Thursday, April 28, 2011
Lately, I've been munching on the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip bars. The only ingredients in the bar are: Dates, Peanuts, Chocolate Chips. Seriously, so simple and delicious. The dates add a slight sweetness.
Lara bars can be expensive, up to $1.50/bar. however, I am lucky enough to buy them at Shoprite, where they periodically go on sale for .99 cents. This is when I stock up. Seriously, I will by $50.00 worth of bars! My two favorite flavors right now are Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip and Chocolate Coconut Chew.
The great thing about these bars are they are so convenient. Throw them in your bag and you have a great emergency snack.
Now, if you'll excuse me...it's snack time :-)
OK, so I did not wake up this morning to do my INSANITY workout, but I have a good reason. I seemed to have woken up with a slight ear ache. I felt it coming on last night, and I'm hoping it will be gone by the end of the day. I promise you though, I will be doing my INSANITY workout this evening. Luckily, today's workout is suppose to be Cardio Recovery and not too intense. Like I said, it's SUPPOSED to be less intense,so, we'll see.
I did start off my day with a delish Strawberry Cheese Cake Cream, I basically used my Raspberry Cheese Cake Cream recipe and used strawberries in place of raspberries. This was very filling. I do need to figure out what I will be having for lunch, since I forgot to bring mine :-(
How are you guys doing?
Question of the day: Do you think you would be able to go vegan for a week?
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
This morning I woke up at 6:00am, put my Insanity DVD in the DVD player and hit play!!! Oh yes, today Cardio Power and Resistance was completed!! Today's workout was a good 39 minutes of heart pumping, sweat inducing cardio. As usual, Sean T started off with a fierce "warm up" for 10 minutes and then we moved onto circuits. Thank goodness the workouts are so fast, it makes time go so much quicker :-)
OK, day 3, done! 57 more to go...
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
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Now, going back to my prep work from last night. In my little blender I put half a cup of non fat ricotta cheese, 1 cup of frozen raspberries, 2TB of almond butter. This morning I was going to add some water to make it a more smoothie like consistency, but changed my mind when I saw the defrosted raspberries let out some juice. I whipped this all up in my blender and had an unbelievably, decadent berry breakfast. This tasted like I was eating raspberry cheese cake! So smooth and creamy! I think this will be my new go to breakfast for mornings! So yum and delish! Best of all, no weird metallic after taste from protein powders, but all the protein needed!
How was your breakfast?
My day started off bright and early and I completed day 2 of my INSANITY 60 day challenge. 58 more days to go :-) This morning's workout was the Plyometric Cardio Circuit, an intense 41 minute workout of plyos. OK, maybe because this is my second time around doing this but I feel this program is all mind over matter. I've done intense workouts in the past and although this is definitely more fierce, with the right mind set it's not too bad. Yes, this is a 41 minute workout. The "warm up" alone is 10 minutes and then you have 25 minutes of circuit training. Not really bad! It's also great that you go at your own pace. I do feel I am much slower than the people in the DVD, but Sean T says form is really important. Even though I am a bit slower, I know I'm getting in good form and making the most of what I do. The downfall, you are definitely swimming in a pool of your own sweat! I guess that's good, but make sure you have a towel with you when working out. Also, plenty of water! I downed a whole quart in just 41 minutes. Trust me, you'll need it.
I'm also really happy that I'm doing the workouts in the morning and getting them out of the way. I can actually use my lunch to eat lunch now :-) My evening are also less intense now. I feel if I were to wait for the evening, I would just have too many excuses and not work out. This way, I know I'm done for the day and finishing the workouts in themselves is a great accomplishment :-)
Monday, April 25, 2011
What did you have for lunch?
So my day started off at 5:30am. I've started my Insanity regime and today I completed Day 1: The Fit Test. I will post up my fit test results this evening. Good news...59 more days to go :-p
- Greek yogurt
- 1/4c of almond milk
- Almond butter
- Vanilla protein powder
How was your morning?
Friday, April 22, 2011
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Monday, April 18, 2011
Lunch was eaten at my desk while working. Last night, I hard boiled an egg and brought that in along with my Arnolds Sandwich Thins. At my little fridge at work I keep reduced fat mayo and some salad dressings, like Newman's Own Light Balsamic. I quickly peeled my egg and chopped it up. Then I mixed a tablespoon of light mayo, pepper and onion powder. Mmm..I slapped this eggalicious mixture on my toasted sandwich thins and had a great lunch. I also made a chopped side salad of cucumber and grape tomatoes, dressed with a little bit of light balsamic.
Yum...a healthy and delish lunch!
What did you guys have?
I went home yesterday and since the weather was so great, Mama Ullah decided to make me some chicken kebabs out on the grill. In no time my mom had chicken breasts cut up and marinating in the proper bihari kebab spice marinade of: yogurt, ginger paste, garlic paste, coriander, chili's, onion and cumin! A couple of hours later I helped her skewer these babies up and start the grilling!
End result: Perfectly moist, and flavored chicken kebabs
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Brown rice pasta Steamed broccoli florets EVOO Shredded cheese Black pepper and basil for seasoning Preparation: Cook the pasta as instructed. Place cooked pasta in a bowl with the steamed broccoli florets. Make sauce by mixing a tablespoon of EVOO with a tablespoon of shredded cheese. Add desired amount of black pepper and basil. Toss pasta and broccoli with sauce. Enjoy!
