So, I’m not going to lie to you. In no way, shape or form did yesterday fall underneath my self-appointed rules. I won’t even try to pretend.
It’s all Fresh & Easy’s fault, really. I mean, they sent me three bottles of wine and asked me to try them all in one night. What’s a girl to do?!
In truth, though, I had somewhat failed the day before I even got there. Not terribly — in fact, even with the wine, I think I did alright — but, you know, accountability and all.
At least I started out with a workout: 35 minutes on the elliptical (at 5:30 in the morning, no less!) and 45 minutes of a strength training class (super heavy on the arms and I can feeeeel it today!).
And I was on point with breakfast, at least.
I had a cottage cheese bowl. It’s high-concept, watch out — it’s a yogurt bowl, but with cottage cheese instead of yogurt.
I know. I just blew your mind.
Into the mix went:
- 1 cup 2% cottage cheese
- 1/4 banana
- ground blueberry flaxseeds
This combo is really working for me lately. It keeps me full, it has lots of protein, and it has such a variety of flavors and textures that it keeps my tongue interested (TWSS). Oh, and — SPOILER ALERT! — it’s been working so well for me that I actually had it for breakfast this morning, too.
Sheesh. You might as well not even come back for tomorrow’s post.
Annnnnyway. I was on point at lunch, too.
I had the… exact same salad that I had for Monday’s lunch. What can I say? I like to repeat good meals and I like to use the ingredients I actually have in my fridge.
Into the mix went:
- baby bell peppers
- yellow grape tomatoes
- three cheese balsamic vinaigrette
It was after lunch that I started to get into trouble. See, I totally forgot to bring an afternoon snack yesterday and I had to scavenge in the unfamiliar-to-me office kitchen when I got hungry. I ended up finding some Kashi bars, which might not be on my plan, but were definitely the healthiest option available.
That was Dark Mocha Almond, or something like that. It was alright, but nothing to write home about. I’ve definitely had better Kashi bars.
Then, when I got home, I got the party staaaarted!
Actually, that’s sort of a lie. By “getting the party started,” what I mean is that Lauren was held up at work and was late, I tried (unsuccessfully) to tide myself over with a low-fat cheese stick, and then eventually realized that I had a responsibility to Fresh & Easy, who had sent me the wines, and needed to start drinking them on my own so I could participate in the tweet-up.
To explain, Fresh & Easy sent us the wines and had us all do a live twitter tasting together. It was a cute and unique concept and I thought it went pretty well. But, obviously, it wasn’t going to work unless the people to whom Fresh & Easy had sent the wine participated, so I took one for the team and broke open the white by myself.
One is the loneliest number…
What’s that they say about drinking by yourself?
I was really pleasantly surprised by this wine. I actually loved it. I’m not a Chardonnay fan and thus expected not to be a fan, since Chardonnay was the first wine listed in this blend. In fact, I opened this wine first because I like to save the best for last and I figured I’d get the one I just knew I’d like the least out of the way. But I was wrong! This wine, called Ma Cherie, was a mix of three whites — Chardonnay, Voignier, and Grenache. I’d never heard of Voignier or Grenache before but after last night’s tasting of this blend, I’m going to go ahead and assume I’m a fan of both — especially because they masked the taste of Chardonnay!
Fortunately, I only got through that one small glass before Lauren joined the party and worked on catching up.
It was a this point that I opened the red (a blend called Doon Buggy) to let it aerate a bit, as suggested by Amanda and Andy in the tweet-up.
It was also at this point that I quickly assembled our easy (and coincidentally entirely Fresh & Easy) dinner.
We split this turkey chili (which has incredible nutritional stats, by the way — this container has 2.5 servings of 150 calories, 3 grams of fat, and 12 grams of protein each — ridiculously good!).
I also sliced up two whole wheat tortillas to make homemade tortilla chips!
This seriously could not have been easier. I set the oven to 400 degrees and cut the two tortillas into little triangles. I then laid them all out individually on a pan, sprayed them with canola oil, and sprinkled them with sea salt. I set them in the oven looking like this:
… and took them out five minutes later, looking like this:
Easy as pie. Wait, no! Way easier. And soooo yummy.
I served them alongside the chili (which was microwaving while I baked the tortilla chips).
In case you couldn’t deduce this yourself from the picture above, I topped the chili with dollops of nonfat greek yogurt and sprinkles of shredded cheese.
This dinner could not have been easier or more convenient. It literally took five minutes to assemble from start to finish, it was pretty darn healthy, and it was inexpensive, to boot! Win.
Meanwhile, during those five minutes, Lauren entertained herself by taking pictures of herself with the wine. She’s like a blogger in training, or something.
After we finished dinner, I rinsed out our glasses so we could move onto the Doon Buggy.
I then tried really hard to get good “pouring pictures” while I was doing the pouring myself…
…which really just did not go very well.
Anyway, speaking of failed attempts, Lauren and I then tried to take a picture of ourselves with the wine. We took about ten. Here’s a sampling.
Man. Maybe we should stop drinking so much wine.
Speaking of the wine…
It was lovely. And it actually grew on me as I drank more of it. It was a rich wine, with a lot of body to it. It felt soft, somehow. I wouldn’t suggest mixing it with the acidic, citrusy white in the same night like we did, but — separately, I thought the Doon Buggy was a very nice wine that would go smoothly with a solid meal.
At some point during this bottle, Mark came home and joined the party, too!
We actually managed to finish the Doon Buggy between the three of us, as well as half of the Ma Cherie. At this point, however, we were wined-out. We never made it to the third wine. We may be lushes… but we’ve got to stop somewhere.
Don’t you worry. That third bottle will be making an appearance on KWH sometime soon.
Oh, and even though wine surely should have counted as dessert, I also decided to have one of my pieces of Ghiradelli Intense Dark 72% chocolate.
Sometimes, a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do.
Anyway, like I said, yesterday clearly wasn’t on the plan. However, I think I did alright, considering how badly it could have gone. I also know that this week will have two nights of drinking. Last night, obviously, was one, and the other one will be tonight because I’m going to a party with drinking games and I know I won’t be able to help myself (I love me some flip cup). But — all in moderation, right?