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House Hunting

Breakfast

Yet another mid-week meal scrounged together because we haven’t been to the grocery store yet.  I sure can get creative!

Fortunately, chocolate peanut butter oatmeal saved the day!  I microwaved 1/2 cup Quick Cooking Oats with water, stirred in 1/2 tablespoon of natural peanut butter, and 1/2 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder.  If only I had a banana…

Workout

After breakfast, I headed to the gym.  I did 15-minutes on the elliptical before heading into a BodyPump class.  I heard a rumor that a new release is out, but I think my gym is behind the times.  I officially know all the words to the songs, so I’m ready for the new one!

Lunch

After the gym and running some errands (including grocery shopping!), I was more than ready for lunch.

I threw together a lovely salad that included:

-Organicgirl 50/50!

-Celery

-Baby Carrots

-Chickpeas

-Feta cheese

-Organicville Sesame Goddess Dressing

On the side, I had a bowl of cherries.

Oh, how I love when cherries are on sale!

In other news, Corey and I have gotten into quite a routine the past few weeks.  After work, Corey scoops me up and we drive around to look at houses!

When we moved out of our apartment and into our current place, we knew the move was temporary.  Just how temporary, we weren’t sure.  After some serious consideration, Corey and I decided that it would be ideal for us to buy a house before our wedding in November.  So, the search is on!

Last night, we met with our realtor after work to look at some potential homes.  Now I know why they call it house hunting– if you don’t pounce on the one you want immediately, it’s gone!

We made a list of “deal-breakers”, which include:

-No backyard

-On a busy street

-2 bedrooms/1 bathroom

-LOTS of work needed

Dinner

Corey’s parents invited us to dinner, so we met them at Antonio’s.  I ordered the Grilled Salmon Salad:

It was delicious, and made me wonder…why is it so hard to order something healthy like this when you go to a restaurant?  I never regret it when I’m finished!

You can read about our previous visit to Antonio’s here.

If you were buying a house, what would be a deal-breaker for you?  

 

Road Trip!

Happy 4th of July Weekend people!

Breakfast 

I started my day yesterday with a big bowl of hot oatmeal.

I mixed a 1/2 cup cooked oats with 1/2 cup fresh strawberries, and it was perf.

Lunch

Lunch was another wonderful salad, which I have been fully enjoying lately.

I topped a bed of Organicgirl 50/50! with 3 leftover turkey meatballs, chopped baby carrots, garbanzo beans and Organicville Sesame Goddess Dressing. Delish!

Workout

I spent 25 minutes on the elliptical sweating it out to the Casey Anthony trial, and then I ventured into a BodyPump class at 9:30AM.

Dinner

Corey talked to our friends, Austin and Laura, on the phone, and randomly decided that Friday night was a perfect time to drive to Clearwater for the weekend!  After this news, I thought dinner should be relatively light and healthy.  Corey and I pan-fried some Ready-to-Cook Publix Breaded Chicken Cutlets, and laid them on top of a bed of Organicgirl 50/50!.

After dinner, we hopped in the car and made the two hour drive to Laura’s house in Clearwater, FL.  We enjoyed a glass of wine before going over to her friend, Kristen’s house.

We played drinking games with cards and laughed the night away, as expected of 23-year-olds.  Don’t judge.

Hope you’re having a great weekend!

Easy Healthy Lunch: Salad Bags!

Coming up with healthy and quick lunch ideas can sometimes be a pain in the butt.  After my new pledge to incorporate more raw foods into my meals, I decided that the best option for lunches is an obvious one: salads!

However, I am almost always on the go around lunch time, and salads aren’t exactly the simplest thing to whip up when you’re in a hurry.  There’s way too much chopping involved!  Not to mention, how am I supposed to know what to put in it?

Problem solved, friends!

Most people do their grocery shopping on Sunday.  If you do, then this will work out perfectly for ya!  If you don’t, try to make a trip before the busy week begins, just to pick up essential produce items.

Step 1: Choose a base.

-This could be Romaine, Spring Mix, Butter Lettuce, or shredded cabbage…it’s up to you!

Step 2: Choose your veggies.

-I like carrots, green pepper, tomatoes, and celery

Step 3: Choose a protein.

-Sometimes I don’t want meat on my salads, so I like to add garbanzo beans or hardboiled eggwhites.  If you’re a meat-lover, grilled chicken, shredded pork, or deli turkey are all great options.  If you wanna get really fancy, add some grilled or baked salmon on top!

Step 4: Choose a healthy fat.

-A dressing made with olive oil is a great choice, but avocado slices add great texture and flavor!  Cheese doesn’t really count as a “healthy fat”, but a little feta cheese can make a world of difference in a salad.

