A Spin on Mexican

Today was  a normal October Tuesday.  I began with a cold breakfast of cinnamon raisin granola.

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Plus some chai on the side.

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I had 2/3 cup granola, 6-8 Kashi Island Vanilla Wheat Puffs, a handful of frozen blueberries, 3/4 cup of lowfat milk, and a sprinkle of ground flaxseed.

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As I have been the past two Tuesdays, I attended a workshop away from my school campus.  Again lunch was provided.  I chose the roast beef on wheat.  It came with chips, a cookie, and an apple.

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I also had some milky way bite size chocolates.  The apple was saved for a snack when I got home.

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With some peanut butter in the middle for dipping.  I was having a bit too much fun practicing my photography skills using the corner of one of hub’s garden boxes for scenery.

After unloading the dishwasher, folding laundry, and a bit of Oprah I got started on dinner.  At the grocery on Sunday I picked up some chicken breasts since they were buy 1, get 1 free.  I also purchased a jar of Peach Salsa and Gouda cheese.  That is where the Mexican comes in.  I simply baked the chicken at 350* after topping it with salt, pepper, and the salsa.  After 35 minutes I added some thin strips of Gouda (some went in my tummy on spot) and stuck the chicken back in the oven for five more minutes. 

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For a side dish, I roasted some butternut squash by cutting it in half, scooping out the seeds and pulp, and baking at 400* for an hour.  In keeping with Mexican, I used a spice common of the culture for flavoring—cumin.  In addition to cumin, I seasoned the squash with salt, pepper, and cinnamon after basting it in olive oil.

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Dinner was delightfully flavorful although the salsa lacked in the peach department.  I couldn’t hardly taste any peach, just a slightly sweet flavored salsa.  The squash was tender and flavored well.

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The squash tasted much like a sweet potato.

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As for the chicken and being a cheese lover, it was cheesy and tasty, but it was somewhat overcooked.  I always worry about undercooking poultry so often tend to overcook it causing dryness.

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My belly is full after eating the majority of this (and sharing a few bites of chicken with the pups)!  It was simple to put this meal together, but it does take some time to cook so I got other chores done in the meantime. 

Now I’m relaxing watching Biggest Loser and about to get back to washing and folding the massive amounts of laundry I desperately need to catch up on.  I don’t get to watch too much TV lately, but have some shows I like including CSI, 48 Hours, Biggest Loser, So You Think You Can Dance, and Real Housewives, and of course all things Food Network. 🙂

What are your favorite television shows?

My Lucky Day

Before I explain why I am feeling lucky today, let me begin by sharing my meals for the day.  I was in the mood for some cold cereal and milk, but when I got to the kitchen I remembered we were all out of milk.  Instead I decided on 1/3 cup of greek yogurt with a pumpkin chocolate chip muffin with a spoonful of canned pumpkin and a spoonful of this decadent macadamia nut honey (I purchased at Marshall’s the other day) mixed into the yogurt.

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I wasn’t sure about this breakfast as far as satisfying me, but the flavors were delicious and it was filling.

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Chai + Yogurt Bowl

Lunch looked a lot like lasts night’s dinner.  A “taco” salad made with spring mix, cucumber, grape tomatoes, a reduced fat colby jack cheese stick, a 1/2 cup of reduced sodium pinto beans with salsa and light sour cream for dressing—two tablespoons of each.

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Beans for Protein, Not So Much Flavor

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On side I had 8 pumpernickel pretzel sticks with a spoon of white chocolate wonderful peanut butter for dipping.  This was a fun snack to eat; it reminded me of those individually wrapped processed cheese and cracker sticks that I always loved as a kid.  

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See the resemblance.

                                 

These things were one of my favorite snacks when I was younger and I made Mom buy me some every time I saw them hanging in the baskets near the refrigerated dairy aisles.

After work I had a Kashi Bar to tide me over through exercising.

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I feel like I have been slacking on cardio, so I dedicated today to cardio and stretching with some abdominal floor work.  My cardio session included 20 minutes on the elliptical, 10 minutes on the bike, and ten minutes walking on the treadmill.  I feel good!

I had good intentions on cooking tonight, but stopping at the grocery for some staples after my workout led me to purchasing a rotisserie chicken for dinner instead.

