And, I’m Off…

16 04 2010

Hi….um….Lemonheads?  Will that work?!?  It’s my last day for nicknames and I can’t think of anything!!  :sad:   Does that mean I FAILED at this quest?

You’re probably wondering what I’m doing here, huh?  I thought I was going to have 3 guest bloggers lined up, but it looks like it’ll only be two, so I figured I’d say goodbye to my favorite peeps before I head up north :grin:

Very simply…

Today’s workout went well.  I was slightly timid on my run because of the knee and didn’t push it as much as I could/should have.  It didn’t hurt at all while I was running and I was able to bust out 4 miles.  Mr. KD and I completed the Legs & Back portion of P90 again this morning.  This is a great workout that really gets your legs burning!  My knee was okay for the most part, but there were definitely a few times where it just didn’t feel right.  I’m so unimpressed by it, honestly :evil:

After out workout, I had another protein shake before hitting the shower.

Since I’m off today, I got a bunch of stuff done around the house and packed for my trip.  After that was all said and done, I settled into the MOST decadent breakfast known to woman.  Seriously.  It was the best batch of oats I’ve ever eaten.

I decided that since I’m on a mini “vacation”, it would only be proper to kick the weekend off with a dessert-like bowl of oats.  I knew I wanted it to be sweet and something I would never make myself on a normal day.  I definitely wanted to step it up a notch and found inspiration in a jar of maple butter I had leftover from Easter (I mixed it with butter for the cornbread). 

The only ingredients are: Organic Maple Syrup and Inverted Organic Maple Syrup.

I’m not exactly sure what the latter means, but I can tell you it is lights out.  You have to enjoy really sweet things because it’s basically solidified maple syrup, which makes it somehow sweeter if you can imagine that.  A little definitely goes a long way.  This is a good thing because while it’s a natural source of sugar, it’s STILL sugar.  Once I found this puppy, I knew exactly where my bowl of oats was headed!

In the mix:

  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/4 oats
  • 1/4 almond milk
  • 1/4 water
  • 1 tbsp flaxseed
  • 1/3 cup cottage cheese
  • Dash of vanilla
  • Pinch of salt

Toppings:

  • 1/2 banana
  • Maple Butter (Melted in the microwave for 1 min and drizzle on top)
  • 1/2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp chocolate chips

Do I actually have to put in words how good this was?  Good.  Because there aren’t any.  It was so, so, so delish.  It’s definitely not a breakfast that I would have on a regular basis, but I can tell you it was worth every splurge calorie.  Holy delish!

In fact, this was so filling that it held me over through lunch.  Starbucks sent me a coupon for a free drink due to my upcoming birthday :smile:   I happily obliged and stopped over to get a tall skinny cinnamon dolce latte (unpictured).  Heavenly!  I had this around noonish on my way to the mall where I picked up Mr. KD’s birthday present (shh!) and some summer scents from Bath & Body Works!

Do you change your scents with the seasons?  In the winter, I’m an amber and vanilla girl.  In the summer, I’m all about coconut lime.  This year, I also bought the new vanilla coconut smell.  It smells outrageously good!

At around 3:00, I got home and heated up last night’s leftovers and tossed the remainder of the pork onto the plate, as well.  I didn’t eat the whole thing, but came pretty darn close.  It was a protein feast after my carb overload this morning!

Okay, I am officially unplugging for the remainder of the weekend!  Can’t wait to chat on Monday!  Have a safe and lovely two days!!!

Question of the day:  What’s the best breakfast you’ve ever created?  Or, if you’ve never created anything spectacular, spill on the best you’ve had!





Teryaki Baked Tofu

15 04 2010

Hey there, Mary Janes!! 

(Quick poll: Do you like Mary Jane candies?!?  Do you even know what they are?)  

 

Just look at those delicious, nutty little things!  My Mom and I L-O-V-E these suckers and are the only two people I know that do!  We also like Bit O’ Honey and the Squirrel Nut & Caramel candies.  Chances are, you might not have heard about those either, but they’re delicious.  I promise you :grin:  

And, that’s about the most excitement we’re going to have on this post tonight.  Sorry to be lame, but I’ve got some things to do before heading out to New Hampshire tomorrow, which are leaving little time for blogging tonight.  The number one thing, obviously, is hanging with the handsome guy sitting next to me on the couch.  AND, the Bruins are on.  Priorities, folks, priorities!

Speaking of him, he asked that I print a “retraction” (yes, you read that correctly) regarding Tuesday’s post.  If you recall, I said he pretends to like working out with me, but looks slightly annoyed with all of my “Whoo’s” after jumping squats.  He claims this is not the case and he enjoys my enthusiasm!!  Well, look at that!  I must be rubbing off on him.  Either that, or it’s too early for him to put up a fight :lol:  

I am proud to report that I ENJOYED YOGA THIS MORNING.  It’s true.  You heard it here first.  

