daily eats: 8.16.11

Writing out the date 8.16.11 made me immediately think of the day I’m getting married: 9.17.11!! Coming up sooo quickly! I swear the weeks are going by twice as fast as normal!

6:00 am: Cursing my alarm clock, but finally roll out of bed and downstairs to the workout room – 40 minute treadmill workout (3.5 miles).

8:00 am: Standard coffee + coconut creamer. :) As you can see, it always makes me really happy. I’m all about the little things…

Breakfast: Overnight oats! This was my first time ever trying overnight oats, but I loved that I could prep everything the night before. I combined 1 cup 2% Greek Yogurt + 1/4 cup steel cut oats + 1/2 cup milk in a tupperware and stirred it until combined. I topped it with frozen raspberries and took the whole thing to work. Not pretty to look at, but filling and delicious – I’m a fan! Have you had overnight oats before? What is your favorite combo?

Lunch: Caribou Coffee’s new grilled gouda turkey pesto sandwich + green beans + green tea. I’ve been looking forward to trying these new Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, plus I had a coupon to use. I knew it would be lacking in veggies so I brought along some green beans from home to round out the meal.

Unfortunately the grilled cheese was a little disappointing. The flavor was great, but it was a bit soggy, 1/4 of the sandwich didn’t have any pesto on it and it wasn’t very filling for the amount of calories (510 calories, 24 grams of fat, 29 grams of protein). Kind of a bummer. 

Snack 1: apple + almond maple butter (Almost had a panic attack when I realized I had finished my peanut butter jar the day before, but thankfully I had a stash in my drawer! You just never know when you are going to be desperately needing some nut butter. ;) )

Snack 2: minnesota sushi (ham + pickle + cream cheese) – I think the last time I had this it was on the blog too! Hopefully you don’t think I eat it all the time…hehe.

6:30 pm: When we arrived home I desperately wanted to go out for a walk but the sky turned dark and thunder and rain followed shortly. Turns out it was good we didn’t head out! 

Dinner: I didn’t really have anything planned (the horror!)…so we went with my standard meal as of late (seriously, I probably have had 6 of them a week) of a Sprouted Tortilla Pizza with marinara + arugula + mozzarella + sriracha for dipping and broccoli on the side.

The pizzas have pretty impressive stats (300 calories, 8.5 grams of fat, 18 grams of protein and 7 grams of fiber) – and I don’t feel at all bad for eating two! :) But mostly they taste great and are really easy to throw together. 

And before I knew it, my yoga bag was packed, my lunch was made and Tuesday was over…how was your Tuesday? 

ask the nutritionist: probiotics

Whenever anyone asks me what vitamins or supplements they should take, most of the time I always answer with probiotics.

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What are Probiotics? 

  • live microorganisms (aka good bacteria!)

 

Benefits of Probiotics: 

  • can help with digestion and nutrient absorption
  • can help immune function
  • can treat diarrhea
  • prevent and treat yeast and urinary infections
  • treat irritable bowel syndrome
  • prevent and treat eczema in children
  • prevent or reduce the severity of colds and flu

 

How can we add them into our diets? 

  • supplements
  • kefir
  • probiotic drinks
  • yogurt
  • miso
  • fermented foods like kombucha, saurkraut, kimchee, etc.
Do you make sure you are getting probiotics? 
I’ve been a huge believer in probiotics for the last few years and I must say, I think it helped with some digestive issues I had always had. When I travel to Haiti or have been on antibiotics, I take more!  I take a supplement on a daily basis as well as consume foods fermented foods and yogurt. 

smoked salmon dip

Years ago, when I was really starting to get into cooking I made a smoked salmon dip on a very regular basis.

It was delicious, pretty easy to throw together and it was always a hit. So the other weekend I thought I would break it out again.

The components are simple: whipped lemon cream cheese, red onion, fresh dill and lox.

Mixed together and spread on crackers though, is much more than simple components. It’s delicious. And bright. And always popular.

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Smoked Salmon Dip
 
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Recipe type: appetizer
Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • 8 oz light cream cheese
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • 2 Tbsp minced red onion
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh dill
  • 3 oz cured smoked salmon (lox)
  • crackers or bread to serve with
Instructions
  1. Mix cream cheese and lemon juice until smooth.
  2. Cut up lox into small pieces.
  3. Add onion, dill and salmon to bowl.
  4. Fold ingredients into cream cheese mixture.
  5. Let chill for at least 1 hour.
  6. Serve with crackers or bread.

mango cucumber wine cooler

I’ve been loving white wine this summer. In the past, I’ve always struggled with drinking red wine in the heat of summer but after learning more about wine this winter and trying different wines, I think I’m definitely a lot more open to varieties other than cabernet.

Finally!

I used a fruity pinot grigio (my favorite white) for this drink. I definitely tasted more of the cucumber than the mango and it gave the wine less of a sweet flavor and more of a mellow cucumber flavor which I LOVED. I had planned on taking it to a girls night, but unfortunately my friends weren’t able to try it because after I poured the wine into a transportable plastic pitcher, it was knocked off the counter, cracked on the floor, and all of the delicious wine leaked out. I stood in the kitchen frozen and screaming. I managed to save a glass and after trying it out? I was a little heartbroken there wasn’t any left and I wouldn’t be able to share it.

Mango Cucumber Wine Cooler
 
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Recipe type: drink
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 bottle pinot grigio
  • 1 mango
  • 1 cucumber
Instructions
  1. Clean mango and cucumber.
  2. Slice cucumber.
  3. Peel and slice mango.
  4. Pour wine over cucumber and mango and let chill for at least 3 hours.
  5. Serve with a cucumber slice garnish.
Notes
Recipe adapted from Bon Appetit.

So now I owe my friends, and myself, more of this delicious Mango Cucumber Wine Cooler.