Wednesday, April 22, 2015

This weeks lunch

If you're tired of sandwiches and want something good for lunch, look no further!  I've been making myself these little beauties for lunch all week:

On Sunday morning I threw two large, frozen chicken breasts in a crock pot.  I sprinkled the top with a pack of taco seasoning and poured a jar of salsa on top.  I cooked it on low for about 8-9 hours.  You really can't screw things up with a crock pot.  Sunday night I shredded the chicken.  I measured out three ounces of chicken and half a cup of drained and rinsed black beans.  It easily made five containers with a little bit left over.

I use these wraps to construct my masterpiece (7 grams of fiber!  7 grams of protein!):


When lunch time comes around I heat the bean/chicken mixture for 30 seconds.  I put a 50 calorie, pepper jack string cheese on the wrap.  Dump the black bean/chicken mixture on the wrap.  Microwave for 20 more seconds.  Top with a quarter of an avocado.  Voila!  You have a very filling, well balanced, 350 calorie lunch.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Make Good Choices

So I was at the mall on my lunch break .  It was about time for me to leave and I was pitching an internal fit because I DID NOT want my quinoa bowl that I had at the office.  I had to pass the food court to go to my car.  And there it was.  The skies opened up and I saw Izzo's in all it's queso glory.  I started sprinting full speed to the line, thinking if I exercise it will be ok!  But really I thought to myself, "Ok, Izzo's has grilled chicken and lettuce.  I want Izzo's, but I bet I can make a decent choice."  So I sat down and took out my phone and behold, Izzo's has a nutritional page where you can build your meal and check out the nutrition facts!

Lots of restaurants are doing this now and it is so wonderful to have that information at your fingertips.  It really gives you NO excuse to make bad choices.  So I went to planning and created a salad that was delicious, clean, and exactly 300 calories.  Take that queso god!

Remember that you can eat what you like and still not blow it.  Be careful with salads, however, as you can really blow your diet on a salad.  There are two salad dressing at Izzo's:

Cilantro Ranch: 180 calories (more than half of what the whole salad costs you )
Southwest Caesar:  420 calories (no i did not make a typo.  You could have gotten a damn burrito)

The lady in from me got a chicken salad.  Healthy right?  With refried beans, rice, cheese and southwest Caesar dressing.  That same lady just ate approximately NINE HUNDRED calories for lunch.  Not to mention 41 carbs and 68 grams of fat.  She would have been better off going next door to canes and getting a caniac.

I used salsa as my dressing and squeezed a lime on top.

It may have not been EXACTLY what I wanted, but it quenched the craving and met my current diet requirements and I have to say, I call that a major win!!

1.0 x Illegal Salad
  • 1.0
    Romaine Lettuce
  • 1.0
    Chicken - White Meat
  • 1.0
    Black Beans
  • 1.0
  • 1.0
    Fresh Jalepenos
  • 1.0
    Pico de Gallo
  • 1.0
    Red Onions
  • 1.0
    Izzo's Salsa (2 oz)

Nutrition Facts
Serving: 1 x Illegal Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
Saturated Fat
Trans Fat
Total Carbohydrates
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*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Quinoa lunch bowl

I made these little quinoa bowls for lunches this week on Sunday night.  They are super easy to do.  If you have never cooked quinoa before, I cook mine in the rice cooker.  Water ratio is 2 to 1.  1 cup quinoa/2 cups of water.  You get it.  Takes less time than rice to cook and it's protein packed!

I posted the recipe yesterday before I ate it.  My first thought when I opened it for lunch yesterday was, "not enough food."  My second thought was, "looks like it needs cheese."  These are pretty normal thoughts when I sit down to eat though.  Every now and then it is also, "looks like it needs MORE cheese."  In other words, I'm kind of judgy (that just autocorrected to pudgy.  FML).  Any who, after tasting it I decided it was ok.  A 3.5 stars out of 5 if you will.  It's a little on the bland side.  However, it did fill me up and keep me full for quite awhile without making me feel sluggish.   

Today, I snazzed it up a bit.  I squeezed more lime juice, sprinkled it with chili powder, and put a scoop of salsa.  It's a good bit better.  I would also suggest not going easy on the cilantro if you like it.  Load it up.  I have this lunch weighing in at right about 300 calories.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Dutchtown track workout

I'm I'm typing this on my phone so don't grammar nazi me. I used to do this workout every other week or so last summer and now I'm back at it. Hoping to do it at least once a week and you are welcome to join me if you'd like!  This is what the dutchtown track kind of looks like to give you and idea:

I'm standing at one end. The track is 1/4 of a mile. Looking at the picture the bleachers on the left are the "home" bleachers and the bleachers on the right are the "visitor" bleachers. The home side has 12 sets of stairs. Each set is 30 steps. The visitor side has 8 sets of stairs. Each set is 18 steps. 

I start my workout with one jog around the track. I then enter the visitor stands and go up the first set of steps, run across, and go down the second set of steps. I run across the bottom to the third set, run up, run across the top, run down. So basically I'm going up every other set of steps. When I'm done with that I walk the curves of the track and sprint the straights for one lap. I enter the visitor side again and this time run up every set of stairs. I again walk the curves and sprint the straights for a lap. I then enter the home side bleachers. I run up every set of steps but for every other set I take two steps at a time (kind of like a lunge). Again another lap on the track. Every set on the visitor side. Another lap on the track. Every other set on the visitor side. Last lap on the track. There you have it. It's a tough workout and you definitely feel the burn!

I like to think that if you're happy and positive and you feel good, good things will happen to you!  If you want to send a few prayers, some good juju, fairy dust, positive vibes, or whatever you're into, they would be mucho appreciated!


I haven't been writing much lately because I have been dealing with some issues, but I'm back and wanted to take minute to say that sometimes you may not have everything you want at the exact time you want it, but when you look at the bigger picture you will realize how awesome things truly are.  I have an amazing family who is supportive and always there for me.  I have the cutest little nieces and a nephew always there for a hug.  I have my awesome, loyal, sweet dog who seriously loves me no matter what.  And most importantly I have the world's best husband.  He is so handsome and patient and giving.  A lot of people don't have some of these things.  A lot of people don't have any of these things.  How can I be sad about not getting something that I want when I have ALL of these things?

So anyway, enough feeling sorry for myself and eating my feelings and being lazy.  Time to snap out of it.  Time to get back to it!  I know if I am eating right and exercising that I will feel more positive in general.  It's crazy how different you can feel when you are putting the right things in your body and being active.

Some things you can look forward to later this week:

I am trying a few new recipes.  For lunches I meal prepped last night and this is what they consist of:
1/4 cup cooked quinoa
1/2 lime squeezed
1/4 cup garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
1/4 cup cherry tomatoes
A few sprigs of cilantro
1/4 of a cucumber, chopped
1/4 of an avocado

Pictures and review to come!

Also for dinner tonight:
Crock pot(the keyboard tried to auto correct this to crackpot...) balsamic chicken and cabbage steaks

I'll post pictures and recipes for this as well.

I hope everyone has a happy, positive, and productive week!  Eat the right things.  Make your body happy,  Exercise and enjoy those endorphins!