Food Diary Entry #9 (for, Thu 05/02/2013)

For breakfast:
Bagel thins with almond butter and raspberry preserves. I also had some apple slices.
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For Lunch:
For lunch I had a tortilla topped with the last bit of chicken I had, some cheese, romaine lettuce, cilantro, tomatoes, and chipotle salsa. I also had steamed edamame with chili garlic sauce. This meal was so filling and spicy!
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For an afternoon snack/beverage:
Since I loved how my iced coffee turned out the other day I decided to make another one. As you can tell I made way too much and yes I finished it all.
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For dinner:
So I completely forgot to take a picture of my smoothie for dinner but here is a picture of my fiance’s. His smoothie has kale, mango, some walnuts, and water. My smoothie had kale, raspberries, banana, and some walnuts. My fiance also had nachos (we are talking about a huge plate of nachos!) and cajeta empanadas (caramel stuffed empanadas, the last picture on this post fyi. it is a Mexican dessert). So I only had a few nacho pieces and I also had a string cheese. This was the most random dinner and not a very good one I may add. Next time I need to have a better meal for dinner because later I munched on…
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This! Another bagel thin but with chocolate peanut butter.
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For dessert:
Umm an empanada… I guess the bagel with chocolate peanut butter wasn’t dessert??😉
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I am so stuffed and my mouth is on fire!

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I just finished a taco that I stuffed with lots of veggies and chicken (and salsa) and then i had edamame with chili garlic salsa. My mouth is on fire you guys! I wonder if I put too much salsa… haha what too much salsa?! That’s crazy. I realize that I am pretty stocked in the spicy department!

Do you like spicy foods?
If you do you, which one or what dish do you like?

Food Diary Entry #8 (for, Wed 05/01/2013)

For breakfast:
Strawberries and cream overnight oats. This is actually my first time eating overnight oats and I actually kinda liked it. I got the recipe from Peanut Butter Fingers. It was yummy! I can’t wait to try more overnight oat recipes!
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For lunch:
I had leftover chicken from the chicken tacos last night but I did not want to eat chicken tacos again so I made a chicken taco bowl! I added chicken, romaine lettuce, some iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, some shredded cheese, avocado, and some salsa to substitute a dressing. This was very filling! I was full for hours and I am talking about 3-4 hours of my stomach not asking me for more food. Which almost never happens!
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Taco salad all gone!
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Afternoon snack:
Since I wasn’t hungry for a snack, I made myself an iced coffee. I heated up some water, added a teaspoon or two of instant coffee, some sugar and then I let it cool a bit. After it cooled down I poured the coffee into a glass filled with ice and then I added some milk.
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For dinner:
I got kind of lazy around dinnertime and just heated up some frozen pizzas. I ate a margherita pizza by Kashi, which fooducate (an app on the phone) rated a B-! My fiance ate a pepperoni pizza, of course. I ate a little less than 2/3 of the pizza. They are not big pizzas and 1/3 of the pizza is just 290 calories. I don’t feel bad at all!
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I recommend this pizza, it is so yummy!
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I am so full today that I didn’t want a treat or dessert! That almost never happens!

This is going to happen today…

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I just finished my iced coffee and baby is napping. I have so much energy that I could work out… instead I am going to watch Gone with the Wind! Hopefully with no interruptions but Cas only takes 45 minute naps so I really doubt I will finish the movie in peace.

Food diary post for today is still in progress, I will probably post it tonight or tomorrow morning!

How are y’all doing today?!

Food Diary Entry #7 (for, Tues 4-29-2013)

Today fiance stayed home since he has a very bad sunburn! Yesterday we went to the doctor and he was given a shot, some antibiotics, ibuprofen, and a cream. He got this bad sunburn because he didn’t wear any sunscreen and went fishing for 9 hours! So please wear sunscreen if you are going to be out in the sun for hours! He definitely learned his lesson and he needed to stay home from work to rest. Today he is able to walk without saying “ow”, so we are definitely making an improvement! Today has been very relaxing and there has been lots of eating going on.

Around 3 pm today I decided to try Peanut Butter Fingers chicken tacos in my old school crock pot! here is proof:
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See i told you it was old school! My mom left me this crock pot on Cas’s first birthday party. I found so many recipes that look really easy and they use a crock pot!