Here's how this meal shapes up: Whole grain: brown rice pasta Produce: broccoli florets Protein: shredded cheese Plant fat: EVOO Sass: black pepper, basil Question of the day: what is your favorite comfort food?
Friday, April 15, 2011
Ah, I love experimenting!
Be happy, it's Friday!
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Now that this mystery is solved, I think it's a great time to share the nutritiously delicious home made recipe for the black bean burger.
One 15oz. can of reduced sodium black beans, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup of thinly sliced scallions
1/2 bell pepper diced
1tsp. of garlic powder
1/4 cup of cilantro, very finely chopped
1tsp. of onion powder
In a puree the beans in a blender or food processor. Mix the remainder of the ingredients in the puree. Combine well. Refrigerate for at least an hour before forming patties and serving on a whole wheat bun.
Now that you all know the background to this mystery, lets have a looksie at our suspects....
The side salad, although little effort was put in, the side salad made a big impact to the fulfillment of the meal. Are cucumbers and tomatoes really to blame for the full flavor of the meal.
Accomplice 2: Arnolds Sandwich Thin
Claims to fill the place of a regular bun with half the calories and twice the fiber. It's a thin line to break a bad habit of over indulgence.
Is this really Light or do I sense a back stab of full fat flavored dressing?
Could this homemade black bean burger really create a filling lunch? What exactly is this made of? How did the suspect taste? These and many other questions hope to be answered soon....
|caugh in the act!|
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Please hop on over to TheAjnabee.com and check out my recipe for NO SUGAR ADDED peanut butter muffins! This is great for breakfast or a snack! As usual, healthy, nutritious and delicious!
This morning I was craving a nice hearty bowl of delicious and nutritious...texture. Yes, sometimes you want a little texture to your meal, and not something uniformly creamy. I was thinking how I could do this with my regular cinnamon yogurt, fruit and almond bowl.
Here's what I came up. Instead of fully slicing my strawberries, I cut them in half and instead of using slivered or sliced almonds, I used whole almonds. I still had my yogurt with my cinnamon, but this tasted all the much better with the big chunks of fruit and whole almonds...mmm..yummy!
What did you guys have for breakfast?
Question of the day: What is your favorite type of yogurt?
Monday, April 11, 2011
I thought I'd start this morning off on a bit of a sweet note and post my recipe for Peanut Butter and Banana Pudding w/Chocolate Chips. So, I've been doing a lot of experimenting with agar agar, which is a sea based gelling agent. Most gelatin found in common foods such as Jello, are animal based. As I go more and more into the world of a vegetarian, I've started to find replacements for even the little things.
Here is a pic of the agar agar I used:
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Last night I made it home just in time to do a Tae Bo Cardio workout and then make myself a quick dinner. Now, I've cut out a lot of red meat and chicken in my diet. I use to have at least one serving of red meat or chicken a day, be it for lunch or dinner. Now, I probably have this once a week. Last night, I was really, really craving a steak salad with blue cheese dressing. I went to the grocery store and bought some lean steak, salad, cucumbers, grape tomatoes and crumbled blue cheese. Now, I bought blue cheese crumbles vs. the actual blue cheese dressing because I noticed most of the blue cheese dressings had 15 grams of fat and over 200 calories...for just TWO tablespoons!! I was like, WHAT THE H?!?! Also, there were a ton of ingredients listed for the dressing! Instead, a quarter cup of blue cheese crumbles has 8 grams of fat and 100 calories! Hello....I would just make my own blue cheese dressings with actual blue cheese..like the way it's supposed to be!
So, I went home with my ingredients, cooked my perfect portion lean steak and started to assemble my salad. Then I made my delicious, low fat blue cheese dressing.
2 TB. of blue cheese crumbles
2 TB. of non fat Greek Yogurt
2 TB. of white vinegar
2tsp. of reduced fat mayo
1tsp. of garlic powder
1tsp. of onion powder
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
|mmm...deliciousness in a mug|
|Me and Jillian|
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Question of the day: What's for dinner?
I've conquered the Monday blues and was totally on schedule yesterday! I left work right at 6:30 and was in my PJ's by 8pm, eating my dinner and watching Castle by 10pm. Yes, the downtime was awesome!! This morning I enjoyed my breakfast bowl, however, instead of adding PB to the mixture I added 14 whole almonds.
This was very satisfying in both texture and taste. I can't wait for the weather to get warmer outside, that's when I really crave big smoothie bowls. Alright guys, till lunch...
Monday, April 4, 2011
We are halfway through the day and I've accomplished a lot! First off, I have been very productive at work. Secondly, I used my lunch hour to get my work out in! Oh yes, 30 minutes of pure cardio on the stair master, at level 12. Yup, that was a sweat fest. I ate lunch at my desk. Today's lunch consisted of a tuna salad on a Pepperidge Farm Deli Flats. Tuna salad was simply made by taking a small can of tuna (the individual 3oz can) and mixing in a TB of light mayo, onion powder and a few sliced up cherry tomatoes. On the side I took a small bag of frozen veggies and nuked them for five minutes. I then drizzled on some balsamic vinegar and red pepper flakes. I also threw in a few cherry tomatoes. Mmm...delish!