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WIAW: Leap Day Eve

Happy Leap Day, friends!

Without details (sorry), I can tell you, at 9:42 in the morning, that today has already been a very strange, very disorienting day.  Is that a Leap Day thing?

Well, no, I guess not. Not according to Google or Wikipedia. I guess that means I’m special. Right? Sure.

Anyway, yesterday was kind of an “off” day as a WIAW. I’m still feeling weird since my food poisoning debacle this weekend, so I waver between still feeling a little nauseated and not eating much and then being starving. I’m also sticking with very carb-based meals.

No work out yesterday for this very reason.

Breakfast: 2 pieces of whole wheat toast with peanut butter and a sliced banana.

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Lunch: Tortellini Soup with a toasted English muffin & butter.

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Snack: unpictured pretzels & a string cheese.

Later, two unpictured IPAs. Regretted.

Late Dinner: Green Giant Healthy Weight frozen veggie/ black bean mix with shredded parmesan.

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I wasn’t actually hungry, but felt it was probably a wise choice after consuming two beers on a nearly empty stomach.

Some fun facts about Leap Day (from NowPublic and Vabsite):

  • “You can figure out which year will be a leap year by dividing the year by 4. If it comes out evenly, it’s a leap year.”
  • “Traditionally, Leap day is the one day that women can propose to men.”
  • “The chances of being born on a Leap Year are 1 in 1,461.”
  • “Salaried employees are working for free this February 29 since paychecks are based on a 365-day year.”
  • “February 29 is not recognized by some computer services and software programs that power everything from banking to life insurance.”

Interesting!

And, just for fun:

Do you know any other fun facts about Leap Day? Has anything weird happened to you today? Share!

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WIAW

Yesterday was another one of those days when I didn’t eat dinner. I wish those days would stop happening on Tuesdays. It makes me look like I don’t eat dinner. I do! I swear! It just doesn’t always work out, with a schedule like mine these days.

Anyway, truth be told, I also just wasn’t very hungry yesterday. I usually deal with stress by eating a lot. Honestly, one of my biggest eating issues is that I tend to emotionally eat. You guys know this. I’ve talked about it.

In the past couple of days, though, I’ve gone the opposite way. As I’ve dealt with something stressful and difficult (don’t worry, I’ll be fine), I just haven’t had much of an appetite.

That said, I still eat.

No workout yesterday. Still getting over the cold and still waking up in a NyQuil fog.

I started my day off yesterday with breakfast of  those Chobani Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats that I told you about, complete with a spoonful of peanut butter.

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I loved these. Overnight oats with flavored yogurt takes them to a whole new level. This bowl smelled and tasted like apple cake batter. Yum and a half.

And, of course, the peanut butter just took it even further. But, I mean… duh. It’s peanut butter.

I had plans for a frozen Amy’s meal for lunch, but I really started craving fresh vegetables. So, when a co-worker ordered from a place called Poquito Mas, I decided to add on to the order.

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I got the Nature’s Grill Burrito: “Fresh grilled eggplant, mushroom, zucchini, red and green bell pepper, red & white onion with Black beans, Jack cheese, Fresh salsa, and a touch of Roasted Red Pepper Sour Cream.”

It was delicious andso filling. I couldn’t even think about the chips it came with and it had me full for the rest of the afternoon/ evening.

Around 6pm, I decided to eat a snack of some baby carrots and a spoonful of hummus.

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As I walked out the door, I had a handful of Wheat Thins (unpictured), as I was going out for drinks and didn’t know if I’d have time for dinner.

I suppose I could have ordered food at the restaurant, but I nursed a glass of Pinot Noir and honestly just wasn’t really hungry enough to order anything for dinner.

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The wine was nice, though. And helpful.

I feel guilty for not having a dinner to show you (I’m weird), so I’m sharing today’s breakfast again. I like to think that makes up for it, somehow (again, I’m weird).

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And this really should. Because… do you know what kind of cereal that is, hanging out with the banana and milk?

PEANUT BUTTER CHEERIOS.

I KNOW.

Changed. My. Life.

I learned about them in Instagram (can’t remember whose… maybe Bobbi‘s? Janetha‘s?) and bought them immediately thereafter. You should, too.

What are you eating today?

P.S. — Don’t forget to enter my Chobani giveaway!

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Cheesy Quinoa

I made up this recipe out of desperation, if I’m being honest.

