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To-Do

Yesterday was very productive!

Workout

Wednesday mornings = BodyPump.  Class was great, although, I made a pretty poor decision by choosing the only spot in the whole room that did not have a mirror in front of me or to the side- I didn’t think it would be a big deal, but I soon realized that not being able to see your form in the mirror really makes it difficult to do the class! I won’t be setting up there again.

After class, I hopped on an elliptical for 20 minutes, while flipping through the Southern Living Weddings magazine I got in my Easter basket.

I’ve decided that the only way to have your wedding featured in any wedding magazine is by having it outside and using something vintage as your theme.

"Look at us...we're so vintage and outdoorsy."

Source

Breakfast

Breakfast was a fabulous smoothie, if I do say so myself.

Into the blender went:

-1/2 cup almond milk

-1/4 cup Chobani Lemon Greek yogurt

-1/3 cup frozen blueberries

-7 frozen strawberries

-1 scoop Chocolate Muscle Milk Protein Powder

-1 packet Truvia

-Handful of ice

I really like the addition of Lemon Chobani- it brings out the sweetness of the fruit!

*Note*: I discovered that whenever I insert bullet points into my posts, it messes up my font and spacing, like in this post. Is this happening to any other WP users?

Lunch

Lunch was simple.  I melted half a slice of swiss cheese onto a whole grain sandwich thin, and then added some sliced deli ham and Dijon mustard.  

On the side, I had a salad made with Romaine and a drizzle of Kraft Toasted Sesame Dressing.

After lunch, I had a few things to get done in order to begin crossing things off my daunting “To Do Before June 1st” list that is hanging on the fridge.  June 1st is the deadline for my nursing school application to be turned in.

The List

Not sure if that last one is gonna happen, but I keep my eyes peeled whenever I walk down sidewalks 🙂 .

First on the list: get my fingerprints done!

I went to the local police station and had my fingerprints taken and placed on a card.  Apparently, my fingers are so freakishly small that it’s hard to get good prints.

I’ll never forget when I got my engagement ring sized and the jeweler couldn’t believe that my ring size was a 3 1/2.  That’s like…circus midget size.

The prints were a success, but getting the ink off was another challenge.  Ew.

I needed to mail the print card to Tallahassee, and I also had some other forms to mail to the school, so I went to the post office.  My total was only $1.88, which was great until I saw one of these:

Lucky for me, the post office just happens to be located in the back of a big store that sells everything from artwork to homemade sauces and wine.  I decided to peruse the store to see if I could find something worthwhile to bump up my purchase total.  It didn’t take me long to find the food, and I walked out with a jar of Salsa Verde!

I decided to try out my purchase with some whole grain Tostito’s Scoops topped with a slice of melted swiss cheese, like less-fancy nachos.

It was spice-ay.  And delicious.

Dinner

After merking my Microbiology final, I was ready for dinner!

I placed two chicken quarters, which were a Publix Ready-to-Go meal, in the oven to roast for an hour.

Before

After

I served the chicken alongside steamed spinach and yellow squash.

I used frozen yellow squash, which I will never do again.  It was a weird texture and tasted horrible.

In less than 12 hours, I will be done with finals!  Then, it’s onto the next task…packing up the whole apartment to get ready for our move this weekend!

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Gotta Love Repeatable Recipes

Well, I did it! I got some motivation and went on a 2.5 mile run.  5PM is the perfect time to run outside- at least, in Florida it is.  The sun is starting to go down, it’s windy, not too hot, not too cool.  It was great!

Dinner

After my run, I relaxed a little and got started on dinner.  I decided to go with a repeat recipe- chicken stir fry.  I followed this recipe, and dinner was on the table in no time.

It’s as easy as 1-2-3!

 

Cook Chicken + Soy Sauce

 

Add Veggies, Dressing + Cover

 

Ready!

This time, I added the rest of the packet of never-ending “crunchies” from my lunch.  I have no idea why I keep calling them “crunchies” but I smile every time I type it, so it’s staying.

Last night’s failed fro-yo mission ignited a serious craving for it in me, and I was determined to get there nice and early tonight!  I’m not a die-hard frozen yogurt fan, but when I crave it, I gotta have it!

 

Yo!

My cup included:

  • Red Velvet yo
  • Cookies ‘N’ Cream yo
  • Rainbow sprinkles
  • Butterfinger crumbles
  • Brownie crumbles
  • Golden Grahams
  • Vanilla wafers

Best mix-in choice to date: Golden Grahams. SO good!

Please note: not a single fruit in sight.  And that’s how it will stay.  I even stepped out of my comfort zone and tried two of the new “fruity” flavors they had- Banana Pudding and Cherry Amaretto.  I was quickly reminded why I hate fruit flavors! Sick!

