Super Snacky

It’s so true what they say about needing a vacation from your vacation.  I was only gone for three days but when I got home I had 2 days of catching up to do.  Thursday was full of to-do’s like getting my hair, nails and toes done, laundry, cleaning, making a grocery list, and a menu for next week. Plus errands, errands and more errands….Friday had an epic grocery trip that took two hours…..Blerg….I was seriously exhausted after that. For real…I came home and took a nap! I intended on working out but yeah….that was a no-go.  We were out of EVERYTHING!  I am not exaggerating.  My children were eating RAISINS….they hate raisins….

Breakfast

Last week I made some pancakes out of my new cookbook! The recipe makes 18 pancakes so I put them in the freezer for later days.  I am so glad I did because I am not exactly sure what I would have eaten.  Maybe some dry oatmeal? PB out of the jar? Dry cereal?

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Apple Walnut Pancakes – Taste of Home

w/ 1 tbsp. peanut butter & a sprinkle of chia seeds.

I substituted the oil in this recipe with 2 tbsp. unsweetened apple sauce and used 2 cups of unsweetened almond milk instead of skim milk.  I recalculated the nutrition facts to be

per pancake:  84 calories, 12 carbs, 3 fat, 2 fiber, 3 protein.

These are really good.  I had them again this morning except with, 1 teaspoon Brummel & Brown butter, 2 tsp. sugar-free syrup and chia seeds.

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Then off I was to the grocery store.  I was super hungry by the time I finally made it home.  While I was figuring out what I wanted for lunch I had these…..

Snack/Lunch

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Gala apple, the juiciest best tasting peach ever and a Quaker School Days Best Berry granola bar.  SO YUM!

And then this.

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Skinny Cow Dreamy Clusters Candy (Heaven)

So, after that, I wasn’t hungry anymore and all I wanted was to lay down for a nap.

….and hour later I had these

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2 tbsp. peanuts

…and then was craving some of this

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Jamie’s Bread

So I baked up a batch and was counting the seconds until it was ready to eat!

Dinner

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FlatOut flat bread (OMG I LOOOOOVE) , Morningstar California Turky Burger (LOVE this one too…it’s hard to find though), Sargento Thin sliced Colby Jack Cheese……..grilled in my Panini maker.

“Dessert”

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Royal dessert fail…..SmartOnes Desserts Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Sundae.

I should have just picked up one of those little single servings of Ben & Jerry’s for this amount of calories.  It was horrible.   Oh well, live and learn!

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Today I am all caught up and it was back to business as usual.  I was able to get up at my usual time and make it to the gym.  I ran on the treadmill for 30 and then did some upper body work.  Later today we have some Father’s Day shopping to do and then I have a YUMMY dinner to make!

Here is some TRUTH for your Saturday!!!!

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Storms and Baby RayBans

I left off yesterday before I posted dinner so I‘ll start with that!

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Alexia Sweet Potato Fries, 1/2 Morningstar Black Bean Burger, Green Giant Seasoned Steamers.

I can’t remember what these were called but I think it was the Mediterranean blend with potatoes, carrots, yellow carrots, and zucchini.  Those vegetables were amazing!

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The thunder storm this morning woke my little boys up at 5am.  For some reason the living room made it much less scary. How cute are they?

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Breakfast Smoothie!

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The color was not as horrific as yesterday but none-the-less, a lovely shade don’t you think?

This had:

  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 tbsp. chia
  • 1 scoop EAS Lean 15 protein powder
  • 1 cup frozen peaches
  • 1 cup Dole frozen Strawberry & Bananas
  • 1 cup Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk

Yum

Workout

45 min. Spin.  It was awesome again! The gym was completely empty because of the rain and it was GLORIOUS!

After the gym we went grocery shopping at Target…..they have BABY RAYBANS in the optical dept.!  If I had a million dollars I would so buy him these.

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On the way home I had one of these granola bars.  I had never seen them before but they looked delicious.  I love food marketed for kids because they are always a great portion size for me.  These are only 100 calories, perfect for a little snack and they are oh so delicious! The other flavor is berry and I am looking forward to trying those as well.

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Quaker School Days Granola Bar in Amazing Apple

Ahhhhh, finally lunch, I was starving.  Today was the perfect day for a warm bowl of soup.

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Wolfgang Puck Hearty Garden Vegetable

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I had 2 WASA light rye crackers on the side.

This may be the best canned soup I have ever had.  It was so savory and almost had a sweet taste to it that I couldn’t quite place.

Today was Luke’s last day of school so we “celebrated” (I hate that term).  I’ll say acknowledged the occasion….who am I kidding? We celebrated with Luke’s treat of choice.  He wanted a Sonic treat.  This time I showed some restraint with the least offensive treat on the menu.  The sugar coma from last time was enough to make me never want another thing from Sonic in my life.

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The Vanilla Cone.  So simple but so good.

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We ran a few more errands and when I got home these were calling my name.

Dinner

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Van De Camps Lemon Pepper Parchment Bake, Archer Farms Coconut Cashew Rice, and a recipe from my Weight Watchers cookbook.