What I really wanted was my new go-to comfort food, Upgraded Mac & Cheese. Alas, I didn’t have any Mac & Cheese. I also didn’t have any noodles. I was SOL, if you know what I mean.

While I won’t pit them against each other (they’re both my babies), I would definitely say this meal is a bit… classier. Thankfully, it’s just as easy!


It’s also just as delicious. Seriously. What a winner of a recipe, and all because I was forced to be creative.

Cheesy Quinoa

makes 3 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dry tri-color quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen chopped spinach
  • 1 1/2 tbs low-fat cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan & romano
  • 1/4 cup almond milk (regular milk would work just fine — I just used what I had)
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp oregano
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • shredded mozzarella to top with (optional)

Directions:

Over high heat on a stovetop, bring the quinoa and water to a rolling boil. Stir, lower heat to a simmer, cover pot, and let cook for about eight minutes more or until the water is nearly gone. Add spinach and cook for about two minutes more.

Add kidney beans and cook about two minutes more, stirring often.

Add cream cheese, almond milk, parmesan & romano, garlic powder, oregano, salt and and pepper. Stir, mixing everything evenly throughout. Cook about one minute more to let the flavors settle.

Serve topped with (optional) mozzarella.

There are lots of flavors in this dish. There’s also lots of protein! I’m a big fan.

 

Plus, it’s kind of pretty, isn’t it? There’s something very… Italian about it to me.

Have you ever come up with any favorite dishes out of desperation?

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WIAW: Valentine’s Day

I had big plans for yesterday. I had this whole idea that I was going to have an epic WIAW, Valentine’s Edition.

And then I got sick.

So, spoiler alert, it wasn’t epic.

First, I was going to make a triumphant return to the elliptical. Or, I was going to try, anyway. I’ve been given the green light to see how I do.

But, instead, I slept in. No going to the gym when you’re sick.

For breakfast, I managed to stick to the plan: a Valentine’s Day Yogurt Bowl, complete with Chobani‘s new Passionfruit flavor (more on that later!), my homemade Chocolate Granola and strawberries.

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Yum!

My morning snacks? Oh, you know. Tissues.

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Vitamins.

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A few unpictured glasses of orange juice.

Lunch was leftovers of my Cheesy Quinoa, a recipe I’ll be posting tomorrow!

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It’s a good one. Look forward to it.

I didn’t remember to take pictures of my snacks, which were ginger ale and crackers to settle my stomach. Zinc makes my tummy hurt. Does that happen to anyone else?

So, I took pictures of some of my Valentine’s Day accessories. I love holidays!

Here’s a shot of my heart-shaped earrings:

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Cute, right?

I also wore pink ballet flats.

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I also wore a (cute!) bright pink shirt, but the self-portrait I took was soooo not flattering and I decided not to show off my swollen face.

Dinner was the big letdown of the day.

I had big plans to go out to my favorite Thai food restaurant with Mark and Leigh to celebrate Valentine’s Day. I even tried to kid myself into thinking, throughout the day, that I could power through and go.

No such luck.

Soooo… I had Thai food on my own. Sort of.

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That’s Amy’s canned Tom Kha Phak soup, heated up on the stove, plus a piece of whole wheat toast, covered in Smart Balance, LOTS of Garlic Gold, and shaved romano cheese.

And then I watched a romantic comedy and passed the heck out.

Not quite the epic Valentine’s Day I was hoping for, but… whatever. It is what it is!

How’d you eat on this lovely Valentine’s Day? Hopefully your day was filled with lots of chocolate and love!

… not that you can eat love.

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Fresh and Easy Wine Snapshots

On Thursday night, I had the pleasure of being invited to participate in one of Fresh and Easy‘s wine tasting tweet-ups.

Once again, even though this was a Valentine’s Day wine tasting and the holiday + wine should have together suggested a romantic evening might have been in order…

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… I spent it with my friend Lauren.

I also spent it with her boyfriend, Gabriel.

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Honestly, though, it was lovely.

And plus, I’m not sure I had a romantic evening in me. Look how tired I look!

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On second thought, don’t. Ignore how tired I look. Pretend I’m pretty.

We started with the Chianti (the wine Lauren and I are both posing with above), which was definitely my favorite of the night.

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It was smooth and strong and tasted much nicer than the very cheap price tag would have implied.