Apparently, man cannot live on chicken and veggies alone, because Corey was still starving after dinner.  We decided to walk over to Subway and get him a sandwich before we headed home.

 

Eat Fresh!

When we walked out the door of the fro-yo place, we realized we were interrupting someone’s pizza party!

 

"Invite ONLY!"

How funny is that?!  Dogs are so funny.

Well, I’m off to watch some T.V. with my future hubby! Have a great night!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JUST DO IT!

I woke up so sore this morning from yesterday’s workout- mainly the addition of lunges, which I haven’t done in a while.  We had planned to go running this morning, but my soreness seemed to serve as a good enough excuse for both of us to skip our morning workout.  As usual, I’m regretting it now.  But let’s talk about breakfast first:

Breakfast:

Nothing too exciting here, just a quick and filling bowl of Quaker Weight Control Oatmeal:

I really wish I had some fresh strawberries or banana to throw on top, but…I didn’t.  I’ll add it to the grocery list.  For a little extra sweetness, I added a drizzle of sugar-free maple syrup on top.

Maple-y Oats

I like this oatmeal because it’s low in sugar, comes in a variety of flavors, and it comes in individual packets, which is important for portioning.

I spent the morning pouring my blood, sweat and tears (mainly just tears) into a buttload of chemistry homework and quizzes, to prepare for two MORE quizzes that I had to drive to the school to go take in the Testing Center.  So rude that they make us do that.

At least I had this pup by my side to cheer me up:

"Cheer up, Mom! I's a COCKATOO!"

Lunch

Lunch today was especially delicious, thanks to some leftover BBQ chicken from last night.  I topped the rest of the Eat Smart Asian Salad Kit with the leftover chicken, which I warmed in the microwave.  I topped that with the leftover packet of “crunchies”, and the rest of the Asian dressing packet.

I then mixed and cut everything a million times, until the result was my very own Asian Chicken Chopped Salad:

Chop Chop

I have a thing about salads- I’ll sit at a restaurant for a good 10 minutes after my salad comes, cutting and mixing until I have a chopped salad in front of me.  It’s pretty obnoxious, but I really like to get bites of everything at once! 🙂

I also had a small OIKOS Greek Caramel Yogurt on the side:

Yummy Yogurt

Only 110 calories in that baby, and it tastes like dessert.

Strange Fact About Me: Generally speaking, I will eat most types of fruit.  However, I have a strange phobia of the following fruity situations:

  • different kinds of fruits touching, with the exception of strawberry and banana, which were made for each other
  • CHUNKS of fruit in yogurt, or anything, for that matter
  • fruit salad

And most notably…

  • APPLE JUICE and APPLE SAUCE

Just typing those words made me gag. Not kidding.

It is for these reasons that you will absolutely never see a post from me where I am eating yogurt with fruit in it, fruit-flavored yogurt, weird fruit smoothie concoctions, or any recipe that contains the aforementioned apple products.

Let’s get back to my previous comment about missing my workout.  Missing workouts is just not worth the mental agony I cause myself for the rest of the day.  I need to remember that waking up and just getting it done is the best feeling in the world, and the perfect start to my day.  Julie at Peanut Butter Fingers wrote a post about “inspirational workout mantras“, and the one that she came up with for herself has really helped me out- “I have never regretted a workout.” It’s so true!  Being sore sucks, but it’s better to just suck it up and power through the pain, can I get an AMEN?! I’m planning to skip my night class tonight, because I am sick of driving and my brain is dead from this week, so I think I’ll get a workout in later today.

Do you have a workout mantra, or something you say to yourself that keeps you going in the gym?

OCD Runner

I am by no means a person with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.  But today, I felt like I may have needed to be institutionalized for it.  I opted for an afternoon workout so I could study in the morning, so we headed over to the gym when Corey got home from work.  I don’t exactly have a plethora of workout clothes, but I have a good amount that usually lasts me between laundry loads.  I was running low today, so I grabbed two things I don’t normally wear to workout- a purple, stretchy tank top that is made for exercise, and a pair of Nike running shorts.  The shorts were laughably big on me.  I don’t even know where they came from, or why I own them, but I pray that they never actually fit me in this life.  Anyway, I had nothing else, so I had to make it work.  I pinned the shorts a little on the sides with safety pins, rolled them twice, and headed out the door.