When I got home after 7:00 I was feeling quite hungry so I immediately ate some pita chips (about ten) with salsa that was purchased to put atop a chicken wrap/taco.

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I steamed some corn and then got to work on my taco.

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While assembling this I picked the chicken from one leg and ate it on the spot.  I added half a breast to my low carb. whole wheat tortilla wrap.  I added about a 1/3 cup of corn, a tablespoon of freshly grated mild cheddar, two tablespoons of the salsa verde, iceberg lettuce, and a tablespoon of plain greek yogurt.  I am feeling pretty full, but may have a snack before the night ends.

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Side note: I often do have a snack after dinner, but it may not make it to the blog if I’ve already posted and shut down the computer.

Now as for my lucky day, first I get to work to find out I won the football pool from yesterday’s Saint’s game.  This is my third win this season, but I still need to win one more time to profit off of how much I actually paid for my 5 squares on the pool.

My other news involves a phone call from a Registered Dietician from the LSU Agricultural Center.  She was given my name from the chef who is conducting nutrition classes with our students and wanted to invite me to serve on the Food and Nutrition Education Advisory Committee.  The meeting is on Wednesday morning so I should have more information to share then.  The meeting just so happens to be at the gym where I work out, so I seeked out the conference meeting room before my workout this evening.  All I was told is she is trying to gain some insight with providing Food and Nutrition Education to teens in Jefferson Parish High Schools.  I happily accepted and will soon find out what all the advisory board entails.

Question of the Night:  What was your favorite childhood snack?

For the Love of Fall

Aaahh!  Today brought on the weather I’ve been waiting for!  Cool, dry air.  It won’t last too long in Southern Louisiana, but I’ll take it while it’s here. 🙂

My morning began with a cold mixture of cereal and milk.  I had about 1/2 cup of Kashi Go Lean, 1/4 apple cinnamon o’s, 1/4 cup of blueberry corn flakes, and a small sprinkle of granola.  I topped it with 1 cup low fat milk.  Refreshing! 

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I had a cup of hot chai tea on the side.

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Mixed Cereal Bowl—Thank you Hungry Girl for letting me know it is okay to mix different cereals. 

For lunch I topped some baby spinach with rest of the chicken salad from Saturday’s lunch.  It was better today because it had time to marinate all the flavors while sitting in the fridge.

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I had a banana for some additional carbs and fiber.  Oh, I also had a brownie made by a colleague of mine.

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I did not make it to the gym today because I stayed a little while after dismissal to finish grading last Friday’s tests.  My inner and outer thighs are a little soar from yesterday’s strength training anyways, so I am totally okay with letting my muscles rest even though I have not exercised consistently for two weeks.  I plan on going to the gym straight from work tomorrow.

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie

Next up, what’s for dinner?  I knew I wanted to incorporate some Italian chicken sausage into stuffed bell peppers, but wasn’t quite sure how I was going to make it.  I ended up using cous cous as a filler along with Italian seasoned bread crumbs.

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Italian Chicken Sausage Stuffed Bells

Ingredients:

3/4 cup cous cous, cooked according to package

4 bell peppers

1/2 pound Italian chicken sausage, removed from casings

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 medium onion, chopped

Oregano

Garlic Powder

Basil

Salt + Pepper

1/4 cup gorgonzola cheese

1 slice of reduced fat provolone cheese

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350*.  Remove stem top and seeds from bell peppers.  Put in pot of water to cover and bring to a boil.  When slightly tender, remove to ice water to stop cooking process.  In saucepan, heat oil.  Add chicken sausage and onion.  Saute until browned.  Add cous cous, seasonings to taste, and gorgonzola cheese and mix.  Add 3/4 cup of Italian bread crumbs and combine.  Stuff peppers with cous cous/ chicken mixture evenly.  Sprinkle each pepper with bread crumbs and top with 1/4 of provolone slice.  Place in glass casserole.  Put small amount of water in casserole dish to prevent burning and sticking.  Cook in preheated oven for 25 minutes.

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My thoughts on the peppers are they were quite tasty and I enjoyed them.  But I do wish I had parmesan instead of gorgonzola.  The gorgonzola cheese has a very pungent flavor similar to that of blue cheese.  So if you are not a fan of blue cheese, you may not be a fan of this.  However, parmesan could definitely be substituted and I would use that myself if making these again.