For breakfast:
A strawberry and banana smoothie. I added a few almonds and a little bit of milk. I forget how sweet fruit can be when I don’t add kale or spinach to smoothies.
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For lunch:
I wanted a little bit of everything for lunch today. I wanted edamame with a spicy sauce on top and a kale salad massaged with squeezed lemon juice. Both of these ideas are not original since they are from two restaurants I visit often. One is a sushi place and the other is a vegetarian restaurant. So what do I have on my plate? Well, a kale salad, roasted red pepper hummus, pita chips, and steamed edamame with chili garlic sauce on top. You guys I ate every single thing! I left nothing! Yumm-O!
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Afternoon snack:
Since I was waiting on my 2 ingredient chicken tacos cooking in the slow cooker, the smell was making me hungry. I ate a lara bar to help with my growling stomach. I knew I wasn’t starving but I did want something small. This particular flavor is not my favorite but I did like the coconut in it! My favorite lara bar is the chocolate chip flavor!
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Dinner:
So 5 1/2 hours the chicken tacos were ready! And they were totally worth the wait! My fiance likes flour tortillas with his tacos and I had two taco shells… plus a flour tortilla! I know, I know they are not healthy but they are one of my weaknesses. I normally have two tacos but I was really hungry by the time dinner came around so I had 3. These tacos were amazing, especially with salsa verde. My fiance added roasted chipotle salsa to his and they were just as delicious. This was super yummy and I was going to use romaine instead of iceberg but how can you eat a taco without the crispiness of iceberg lettuce! Cas had himself a tiny burrito with the chicken, lettuce, and tomatoes. He did eat half of eat and picked at it later.
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Dessert:
2 Oreo cookies with a cup of milk. My fiance and I are now going to watch Justice League on Netflix until it is time for bed. (If you didn’t know, I love superhero tv shows, movies, and comics! My favorite is Batman!)
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It is time for a change

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I know that I have been MIA for a while now but my laptop wasn’t working and it took a while to figure out what was wrong with it. For now it is working but I will probably be needing to get a new laptop.

So I have been having a problem and that is fitting into the clothes I already own. I know that I had talked about not following fad diets and not dieting but lately I have been noticing that my clothes are fitting too tight. I don’t like this at all and I am obsessing over it. For a while I tracked my calorie intake and I noticed that I would eat less than 1100 calories a day and then other days I would eat twice that amount. No wonder I don’t lose weight! I put my body into starvation mode so when I eat twice as many calories my body is storing all the extra food! So I decided it is time to change this and I need to do something about it.

I decided to go to Choose My Plate to see what it would say and what it recommends. Obviously I am not eating right and I am definitely eating too little calories. I also noticed I consume too many fat foods even if they are healthy fats, I do believe there is too much of a healthy fat. I do think that 1800 calories is a little high for me because I get really full fast and eat small portions like 6 times a day. So I don’t know how I will eat so many calores! I think that I am going to increase my calorie intake a little a week and I will make sure to do at least 150 minutes of physical activity a week as well. I like what choose my plate says to do and I like that it says how many fats you should have. I think I eat way too many of those and definitely not enough protein or veggies! I will track my meals for a week and see how it goes. I have done my grocery shopping for the week and I am ready to get started.

If you guys could help me out and answer this questions for me. I’d love to know what other “normal” people do!

What do you do to maintain/lose weight?
What are your healthy food staples?

Another Groceries Haul

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Yes another groceries haul… but I am kind of obsessed. I love seeing what other people buy and what groceries they choose to buy. (on tumblr, instagram…) It is also inspiring because some of the groceries I have seen are very healthy and delicious!

And so, it was time to buy groceries again since we ate out like 3 days in a row because we didn’t have any groceries. This time I bought groceries for a few days not a whole week. I have found that buying a whole ton of groceries for a week never works out because by the end of the week I forget to eat something and it goes bad. (I am planning on posting some of the meals I ate with the last grocery haul.. if you are interested?!)

For this trip I bought:

mangoes, kiwis, granny smith apples, lemons, bananas (duh! if I don’t have any my toddler goes crazy!), oranges, grapefruits, avocados, mint leaves, cilantro, arugula, green onions, sugarsnap peas, cucumber, ginger, garlic, mushrooms, tofu, bean sprouts, walnuts, pistachios, sesame seeds, sesame oil, golden raisins, yogurt covered raisins, nori seaweed, peanut butter, whole wheat mini bagels, milk and quinoa

Most of the ingredients I bought are for a few recipes I want to try from a really cool website, Green Kitchen Stories. The recipes I am going to try are green sushi salad, moroccan quinoa salad, mango walnut salad, citrus salad, and very green juice. I am very excited to try these out!!! I’ll post pictures of the recipes I succeed at making.😀

Grocery List for the Week

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I wanted to share with you guys my grocery list! Yay! I am so proud of myself because I actually planned out meals and made a list of what I wanted to buy. I still bought other things that were not on the list but for the most part I did stick to the plan. The images I got from myrecipes and health and they are images of some of the food I want to make this week. The images include panzanella, caprese bites, chai tea, and mint tea! I also watched these videos from Leaf TV. For the panzanella video click here, the caprese bites click here, the chai tea click here, and the mint tea click here. I found that channel on accident on youtube and now I am obsessed with their videos!