Roasted Asparagus and Red Peppers

1 lb. asparagus, trimmed and fibrous stalks peeled
1 large red bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1/2 inch strips
1 lemon
1 t. olive oil
1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. crushed red pepper

Preheat oven to 400. Spray nonstick baking sheet with nonstick spray. In large bowl, combine asparagus and bell pepper strips, spray with nonstick spray. Squeeze in 1 T. juice from lemon, then add oil, salt, and crushed red pepper; toss well to coat. Arrange vegetables on baking sheet. Bake until tender (shake pan occasionally), 15 to 18 minutes. Transfer vegetables to bowl; grate in 1 t. lemon zest and toss.

Yield: 4 servings: 39 calories, 2 g fat, 0 g sat fat, 0 g trans fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 295 mg sodium, 5 g carb, 2 g fiber, 2 g protein, 16 mg calcium.

Dinner was so, so.  I wasn’t loving the fish this time for some reason but the veggies were really good.

I finally finished Catching Fire.  I have so many questions! Where are they?  How did they steal the hovercraft?  How is Katniss not dead? Where are Peeta and the others?  The Capitol is so powerful, how in the world did Haymich and the others pull this off? WTH happened to District 12?  Where is Prim?  I can’t wait to dive into Mockingjay…..now!

Food Rut

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Breakfast Yesterday: Nutrigrain Waffle with 1 tbsp. Brummel & Brown (waaay too much), orange, Dannon Greek yogurt with homemade granola.

Today: Nutrigrain Waffle with 1 tbsp. natural peanut butter, strawberries and cinnamon, 1 orange.

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Post workout snacks both today and yesterday: 1 cup cantaloupe with 14 almonds, Kraft Milk Bite strawberry granola bar (dangerously good).

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Lunch yesterday: Big salad with spinach, watermelon, blueberries, strawberries, feta cheese, peanuts, carrots, and fat free balsamic vinaigrette.

Lunch today: Dannon Vanilla Greek yogurt with 1 tbsp. natural peanut butter, pumpkin pie spice and homemade granola, 2 pieces of Jamie’s protein bread.

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Snacks yesterday: Quaker Granola Bar, cantaloupe & watermelon.

I wasn’t super hungry for dinner last night so I had some of the fresh protein bread I had just made.  Can’t say no to that!  Oh……and let’s not forget a few of these.

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Cookie dough truffles.

Thank goodness they’re almost gone.

Basically I have been living off fruit and bread with bits of protein here and there!   I am eating what I am wanting….no need to eat what you don’t want just to get to the stuff you really want.  Winking smile But I think because we have been really busy this week I am just grabbing what is convenient.  I don’t have to give any thought or put prep into it.  I mean at least it’s not chips and cookies, or fast food, but I can do much better than this. A Food Rut is what I call it!  I am going to REALLY make an effort this week to plan some meals.  I haven’t been able to spend the time I like to gather recipes and make out a grocery list.  I have been having to go grocery shopping on the fly and just wing it with a haphazardly made list of items we are out of.  As I was grocery shopping yesterday I started to get hungry.  I saw pasta and sauce and thought….”Ohhhh I want some spaghetti.”  I saw some hamburger buns and thought “Man, I want a burger.”  I saw a Boboli Whole Wheat Pizza Crust and thought, “Dang….I need that….I want some pizza!”  Then I thought ok, next week….I am making all of that!

What I am Loving Lately

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Spin.

I have done it 3 days this week and I am loving it!  It’s so challenging and fun.  I have been wearing my heart rate monitor to make sure I am not over doing since the first time I tried the class I felt like I was going to pass out.  I have been burning about 500 calories in the 60 min class and about 350 in the 45 min class.  There have been several times I have had to really pull back because it was too hard.  I love that because it means I have room to improve and something to work on!  It feels great to be out of that exercise rut.  Now, if I can just get out of the food rut!

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Cetaphil Cleanser

I know this has been around for ages, but it’s new to me.  I LOVE IT!  I have oily and sensitive skin. This seems to have made my skin less oily, softer, evened out my skin tone, improved the texture and cleared up a recent break out over night. Jeremy’s skin is the same as mine and he will use whatever I use to wash his face.  I have noticed an improvement in his skin as well.

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Plants that I can’t kill.

This is a Wandering Jew that has taken over a spot in my back yard.  I am going to propagate this and plant it in a pot out front.

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Bath & Body Works Lavender Salve

I just love it.

Well, I am off to spend 4.5 hours on Pinterest gathering recipes…..wish me luck!!!

Articles I have loved this week:

Controlling Post workout hunger – Greatist.  I know if I don’t eat enough breakfast I fall victim to this.

Mouse is Jillian’s partner?!  It’s like a twist at the end of the book!  I am SO excited for them!  It’s no secret she is a huge role model for me and I attribute about 95% of my weight loss to her no nonsense approach to fitness and nutrition.  I look forward to hearing about her adventures in Mommyhood!

I hope everyone has a beautiful and safe Memorial Day Weekend!