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While the peppers were baking I simmered some homemade veggie stock on the stovetop for an hour.  I threw in two carrots, two squash, two onion, garlic, the bell pepper tops from the peppers, bay leaves, fresh basil leaves, and a few whole black peppercorns.  I plan on using the stock in a fall soup recipe tomorrow night if all goes as planned.

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Question of the Night:  What is your favorite fall vegetable to cook with?

Family, Football, Food

Today was my usual relaxing Sunday.  I started the day off with some coffee to give me a bit of a pick me up.  I can’t recall who, but last week another blogger recommended adding cinnamon to the coffee grounds before brewing.  Well I took her advice and tried it.  It was a very nice addition to my coffee and chicory brew.  So if you like cinnamon give it a try.  I dare you!  :) 

Shortly after my first cup of coffee and blog reading/email checking/bill paying it was time for some food.  I fixed myself two pancakes using Bisquick Heart Smart mix.  The directions call for milk, but I was all out. 

My mixture included:

  • 1/3 c bisquick
  • 1 egg
  • water
  • fat free powdered coffee creamer (to replace milk)
  • splash of vanilla
  • dash of cinnamon
  • cottage cheese (on top)
  • maple syrup (on top)

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Pancakes on hub’s garden box containing broccoli plants

After devouring these bad boys, I felt the need to go to the gym.  I had not been in over two weeks due to getting a cold and my attempts to let my hip heel, but I haven’t felt my best self lately.  So I went to the gym for some cardio and strength training.  I started with 15 minutes on the elliptical machine, followed by 30 minutes of weights, and 15 minutes on the arc trainer.  My weight routine looked like this with 3 sets of each:

  • 12 reps biceps at 15 lbs.
  • 15 reps triceps at 30 lbs.
  • 12 reps pectorals at 30 lbs.
  • 10 reps leg lifts at 30 lbs.
  • 12 reps leg extension at 45 lbs.
  • 20 reps total abs at 60 lbs.
  • 18 reps adductor at 60 lbs.
  • 15 reps abductor at 50 lbs.
  • 12 reps leg press at 40 lbs.
  • 10 reps row at 40 lbs.

When I got home from the gym I needed some food.  The Saints game was on so I quickly heated up a slice of pizza left from Saturday night.

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It was still tasty and filling.  After eating I headed to my sister’s to visit with her family and their new addition.

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She is such a little angel!

I may or may not have brought and eaten some of my oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and some of my nephew’s goldfish crackers.

After watching the miserable loss of the Saints (we’ll get those birds next time) I headed home after stopping at the grocery to get some staples for the week.

Instead of cooking dinner, I nabbed one of the rotisserie chickens to throw onto a big spinach salad.

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Spinach, strawberries, cucumbers, tomatoes, chicken, gorgonzola cheese, fat free raspberry vinaigrette—yummy restaurant style salad!

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Not the healthiest, more like portioned controlled, but still 170 calories.  And it was appreciated and delish!  Thanks babe! 😉

Question of the Night:  What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

My favorite ice cream flavor is, hmmmmm….., peanut butter cup or pistachio. 

Grocery Shopping 101

I’m still under the weather today, but am hopeful that my cold will soon disappear.  This morning I woke up and was unsure of what to eat, since I had no fresh fruit or veggies on hand, nor did I have any yogurt, eggs, or milk for that matter.  Upon looking in the freezer, I found some whole grain waffles and frozen bananas.  To my surprise I was able have a scrumptious breakfast in no time.  I toasted a waffle and topped it with about a tablespoon of peanut butter.  While the waffle was toasting, I whipped up a batch of Banana Soft Serve.  (Notice it gets capitalized because it is just that special!)  Banana Soft Serve is simply frozen bananas processed in a food processor until smooth and creamy deliciousness results.  You may have to stop to scrape the banana from off the sides as it is being blended due to clumping.  But the result is divine; I highly recommend that you let some bananas ripen, peel and freeze them, and whip up some soft serve.  It was like having dessert for breakfast, but nutritious at the same time.  I then topped my peanut butter waffle with the soft serve and some ground cinnamon.

Earl Grey Tea and Waffle Sundae

Lunch today was leftover vegetable soup, crackers, and frozen grapes for some sweetness.

