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What I Ate Wednesday

Ok, round two. I just had a whole post almost complete and it somehow just vanished. Note to self, save draft!!!!! Welcome to my second What I Ate Wednesday post of the new year. If anything at all I can commit to getting these posts done, because I love Wednesdays and I love linking up with Jenn over at Peas & Crayons for this weekly eats link up.

This Monday my company started a Biggest Loser Challenge that runs for 8 weeks. I promised the girls I would bring in a big batch of green smoothies to kick-start the challenge. I bought so much baby spinach, I have ended up having this peachy green smoothie everyday. I do love a good tasting green smoothie. On the plus side, I have converted four new people over to the green drink side! Winning! I love introducing new foods to people! It’s very rewarding.

So Green Drink it is – everyday – for breakfast!

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Because the challenge started Monday, I also did some major food prep on Sunday. I stocked my fridge with freshly made grab-n-go salads, lean protein, and tons and tons of fresh veggies.

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This was one of my grab-n-go salads topped with albacore tuna and a Dijon mustard vinaigrette. Served in my favorite *NEW purple bowl from IKEA!

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I posted my pic on Instagram last night of my yummy fish taco dinner. I have been addicted to these bad boys for a few weeks now. I originally made these tacos for girls night the other day and I have been hooked and craving them ever since. Since I started the challenge on Monday, I opted to have my fish tacos, taco-less. (Smile!) I topped this crunchy purple cabbage slaw with a perfectly baked piece of mahi-mahi slightly over seasoned with cayenne. Made my lips tingle a little too much. On the side was a tiny bit of corn and eggplant salsa and topped with some crunchy corn tortillas and cilantro! It was amazing and fresh and light. A perfect change to heavy winter meals.

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I ended my night with a glass of Trader Joes Strawberry Kefir! Adding fermented foods to my diet is my food goal for 2014! So far I am loving the way my body is reacting to the kefir!

 

 

 

 

 

What I Ate Wednesday #15

Well I skipped last Wednesday, not sure why, I was having writers block I guess.  Or maybe I was just super excited to go away for the weekend; I was busy planning and packing.  Life gets in the way of blogging sometimes.

But I come Thursday morning I was feeling left out and really uninspired for the upcoming week of ‘weekly eats’.  I really do draw inspiration from all the fabulous peeps that party it up over at Peas & Crayons every week for WIAW.

But  like everything else, inspiration comes and goes just like the tide, and I’m back at it and roaring to go this week.

Just a quick “Hey Jenn ~ thanks for hosting this shin-dig” she’s got a lot going on over there with a bump on the way.  Head on over and give her a hey too!

My eats of late include:

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I made a Peanut Butter, Banana & Almond Milk protein shake using APS French Vanilla Grass-Fed Whey Protein with 2 scoops of Maca Powder.  It was filling and the Maca gave me an extra energy boost.  I was actually good to go until lunch.

Mid-Morning Snack:  Wheatgrass Shot

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Lunch:  I received this Lean Cuisine Honestly Good Frozen Meal as part of a perk from Klout, Inc.  I do not typically buy frozen meals ever ~ but when you get to try one for FREEEEEEE and the ingredients list passes your test, you say hell with it ~ am I right?

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Lean Cuisine states that the ingredients are 100% all-natural, no artificial ingredients, minimally processed and no preservatives.  One of the things I look at first when shopping for frozen meals is the sodium content and then the calories per serving.

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The sodium content for this meal is still a bit high at 590 mg but the calories clock in at 320 per serving and it also boosts 23g of protein.  So between the lower calorie count and the amount of protein, I can overlook the sodium for one meal.

The meal is presented well, I’m a stickler for a good presentation.   The yellow wax beans, green beans and orange carrots made it definitely pleasing to the eye.  Portions are right on target but I could have done with a little less of the Pineapple Black Pepper Sauce that came in a separate packet.