We also tried a bubbly wine, which was super bubbly. I loved that part of it, but the wine was a little too sweet for me — especially after that nice Chianti.

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Ignore the lemon. We thought it was funny at the time. I blame the wine.

However, on a citrus note, I do think the above wine would make for nice Mimosas.

The third wine was a chocolate wine, which I thought I would love but actually very, very much disliked. I thought it tasted like someone had poured Hershey’s syrup into wine.

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Lauren liked it, though. And, judging from the tweet chat, so did most people! It just wasn’t my cup of tea.

… or, you know, glass of wine.

We also had to fill ourselves with food to balance out all that wine, so we ate the Fresh and Easy Margherita pizza, which I’d picked up when I’d gotten the wine.

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The rest of the evening was spent in shenanigans with Lauren and Gabriel’s dog Spot, who thinks he’s a lapdog.

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He totally isn’t. That’s why it’s hilarious. Duh.

Did you try any new wines this weekend?

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No Dinner WIAW

Today is the first WIAW(T) in which I do not document a workout…. which is because I didn’t do a workout yesterday. My schedule is such that I’m going to bed in the wee hours of the morning lately, and I’ve made the executive decision that sleep is more important than working out right now.

I don’t love it, but it is what it is.

What I do love?

This breakfast:

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I’m so Caitlin from Healthy Tipping Point right now.

I am seriously obsessed with these raw oats yogurt bowls right now. Obsessed.

Into the mix went:

  • 1 vanilla Activia yogurt
  • ~ 1/4 cup raw oats
  • 1/2 banana, sliced
  • blackberries
  • a sprinkle of glazed walnuts (makes the bowl)

I also enjoyed my random, piecemeal lunch, which was a Green Giants veggie & black bean mix (I think it’s called Healthy Weight?) + a toasted English muffin with a slice of cheddar cheese split across the two halves.

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Random but totally effective.

My sweet tooth kicked in and I treated it with two clementines for lunch dessert:

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Snack came a few hours later and was in the form of bunch of Wheat Thins + a string cheese.

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I’m on a major string cheese kick lately.

It was a good thing I had that snack, as I didn’t end up having dinner.  Instead, I had drinks.

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I know, healthy of me. I got the above cherry cocktail (which is alongside a drink that wasn’t mine but also begged to be photographed, which was a blueberry & blackberry cocktail).

I also had a glass of Sauvignon Blanc. I also took a few bites of the artichoke and potatoes that some of the others at my table ordered.

But, really, I’m sorry for being a bad HLB and not eating dinner last night. Still, I’d rather tell you the truth.

I’d like to make it up to you. Does showing you a picture of my amahhhhzing (said a la my doppelganger, Penny from “Happy Endings”) lunch today help?

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What about two pictures, with the second one all mixed up?

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(That’s tuna, by the way, not chicken).

It makes me feel better, anyway.

… so did eating it.

What are you eating today?

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Quinoa White Bean Chili

I’ve actually been sitting on this recipe for a while now.

That’s really quite selfish of me. I’m sorry. Because, honestly, this recipe is really very good.

But, hey, I’m sharing it now, right?

So you can’t really be mad at me.

(If I had a new and awkward picture of myself, this is exactly where I would say, “Plus, you can’t be mad at a face like this!” Alas, I have no such picture… so really, I’m not sure why I bothered with this tangent. Annnnnyway….)

My friend Lauren and I made this dish over a month ago. We got it from Clean Eating Magazine. You can find the original recipe here, but we changed it pretty drastically — and, to be honest, we did so because the original was pretty bland.

Quinoa White Bean Chili

makes 5-6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 large red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 large green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 large yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 15-oz cans white beans
  • 1 16-0z can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 2 tbs chili powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 6 cups fresh chopped spinach
  • grated parmesan to taste (or, if you’re Vegan, don’t)

Directions:

In a large pot, combine quinoa and water and cooke over high heat. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Cover tightly and simmer for 15 minutes.

Add bell peppers, beans, diced tomatoes, chili powder, paprika, garlic powder, cumin and oregano to pot. Bring to a simmer and cook, uncovered, for about 10 minutes.

When chili has thickened and the quinoa has a white halo-like appearance, stir in spinach and cook for one more minute, until the spinach has just wilted.

Serve topped with fresh grated parmesan.

And no,  you totally do not have to serve it in a glass jar…


But isn’t it pretty like that?

 

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