Posts tagged ‘favorite friday’

February 18, 2011

A beautiful day in the neighborhood…

Happy Friday everyone! I had the day off 🙂 My employer said “It’s going to be 70 degrees on Friday – you can take the day off to enjoy and we’ll still pay you”. Score! My plan was to go hiking today in VA (which is an hour away) but I couldn’t find anyone else who had off to go with me and apparently it’s dangerous to go alone. Instead I went for a run in the 75 degree weather! For my first run outside this year I did REALLY well. I ran 5 miles in 40 minutes. Last year I ran 5 miles in 50 minutes… I guess those intervals I’ve been doing  on the treadmill really are helping! I was also going to hit up Bikram Yoga tonight but I ate my lunch too late and didn’t want to go on a full belly!

While watching my favorite morning talk show (Regis and Kelly) I had a craving for Pumpkin Fro Yo… Completely random. There was a leftover container of pumpkin puree in the fridge (um this stuff doesn’t go bad does it? I can’t remember how long it had been in there) so I made the next best thing, pancakes! One word: Amazeballs.

Pumpkin Raisin Pancakes for ONE

Ingredients – makes 5 pancakes, YES, FIVE

  • 1/4 cup organic pumpkin
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (you could use 1/4 cup if you want your pancakes bigger)
  • 1/3 cup whole wheat  flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • pinch salt
  • sprinkle of stevia
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • heaping 2 tbsp of organic raisins
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Directions

  • Stir the flour, baking soda, salt, stevia, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin pie spice together in a small bowl.

  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg white, pumpkin, and unsweetened almond milk.

  • Stir into the dry ingredients and stir just enough to moisten everything
  • Heat a skillet over medium high heat and spray with nonstick spray.
  • Pour the batter into the preheated pan and drop raisins on top immediately. Cook until bubbles appear on the top, about 3 minutes. Flip and cook an additional minute or two. Repeat with remaining batter.

  • No sharing.. These babies are all for you!

  • Drizzle with syrup if desired (duh)

  • Good thing I didn’t make extra for tomorrow morning.. I have a feeling they wouldn’t have made it past 10am.

Since I’m awesome (ahem, bored) I calculated the nutrition info for you… You’re welcome.

Serving: 5 pancakes – 237 calories: 2.1 fat: 41.2 carbs: 12.2 sugars (all natural – from the raisins): 7 fiber: 9.6 protein

I would consider this a low-calorie breakfast because I like to have the majority of my calories in the morning so I have time to burn them off throughout the day. These are almost completely fat-free, packed with protein & fiber and even though it seems high in sugar its natural and 10 of the grams are from the raisins which you could omit if you wanted. Also remember that these stats are for 5 pancakes! Pretttty sweet.

Everyone appreciates a good TJ find so I have to share the dinner I had last night with you all! I bought these about 2 weeks ago and forgot about them because my freezer is throwing up with food. When they fell on me Wednesday night I figured it was a sign to make them!

Chili Lime Chicken Burgers……  They sound amazing, right? Well, they taste even better. The nutritional info on these are unreal and it was extremely filling. Definitely adding them to my staple list! We topped the chicken burgers with avocado slices and sprouts and placed them on a sandwich thin. Our side dish was sweet potato fries with my favorite spice OLD BAY! I know you non-marylanders have no idea what that is so I’m thinking this will have to be part of my next giveaway!

Random thought.. Does your music taste change with seasons? When it starts getting warmer I like to jam out to country music with my windows down. Country = summertime memories. This song is my new obsession…I will play it out in no time. There’s something about it that makes me smile 🙂

Oh and one more song for you… Did you guys see Britney’s new video? Yes, I still love Britney Spears and I’m proud of it!

Get it Brit Brit!

Today is Favorite Friday! I am going to make a (small)list of things that I’ve seen on the internet this week that I have added to my favorites or “must make” list. Definitely check this stuff out if you get a chance.

Barnyard Donut Bites – Like the cake pops I made but munchkin doughnuts!? Yes, please.

Smores Pie – We all know my obsession with chocolate, graham crackers & marshmallows. Speaking of smores I should make some more of my Dairy Free Smores Ice Cream soon!

Pizza Alternatives – Come on, EVERYONE loves Pizza! Pizza pockets, rolls and wheels? Sounds dangerous.