-Don’t forget that your dressing also counts as a fat (unless you use pure vinegar), so don’t go overboard with this step!

Step 5: Choose a dressing.

-You could choose a homemade mix of Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Red Wine Vinegar, or go the store-bought route.  Remember to check the ingredients (the fewer, the better) and the fat and calories per serving.  I like to choose one that has less than 90 calories per 2 tablespoons.

-Try organic!  When I think “organic” I think “expensive”- but I was pleasantly surprised to discover that organic salad dressings at my store were only 40 cents more than the normal kind that I would usually buy.  It’s worth the switch to get rid of all of the processed and “foreign” things they throw in there.  Yuck!

Step 6: Chop, chop, chop!

-After you shop, immediately wash your lettuce and veggies, and get to choppin’!  Prepare enough to fill at least 5 sandwich baggies (or tupperware) per produce item.

Step 7: Grab and go!

-Before you leave for work or class, just grab a clean tupperware with a lid, and fill with a handful or two of your base, and a handful of each of your other items from their baggies.  Pour a little dressing in a smaller container, and your lunch is ready to go!

I’ve been using this lunch idea for the last week, and it is such a time saver.  Not to mention, it takes out the guess work of “how am I going to eat healthy for lunch today?”, which can sometimes frustrate people and force them to make an unhealthy decision.  With pre-made salad fixin’s at your disposal, there’s nothing to think about- just grab and go!

Eggcellent

A few weeks ago, Corey and I were at our gym having coffee after our workout, and we accidentally did some eavesdropping.  We overheard one of the trainers explaining to a client why it is so detrimental to work out on an empty stomach in the morning.

As someone who almost always does this, I was intrigued.  Her reasoning made sense- basically, your body will use up important things that you need if it doesn’t have some sort of “fuel” to run off of before your work out.  She told her client that even eating one bite of something like oatmeal or yogurt is better than nothing.

Ever since overhearing that conversation, I’ve been making it a point to eat a little protein before my morning work outs.  Enter, the eggcellent hardboiled egg!

I just eat the eggwhite and throw the yolk away, and I’m ready to work out!

Egghead

Workout

Yesterday morning started with yet another BodyPump class.  Afterwards, I got on the elliptical for 20 minutes.  I barely noticed I was sweating because I was so focused on what was happening in the Casey Anthony trial!  It will be sad when this local entertainment is over.

Breakfast

It was ridiculously hot yesterday.  Pretty much every day from here on out is going to be that way, because summer in Florida is no joke.  The perfect breakfast for a sweaty day will always be a nice, cold smoothie.

Into the blender went:

-1/2 cup almond milk

-1 scoop chocolate protein powder

-8 fresh strawberries

-1 banana

-1/4 cup Greek yogurt

-1/2 tablespoon peanut butter

-ice cubes

Sluuuuuuuuuuuuurp!

Lunch

I had some spare time on my hands in the afternoon, and decided to take advantage of not being in a rush at lunchtime, like I usually am.  I got to choppin’ and threw together a big salad.

I topped a bed of chopped Romaine lettuce with tomatoes, raw broccoli, hardboiled egg whites, red onion, and reduced-fat cheese.  I drizzled some Organicville Sesame Goddess dressing over top and dug in.

Dinner

When Corey got home from work, we decided to go to happy hour at Caddyshanks.  I enjoyed a Magic Hat #9 while we chatted about wedding plans, work, and house-hunting 🙂 .

Sometimes, the things that happen to us are just comical.  Two weekends ago (when my blog space was dunzo), Corey bought a Groupon to a really expensive restaurant called Funky Monkey (strange name choice for a nice restaurant, no?) Even with the Groupon, we couldn’t afford a glass of wine each if we wanted to eat dinner there, too!  The food we ordered was seriously delicious.  As soon as we handed the Groupon to the waitress, she told us they weren’t taking them that night.  Of course!

The comedy continued last night when we decided we would go there again to actually use our Groupon.  We called to make sure they were taking it and the waiter told us they were, but they were completely booked until after 10PM!  When we were there last week, there were only 2 other people in the whole place.  Oh, well!

After our dinner plans fell flat, it started pouring rain, so we decided to stay at Caddyshanks and order food.  We split a cheesy calzone filled with veggies.

This was HUGE, even after we split it.  I could not finish the whole thing, even if I wanted to!

I’ve got a lot of studying ahead of me this weekend…oh, joy!

2 Great Salad Recipes: Greek and Taco

Workout

I can so easily get out of the routine of working out, and it sucks!  I took Sunday off, as I normally do, but then, Monday and Tuesday came and went, and I hadn’t done a darn thing.  I was determined to make it to the gym on Wednesday, and I did.  I completed 20 minutes on the elliptical, followed by 25 minutes of running intervals on the treadmill.