Here’s the thing- it takes a lot for this chick to actually go running, so when I do, everything must be perfect!  By that I mean that my hair has to be pulled completely away from my face- not a single hair can touch my face- my ponytail needs to stay put and not fall out or touch my shoulders when I’m running.  My shorts have to fit and stay put, my iPod cannot even insinuate that it’s about to run out of battery, and it can’t be too hot outside!  Today, was not my kind of running day.  And I wasn’t even outside!  As soon as I started running on the treadmill, everything went to crap.  My T.V. wouldn’t go to the one channel I wanted to watch, my hair, which was in a bun, flopped up and down until it came completely out, my stretchy tank was riding up to the point where my entire stomach was showing, and my makeshift shorts were getting stuck up my butt thanks to the safety pinning job I did.  I honestly almost lost my mind.  To top it all off, there was some girl behind me on the bike who appeared to be one of those I-weigh-89-pounds-but-go-to-the-gym-to-watch-TV-and-look-hot types, and I’m pretty sure she was laughing at my visible frustration.  I’ll deal with her next time.

Anyways, I ended up only completing 20-minutes of semi-running, but I used my anger to power me through a great weights session.

Today’s workout can be found here.

Lunch

For lunch, I grabbed something new that I’ve never tried before:

An EatSmart Asian Salad Kit!  The kit included a mixture of shredded lettuce and cabbage, a packet of Asian dressing, and a small packet of “crunchies”- wonton noodles and almonds.

I will definitely be buying another kit in the future!

Dinner

Before I left for class, I decided to try a new recipe.  I threw some ingredients in the Crock Pot, and when I came home, dinner was basically ready to go, and it smelled delicious.  Here’s what I made:

Smokey BBQ Pulled Chicken

Servings: 2-3

Ingredients:


2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts

8 oz. tomato sauce

1 tablespoon tomato paste

1 tablespoon Chipotle mustard

1 tablespoon Red Wine Vinegar

1 onion or shallot, chopped

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

2 tablespoons Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Sauce

Several shakes of your favorite hot sauce (I used Paula Deen’s!)

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 tablespoon paprika

salt and pepper, several pinches

Directions:

Mix together all of the above ingredients, except the chicken, in the crock pot until smooth.

Before

Add the chicken breasts, cover, and cook on low for 6 hours.

Pull, pull, pull!

When the chicken is done cooking, remove it from the pot and place on a cutting board.  Use two forks to pull the chicken apart, then add it back into the pot with the sauce and mix together.  Serve!

After

I have to say, this was awesome.  It’s so easy to get sick of chicken when you run out of ideas for making it, but this made me want to eat it every day!  I served our chicken with two frozen sides:

Frozen Friends

Dinna

After dinner, I was craving something sweet (of course) so I asked Corey if he was in the mood for frozen yogurt.  He wasn’t, but that wasn’t the right answer, so we hopped in the car and hurried over to the frozen yogurt place down the street.  Alas, we were too late and they were closed.  I was on a mission and wasn’t about to go home empty-handed, so we went to Publix and I grabbed our favorite flavor of their Premium No-Sugar-Added, Light Ice Cream:

Butter Pecan

Why would I buy evil ice cream instead of perfectly healthy frozen yogurt, you ask? Well, I used to buy their frozen yogurt all the time, until I decided to check the Nutrition Facts one day, and realized that this was a huge mistake!  In comparison to the above ice cream, Publix’s Premium Frozen Yogurt has roughly 13 more grams of sugar, which is bad.  Therefore, we eat light ice cream sweetened with my B.F.F., Splenda.

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I have to go study AGAIN.  I can’t wait until this week is over!

 

Loser, Loser Chicken Dinner?

After my afternoon class, I came home for a short break and made some lunch.  Once again, I ended up compiling a random assortment of things.  I added a few slices of chopped Golden Delicious apple to a bowl of broccoli slaw and topped it with 1 1/2 tablespoons of Makoto Ginger Dressing.

The apple added sweetness to the salad that went well with the dressing.  I also had a handful of almonds paired with a wedge of Laughing Cow Light Garlic and Herb Cheese:

"Have you laughed today?"

I would like to point out that those commercials really bother me.  No, lady, I’m not laughing just because I’m eating a wedge of cheese.  Moving on…

I feel bad that Corey has been getting left with the task of making dinner during the week because I don’t get home until so late.  Since I had some down time, I decided to be helpful and cook part of our dinner ahead of time, and then stick it in the fridge for later.  I grilled up two Publix Ready-to-Cook chicken breasts we bought this week.

I forgot that everytime I use the grill pan, someone gets verrrry upset…

Smokey the Dog

It took me forever to find her! She was hiding under the desk in our office.

Dinner

When I got home from class, I decided to make the rest of our dinner as simple as possible.  This meant using up my favorite go-to items in the freezer.  I microwaved two sides along with my pre-cooked chicken, and dinner was ready in 8 minutes flat.

I love frozen veggies.  Especially the ones that come in some sort of sauce but are still low calorie!  I also had a small glass of Chardonnay.  Too small.

