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Loving the Re-Introduction

I almost feel like a traitor to my former sugar-free blogging self, but I just can’t lie. I am loving the re-introduction of sugar into my life.

Now, don’t get me wrong – I am hardly going crazy (even though I did, a little bit, while home). I just feel so liberated. I don’t have to check every ingredient, and, more importantly, I have a broader scope of foods to eat and experiment with.

For instance, snack this afternoon was a Luna bar. Oh, how I have missed these!

Lemon Zest flavor. So yummy… so satisfying.


I will say, however, that I have been seriously surprised at how easily my tastebuds have adapted back to the taste of sugar. It took me about a month to lose my taste for it and about a day to get it back. Interesting. I guess a lifetime of consuming sugar set me up well for this.

Backing up…

Post-workout, I had a glorious return to overnight oats this morning!

It had been a while. Even if the blogging world had done nothing else for me (which it clearly has), my time spent in it would be worth it just for my discovery of this breakfast.

Nothing has changed, but here’s what I did for any newbies to KWH…

Into the mix (last night) went:

  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • ~1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ~1/3 cup nonfat plain greek yogurt
  • ~ 1 tsp ground, blueberry-flavored flax seeds
  • 1/2 packet stevia
  • dash cinnamon

On top (this morning):

  • sprinkle nut granola
  • ~1/3 cup diced strawberries
  • ~1/3 cup blueberries

All you have to do is mix the first set of ingredients together the night before, throw the bowl in the fridge and let it sit overnight. In the morning, cover with your toppings and enjoy!

In other news, expect to see many more outdoor photos. I’m just going to have to be creative in figuring out places to take the pictures. I learned at home in CT how much prettier pictures are when taken outside. It’s all about the natural light!

Lunch today was a little bit boring, but at least it had a lot of green!

That’s last night’s not-so-fire-roasted chicken with broccoli & cauliflower. I had packed grated parmesan & romano to sprinkle atop the broccoli & cauliflower, but I lost it somewhere along the way of my commute. I have a sneaking suspicion that it’s hanging out in my car. Oh well.

Thankfully, Lauren came to my rescue (as always). She had and shared some shredded mozzarella. I sprinkled that and some S&P on top.

The veggies were definitely the best part of this meal. I shared with others in the kitchen. I wanted to eat much more, but I was warned against this. Apparently my co-workers are worried about my digestion.

Followed with a peach.

Anyway, others at work had sushi for lunch and offered their leftovers to the rest of us, so I helped myself to two pieces.

I’ve never had raw sushi before. I still don’t know if I did today. I didn’t know what I was having and this was a mistake; I did not enjoy it. It’s probably because I wasn’t sure of what I was eating, but I’m going to have to give this sampling a big thumbs down.

In fact, I’m finding the smell of soy sauce in my garbage can to be pretty nauseating.

Gross.

10K Training Day Sixteen

5 minutes elliptical trainer

45 minutes strength training

3 mile run on treadmill @5.0 for 36 min + 5 min cool down

I think, at least for the remaining duration of my 10K training, I am going to start cutting back on my strength training. Maybe only one of the T/Th sessions a week? Boot camps (on M/W/F) all incorporate weights. I don’t want to over-fatigue my muscles. Thoughts?

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Don’t Order While Distracted

Yesterday was supposed to start with a four-mile run. At about what would have been halfway, however, I started weighing my options. I wasn’t really feeling the run. It was my last day home. I really just wanted to spend time with my family.

It soon became clear to me that doing the entire four miles simply wasn’t worth it to me, so I changed my route and cut the run off at 3.15 miles. Honestly, I felt fine about it.

I knew we had plans to go out for brunch later on in the morning, so I just gave myself a little post-run fuel with about 3/4 cup of two mixed cereals with some 1% milk.

I brought it outside for some pretty pictures.

A couple of hours later, we went to brunch at a restaurant called Rosie’s, in New Canaan, CT. I was kind of distracted and upset (I really didn’t want to leave already), so I hardly paid attention to the menu or to what I was ordering.

So, while my family got lovely, fairly light meals such as pancakes…

and eggs and toast…

I ended up with this monstrosity:

Huevos Rancheros, which I would never order and which was ridiculously heavy and huge. I honestly don’t know what was going through my head.

I ended up eating.. oh, I don’t know, a quarter of it? It was too much for even my dad to help me with. Oh, well.

I also got a (very large) cup of coffee…

…and a ginger scone to go.