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Yum, Yum, Eat 'Em Up

Frosty

When you find your grapes on the verge of going bad and you can’t eat them all, pop ’em in a Ziploc and store in the freezer for a sweet, cold treat.  I have tried using them in smoothies, but they do not produce a good consistency, so I prefer them as is.

I desperately needed to hit up the grocery store and finally accomplished that task this evening.  On my way from work I snacked on a Kashi Bar to hinder my uncontrollable purchases when going to the grocery  store hungry.

My Bar Matched My Skirt

I really despise grocery shopping at Wal-Mart, but it is cheaper than Winn Dixie near my house and I am trying to save a little moolah on my food.  It is too crowded and seems to take forever when I go, but I went anyway.  And an hour and a half later I arrived home to cook up some dinner.  I made some crispy oven baked chicken (actually wish it would have been crispier, but better luck next time) to put in a healthified “snack wrap.”  Many fast food places offer the crispy and grilled chicken wraps, so if ordering from one of those types of places I’d definitely go with the grilled.  But tonight I was in the mood for some crispy chicken.  I originally intended to put it on a salad, but wasn’t quite in the mood for a big salad–so a wrap it was.

While preheating the oven to 350*, I breaded three boneless, skinless chicken breast by dipping them 1st in whole wheat flour (seasoned with salt and pepper), 2nd in an egg wash bowl made of one egg, tad of water, salt and pepper, and 3rd in italian breadcrumbs.  I then baked them on a broiler pan sprayed with nonstick spray for 40 minutes.  Lastly, they were put under the broiler for a couple minutes to get the top crispy.

My whole wheat wrap is filled with half of a breaded chicken breast, romaine lettuce, grape tomatoes, half an avocado, and some honey mustard.

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I enjoyed some green bean fries on the side with salt, cajun seasoning, and ketchup.

This may make an appearance in my tummy later on.

Finally, I want to share some tips on my grocery shopping adventures.  Now this is not for those trying to shop healthily on a “budget” because I, myself, need some help with that.  This is only tips that I follow for making healthy food purchase.

*Do not go to the grocery hungry! As we all know, going to the grocery with a hungry stomach only leads to less money and your wallet and more (unhealthy) food than you intended to buy.  Eat a snack before heading out to shop or go after you’ve had a meal.  This will help to eliminate tempting, eye-catching, new, “low-fat” foods.

*Shop the perimeters to make up the bulk of your groceries. The perimeter of the store is where you can find healthy produce–fruits and veggies, lean meats, and healthy reduced fat dairy products.  Fill up your basket with mostly fruits and veggies.  Purchase fish, lean chicken, pork, or beef.  When purchasing cheeses, I usually look for a reduced fat variety.  If skim milk seems to watered down, then opt for low-fat.  (Vitamin D actually needs a small amount of fat for the body to absorb it anyway.)

*Go in the aisles for specifics, but do not go up and down every aisle. Tonight I went into the aisles for these things:  whole wheat spaghetti, quick-cooking oats or rolled oats, maple syrup, flavored tea, salsa, tomato and basil sauce, reduced sodium canned beans, canned white meat chicken, dark chocolate peanut butter (saw on another blog that Wal-Mart sold the PB & Co. brand; that’s the real reason I went to Wal-Mart) ;), whole wheat tortillas, whole wheat sandwich thins, pita chips, and pistachios because the husband loves ’em, oh and orzo pasta.  So there are healthy reasons to stray into the aisles.  And that leads to my next tip.

*Pay attention to the ingredient lists. If you cannot read the lists, it is probably filled with preservatives due to the amount of processing that needs to be done to make it actually taste good.  Avoid those foods at all costs.  They are not satiating and leave you wanting, craving more.

*Opt for whole grains. That is for pastas, rice, breads, etc.  Look at the ingredients that have whole wheat or whole grain listed first.  If it says “enriched” then the natural nutrients have been lost due to processing and some may have been unnaturally added back in along the way so steer clear of those.

*Avoid gimmicks. Do not believe that if you “eat three of these a day” you will lose all kind of weight.  Weight loss is simply calories consumed versus calories burned.  You can eat 2,000 calories of whatever food you want, but if your body does not burn those 2,000 calories then eventually it will add up.  To lose weight, eat fewer calories or even better participate in more physical activity to burn off what you consume.

That concludes my Grocery Shopping 101. Please be advised, I am not a nutritionist/dietician.  These are simply tips I have learned along my journey to living a more healthified life.

