funfetti Cookies!
The other kind of cookie I made was my homemade oatmeal dark chocolate chip cookie. They are sooo yummy...if I do say so myself! And healthy! So a win-win there. They take a bit longer to prepare than the cake cookies but totally worth it.

1/2 C Whole Wheat Flour
1/2 C White Flour
2 C Quick Cooking Oats
1/2 C Dark Brown Sugar
1/2 White Sugar
1/4 Unsweetend Applesauce
2 Egg whites
2 T butter (softened)
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Vanilla
1/2 C Dark Choc. Chips

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
2. In a large bowl cream together the butter and the sugars
3. Beat in the egg whites, vanilla, and applesauce
4. In a separate bowl combine the flours, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
5. Add about 1/2 of the flour mixture to the wet ingredients. Stir well.
6. Add one cup of the oats to the mixture.
7. Continue adding and mixing the dry ingredients into the wet mixture.
8. Add the chocolate chips just before the mixture fully comes together.
9. Roll tablespoon size balls of the dough and place onto a greased cookie sheet
Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
10. Bake for about 7-8 minutes or until just slightly golden brown (don't overcook! they will be very dry)
11. ENJOY!

I love these cookies SO much. Too much really. I make them alll the time. They're especially delicious straight from the oven!

Have fun baking!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Fashionable Eating

Yesterday was my second day of my internship at a very fashion forward retail company. I am absolutely IN LOVE with the home office. It's such a creative and inspiring space, just walking into the building makes you want to do something artsy. Everything happens here. Designing, planning, buying, sales, distribution, photographing, web design, blogging, visual designs, accounting, and even sewing and actually creating lines of clothing. It's seriously amazing. 

Because I leave for work at 7:30 and don't get lunch until after 12, I needed something filling to start off my day. Sounds like a good day to start trying greek yogurt again! I had berry flavored fiber greek yogurt with cut up banana and a handful of cheerios....anddddd I actually enjoyed it!!! Yum. Alongside a HUGE coffee. A necessity for these mornings. I was so revved up and energized that I left for work early and actually beat all of the crazy traffic downtown, so I got to work a full hour earlier than I was expected to be there (looking good for my manager!!) So I was put right to work. My morning was filled with fetching mail, double checking expense and petty cash reports, printing mail-outs, paperclipping and mailing the mail-outs, and sending emails about transferring goods from store to store and store to direct. Busy busy. I managed to sneak in a s'mores Luna Bar somewhere around 1030 because after going up and down the stairs to the color printer on the second floor about 10 times, I was quite hungry! We broke for lunch around 1pm, so I raced over to the awesome cafeteria and snagged myself a huge water and an iced coffee before I chowed down on my homemade pasta salad. I am still experimenting with different recipes and what not, so this one was definitely a test. It was pretty good, but I would add more dressing next was kind of dry. Still yummy though :)

Whole Wheat Pasta Salad w Veggies:
1 cup of whole wheat high fiber and high protein penne pasta
1/2 Zucchini "half-mooned" 
1 cup of broccoli
1/4 cup chopped tomato
A few tablespoons of olive oil
A good amount of balsamic vinegar
Garlic salt
Fat Free feta cheese to your liking

I seasoned with garlic salt and pepper and then sauteed the zucchini and broccoli in olive oil until browned. Add in the cooked pasta and tomato. Dress with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Then add in feta. Letting the pasta salad marinate overnight allows all of the flavors to merry together really well. But like I said, next time def more balsamic. 

After my internship, I traveled through a crazy winter wonderland of snow to get to the gym. I was able to do 3.5 miles on the treadmill switching between running for a mile and walking on an incline for .5miles. I ran the fastest I have ever run at a constant pace each mile of 6.9mph. I'm getting better! I then did a circuit of leg and arm machines. I came home and made dinner right away. 2 pieces of Quinoa bread heated in a bit of olive oil topped with an egg and cheddar cheese and broiled in the oven. I then put two slices of tomato on the sandwich before putting the top slice on. This was DELICIOUS. Dessert of two Ghiradelli dark chocolate squares, and I was fully satisfied.
All around good day! :)

Ps. I promise to start photographing my food more! I keep forgetting.