Stand Up and Get Crunk

Football season is back.  It’s time to stand up and get crunk with the New Orleans Saints!!  After scoring a touchdown inside the Superdome, the 70,000 + people all stand up and go nuts to the song “Stand Up and Get Crunk” by the Ying Yang Twins.  It gets crazy in that place, so if you are not into loud noise and screaming fans yelling “Who Dat? Who Dat?  Who Dat Say They Gonna Beat Dem Saints?” then stay away, far far away!

You don’t have to be in downtown New Orleans to hear someone shout “Who Dat”  with echoes of other “Who Dats” in the background.  It happens all throughout the surrounding metropolitan area.  If someone is in Saint’s attire (which most locals wear on game day or days before for that matter) you are bound to hear a call of the Who Dat Nation.  I had my Saint’s shirt and silver fleur de lis earrings and necklace on today.

Watching the game!

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Breakfast–Egg Over Medium + Whole Wheat Toast with Brummel & Brown

Maybe Medium Well–Don’t Want Salmonella
Chai + Eats

Lunch–Turkey Sammie with Spring Mix and Dijon Mustard + Half Sliced Cucumber + Dark Chocolate Square

Snack While Baking Somethin’ Sweet–Carrot Sticks + Wholly Guacamole

I was in the mood to bake some oatmeal cookies.  Rather than go by a recipe (which I did look at a couple) I decided to wing it and make it up a long the way.  I knew I wanted them to include these ingredients.

Into the Cookie Mixture

Dark Chocolate Cherry Muffin Cookies

I am calling them muffin cookies because they have more of a muffin texture, similar to that of a VitaTop.

1 c flour

1 c rolled oats

1/2 c Brummel & Brown Yogurt Spread (softened)

1/3 c packed light brown sugar (you may want more if you prefer more sweetness)

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 egg

1/3 c water

2/3 c chopped pitted cherries (used fresh, but may prefer dried)

1/4 c dark chocolate chips (used 3 dark chocolate squares crumbled; you may want more than this if you are a chocoholic)

Directions:  Preheat oven to 350*.  Put all ingredients in mixing bowl except cherries and chocolate.  Mix with spoon/spatula.  Fold in cherries then chocolate.  Use ice cream scoop to evenly distribute mixture onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Bake for approx. 15 minutes. (A circuit breaker went out while these were baking so I am not exactly sure of the baking time, but I think it was around 15 minutes give or take a few.)

Oatmeal Cookie Mixture
I made 9, but you can get 10-12 cookies for sure.
Done–My Cookie Gobbled Up While Still Warm

Nutritional Information based on 10 servings using 411fit.com

Calories 160.48

Carbs 24.09 g

Fat 6.24g

Protein 3.02 g

Sodium 434.34 mg

Dinner–Dad’s Red Beans, No Rice

Red Beans with Louisiana Hot Sauce and More Bread/Brummel & Brown

Geez, I ate ALOT of bread today.  Oh well.

Off to finish watching the game!  Have a great weekend! 🙂

Question of the Night:  Are you a football fan?  What is your favorite team?

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Honey, Where Are You?

When I awoke this A.M., I was feeling something warm for breakfast.  So I heated up a packet of Kashi Instant Honey and Cinnamon Hot Cereal.  I topped it with a sliced banana, a handful of blueberries, and a teaspoon of almond butter.  I had some hot chai tea on the side.  It hit the spot though my oatmeal wasn’t very warm once topping with cold nut butter and frozen blueberries, oh and snapping a couple of photos.

Lunch was similar to dinner last night– a turkey wrap.  But I did not go the mexican route.  I had two slices of Hormel Oven Roasted Turkey, L.C. Light Swiss Wedge, and spring mix all rolled up on a whole wheat tortilla.  On side I had some grape tomatoes and Chobani Non-Fat Greek Yogurt with Honey.

I bet you thought my title had to do with my hubby.  Nope, I was actually talking about my Chobani Greek Yogurt with Honey.  Side note:  I do not call the hubby “honey.”  Generally, he is either babe or boop, or Chris/Christopher.  He really hates when I call him Christopher though.  But seriously, where is the honey?  I do not taste it!  I do not see it!  I want more of it!  I need to contact the Chobani peeps and let them know they can’t call it “with Honey” if there is no inkling of honey.  If not I am going to have to stick with Fage Honey.  It makes my experience so much more tastier when I can scoop up some of that sticky, thick honey on the tip of my spoon and then scoop some of the yogurt on top.  Then I have to use my teeth to scrape the honey off of the spoon due to its gooey texture.  Mmmm, it is making my mouth water thinking about it.

After work I enjoyed a couple of snacks–a Kashi Dark Chocolate and Cherry Chewy Granola Bar and a handful of sweet, crimson-colored cherries.

After snack time and a short visit to the computer to catch up on some reading, I headed to the gym to pump some iron.  I did 15 minutes on the elliptical machine, 30 minutes of strength training on the weight machines, and ended with 15 minutes on the treadmill.  Felt good to get a full hour.  I feel like I’ve been slacking since going back to work last week.

Tonight I intended to fix beef fajitas with a corn and black bean side salad.  But I decided not to use my store-bought fajita kit and instead make up a Mexican Fiesta Bowl for dinner.

I started by browning the thinly sliced angus beef chuck in a tbsp. of olive oil.  Once browned I drained off the liquid/oil and added half a packet of store bought taco seasoning and 3/4 cup of water.  I also added 1/2 of a sliced onion and a small sliced bell pepper from the garden.  That simmered away until the veggies were tender.

Meanwhile, I cooked some whole grain brown rice.  Once the rice was cooked I added a bag of frozen corn that was sitting out for about fifteen minutes or so and a can of rinsed reduced sodium black beans.  Next I added a diced hot, red chile pepper from the garden and some grape tomatoes cut in half lengthwise.  Naturally, some seasonings were needed.  I used approx. 1 tsp. of ground cumin, 1/2 tsp. of chile powder, and salt and pepper to taste.  To be honest no measuring was done, but I did taste a couple bites as I added the seasonings.

For my Mexican Fiesta Bowl, I layered a large cooking spoonful of the rice mixture, a few slices of beef, a spoon of onion/bell peppers, about a tbsp. of Sargento Reduced Fat Shredded Mexican Cheese Blend, and a dollop of light sour cream.  I was satisfied with how well and easily this meal came together.

Question of the Day:  First, what is your favorite type of yogurt?  Secondly, have you ever contacted a food company to make a suggestion about their product?

My favorite regular yogurt is Yoplait Light White Chocolate Strawberry ( probably not the greatest due to the aspartame) and my favorite Greek Yogurt (which I am currently on a Greek Yogurt Fix only) is Fage Honey.  And I have never contacted any food companies about their products.