I ate the scone later on the plane ride home. I forgot to take a picture of it, which is a shame because that ginger scone is one of my all-time favorite foods.

Yesterday wasn’t my best day. I was feeling particularly upset about the short length of my trip and I ended up feeling fairly weepy for much of the morning and early afternoon. Thankfully, my dad helped me out of my funk when he suggested that he and I take the dogs on a walk.

We only ended up taking Thatcher because Sawyer suddenly goes haywire when on a leash. Hearing him howl as we left without him was heartbreaking!

My dad, Thatcher and I walked a little over a mile, to a nearby cemetery and back.

It’s funny that a cemetery got me out of my funk, but it did. Thank goodness.

I kind of grazed here and there on (mostly junk) food until it was time to go… and “time to go” came all too soon. Before I knew it, my dad and I were on the way to the airport.

I got a sandwich at a deli in the terminal. It was turkey, cheddar, lettuce and tomato on a multi-grain roll. It was supposed to have honey mustard (I actually built the sandwich around this condiment!), but they somehow forgot to add it and I didn’t open the sandwich until I was on the plane.

Lame. Sorry for the dark/ fuzzy picture.

Annnnnd now I’m in LA.

10K Training Day Fourteen

3.15 mi run outdoors, 40 min + 5 min cool down

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Sugar?

Well, the day certainly started sugar-free, even if it didn’t remain that way. Before I headed out for coffee with Sarah, I had a bowl of Peanut Butter Bumpers with a diced up nectarine and unsweetened almond milk.

My photography would be so much prettier if I were always in this house.

Anyway, while the cereal was good, I was reminded as to why I don’t usually have cereal for breakfast. Just a few hours later, I was starving! We (my brother, mom and I) all were, after the doctor’s, so we went to a nearby deli and picked up some sandwiches. My mind was reeling, post-appointment, and I was having trouble focusing on the menu.  I basically ordered the first thing I could focus on enough that sounded good.

It was a wrap with sliced turkey, apple butter, jack cheese, bacon and sprouts. I asked for half the bacon and no mayo. It was good, but hardly life-changing. It was also huge, but I really had no problem polishing it off.

My dad came home early from work again yesterday to hang out, and once we told him the news, we all decided to head out to a nearby Italian bakery, Angela Mia’s, to celebrate my newly returned sugar-tolerant lifestyle.

We got an assortment of our favorite cookies and all picked at them in the car.

It was both exciting and liberating. I’d like to say I didn’t overdo it, but I’ve definitely had my fair share of “catching up” on sugar in the past two days. Don’t worry, this is not at all a phase that will last. I’ll be over it by the end of the weekend.

Dinner last night was the best. We went to my favorite restaurant, Viva Zapata in Westport.

I didn’t even have to look at the menu – none of us did. We all have our favorite dishes there.

We started with the guacamole appetizer…

…and (sugar-filled) margaritas, of course.

Cheers!

I ordered a vegetable chicken quesadilla, which was basically heaven in my mouth.

I was so excited about it that I kind of forgot to take a picture of it before I dug in. Whoops!

After dinner, we went mini-golfing by the ocean. It was perfect.

My mom (somehow) kicked all of our butts and I was dead last. We can just leave it at that. 😉

10K Training Day Twelve

Rest day!

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Homecation, Day Two

I should probably just call it “week of indulgence,” rather than “homecation.” I haven’t really stopped myself from eating whatever I’ve wanted – within reason, but still… I’m hardly living up to my “healthy living” blog status right now. Bear with me. I’m letting myself have some food vacation. 🙂

I did, however, start strong yesterday.

Before anything else, I woke up early so I could make my sister a SIAB before she went to work. She had wanted to try one and is only home for part of the time I’m home (she’s going away this weekend), so I wanted to get it in ASAP. I made her a Banilla Smoothie. Look how pretty it was:

Soon after, I went to my family’s gym and did 50 minutes of cardio on the Precor 100i AMT (I love this machine) and then did an hour-long (awesome) strength training class. The gym felt gooooood – especially after the ridiculously indulgent meal on Tuesday night.

I came home and made myself a bowl of nonfat plain greek yogurt with a diced up peach and about half a cup of Peanut Butter Bumpers – aka my new favorite thing. Now, don’t worry, they’re not going to replace the shredded oats… but this cereal makes me really happy because it’s a very healthy way to have “sugary” peanut butter cereal. Considering that Reese’s Puffs cereal was my favorite cereal as a kid, it makes a lot of sense that I would be excited about this new introduction to my life.

