Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Once feared because of their busyness and length, Tuesdays have now become my own personal "hump day". Once tuesdays are over, it's all downhill for me! No work until Sunday, so I get the rest of the week to study and get work done.
But Tuesdays next semester are going to be even more crazy!!
I just made my schedule up, and because I will be living in Newport (surprised anyone?), I tried to make my classes more in the morning/afternoon rather than night classes, because I hate driving over the bridge in the dark during rush hour! Luckily only one of my classes goes past 1pm!
Here's my schedule for next semester-
9-9:50- Food Science
11-11:50- History of the US from 1917-1940 (I find the WWII fascinating!)
Tuesday- (ready for it?)
8-9:15- Exercise physiology
9:30-10:45- Nutrtion in the Lifecycle
12:30-1:30 BIG LUNCH!
2-4:45- Food Science Lab
9-9:50- Food Science
8-9:15- Exercise Physio
9:30-10:45- Lifecycle Nutrition
(and that's it!)
I've never done 3 classes in a row before, but it can't be too much worse than 2, right? And Tuesdays WILL be crazy, but I'm used to going from 6am-9pm nonstop now, so it shouldn't be too bad!
Enough school talk.
Food is more important!
Breakfast for dinner worked out well.
Yes, Kristin, the chef-to-be forgot to spray the waffle pan. Crucial mistake. So instead of 2 waffles each, we had ~1.25.
They were still tasty! Nick helped out by making us each 2 eggs sunny side up (look at the bright yellow yolk!) Which I topped with some sea salt & fresh ground black pepper, 2 slices of reduced sodium bacon and a few tater tots! I drizzled the "waffles" with some syrup and dug in!
I have no idea how I finished this plate. And yes, I noticed there were no veggies or fruits on this plate (do the taters count? hehe) But it was choc full of vitamins from the egg yolks, protein from the whites and bacon, whole grains, and a lot of flavor! So I let it slide, just this once ;)
For dessert, Danielle made home made cookies so I had to have one! Yummm!!
I started to have a second... then decided I shouldn't have it, so I gave it to Nick and he complains, "you're going to make me fat!"... he still ate it ;).
I also sliced up the 1/2 a pineapple I bought at Whole Foods the other day and had a big juicy bowl before bed.
This morning I woke up and got my stuff together faster than usual, I made my sandwich last night because everyone else was and I felt left out (I'm such a follower)... I was leary it wouldn't hold up, but it did!
This is a honey ham (3 slices) sammie on a whole wheat sandwich bun with spicy brown mustard, a light laughing cow wedge and some boston lettuce.
For breakfast I packed the usual- a 0% chobani, some TJ's trail mix and a banana, as well as 1/2 my clif bar before the gym.
I did cardio (stat bike) + legs at the gym today.
Classes flew by, I was SO ready for lunch & class scheduling after Physio! I was nervous I wouldn't have enough time to blog, but I got my scheduling and notes done early so I had a little time for y'all =)
I packed some snacks- a nectarine I went to have before lunch... but when I bit into it I realized it was BAD! How did I not see that when I took the picture?!?! Must have been asleep. I promptly bought an orange to have instead at school and had that with my sammie for lunch. I also packed a Rachel's cottage cheese to have as a snack before work.
For dinner tonight, I'm trying the new Amy's soup the blog world has been raving about... I'm very excited so I'll give you my take tomorrow! I sliced a big carrot for some extra veggies too.
That's all for now, folks- I'll be back tomorrow afternoon, when its really humpday!
Monday, March 30, 2009
Because I’m starting to go overboard and although I eat generally healthy, and a few indulgences is ok… too much is too much.
Saturday night ended with a delicious slice of Michelle’s pumpkin loaf (Thank you so much!!) Moist, chocolatey and oh so delicious. Michelle, can I have the recipe?!?!
And a few of these…
Sunday was a little more controlled, although I was still on a chocolate fix!
I made my first breakfast cookie Saturday night, and enjoyed it on Sunday morning. After seeing these all over the blog world I knew I had to try one! Mine was made with ½ cup dry oats, ~2 tablespoons chocolate protein powder, cinnamon, a scoop of almond butter, half a mashed banana and a bit of nonfat soy milk. In the morning I sliced the other half of the banana on top and enjoyed my cookie with a hot mug of tea.
I worked as usual, I had the other half of my favorite White Chocolate Macadamia Luna bar for a snack, and I was so excited fun lunch- my Mom sent me home with more of her amazing thick minestrone soup! Chock full of tender vegetables, chickpeas and barley, it filled me right up! I had some strawberries on the side as well.