Doesn’t the list look cute? And the food looks delicious too!

A few items that are not in the list that I ended up getting:

  • beer (for the fiance and for valentine’s day)
  • a sweet red wine (for me, you must think we are alcoholics!!)
  • a cucumber
  • avocados (they were on sale!)
  • a squash (the calabaza one from Mexico?!)
  • kiwis
  • balsamic vinaigrette
  • turkey ham

A few items that I did not get from the list:

  • chocolate bar (opted not to get it)
  • cardamom pods (couldn’t find them, does anyone know where I can find them?! please let me know)
  • mangoes (they didn’t look very good this time)
  • lemons (I forgot them but luckily I still have a few)

So that is my grocery list for this week. We ended up not drinking since 10 o’clock seemed really late. (We are so not in college anymore.) So we plan to drink Saturday evening, lol yes we penciled that in for Saturday but we will see.

Baked Apple Crumble

Only 180 calories with ice cream, without the ice cream it is 110 calories.

Since Thanksgiving is getting close, I am getting pretty impatient about getting my hands on all the yummy food I am going to get to eat. (:o) This week I have been trying to make an apple crumble that wasn’t so high in calories! Which is like pretty impossible to do but I improvised and made my own healthier version. I knew that it wouldn’t be an apple crumble without something crunchy or bread like crumbs. I decided to use oatmeal for this. Earlier this week I grilled the apples and it was good but the apples were very mushy and it turned into a puree. This time I decided to bake the apples and just wait for my yummy dessert.


Here is what you will need for 2 servings:
1 large apple (I used a macintosh apple.)
1/4 tsp of cinnamon (You can use 1/2 tsp if you’d like.)
1/4 cup of oats
2 tsp of sugar (I used two packets of sugar in the raw, I think I would have been fine with just one packet.
1/2 cup of vanilla ice cream (1/4 cup for each serving)
Optional Toppings:
vanilla yogurt instead of ice cream
toasted almonds
toasted walnuts

Instructions:
The first thing you want to do is pre-heat the oven at 350 degrees. While the oven is preheating you can peel the apple and cut it into slices. Then you will want to take a baking sheet/dish and put a sheet of aluminum foil on it and spray it lightly with non-sticking spray. Then you will want to spread a thin layer of dry oats on to the baking sheet. Then add a layer of sliced apples and sprinkle with cinnamon, and then another layer of apples and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. You can also add more oats if you’d like. You bake the dish for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees. After its done baking you cut it in half and serve on a plate and top it with 1/4 cup of ice cream. (It will crumble when you put it on the plate but you can assemble the apples into a circle and it will look just as nice.) This yummy dessert is only 180 calories!! Depending on the ice cream you use or toppings you use, this dessert can really go down in calories! You can also skip the ice cream and use low fat vanilla yogurt instead.

Food Diary Entry #6 (for Thurs,11-15-2012)

In the morning:
A huge cup of green tea and some water

For brunch:
Banana bread oatmeal. I actually made it from scratch!! I am so excited about this because its like my 7th try. I have always tried to make my own oatmeal and it never turned out good. I was so used to Quaker Oatmeal Apple & Cinnamon flavor that I guess my expectations were set too high. (I think those little packets have a lot of sugar.) Quaker Oatmeal has a recipe for banana bread oatmeal, so i followed that loosely.

For the afternoon:
I had another cup of hibiscus tea and water.

For dinner:
I had a pretty early dinner since breakfast and lunch got mixed together. I made a grilled chicken, tomato and avocado sandwich. It also had 1/4 tsp of black pepper and some romaine lettuce. I really wish I had an onion to put some on the sandwich. It turned out delicious!! It is a pretty high calorie sandwich (400-500 calories) but it is extremely filling.

For dessert:
Baked apple crumble with ice cream and a cup of vanilla rooibos tea. This is a yummy dessert at only 180 calories a serving. Yum!! I’ll post the recipe later. I’m sure others have made this treat but if you are interested stay tuned.

I am just in love with the dessert! Oh and the chicken sandwich was delicious as well.