Here’s a little nutritional information about the cereal:

Woohoo! I give this cereal a HUGE thumbs up.

My bowl:

My mom and I spent the morning running errands. At lunchtime, we headed to meet my sister for lunch at Coalhouse Pizza in Stamford, CT. I liked the vibe of this place. It’s all music-themed.

Check out the table:

I got a really yummy salad called the “Pride & Joy.”

Here’s the description, from the menu: “Chilled lentils simmered in our home-style vegetable broth and garlic, fresh rosemary, and turmeric seasoning, with Roma tomatoes, marinated artichokes, sautéed red onions,sweet peppers, Kalamata olives and feta cheese, dressed with an apple cider and olive oil vinaigrette.”

Yummy, right?

I also had a half a slice of my mom’s pizza (as in, I ate half of what’s pictured here):

I don’t remember what kind it was (sorry), but it was good!

At some point during the day (I actually think it was in the morning, before lunch), I also enjoyed one of those Honeydrop Teas I had gotten at Whole Foods. I tried the “Apples & Honey” tea.

Please ignore the stupid expression on my face. It’s totally awkward taking a picture of yourself drinking something in a car. People look at you strangely.

Here’s the (really nice) ingredient list:

Another big thumbs up.

Anyway, we came home and chilled out for the rest of the afternoon. I don’t even know if I could tell you what I did yesterday afternoon, other than blogging and playing with my dogs.

Dinner was my absolute favorite homemade meal ever, my mom’s Mango Chicken Salad. It deserves its own post, so I’ll be posting it later (probably once I’m back in CA)… but I’ll tease you with this (very poor quality) picture of my plate.

Sorry. I was in a huge rush to eat.

Oh, and don’t kid yourself. I ate that – at least – times two.

I spent the rest of the evening baking with Sam, my sister. I made up (well, adapted from my sister’s Blondie recipe) a recipe for Almond Blondies. They were an epic failure, but I firmly believe they could be amazing with just a few tweaks. Really, it’s the agave’s fault. This was my second attempt at cooking with agave (the first was in my pre-blogging days), and unfortunately I faced the exact same bad results as last time. I’ll never cook with agave again. It just does not bake well.

As I’ve said before, I think it’s important to have failures in the kitchen. They teach you just as much as, if not more than, the successes.

I will, however, leave you with some pictures of the baking process. After all, Sam and I did have a little photo shoot.


I’ll post the recipe once I fix it. 🙂

10K Training Day Eleven

50 min Precor cardio (45 min high intensity + 5 min cool down)

50 min strength training

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Pizza-dilla

Yes, you read that right.

I had kind of a genius idea for dinner last night, if I do say so myself, and it was not only delicious, but it also it most certainly qualifies for the Ten Minute Dinners category.

Excuse me while I pat myself on the back for a moment.

Pizza-dilla

makes 1 serving

Ingredients:

  • 1 Ezekiel tortilla
  • 1 cooked chicken breast (I used the last of the Orange Juice Chicken)
  • ~1/3 cup shredded lowfat cheddar cheese
  • ~1/2 cup frozen bell pepper and onion strips
  • 2-3 tbs BBQ sauce*

Directions:

Set the oven to broil.

Grease a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.

Lay the tortilla out on the baking sheet and sprinkle the tortilla with the cheddar.

Sautee the onion and pepper strips in cooking spray in a skillet until heated through (about 2-3 minutes).

Spread the sauteed peppers and onions over the cheese.

Drizzle the BBQ sauce over everything.

Place the baking sheet in the oven and broil your “pizza-dilla” for 5-7 minutes or until the edges of the tortilla are browned and your cheese is bubbling.

Serve on a plate…

(Check out that steam!)

Slice it up like pizza…

And devour!

* Most BBQ sauces have sugar or high fructose corn syrup. I found this sauce, however, at a local health market. It’s called Robbie’s Original Barbeque Sauce. I tried it for the first time tonight, and while I didn’t love it (not a ton of flavor), it was definitely nice to find a BBQ sauce without sugar. It has fructose, but I’m pretty sure I’m okay with that ingredient.

Followed up with a little cereal with carob chips.

I’ve had this every night this week! Weird.

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Easy, Almost-Homemade Chicken Soup

All I’ve wanted since getting sick has been chicken soup, but I’m not a huge fan of canned soup. As a result, I’ve started making my own chicken soup when I’m sick, but I like it to be as easy as possible so I don’t have to slave over the stove when all I feel like doing is sleeping.

