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Chocolate: Good For You

Oof. I just wrote this WHOLE POST for you and lost it. I am not happy (I should probably eat some chocolate). I am also not going to retype everything, so now you’re getting the shorter version. Sorry.

Anyway!

I think you guys are probably aware that I’m a huge Harry Potter fan. I’ve written about it a fair amount.

And, I mean, duh. Who isn’t a Harry Potter fan?

Anyway, while I’m not silly enough to believe all of that magic really exists (or, at least, I’m not silly enough to admit that on the internet…), there is one little bit of magic from those book in which I totally believe: chocolate reallycan heal.

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I’ve recently increased my chocolate intake and have told myself it’s for stress. However, I’ve also learned that it’s good for me and that maybe I’m doing it subconsciously for healthy reasons!

Let me have it. Sometimes you just need a win, right?

Here’s a sampling of some of the chocolate we have around the office.

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Don’t worry. I never have that much at once.

Usually.

I recently read this article in Eating Well Magazine (November/ December 2011 edition) and liked it so much, I thought I’d share it.

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Last time I typed up this post, I re-typed the whole article for you. Not gonna happen again.

The bottom lines:

1. It makes you smile.

2. It helps you see better.

3. It’s a diet food.

That’s enough for me!

But, just in case it isn’t enough for you, you can check some other articles out:

I love it when these things work in my favor.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to eat some chocolate!

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Weekend Eats

I did a lot this weekend. I saw a lot of people. I did a lot of reading. I did a TON of cleaning.

For whatever reason, though, I only really took pictures of the food I ate. No big deal. This is half a food blog, anyway!

I took this picture because I thought it was funny.

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All three are in my cabinet right know. Think maybe I’m on a Cheerios kick?

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My Saturday morning breakfast combined two of them — Peanut Butter & Chocolate. Delish! Though I will say that the PB Cheerios are far, far superior to the chocolate ones.

I had an amazing lunch that day. I ordered this sandwich from a place called Olive & Thyme in Toluca Lake.

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In case the picture doesn’t do it for you, here’s a description:

“Oil packed tuna with sliced egg, arugula tomato, tapenade & pesto mayonnaise on baguette.”

Granted, they also gave me red onion (which I had to pick off), but it was still a wild success. And it was huge. I couldn’t have finished it if I’d tried.

I went to dinner that night with my friend Shivani at a restaurant called Ciao Cristina, right across from the WB lot.

Even though I went there craving pizza, I found myself seriously craving vegetables while were there. So, I got this huge (and gorgeous)grilled vegetable plate.

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Isn’t that amazing?

And, of course, I repurposed the leftovers into my favorite and versatile comfort food meal: upgraded mac ‘n cheese.

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Duh. Like you expected anything else.

I also took my friend Lauren out for a celebratory/ thank you dinner last night. We had an Indian feast:

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I got Sag Paneer and we split rice and potato-filled naan.

I left a very full and happy girl.

As you can see, I went out to eat quite a bit this weekend — and actually, that doesn’t even include my dinner out with my friend Tyler on Friday night or my coffee/ second breakfast out with my friend Becky on Saturday morning.

My wallet needs a break, but my tastebuds were thrilled. 🙂

Did you eat anything fun this weekend?

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Healthy Goals for March

February was a month of major ups and major downs. More on that tomorrow. Sort of.

Anyway, it made me think that maybe I need to set some simple, healthy and reasonable goals for myself to focus on throughout the month of March.

1. See my friends more.

I had the pleasure of seeing all of these smiling faces last night, which in turn put a huge smile on my face. I spent so much of February sick that I ended up being holed up in my apartment for most of it. No more! I’m happiest around my friends. And gosh, they’re great.

2. Get back into my fitness routine.

Between a very busy work schedule and losing my patience with my ever-frustrating knee, I’ve been in a phase in my life in which fitness has been on the back-burner. I so miss the fitness side of myself (and of this blog!).

Fortunately, I talked to my Physical Therapist about this last night, and she decided that we’re going to come up with a consistent fitness routine for me that I can keep up even with the knee problem.

Right now, we’re leaning towards Pilates. While this would be an expensive decision to make, I also feel it would likely be one I wouldn’t regret.

3. Master the art of painting my own toenails.

Random, but it’s a solid budgetary goal. I’ve already mastered the art of painting my fingernails (you have no idea how long of a process this has been). Any pedicure tips?

4. Cook more.

Especially, cook more foods like this:

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Those were dishes cooked for me last night at the dinner party with those wonderful people you saw pictured above. So delicious and so healthy! Specifically, those foods are salad, Vegan Ragu, and Kale, Mustard Greens and Butternut Squash.