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If I was to buy this again, I would only use half of the sauce.  But I liked that it was separate and more than likely all the sodium was in the sauce so you could opt out of it if need be.  All in all, for a frozen meal it’s a good choice for a quick on the go meal.

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Afternoon Snack: 

I had lunch with the girls on Saturday and afterwards, we hit up the local Whole Foods.  WF’s and I have a love hate relationship ~ I love going in that store, but hate swipping my credit card after finding out the damage.

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I am a true cheese lover!  I treated myself to this goats milk cheese rolled in fine herbs and sliced some up for this afternoon snack.

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A few Triscuits, handful of fresh blueberries and Capricho De Cabra Cheese topped  with Mango Chutney.  It was sinful, just sayin’.

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Dinner: Soft Shell Crabs w/Zucchini Fritters

And I’m not stingy when it comes to foodie treats and I eye-balled these guys from almost across the produce section.

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I live in an area that is known for their crabs.  Soft-shell crabs are no exception.  My son & I both adore a good soft-shell crab sandwich so they went on the dinner menu too! Since I fried them I opted to skip the roll!  (choices, choices).  I served it with a home-made caper tarter sauce.

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Lastly~ Today is the final day to enter my Food Should Taste Good {Giveaway}!    One (1) US winner will receive their very own 4 Pack – 5.5 ounce case of FSTG chips! You can enter by clicking here.  Since the kind folks over at FSTG were kind enough to sponsor this giveaway, thank them by giving them a follow if you enter the raffle.  Good Luck!   Facebook:  Food Should Taste Good       Twitter:  @FSTG_Chips!!!

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What is your favorite FSTG flavor? 

Looking for more WIAW inspiration:  WIAW #12, WIAW #13, WIAW #14

Lately & Peach Pie Smoothie Recipe

With it being the official kickoff of peach season I must use up what I have left on my shelves before I jump into putting up my reserves for the upcoming winter season!

We canned 25lbs of fresh peaches last year and it was just enough to get me to through the winter. So excited! We were back in the PYO fields this weekend picking fresh Blackberries, blueberries and eggplant.

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But the smell of ripe peaches lingered in the air as we drove by the fields. It’s almost time to put up my stock for next year! I picked almost 3lbs of blackberries and plan on jarring them as part of my FSC Bookclub Assignments.

However, I was so excited about the ripening peaches that I decided to use up the last few jars of canned peaches we had preserved from last year by popping them into this refreshing smoothie.

Peach Pie Smoothie

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  • 1/2 cup fresh peaches
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 packet/scoop of French Vanilla Protein Powder (I used APS)

Put all ingredients into the blender in the order listed top off with desired amount of ice and blend away!

It’s like a peach pie in a glass! If you don’t have french vanilla protein powder I would recommend replacing it with a dash of vanilla extract.

Next week I will be attending the Collingswood Food Swap for the first time. I heard of the Collingswood Food Swap from reading about it over at Salted Plates. She was so excited about all the food stuff she swapped that night, that I found her excitedment contagious.

I have been wanting to attend one since last year sometime, but didn’t realize there were any in our area until I became friends with Casey! Now not only did I find out about the one, but there are actually two our area. The Philly Food Swappers also holds a food swap at the Reading Terminal market here in downtown Philadelphia. But I didn’t want to wait so we decided to make the haul to Collingswood, NJ. It will be about a 45 minute drive for me, but a co-worker and I signed up and have already planned on what we will be bringing. So excited!

If you are not familiar with what a food swap is, it is basically like an old fashion cookie swap where people gather together and trade/swap homemade food items that are either home made, home cooked or home grown. I plan on bringing Sweet Tomato Chutney and the Blueberry Ketchup that I made as part of the FSC Bookclub Assignments.

Pictured here are Cherry Almond Relish & Blueberry Ketchup served with a 3-cheese log rolled in crushed nuts and chopped cranberries. It was a hit a party I attended Sunday! 