That’s how I ended up with this incredibly easy recipe. It also costs about as much (or less) as the same number of servings would cost if you were buying canned soup, but it’s also so much yummier and so much healthier (far less sodium and with fresh ingredients)!

Easy, Almost-Homemade Chicken Soup

makes 3 servings

Ingredients

  • 32 oz chicken broth (If you like your soup soupy, add another 16 oz. I prefer it less soupy.)
  • 2 chicken breasts, cooked
  • 6 fingerling potatoes
  • 2-3 carrots
  • 1 bunch celery
  • ~1 1/2 cups green beans
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

Pour the chicken broth into a large pot and set the heat to high. Add the salt, pepper and garlic powder. Once the broth begins to boil, lower the heat to medium.

Chop the potatoes, carrots, celery and green beans into bite-sized pieces.

Add all of the chopped vegetables to the broth on the stove, starting with the potatoes and carrots and adding the celery and green beans a couple minutes later.

Cut the chicken breasts into tiny, bite-sized pieces.

Once the vegetables are cooked (about 5-7 minutes), add the chicken to the pot and cover again. Leave for about 3 minutes.

Serve with a sprinkle of parmesan and romano if you’d like (I know I did!), and enjoy.

I used my orange juice chicken, which probably isn’t recommended but didn’t bother me. I also didn’t measure my garlic and am pretty sure I used a little too much. However, as I can’t really taste a whole lot right now, I didn’t really notice the difference. Anyway, garlic is supposed to be good for you when you’re sick, right?

I’ve submitted this for The Nourishing Gourmet‘s Pennywise Platter Thursday, 7/29. Check it out for other recipes!

Updated 8/16: I’ve also submitted this for The Healthy Home Economist‘s Monday Mania. Check it out for other recipes, too!

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Orange Juice Chicken & Kale Chips

Not all kitchen experiments are successful.

That’s not to say that I was fully unsuccessful, but I seriously phoned it in with the chicken recipe I tried to make up last night. My heart just wasn’t in it. I honestly didn’t feel like cooking at all. What I really wanted was homemade chicken soup (and I really should have made that instead), but I didn’t have all of the ingredients and I was even less inclined to make a trip to the supermarket.

In other words, laziness won out.

While the OJ chicken was only passable last night, however, I think I know what went wrong and I feel confident in posting this recipe with the changes I think the recipe needs.

Oh, by the way… my “heart not being in it” thing held strong through picture-taking. Sorry these pictures are so lackluster.

Orange Juice Chicken

makes 3 (smallish) servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 package chicken breasts (organic if you can!)
  • 1/2 cup 100% juice orange juice
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • parmesan & romano to taste (optional)

Directions:

Clean and trim your chicken breasts.

In a bowl, combine orange juice, olive oil and garlic powder. Whisk and then pour into a large ziploc bag. Add cleaned and trimmed chicken breasts to the bag. Close the bag and shake to evenly distribute the chicken in the marinade.

Let the chicken marinate in the bag in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Spray a casserole dish with cooking spray.

Take the marinated chicken out of the ziploc and place in the greased casserole dish. Pour the rest of the marinade over the chicken.

Sprinkle the chicken with salt & pepper.

Bake for 25-30 minutes, flipping the chicken breasts after 15 minutes. Five minutes before taking the chicken out of the oven, sprinkle the breasts with parmesan and romano.

Done this way (rather than skipping the whole marinating process and simply pouring orange juice and sprinkling a little bit of garlic powder over the chicken breasts in the dish, as I did), I think this recipe would be great. Someone try it and let me know!

On the side, I made Kale Chips for the first time. I’ve seen these all over the blog world and decided it was finally time for me to try them. I liked them, but I didn’t dry them well enough (I don’t have a salad spinner, so I just used paper towels…) and some of them were still soggy.

Don’t get me wrong, though. I still ate them.

Like I’d not eat something green and sprinkled with cheese. Please.

Kale Chips

I don’t know what the actual serving size would be here, but this is definitely two servings in the KWH world.

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch of kale
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • grated parmesan & romano to taste
  • salt to taste

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Rinse the kale. Spin in a salad spinner and dry completely (this is important!).

Break the leaves off the kale stalks into chip-sized pieces.

Spread the kale leaves out on a baking tray and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and parmesan & romano.

Bake for 15-17 minutes or until the edges of the leaves are browned.

My plate last night:

See you later, alligators!

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