How to dress for travel (climate changing) – I love everything on this website but this post is especially informative for me since I live North and I’m usually travelling someplace where the residents don’t own winter coats, gloves & hats.

Tightwad Tuesdays – What girl doesn’t love Louboutin’s? How about a louboutin look-alike for hundreds and hundreds of dollars less?

Destination Beach – Designer brands on sale 50% off or more! Too bad I still can’t afford the majority of them… But they’re still pretty to look at 🙂

Do you guys have any favorites this week? Well you know, besides my site of course 😉

A couple more of my favorite blogger girls are having giveaways!

Clare is giving away her favorite things… she has a lot of fun stuff!

Katy is also having a giveaway too – So exciting!

Day 22: What’s in your purse?

Oh geeze, you guys are going to hate me after this challenge post! My purse is a mess… $800 purse with yellow food dye spilled on the bottom, receipts galore (why do i even keep these?), and empty gum wrappers.

Here is a photo of what is in my purse at this moment:

Yuck. One dolla HOLLA.

Here is the cleaned up version…Things I carry everyday.

My wallet that is overstuffed. Unfortunately it’s with receipts and not cash. 2 shades of MAC lip gloss, a notepad and pen, vaseline – i always lose chapstick so now I just carry around an entire tub, sunglasses and a tasti d-lite ice cream flavors. I’m crossing them off the list as I try them 4 down, 96 to go!

Actually, I’m kind of glad I had to do this challenge today because it made me get organized. I swear I’m not THAT messy so please don’t stop reading because you think I’m a slob 😉

I hope everyone has a great weekend and if the weather is beautiful near you that you get outside and do something to enjoy it!

QUESTIONS: DO YOU EVER HAVE RANDOM WEIRD CRAVINGS AT 8AM? WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE GENRE OF MUSIC? IS YOUR PURSE AS MESSY AS MINE? 😉

February 4, 2011

GO RED!

Happy Friday! It’s National Wear Red Day! Make it your mission to wear red today. The purpose of wearing red is to fight heart disease in women.  You may or may not have heard about this before…In case you haven’t, here are some facts that you might not be aware of:

  • Nearly 500,000 women each year are diagnosed with Cardiovascular disease
  • Heart disease is the number one killer of women
  • 1 in 3 women die from heart disease

By wearing red today you are showing that you have taken charge of your health. Help make others aware by showing them steps they can take.

  • Eat Well
    • Fruits or vegetables
    • Fiber-rich, whole grains
    • Lean meat, fish or skinless chicken
    • Fat-free, 1 percent fat, and low-fat dairy products
    • Foods broiled, baked, grilled, steamed or poached
    • Foods low in saturated and trans fat, cholesterol, sodium, and added sugars.
  • Stay Active
    • Find an activity you enjoy and have fun.
    • For women of any age, the AHA recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity each week
  • Watch your weight
    • Keep portions smaller than your fist.
    • Start every meal with a filling food, like soup or salad, or drink a glass of water.
    • Use a food log to keep track of what you eat. You may be surprised at what you’re eating.
    • Each week, enjoy a couple of new fruits, vegetables, or fiber-rich, whole grains.
  • Visit your doctor
    • You can reduce your risk of heart disease by starting your heart disease screenings now. Here are the tests you should have:
      • Weight and BMI
      • Waist Circumference
      • Blood Pressure (every office visit or at least every 2 years – if blood pressure is less than 120/80 mmHg – more often if you have a higher risk)
      • Cholesterol (“fasting lipoprotein profile” to measure total, HDL and LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides)
      • Screen every 5 years for normal risk people; more often if any of the following apply to you:
      • Total cholesterol above 200 mg/dL
      • Your HDL (good) cholesterol is less than 50 mg/dL
      • LDL (bad) cholesterol above 100 mg/dL
      • Triglycerides 150 mg/dL or higher
      • You have other risk factors for heart disease and stroke
      • Heart Exam This includes checking your heart rate, pulse, breath sounds, heart sounds skin color, and checking for swelling in arms or legs.
      • Fasting Blood Glucose (need to get a baseline by the time you’re 45, and may be required more often if you are pregnant, overweight, diabetic or at risk for becoming diabetic)

I know that most of you who read and/or write a fitness & food blog are healthy but, for those in your life who aren’t as healthy they can be sent the link to this website. On this website they have a lot of great tools and tips you can use for changing your diet, improving your cholesterol levels and how to become more physically active. Check it out 🙂

It’s also FAVORITE FRIDAY! Today I wanted to give you my favorite songs to run to… For me it’s all about the music, if I don’t have music I honestly cant work out and will immediately leave the gym. If I have music thats fast paced I run fast – its as simple as that. Below is a list of my favorite 60 minute cardio workout tunes.