By the time I finished work I was STARVING… so I grabbed a granny smith apple at Belmont’s which I had on the way home.
Back home, I did some school work and snacked on this-
I really liked this flavor! In was hesitant to try it because I wasn’t sure if I’d like savory cottage cheese, but it was just enough flavor.
Speaking of flavor, dinner was VERY flavorful- I made my Turkey Chili, and added a tiny bit of some home made hot sauce someone gave Nick at work. It definitely kicked it up a notch!
I also made some Hodgson Mill’s cornbread muffins to go along with it, and topped it with some shredded cheese.
Danielle and Matt tried some too, and Nick had two whole bowls! Guess it was hit!
Oh, I almost forgot to mention- After getting dinner started, I took a trip to the movie store with Danielle and Matt, and I had half a small piece of chocolate mint fudge… just because!
Today I woke up surprisingly rested- I tossed and turned for half the night last night so I was glad I didn't feel like it this morning! Let's see how soon I pass out tonight... hehe
I started off my day with a hearty bowl of oat bran however today's was not as creamy as I usually like it! I think I added too little nonfat soy milk to my 1/2 cup of oats, so I added a bit more after I melted a tsp of ghee and tossed a sliced banana in. It was still good!
The gym was alright, 35 minutes on the elliptical (listening to... Britney Spears. I know, blasphemy for a rock lover such as myself... but If You Seek Amy has been stuck in my head! So clever! hehe) and 35 minutes of arm work. I've decided to stop increasing weight in favor of getting my form down pat with the 15 pound dumbells. Slower, with perfect form. So far so good! But definitely a challenge to keep it slow!
For lunch I was VERY excited to dig into another bowl of my favorite Turkey Chili, with a cornbread muffin!
Even better than the night before, this is truly one of my favorite recipes!
For snacks, I packed the standards- a cheese stick I had after the gym, a honey flavored Chobani (officially my favorite!) and a pink lady apple (another favorite!).
Tonight I have an exciting dinner planned- Breakfast for dinner! Ok, it's actually not very inventive. But it's quick, uses food we already have and should be yummy! You'll all have to wait until tomorrow to see it though =)
And, without further ado...
Kitchenware Shopping Pointers for the at-Home Chef
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Saturday, March 28, 2009
I hope you all had a good Saturday, I know I did!
I finally got another run in this morning...and I had a running buddy- my sister! I convinced her to go with me, knowing her 9:30 pace is a LOT slower than mine, because I'm trying to train myself to NOT run so fast so I can work on my endurance! She lasted for a good 2 miles, and then I did about another mile and a half myself. It felt great!
When I got back I replenished some electrolytes with coconut water and had half my favorite Luna bar-
Then, I showered and got ready to meet Michelle at The Garden Grille! My sister came with me, and I am proud to say I drove up all by myself with only my dad's directions =) (yes, I am SUCH a Rhode Islander. 40 minutes is a far drive for me!) We started by ordering deeelicious juices- I got a large mango juice, and my sister got a ginger lemonade! I tried a sip and it was very gingery, yum!
The Garden Grille is a fabulous vegetarian restaurant in Providence. If you're in Rhode Island, I highly recommend it for everyone, they have sooo many delicious, flavorful options! For my lunch, I had the wrap special- it was stuffed full of chili glazed tofu, broccoli, avocado, red peppers and mushrooms. On the side were some fantastic oven roasted potatoes!
I ate about 3/4 of the wrap, and all but one of the fries. I had a bite of my sister's- the quesadilla special with sweet potato and soy chicken.
Michelle was SO sweet, and her boyfriend was really cool too! We had a lot of fun chatting about school, and of course food and blogging!! I had a great time =)
We looked at the dessert menu, which was tempting, but we were all too stuffed!
After we said our goodbyes, my sister and I stopped at the Whole Foods in Prov for some dinner supplies. HOLY WOW was this W.F. HUGE and amazing!! I found a bunch of new bars (white chocolate macadamia clif! more PURE! peanut butter cookie larabar!!) and a couple other things I'm excited to feature soon =)
While we were excitedly browsing, my sister and I had "dessert"- 1 sample bite of the 2 bite pecan tarts! Mmm!
This afternoon, I did a good amount of snacking- lunch filled me up, but I got SO hungry!
I had a nectarine-
and then some carrots and pita chips with home made basil parmesan white bean dip (recipe up soon!)
For dinner, I decided to do seafood! My sis and I stopped at the fish market near our house for some fresh bay scallops. I used this recipe and it was perfect! I just reduced the butter by half. Served with a squeeze of lemon and some blanched broccoli. A nice light but filling dinner.