Unfortunately, as soon as I took one bite of the chicken, I suddenly remembered why I vowed to never buy that particular Ready-to-Cook item again!  It’s like putting a cube of salt in your mouth!  The ingredients claim that they are lemon and garlic marinated, but all I tasted was salt.  Naturally, I still ate every bite, but it wasn’t very good.  And now my sweet tooth is kicked into high gear!

I’m off to go finish watching Glee that I have recorded, and then I need to get started on studying for my first Microbiology lab practical tomorrow.  Scary!

What is your favorite go-to frozen food item?

10-Minute Chicken Stir Fry

There’s really nothing better than a recipe that requires minimal ingredients and comes together in less than 15 minutes.  Especially when you happen to be taking classes at night that have you walking in the door around 10p.m. Monday through Thursday. Not the ideal situation for someone who likes to spend some time in the kitchen, but I’m making it work!

Because of my schedule, it’s essential that I have recipes on hand that are simple and healthy.  I really hate to have to grab fast food or order take out just because it’s late and I don’t want to wait any longer to eat dinner.  Enter: 10-minute stir fry.

This recipe is similar to my Shrimp and Brown Rice stir fry, but with much fewer ingredients!

10-Minute Chicken Stir Fry


Servings: 2-3

Ingredients:

The Asian Trinity

1 bag frozen stir fry vegetables (mine was a mix of mushrooms,

water chestnuts, red pepper, and broccoli)

3/4 pound chicken tenders (about 8), chopped into bite-size pieces

1 bag Steamfresh Brown Rice (cooked according to package directions)

1 tablespoon Reduced-Sodium Soy Sauce

3 tablespoons Stir Fry Sauce, divided into 2 and 1

1 tablespoon Kraft Toasted Sesame Asian dressing

salt, garlic powder, paprika, to taste

1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds (optional)

Directions:

In a wok or large skillet, spray non-stick spray and heat over medium-high heat.  Throw in the chicken, season with salt, garlic powder and paprika, pour in 1 tablespoon stir fry sauce and cook until no longer pink, about 3-4 minutes.  Add the bag of frozen vegetables and cook for 5 minutes.

Add the remaining stir fry sauce, soy sauce and dressing.  Stir together and cook for another 1-2 minutes.  Serve over brown rice and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

On this particular night, I was in the mood for something sweet (OK, fine, that’s what I’m in the mood for every night after dinner).  Anyways, I picked up a box of Fiber One Banana Nut muffins, and I was excited to try them out as a breakfast treat for the following morning.  I was somewhat expecting them to be dry or bland, probably due to the fact that I opted to purchase them as a healthier alternative to the Betty Crocker box I was holding that called for 2 sticks of butter (my skinny bitch conscience got the best of me).  Well, I’m happy to report that they were delicious!

 

may have snagged a few bites when they came out of the oven.

 

Shhh!

Low-Calorie, EASY Dinner in 20 Minutes!

Don’t get too excited- I am still camera-less.  Corey was nice enough to let me use his iPhone for tonight’s picture, which, for those of you who know him, is a HUGE deal! No one touches his beloved iPhone.

Anyways, I felt that I needed to blog about my dinner tonight simply because it was just SO easy to prepare.  On top of that, it was healthy and low-calorie.  It doesn’t get much better than that!

The #1 thing that people say to me when I tell them that I have a cooking blog is “Oh, how nice- I wish I had the time to cook!” If they don’t say that, the #2 thing I hear the most is “I would love to cook, but I never know what to make!”  Well, I think it’s safe to say this meal is a solution to both of those problems.

Granted, I did not actually create this chicken recipe or the sides, but I did take the help of good old pre-packaged foods from the grocery store- the healthy kind, of course!   I picked up a package of 4 chicken cutlets.  I was planning to marinate them, but then I headed down the spice aisle and came across this guy:

Hi!

I am a huge fan of the original Shake ‘N Bake, but I had never tried the BBQ Glaze before, and I was intrigued.  I headed over to the frozen foods section and grabbed this:

Bird's Eye Frozen Broccoli Florets

Along with my all-time favorite dinner item, which I blogged about in a previous post:

I'm Baaaack!

When I got home, I followed the instructions for the chicken, which instructed me to bake the chicken at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, after shaking (duh- shake…and bake!)  While the chicken finished cooking, I microwaved the potatoes for 5 minutes, and then poured half of the frozen broccoli florets in a bowl with a little water and microwaved for 3 minutes.  That’s it!  Dinner was ready in 20 minutes, and I am happy to say that it was not only delicious, but it was under 400 calories!  YAY for quick, easy and healthy dinners!

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