daily eats: 2.19.14

Hi All! How was Valentine’s Day? We spent the evening drinking my favorite wine (Evolution) and celebrating a birthday at a bar called Mickey’s in our neighborhood. Lots of fun and lots of boys in underwear. :)  It was also a great weekend (aren’t all three day weekends?) – we saw Gravity (I hated it!), hung out with friends, went for a hike and ate a lot. Oh, and started watching House of Cards…or I should really say, binge-watched House of Cards. Do you watch it? We’re obsessed.

workout: 45-ish minute run/walk at the gym (about 3.5 miles total)

beverage 1: green juice: romaine + cucumber + parsley + lemon + wheat grass + pineapple

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beverage 2: coffee + 1/2 & 1/2

breakfast: bagel + cream cheese during a work meeting

Nutritionists never “recommend” eating bagels for breakfast – they are high in calories, not very filling, and studies always show you eat more than if you were to eat eggs in the morning – BUT you know what? I love them. If I try to avoid them, I’ll think about bagels all day so I eat the bagel, enjoy it and not give it another thought. Could I be skinnier (or stronger – which seems to be the latest word) if I stopped eating bagels and cupcakes and cheese? Probably. Would I be happier? No.

My definition of eating perfectly isn’t about eating “100% clean” or “whole30 approved” or  “low-carb.” It’s about eating a balance of good (for you) food and good (for your soul) food.

lunch: egg salad (2 eggs + mayonnaise + onion) with a big salad (greens + cucumber + cilantro dressing). Loved this ultra-simple egg salad.

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snack: brown rice crackers + cheese stick + a few fried peanuts

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dinner: parmesan crusted chicken breast + asparagus was on the menu. Then there was a last-minute invite to visit Top Round and we never say no to a dinner date. Revised dinner was a roast beef sandwich with provel cheese, horseradish cream, roasted mushrooms on a sesame bun + curly fries + a few bites of custard. It was delicious.

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approximate nutrition stats: 1,940 calories, 96 grams fat (44%), 191 grams carbohydrates (39%), 16 grams fiber, 27 grams sugar, 83 grams protein (17%)

thoughts: The calories weren’t as high as I would have thought – a pleasant surprise! Fiber and protein are lower than I usually like, but today was heavy on the good (for your soul) food and that’s ok.

daily eats: 1.22.14

So since we’ve last talked, there have been two major things going on. One: Richie and I got nike fuel bands and we love them SO much. Mainly because they motivate me to be more active throughout the day instead of just working out and then being sedentary for the remainder of the day. Two: I tried taking new head shots (sooooo overdue) and instead of getting a good photo, I discovered that I have wrinkles. Around my eyes. Real. Live. Wrinkles. It’s concerning. Now I’m on the lookout for a big, floppy beach hat for our trip to Mexico next month. Where do I find a cute one?

workout: 5 min elliptical warm-up + 33 minutes (whole thing was 45 but I didn’t have time) of the “ultimate hollywood” workout from the Nike Training app. It was a fun fusion of yoga, kickboxing, pilates and sculpting meaning I looked a tad crazy at the gym and I will be very sore. I was getting bored with the elliptical so it was time to switch things up and I think I’ll incorporate more of these Nike workouts into my workout routine.

beverages: coffee + 1/2 & 1/2

breakfast: green smoothie: spinach + banana + pineapple + tera’s whey goat protein + almond milk along with a handful of almonds (I had so much smoothie that I needed two containers…I think I need a bigger smoothie bottle!)

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(Shortly after the almond picture, I freaked out over my messy desk.)

lunch: sprouted bread + slice of goat cheese + avocado + maldon sea salt flakes is my favorite lunch right now. I keep things simple (and without much prep work) by eating it with some carrot/celery sticks + some deli chicken meat for an extra protein-boost. Normally I use 1/2 an avocado, but we have a ton of avocados to use right now so I used the whole thing. :)

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snack/treat: today was a birthday celebration in our office and while I was hoping that the yellow cupcake + chocolate frosting would be gone by the time I got to them (so I wouldn’t be tempted)…there were plenty. Obviously I ate one and enjoyed every bite.

dinner: I didn’t really have a dinner planned for tonight, I’m still not sure why…so Richie picked up Chipotle. I realize that I had Chipotle for dinner on a recent daily eats post so I apologize, I swear I don’t eat it every day! My standard Chipotle order is: salad (no dressing) + chicken + fajita veggies + black beans + medium salsa + sour cream + extra lettuce along with some chips + guacamole. Dinner also included wine + water + laptop while watching the Badger vs. Gopher game.

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approximate nutrition stats: 2,144 calories, 110 grams fat (47%), 170 grams carbohydrates (32%), 47 grams fiber, 66 grams sugar, 106 grams protein (20%)

thoughts: the calories are on the higher side, but nothing I’m concerned about and  to be expected when you eat an entire avocado+ and have a cupcake in one day!

daily eats: 12.22.13

How was the weekend? Mine was pretty quiet and quite nice. We had pizza and saw American Hustle, got in some workouts (after a two-week break!) and spent lots of time in the kitchen. I’m so ready and excited for Christmas!

This daily eats is what a standard Sunday looks like around here…

coffee/breakfast: I don’t usually eat breakfast on the weekends, and after an indulgent meal the night before (wine, crab legs, eggnog and too many brown butter snickerdoodles) I definitely wasn’t hungry this morning. I enjoyed my coffee (and 1/2 & 1/2!) with a side of RHOBH and some blog/learnist work.

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workout: 6ish mile hike to, up and back from Runyon canyon. I love being able to get a good hike, right from our house. I didn’t take a picture today, but this is what it looks like:

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I also decided that as of today, I’m always wearing a hat when we go for hikes. No wrinkles for me!

snack: when we returned home, I was (of course) hungry so I dug into some Rosemary & Olive Oil Triscuits. I don’t buy these crackers often because I eat them in three sittings…every time I bring them home.

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lunch: I wanted to go out, but we had a Packer game on the DVR and little desire to “get ready” so lunch was random. Leftover pizza (from Stella Barra – yum!) + some frozen chicken & kale dumplings that we had made a few weeks (months?) ago + a cookie for dessert.

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wine: I sipped some wine while making mushroom lasagna – béchamel and all!

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snack: saltine crackers, a bit of pickled herring and another splash of wine

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dinner: Sadly, the mushroom lasagna wasn’t for us…it smelled SO good. But it did put me in the mood for pasta, so I swapped out the planned sweet potato fries for mac & cheese. :)  Chicken legs + mac & cheese + green beans…and a cookie, of course! (I buy organic chicken legs from Costco, they are tasty and pretty inexpensive.)

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I hope you have a very, Merry Christmas! (What’s on the menu?)

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.