I am wiped from the busy day, but tomorrow I work so I'm sure it will be just as busy!
I'm thinking about digging into a slice of the pumpkin bread Michelle made me, I'm so excited to try it! I'll post again on Monday!
Actually, I was seriously considering not posting this.
But I did.
Because I'm human. And sometimes, I slip off the nutrition chain. Majorly, as in ice cream wednesday-chocolateandgummybear thursday-coldstone friday kind of slip up.
Coldstone just opened in my town, and Danielle and I wanted coldstone. Bad. I was planning on getting a small cup (really, I was!) but the super enthusiastic sales guy got me... and I ended up with birthday cake remix in a chocolate/sprinkle dipped waffle cone.
I ate about 3/4. And let me tell you, it was amazing. But I didn't feel so amazing afterwards. I decided this would be "no guilt"... because I need to not feel guilty about these things. Just learn from them and know it needs to be every once in a while and not usually 3 times a week (especially after indulging so much last weekend!).
I don't want to "hide" from my lovely blog friends, because then I wouldn't be me... I wouldn't be the honest, real Kristin you have come to read about! So this is the real Kristin- I try, as much as I can to stay healthy. And sometimes I'm not too healthy.
But I'm confident I'll get back on the right track.
I did eat some real food yesterday, too! I got very hungry only a couple hours after having the granola bar... it was good, yes, but didn't hold me too long! I had a red delicious apple on the way home-
and then I had 1/2 a sliced bell pepper I nibbled on while cooking dinner.
Mmm, mmm! What a way to use up leftovers! I had half a pound of lean ground beef left from Sunday, and I don't like to waste, so I decided to make burgers out of it! I used this recipe and it came out fab! I had my burger on a whole wheat bun with a slice of reduced fat cheddar cheese, some of the deeelicious caramelized onions and a bunch of spicy brown mustard. We also had some waffle fries on the side (plus a couple pieces I nibbled on right out of the oven!)
As you know, Danielle, her boyfriend and I went out after for Coldstone, a quick trip to Gamestop (I never have a desire to play video games until I actually go to the store... now I REALLY want Wii so I can work out with Jillian Michaels! And then breed monkeys. Just sayin'.) and then I came home and went to bed.
This morning, I woke up and had a big fruit, nut and yogurt bowl because I needed something light, healthy and refreshing after my over-indulgence last night.
1 0% chobani, 5 strawberries, a medium banana and 1/4 cup slivered almonds.
Now I'm back at the parent's house, reading some blogs and relaxing for a bit, deciding on whether to run or not. I want to run, but it's chillier than I thought it would be. I might try to run, without any speed expectations, and see how far I can go. I have a race in two weeks and although being fast would be nice, I really want to slow down and work on endurance this season! Half marathon, here I home!
...ok, maybe that's a little ambitious at this point.
But for now I just need to get my butt out of the door ;)
After my run, my sister and I are heading to The Garden Grille to have lunch with Michelle!! Yay!! See you all after!
Friday, March 27, 2009
The weekend is finally here! It’s a bright, sunny spring Friday and I can’t be happier!
I know this weekend has to be a good one… my fun already started yesterday!
I stopped by my parents’ house to grab a couple things, and a package full of fun surprises was at my doorstep!
(there were slippers in there too!)
Thank you so much, Abi (and Quaker)! I LOVE my robe, I wore it around all night and I can’t wait to try the new bars!
I was very hungry waiting for Nick to come home, so I snacked on the other half of my primal strip while hanging around the house. Like I said, Nick was cooking dinner and all I had to do was prep the sides. So I made some sticky rice and side salads with a romaine/raddichio blend, orange bell pepper and asiago cheese topped with some Annie’s gingerly vinaigrette.
Nick made his awesome beer grilled chicken! He rubbed the breasts with seasonings, seared them in a bit of evoo and added the beer to keep them moist as they cooked. We put some of the spicy drippings on the rice for more flavor. I don’t normally eat white rice, but I can’t resist Japanese sticky rice!
The whole meal was really yummy, but Nick had to rush off to a meeting so I decided to spend some time with Danielle and Matt. Danielle was having a maaajor sweets craving, so of course I caved and we indulged a little together (it’s a girl thing).
I didn’t eat all the gummy bears, we shared.
After hanging out with Danielle for a while (we watched White Chicks… so ridiculous, but so hilarious!) Nick came home and we headed to a party at his friend’s house, which was a lot of fun!
I didn’t get much sleep, but I still woke up in time for a nice bowl of oat bran before the gym. The usual ½ cup oatbran cooked in 1 cup nonfat soy milk, a tsp of ghee and a sliced banana.