Question of the Night:  What tips do you follow for grocery shopping when trying to lead a healthy life?

Pure & Innocent

I’ve been away for the past day and a half spending time with my family.  I mentioned on Thursday that I had some exciting news happening on Friday!  So here it is.  On Friday, September 10 at 1:57 pm, Michelle, my older sister, gave birth to her second child–Breelyn Michelle.  Miche has been having a hard pregnancy just as she did with her first child, Jett; so [per doctors orders] Bree made her debut five and a half weeks early due to some complications.  Currently, at her 3 pound 11 ounce, 17 1/2 inch long stature she is fighting her little heart out in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.  My family and I are all grateful that she is now off of oxygen and breathing on her own, sucking milk from a bottle, giving us all a reason to spend time together and cherish her new life that has been brought into this world.  With that, I introduce Breelyn Michelle.

Sister and Husband with Breelyn

My brother-in-law forgot to bring in his camera, so one of the nurses came out to the waiting area to borrow mine.  Using my camera, the nurse was able to capture this moment of her life, at her most purest and innocent state.  Truly, this is such a miraculous occurrence.  For several months a baby grows inside the mother, and then one day unknowingly makes an entrance into the world.   What is in store for this little angel?  What will she grow to look like?

It is amazing how they change.  I say that because my nephew, Jett, was born 8 10 weeks early at 2 pounds, 8 ounces and he completely made a comeback with his fighting strength.  Here he is two and a half years after his birth on the way to meet his baby sister.

Miracle Baby and Love of My Life

He was being shy because of the camera, but I love the picture anyway.

Some may question why both of her babies were born so early at such low birth-weights.  Unfortunately, my sister suffers from Crohn’s Disease, so her body does not absorb nutrients as it should; hence the reasoning behind the low weights of the babies.  She struggles daily with this, but gets through it with the help of medication.  She is a  strong woman who manages quite a bit on her plate working full time, taking care of a soon to be three year old, and now a new baby.  I’ve always looked up to my big sis and admire her still for all that she has accomplished!  🙂

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As for my diet the past day, I have not been so innocent.  Friday I ate breakfast at home, but the rest of my eats were at restaurants; so I tried to make the best decisions possible.  Breakfast included a bowl of Kashi Mountain Medley Granola, slow cooked apples with nutmeg and cinnamon, and greek yogurt.

Granola + Hot Green Tea

After meeting my mom and my nephew, we stopped at Chili’s before heading over to the hospital.  I chose the Guiltless Grilled Chicken Sandwich with veggies.

I was satisfied with my meal, but later on found out it was over 600 calories.  I don’t particularly like eating that many calories at one meal, but I sure did enjoy my sandwich.  The chicken was not over cooked or left dried out like I often experience with grilled chicken sandwiches.

Warm Wheat Bun with Moist Grilled Chicken

At the hospital, my nephew did feed me a few of his goldfish crackers and I can’t turn down what he feeds me, since it gives him joy to share.

After several hours at the hospital, seeing Breelyn, and sis for a quick minute, Mom and I took Jett home for a nap.  But before heading home we HAD to make a stop at Tutti Frutti for some fro yo.  I just can’t get enough!

My “cup” included strawberry banana, almond, pistachio, cake batter, and a small taste of tart. On top I had mochi (Japanese Rice Cake) pieces, three cheesecake pieces, mango, kiwi, pineapple, and shredded coconut.  It is really difficult not to fill up that cup.  I try to only put a taste of the yogurt, but by the time I lower and raise the handle it is more than expected.  Maybe I’ll have to set a rule of only trying two flavors at once three flavors at once.  🙂 As Bethenny Frankel says in her book, “You can have it ALL, just not all at once!”  I need to remember that I can always go back and try a different flavor  (but the flavors always change, so I might not be able to). 😦  Uuuuhhhggg, decisions, decisions.

Once to Mom’s house, Mom, Jett, and I all laid down for a nap.  Then we woke up and headed out to grab a bite before heading back to the hospital to spend some time with sis.  We stopped at Piccadilly Cafeteria, much like, well, cafeteria food. I had a cup of black eyed peas, mixed fruit, a small amount of cream of broccoli soup, and a salad from the salad bar.