Favorite Songs to Run To: 60 minutes

  1. I Wanna Dance With Somebody 4:53 Whitney Houston
  2. The Pretenders 4:30 Foo Fighters
  3. Black & Gold [Remix] 6:44 Sam Sparro
  4. Misery Business 3:23 Paramore
  5. Raindrops (Encore Une Fois) 2:55 Sash Feat. Stunt Raindrops
  6. Bleed It Out 2:47 Linkin Park
  7. World Hold On 3:17 Bob Sinclair
  8. Untouched 4:10 The Veronicas
  9. Calabria 2008 3:53 Enur Feat Natasja
  10. Cheerleading Mix 0:56 Britney Spears Cheerleading Mixes
  11. Ecstasy 4:21 ATB
  12. Lose Yourself 5:32 Eminem
  13. Motown Philly 3:58 Boyz II men
  14. Stronger 3:23 Britney Spears
  15. Stereo Love 5:21 Edward Maya ft. Alicia

What kind of music do you listen to when you run? Or do you not listen to music at all?

I saw this article today on someone’s Facebook page… They are running in a race on Saturday morning that is sponsored by Krispy Kreme – They run 2 miles, eat 12 doughnuts and then run 2 miles back all under 1 hour!  Ok first off, I’ve never heard of running 4 miles and GAINING weight! Second of all I honestly don’t think I could eat a dozen doughnuts and then run… It’s all for a good cause so kudos to the 7,500 runners who are participating in taking down the 90,000 doughnuts this year.  Would you ever participate? You can read about the race here!

Challenges: (Sorry I keep slacking and have to do 2 in 1 day!)

Day 8: A place you’ve traveled to

North Carolina

Virginia Beach

Las Vegas

West Virginia

Orlando

Virginia

Honduras

Riviera Maya

Bahamas

Cancun

Boston

New York

Philadelphia

Washington DC

Cocoa Beach

Jersey Shore

Hoboken

Ocean City

West Palm Beach

Miami

Atlantic City

Whoopsies… I thought it said places you have been and I had uploaded my  20 photos before I realized it said a place you have been. If I had to pick one favorite it would be West Palm Beach…my hometown 🙂 Beaches, palm trees, warmth… 3 things i’m in dire need for at this moment.
Day 9: A favorite picture of your best friend

My best friend Jessica and I at Sea World in 2000. We have been friends for 11 years now! In 8th grade we hated each other, in 9th grade she spit gum at me (girls are so mean! – not that i was an angel) and after cheerleading tryouts mid 9th grade we became best friends… It’s funny how things work out isn’t it? We’ve been through A LOT together and we’ve always stuck by each others side no matter what. Jessica has truly one of the biggest hearts and is always willing to take someone in, give them loving advice and do whatever it takes to make that person happy. She’s a great mother, a hard-working hair stylist and the best friend a girl could ever hope for… Even though we both have so many things going on in our lives right now and don’t talk as much as we used to, there isn’t a day that goes by that we don’t text each other a picture, a song lyric or an inside joke. That’s my girl and I love  her like she’s my sister ♥

I’m still not feeling good and unfortunately have to cancel my trip to New Jersey this weekend for my boyfriends birthday 😦 I really hope to kick the infections I have going on ASAP so it doesn’t ruin my entire weekend. I haven’t worked out since Monday and I’m feeling kind of guilty…

Have a good weekend everyone!

QUESTIONS: Who are you rooting for in the Super Bowl? Would you ever run a race for a good cause where you had to do something crazy like eat 12 doughnuts? Do you run with music? Weekend plans?

PS: This might be my first post without food…sorry! I’ve been one sick girl and haven’t been able to cook AT ALL!