So comforting! It was great fuel for the gym- despite my tiredness, I got a good workout in, the usual 35 minutes on the elliptical and the same amount of time doing arm work. I can definitely see the muscles in my arms now, I’m finally making some visible progress!
After the gym I had one class, and then my day was done!
I dug into the food I packed- a mishmash of sorts, but tasty nonetheless.
A cheese stick I ate before class, a vanilla chobani, ~1/4 cup TJ’s sundried tomato hummus on an Arnold’s sandwich thin and a cup of grapes.
I’m planning a trip to the grocery store after I do some studying- I packed a snack to go…
I’ll let you know what I think of it tomorrow!
Speaking of tomorrow, I’m hoping (fingers crossed!) it will be warm enough to go for a run, then I’m spending some time at my parents house, and of course I have my blog lunch in the afternoon! Should be a busy day, but a fun one!
I’ll be back tomorrow with a full recap of tonight’s dinner (Friday night burgers and fries!) and tomorrow’s eats. Have a great Friday!!
COMING THIS WEEKEND: Cookware.com has written me an article for you guys, featuring kitchen essentials for the at-home chef (or chef to be!). I've read it, and it's a good one! I'll post it up tomorrow!
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Anyone else as excited as I am we’re nearing the end of the week?
I must admit, workwise this week was very easy compared to what I know is to come in the next few weeks… the end of the semester is always killer!
I’m still excited for the weekend- Saturday I have my fun blogger lunch with the lovely Michelle from Balance My Cake! If you’re in the area and you’d like to join us, we’d still love to have you!
I have been quite the hungry girl lately- yesterday I was SO hungry after class, I stopped at Belmont’s and grabbed this-
Which I ate half of on the way home. WOW did it taste authentic! Really flavorful as well. I wouldn’t eat one every day because of the sodium content, but for a low cal/low fat/high protein snack, it really worked to hold me over!
As I mentioned, I made one of Nick’s favorites for dinner- Pierogies!
These were cheddar potato pierogies topped with low sodium bacon and sautéed onion, just like we made them last time we had them in Canada.
Her's and his...
(and he was still hungry!)
Here was my portion, with a couple tablespoons of lite sour cream to dip:
I also tried my hand at kale chips!
Drizzled with evoo and sprinkled with s&p baked at 350 for around 15 minutes to make ‘em nice and crispy.
YUM! I ate a whole huge plateful! Nick tried one and wasn’t too into them, but I didn’t expect him to be. More for me!
After I ate dinner and finished my creative nonfiction book… this book was great, I highly recommend any book by Pat Conroy! I’m starting another one tonight!
Nick had his second dinner (boys) and then we decided to go to Brickleys because I was craving a cone of pistachio ice cream SO bad after seeing Jenna eat one on her blog… it reminded me of Italy!
Mmm, mmm perfect after dinner treat.
This morning I woke up STILL VERY HUNGRY… I snacked on half an oatmeal raisin walnut clif bar before the gym (I am really liking these, I think they’re my second fave!)
And spent an hour doing the stat bike & leg strength. I was so starving when I was done, I ate my breakfast on the go so much faster than usual today! I packed the staples- banana, chobani, trail mix. Never fails to keep me satisfied!
For lunch I packed another honey ham Sammie- 3 slices of honey ham, boston lettuce and a light laughing cow on an arnold’s sandwich thin. I also packed some carrots.
For some reason this lunch has not been keeping me full as it normally does, so I grabbed an apple from the coffee shop in the library as well.
For snacks, I packed a nectarine and a light cheese stick.
Tonight Nick is making me one of my favorite things he makes (ok, he only makes a couple things… but I’m really excited about this!) and I’m in charge of prepping sides. But the main course is all him!
I’ll be back tomorrow....
P.S. I know I’ve been slacking on mentioning my pantry-item usage… so sorry! I plan on going back in and adding that this weekend. I’ve been using a lot, which feels really good! Oatbran, trail mix, tuna, chili, all things I already had just using them up!
One more thing...
Thank you to Michelle, who presented me with this:
Which I failed to mention I got a couple of days ago! I'm so honored to recieve this, I love your blog Michelle and I can't wait to meet you Saturday!!
The rules are as follows:
List 7 things that you love, and then pass the award on to 7 bloggers that you love! Be sure to tag them and let them know that they have won. You can copy the picture of the award and paste it on your sidebar letting the whole world know…you are Kreativ!
7 Things that I love:
1.My friends, my family, my boyfriend.
Ok, not to be too cheesy, but really I've got the greatest group of people supporting me. I don't know what I would do without them! I love you all!