My Tray

My salad included lettuce, bell pepper, onion, green olives, tomatoes, mushroom, chopped egg, a sprinkle of cheddar, and I was limited on dressings (no light options) so I mixed italian and  a little ranch.  I may or may not have also been fed a few french fries by my nephew.  🙂  Immediately following dinner, we went back to the hospital to visit Miche.

Once home, my hub ordered Chinese take out and I requested a spring roll and also had a few bites of his Lo Mein.  I really didn’t need it, but lack of sleep the night prior left me feeling a bit ravenous.

Spring Roll

Most of my day today was also spent at the hospital visiting for a while with sis and I got to go in the NICU for a couple of minutes to see Breelyn.  She just melts my heart already! 😉

Question of the Day:  How do you make healthy decisions when eating out?  Please share any tips or rules that you follow!  (Pink in honor of the new baby girl.)


Cabbage Patch Kids

Breakfast was quick and easy this morning even though I woke up early and could have taken the time to actually cook something.  All I felt like eating was craving was almond butter and banana on a slice of whole grain toast with a cup of hot chai.

There is bread and almond butter under there somewhere.

For lunch today I enjoyed a spring and spinach salad mix with a few grape tomatoes and cucumber slices.  On top, I added some chopped Hormel oven roasted turkey and a sprinkling of Sargento Reduced Fat Shredded Mexican Cheese Blend.  My dressing of choice today was 2 tbsp. of Light Italian.  For some extra protein (since I was going to the gym straight from work) and a bit of sweetness I had a Fage 2% Greek Strawberry Yogurt.

Lunch Time

Pay attention to details; it's more fun to eat that way!

I decided to try working out straight after work rather than get home and have to force myself to go back out.  I think I prefer that better; it is just a matter of getting my clothes together the night before.  Though when I arrived at the gym every single elliptical was taken!  Grrrrrr!  So I started my cardio session on one of the two treadmills that were not in use.  I did 10 minutes at 12% incline at a 4.0 pace.  Then I noticed someone hop off of the true slider elliptical, so I took advantage of the opportune time to hop on.  I did 30 minutes on the elliptical at level 20 for about 25 minutes and level 18 for the other 5.  Lastly I finished up with 10 minutes on the stationary bike at level 5.

When I got home from work I began on dinner.  This morning I took a package of spit chicken breasts out of the freezer to defrost.  I started by browning the chicken breasts in a tablespoon of canola oil.

While the chicken browned I prepped some bell pepper from the garden, half an onion, some carrot sticks, and 5 red potatoes.  Once the chicken was browned on both sides I removed it from the pan and it went into the pot shown above.  Using the same pan from the chicken, I sauteed the veggies except for the potatoes.

Meanwhile, I got some miniature cabbages AKA brussel sprouts sliced and seasoned for roasting.

I recommend using a smaller knife due to the rolling of the sprouts, but that was the knife used for cutting the other veggies and I was trying to eliminate the massive amount of dishes/utensils I use for cooking.

Once the veggies tender I added them on top of the chicken.  Here is wher it may get a bit unhealthified; however, you can still watch your portions.  Next, I put 1/4 cup canola oil and 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour into the *same* saute pan.  I stirred and stirred and stirred until I had a roux (to make gravy) the color of peanut butter more or less.  I then added one cup of water (***Warning***This will cause sizzle of splatter and smoke, so stand back!), a second cup of water, two and a half cups of water total as I removed the pan from the fire and continued stirring and stirring until I had a brown gravy.  Salt and pepper was also added, but much of the flavor comes from the browned bits from the chicken and veggies that were in the pan previously.

Gravy was poured over chicken and veggies and added potatoes.

I munched on these while the chicken simmered for about an hour.   I was able to get some cleaning done in the meantime.

Roasted Brussel Sprouts

My Plate--A scoop of rice from last night topped with pulled chicken and veggie mixture.

Tasty if I do say so myself!

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I recently heard that a doll fad of the 80s are making a comeback.  According to Cabbage Patch Kids they never really left the scene despite changing production brands several times throughout the last 30 years.  Funny how things always seem to return into the limelight from such long ago.

Cabbage Patch Kids were one of my favorites (I can’t recall any specifics, but I know Mom fought her way into some stores to get those dolls for my sis and me) growing up along with playing school of course. 😉

Question of the Night:  What was your favorite toy/doll growing up as a kid?