Amazing.

The Vegan Ragu recipe was created by my friend James and the Kale recipe was created by my friend Brian. I convinced each of them to email me their recipes. I will post them this month!

So, some sub-goals…

4a. Cook and post about the Vegan Ragu.

4.b. Cook and post about the Kale, Mustard Greens and Butternut Squash.

Now that they’re specifically listed out like that for the world to see, I can’t get lazy about it. 🙂

Oh, we also ate this delicious Apple & Almond Cake last night. I’ll be making this at some point, too!

I don’t know if that’s a March goal, but itwill happen.

5. Get more sleep.

I make this goal every month. I rarely follow through. Doesn’t mean I won’t try this month.

6. Take my vitamins every day.

See Goal #5. 🙂

6. Take some me time.

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I don’t know if I’m quite the type for Meditation or anything, but I do know that I need to find some balance in my life. I work a lot. I love the work I do — and all of the jobs I have — but I also stopped finding much time for myself. Not having the gym be a daily part of my life these days took away time that used to be my “me time.”

Lately, I’ve been taking my hours off to watch TV or read scripts for work. While these are great ways to escape, I think that’s exactly what I’m doing — escaping. Maybe I need to take time to write in a journal, or something. I’m not even sure how to spend “me time” anymore.

How do you spend your “me time?” And what are some of your goals for March?

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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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Tortellini Soup

Good lord, did this day get away from me. How is it 5:30PM? How??

Anyway. I was going to call this “I’m Sick Soup,” but then I didn’t want to make anybody think that the soup was what made me sick.

And it’s definitely a good thing I’m not calling this “Food Poisoning Soup,” right?

To be clear, the soup didn’t give me food poisoning. A stupid, awful, frozen meal that I left out for way too long did.

This soup is what made me feel better.

But… let’s stop talking about food poisoning in a recipe post, shall we?

Anyway, this soup is great. It’s easy. It’s literally “dump it all in a pot” easy. My favorite kind of recipe these days.

And I got all of the ingredients at Target because I simply didn’t have it in me to go grocery shopping anywhere else.

Tortellini Soup

makes 4-6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 16-oz cans vegetable broth
  • 1 26-oz can condensed tomato soup
  • 1 26-oz can-full of water
  • 1 package Buitoni (or whatever) whole wheat tortellini
  • 1 can white kidney beans
  • 3 cups frozen mixed vegetable (I used peas/ carrots/ green beans)
  • 2 cups frozen chopped spinach
  • 2 tsp Italian spice blend (parsley/ rosemary/ thyme)
  • 3/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan/ romano cheese (plus more to top with)

Directions:

Bring vegetable broth, condensed tomato soup and water to a boil.

Add tortellini, mixed vegetables, spinach, Italian spice blend and garlic powder and cook for 8-11 minutes over high heat (until tortellini is cooked through).

Add cheese and cook for another minute or so more.

Serve, topped with a little more cheese if you know what’s good for you. 😉

Almost as easy from soup from a can — just a little fresher!

Enjoy. 🙂

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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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Aren’t CHO Glad? Giveaway!

Check out what’s happening in my fridge:

I know, right? And they’re all delicious.

There are three flavors…

0% Blood Orange:

0% Apple Cinnamon:

and 2% Passion Fruit:

(Please excuse the blurry picture. It was on a rainy day that I took these.)

I’ve had the pleasure of tasting these, through multiple breakfasts (but I’ll just share three — one of each!)

I tried the Blood Orange in overnight oats with oats, chia seeds, and flax seed.

You may recall this next breakfast — I tried the Passion Fruit in my Valentine’s Day breakfast, with my Chocolate Granola and strawberries.

And, this morning, I had the Apple Cinnamon in overnight oats(simple — just the yogurt and 1/3 cup oats) with a spoonful of organic, natural peanut butter.

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Desk picture!

Smelled like cake batter, tasted like happy.

Want to pop open your own new Chobani flavor?

Of course you do.

So aren’t CHO lucky (ok, I swear, I’m done with that) that Chobani sent me these flavors to try for free (well, I guess I’m the lucky one there) and then offer to you guys as a giveaway?

Of course you are.

Three ways to enter (US residents only, please — sorry, international friends!):

1. Comment here telling me a funny joke. (Make me laugh! I need a few good laughs this week).

2. Tweet about this giveaway, including me @HoneyKaitlin and Chobani @Chobani, linking to this post. Then, comment here linking to your tweet.

3. “Like” me on facebook, then comment here telling me you did.

The giveaway will close at 3pm PST on Thursday, February 23. I’ll announce the winner on my Friday Fun post this Friday, February 24.

Happy entering!

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