2. Gelato. Best dessert EVER. Of course it's not the same here as it is in Italia!
3. Yoga and Running. Both keep me calm, healthy and fit!
4. A good read. Whether it's a new cooking magazine, or a Pat Conroy book right off the shelf, I love having something enticing to read!
5. Cooking and Baking. Nothing makes me happier than spending hours in the kitchen, and sharing my creations with everyone I love! I guess I have to love it if I plan on doing it for the rest of my life ;)
6. Bulldogs!. When I can afford it, I want an English bulldog named Ramone. (Yes, after Johnny, Joey, DeeDee and Tommy)
7. The Summer. Warm weather, bright colors, the beach/water, running races, barbeques, my birthday... i love it all!
Tagging people is going to be SO hard, because so many of my wonderful blogfriends have already been tagged!
Here are my picks anyway, tags or not!
Of course, I love you ALL those are just a few blogs I read all the time and love! I'd love to tag you all though =)
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Thank you again to everyone who participated in my Quaker contest! It meant a lot to me that so many of you entered, I'm feeling another contest is due soon!!
I am feeling so lazy today! I did a good amount of work right after class, but since then I've had no motivation to do any studying/reading for classes... we're only halfway through the week and already I'm itching for the weekend!
Last night before bed I snacked on this new Simply Well pudding from Kozy Shack, which I LOVED- it was Green Tea Chai flavor, and it had a great spice to it! I also had a small bowl of grapes for some more fruit.
This morning I woke up and immediately made myself a berry smoothie to get me through my workout.
At the gym I did a strong 35 minutes on the elliptical, 35 minutes of arm strength. It's almost warm enough to run in the mornings... I can't wait!!
For lunch, I packed a great tuna salad combo:
~ 1 Tbsp SmartBalance mayo
~1 tsp Grey Poupon
Squirt of lemon juice
~ 1 tsp capers
1 stalk celery, diced
1 carrot, diced
3 oz tuna
All mixed and wrapped up into a big whole wheat Lavash bread.
Perfect alongside a cup of grapes!
This has held me over all afternoon so far!
For snacks, I packed my usual post-workout light string cheese, a Kashi bar and a date for mid-afternoon.
I'm also sipping on a Kombucha because I can feel my acid reflux coming on and it always makes it feel better!
I have one more class this afternoon, then tonight I'm making one of Nick's favorite's for dinner... lets hope I get it right! I'll be back with a dinner/morning recap tomorrow.
So in your opinion, are my dinner/day recap posts working for you? Are they too confusing? Let me know, I want the blog to be as best as it can be!!
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Sounds yummy, I'll have to try that sometime!
Well hello everyone! Happy Tuesday! For some reason, I feel like my week is already half over- and really, it's almost just begun! Maybe it's my change in eating locations that's messing me up!
Last night I made dinner at Nick's again- a very delicious recipe from the amazingly talented Zesty Cook! I made his Basil Chicken, along with some Quinoa and steamed sugar snap peas.
WOW was there a lot of flavor in this fairly simple dish! Although I made Danielle cringe at the "poo" smell of the fish sauce, it was overall very tasty, Nick liked it too so I'm sure I'll make it again!
Although dinner was tasty and filling, I still wanted a little something else for a snack last night, so Nick was nice enough to scoop me a small bowl of Hood Maine Blueberry Frozen Yogurt- my camera was downstairs so I didn't photograph it, but he knows how I like my portions. I'd estimate it was about 3/4 a cup. A nice night time treat!
This morning I was up early- a week off and it's just a little hard to get up at 6am again! I packed myself breakfast to go- a 0% chobani (plain), some TJ's trail mix and a banana. I snacked on 1/2 a chocolate chip PB clif bar on the way to the gym as well, but it was in my car!
The gym felt great- 30 minutes pumped up to level 10 on the stat bike, and 25 minutes of leg strength. I love doing legwork- it's almost relaxing for me!
My first two classes of the day went well, I managed to get a 91 on my last Physio exam, so that made my morning!
After classes I headed to my usual spot in the library to eat lunch and work. I packed a honey ham sammie- 3 slices of honey ham, a light laughing cow and some boston lettuce on a whole wheat arnold's sandwich thin, along with an apple.
I still felt starving for some reason, so I grabbed a small bag of baked lays that did the trick to fill me up. Plus, they totally cured my salt craving!
Tonight I have work as usual- I packed a new flavor of Rachel's cottage cheese for a snack
and some TJ's vegetarian chili and a baggie of carrots and snow peas for some veggies.
I'll be back later on tonight to announce the winner of the Quaker gift bag!!!