Breakfasts

Tuesday was a big day for my brain- I had to take a 3-hour nursing school entrance test, and then go straight to a 4-hour class!  I knew I needed a filling breakfast, so I turned to trusty oatmeal to do the trick.

I microwaved the oats with a 1/3 cup almond milk, and then stirred in a tablespoon of peanut butter.

Yesterday, I pretty much repeated the same meal, except that I used a packet of Quaker Weight Control Oatmeal in Maple Brown Sugar.

Lunch

After finishing my entrance test, I had a short break before my class started, so I headed over to Publix to grab a sandwich.  I ordered Boar’s Head Turkey on whole wheat, with honey mustard, lettuce, tomato, pickles and banana peppers.

Dinners

Tuesday’s dinner was simple.  I quickly cooked a package of whole wheat gnocchi in boiling water, and then tossed it with 1/2 cup marinara sauce.

On the side, we had a Greek Chopped Salad.  This is one of my favorites.

Greek Chopped Salad


Servings: 4-6

Ingredients:

3 heads Romaine lettuce, chopped

3 large tomatoes, seeded and diced

1/2 red onion, finely chopped

3/4 cup feta cheese

10 kalamata olives, pitted and chopped (optional ingredient)

1 cucumber, finely chopped (optional ingredient)

For the dressing:

1/3 cup red wine vinegar

1/3 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

Whisk together in a bowl with a pinch of salt and pepper.

Directions:

After all ingredients are chopped, throw in a large bowl, top with dressing and feta cheese, and mix together.

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Last night, we had another great salad- Taco Salad!

This is a great solution for dinner when you want to feed a lot of people for cheap.  Plus, if you do it build-your-own style, it’s a huge time-saver.  There are tons of variations for this meal- just pick your favorites!

Taco Salad


Select Base: chopped Romaine, shredded iceburg, brown rice

Select Protein: ground turkey, lean ground beef, shredded rotisserie chicken, CrockPot pulled pork.  Cook meat with 1/2 packet of taco seasoning.

Select Beans: black, pinto, garbanzo

Select Veggies: diced tomatoes, chopped onion, cilantro, corn (use all of them!)

Select Fats: (use only one, or a combination, but do so sparingly) reduced-fat sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, avocado slices

Select Dressing: I like to use salsa from a jar, but you could use any regular salad dressing you like!

Directions:

Place each ingredient in it’s own bowl, and set up a build-your-own-salad bar!


Fun Friday

I really enjoy Fridays.  I assume I’m not the only one?

For some reason, I look forward to Friday-morning workouts the most during the week.  I think I’m extra-motivated because I know I’ll most likely be consuming empty alcohol calories during the weekend at some point.  Hey, whatever motivation works, right?

Workout

I woke up and went straight to the gym for an early morning spin class.  I don’t know what happened to my favorite instructor, but this lady, to put it nicely, sucked.  Ya know the teacher’s voice in Charlie Brown movies? “Wah wah wah wah wah wah”?  Well, she has stopped teaching cartoon children and now teaches spinning at my gym.  I tried to ignore her monotone, completely unmotivational instructions, but I couldn’t.  Reallllly put a damper on my spinning experience!

Breakfast

After my workout, I came home and made an interesting yogurt bowl.

I topped a cup of 0% Plain Chobani Greek yogurt with 1/4 cup Kashi 7-Grain Puffs Cereal, and a sprinkle of cinnamon and unsweetened cocoa powder.

If you can’t tell by now, we’re usually out of food by Friday, so I have to get creative.

Lunch

After spending a few hours at the pool and running some errands, I made a delicious salad.

I topped chopped Romaine and spinach with shaved carrot and leftover pork from my Pork Tacos.  I drizzled the last of the Green Sauce over top as dressing.

When Corey got home from work, we headed to CaddyShanks for some Happy Hour drinks.

I’ve never ordered champagne before, but I decided to have a glass after reading somewhere that it has less calories than wine or beer.  My parents have always said that I have champagne taste…on a beer budget. Good thing this champagne only cost $3…which I assume is how much they paid for the entire bottle.  That explains my headache this morning. Well, among other things, like a lot of wine.

After happy hour, we went to my friend Laura’s house.

Laura and I

Laura has a unique habit of chasing shots of tequila with food items.  Last night’s chaser-of-choice was vanilla icing.

I enjoyed several finger-fulls myself, minus the tequila.  I stuck to Chardonnay.

We met some of our friends at Knight Library.  Apparently, it seemed like a good idea to have a photoshoot with this guy:

Cool.

At least I had the most awesome nails in the whole place!

How cool is that? They’re called Salon Effects by Sally Hansen, and they have a bunch of different prints.  I’m so trendy.

Hope you’re all having a fun weekend!

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