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Stay tuned for updates on how I made out next week. The Collingswood Food Swap takes place on Tuesday August 13th and you can find out more about it on their Facebook page Collingswood Food Swappers.

Last but not least, don’t forget to sign up to win a FREE race entry to the Reebok Spartan Race. Giveaway entries close at midnight on Friday. You can find out more about the giveaway here. Good Luck!

 

 

 

 

What I Ate Wednesday #8

My refrigerator has been empty for over a week now, so coming up with meals has been a little cumbersome.  My What I Ate Wednesday post is going to be a little lacking this week but I still appreciate linking up with Jenn over at Peas & Crayons so head over and check out what the others are up to with their Wednesday Eats.

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I’m closing out the Sensible Snacking theme for June with a few of my favorite NEW to me snacky items plus a few other fun things I’ve found to incorporate in my weekly meals like this Coco Libre Protein Almond Coconut Water. 

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It was thick and full of almond flavor.  It has 20 grams of protein and 22 added vitamins and minerals.  It was like adding a protein powder without the gritt.  It was smooth and creamy and light and OOOOOOO so good. This is a keeper!

Breakfast Smoothie:

Coco Libra Almond Coconut Water, 1 cup of fresh strawberries, 1/2 banana and some ice! 

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Lunch:

Salads have been my staple these past few weeks since I’ve hit the P90X workouts again.  It’s great to have a huge green salad with a bit of protein added on top.  It’s low in calories and fills me up for several hours.  Top it off with a serving or two of protein and I can check off a few of the servings of protein and vegetables that I need to hit for my daily P90X  targeted nutrition.   This one is a Nicose version with the added tuna and olives. 

For the dressing I’ve been using a homemade vinaigrette that is 1 part EVOO and 2 parts Braggs Organic Apple Cider Vinegar with some of my Blend swag from Wildtree.  In my swag bag I had the Tuscan Bread Dipper Herb Blend. 

I add 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp of Wildtree Herb Blend and 1 tsp of cayenne pepper to a tiny little jam jar.  It makes the perfect portion of dressing for one salad and I can tuck it neatly into the side of my plastic container and it also doesn’t leak.  Perfect!  So if you are traveling and get a chance to grab some of those little jellies.  Even if you don’t eat the jelly, keep the jar!  🙂

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I’ve made two double batches of kale chips over the last week.  One Spicy Kale Chip batch and one Lemon Pepper Kale Chip batch.  It’s confirmed ~ I’m addicted!  Katie over at Blonde Ambition Blog turned me onto Parmesan, so that’s on my agenda for next week.  See ~ ADDICTED!

Lemon Pepper Kale Chips by: Its All About Me Fitness

Lemon Pepper Kale Chips
by: Its All About Me Fitness

Prunes.  Prunes have a bad wrap so much so that the manufacturers are now actually changing the term to pitted plums.  I love them though.  Prunes or plums, they make a great snack.  Since I’ve been rolling protein balls pretty much every week since I came across the chocolate peanut butter banana bites, I am looking forward to making some protein balls with this bag of prunes.  Only if I don’t devour the entire bag before I have time to whip up a batch of balls.  (hee hee)

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Dinner

This ones a tough one, I have had no picture worthy dinners to brag about this week so ~ I’m taking a hall pass.  Next week I promise.  A photo worthy dinner.

Snacks:

Just a few more of my random snack ideas to finish up with Sensible Snacking June. 

Sliced Carrots.  I’ve seen a bunch of people posting the cute cut up ones but honestly, for 2.49 for a bag of pre-cut carrots is a little ridiculous.  I made my own.  My bag of carrots cost me .99.  And they are just as cute.

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Of course my day wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t have a Chobani of some sort.  So dipping those carrots in a tub of 0% Plain!  So good.