When we woke up, I felt lethargic and groggy.  I think I’ve developed allergies this season and have been waking up with a slight headache.  A run generally knocks this feeling right out.  I didn’t think yoga would have the same effect.  I’ll be honest and admit that I almost whined to politely asked Mr. KD if we could skip it.  Thankfully, I came to my senses and we headed downstairs. 

Mr. KD and I both noticed SUCH an improvement from one week alone.  I’m by no means a yoga master, but the combinations seemed to move more fluidly.  And, at the end of this series, my entire body felt tingly as though I had just been given a full body massage.  I thought to myself, “This is what yoga is supposed to feel like.”  Am I right?  

I still think this particular workout is a little too long.  Ninety minutes is a long time for yoga, but at the end of it, I felt relaxed and ready to start my day.  I also felt as though I had worked out, which was a huge deal for me.  As I’ve told you, I equate a long, sweaty session on the treadmill with fitness.  So, it was a pretty big deal to realize that I had just given my body a great workout.  

The knee felt great too.  I’m going to try to run tomorrow and bust out legs & back.  I’ve noticed it feeling better on the stairs since converting to flats, so I’m going to try to work it tomorrow since I’m taking this weekend off (Gross, but I promised you guys!). 

Now let’s talk about FOOD! 

I want to send a quick “thank you” to Kathleen, who commented on my post about hunger strikes.  She said she aims to eat 5 – 6 small meals a day at about 300 calories a piece.  I used to try to live by this rule and, somewhere along the line, I guess I kind of forgot about it.  It’s the simplest piece of advice that we all know, but it hit me like a ton of bricks all over again.  I was down to 4 small meals and, clearly, that wasn’t cutting it.  Today, I bulked up to 5 meals (added back in that protein shake) and felt so much better! 

As stated, I started off with one scoop of protein powder mixed with water after yoga:

 Breakfast consisted of 1 cup of almond milk, 1 cup Kashi Puffs cereal, handful walnuts, ~ 1 tbsp raisins and ~ 1 tbsp dried cherries.  On the side, I had some fruit.

 

I think it’s pretty safe to say that cold cereal, raisins and dried cherries were MADE for each other! 

This held me over well (thank you, walnuts) and I was stoked to dive into my sandwich today.  It started off as a plain, turkey sandwich until I discovered that I had one remaining Laughing Cow cheese wedge in the fridge.  TOTAL SCORE!  I also decided to use up the remainder of the turkey and packed in 4 slices.  This thing was HUGE!  I also added a little light mayo.

 

On the side, I packed up some baby carrots and hummus.  I didn’t eat all the hummus.  I packed a crazy amount.  I must have been on hummus overdrive last night!!  I probably ate half. 

 

Snack time was held between 3:00 – 3:30, i.e. my lunch held me over!!!!!!  I indulged in ½ apple (not pictured – leftover in work fridge from yesterday) and a Pineapple Chobani.

 

I’m pretty sure I hear angels sing whenever I open one of these containers. 

I get starry-eyed just thinking about it.  

Dinner was so easy, so nutritious and so fantastic.  I started with an extra firm block of tofu that had been pressed.  I diced it up and tossed it with soy sauce, honey, garlic powder and sesame seed oil.  I got the idea from Kristin on this post.

I baked it for 25 minutes until is got nice and crisp.  While it was cooking, Mr. KD whipped up some brown rice.  It was all served with some delicious, roasted brussel sprouts.  I’m pretty sure I’m in love with brussel sprouts now.  They haven’t surpassed broccoli, but they’re quickly becoming my # 2!!

I also sprinkled the tofu with some sesame seeds.  Way tasty!  Tofu is a food that I enjoy, but understand if some can’t get over the texture.  I’m glad I like it though.  Great source of low-cal protein!!

 Side note before I leave: There were supposed to be five of us heading up to NH this weekend.  We were all college friends and don’t get together nearly enough, so this weekend was a big deal for us.  Unfortunately, life got in the way and two of us had to back out.  So bummed.  But, the great news is, my friend Jen from work decided to come last minute!!!  Woo hoo for quartets!  I expect a weekend of laughs, ice cold beers and some good eats.

 I’ll be chatting with you guys on Monday!  Oh, how I’ll miss you, but it will feel good to UNPLUG.  No blogging, no Facebook and no tweeting.  I’m going rogue :wink:  

Don’t forget to stop by and check out the guest posts!!!

 Question of the day:  Do you like a candy that everyone else thinks is weird?

 I’ve confessed mine to you already: Chocolate Tootsie pops and Mary Janes!!