daily eats: 11.11.13

Hello, hello! How is everyone? In shock that its mid-November like me? Good because I’m in major denial. I’m back for a daily eats post, not with any theme…just a healthy day of food. :)

coffee: totally deserves its own food group, no? I had mine with 1/2 & 1/2. I tried to switch back to coconut creamer (to reduce the dairy in my life) but I just can’t. Coffee is one of life’s simple pleasures and I love it so much more with 1/2 & 1/2. So that’s what I drink it with.

Today I got up early (well, the same time I would get up to go to the gym) and instead of working out, I got ready and went to Starbucks instead. It saves me time on the commute and gives me an opportunity to write, work on the blog and create other content, it’s such a nice way to start the day.

breakfast: protein pancakes + maple syrup + creamy nutzo. This was the first time trying the banana hazelnut flavor of flapjacked protein pancakes – SO good.

lunch: chicken shawarma + greek salad (lettuce + cucumber + tomato +  feta + olives + olive oil + red wine vinegar + oregano). The shawarma recipe, though slightly involved, didn’t take too much time and was delicious. I would recommend it!

Normally I get really snacky in the afternoon, but I spent the afternoon at the doctors office so I wasn’t able to think too much about food. I did however have a smoothie prepared and ready to go. :)

snack: smoothie (vanilla tera’s whey + 1/2 banana + 1 cup frozen berries + 1 cup almond coconut milk) 

workout: now that I’m no longer training for my half marathon, I’ve pretty much stopped running. I think I’ll get back into it, but I’ve been looking forward to mixing it up again. I was still sore from two rounds of the 7-Minute Workout on Saturday (a good indication I need more lunges, squats and triceps dips in my life) so I kept it easy with 25 minutes elliptical + 25 minutes incline walking on the treadmill.

dinner: per usual, I changed our dinner schedule this week. It never fails! Steak + veggies was on the menu, but we ended up with Chipotle. I had a chicken salad + fajita veggies + salsa + greek yogurt (for sour cream) with some chips + guacamole.

dessert: two dark chocolate peanut butter cups

approximate nutrition stats: 1,750 calories, 82 grams fat (41%), 135 grams carbohydrates (30%), 28 grams fiber, 70 grams sugar, 130 grams protein (29%)

Thinking about those in the Philippines affected by Typhoon Haiyan – the destruction is heartwrenching. Give something if you can, they need it. 

egg, avocado & cheese toast

I just have to share my newest breakfast obsession with you guys.

It’s not even really a recipe, per say…but it is oh SO good and you definitely need to make it.  Simple food really is the best, isn’t it?

The premise is a simple one, lightly toasted bread (or broiled if I’m at home and too lazy to get the toaster out) is topped with avocado slices and thinly sliced cheese (my favorite is pepper jack) and then broiled until the cheese is golden brown. Then top the toast with preferably, a runny egg. De.Vour.

If I’m at work, I’ll bring a fully cooked egg and then put the components together once I’m ready for breakfast. (But there’s no real plate, golden brown cheese, or runny egg.) It’s still good and definitely still satisfying, but not quite the same.

This toast also makes a delicious lunch or simple dinner if you just can’t fathom such a savory meal first thing in the morning. Anytime of the day, just make sure you eat this soon!

Egg, Avocado & Cheese Toast

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Keywords: breakfast sandwich high protein kosher vegetarian cheese eggs

 

Ingredients (2 servings)

  • 2 slices bread (sprouted, whole grain, brown rice)
  • 1 small avocado, thinly sliced
  • 2 oz jalapeno jack cheese, thinly sliced
  • 2 fried eggs

Instructions

Turn broiler on high.

Lightly toast bread. (If using broiler, be careful!)

Top bread with sliced avocado and cheese.

Broil until golden brown, watching carefully.

While toast is in the broiler, fry eggs.

Top toast with fried egg.

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pizza quiche

Yes. Pizza Quiche.

Let’s get the most important thing out of the way. This tastes amazing. And starting your day with pizza lends itself very nicely to having a good day. I did a study. Pizza = happy.

The other important thing about this pizza quiche? It’s healthy. It’s gluten-free, high-protein, low-carb, and could be paleo if you omit the cheese. (But whyyyyyy?) Eggs and vegetables (and sausage if you like) are all combined and baked until golden brown. The literal icing on the cake is some marinara and a sprinkle of mozzarella which melts into a gooey topping. The cauliflower isn’t very detectable, but gives the quiche more body and bite since it’s missing a crust.

Pizza for breakfast!

 

Pizza Quiche

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 60 minutes

Keywords: bake breakfast gluten-free high protein low-carb sugar-free eggs Italian

 

Ingredients (4 servings)

  • 4 cups cauliflower florets
  • 6 eggs
  • 3/4 egg whites (the equivalent of 4 eggs if you want to use all whole)
  • 6 oz turkey or chicken sausage (optional)
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella
  • other optional ingredients: shredded greens, diced onion or pepper, sauteed mushrooms

Instructions

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.

Steam and mash cauliflower.

Whisk eggs and egg whites together and season with salt and pepper.

Spray baking dish with cooking spray and layer cauliflower on the bottom.

Pour over egg mixture.

Sprinkle on additional optional ingredients.

Cover with foil and bake for about 45 minutes until egg is set.

Remove foil, spread marinara over the top and sprinkle with cheese.

Bake for another 10-15 minutes, until cheese has melted.

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daily eats: 7.8.13

Hi! How was your 4th of July?

We had an amazing, amazing weekend complete with hikes, time at the pool, brunch with a friend from college, an 11th birthday party, a night out with friends, 1800 meals out (seriously) and a day at the beach in Malibu. Sunday was spent catching up on work, laundry and getting ready for the week. It was one of those weekends that just felt perfect. I wasn’t really ready to go back to work, but I’m almost ready to send my fall newsletter to the printer so I’m anxious to complete that project.

workout: 25 minutes physique 57 dvd

coffee: with 1/2 & 1/2

breakfast: 2 slices almond paleo bread with a touch of earth balance + egg scramble (1 egg + egg whites + kale + kalamta olives + feta). This was the second paleo bread I’ve tried, and I like the almond so much more than the coconut variety. The bread is made out of almond meal, coconut flour, egg whites (among other things) and each slice has 60 calories, 6 grams carbohydrates, 5 grams fiber and 7 grams protein.

lunch: was via my fit foods. I think I’ve mentioned my fit foods before, but not in much detail. They sell “fresh, healthy meals that are designed to increase energy levels and help you lose weight safe and naturally.” I’m a big fan of almost everything I’ve tried and the convenience factor is amazing. It is a little pricey (lunches run about $9-$11) but they have promotions on a regular basis. I do wish the meals had more vegetables, this one in particular (lean lemon turkey) is especially lacking.

So I rounded it out with some carrots and celery on the side and a small chocolate chip cookie made with zucchini that a co-worker brought in.

workout 2: was supposed to be a run or elliptical at the gym but I didn’t get home until almost 8pm, and the gym was most definitely out of the question. So I did what any normal person would do…

snack: …had a glass of wine, some peanuts and made brownies! ;)

dinner(s): have been really basic lately, tonight’s “freezer” menu was salmon burgers with horseradish aioli + vegetables with a touch of parmesan.

dessert: I had to taste the brownies that I’m taking over to a friend. Obviously.

approximate nutrition stats: 1713 calories, 76 grams fat (42%), 141 grams carbohydrates (34%), 26 grams fiber, 52 grams sugar, 98 grams protein (24%)

P.S. I get eyelash extensions today!!!