My late night snacks of choice actually have been a bowl of cereal.  I haven’t really been eating a lot of cereal, but I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to two flavors of Attune Foods Cereals via free coupons (again as part of our Blend Swag).  These are the two I picked.  Uncle Sam Original and Raisin Bran.  I haven’t broken into the Original yet, but I was pleasantly surprised with the Raisin Bran.  At first I didn’t realize it was Wheat Berry Flakes.  When I poured my first bowl the flakes were so tiny and crunchy but it was REALLY good!  It didn’t get soggy like most bran cereals and I love that it is NON-GMO approved!  Attune Foods has totally won me over! Want to see what Uncle Sam Attune Foods Cereal line is all about check it out here.

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AND…………last but not least, I indulged a little over the weekend with a few glasses of my favorite Red!  Salud! 

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Ok ~ go! Tell me what you’ve eaten lately?

Silk Cocktail Recipes from Blend Retreat

These drinks were so pretty and very tasty too from our cocktail sponsor Silk ~ looking for some new cocktails for your holiday weekend?

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Thanks to Silk for providing us the recipes.

Follow them on Twitter @LoveMySilk #silkology

Ginger Refresher

  • 2 1/2 oz Silk Pure Almond Unsweetened Original Almondmilk
  • 1/2 oz ginger liquer
  • 1/2 oz rum
  • 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp agave nectar
  • Angastura bitters
  • Fresh Mint for garnish

Place all ingredients except the angostura bitters and mint in a cocktail shaker. Add 1 cup of ice and shake well. Strain over crushed ice. Srpinkle with bitters and garnish with mint.

Strawberry Mint Slush

  • 1 cup Silk Pure Almond Unsweetened Original Almondmilk
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 2 mint leaves
  • 1-2 Tbsp agave
  • 2 tsp lime juice
  • 1 oz tequila

Blend all ingrediants until smooth.

*Add 2 TBSP protein powder and 1 TBSP ground flax if desired (breakfast smoothie option minus the tequila)

Silk Pajamas

  • 1 oz vanilla vodka
  • 1 oz coffee liqeur
  • 1/4 cup Silk Pure Almond Unsweetened Original Almondmilk
  • 1-2 drops of agave, if desired

Pour vodka and coffee liqueur over ice. Top with Silk and add agave.

 

Shakeology 3-Day Cleanse Results

Yesterday I completed my 3-Day Shakeology Cleanse and I lost over 3 lbs! Not to shabby considering it takes me almost two weeks of eating right and exercising to lose 1 lb!

The Results:
Day 1 ~ felt slightly hungry due to not timing meals appropriatly; lost 1 lb

Day 2 ~ felt more energenic, timed my meals according to past eating patterns so I felt less hungry around meal times and had a slight headache that lasted most of the day (assuming it was from the void of coffee & caffine); lost 1 more lb

Day 3 ~ my best day yet! Caffine headache from day 2 was gone, no hunger pangs AT ALL and was energized to the core! Total weight loss 3.3 lbs!

Interested in how I did it? Click here!

Shakeology 3-Day Cleanse Instructions – Step by Step How to Guide

I have embarked on a 3-Day Cleanse using what is known as Shakeology. Shakeology is basically a nutrient dense meal replacement protein powder designed to provide a complete meal. There is a lot of buzz about the 3-Day Cleanse so I wanted to take a minute and tell you step-by-step how to do the 3-Day Shakeology Cleanse.

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The Shakeology 3-Day Cleanse is basically just as the name implies. A program lasting 3 days and designed to either jump start your fitness program, break a plateau, or just shed your body of excess pounds, toxins, chemicals and other unnecessary junk that your body does not utilize. This 3-day cleanse is not typical of your normal cleanse where you have very few calories and very few nutrients for an extended period of time, sometimes up to a few weeks at a time. The Shakeology 3-day cleanse requires you to eat anywhere between 800-1200 calories per day nourishing your body with all the of the nutrients it needs to function properly.

I have decided to do the Shakeology 3-Day Cleanse to help start my weight loss while I’ve started my P90X Round 2. Since completing Round 1 Back in July 2012, I’ve gained back some of the weight I initially lost, so in order to optimize my results, I’ve decided to take the challenge.

So planning ahead is key. You’ll need a few things before you start day 1. Here is a list of what is needed to complete the 3-day cleanse following the guidelines.

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1. Bag of Shakeology.  One bag of Shakeology will be more than enough to complete the 3-day Cleanse.  A normal size bag will provide 30 portions.  For the cleanse, you will need 9 portion sizes.  If you have the packets instead of the larger size bag, then you will need to have 9 packets; you can mix up the flavors for some added variety. 

2.  Green Tea Bags.  Any type of green tea is sufficient and can be purchased at any supermarket in the coffee/tea section.  I suggest organic, but it’s soley up to you.  You will need at least 6 green tea bags to complete the cleanse. 

3.  Fruit.  Optional, but if you need the added calories then you’ll need to have some fruit that you like to eat such as apples, banana, pears or strawberry.  You are allowed 1-2 pieces of fruit per day.

4.  Salad.  For your one solid meal per day a salad is recommended along with 3-4 servings of vegetables.  Romaine, Spinach, Arugula or any type of dark green leafy variety will work.  The darker the leaves, the more nutrient dense your salad will be. 

5.  Protein.  WHITE MEAT PROTEIN is the only protein allowed on this short 3-day plan.  Unless you are following a vegetarian diet, you could possibly substitue egg whites, beans or tofu.  Chicken or fish is the best choice for meat eaters and it needs to be grilled or poached.  You may add an additional 2 tablespoons of a low-fat dressing, but try to stick with chemical free dressings.

I’m starting my 3-day today.  Hoping to get good results.  I’m hopeful for atleast 4-5 lbs, but I have heard of people losing up to 10lbs after completing the 3-Day Shakeology Cleanse. 

Here is a sample of my meal plan today:

1 cup of green tea in the morning

Breakfast

1 scoop Shakeology (140 Calories)

Ice to taste

8 – 10oz of water

 

Snack

1 Gala Apple

 

Lunch

            1 scoop Shakeology (140 calories) Ice to taste

8-10oz water

 

1 cup of green tea

 

Snack 2

1 scoop of Shakeology (140 calories)

Ice to taste

8-10oz water

 

Dinner

Salad (340 calories)

4 oz Grilled Chicken & Fat Free Seseame Ginger Dressing

I am hopeful to achieve my desired results by sticking to the plan and will post my results after completed.  I have not been let down my Beachbody products in the past and I am extremely hopeful that this program will follow suit.  If you choose to embark on the Shakeology 3-day Cleanse make sure to prepare ahead of time, stick to the plan, and you should also see amazing results to build a better you.

Green Drink Addiction

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I recently became the new owner of a beautiful Vitamix Blender. I have been in awe of my workout counter parts for sometime now that all own the Vitamix. After many yardsales, and stashing away extra dollar bills, I was able to get one in my kitchen. It’s been true love ever since. I am totally in love with my Vitamix, from the color, to the speed, to the shear power, to the amazing things I make that come out of that super little blender.

To make:

Add 1 cup of almond milk, fat free milk, or apple juice
Add 1 1/2 cups of fresh or canned peaches
Add 1/2 tsp cinnamon
Add 2 cups of spinach
Add 1 cup of ice cubes
Add 1/2 of an apple, cored, seeded, and quartered

Blend until smooth ~ Enjoy!

Green drinks have been my addiction over the last month or so. In my old rinky dink blender, left over bits of spinach and kale were the end all of green drink mixing. But no longer will I have to check my teeth for bits of spinach or kale after taking a sip of my lovely “green drink”.

My vitamix is here to stay! Kids and dogs ~ well that’s a topic for another day!

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